Table of Contents
- 1 After close contacts get Covid, acting Sec. Def. Chris Miller won’t isolate
- 2 U.S. crosses 190,000 new daily Covid-19 cases
- 3 Need a negative test before heading to Hawaii, governor says
- 4 Hong Kong suspends in-person classes for some students for 2 weeks
- 5 Pfizer to apply for emergency use for its Covid-19 vaccine
- 6 Rachel Maddow says her partner has Covid, at one point thought it ‘might kill her’
- 7 European Covid restrictions appear to be paying off, says WHO, as U.S. cases soar
After close contacts get Covid, acting Sec. Def. Chris Miller won’t isolate
Two people tested positive for coronavirus after having close contact with acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, who will not conduct a period of self-isolation as is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a Pentagon spokesperson.
Anthony Tata, who is performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and twice subsequently, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
Tata was tested because the Lithuanian Embassy informed the Pentagon that its Defense Minister, Raimundas Karoblis, tested positive for Covid-19.
Karoblis visited the Pentagon over several days in the last week, where he met with Miller, Tata, as well as Secretary of Navy Kenneth Braithwaite.
Miller and others won’t isolate, the Pentagon spokesperson said:
“As CDC COVID mitigation guidelines were followed during the Acting Secretary’s bilateral meeting with the minister, as well as meetings with Mr. Tata, Acting Secretary of Defense Miller is not quarantining,” the Pentagon said.
U.S. crosses 190,000 new daily Covid-19 cases
More than 193,000 people reported new Covid-19 infections in the U.S. Thursday, a new record. County and state health departments across the country reported 1,945 deaths.
According to NBC News’ tally, case counts have exceeded 100,000 for more than two weeks now. In the last week, an average 165,665 cases have been confirmed per day, up more than double from the average 80,669 cases per day the U.S. was averaging four weeks ago.
Several records were set Thursday on the state level:
- Iowa reported 39 Covid-19 deaths, tying its record set the day before.
- Kentucky reported 3,637 cases
- Maryland had 2,912 cases
- 72 reported dead in Minnesota
- 28 deaths in Nebraska
- 2,416 cases in Nevada
- 528 cases in New Hampshire
- 4,491 new cases in New Jersey
- 3,665 cases in New Mexico
- Oregon reported 20 dead
- Vermont reported 149 new cases
- Wyoming reported 21 deaths
Track surges across the states.