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December 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to approve a Covid-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to worsen in many places around the world. Follow here for the latest.

The United States has reported a record-high number of new Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

These events, which will offer refreshments and drinks for guests, come as State Department employees have been told not to host holiday gatherings, to maximize teleworking from Thanksgiving until January and continue to receive emails from the department about Covid-19 outbreaks inside the building, the sources said.

In total, State Department officials are hosting a holiday reception at the State Department or the Blair House almost every day over the next few weeks, two sources familiar with the planned gatherings said.

The sheriff is one of “dozens of Sacramento Sheriff's Office employees who … have contracted the virus,” the department said in a statement.

Some background: The positive test result follows weeks of Jones publicly expressing his opposition to new Covid-19 restrictions from state and county officials meant to curb the spread of the virus.

“The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will not be determining … compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings inside or outside the home,” Jones said in a Nov. 19 news release.

The following day the sheriff’s department said, “it would be inappropriate for deputies to criminally enforce the Governor’s mandate. ” Instead, the department would operate on an “educational capacity. ”

“The 911 emergency medical system throughout the United States is at a breaking point,” Aarron Reinert, the president of the American Ambulance Association, wrote in a recent letter to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Reinert said in the letter that public and private ambulance services in all 50 states must have additional funding in order to continue providing the services they have supplied since the pandemic began last spring.

“Given the substantially heavier burden that AAA members are carrying during the pandemic, we reiterate our request for HHS to provide additional funding from the Congressionally allocated dollars for the Provider Relief Fund specifically to ground ambulance service providers to ensure the stability of these essential providers and suppliers as the country continues to battle the pandemic,” he said.

Some context: State officials have been developing a plan for distributing the coronavirus vaccine, and the head of the state’s National Guard said they are prepared to help.

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