CNN 15 Nov 2020

Covid-19 in the US: 45 of 50 states heading in wrong direction


Across the US, 45 states are reporting an increase of cases above 10% compared to last week, which has brought the national total to more than 10.9 million cases and 245,600 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. CNN's John King reports.

Eight months since the start of the pandemic, the US state of North Dakota is having to allow coronavirus positive doctors and nurses into their small hospital, simply to cope with demand. 

The Governor, Doug Burgum, announced his support for face covering regulations until December 13, but not all are listening ahead of a tough period ahead of Thanksgiving. 
This week, we're looking at the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus in France. As many as one million people could be plunged into poverty by the pandemic. Charities have also been impacted. One reason is that older people often volunteer, but many are now avoiding social situations since they are most at risk. The French government has announced measures to help those most in need, but some charity organisers say help is not reaching all the right people. We speak to Christophe Devys, the president of the Alerte collective, a group of 35 anti-poverty charities.
Ten years ago, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law by Barack Obama himself. The Democratic president's signature policy heralded a revolution in the US by expanding affordable healthcare coverage to an unprecedented number of Americans. Since then, its popularity has grown, with support for it on the rise as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. But over the past decade, Republicans have repeatedly tried to repeal the law, taking their battle all the way to the Supreme Court. Our US correspondents bring us this special report.
Wisconsin is a key swing state that was won by Donald Trump in the last election.

The US President held a packed rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday to shore up his support, despite high levels of COVID-19 cases.

A field hospital has just opened in the city to take in extra patients as hospital beds are at 90% capacity across the state.

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