Hurricane Delta, Trump’s COVID-19 status: Weekend’s biggest news
Hurricane Delta may mark the end of a devastating storm season
Almost 450,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Florida remained without power Sunday afternoon after Hurricane Delta tore through the Gulf Coast over the weekend. The National Weather Service warned that Delta, which has devolved to a post-tropical cyclone, could still pound parts of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia with up to 6 inches of rain. While the hurricane did not bring the same level of damage that Laura did six weeks ago, Delta was devastating for areas that are still recovering. Here’s some good news: AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Doll said there is little trouble on the horizon with a cold wave expected soon that would stabilize and depress any developing storm activity.
President Trump free from isolation, plans to head back to campaign trail
President Donald Trump claimed Sunday he no longer has COVID-19, even though the White House refuses to say whether he has tested negative for the disease. In a memo released Saturday night, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said the president met the criteria to stop isolation and that Trump is “no longer considered a transmission risk to others,” while omitting whether Trump has officially tested negative for COVID-19. Medical experts say people who get the coronavirus generally develop antibodies that might protect them from a second infection, although there’s no guarantee how long that protection might last or whether it’s completely effective.
Earlier Saturday, Trump held his first public event since being diagnosed with COVID-19 – a campaign-style rally at the White House that focused on his administration’s support for law enforcement. The president is scheduled to resume campaign rallies starting Monday in Florida.
US reports more than 50K COVID-19 cases for fourth straight day
The U.S. recorded four consecutive days of more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday through Saturday, a streak not seen in two months. As the holidays approach and cold weather sets in, the statistics will likely get bleaker. Meanwhile, a forecast by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts U.S. deaths from COVID-19 could hit 233,000 by the end of the month. The sobering statistics reflect a surge of new hot spots. Globally, the World Health Organization reported a daily record high of 355,244 cases Friday, which surpasses a record set Thursday by nearly 12,000.
Fatal shooting erupts near dueling Denver rallies
A private security guard was in custody on Sunday as authorities probed a fatal shooting after an altercation erupted Saturday during opposing rallies in downtown Denver. The violence flared Saturday afternoon after a man participating in what was called a “Patriot Rally” sprayed mace at a man, who then shot the other man with a handgun, according to the Denver Post. Matthew Dolloff, 30, a private security guard working for local television station KUSA TV, was being held for investigation of first degree murder in connection with the shooting, Denver police said in a social media post. There was a heavy police presence downtown Saturday afternoon, and officers attempted to keep “two groups with opposing views” apart, Denver police said.
‘King of the Clay’ Rafael Nadal joins Roger Federer in tennis record books
Rafael Nadal downed fellow all-time great and rival Novak Djokovic to win the 2020 French Open on Sunday, tying him with Roger Federer for 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the most all-time on the men’s list. The 34-year-old Nadal, who has dominated the tournament for much of the last 15 years, beat Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, giving him his 13th career French Open win. “What you are doing in this court is unbelievable. Not just this court – throughout your entire career, you’ve been a great champion,” Djokovic told Nadal, who is 100-2 at the French Open, during the trophy presentation. “Today you showed why you are King of the Clay.”
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