Dark days of pandemic: Alabama has bulge of December cases

  • FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a news conference update on COVID-19 restrictions at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama notched almost a third of its coronavirus cases in December, an alarming bulge that echoed the warnings of medical experts who said the state would see some dark days before the widespread availability of a vaccine to fight the pandemic.