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In disastrous new warning, Amtrak says without $ 5 billion in pandemic stimulus funding from Congress, it will lose 2,400 workers, reduce the frequency of trains on some routes and shut down major improvement projects

Background: President Trump on Tuesday shut the door on updating the House Democrats’ Heroes Act, which included $ 2.4 billion for Amtrak

“While we were grateful for this sign of support, at this time there is no clear path to finalize this additional funding to Congress and the administration,” said Flynn “Amtrak is in a very precarious position as we await final decisions on our funding levels « 

The president of Amtrak said that if current funding levels were carried over to the next fiscal year of the rail system, « we will be unable to avoid more drastic impacts that could have long term effects on our infrastructure. of the Northeast Corridor and the National Rail System »

Ford, one of the country’s largest automakers, told office workers on Thursday that the company would extend working from home in North America until June 2021, according to a statement

The company, which is headquartered in Southeast Michigan, has approximately 32,000 office workers across North America who have been working from home since March, according to spokesperson Daniel Barbossa

The Czech Republic announced a series of new restrictions on Thursday in an attempt to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country and ease the pressure on health services

All restrictions, announced at a government press conference on Thursday, will remain in place for two weeks

From Friday and for two weeks, all restaurants and bars will close at 8 p.m. local time and tables cannot accommodate more than four people

From Monday, all universities and higher education institutions will close but primary and secondary schools will rotate classes

Swimming pools, gymnasiums and fitness centers must close effectively and immediately All professional and recreational indoor sports are prohibited and outdoor sports will be limited to 20 people

Shopping centers will remain open but will close Wi-Fi services to deter teenagers, with tables inside the food court limited to a maximum of two people

Cultural and leisure facilities such as theaters and cinemas will close from Monday Weddings will be limited to 30 people

By the numbers: The Czech Republic reported at least 5,335 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the country’s highest daily number of cases since the start of the pandemic.With this, the country has now overtaken Spain in as the country in the European Union with the highest number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants

There have now been a total of 95,360 cases and 829 deaths of coronavirus in the central European country, according to Johns Hopkins University

The state of New Jersey has reported 1,301 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number since May 29, government Phil Murphy told a press conference

New Jersey also reported that 652 people had been hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest number reported since August 6

There were 148 people in the intensive care unit and 52 of them are on ventilators

NOTE: These figures were released by the New Jersey Governor’s Office and may not match exactly in real time to CNN’s database pulled from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project

The UK has recorded 17,540 new coronavirus cases – an increase of over 3,000 according to Wednesday’s update

According to government data, the total number of infections has reached 561,815 since the start of the pandemic

77 more people died within 28 days of testing positive and there are now 3,412 people treated in hospital

An ensemble forecast released Thursday by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects that there will be 224,000 to 233,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by October 31

At least 212,154 people have already died from Covid-19 in the United States, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University

The state of Florida reports at least 3,306 additional cases of Covid-19 on Thursday – the largest single-day increase in new infections since September 18, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health

The state’s death toll from Covid-19, which topped 15,000 on Wednesday, currently stands at at least 15,254 – around 15,068 of these are residents and 186 non-residents, according to the State Department of Health dashboard

Note: These figures were released by the Florida Public Health Agency and may not match exactly in real time with CNN’s database pulled from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rejected the idea of ​​a stand-alone airline stimulus bill, saying it should be accompanied by a more comprehensive package including democratic priorities

During his weekly press conference, Pelosi slammed President Trump for ending negotiations on an aid package earlier this week, questioning whether Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and senior Republicans in the Congress were even aware of his decision in advance

« When the president posted his weird tweet that said we were walking away from negotiations, what was it like? » We have all worked very hard to find our common ground, to agree on language so that we understand what the legislation will do, « Pelosi said

She said she hoped a deal could be done, « because it has to be done »

« We said in the White House we are at the table We are at the table » said Pelosi « We want to continue the conversation We have made progress »

A little background: the airline industry struggles during the pandemic, having to lay off thousands of workers

Major U.S. airline stocks fell sharply when Trump tweeted that the Senate would no longer consider the $ 2 trillion stimulus bill proposed by House Democrats The bill included $ 25 billion for airlines – further relief which airlines say allowed them to bring the 50,000 or so workers they put on leave in October 1 back to work

President of the University of Notre Dame Rev Jean I Jenkins faces a student petition urging him to resign and a possible « mistrust » of the faculty following his diagnosis of Covid-19

Students are outraged by Jenkins after being seen attending Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination ceremony at the White House Rose Garden on September 26 without wearing a mask and not adhering to social distancing practices

More than 200 students signed a petition asking Jenkins to step down, saying: « En Jenkins’ public displays of disregard for public health directly contradict his commitment to the Notre Dame community, directly endanger the safety of students, faculty and staff, and also cast a negative light on the Notre Dame community as a whole »

Two days before Jenkins’ diagnosis, an op-ed titled « Frankly, it’s embarrassing » appeared in the Notre Dame student newspaper lashing out at Jenkins for breaking the rules he expects from students of Notre-Dame to respect

Some background info: After Jenkins announced he tested positive for Covid-19 on October 2, he issued a public apology to the college community

“I regret my error in judgment in not wearing a mask during the ceremony and shaking hands with a number of people in the rose garden,” Jenkins wrote “I did not lead by example, at a time when I asked all the other members of the Notre-Dame community to do so « 

On Tuesday evening, the Senate of the Faculty of Notre Dame debated a resolution of « no confidence » from Jenkins, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times The motion was narrowly passed 21-20 deciding to postpone the continuation of the decision on the resolution

But apologies are not enough for the students, who noted that this was the second time Jenkins had to apologize to students since the start of the fall semester In early August, Jenkin apologized after being seen engage with students on campus and not follow social distancing protocol

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