Day: November 25, 2020

How PM could quarantine at the Lodge

Scott Morrison has been called out for declaring there’s “no alternative” to hotel quarantine and then promptly dodging it himself so how did he get away with it?

The simple answer is he did it by being a “government official” and holding a diplomatic passport that allows him to quarantine at the Lodge in Canberra if he is returning from official travel.

As he explained to Kiss FM this week, he’s even managed to quarantine and keep his official photographer and personal chef on staff to whip up a meal

“All the rules are being followed,’’ Mr Morrison said.

“We’ve basically picked up the whole operation from Parliament House and moved it here to the house. I’ve got two staff with me so we’re pretty busy.”

Asked if he was eating “pre-made meals”, the Prime Minister admitted there was someone on hand to cook him dinner.

“There’s a staff that supports here. They’re in the non-quarantine section. So the house is all sorts of cut off. You put your laundry in a bag that dissolves in the wash.”

One of the staff that is quarantining at the Lodge is his official photographer, Adam Taylor, who captured the image of him wearing thongs and shorts with a shirt and jacket for TV interviews.

That image has sparked complaints from media photographers that the Prime Minister’s office is handing out “propaganda shots” to shape his image.

But Sky News host Alan Jones has pointed to a double standard in international travel, with the Prime Minister seemingly going against his own comments on quarantine.

Mr Jones pointed out that after the last National Cabinet meeting, Mr Morrison said there was “no alternative” to hotel quarantine.

“He seems to have found one,” he said as he questioned NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian about quarantine arrangements on Sky News last night.

Ms Berejiklian said she didn’t want to comment on the Prime Minister’s specific case, but argued that it would be too risky to change the system at this stage.

But in fact, the rules are different for government officials and the Prime Minister is within his rights to quarantine “at home” at the Lodge with a staff of cooks and cleaners on hand to make the experience a little more luxurious.

The exemption is clearly outlined on the health.gov.au website under the section detailing ‘recommended quarantine exemptions for some other travellers.”

“Official government travel Government officials, and/or their dependants, who are returning from official government travel need to quarantine for 14 days on return to Australia,’’ it states.

“They may quarantine at their home, usual place of residence, or private accommodation.

“Government officials must travel on an Australian Government issued Official or Diplomat passport when completing Official Travel.

“Strict conditions apply on this exemption class. Government officials are not allowed to take a domestic connecting flight within 14 days of arrival in Australia. Government officials must comply with all state or territory public health requirements.”

Mr Jones argued that skilled workers and international students should

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54 Best Ron Swanson Quotes from ‘Parks and Recreation’

If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation, it’s pretty much a given that you’re also a fan of Ron Swanson. Maybe it’s his outward disdain for the American government, his woodworking skills, or his unending love of meat and alcohol. One thing is for certain: Ron Swanson is consistent, and as the ultimate “man’s man,” he never has any qualms about what other people think of him.

But for a man of few words, Pawnee’s director of Parks and Recreation sure did seem to have an opinion about everything—from fishing and crying to women named Tammy. Here are some of his most memorable quotes from the show’s incredible seven-season run.

Ron Swanson’s Best One-Liners

  • “That is a canvas sheet—the most versatile object known to man. It can be used to make tents, backpacks, shoes, stretchers, sails, tarpaulins, and I suppose, in the most dire of circumstances, it can be a surface on which to make art.”
  • “There is only one bad word: taxes.”
  • “There’s more than one crib tree in a forest. That’s not a lesson, by the way, just a comment on lumber availability.”
  • “When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them.”
  • “I’ve cried twice in my life. Once when I was 7 and hit by a school bus. And then again when I heard that Li’l Sebastian had passed.”
  • “Capitalism: God’s way of determining who is smart and who is poor.”
  • “Crying: Acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon.”
  • “Fishing relaxes me. It’s like yoga, except I still get to kill something.”
  • “Great job, everyone. The reception will be held in each of our individual houses, alone.”
  • “History began on July 4, 1776. Everything that happened before that was a mistake.”
  • “Literally everything is a weapon, son. That folder, in my hands, is far deadlier than this bow of yours.”
  • “I have a hernia. I’ve had it for a while, and I’ve been ignoring it successfully. But uh, this morning, I made the mistake of sneezing. But as long as I sit still and don’t move my head or torso, I’m good. I got this.”
  • [On bowling]” Straight down the middle. No hook, no spin, no fuss. Anything more and this becomes figure skating.”
  • [Describing his allergies] “Cowardice and weak-willed men… and hazelnuts.”
  • “Birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards.”
  • “Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are useless.”
  • “I would rather bleed out than sit here and talk about my feelings for 10 minutes.”

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    Ron Swanson’s Life Advice

    • “Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots recommend that.”
    • “There are only three ways to motivate people: money, fear, and hunger.”
    • “There are three acceptable haircuts: high and tight, crew cut, buzz cut.”
    • “Sting like a bee, but do not float like a butterfly. That’s ridiculous.”
    • “One rage every three months is permitted. Try not to hurt anyone who doesn’t deserve it.”
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    Judge clears way for homeless to be moved from Lucerne Hotel

    The city can move homeless residents of the Upper West Side’s Lucerne Hotel to another location in the Financial District, a judge ruled Wednesday as she tossed a suit to block the controversial relocation, new court papers show.

    After blowback from Upper West Side residents, the city sought to transfer the roughly 200 homeless men from the Lucerne to a downtown Radisson Inn — but instead met resistance there from a group of FiDi residents calling themselves Downtown New Yorkers Inc who sued the city last month to block the relocation.

    Three homeless men living at the Lucerne who opposed their forced move intervened in the case and successfully put the relocation on pause while the case played out in court.

    But after lengthy hearings last week, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Debra James found, in her decision from Wednesday, that she doesn’t have jurisdiction to block the city’s plans to move the men.

    James said the homeless men could fight their relocation after they are moved if the shelter is lacking through the appropriate channel of an administrative hearing. But that she didn’t find they would suffer irreparable harm if they are moved now.

    James also found that Downtown New Yorkers don’t have legal standing to challenge the relocation.

    A view of the downtown Radisson Inn that NYC plans to convert into a homeless shelter.
    A view of the downtown Radisson Inn that NYC plans to convert into a homeless shelter.John Nacion/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press

    “The relocation plan will enable each of the residents to move from a Lucerne hotel room with two beds and a roommate into a single bed hotel room at the Radisson,” James’ decision reads.

    The judge said it will “enable the de-densification of residents who are currently doubled up at the Lucerne.”

    A spokesman for the city Law Department said it is “pleased with the Court’s decision, which will allow the City to continue providing critical services to those who need it most in the way we believe is most effective.”

    After Thanksgiving, the city will begin transitioning the men to the Radisson as part of its effort to phase out the Lucerne as a temporary COVID site, the spokesman said.

    Randy Mastro lawyer for WestCo — a group of Upper West Side residents in support of the relocation who were barred from the case — said the decision is “a ‘win-win’ for all concerned, and now, [the move] should go forward without any further delay.”

    Michael Hiller — who repped the three homeless men who opposed the move — told The Post, “Words cannot express how I feel about this decision greenlighting the city’s forcible relocation of the homeless residents of the Lucerne on the day before Thanksgiving.

    “All I can say right now is that I disagree with the decision. As for the next steps, our clients are currently considering their options.”

    Lawyers for Downtown New Yorkers did not immediately return a request for comment.

    Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks

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    Amid coronavirus surge, Maryland survey shows many still plan Thanksgiving travel

    With coronavirus cases surging in the region, and deaths on the rise, a survey from the University of Maryland Medical System finds that 4 in 10 Marylanders were unwilling to change their in-person Thanksgiving plans because of the coronavirus.

    Elected leaders and public health officials from throughout the region and across the country have tightened restrictions in recent days and implored residents not to celebrate the holiday with anyone outside their immediate household.

    But the online survey, conducted Nov. 16-23 among 525 residents in central and Southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore, found that 44 percent said they were not altering Thanksgiving or other holiday plans.

    David Marcozzi, a physician who led the project, said the results dismayed him.

    “It’s disappointing, the lack of recognition that this virus will not take a holiday, it’s silently waiting for an opportunity to spread between us,” he said. “We’re setting ourselves up for a perfect storm. … You have the potential for multiple small superspreader events.”

    The survey, which has a margin of error of 4.9 percent, did not include Montgomery County, which is Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction, or the western panhandle of the state. But it did include Prince George’s County in the Washington region, as well as Baltimore.

    Respondents in more rural areas were less likely to say they have canceled in-person holiday plans than those in central Maryland. Women, older adults and those with higher education levels were more likely to have changed holiday plans.

    [Planning a Thanksgiving trip? Many in the D.C. region are staying put]

    In Montgomery, officials on Wednesday pleaded with residents to avoid large gatherings over the holiday and warned that authorities would be ramping up enforcement of physical distancing rules. The county reported 383 new coronavirus infections, bringing its seven-day average to triple what it was a month ago.

    “We have broken records time and time again in the past week,” Health Officer Travis Gayles said at a briefing. “If I’m sounding bleak or sounding concerned, it’s because we certainly are.”

    Earl Stoddard, head of emergency management, said county police will join state police in patrolling high-density areas such as Silver Spring and Bethesda to ensure that businesses and individuals comply with health orders.

    Since the start of the pandemic, the county has levied $500 fines on businesses 30 times for violating physical distancing or mask-wearing requirements, Stoddard said. Officials have also closed or suspended seven businesses for a time.

    Gayles said community transmission of the virus has become so widespread in the county that it is increasingly difficult to conduct contact tracing. Officials said they are seeing a growing number of cases associated with family gatherings, youth sports, indoor dining and houses of worship.

    “It would be easier if there was one type of activity we could isolate,” Gayles said, “but there’s lots of different possibilities now.”

    [Coronavirus cases and metrics in D.C., Maryland and Virginia]

    In the District, acting D.C. city administrator Kevin Donahue told members of the D.C. Council on

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    Room review: Hotel Britomart, Auckland – Is NZ’s greenest hotel worth staying at?

    The Hotel Britomart is the new kid on the block in downtown Auckland, yet it fits so seamlessly into the area that you might question if it’s been there all along.

    We spent the night to see if New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel lived up to the hype around its recent launch.

    The Place

    It’s a brand new 10-storey building in the heart of Britomart, with 99 guest rooms and five incredible landing suites complete with outdoor terraces.

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    The ground floor is home to not only the lounge-like lobby, but also kingi restaurant.

    The Space

    First impressions were great and somewhat earthy. Every detail of the lobby felt meticulously thought out, and there was a tale about most of the features within the space.

    There are door handles crafted from Northland driftwood and dipped in brass, 150,000 hand-made bricks lining the walls, and a feature wall made from Muriwai black sand.

    5 Green Stars don’t come easily – refillable toiletries, compostable slippers, organic bed linen and a recycling plan for the beds just scratch the surface on the thought behind the rooms alone.

    The guest rooms are admittedly small, at 22 square metres, but still manage to fit a custom couch, desk and large basin.

    There’s a real sense that the space has been designed to introduce travellers to New Zealand. There are local books, a large Tui wallpaper hidden away, and strictly local treats in the minibar.

    The electric blackout blinds, and marshmallowy bed and massive pillows, all made for a deep night’s sleep.

    The rooms are cosy at Hotel Britomart.

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    The rooms are cosy at Hotel Britomart.

    The Facilities

    Because of the location in the heart of Britomart, there is no real need for extensive facilities. You won’t find a gym or swimming pool here, but if you’re that way inclined, there are options in the city close by.

    The supplied bikes to pedal around town would help with that.

    Dining options at Hotel Britomart.

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    Dining options at Hotel Britomart.

    The Food

    Tucked down a leafy laneway on the ground floor is kingi, an all-day eatery that specialises in sustainable seafood. With some of the city’s best restaurants within walking distance, it’s easy to understand why they enlisted the brains behind Orphans Kitchen to take the lead on this one.

    While the seafood was delicious, the burrata and wood-fired flatbreads were a stand out for us. A carafe of the in-house Pinot Gris on tap made for the perfect pairing. For breakfast, the oat hotcakes with walnut and raspberry were divine, we’ve already agreed to go back for brunch again soon.

    Hotel Britomart is right in the centre of the CBD.

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    Hotel Britomart is right in the centre of the CBD.

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    Denver mayor flies to Mississippi for Thanksgiving after advising against travel

    Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) flew to Mississippi on Wednesday for Thanksgiving after telling people to avoid travel if possible, The Denver Post reported.



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    Mike Strott, a spokesman for Hancock’s office, said there was no contradiction between the mayor’s trip and his advice, noting that Hancock will spend the holiday with only his wife and one of his daughters. Hancock ordinarily hosts up to 50 members of his family, according to the newspaper.

    “(Hancock) has told people to rethink their Thanksgiving plans. He has also said that if you do travel to follow health and safety guidelines and the mayor will still follow health and safety guidelines upon his return,” Strott told the newspaper.

    Strott said the mayor intended to “follow all necessary health and safety guidance and quarantine” upon returning to Denver.

    Hancock also tweeted Wednesday that Denverites should “avoid travel, if you can” and was met with a “ratio” of 60 likes versus over 600 replies.

    Like numerous other state and local officials, Hancock has warned against large holiday gatherings, saying in November that while “we’re not going to sit here and tell you that Thanksgiving is canceled in Denver,” he wanted “to urge everyone to think differently about Thanksgiving this year,” according to the Denver Channel.

    “And after the meal, as we’re gonna do, Zoom with your extended family – all your friends, everyone that you meet, and tell them that you look forward to seeing them real soon, and that maybe next year, maybe next year, we can all be together again,” Hancock added.

    Denver County has seen a total of 33,971 coronavirus cases and 510 deaths as of Wednesday. Colorado overall has seen 208,000 cases and 2,868 deaths.

    Hancock’s travel came shortly after California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was heavily criticized for attending a dinner party, for which he later apologized, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said his mother and two of his adult daughters would travel to Albany for Thanksgiving.

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    Americans defy pandemic, political leaders to travel for Thanksgiving

    (Reuters) – Americans defied pleas from state and local officials to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday in the face of the surging coronavirus pandemic, triggering fresh warnings from health officials with the release of vaccines still weeks away.

    FILE PHOTO: Roberto Arias prepares a grave for burial at Woodlawn Cemetery during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Everett, Massachusetts, U.S., May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden joined in the calls for safety, urging people to forgo big family gatherings, wear protective masks and maintain social distancing.[L1N2IB13S]

    “I know we can and we will beat this virus,” Biden said in a speech delivered in a near-empty Wilmington, Delaware, theater to a handful of staffers and reporters wearing masks sitting inside socially distanced circles on the floor. Biden did not wear a mask.

    “Life is going to return to normal. I promise you. This will happen. This will not last forever,” said Biden, a 78-year-old Democrat.

    Deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 2,000 in a single day for the first time since May on Tuesday and hospitalizations reached a record 88,000 on Wednesday as the country recorded 2.3 million new infections in the past two weeks.

    Spiraling infections typically result in a rising death toll weeks later. Coronavirus deaths reached 2,157 on Tuesday – one person every 40 seconds – with another 170,000 people infected, as millions of Americans disregarded official warnings and traveled for Thanksgiving.

    Nearly 1 million passengers a day have been screened at airport security checkpoints for the past week, with Sunday’s total of 1.047 million being the highest number since the early days of the pandemic in mid-March.

    ‘WE WANT TO SEE THE FAMILY’

    Daliza Rodriguez, a 33-year-old childhood educator, was traveling to Texas from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday.

    “We know we’re taking a risk but we want to see the family, and it has been a long time,” she said.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, urged people to keep Thanksgiving gatherings as small as possible and stressed the need to “hang in there a bit longer.”

    “If we do those things, we’re going to get through it. So that’s my final plea before the holiday,” Fauci told the ABC News program “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

    Families with university students have been forced to evaluate the risk of reuniting for Thanksgiving.

    Francesca Wimer, a student at Northwestern University in Illinois, flew home to Washington wearing an N95 mask and a face shield and checked into a hotel for 14 days, quarantining to protect her parents and grandparents.

    “She was returning to a vulnerable set of people. We didn’t trust that a test was enough,” said her mother, Cynthia Wimer.

    Luke Burke, studying at Syracuse University in upstate New York, was planning to spend Thanksgiving with his family in New Jersey until his roommate tested positive last week.

    “I’m sorry I can’t be there with my parents, but it’s the right

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    Returned travellers caught COVID-19 in medi-hotel

    She said it was a complicated situation. “My staff and I are working through the implications of this,” she said.

    “This is complicated. This is complex,” she said.

    Professor Spurrier said there was no risk to the public.

    “Everyone who needs to be in quarantine is in quarantine,” she said.

    Professor Spurrier last week said she believed a returned traveller from Britain who arrived at Peppers on November 2 was the source of the COVID-19 outbreak on November 15, which triggered panic and a full statewide lockdown.

    A female cleaner at Peppers aged in her 50s is thought to have become infected through surface transmission, but the latest developments on Tuesday bring further questions.

    Earlier on Tuesday, South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall said he was eyeing a return on December 1 to the minimal restrictions the state had in place before the emergence earlier this month of a COVID-19 cluster that is now seemingly under control.

    Mr Marshall also signalled that international repatriation flights to Adelaide were poised to restart on December 1, following a two-week ban while medi-hotelshosted local residents who had been placed into quarantine in a bid to stamp out the Parafield cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

    There are still 39 active cases in South Australia. Earlier on Tuesday Professor Spurrier said she could not declare the cluster beaten just yet but it was close.

    “I’d like to see how we go this week,” she said. “I haven’t popped the cork on the champagne bottle yet but the champagne is on ice.”

    There are 4100 people still in quarantine or self-isolation, many of whom will re-enter the community over the coming days. She said testing rates had fallen back from 17,000 on Saturday to 7000 on Monday.

    Mr Marshall said the state was now well-positioned. He was looking to December 1 as the day the state hoped to ”go back to where we were before the Parafield cluster”.

    “We have our eyes firmly fixed on next Tuesday,” he said.

    Repatriation ‘role to play’

    Victoria on Tuesday hit the milestone of having no active cases for the first time in almost nine months, following a horrendous run during which most people had to endure a 112-day lockdown to battle a second wave of the virus because of a hotel quarantine mishap.

    Victoria banned repatriation flights while it battled a major outbreak, with the state having suffered 819 deaths since the pandemic began. SA has recorded just four deaths.

    Mr Marshall said 8500 people had been through SA’s medi-hotel system, and the state had a responsibility to keep taking overseas travellers who wanted to return.

    “We do have a role to play in the national repatriation of Australian citizens overseas,” he said. “We want to keep our medi-hotels in place.”

    The main medi-hotels in the state are all in the Adelaide CBD: Peppers on Waymouth Street, the Stamford on North Terrace and the Pullman Hotel on Hindmarsh Square.

    Police have scanned 500 hours of CCTV footage from the hotel

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    Jersey Shore Family Vacation spoilers: Dr. Drew to the rescue

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    Dr. Drew was called in to help mend the Shore cast’s relationships. Pic credit: MTV

    Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premiered last week, and a major part of the storyline consisted of the lingering drama from the girls’ infamous speech at Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding.

    Angelina didn’t talk to Jenni Farley or Deena Cortese for nine months following the incident.

    In a preview of what’s to come this season, Ronnie Magro, Pauly DelVecchio, Mike Sorrentino, and Vinny Guadagnino are shown attempting to come up with a plan to get Jenni and Deena in the same room as Angelina so they can finally hash things out.

    They came up with the idea to plan a trip and quarantine together in the hopes that the bonding time would bring their family back together.

    Pauly rented an entire resort in Las Vegas and the cast brought along their significant others to film.

    Dr. Drew to the rescue

    In the preview of future episodes, the roommates appeared to be having fun until Mike said there was a need to address the “elephant in the room.”

    The sneak peek showed the drama between the roommates come to a head as they began to argue.

    Angelina threw a pillow at Vinny, Deena was in tears, and Ronnie said, “She really needs to get some mental help. It’s destroying all of our lives at this point.”

    After Vinny admitted, “We need help!” the preview shifted to Dr. Drew Pinsky — MTV’s resident doctor and therapist — as he pulled up on-site to seemingly help the Shore cast work through their issues.

    The Mediation

    Prior to enlisting Dr. Drew’s expertise, Mike transformed himself from “The Situation” to “The Mediation” in the hopes that he could somehow mediate the argument between the girls and help solve their dispute.

    During the premiere, Mike invited Vinny, Jenni, and Deena over to his house. The sit-down took place 91 days after the wedding and Mike’s goal was to hear everyone’s point of view in the hopes of being able to get through to them.

    In a confessional interview, Mike explained the predicament he found himself in and said, “We are really caught in a situation right now because we don’t want to say the wrong thing to Jenni and Deena and upset them but at the same time we want to move forward and try to put this behind us.”

    Both Deena and Jenni made it clear they had no intentions of making amends with Angelina. The girls described the social media backlash they faced after the wedding speech audio was leaked and how upset they were that Angelina supported the comments fans made to put down the girls and their families.

    Based on the preview of the coming episodes, it looks like Dr. Drew will have his work cut out for him.

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    Americans travel as Biden addresses nation

    Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:



    Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)


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    Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

    — Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse.

    — More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the economy remains burdened by the coronavirus. About 778,000 people applied for unemployment last week, the second straight week the number has risen.

    — Authorities are desperately pleading with people to stay home for the holidays and dramatically increasing fines for businesses that break the rules. In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont says he will fine businesses $10,000 for violating virus restrictions.

    THE NUMBERS: COVID-19 deaths have been shooting up all week. The average number per day is now over 1,600. The country is averaging 174,000 new cases of the virus per day.

    QUOTABLE: “I don’t want to be South Dakota.” — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors who resist mask mandates. He cited the grim statistics in South Dakota and the governor’s refusal to require masks.

    ICYMI: The virus has scuttled a long-standing holiday tradition in the tiny Kansas town of Norcatur. In a decades-old tradition that evokes Norman Rockwell nostalgia, the whole town gathers for a potluck dinner at Christmastime and conducts a prize drawing for a plethora of donated meats, crafts and goodies. This year, it’s off.

    ON THE HORIZON: President-elect Joe Biden is ramping up his response to the pandemic. He i s delivering a national Thanksgiving address in an attempt to unify the country in the face of the resurgent virus, and congressional leaders are waiting for his strategy for fighting the pandemic.

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