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US number of cases 8 times bigger than reported, CDC says; AstraZeneca vaccine faces questions; WHO encourages exercise

Like pretty much everything in 2020, Thanksgiving looks a lot different due to COVID-19.

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Many are spending their first Thanksgiving alone or without loved ones. Families are turning video calls into the dinner table. Even the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are social distancing. 

“I know the country has grown weary of the fight,” President-elect Joe Biden said in a Thanksgiving eve address urging unity. “We need to remember we’re at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other.”

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Biden gave his address a day after the U.S. reported its deadliest day since May, with more than 2,000 new fatalities due to the virus. It could get worse: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday published a national ensemble forecast that predicts 294,000 to 321,000 coronavirus deaths by Dec. 19.

a group of people performing on stage in front of a building: Masked handlers wait to raise and fly large balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2020 in New York City. While the the annual holiday parade usually draws thousands of onlookers, much of the celebration was prerecorded and scaled back due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Masked handlers wait to raise and fly large balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2020 in New York City. While the the annual holiday parade usually draws thousands of onlookers, much of the celebration was prerecorded and scaled back due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

In Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, public health officials said infections are skyrocketing, with approximately one out of every 145 people infected with the virus. That estimate was at 1 in 880 residents two months ago, according to the Los Angeles Times.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 12.8 million cases and over 263,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 60.8 million cases and 1.42 million deaths.

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COVID tests should play bigger role in international travel: WHO expert

GENEVA (Reuters) – COVID tests should be more widely used in international travel than quarantines, the chair of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee said on Friday.

Didier Houssin, chair of the independent panel of experts advising WHO on the COVID-19 pandemic, said it was important for the U.N. agency to provide fresh guidance on safe international air travel.

“And clearly the use of the tests is certainly now supposed to have a much larger place compared to quarantine, for example, which would certainly facilitate things considering all the efforts which have been made by airlines and by airports,” Houssin told a news conference.

WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan said that travelling was now “relatively safe” and posed a “relatively low” health risk, but that “there is no zero risk”.

“Therefore it is trade-off that countries have to make, the risk of a traveller arriving and potentially starting another chain of transmission, against the obvious benefit of allowing travel from a social and an economic point of view,” he said.

“You can add testing and different measures into that. We are looking at that right now. We will be coming out very soon with more advice for countries in terms of the risk management process.”

Ryan said that a WHO-led international team of scientists had held their first virtual meeting with Chinese counterparts regarding joint investigations into the origin of the novel coronavirus that emerged in China last December.

“We fully expect the team to deploy on the ground,” he said, giving no timeframe.

Ryan warned that it was difficult to do scientific work on the virus origin in a “politically intoxicated” environment.

“We are scientists. We want the best possible scientific outcome generating the best possible evidence for the origin of this disease,” he said.

Additional reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; writing by Stephanie Nebehay and Nick Macfie; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Catherine Evans

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‘Build it up back bigger and better,’ community says of Stanley White Recreation Center

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Destroyed during Hurricane Florence more than two years ago, the Stanley White Recreation Center still sits empty in New Bern.

The City of New Bern is working to determine plans for the center’s future with $5 million of grant money, and a second public input meeting for the center’s future was held on Thursday.

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Officials have yet to make a decision on the location of where the center will be rebuilt — at its current location on Chapman Street or on a lot not far away. The people of the community are not being shy about where they want to see it.

“I ask everybody… FEMA, everybody, please take consideration and do not let them take Stanley White from off Chapman Street,” said Barbara Sampson.

“If we are going to build Stanley White back,” said Bernard White, “we are going to build it back in the same location.”

The Stanley White Recreation Center has a special place in the hearts of those who grew up knowing Stanley White himself.

“He really watched over us,” said White.

Sampson says Stanley White’s name means a lot to her.

“Stanley White taught me what it is to be, what it meant to be somebody,” she explained.

She said the legacy of the recreation center is that it was a key part of growing up in the Duffyfield community.

“It’s like a stepping stone for all of us that was coming up,” she said. “We didn’t have much, but we had Stanley White.”

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But it is more than just legacy; some say the old location is also a safer place to build than the other proposed spot.

“It’s near a street, like a major road,” said Delshawna Brown, “so kids can get hurt and run out in the street.”

City leaders want people to know rebuilding at the current location has some limitations.

“If we were able to build it out of the flood zone, which that property is, we could have a larger building based on the amount of funds we have to spend on this project,” said Foster Hughes, the Director of Parks and Rec for the City of New Bern.

But to some, a move of about 1,000 feet away seems like a world of a difference.

“They might say just a 1,000 feet and make it seem like it ain’t nothing, but it’s a whole lot and it means whole lot to us,” Sampson added. “We want to keep it right there where it’s at — build it up back bigger and better.”

City leaders say this is not the last meeting they will have with the community. There is still no set date to start construction as decisions about amenities and location need to be decided first.

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