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Corona’s third wave hitting U.S.

THE U.S. is experiencing a surge in new coronavirus cases (Shutterstock/Mongkolchan).

The “third wave” of the coronavirus continues to surge, as 140,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the United States today (Wednesday). That’s a new one-day record. Texas is now the first state with over 1 million cases, with California not far behind. In the state of New York, which appeared to have gotten the upper hand in the battle against COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all restaurants, bars and gyms would have to close by midnight, starting on Friday.

In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the reinstatement of the state’s mask mandate in the aftermath of 50,000 new cases in 13 days, according to United Press International. He also announced the creation of a Retail Compliance Unit to make sure the mask requirement is enforced. The first violation will bring a warning; the second will shut the store down for 24 hours.

Johns Hopkins University has reported that the U.S. now has 10,392,702 cases, about one fifth of the world total. Americans who have died from the virus now number 241,107 of the 1,282,184 persons counted as deceased worldwide.

In both states and others, warnings were issued against large holiday gatherings.

The News: Biden picks his chief of staff

Wall Street still can’t seem to make up its mind about whether economic prospects are getter better or not. The Dow slid 23.29 points, but the S&P 500 rose by 27.13 points and the Nasdaq jumped by 232.57. •  The NFL is also experiencing its own coronavirus surge. According to UPI, 56 NFL employees have tested positive for COVID-10 since Nov. 1. That’s 15 players and 41 staff members. • President Donald Trump and President-Elect Joe Biden each attended Veteran’s Day ceremonies on Tuesday. Trump was at the Arlington National Cemetery and Biden attended a ceremony in Philadelphia. • Biden has chosen long-time friend and adviser Ron Klain as his chief of staff, a position some historians liken to being an “assistant president.” Klain was Biden’s chief of staff during Biden’s first term as vice president.

Weather:  Get out your comforter!

For long-time West Orange County residents, nighttime isn’t even inviting for Batman. Although the days are pleasantly cool – just a light jacket will do – once the sun goes down, things get a lot more shivery. Tonight’s overnight low will be 48. Daytime highs this week will be in the mid to high 60s before warming up to 82 on Sunday. But evening lows will be in the high 40s, “warming” up to 51 by Sunday night.

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