November 2 coronavirus news

By Zamira Rahim, Lauren Kent, Ben Westcott and Steve George, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020
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5:42 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Pregnant women are more likely to die from coronavirus, although risk still low, study says

From CNN Health’s Lauren Mascarenhas

Pregnant women with coronavirus are more likely to become severely ill and die from Covid-19, according to a report released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although the risk of severe illness or death remain low overall, CDC researchers found that pregnant women with coronavirus are more likely to need the intensive care, ventilation and heart and lung support than non-pregnant women with the virus. 

The CDC-led team examined data on 461,825 women between the ages of 15 and 44 who tested positive for Covid-19 between January 22 and October 3. They focused only on those who experienced coronavirus symptoms.

The researchers adjusted for outside factors and found that pregnant women were more likely to need intensive care, with 10.5 per 1,000 pregnant women admitted to the ICU, compared to 3.9 per 1,000 non-pregnant women.

The researchers noted that among pregnant women, Asian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander women had a more pronounced risk for ICU admission.

Pregnant women were three times more likely to need help breathing with invasive ventilation than non-pregnant women. Similarly, they were at greater risk of requiring lung and heart support with oxygenation. 

They were also more likely to die, with 1.5 deaths per 1,000 pregnant women, compared to 1.2 per 1,000 non-pregnant women. Hispanic women, in particular, were 2.4 times more likely to die if they were pregnant.

The team noted that regardless of pregnancy status, women over 35 were more likely to experience severe illness. 

The researchers say that the increased risk for severe illness among pregnant women might be due to physiological changes in pregnancy, including increased heart rate and decreased lung capacity.

“To reduce the risk for severe illness and death from Covid-19, pregnant women should be counseled about the importance of seeking prompt medical care if they have symptoms and measures to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection should be strongly emphasized for pregnant women and their families during all medical encounters, including prenatal care visits,” the study says.
4:54 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

New York Gov. Cuomo says he will not share patient information with federal government for Covid-19 vaccine

From CNN's Laura Ly

A medical worker pushes a stretcher at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York on September 22, where hundreds of COVID-19 patients have been treated since March.
A medical worker pushes a stretcher at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York on September 22, where hundreds of COVID-19 patients have been treated since March. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press call Monday that he will not cooperate with a request from the federal government to share patient information with it in order to be eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccinations.

Cuomo said that US states recently received a “data sharing form agreement” from the federal government, which he says requires states to agree to share with it patient health information -- including identification information such as a driver’s license number, passport number, or social security number -- in order to receive shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Cuomo said the agreement indicates that patient information will be used by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and “other federal partners,” but said he believes it is another tactic for the Trump administration to target undocumented immigrants. 

“This is an administration that has, from day one with the wall, been relentless in their pursuit of undocumented people,” Cuomo said, arguing that there is “no legitimate health reason” for the federal government to require this information, other than to target certain groups of people. 

“This is just another example of them trying to extort the state of New York to get info that they can use at the Department of Homeland Security and ICE [US Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to deport people,” Cuomo said. 

Any Democratic governor that agrees to give them this information, I think doesn’t understand what they’re doing, or doesn’t understand what it means to be a Democrat,” Cuomo said. 

In the same briefing, Cuomo said the proposed federal vaccination program's infrastructure would “have a discriminatory effect” on poor, Black and brown communities. He criticized using private health infrastructure such as CVS and Walgreens to administer the vaccine because those outlets have far fewer branches in the neighborhoods of disadvantaged communities.

Background: Cuomo has previously criticized the proposed federal vaccine program's use of private health infrastructure for other reasons. He has argued that these venues cannot quickly and effectively administer the vaccine without overwhelming the nation's pandemic response capabilities, since they are already being charged with Covid-19 diagnostic testing.

Cuomo has said he would prefer the option of establishing a public, state-run program for vaccination administration, but that the federal government has not agreed to provide funding for it. 

5:18 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

'It’s not too late' to suppress transmission of coronavirus, WHO director general says 

From CNN Health’s Naomi Thomas

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, is in quarantine as a contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, is in quarantine as a contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19. WHO

As Europe and North America continue to see new spikes in Covid-19 infections, the World Health Organization's chief has said it's not too late to bring the virus under control. 

"Seize the opportunity, it’s not too late," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said during a news briefing in Geneva on Monday. "We all have a role to play in suppressing transmission and we have seen across the world that it’s possible."

Tedros, who is in quarantine after being identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19, joined the briefing remotely.

“This is another critical moment for action. Another critical moment for leaders to step up. And another critical moment for people to come together for a common purpose,” he added.

WHO has released videos from countries that have successfully contained Covid-19 outbreaks, such as New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand and Korea, Tedros said. 

5:46 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Jordan reports record daily Covid-19 cases as new restrictions come into force

From CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh in Istanbul 

Roads are empty during the COVID-19 lockdown in Amman, Jordan on October 9.
Roads are empty during the COVID-19 lockdown in Amman, Jordan on October 9. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

Jordan has reported its highest daily number of new Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, as tougher restrictions come into force to contain a worsening outbreak.

The country, once applauded for its handling of the pandemic, is now grappling with a surge in infections. On Monday, Jordan's Ministry of Health reported 5,877 new cases in 24 hours, bringing the country's total count to 81,743. There were also 47 new deaths, raising the national death toll to 913, the ministry added.

The record number of cases comes a day after Jordan announced a series of new measures on Sunday to curb the spread of the virus and protect health workers.

As of Monday, all swimming pools, gyms and children’s indoor entertainment facilities will be closed down across the country, and there will be stricter enforcement of the country’s mask mandate. A nighttime curfew will also be extended by an hour, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Jordan’s Parliamentary elections will be held on November 10, but all candidate elections have been closed down after mass gatherings were taking place at party headquarters. Election results are expected in the afternoon or evening of November 11. An hour after results are announced, the country will go into a full lockdown until 6 a.m. on November 15, after which the situation will be assessed, Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh announced Sunday.

2:57 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

At least 231,077 people in the US have died from coronavirus, as America reaches 9,220,933 cases

From CNN's Amanda Watts

There are at least 9,220,933 coronavirus cases in the US and at least 231,077 people have died, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

So far on Monday, Johns Hopkins has reported 13,958 new cases and 82 deaths in the US. On Friday, the US reported 99,321 new Covid-19 cases – the highest single day number of cases recorded for any country. The United States' top five records in daily cases all occurred within eight days, an upward trend that could strain hospital capacity.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

For regular updates, please follow CNN’s map, which uses Johns Hopkins data to refresh every 15 minutes:

2:13 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

US CDC says its Covid-19 quarantine recommendations do not preclude people from voting

From CNN's Naomi Thomas

Residents of Baltimore City line up to vote early in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 27.
Residents of Baltimore City line up to vote early in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 27. J. Countess/Getty Images

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for isolation and quarantine do not preclude Americans from voting in the election, said a CDC spokesperson on Monday.

CDC’s recommendations for isolating someone who has Covid-19 or quarantining someone who was in close contact with a person with Covid-19 would not preclude them from exercising their right to vote,” a CDC spokesperson told CNN via email.

In-person voting can be carried out safely following CDC’s recommendations for polling location and voters, the spokesperson said.

When possible, alternative voting options – which minimize contact between voters and poll workers – should be made available for people with Covid-19, those who have symptoms of Covid-19, and those who have been exposed, the spokesperson added.

Poll workers who are assisting voters with symptoms should be provided with personal protective equipment and trained to use it appropriately.

Voters who are sick or in quarantine should take steps to protect poll workers and other voters. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least six feet away from others, and washing their hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting," the spokesperson said. "These voters also should let poll workers know about their condition when arriving at the polling location."
12:44 p.m. ET, November 2, 2020

New York City keeping 'a close eye' on rising cases, mayor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia in New York

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he's keeping "a very close eye" on rising coronavirus cases as the percent of people who have tested positive reaches "worrisome levels," but that hospital capacity was still under control.

The city-wide positivity rate has hit 2.08%, de Blasio said, adding that the seven-day rolling average of 1.81% was a "better number" and "more consistent with where we’ve been."

"We want to turn the tide now...We want to start knocking down that 7-day rolling average," de Blasio said on Monday. "We’re keeping a very close eye on the situation because we’re obviously at a point where that has gone up in recent weeks and we take that very seriously."

The daily number of people in New York City admitted to hospitals for Covid-19 is at 80, and the confirmed positivity rate for those patients is 16.8%. According to de Blasio, both figures “in the scheme of things” are “pretty good for today.”

Meanwhile, 21 public schools across the city are currently closed for a 2 week period under Covid-19 protocols, though the mayor advised the number changes every day as schools transition in and out of this process.

"The schools overall have been extraordinarily safe," de Blasio said, adding that the city continues to take cautioned steps that he says so far have been effective.

New York -- once the epicenter of the pandemic as the largest and densest city in the US -- began gradually reopening in June. At the city’s peak in April, more than 500 people were dying every day and hospitals and funeral homes were overwhelmed.

In total, New York City has recorded 256,434 coronavirus cases, 19,350 confirmed deaths and 4,663 "probable deaths" related to Covid-19, according to the city's public health agency.

11:50 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Queen Elizabeth returns to Windsor Castle as England prepares for second national lockdown

From CNN’s Max Foster outside London

Queen Elizabeth II on October 15, 2020.
Queen Elizabeth II on October 15, 2020. Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, traveled back to Windsor Castle in the south of England on Monday, three days before a second national lockdown comes into force.

The Duke of Edinburgh travelled back with Her Majesty to Windsor," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said. The pair spent the weekend at the Royal Estate in Sandringham, Norfolk. 

The spokesperson added that their return to Windsor "had been the plan for a while," refusing to comment on speculation that the two were isolating with a bubble of staff ahead of a new month-long lockdown. 

We won’t be commenting on future arrangements or Christmas at this stage,” the palace spokesperson said.

The news comes amid reports that the pair's grandson Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year.

When exactly William was infected is unclear. The Sun newspaper, which broke the story, said that he took a seven-day break from calls and video messages from April 9 to April 16.

The paper added that William, also styled the Duke of Cambridge, recently told an "observer" at a function that he did not go public with his diagnosis because "there were important things going on and I didn't want to worry anyone."

In March, William's father, Prince Charles, himself tested positive and had to go into isolation. The 71-year-old later said he had been lucky to only experience mild symptoms, adding he'd "got away with it quite lightly."

11:18 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Xinjiang region reports 13 new local cases amid China's biggest outbreak in months

From CNN's Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

An empty road is seen amid the coronavirus outbreak on October 27, 2020 in Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.
An empty road is seen amid the coronavirus outbreak on October 27, 2020 in Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. VCG/VCG/Getty Images

A mass testing campaign in China's tightly-controlled western region of Xinjiang has revealed the country's worst coronavirus outbreak in months.

Authorities in the heavily policed region -- where Beijing has been accused of detaining more than a million Muslims -- reported 13 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases Monday, according to the state-run People's Daily news outlet.

The outlet cited a press conference held by the Xinjiang government on Monday night.

The cases were all asymptomatic and were reported in Shufu County, in Xinjiang's Kashgar area, near the border with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. All the infections are among people who were already under quarantine and medical surveillance, People's Daily reported.

In late October, Kashgar launched a mass testing program for its 4.7 million residents after an asymptomatic case was identified in Shufu County.

The total number of infections in Xinjiang now stands at 59 symptomatic cases and 236 asymptomatic cases.

It's the country's biggest coronavirus cluster since more than 180 infections were reported in the capital Beijing in June.