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Covid Surge Sets States on Path to New Clampdowns: Virus Update

Medical workers put on PPE before starting shifts at a Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 9. 

Medical workers put on PPE before starting shifts at a Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 9. 

Photographer: Joel Angel Juarez/Bloomberg
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With U.S. infections at a high, states are clamping down. New York City may close schools as soon as Monday as statewide infections reached 5,000, the most since spring. Oregon will impose a two-week “freeze,” restricting retail, restaurants, gyms and gatherings. New Mexico ordered non-essential businesses shut. Wyoming may impose its first state mask mandate.

In his first public comments in eight days, President Donald Trump praised Operation Warp Speed’s progress toward a vaccine but said: “This administration will not be going to a lockdown.” President-elect Joe Biden called for “a robust and immediate federal response.”