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Day 1393: "Very stressful."

Thursday, November 12, 2020

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1/ Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans to “double down” on precautions as the U.S. recorded more than 145,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday – yet another record. The nation’s top infectious disease expert said that while “help is on the way […] it isn’t here yet,” referring to the early results from the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine candidate, which was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections. The rise in infections comes with new highs in the number of deaths. The U.S. reported 1,549 deaths Wednesday – the highest since May 14. Fauci, meanwhile, added that working alongside the Trump administration has been “very stressful.” (New York Times / Washington Post / Axios / CNBC / Bloomberg / Wall Street Journal)

  • ???? Dept. of “We Have It Totally Under Control.”
  • Global: Total confirmed cases: ~52,553,000; deaths: ~1,291,000

  • U.S.: Total confirmed cases: ~10,514,000; deaths: ~243,000

  • Source: Johns Hopkins University

  • Live Blogs: Washington Post / New York Times / NBC News / CNN / CNBC / ABC News

2/ Corey Lewandowski tested positive for the coronavirus. The Trump campaign advisor, who has helped lead efforts to undermine Biden’s victory, was in Philadelphia for the news conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, alongside Rudy Giuliani and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Lewandowski also attended the election night party at the White House, where several other people later tested positive. (New York Times / CNBC / CNN)

  • White House political affairs director Brian Jack tested positive for coronavirus. Jack attended Trump’s election night party at the White House. (New York Times /


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