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We cover Thanksgiving overshadowed by the coronavirus, President Emmanuel Macron move to the right and a five miles after the Brexit traffic jam.
A very different Thanksgiving
Under normal circumstances, families in the United States, some in groups of a dozen or more, would gather on a holiday celebrating the gathering. This year, as the country sees its deadliest surge in coronavirus yet, only about 27 percent of Americans plan to dine with people outside of their household, according to a poll requested by The Times.
A flood of viruses emerging in the Midwest now appears to be turning into rapid resurrections in cities like Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, and Phoenix, and smaller cities outside the middle of the country like Cumberland, Md. The coronavirus is everywhere.
More than 1.2 million cases were identified in the United States in the past week, and the country is well on its way to reaching 13 million known cases in just a few days. The 7-day average of daily deaths is over 1,600. Scientists utter deep premonitions of the arrival of Thanksgiving and cold weather during such a surge.
At the frontline: Doctors and nurses run on empty. “This is my job, what I wanted to do for a living,” said a Houston intensive care doctor who brought home the virus and made his entire family sick. “And it could have killed my children, could have killed my wife – all because of me.”
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
The United Nations’ top refugee official said Wednesday that the spike in coronavirus infections had exacerbated a pre-existing toxic side effect of the pandemic: abuse of refugee women and girls.
A state-owned vaccine manufacturer in China filed an application to commercialize the vaccine in the country before the studies were completed.
President-elect Joe Biden urged Americans to skip Thanksgiving gatherings to avoid spreading the virus and described his own family’s plans to stay away. “We all have a role to play in managing this crisis,” said Biden.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine study suffered from multiple data and dosage errors. The issues may result in the company’s vaccine not being among those vaccines made available early.
Macron’s decisive swing to the right
A push to the right by the French government alarms civil liberties advocates in France, raising questions about President Emmanuel Macron’s positioning ahead of an expected far-right election challenge in 2022.
Fueled by a national wave of fear following the recent terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists, two legislative proposals underscore what critics have described as an alarming tendency to suppress government policy. One would restrict public shooting by the police, while the other would seek further restrictions on Islamism as defined by the French government and investigate some aspects of Muslim life.
This bill would prohibit home schooling, mark in a database those who are considered an “excuse” for acts of terrorism, subject organizations receiving state subsidies to a test of allegiance to “the values of the republic” and the restrictions that are already illegal Increase polygamy.
Opposition words: “This law does nothing to strengthen secularism,” said Aurélien Taché, a representative in parliament who left Mr. Macron’s party. “Those who pretend they want to do that, actually they want to exclude the Muslims.”
The death of a football legend
Diego Maradona, the Argentine who became a national hero as one of the greatest football players, died on Wednesday at the age of 60 in Tigre, Argentina. His spokesman said the cause was a heart attack after years of health problems.
Argentina declared three days of national mourning for the player who took up the sport on dusty streets “with the ingenuity of a kid,” our reporter wrote. He turned professional at the age of 15, played with Napoli and Barcelona and coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup.
Maradona scored one of the most controversial and famous goals of the game against England in four minutes in 1986. He struck the ball into the net for the first time with his fist and then skillfully maneuvered 70 yards through five British players second.
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The women who loved Diana
During her lifetime Diana, the Princess of Wales, was adored by many women in Africa and the diaspora, who then passed this loyalty on to their daughters. For these mothers and daughters, watching “The Crown” feels personal, writes our reporter.
“African mothers are only known to love Diana,” said Wangechi Waweru, a Kenyan rapper whose mother was such a fan. “She was her Beyoncé.”
The following also happens
Michael Flynn: President Trump apologized to the former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty twice for lying to the FBI
Chaos after Brexit: A dress rehearsal by French border guards testing immigration procedures before the deadline for a post-Brexit trade agreement between the UK and the European Union resulted in a five-mile traffic jam in Kent, southern England, to the entrance of the Eurotunnel. that connects the country with France.
Loujain al-Hathloul: Visibly weak and fearful, the activist who advocated women’s driving rights appeared before a Saudi judge on Wednesday to learn that her case had been referred to a special tribunal for terrorism and national security crimes, her family said.
Release of Iranian prisoners: The country released a British-Australian scholar, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who had been incarcerated on espionage charges since 2018, in a prisoner swap on Wednesday for three Iranian men detained overseas, Iranian official news media reported.
Duchess of Sussex: In our statement, Meghan wrote about a miscarriage in July and suggested a question to ask loved ones this year of loss: “Are you okay?”
Now a break from the news
Cook: This turkey tikka masala gets its deep flavors and moisture from marinating the turkey overnight in yogurt, turmeric, garam masala, and garlic paste.
Listen: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa dominate the nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards. Here is the full list of nominees, including those for Song of the Year.
Do: Make someone healthy this year with one of these ideas from the writers and editors of Well.
For ideas for other wonderful ways to pass the time, check out our At Home collection, what to read, cook, see and do while staying home safe.
And now for the background story about …
The time we spend on screens has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Experts say that too much screen time can affect our mental health, deprive us of sleep, and draw our attention. Here are some tips on how to detoxify our devices.
Come up with a plan. Hence, not all of the screen time is bad Assess which parts are toxic and set deadlines to minimize them. Set modest goals, such as: B. a 20 minute limit for reading the news on weekends. For the structure, create calendar events for everything including web browsing and breaks.
Create zones without a phone. Leaving your phone outside of your bedroom keeps blue light in check, which can trick your brain into believing it is daytime and removes the urge to check it out in the middle of the night. Another zone without a phone could be the dining table, a prime opportunity for families to put devices away for at least 30 minutes and reconnect.
Resist the hook. Beware of the man-made targets and infinite feeds tech companies use to keep us trapped on our screens. Turn off notifications for all apps except those that are important to work and interact with the people you care about. If you feel strongly addicted, take an extreme measure and put your phone in grayscale mode.
That’s it for this briefing. I wish you a peaceful, productive day.
Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh took the break from the news. You can reach Natasha and the team at email@example.com.
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