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The NFL has once again postponed a Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup originally scheduled for primetime on Thanksgiving day due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Why it matters: It's the first time the league has had to scrap a game since October, as the U.S. copes with another surge in coronavirus infections heading into the holidays.

  • The news follows the Ravens' announcement Monday that three players — Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins and Brandon Williams — tested positive for the virus.

What to watch: The game was originally postponed until Sunday at 1:15 p.m ET, but has now been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m ET, the league announced Friday. It will be broadcast on NBC.

  • If the game is indeed played on Tuesday, the Ravens' matchup against the Dallas Cowboys scheduled for Dec. 3 will be moved to Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. ET.

What they're saying: "The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the league wrote in a statement.

"We appreciate the NFL for its diligence in working closely with us to ensure the well-being of players, coaches and staff from both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations."
Statement from the Baltimore Ravens

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Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.