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The latest news about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 with a focus on its impact on Chicago and Illinois.

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WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first: ‘The world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure’

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus kicked off WHO’s week-long executive board meeting by lamenting that one poor country received a mere 25 vaccine doses while over 39 million doses have been administered in nearly 50 richer nations.

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U. of I.’s COVID protocols praised, copied for new semester after campus saw no hospitalizations or deaths in the fall

After a surge in cases in the first few weeks of classes, the state’s flagship university was able to keep the on-campus positivity rate below 1% last semester.

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Coronavirus live blog, Jan. 17, 2021: Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate dips near 6%

Here’s Sunday’s news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois.

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Illinois’ positivity rate falls for 9th consecutive day

North central Illinois is the latest region to have its coronavirus metrics improve enough to allow limited indoor dining.

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UK aims to give 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all adults by September

"Our target is by September to have offered all the adult population a first dose,’’ Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News. "If we can do it faster than that, great, but that’s the road map."

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Coronavirus live blog, Jan. 16, 2021: More than 103,000 Illinois residents have been fully vaccinated

Here’s Saturday’s news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois.

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Live map of coronavirus cases by zip code

Track the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code with this state map, updated daily with public health department data.

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Live map of Illinois coronavirus cases

Track the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state with this state map, updated daily with public health department data.

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130 more Illinois coronavirus deaths as infection rate keeps falling

Most of the state’s metrics kept trending in the right direction Saturday as they have since the holidays.

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India launches world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

Indian authorities hope to give shots to 300 million people, roughly the population of the U.S and several times more than its existing program, which targets 26 million infants.

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Cook County court employee test positive for COVID-19

The employee works in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

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In a change of heart, Addison and Elgin movie theaters don’t open after all

Marcus chain cancels its plan to reopen in those suburbs, citing "updated metrics" from the state about coronavirus cases.

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New House Speaker Welch’s chief of staff tests positive for the coronavirus

"I am a confirmed positive," Jessica Basham said in a statement Friday morning.

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Coronavirus live blog, Jan. 15, 2021: Illinois identifies first case of new, more contagious strain of COVID-19

Here’s Friday’s news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois.

Students attend a class at Jordan Community Elementary School in the Rogers Park neighborhood, Friday morning, Jan. 15, 2021. Nineteen out of 58 pre-k students at Jordan Community Elementary School are participating in in-person learning, according to Principal Gilberto Piedrahíta.
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CPS, CTU ‘having better conversations’ about reopening but need an agreement ASAP, union says

The window for teachers and the district to come to terms is "really getting down to the eleventh hour," union president Jesse Sharkey said a little over a week before thousands more teachers are set to return.

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Thank Trump for a more subdued, less glitzy presidential inaugural this year

Sneed has attended many inaugurations, but none with such an ominous pall hovering over them

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Biden’s virus plan: 100 million shots just the start

"This is not a political issue," Joe Biden said. "This is about saving lives. I know it’s become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing to happen."

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Pritzker will allow bars and restaurants to open sooner than planned — but not yet

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said indoor service can resume when regions improve to Tier 1 mitigations. Chicago isn’t there yet.

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Frontline workers, people 65 or older will start getting coronavirus vaccine doses Jan. 25, Pritzker says

Teachers, first responders, postal and public transit employees among groups totaling about 3.2 million people next to receive shots.

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Chicago-area Veterans Affairs hospitals now offering COVID vaccines to at-risk vets

Hines VA in Maywood and Jesse Brown VA in Chicago are offering shots to veterans over 65.

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‘This is not a game’: Global virus death toll hits 2 million

The number of dead, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Brussels, Mecca, Minsk or Vienna.

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Here’s how to get more information on COVID vaccines in your county

Look below for information on how to sign up for updates on your place in line for the vaccine in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will counties.

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First case of more contagious strain of COVID-19 found in Illinois

The person who tested positive for the new strain had traveled to the UK and the Middle East in the two weeks prior to testing positive, officials said.

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Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

Dr. David Kessler, who will have the title of chief science officer of COVID response, headed the Food and Drug Administration in the 1990s under presidents of both political parties. He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

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What Chicagoans say about CPS schools being reopened despite the pandemic

Some support bringing students and teachers back to Chicago classrooms. Many question whether it’s safe. Some note the Chicago Board of Ed is still meeting virtually.

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2 suburban movie theaters slated to reopen Friday despite state’s coronavirus restrictions

The theaters are part of a chain owned by the Milwaukee-based Marcus Theaters, which exhibits movies in 17 states across the country.

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Coronavirus live blog, Jan. 14, 2021: Illinois’ coronavirus testing positivity rate falls to lowest rate since Christmastime

Here’s Thursday’s news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois.

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From history to home: New House Speaker Welch to quarantine after potential coronavirus exposure

Welch’s chief of staff notified House members just as they were heading home from the weeklong legislative session that someone who was at the Bank of Springfield Center this week tested positive for COVID-19.

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Biden unveiling $1.9 trillion plan to stem virus and steady economy

It includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, which on top of $600 provided in the most recent COVID-19 bill would bring the total to the $2,000 that Biden has called for.

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Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had been given priority in most places around the U.S. But amid frustration over the slow rollout, states have thrown open the line to many of the nation’s 54 million senior citizens with the blessing of the Trump administration, though the minimum age varies from place to place, at 65, 70 or higher.

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Lightfoot wants to reopen bars and restaurants as soon as possible

"We are at the point where we need to be talking about when and not if," Lightfoot said.

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Positivity rate back down to Christmas levels as Illinois logs 6,652 new cases, 88 more deaths

Infection rates topped 13% in mid-November and are back down to 6.8%.

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US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck.

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WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

The group sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was approved by President Xi Jinping’s government after months of diplomatic wrangling that prompted an unusual public complaint by the head of WHO.

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Coronavirus live blog, Jan. 13, 2021: Illinois administers about 25,409 coronavirus vaccine doses each day over the last week

Here’s Wednesday’s news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois.

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CPS locked these teachers out of class after they refused to report in person. So they found other ways to teach their students

The employees set up outside the home of Board of Education President Miguel del Valle Wednesday as part of their escalating war between the union and district.