EbeneInfo – CA – National Guard to support El Paso mortuaries as COVID deaths rise

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Residents of El Paso load plastic-wrapped bodies into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer on November 16 Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

Members of the Texas National Guard have been deployed to El Paso County to support area mortuary operations as the county suffers a « death spike » linked to COVID-19, a announced the mayor of El Paso Dee Margo

The background: Texas became the first state to exceed 1 million cases of coronavirus earlier this month

What they are saying: « As we have seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, unfortunately we are also seeing an increase in deaths, » said Margo

Big picture: Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths accelerated across the country as the holidays approach The number of hospitalizations hit a new peak of 83,227 on Saturday, according to the COVID Tracking Project

People line up to get tested for COVID-19 at the Ann Street School testing center in Newark, New Jersey Photo: Timothy A Clary / AFP via Getty Images

The US topped 12 million coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the second time the country has recorded more than a million new cases in less than a week

Why it matters: Grim milestone comes as the US prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday, when millions of people, despite warnings, plan to travel and get together with family and friends

Passengers wear mandatory face masks when riding a bus in Lisbon, Portugal Photo: Horacio Villalobos # Corbis / Corbis via Getty Images

Portugal will ban most domestic travel and close schools on days around the next two national holidays, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday

Why it matters: Portugal recorded 6,472 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health The country of 10 million people ranks seventh in Europe for the total number of cases per 100,000 people and 14th for new deaths from the virus, Reuters reported, citing figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control

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EbeneInfo – CA – National Guard to support El Paso mortuaries as COVID deaths rise

Source: https://www.axios.com/national-guard-el-paso-morgues-covid-deaths-38c7bef5-4c9a-405f-aa12-92541d15e7e8.html

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