November 24, 2020

Coronavirus updates: Florida district to ignore in-class mandate as numbers soar; CDC won’t rewrite school guidelines; Trump blames testing

Florida saw an alarming increase in deaths and top federal health officials said guidelines for reopening schools won’t be rewritten and some states should consider shutting down again as coronavirus cases spike nationwide Thursday.

Florida reported 120 deaths – almost 50% more than the previous one-day high of 83 in late April – as the state surpassed 4,000 deaths. Nationwide, the Johns Hopkins data dashboard reported a one-day total of 820 U.S. deaths and a near-record 58,601 new cases.

“Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on “The Journal” podcast.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blame increased testing for the nation’s booming number of coronavirus cases.

“For the 1/100th time, the reason we show so many Cases, compared to other countries that haven’t done nearly as well as we have, is that our TESTING is much bigger and better,” Trump tweeted. “We have tested 40,000,000 people. If we did 20,000,000 instead, Cases would be half, etc. NOT REPORTED!”

Federal health guidelines for reopening schools across the nation will not be altered despite Trump’s complaints that they are too difficult and expensive, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

“Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to basically aid communities in trying to open K-through-12s,” Richard Redfield said. “It’s not a revision of the guidelines.”

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