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A tent encampment being built near the Tornillo Port of Entry in June in Tornillo, Texas.Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday it will triple the size of an immigration detention camp outside El Paso to accommodate up to 3,800 migrant children, reports the Dallas Morning News.

The details: Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for HHS, said the expansion is in response to the growing number of new arrivals at the border, not the administration’s family separation policy that ended in June after amid widespread rebuke. Wolfe said that the Tornillo site will stay open through the end of the year.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
4 hours ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

4 hours ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.