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Coronavirus Mortality Rate in US Dips to 1.0% of Confirmed Cases - When Will WHO Be Held Accountable?

Coronavirus Mortality Rate in US Dips to 1.0% of Confirmed Cases - When Will WHO Be Held Accountable? | 22 March 2020 | The US coronavirus mortality rate dipped to 1.0% on Sunday using deaths (396) divided by confirmed cases (38,167). That number is actually SIGNIFICANTLY lower if you factor in ALL OF THE CASES that are not being reported, where people are not feeling sick enough to be tested. That number could be 6-7 times higher than the current number of 38,167. The mortality rate for the coronavirus in the US continues to fall as more and more Americans are able to be tested. 12 days ago the US coronavirus mortality rate was 4.06. Today the mortality rate is down to 1.25%.

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus - report

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus - report | 22March 2020 | Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the coronavirus in prison, according to a report on Sunday. Weinstein, 68, is in isolation at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, the Press-Republican newspaper reported. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision wouldn't confirm the report, citing federal health-care privacy law, but said that two inmates at Wende had the coronavirus.

Rand Paul becomes first senator to contract coronavirus, is in quarantine

Rand Paul becomes first senator to contract coronavirus, is in quarantine | 22 March 2020 | Sen. Rand Paul has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in quarantine, he said Sunday. "Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events," read a message on the Kentucky Republican's Twitter handle. "He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person." He is the first US senator to test positive for the virus.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in New York and throughout US

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in New York and throughout US | 21 March 2020 | The number of coronavirus cases in New York surged by more than 4,500 on Saturday, jolting the statewide number of infected past 11,600 on the eve of an unprecedented lockdown from Brooklyn to Buffalo aimed at containing the deadly bug. New York City, which remained the epicenter of the nation’s COVID-19 crisis, accounted for the bulk of the alarming increase. More than 2,400 new cases were reported in the Big Apple, raising the total number of sick to 8,115, city officials said. The virus killed at least 15 more people in the city on Saturday, officials said, bringing the death toll to 60.

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in 'critical condition' with pneumonia after negative COVID-19 test, office says

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in 'critical condition' with pneumonia after negative COVID-19 test, office says | 21 March 2020 | Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., was hospitalized last week and remains in critical condition after fracturing his rib during a run which led to complications from pneumonia. DeSauinier's Chief of Staff Betsy Arnold Marr released a statement about the congressman's health on Saturday and said he had been stabilized and tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). ..."Unfortunately, Congressman DeSaulnier's condition has deteriorated and he is in critical condition," she continued.

DOJ seeks new emergency powers during coronavirus pandemic, including the right to detain people indefinitely without trial

DOJ seeks new emergency powers during coronavirus pandemic, including the right to detain people indefinitely without trial --One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency. | 21 March 2020 | The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies -- part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States. Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department's requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions... In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings "whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation."

Russia delivers over 100,000 Covid-19 test kits to 13 states, including Iran, North Korea

Russia delivers over 100,000 Covid-19 test kits to 13 states, including Iran, North Korea | 21 March 2020 | The testing tools for coronavirus were delivered to 13 countries, including Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states Iran and North Korea, Russia’s public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Saturday. The equipment manufactured in Russia can conduct over 100,000 tests for Covid-19, and has already been used to track down the first cases of the disease in Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Moscow is due to ship the equipment to Serbia, as well as to Egypt and Venezuela. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said earlier this week that Russia has no shortage of testing kits.

Military to enforce coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Military to enforce coronavirus lockdown in Italy | 20 March 2020 | Soldiers are being brought in to enforce a lockdown in Italy as the country struggles to contain the exploding coronavirus outbreak within its borders... "(The request to use the army) has been accepted...and 114 soldiers will be on the ground throughout Lombardy...it is still too little, but it is positive," Attilio Fontana, the president of the Lombardy region, said at a press conference Friday, according to a translation by CNN. "Unfortunately we are not seeing a change of trend in the numbers, which are rising." Soldiers have already been stationed in several Italian cities, but have been ordered simply to ensure general security rather than enforce government orders.

Pence staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Breaking: Pence staffer tests positive for coronavirus | 20 March 2020 | Vice President Mike Pence's office said on Friday that a member of his office tested positive for coronavirus or COVID-19. "This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the coronavirus," according to a statement from Katie Miller, Press Secretary to Vice President Mike Pence. "Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual," the statement continued. "Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines."

State lawmaker, Hartford police officers test positive for COVID-19 as confirmed coronavirus cases spike; death toll reaches 3

State lawmaker, Hartford police officers test positive for COVID-19 as confirmed coronavirus cases spike; death toll reaches 3 | 19 March 2020 | State Rep. Jane Garibay (D) confirmed Thursday night she has tested positive for the coronavirus as the number of infected residents continued to spike and Connecticut's COVID-19 death toll rose to three. Four Hartford police officers, who recently returned from a trip to Spain, have also tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Mayor Luke Bronin... Hartford, along with New Haven, Bridgeport, West Hartford and Hamden, have announced a ban on all social and recreational gatherings of 10 or more people.

Dow closes below 20,000 as stocks slump on continued coronavirus fears

Dow closes below 20,000 as stocks slump on continued coronavirus fears | 18 March 2020 | Stocks ended sharply lower Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing below the psychologically important 20,000 level for the first time since February 2017 as investors continued to dump equities and other assets on worries over the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped around 1,334 points, or 6.3%, to end near 19,904, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 ended down around 131 points, or 5.2%, near 2,398. The Nasdaq Composite finished around 345 points lower, down 4.7%, near 6,990.

NYSE to temporarily close floor, move to electronic trading after positive coronavirus tests

NYSE to temporarily close floor, move to electronic trading after positive coronavirus tests | 18 March 2020 | The New York Stock Exchange said Wednesday it will temporarily close its historic trading floor and move fully to electronic trading after two people tested positive for coronavirus infection at screenings it had set up this week. All-electronic trading will begin on March 23 at the open, the exchange said. The facilities to be closed are the NYSE equities trading floor and NYSE American Options trading floor in New York, and NYSE Arca Options trading floor in San Francisco. The closure was in part as a result of positive coronavirus tests of two people, Stacey Cunningham, President of the NYSE, told CNBC. The entrants were stopped at the medical screenings at the Big Board. The stock market has closed at times over the years, such as during World War II and in the wake of 9/11, but this is the first time the physical trading floor of the Big Board has ever shut independently while electronic trading continues.

U.S. Navy Hospital Ships to Deploy to New York, West Coast

U.S. Navy Hospital Ships to Deploy to New York, West Coast | 18 March 2020 | A pair of U.S. Navy hospital ships will be deployed to New York and on the West Coast, where medical workers are anxiously expecting a major influx of patients as the coronavirus spreads. President Trump announced the plans for deployment during a news conference Wednesday, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed that he expects one of those ships -- the USNS Comfort -- to take up a position in New York Harbor, adjacent to New York City. The USNS Mercy, meanwhile, is based on the West Coast and expected to deploy to coastal regions on that side of the country.

New Orleans mayor authorizes ability to ban gun sales during coronavirus emergency, if city desires

New Orleans mayor authorizes ability to ban gun sales during coronavirus emergency, if city desires | 17 March 2020 | The city of New Orleans, La., issued an emergency declaration over the coronavirus that gives the city the emergency authority to limit or ban outright the sale or transportation of firearms, explosives or combustibles during the emergency period. Democratic New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell added a proclamation to the emergency declaration on Monday that allows for limits on the sale and transportation of firearms and other items deemed a potential safety threat within her jurisdiction. "The emergency authority is hereby empowered, if necessary, to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transporting of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives and combustibles," the proclamation reads.

As Italy quarantines over coronavirus, swans appear in Venice canals, dolphins swim playfully

As Italy quarantines over coronavirus, swans appear in Venice canals, dolphins swim playfully --'Nature just hit the reset button' in the suddenly clear waters of Venice canals and off the coast of a locked-down Italy. | 18 March 2020 | What would a world without humans look like? As countries go under lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, photos on social media suggest it might be a lot cleaner, for a start. As one observer put it, "Nature just hit the reset button." Most nonessential travel to countries in the European Union is banned and Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak on the continent, has closed all nonessential businesses. In Venice, the canals normally teeming with tourists and boat traffic are nearly empty. On social media, people are sharing photos and videos of clear water and wildlife rarely seen close to the city. For some, it was a small sign of hope as the country's death toll rose above 2,500 on March 17. 

People over 70 in the UK will be quarantined at home for 4 months in a 'wartime' effort to tackle coronavirus

People over 70 in the UK will be quarantined at home for 4 months in a 'wartime' effort to tackle coronavirus --People over 70 in the UK will be quarantined for up to 4 months in a 'wartime' effort to tackle coronavirus. --Health Secretary confirmed reports of the plan on Sunday morning. --Hancock said the plan was a 'very big ask' for older people but said it was a measure for their own protection, and confirmed it would be introduced in the 'coming weeks.' | 15 March 2020 | People aged over 70 in Britain will be asked to stay in strict isolation at home or in care homes for up to 4 months under a radical new plan to prevent them from catching the coronavirus. Asked to confirm an ITV report of the proposal, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday: "That is in the action plan, yes."

Advanced knowledge? CDC started hiring QUARANTINE program managers last November to cover quarantine centers in Texas, California, New York, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts and more

Advanced knowledge? CDC started hiring QUARANTINE program managers last November to cover quarantine centers in Texas, California, New York, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts and more | 19 March 2020 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to have had advanced knowledge of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, as the agency which deliberately delayed testing kits in the USA for nearly a month was hiring quarantine program advisors in November 2019, to cover Texas, New York, California, Washington, Florida, and many other areas where the pandemic is now exploding. This job listing page at jobs.CDC.gov describes job announcement number HHS-CDC-D3-20-10640010, paying up to $93,077 per year, with an open application period from Nov. 15, 2019, to May 15, 2020. The cities and states described in the job listing are: Dallas, Texas; El Paso, Texas; Houston, Texas; Seattle, Washington; Anchorage, Alaska; Los Angeles, California; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Miami, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Honolulu, Hawaii; Chicago, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Newark, New Jersey; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and San Juan.

Gov. Newsom issues statewide 'stay at home' order

Gov. Newsom issues statewide 'stay at home' order --The order will be in effect 'until further notice' - officials | 19 March 2020 | Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday evening issued a statewide "stay at home" order effective immediately as the state’s latest effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The order will be in effect "until further notice," state officials said. According to the state's instructions on the order, "Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job." Anyone who does leave their home must leave at least 6 feet between themselves and others, according to the state's guidelines. Exceptions will be made for services deemed essential, including food stores and distribution centers...pharmacies, banks, gas stations and laundromats. State and local services that provide other necessary services, like law enforcement and government programs, will also remain open.

Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness

Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness --Intelligence Chair Richard Burr's selloff came around the time he was receiving daily briefings on the health threat. | 19 March 2020 | Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions. As the head of the intelligence committee, Burr, a North Carolina Republican, has access to the government's most highly classified information about threats to America's security. His committee was receiving daily coronavirus briefings around this time, according to a Reuters story. On Thursday, Burr came under fire after NPR obtained a secret recording from Feb. 27, in which the lawmaker gave a VIP group at an exclusive social club a much more dire preview of the economic impact of the coronavirus than what he had told the public.

Russian Scientists Sequence Coronavirus Genome

Russian Scientists Sequence Coronavirus Genome | 19 March 2020 | Scientists in countries around the world have rushed to learn everything they can about COVID-19 in recent months in a bid to create an effective vaccine. Russian scientists have sequenced the whole genome of the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has announced. In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry explained that the genome, sourced from a patient infected with the virus, will help in the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs for treatment. The genome was sequenced by scientists from the Smorodintsev Research Institute of Influenza, a leading medical institute in St. Petersburg partnered with the World Health Organization.

US warns Americans against all overseas travel during COVID-19 outbreak

US warns Americans against all overseas travel during COVID-19 outbreak | 19 March 2020 | The Trump administration has upgraded its already dire warning to Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. The State Department on Thursday issued a new alert urging Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances and to return home if they are already abroad unless they plan to remain overseas. "The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19," it said in the new advice.

McConnell's coronavirus stimulus plan would provide payments of $1,200 per person, $2,400 for couples

McConnell's coronavirus stimulus plan would provide payments of $1,200 per person, $2,400 for couples | 19 March 2020 | Saying lawmakers "need to take bold and swift action as soon as possible," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday introduced legislation to provide as much as $1,200 per person and $2,400 per couple in the U.S. amid the coronavirus outbreak and skyrocketing jobless claims. The draft legislation, obtained by Fox News, would provide minimum payments of $600, and aid would be phased down at adjusted gross income thresholds of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 per couple. Additionally, there would be $500 payments for each child.

Members of House GOP leadership self-quarantining after first lawmakers test positive

Members of House GOP leadership self-quarantining after first lawmakers test positive | 19 March 2020 | Members of the House GOP leadership team are self-quarantining after two lawmakers announced that they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Top members of the minority whip team -- including Whip Steve Scalise (La.) and Rep. Drew Ferguson (Ga.), the chief deputy whip -- are among the growing number of GOP lawmakers who have chosen to take precautions after Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) announced Wednesday that he tested positive for the virus. Diaz-Balart, a member of the Whip team and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, is known for being social around Capitol Hill, often seen shaking hands or hugging colleagues.

Connecticut governor moves primary from April 28 to June 2

Connecticut governor moves primary from April 28 to June 2 --Connecticut's change makes it mathematically impossible for Joe Biden to clinch the nomination before May. | 19 March 2020 | Connecticut has decided to move its presidential primary to a later date to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Twitter the April 28 primary will now be held June 2. Connecticut is the latest state to postpone primary elections amid the global pandemic. Maryland, another state that was part of the April 28 primary, dubbed the "Acela Primary" or "I-95 Primary," also moved its primary to June 2. The other states to postpone are Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard drops out of the Democratic presidential primary, endorses Joe Biden

Mega barf alert *and* gag me with a chainsaw: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard drops out of the Democratic presidential primary, endorses Joe Biden | 19 March 2020 | Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race on Thursday and endorsed former Vice President [deep-state puppet] Joe Biden. "Today, I'm suspending my presidential campaign, and offering my full support to Vice President Joe Biden in his quest to bring our country together," she said in a video announcing her decision. Biden is close to sealing the Democratic presidential nomination as his rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, mulls his options.

Trump announces US, Canada closing border to 'non-essential traffic' amid coronavirus fears

Trump announces US, Canada closing border to 'non-essential traffic' amid coronavirus fears | 18 March 2020 | President Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. and Canada are temporarily closing their shared border to non-essential traffic as part of the effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic," Trump tweeted. "Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" ...Trump on Saturday added the U.K. and Ireland to a 30-day European travel ban, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday previously had closed Canada's borders to all foreign nationals except U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Coronavirus: California prepared to enact martial law if its a 'necessity,' governor says

Coronavirus: California prepared to enact martial law if its a 'necessity,' governor says --'We have the ability to do martial law...if we feel the necessity,' Governor Gavin Newsom says | 18 March 2020 | California has prepared for worst case scenarios as the coronavirus pandemic heightens, including the possibility of enacting martial law. Governor Gavin Newsom said during a press conference on Tuesday he would consider implementing martial law if it was necessary to curb the novel virus. "We have the ability to do martial law...if we feel the necessity," he said. Issuing martial law would be an unprecedented move rarely used by officials in US history. If enacted, it would temporarily replace civil rule with military authority. The precedent for martial law in the US states "certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement," according to a legal journal

US coronavirus response ramps up as feds, states mobilize

US coronavirus response ramps up as feds, states mobilize | 19 March 2020 | As the coronavirus outbreak continued to disrupt American life, numerous actions have been taken -- in Washington, in state capitals and at the local level -- to help get a grip on a situation that simultaneously threatened to spin out of control. In Washington, President Trump said Wednesday he would invoke the Defense Production Act, a move designed to help private businesses ramp up production and distribution of medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the virus also known as COVID-19. "If we need to use it, we'll be using it," the president said. "It's full speed ahead."

Utah Democrat becomes second lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus

Utah Democrat becomes second lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus | 18 March 2020 | Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) announced Wednesday he tested positive for the coronavirus after developing symptoms on Saturday. McAdams, 45, is the second lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), 58, announced his diagnosis shortly before the Utah Democrat.

Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus

Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus | 18 March 2020 | Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) announced Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19 after developing symptoms Saturday. He is the first member of Congress to test positive for the novel coronavirus. Shortly after his announcement another House member, Rep. Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), 45, announced he had also tested positive for the virus. Diaz-Balart, 58, has been in self-quarantine in his Washington, D.C., apartment since Friday.

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