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Gov. Cuomo announces new restrictions as cases in NY surge

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Wednesday that there will be new restrictions as COVID-19 cases surge in the state, especially in the area around New York City, and across the nation.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Wednesday that there will be new restrictions as COVID-19 cases surge in the state, especially in the area around New York City, and across the nation as a whole.

Cuomo made the announcement in a Wednesday phone call with reporters. He also announced the news in a tweet. The state will limit the size of indoor gatherings in private residences to 10 people and will take effect on Friday at 10 p.m.

“New York follows the science,” he wrote in a tweet. “We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread. To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10pm.”

On top of the 10 person limitation in homes, restaurants, bars, and gyms will have to close shop at 10 pm. One caveat, though, is that restaurants can still sell takeout food after 10 pm but not alcoholic beverages. This will also come into effect at the same time on Friday.

Cuomo also said on Wednesday that, if these measures aren’t enough, he might further tighten the restrictions.

“If these measures aren’t sufficient to reduce the spread — we’ll turn the value more and part of that would be reducing the number of people indoor dining,” he said.

He then added, “If that doesn’t work, if these numbers keep going crazy … you will go back to a closedown,” of gyms and indoor dining.

This all comes as Thanksgiving nears and worries rise that the family-centric holiday may cause the number of cases to continue spiraling upward. Cuomo, according to Anna Gronewald at Politico, justified the move because similar restrictions have already been implemented in neighboring states.

The United States this week just surpassed 10 million COVID-19 cases, which has caused some states to bring back certain restrictions in order to curb the spread. So far, the virus has taken the lives of 240,000 Americans and of over 1.2 million people around the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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