As virus numbers surge, precautions proving a tough sell

As virus numbers surge, precautions proving a tough sell

Here’s what’s happening on Saturday with the coronavirus pandemic around the world and in the U.S.

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In Belgrade, Serbia, mourners gathered to pay respects to a Serbian Orthodox Church cleric who died of COVID-19 just three weeks after he presided over the funeral of another cleric who died of the virus. In both cases, many of the mourners did not wear masks or practice social distancing.

California is imposing a nighttime curfew as its coronavirus figures soar, but the state will lean heavily on voluntary compliance as sheriffs of some counties say they wont enforce it. What officials call a limited stay-at-home order requires people who are not on essential errands to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Saturday. The order will last until Dec. 21 but could be extended if disease trends do not improve.

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The tug-of-war between what protects the public from the coronavirus and what helps the economy is on clear display in Nevada, where Gov. Steve Sisolak is both imploring residents to stay home and encouraging out-of-state visitors to come to Las Vegas to spend their money.

THE NUMBERS: The numbers of new COVID-19 infections are climbing at a staggering pace that seems to only be picking up speed. On Saturday, just six days after reporting that the number of people in the United States to contract the virus had reached 11 million, researchers from Johns Hopkins University reported the total had reached the 12 million mark.…

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