• Alida Camper

What You Missed Last Week (November 8-15)

Were you too caught up in school and other activities last week to pay attention to the news? Do you want to be informed about current events? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you missed last week.


  1. Coronavirus cases are higher than ever.

On Friday November 6, the US’s new COVID-19 infections passed 180,000, and November 4th became the day with the most highest single-day cases. This puts us at about a 20% increase from just over 153,000 cases the day before. As of November 21, the highest number of daily cases is 195,500. The US currently has over 12 million cases, making us #1 in the world. As the number of cases rises, the number of hospitalizations and deaths do too.



  1. Hurricane Iota is the world’s most recent Category 5 storm.

Iota hit Nicaragua first, just two weeks after Nicaragua was hit by Hurricane Eta. It killed at least 120 people in flash floods and mudslides. It wreaked havoc in other parts of Central America, Mexico, and Cuba before heading towards Florida. Iota stands at sustained winds of 155 miles per hour and is the 30th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.


  1. Vienna terror attacks left many fatalities.

November 2nd’s Vienna terror attacks, at least four people were killed and at least 22 were injured. One gunman opened fire in six locations across Vienna, Austria. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, and the gunman had expressed support for the Islamic State. The gunman has been identified as Fejzulai Kujtim, a 20-year-old Austrian man, and the Austrian authorities have arrested 14 others in connection with the shootings.


  1. Maradona underwent surgery for a subdural hematoma.

Diego Maradona, one of the world’s greatest soccer players, was admitted to the hospital last week for a “low mood.” The doctors ran many tests and discovered that he had a deadly head injury called a subdural hematoma. Thankfully, the surgery went very well and he is recovering slowly.


  1. A humpback whale almost swallowed kayakers!

Three weeks ago, two whale watchers were kayaking off the coast of Avila Beach in California. A humpback whale swam underneath them, causing them both to capsize. The whale came alarmingly close to them when jumping out of the water with its mouth wide open, but the whale watchers managed to escape unscathed.


Works Cited

Andrew, Scottie. "All the Stories You Missed While You Were Focused on Election Day." CNN, 4 Nov. 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/11/04/us/news-you-missed-election-day-trnd/index.html. Accessed 15 Nov. 2020.

"COVID-19 United States Cases by Country." Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map. Accessed 15 Nov. 2020.

"Vienna Shooting: What We Know about 'Islamist Terror' Attack." The BBC, 4 Nov. 2020, www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54798508. Accessed 15 Nov. 2020.