Biden to formally introduce cabinet picks as transition finally begins – live updates


Biden to formally introduce cabinet picks as transition finally begins – live updates

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11.01am GMT

Christina Maxouris has this bleak outlook for CNN on the coronavirus pandemic heading into the holiday season:

The US could nearly double its current numbers – about 12.4 million reported infections – by 20 January, according to the Washington University in St. Louis forecasting model

Hospitalizations are at harrowing highs, with more than 85,800 hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the US, another record set for the 14th day in a row, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

10.45am GMT

The New York Times has more grim reporting this morning about the current state of the coronavirus pandemic in the US. Mitch Smith reports:

When infections began rising sharply in the US in September, the growth was driven largely by outbreaks in the Upper Midwest. Now, though, with the whole country’s daily average of new cases is as high as it has ever been, the most rapid growth is happening elsewhere.

Nine states are reporting more than twice as many new cases a day as they did two weeks ago, and none of them are in the Midwest. The surges in those states — Arizona, California, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Vermont — reflect a still-escalating national crisis.

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