• Many earlier coronavirus infection clusters were linked to nursing homes and crowded nightclubs, and public gathering spaces. But public health officials now say case investigations are increasingly leading them to small, private social gatherings. This behind-doors transmission trend reflects pandemic fatigue and widening social bubbles, The Washington Post reports.
• U.S. consumer prices were unexpectedly unchanged in October as moderate gains in the cost of food were offset by cheaper gasoline amid slack in the economy, Reuters reports, which could allow the Federal Reserve to keep its ultra-easy monetary policy for a long time to aid the recovery from the COVID-19 recession.
• COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 61,964 this week, and new daily cases passed 139,000 for the first time, according to The New York Times.
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