Anderson Cooper Spotlights ‘What Really Matters’ Right Now In Emotional Monologue

European Economics Preview: Germany’s Foreign Trade Data Due

Foreign trade data from Germany and investor confidence from euro area are due on Monday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

At 1.45 am ET, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs is set to release Swiss unemployment data for October. The jobless rate is forecast to rise to 3.4 percent from 3.3 percent in September.

At 2.00 am ET, Destatis is slated to issue Germany’s foreign trade figures. Exports are forecast to grow 2 percent on month and imports to rise 2.1 percent in September.

At 3.00 am ET, foreign trade figures are due from Austria. In the meantime, GDP data is due from the Czech Republic.

At 4.25 am ET, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is scheduled to speak via videoconference at the Green Horizon Summit.

At 4.30 am ET, Eurozone Sentix investor confidence data is due for November. Economists forecast the index to fall to -15.0 from -8.3 in October.

Istanbul Mayor Calls for Shutdown as Coronavirus Cases Rise

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A shutdown of two to three weeks should be implemented in Istanbul as the city accounts for more than 50% of the coronavirus cases in Turkey, Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said.

Imamoglu, who recently recovered from coronavirus himself, said that the city’s Science Advisory Board is recommending a shutdown followed by a controlled re-opening.

The mayor’s call comes after Turkey reported 3,045 new Covid-19 patients and 93 deaths, both the highest since the end of April. Turkey stopped reporting all of its coronavirus cases in July and has instead been disclosing only the number of “patients” who test positive and show symptoms.

Turkey’s Covid Stats Haven’t Been Including All Cases For Months

Imamoglu questioned how Istanbul with a higher population than Belgium has much lower coronavirus cases than that country. “Even with the much higher population, if we have three times less cases than they do, then we should inform the rest of the world on how we have accomplished this. But if the numbers are not accurate, I don’t get the point of misleading people.”

NYC’s Covid Test Positivity Declines Further Below 3% Trigger

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New York City’s seven-day positivity average declined to 2.47%, from 2.83% the previous day.

Just 0.32% of residents tested positive on Nov. 12, but that number is likely to increase as more test results come back, Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said on Twitter. Even so, today’s seven-day average is not expected to reach 3%, according to health department officials.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had warned parents yesterday to prepare for in-person schooling to close as soon as Monday. A seven-day positivity rate of 3% would trigger a shutdown, according to a threshold set by de Blasio.

“We’re still below 3%, but that could change,” the mayor said on Twitter. “We MUST fight back a second wave to keep our schools open.”

The seven-day average for new cases was 926 on Nov. 12. “This number continues to increase and is an area of concern,” Chokshi said.

Kim Beats Cisneros in California House Race: Republican Pickup

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Republican Young Kim won the House race for California’s 39th Congressional District, the Associated Pressprojected on Friday night.

Kim, a former state lawmaker, defeated Representative Gil Cisneros, a one-term Democratic incumbent. The contest was a rematch from 2018 when Cisneros won the seat in what had long been a Republican-dominant district centered in Orange County.

The defeat in last week’s election of several Democrats elected in 2018 has narrowed the party’s House majority and will make it more difficult for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to build consensus and keep the progressive and moderate wings of the party moving in the same direction.

Anderson Cooper Spotlights ‘What Really Matters’ Right Now In Emotional Monologue

Anderson Cooper on Friday delivered an emotional monologue about “what really matters” right now.

And it isn’t President Donald Trump’s tantrums and refusal to acknowledge defeat in the 2020 election, argued the CNN anchor.

Instead, Cooper examined the devastating toll that the coronavirus pandemic is now again taking on the country as hospitalizations reach a record high and daily new infections head “nearly straight up.”

“There are people right now in crowded ICUs all across the country. Some ICUs don’t have any more beds,” he said.

“I can’t spend another second today concerned about what a grown man who lost fair and square is not ready to accept,” Cooper added. “I am not ready to accept that there could be 400,000 dead Americans by the first of February.” 

Check out the full video here:

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