In our news wrap Monday, some New York City schools will close Tuesday in areas where COVID-19 infections are on the rise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order affecting 100 public and 200 private schools, citing a lack of testing data. Also, a single fire north of San Francisco has charred 1 million acres, making it the state’s largest ever. Some two dozen blazes are still burning.
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In the day's other news: Schools will close tomorrow in parts of New York City where COVID-19 infections are rising.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an order today affecting 100 public schools and 200 private schools. He cited a lack of testing data.
Gov. Andrew Cumo:
Some of the schools in the hot spot zip codes have been tested, but some have not. How can you send children into a school in a hot spot zip code, when you know that you don't have any information as to whether or not it's safe?
The World Health Organization said today that 10 percent of the world's population may have been infected so far. That includes 7.4 million confirmed cases here in the U.S.
Tropical Storm Delta formed over the Caribbean today, heading for the U.S. Gulf Coast. It's on track to hit Western Cuba as a hurricane tomorrow. By Friday, it could strike between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. Meanwhile, a storm dubbed Gamma stalled off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, killing at least six people and forcing thousands to flee.
Wildfires in California are burning their way into the record books. As of today, a single fire north of San Francisco has charred one million acres, making it the state's largest ever. More than four million acres have burned statewide. That's twice the old record. The Glass Fire in Wine Country is among some two dozen fires still burning. And fire season still has two months to go.
Two American and one British-born scientist have won this year's Nobel Prize in medicine. Harvey Alter, Charles Rice, and Michael Houghton discovered the hepatitis C virus in 1989. It kills more than 400,000 people worldwide every year.
Rice now works at Rockefeller University in New York. He says, when the Nobel Committee called, he thought it was a prank.
Basically, after a chat with him, I — he said: "Well, if you don't believe me, I should just sort of go to the Nobel sort of site, and, in an hour, hopefully, we will convince you that this is sort of not — not a crank call."
One way to figure it out.
The Nobel Committee says the scientists' work has greatly reduced the chances of contracting hepatitis C through blood transfusions.
The U.S. Supreme Court kicked off its new term today with only eight justices. They paid tribute to their late colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a conference held by phone due to the pandemic. Chief Justice John Roberts remembered Ginsburg as — quote — "a dear friend" and a treasured colleague.
And Wall Street started the week with fresh hopes of new COVID economic aid from Congress. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 465 points to close at 28148. The Nasdaq rose 257 points, and the S&P 500 added 60.