This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Sunday, November 1st, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

New York City is in Phase 4 of reopening now, which includes zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and gyms. Certain parts of Brooklyn and Queens are under a zoned shutdown. Get answers to questions you may have with our "Ask An Epidemiologist" series, or learn more about NYC COVID-19 testing options with our explainer. Here are some local and state hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump continues to falsely maintain that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready "momentarily," and his administration has already partnered with large pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens to distribute it. Whenever a vaccine becomes available (most experts say early to mid-2021 at the earliest, and even then the quality of the vaccine may only be "so-so"), Governor Andrew Cuomo believes that the Trump administration's current plan is inadequate, and would only further the racial disparities in the healthcare system. Black and Hispanic New Yorkers are more likely to die of COVID-19 as a result of such systemic inequities.

"COVID has revealed from the very beginning, the underlying injustice and inequity in this society," Cuomo told reporters on Sunday, insisting that New York State will force the Trump administration to distribute the vaccine to schools, churches, and other community groups, not just chain pharmacies. Also on the press call: Attorney General Tish James, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, and Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League.

"We have no reason to believe that this plan as currently being designed will provide the necessary support to allow this nation to heal," Johnson said.

James called the plan "inherently flawed."

“It will be easy for wealthy people to get vaccinated and make it so much harder for people who are not," she said.

Asked if that meant she would sue the Trump administration, James replied that "everything is on the table," and did not elaborate.

In giving his daily update on state coronavirus numbers, the governor said that things were pretty much "status quo."

The red zone positivity rate in Brooklyn dipped to 4.25% from 5.24% the day before; all "focus areas" had a 7-day average positivity rate of 3.10%. The entire state has a positivity rate of 1.51%, including the hot zones—the third lowest rate in the nation, behind Maine and Vermont. Seventeen New Yorkers died of coronavirus on Saturday.

"We expect an increase in the fall, but it's about managing the increase," Cuomo said, urging New Yorkers to "think twice this year" about celebrating Thanksgiving with even a modest group of family members.

"I think we have to double down on the precautions even though it is Thanksgiving."

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge.
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Coronavirus Updates: England To Enter Lockdown As Cases Continue To Rise

11:33 a.m.: England is among the latest European countries re-entering lockdown as COVID-19 cases spike around the globe.

The coronavirus restrictions—in which non-essential businesses like entertainment venues, bars, and restaurants must close—are anticipated to last until the beginning of December. The lockdown doesn't start until Thursday, according to Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who said that the restrictions were necessary to prevent "a medical and moral disaster."

"You may leave your home for work, for exercise, with your household or on your own with one person from another household, to shop for food and essentials, for medical care and to provide care for others," Johnson wrote in a Twitter thread.

Childcare centers, schools, and colleges will remain open. Johnson said "senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be."

"I want to thank the millions of people who have been putting up with restrictions for so long," Johnson added.

Parliament will discuss and vote on the restrictions on Wednesday.

According to the NY Times COVID-19 tracker, the United Kingdom has seen the largest rise in cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with nearly 22,000 cases reported on Saturday, as well as the highest number of deaths in Europe. Last week, Germany and France announced new restrictions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus as a second wave sweeps across Europe.

Johnson, a member of the Conservative Party, was sickened with the virus this spring after flouting social distancing guidelines by continuing to attend cabinet meetings in person. After he announced the new lockdown measures, a former Conservative Party leader criticized Johnson for "giving in to the scientific advisers." The scientific advisory group in the U.K. had urged for more COVID restrictions weeks ago.