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  • Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it' news

    Trump used Monday’s briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as “very fair.” 

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 21:20:04 -0400
  • 'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together. news

    A doctor treating COVID-19 patients sits down with her husband to make a will.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 08:52:07 -0400
  • US sees coronavirus window to push Taiwan's global status news

    The Trump administration is seizing the opportunity of the coronavirus pandemic to push a cause that has long been an irritant in U.S. relations with China: Taiwan. The virus has added yet another dimension to U.S.-China tensions that were already wracked by a trade war and heated discussions over intellectual property, human rights and Chinese policies in Hong Kong and the South China Sea. As the pandemic has grown, U.S. officials and lawmakers have stepped up alternately bashing China for a lack of transparency over the outbreak and praising Taiwan for its response to the outbreak.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 00:32:55 -0400
  • Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising news

    The case would have been the latest example of religious freedom appeals to be heard by the conservative-leaning court.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:40:08 -0400
  • U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown news

    Nation's top infectious diseases expert said he is "cautiously optimistic" that worst projections may be avoided "if we keep our foot on the accelerator."

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:48:00 -0400
  • Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet news

    China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, Education Minister Abraham Weintraub insinuated China was behind the global health crisis. "Geopolitically, who will come out stronger from this global crisis?" he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:33:51 -0400
  • Scammers try selling world's tallest statue as pandemic boosts India's cyber crime news

    Police in India lodged a case this week against an unknown online fraudster who tried selling the world's largest statue for $4 billion, claiming the proceeds would be used to help the Gujarat state government fund its fight against the coronavirus. With scams ranging from free mobile recharges, to offers of free Netflix subscriptions, federal home ministry officials say there has been 86% percent rise in cyber crime in the past four weeks. Police and internal security officials said scammers have created fake versions of the flagship 'PM CARES Fund' payments interface that look deceptively similar to the original and many Indians and Non-Residents Indians (NRIs) have fallen prey.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 01:46:10 -0400
  • Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles

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    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:28:27 -0400
  • Pelosi reportedly tells Democrats next coronavirus relief package will top $1 trillion news

    During a private conference call with Democrats on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at least $1 trillion will be needed for the next coronavirus relief package.Last month, Congress passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package, and Pelosi said the next bill will build onto that, people on the call told Bloomberg News. Pelosi said there will have to be more direct payments to individuals, extended unemployment insurance, and additional funding for food stamps and the Payroll Protection Plan, which provides small business loans.One lawmaker told Bloomberg News Pelosi also said the bill should help state and local governments, particularly in areas with no more than 500,000 residents. While the House isn't scheduled to be back in session until April 20 at the earliest, Pelosi said she wants the package passed this month. President Trump was asked on Monday evening about a second round of direct payments to Americans, and he said it is "absolutely under consideration."More stories from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledges $1 billion to coronavirus relief What America needs to do before lockdown can end UK foreign secretary says Boris Johnson is 'a fighter,' remains in 'good spirits'

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 22:55:00 -0400
  • Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus news

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of 1 billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's official website said on Monday.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:28:51 -0400
  • Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president news

    Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the two leading medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force, said Monday that out of deference to social-distancing rules she had stayed away from her daughter’s house — even though her 10-month-old granddaughter had registered a fever of 105 degrees over the

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:22:28 -0400
  • 3rd Guatemalan tests positive for virus after US deportation news

    Guatemala said Tuesday that a third deportee has tested positive for the coronavirus after being flown home by the United States. The report came a day after authorities announced they were suspending deportation flights from the U.S. over concerns about spreading the virus. The Health Ministry said the latest positive case was a 37-year-old man who was deported March 26 from Mesa, Arizona, and had been in quarantine since his return.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:05:19 -0400
  • Fact check: Does Christian aid group require COVID-19 responders to sign anti-LGBTQ statement? news

    Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid group led by Franklin Graham, confirmed to USA TODAY that it requires its personnel to sign its statement of faith.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:18:24 -0400
  • New York coronavirus deaths 'effectively flat' as U.S. braces for peak cases in hot spots news

    New York state remains at the center of the coronavirus outbreak with more than one-third of all cases in the United States. "Now is not the time to be lax," Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:44:00 -0400
  • How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History news

    Some projections estimate that more American lives could be lost to COVID-19 than to World War I

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:43:36 -0400
  • Boris Johnson's government reportedly believes the coronavirus may have accidentally leaked from a Chinese laboratory news

    "Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan," one UK government official told the Mail on Sunday.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:50:00 -0400
  • Saudi Arabia says it could reach 200,000 coronavirus infections news

    The new coronavirus could eventually infect between 10,000 and 200,000 people in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's health minister said on Tuesday, urging the public to adhere more closely to state directives against mixing and movement. The country of some 30 million has so far reported 2,795 cases and 41 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), despite halting all passenger flights, suspending most commercial activities and imposing a 24-hour curfew in major cities including the capital Riyadh. "We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic," Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said in a rare televised address.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:07:05 -0400
  • Wisconsin Republicans' deadly power grab news

    Monday night, there was a brief but furious political struggle over the Wisconsin election planned for Tuesday. Democratic Governor Tony Evers ordered that the election be delayed until June 9, so as to allow time for the novel coronavirus pandemic to pass, and so the state could set up universal vote-by-mail systems. Several other states have already taken similar steps.Right-wing Republican justices, who control the state Supreme Court by a 4-2 margin, including one of whom faces a liberal challenger in this very election (though he did recuse himself on this vote), immediately overturned his order. The U.S. Supreme Court also issued another 5-4 ruling on partisan lines forbidding the state from extending the deadline for mailing an absentee ballot. Many more Wisconsin voters had requested absentee ballots compared to previous elections (for obvious reasons), which led to major delays in sending them out. Now, anyone who wanted their vote counted and hadn't yet gotten a ballot was abruptly forced to go vote in person.Evers backed down, and the election did indeed proceed Tuesday. But the results cannot possibly be considered legitimate. This is a fraudulent election, a power grab forced through by a minority party whose own control of the Wisconsin legislature is the result of cheating.To begin with, no doubt tens or even hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents are rightly too frightened to vote. At time of writing turnout figures were not available, but it simply beggars belief to think that turnout would not have been higher if it weren't for the deadly pandemic that is sweeping the land. Gatherings of thousands of people all touching the same voting machines, even if social distancing and hygiene are maintained, is directly forbidden by public health guidelines. People will unquestionably get sick and die because of this. With coronavirus spreading fast in Wisconsin, the state will be lucky if only a few thousand people catch COVID-19 as a result. If they aren't, this election could easily be the mother of all super-spreader events.Also because of coronavirus, the number of polling places was slashed due to lack of staff to open them — in Milwaukee, where there's a high concentration of Democratic voters, the number was cut from 180 to 5. While many Wisconsin residents did indeed stand in line for hours to vote, the enormous wait times alone surely turned many people away. Not everyone has hours to take off work.The U.S. Supreme Court majority lamely attempted to claim their limitation on absentee voting was a narrow technical question about protecting "the integrity of the election process." In truth, it was naked voter suppression. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg noted in a dissent, under the previous ruling that ordered the state to allow more time for absentee ballots, Wisconsin residents would have been able to safely vote from home. "With the majority's stay in place, that will not be possible. Either they will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own," she wrote. Meanwhile, a second little-noticed conservative appellate ruling requires absentee ballots to have a witness signature, meaning that any already sent in without it will be tossed out.The state Supreme Court ruling, meanwhile, comes from a lawsuit from Wisconsin Republicans claiming that the governor does not have the power to unilaterally change election laws. But Republicans only control the state legislature thanks to extreme gerrymandering which makes it basically impossible for Democrats to win a majority of districts. In the 2018 election for the state Assembly, Democrats got 53 percent of the total vote — yet only 36 percent of the seats. (After Evers narrowly won in 2018, the Republican legislature promptly stripped him of most of his powers in the lame duck session.)At bottom, Republicans in both the Wisconsin legislature and the court system perceived a partisan advantage in forcing the election through, even if thousands of their own voters were killed as a result, and so they did it. They know for a fact how dangerous this pandemic is — both courts have sent as many of their employees home as possible, and sharply limited public access to legal buildings. The U.S. Supreme Court is conducting its operations entirely online.A democratic system has legitimacy if its procedures are fair — if there are basic protections for civil rights, transparent procedures, and open competition for seats in which any party can win. The state of Wisconsin is increasingly not a democracy. And that may be where the rest of the country is headed: a corrupt, authoritarian regime with a thin veneer of fake democratic procedures. Indeed, this process of endless procedural escalation and ever-more blatant cheating from conservatives has been seen before. It bears some resemblance to the early stages of Reconstruction in the 1860s, when furious ex-Confederates attempted to overthrow multi-racial democracy in the South. As Jamelle Bouie notes at The New York Times, when they eventually succeeded, the Jim Crow South was for 90 years an authoritarian system of government, enforced by terrorism, where elections were an open fraud. Thankfully we have not yet seen that kind of open violence, but then again it may not be necessary if Republicans can count on the open connivance of the federal legal system.To preserve small-r republican government, it may become necessary for Democrats to fight fire with fire — for instance, ignoring court orders to conduct fraudulent elections that kill hundreds or thousands of people. Ideally they could just mobilize against this abuse of power and win legitimately in November, but that may not be possible unless Democratic governors like Evers are willing to disregard corrupt legal opinions and hold safe, fair elections, using force if necessary.Unfortunately, there is little sign of that happening yet. The party went ahead with in-person voting in Illinois, Michigan, and Florida in mid-March. Likely presidential nominee Joe Biden insisted that the Wisconsin primary should go ahead, and said he does not support universal national vote-by-mail.It will not be a simple matter for Republicans to finish coring out the remaining democratic character of the United States. But it will be a lot easier if Democrats lie down and let themselves be steamrolled.Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledges $1 billion to coronavirus relief What America needs to do before lockdown can end UK foreign secretary says Boris Johnson is 'a fighter,' remains in 'good spirits'

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:26:00 -0400
  • Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state news

    * Coronavirus: world map of deaths and cases * Coronavirus – latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageThe number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to grow in the US. Mike Pence, the vice-president, is overseeing the US response to the coronavirus.So far, 80% of patients experience a mild form of the illness, which can include a fever and pneumonia, and many of these cases require little to no medical intervention. That being said, elderly people and those with underlying conditions such as diabetes or heart and lung issues are the most vulnerable. The coronavirus death rate in China for people 80 or over, in the government’s study of more than 72,000 cases, was 14.8%.default default default * Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:47:04 -0400
  • Trump Claims ‘China-Centric’ WHO ‘Really Blew It’ When Faced With Coronavirus Threat news

    President Trump hammered the World Health Organization on Tuesday over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing it of being partial to China and endangering countries by recommending borders be kept open."The W.H.O. really blew it," Trump wrote on Twitter. "For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?"The WHO recommended in January that countries keep borders and trade open even as it dubbed the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency. In March, the WHO upgraded the outbreak to pandemic status.Several Republican senators have eviscerated the WHO for its handling of the pandemic. Senator Martha McSally last week called on WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to step down. McSally called the director a “communist” and accused him of helping China conceal its underreporting of coronavirus case numbers.Another Republican senator, Rick Scott of Florida, called for a congressional investigation into the WHO and questioned whether the organization should continue to be funded since it engaged in “helping Communist China cover up” the seriousness of the virus and “willfully parroted propaganda” from China’s Communist Party.During an interview last month, WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward appeared to dodge a question about whether the WHO will reconsider granting membership to Taiwan, which China claims as a territory. Taiwan, which has reported under 400 cases of the infection and only two deaths, has been widely praised for its containment of the coronavirus.When Chinese researchers discovered the virus in December, local and national officials issued a gag order to labs in Wuhan, ordering the scientists there not to disclose that they had identified a new viral pneumonia.As of Tuesday morning, the U.S. has over 367,800 cases of the coronavirus, a respiratory illness which originated in Wuhan, China, and over 11,000 people have died.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:59:19 -0400
  • Israeli security agency says it arrested alleged Iran spy

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    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:49:56 -0400
  • Don't want to fly this summer? United, American extend waivers for free changes, cancellations news

    On Tuesday, United became the first major U.S. airline to extend its coronavirus travel waivers through the end of the year. Does your flight qualify?

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:42:40 -0400
  • New York Reports Largest Single-Day Death Toll From Coronavirus news

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York has recorded the largest single-day increase in the number of deaths related to the novel coronavirus, despite indications that hospitalizations are plateauing in the state.So far, more than 5,500 people have died and 138,836 more have been infected with the virus in New York State. Over the last 24 hours alone, 731 people died, the state’s highest single-day death toll since the first known infection last month, Cuomo said.“Behind every one of those numbers is an individual, is a family, is a mother, is a father, is a sister, is a brother,” Cuomo said during a press conference in Albany. “So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers.”The devastating increase comes just one day after Cuomo was cautiously optimistic about New York seeing a “possible flattening of the curve” after two days in which the rate of new deaths seemed to slow. Cuomo said that despite the spike in deaths over the last day, New York is still seeing a falling rate in the number of hospitalizations and an increase in discharged patients. Cuomo Suggests ‘Possible Flattening of the Curve’ in New York“We are projecting that we are reaching a plateau on the number of hospitalizations,” Cuomo said, stating that the number of infected patients in the ICU saw its smallest increase since the outbreak began in New York. “This virus is very good at what it does. And it kills vulnerable people. We can’t stop that. The question is, ‘Are you saving everyone you can save?’ There the answer is yes. And I take some solace in that fact.”To date, over 11,008 have died and 368,533 people have been infected with the virus nationwide, with New York accounting for about 50 percent of the total cases. Despite the increase, Cuomo reassured residents on Tuesday that “social distancing is working” after previously extending the state-wide “pause” until April 29.The projection models, he said, indicate that New York is near its apex of cases, and stressed that even if the number of cases decreases, hospitals and morgues across the state are still facing an enormous strain on their resources if residents don’t do their part and stay indoors. “To the extent that we see a flattening or a possible plateau, that’s because of what we are doing and we have to keep doing it,” he said.“Social distancing is working. That’s why you see those numbers coming down.”Cuomo said Tuesday that despite the ongoing situation, state officials are already starting to look at life after the pandemic, noting that in his personal opinion, “it’s going to come down to how good we are with testing.”“You have 19 million people in the state of New York,” Cuomo said. “Just think of how many people you would need to be able to test and test quickly.”The New York State Department of Health has already developed a COVID-19 antibody test, and state officials are now working with the FDA to get it approved and bring it to scale, Cuomo said.The test would allow residents who already had the virus, or are immune to it, to return back to public life. New York will work with New Jersey and Connecticut to scale the “rapid 15 minutes test” for use across the region, he said, noting that New York has tested more individuals per capita than anywhere else worldwide. “We need to start planning a restarting life. But we’re not there yet,” Cuomo said, noting states will need “a federal stimulus bill” to go back to normal life because “there’s no other way to do this.”Discussing the impact of the economic shutdown, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that initial projections suggest that half a million New Yorkers “are either already out of work or soon will be.”He said it’s a dire situation that is “only getting worse.”‘This Is a War’: Cuomo Pleads for Help From Doctors Across U.S. as Coronavirus Death Toll Surges“The only comparison you could make for that is the Great Depression, which scares me to death to even say that,” de Blasio said.But de Blasio did offer one piece of uplifting news as the city continues to fight the pandemic. On Tuesday, he said that doctors and nurses across the five boroughs may finally have enough supplies to combat the surge of new patients. De Blasio said Tuesday that Elmhurst Hospital Center, a 545-bed public facility in Queens that lost 13 patients within 24 hours last month, is now “pretty much breaking even” on ventilators and other supplies. This is the first time the total number of patients on ventilators at the hospital did not increase, the mayor said. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, originally converted into a makeshift, 3,000-bed overflow hospital facility to alleviate overcrowding, will now be fully dedicated to COVID-19 patients, Cuomo said. Central Park has also been transformed into a field hospital to help house COVID-19 patients, and construction has begun on a 350-bed facility at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens for patients without the virus. The USNS Comfort—a naval ship docked in Manhattan with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a medical laboratory, and over 1,000 officers—is now also treating more than 50 coronavirus patients after initially being tasked to help relieve hospitals of residents without the virus. On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed a crew member aboard the converted super tank has tested positive for the flu-like virus and is currently in isolation. These steps, Cuomo said, have allowed hospitals across the state to unload their patient burden, share supplies, and provide a safe environment for patients who do not have the virus.“This is not an act of God we’re looking at. It’s an act of what society actually does,” Cuomo said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:36:12 -0400
  • Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself news

    The sheriff's office said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of service calls involve domestic disputes and crisis intervention.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:11:00 -0400
  • Congo mine gun attack kills three Chinese nationals: Xinhua news

    A gun attack in a mining area in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed three Chinese nationals, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Chinese embassy in the mineral-rich central African country.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:24:31 -0400
  • Asia virus latest: Wuhan travel ban lifted, Japan under state of emergency news

    Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic:

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:16:40 -0400
  • Coronavirus checks: White House halts Democrats' call for more cash payments news

    The Trump administration is pumping the brakes — for now — on calls for the Treasury Department to issue a second round of checks of up to $1,200 to American taxpayers to mitigate economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.The administration's position puts it at odds with Democrats in Congress, who have been eager to begin negotiating a fourth bill aimed at economic "recovery," but is in lockstep with the argument from House and Senate Republicans that the government should first see how effective the $2.2trn "phase three" coronavirus stimulus package passed in late March is before authorising more direct cash payments.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:35:36 -0400
  • With small businesses suffering, Putin faces criticism over shutdown news

    Left with no income because of the coronavirus lockdown, Dmitry Volodin, the co-owner of several bars in Moscow, says he's getting inadequate government support, and he has no idea how he can keep paying his staff and his rent. President Vladimir Putin last week gave many Russians the rest of the month off, to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, but said employers must keep paying staff. Small and medium-sized businesses have voiced anger and warned of mass bankruptcies in petitions to the government, including one with more than 250,000 signatures, illustrating the headwinds Putin faces as he tries to counter the virus.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:28:08 -0400
  • In his resignation letter, fired inspector general Michael Atkinson urged whistleblowers to 'bravely speak up' and reminded them 'there is no disgrace in doing so' news

    Atkinson said he was "disappointed and saddened" by Trump's decision and urged whistleblowers not to "allow recent events to silence your voices."

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:34:29 -0400
  • Bangladesh arrests fugitive killer of independence leader news

    Police in Bangladesh arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday, nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination, the country's home minister said. Abdul Majed, a former military captain, was arrested in the capital, Dhaka, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, adding that the arrest was “the biggest gift” for Bangladesh this year. Majed had publicly announced his involvement in the assassination after the killing and had reportedly been hiding in India for many years.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:50:06 -0400
  • 'OK, boomer!' Supreme Court hands partial victory to federal worker claiming age discrimination news

    The case won attention at oral argument when Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the phrase "OK, boomer" would qualify as age discrimination.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:58:27 -0400
  • Health experts say official U.S. coronavirus death toll is understated news

    Public health experts and government officials agree that the U.S. government's coronavirus death toll almost certainly understates how many Americans have actually died from the virus.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only counts deaths where the presence of the coronavirus is confirmed in a lab test, The Washington Post reports, and "we know that it is an underestimation," CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said.There are many reasons why the numbers are underreported. Strict criteria in the beginning of the outbreak kept many people from getting tested for coronavirus, and it's still difficult to get tested in some areas, for example. There's also the matter of false negatives, and not all medical examiners have tests or believe they should conduct postmortem testing, even on people who died at home or in nursing homes where there were outbreaks. Experts also believe some February and early March deaths that were attributed to influenza or pneumonia were likely due to coronavirus.The official death count is based on reports sent by states, and as of Sunday night, the CDC reports 304,826 confirmed U.S. cases and 7,616 deaths. The Post, other media outlets, and university researchers update their numbers more frequently, with the Post reporting on Sunday night that 9,633 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S., and at least 337,000 cases have been confirmed.More stories from New Zealand PM tells kids the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are both 'essential workers' Trump's fervor for an unproven COVID-19 drug is reportedly fueled by Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Oz The political lessons of the 1918 pandemic

    Sun, 05 Apr 2020 23:36:00 -0400
  • Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis news

    China’s response was inept, dishonest and utterly inconsiderate of the world. We need to teach the Chinese government a lesson.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:01:08 -0400
  • Many Americans won't get coronavirus checks. Here's a look at who is ineligible. news

    Stimulus check funding leaves out most college kids, immigrants without Social Security numbers and some disabled adults.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:59:00 -0400
  • Coronavirus is revealing how broken America’s economy really is news

    We are told by everyone from the United Nations to Donald Trump that the US is a ‘developed’ economy. The statistics suggest otherwiseWhen Susan Finley developed flu-like symptoms, she didn’t go to the doctor because she was frightened about the cost. Finley’s grandparents later found her dead in her apartment. She was 53.Finley did not die as a result of Covid-19. She died in 2016 as a result of America’s healthcare system – a system that led her to avoid treatment for the common flu in order to avoid debt. It is that same system that is currently creaking under the pressure of a pandemic that experts warned was coming but governments failed to prepare for. It is a system that does not qualify for the term “developed”.The United States of America, we are told by everyone from the president to the United Nations, is a developed economy. That term, “developed economy”, sounds like an endpoint, like man standing upright after a series of hunched and hairy iterations. It’s the contrast that makes the definition – developed economies can only really exist if they are compared to their poorer “developing” counterparts. Covid-19 has merely shown the cracks in a very successful marketing campaign about which category the US falls into.There are 2.9 hospital beds for every 1,000 people in the United States. That’s fewer than Turkmenistan (7.4 beds per 1,000), Mongolia (7.0), Argentina (5.0) and Libya (3.7). In fact, the US ranks 69th out of 182 countries analyzed by the World Health Organization. This lack of hospital beds is forcing doctors across the country to ration care under Covid-19, pushing up the number of preventable deaths.America’s numbers are similarly unimpressive when it comes to medical doctors. The United States has 2.6 doctors per 1,000 people, placing it behind Trinidad & Tobago (2.7), and Russia (4.0 doctors per 1,000, for a country that is described as being “in transition”). Life expectancies at birth are lower in the US than they are in Chile or China. The US has a higher maternal mortality rate than Iran or Saudi Arabia.It’s not just health. Access to the internet is better in Bahrain and Brunei (two countries the UN does not consider developed economies) than it is in the US. Inequality scores are higher in America than they are in Mali and Yemen. A closer country to America in inequality is Israel, a country which functions as an apartheid state.And the US ranks 81st in the world in terms of women’s political representation. So, you’ve got a better chance of making it into office as a woman if you live in Vietnam, or Albania. Sub-Saharan Africa is most comparable to America - 24% of seats in the region’s parliaments are held by women, the same figure as in the US.In the United States, 83% of students graduate high school. That figure is higher in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Barbados, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Montenegro. None of those countries are considered “developed economies” by the United Nations.So why does the United Nations consider the US as a developed economy when its own statistics so clearly suggest otherwise? One might argue that it’s about simple wealth, or gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of the economy, per capita.But if that were the measure of development then European countries such as Romania, Hungary and Slovakia should not qualify for the term “developed economy” while Bermuda, Qatar, Singapore and China should all make the list. Besides, GDP per capita is no reliable measure of wellbeing in a country like the US where the richest 5% of people own two-thirds of the national wealth.The facts are as exhaustive as they are exhausting. There’s one simple conclusion from all of this. We’ve been tricked. We’ve been told that America, like most other majority-white countries, deserves the title “developed economy”. It does not. You can not charge a woman $39.95 to hold the baby that she has just given birth to. You can not constantly operate hospitals at close to capacity in order to maximize profits. The pursuit of private money in systems built for public good has not worked ethically or practically.Why does it matter whether a country is defined as developing or not? Because it means that policymakers here can distract voters into thinking that crises are constantly diplomatic, military or trade based when actually the problems that America needs to fix most urgently are right here – they’re the crises of health and education. Had those problems been better addressed, the nation would not be struggling as desperately as it is right now.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 03:00:50 -0400
  • Coronavirus Model Used by White House Changed to Reflect Decrease in Projected Fatalities news

    A coronavirus projection used by the White House to warn that the country could face between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths in a “best case scenario” has dramatically reduced its estimates, cutting the number of hospital beds needed by 58 percent and the death forecast by 12 percent.The IHME model, produced by the University of Washington, updated its numbers overnight to show that projected deaths decreased from 93,531 to 81,766, and the projected total bed shortage fell from 87,674 to 36,654, after projected needed hospital beds fell 45 percent from 262,000 to 141,000 and needed ICU beds decreased 26 percent from almost 39,700 to 29,200. While the model remained unchanged in estimating a peak of April 15, it also moved forward its projected date of fewer than 200 daily deaths from June 3 to May 18.A state-by-state breakdown suggested that a number of the U.S.’s hotspots were gaining ground on the virus, with death projections falling for California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Washington State, and others. New Jersey’s projection rose dramatically from 2,100 to 9,690, while the projection for Illinois remained essentially the same.The University of Washington model, led by Professor Chris Murray, has been widely cited and circulated to illustrate the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak. Its estimates were also used by Dr. Debbie Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, to inform her own models.“If you go on [Murray’s] website, you can see the concern that we had with the growing number of potential fatalities,” Birx told reporters last week.The model also helped inform a projection made by Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the task for and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, that the country would face “a best case scenario” of 100,000 to 200,000 coronavirus deaths.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:27:02 -0400
  • Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus - but they were slow to sound the alarm news

    It was early spring when British scientists laid out the bald truth to their government. It was "highly likely," they said, that there was now "sustained transmission" of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. If unconstrained and if the virus behaved as in China, up to four-fifths of Britons could be infected and one in a hundred might die, wrote the scientists, members of an official committee set up to model the spread of pandemic flu, on March 2.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:04:16 -0400
  • President says US will withhold funding from WHO following its 'missed calls' on coronavirus news

    As New York City’s death toll from coronavirus hits 3,845, officials are considering using Hart Island in Long Island Sound off the Bronx as a temporary grave site at a time when morgues are overrun.Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, has meanwhile broken with Donald Trump to warn that the world may never “go back to normal” after the outbreak because the threat will linger, issuing the caution as America approaches 400,000 cases and 12,300 deaths in total.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:00:00 -0400
  • Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion news

    Mohammed al-Dulfi's 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots proposed by the government outside Baghdad for him and seven other coronavirus victims, al-Dulfi said. A fight broke out between the families and the Health Ministry's team.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 02:05:13 -0400
  • Sweden, which refused to implement a coronavirus lockdown, has so far avoided a mass outbreak. Now it's bracing for a potential surge in deaths. news

    Sweden urged people to practice social distancing but left shops and restaurants open, contrasting with many countries across Europe and the world.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:16:42 -0400
  • Georgia Mom Goes Missing as Boyfriend Is Wanted for Murder news

    Georgia police are searching for a 21-year-old mother of two who is thought to be in “grave danger” and possibly being held hostage by a man suspected of murder.Autumn Keara Finlay vanished after her boyfriend, Cody Bryce Matthews, 20, allegedly shot and killed a man on Sunday in Butts County. The gunfire erupted in a pool area—close to tennis courts where children played—at the Jackson Glenn subdivision, a local newspaper, the Jackson Progress-Argus, reported. Matthews is wanted for murder and aggravated assault in connection to the fatal shooting, which claimed the life of a man in his 30s. Police did not release the man’s name on Monday afternoon, but relatives identified him as Ryan Ray of Jenkinsburg. Authorities have released few details about Finlay and Matthews. But on social media, Finlay’s friends and relatives say Matthews was her boyfriend.“Y’all please share!!!!” Finlay’s mom, Denise Taylor, frantically posted on Facebook. “My daughter is in danger I can’t breathe … if anyone sees him or her please call 911 can’t reach her phone goes straight to voicemail my heart is dying.”According to family members’ Facebook posts, no one has heard from Finlay since about 11 p.m. on Sunday. Her sister, Chrichelle Wood, wrote that Finlay called her parents from a private number and claimed she “was with a friend and was on the way home.”“Something isn’t right,” Wood added. “I don’t believe she is safe. Y’all please help bring my baby sister home …. She has 2 babies she has to come home to.”In another post, Wood said both Finlay’s and Matthews’ vehicles are parked at the suspected killer’s home. Both their cellphones appeared to be turned off.“Cody HAS been violent towards my sister in the past so I do not believe her to be safe right now and do believe she is being held against her will,” Wood wrote. “Autumn has 2 little boys to come home to and would not just run off with Cody especially after he just killed a man. She would not go willingly. This isn’t like her.”Michelle Finlay, Autumn’s stepmother, told The Daily Beast that the missing mom has a 2-year-old boy and a 5-year-old who just had his birthday on Sunday. “She is our youngest girl out of 5,” Michelle Finlay said. “She’s a hard worker, bright and very smart.” In an interview with The Daily Beast, Wood said her sister isn’t typically secretive and tells her family where she’s going. “She wouldn’t give us a name and wouldn’t tell us where she was or anything,” Wood said of the last time she spoke to Finlay. The sibling believes Matthews instructed Finlay on what to say.Wood said that “police aren’t looking at her as any kind of accomplice.”“I’m not just saying it because she’s my sister,” Wood said of Finlay. “She’s a sweet girl. She’d give you the shirt off her back.” Wood said that when Finlay was 5 years old, she had their mother pull over to the roadside so Finlay could give her McDonald’s burger to a homeless man.“She’s always been a good kid,” Wood added. “She doesn't have a track record of any trouble. She’s never gone off the wall and took off.”Finlay and Matthews have been dating for about a year and, according to Wood, had a “rocky relationship.” Wood said, “There’s been points where he’s not allowed at our house,” but the tension between Finlay’s parents and Matthews would blow over.Wood said Finlay was working as a waitress at Denny’s but lost her job because of COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, Finlay recently moved out of her family home—which is in the Jackson Glenn subdivision where the shooting took place—and into the house where Matthews lives with his mother. Wood told The Daily Beast both she and Finlay left their parents’ house because their father is an electrician, whose work is essential, and they didn’t want to put their children at risk of contracting the virus.On Sunday, Finlay was at the home of Matthews’ mother when Matthews allegedly left and committed the shooting. Finlay’s children were with their father, Wood said.Wood said U.S. Marshals were at her parents’ home on Monday and keeping them updated on the manhunt. “We have no idea if they went north, south, east, west, or if they’re in the state of Georgia anymore,” Wood said.“He has nothing to lose,” Wood said of Matthews. “I know he has put hands on my sister before. She confided in me about that. That’s why I’m so scared.”It’s unclear why Matthews allegedly shot a man—or why he’s believed to be keeping Finlay against her will.The Butts County Sheriff’s Office did not return messages left Monday.After the shooting on Sunday afternoon, word spread quickly in the small-town community that Matthews was the alleged gunman. Wood said rumors are circulating that the shooting stemmed from a drug deal gone bad.Finlay used to work at a Waffle House restaurant with the girlfriend of the victim, Wood said. “Detectives are not telling us anything at this point, but they did know each other,” the sibling told The Daily Beast.Matthews appears to have a history of arrests in Butts County.According to jail log books published by the Progress-Argus, in February 2019, Matthews was booked on charges of marijuana possession and theft by receiving stolen property.In March 2018, Matthews was arrested for entering an auto or other motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony, as well as possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain crimes.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:08:24 -0400
  • Thousands flock to leave Wuhan as outbound travel ban ends news

    Thousands of travellers flocked to catch trains leaving Wuhan early Wednesday as authorities lifted a more than two-month ban on outbound travel from the hard-hit Chinese city where the global coronavirus pandemic first emerged. "Wuhan has lost a lot in this epidemic, and Wuhan people have paid a big price," said a 21-year-old man surnamed Yao, who was heading back to his restaurant job in Shanghai. China's ruling Communist Party imposed a quarantine lockdown on tens of millions of people -- first in Wuhan and then the rest of Hubei province -- beginning January 23, making the central Chinese city the first place in the world subjected to draconian restrictions now seen in many countries.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:30:30 -0400
  • 86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19 news

    The mother and three sons all died within days of each other, the New Orleans Coroner's Office confirmed.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 19:19:38 -0400
  • Fact check: Would a U.S. House bill ban assault weapons? news

    Gun-rights organizations are raising awareness about a bill pending in the House of Representatives that they say would ban assault weapons. It would.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:08:15 -0400
  • Coronavirus: India home quarantine families face discrimination news

    Indians following government advice have found themselves shamed and ostracised.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:58:33 -0400
  • Sen. Rick Scott wants congressional probe into World Health Organization's coronavirus response news

    Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Republican member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, joins Tucker Carlson on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 21:15:53 -0400
  • Is Trump leading a 'war' against the coronavirus? news

    While the term “warfare” is a useful metaphor for the kind of mobilization necessary to save lives in this crisis, it’s not a useful way to think about the primary responsibility of ordinary citizens right now, which is to stay at home.

    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:48:35 -0400
  • US says airstrike in Somalia kills an al-Shabab leader

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    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:54:49 -0400
  • A NYC hospital has figured out how to turn sleep apnea machines it got from Elon Musk into ventilators for coronavirus patients news

    Amid the shortage of ventilators in New York, a hospital in Manhattan is converting sleep apnea machines into ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

    Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:57:00 -0400
  • Zimbabwe eases coronavirus lockdown to allow diaspora remittances flow

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    Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:03:05 -0400
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