Coronavirus daily news updates, November 17: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

The Biden administration is expected to announce its purchase of 10 million series of treatments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill this week. Officials said they hope the investment will help reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, as breakthrough cases increase across the country and 30% of U.S. adults remain vaccinated.

Washington D.C. officials plan to lift most indoor masking requirements starting next week due to a continuous downward trend of COVID-19. While masks will no longer be required in many indoor settings, people will still be required to mask up in schools, libraries, group-living facilities and while using public transportation.

We’re updating this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the U.S. and the world. Click here to see previous days’ live updates and all our other coronavirus coverage, and here to see how we track the daily spread across Washington.

Navigating the pandemic

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WHO: Europe is only region with increasing COVID deaths

The World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Europe rose 5% in the last week, making it the only region in the world where COVID-19 deaths increased. The U.N. health agency said confirmed cases jumped 6% globally, driven by increases in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

In its weekly report on the pandemic issued late Tuesday, WHO said COVID-19 deaths in all regions other than Europe remained stable or declined, and totaled 50,000 worldwide last week. Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe.

It was the seventh consecutive week that COVID-19 cases continued to mount across the 61 countries that WHO counts in its European region, which stretches through Russia to Central Asia.

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—The Associated Press


Catch up on the past 24 hours

—Kris Higginson

Article Source: The Seattle Times