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    Waves filled with bioluminescent phytoplankton put on a blue light show at Seacliff State Beach shortly after midnight on Monday. Phytoplankton, also known as microalgae, are similar to terrestrial plants in that they contain chlorophyll and require sunlight in order to live and grow. Most phytoplankton are buoyant and float in the upper part of the ocean, where sunlight during the day penetrates the water. Related Articles 23 gorgeous Bay Area beaches to try as coronavirus keeps us closer to home Video shows sharks near unsuspecting surfers and swimmers off California coast Some celebrated July Fourth virtually while others packed beaches despite coronavirus surge Letters: Crowded beaches | Whites must fight racism...
    In every great American crisis, there is a moment where the whole world can see the true character of a President. For George W. Bush it came when he was photographed staring down from the luxurious comfort of Air Force One on the wreckage wrought by Hurricane Katrina, after his government's woefully inadequate federal response. The picture made him look detached and uncaring, and worst of all, a weak and ineffectual leader. He never recovered from it. For Bill Clinton, it came with his infamous 'I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky' declaration. When it turned out he had indeed had multiple sexual relations with that woman, his reputation was badly damaged. Conversely, for John F....
    The St. Louis Cardinals have more than a dozen new cases of coronavirus. According to Ken Rosenthal, the team has had a total of 13 new coronavirus cases. Seven of the positive tests come from players and the other six come from staff members. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The team’s upcoming games against the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox have been postponed. Official word from MLB: 13 new positive tests for COVID-19, seven players, six staff members. Tentative plan is for team to resume season Friday in St. Louis against the Cubs. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 3, 2020 Tigers-Cardinals four-game series at Comerica postponed. https://t.co/eS8TMZtunL — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)...
                  Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the daily co-creators, so find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and recommend the Morning Report to your friends. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported this week: Monday, 154,860. Tuesday, 155,471.   The world’s confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 18 million. Top Republican and Democratic negotiators made little progress on Monday toward a coronavirus relief package as they regrouped following the expiration of federal  unemployment benefits...
    The man who sounded an alarm that the U.S. was facing a pandemic, and was grossly unprepared to deal with it, has some harsh words for the government’s efforts thus far. “Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus. And despite its considerable advantages — immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise — it floundered,” Ed Yong, who warned in 2018 of another pandemic, writes in September issue of The Atlantic. “While countries as different as South Korea, Thailand, Iceland, Slovakia, and Australia acted decisively to bend the curve of infections downward, the U.S. achieved merely a plateau in the spring, which changed to an appalling upward slope in the summer.” Yong said he has spoken...
    TWO more regions across Spain have been put into lockdown as cases continue to rise across the country. More than 8,500 new coronavirus infections were confirmed over the weekend, taking active cases to 118,704 - some of the highest in Europe. 4Spain's coronavirus infections are continuing to climb, with more than 8,500 new cases over the weekendCredit: EPA However, the weekend figures do not include all of the badly-hit regions, leading to fears the number could be much higher in reality. It is also a jump from last weekend, with around 6,500 new cases of COVID-19, and the weekend before that, at around 4,500. The towns of Iscar and Pedrajas, just two hours from Madrid have since been put back...
    WARNING signs that some hospital patients had contracted the coronavirus may have been missed by a scoring system used across the NHS. A new investigation has claimed that patients with severe symptoms may have also had treatment delayed because of the system. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Medical staff may have missed early warning signs The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) found that some NHS staff members had developed an “over reliance” on the scoring system. The system is used to determine how ill a patient is and how their needs should be met. Medical professionals look for early warning signs such as pulse, blood pressure, breathing and temperature, in order to determine...
    (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Military helps enforce Australian state's isolation rules A group of 500 military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders in Australia's Victoria state, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing hefty fines as high as A$20,000 ($14,250.00). The only exemption will be for urgent medical care. Nearly a third of those who contracted COVID-19 were not home isolating when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday. Trump vows to sue Nevada over voting by mail President Donald Trump vowed on Monday he would sue Nevada after the state's Democratic lawmakers passed a bill to...
    A new interview with President Trump reveals him having a confusing argumentwith an Axios reporter about coronavirus testing in the United States and insinuating that South Korea might not be revealing its full number of virus deaths.  In Monday's episode of HBO series AXIOS on HBO, the outlet's national political correspondent Jonathan Swan sat down with Trump to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and other topics.  It's while discussing the pandemic that the interview takes a confusing turn, appearing to thoroughly shock Swan, as seen in a clip posted on Twitter.  .@jonathanvswan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is really bad. Much...
    By The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief says the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July affecting more than 1 billion students. In addition, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that at least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on education “in their critical pre-school year.” As a result, he warned that the world faces “a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities.” “We are at a defining moment for the world’s children and young people,” Guterres said in a video message and a 26-page policy briefing. “The decisions that governments and...
    UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief says the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July affecting more than 1 billion students. In addition, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that at least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on education “in their critical pre-school year.” As a result, he warned that the world faces “a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities.” “We are at a defining moment for the world’s children and young people,” Guterres said in a video message and a 26-page policy briefing. “The decisions that governments and partners take now will...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” Vice President Mike Pence responded to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) criticisms of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response by blaming some of the deaths in New York on Cuomo’s policies and by pointing to Cuomo’s past praise of President Trump’s coronavirus response. Pence said, “Well, our hearts grieve for the fact that one in five of all the American lives that have been lost in the coronavirus pandemic were lost in the state of New York and some of that was because of poor decisions by the state and by Gov. Cuomo. But look, I liked it better when he said that President Trump’s leadership in the pandemic was,...
    First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez (R) stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Octavio Jones/Getty Images At least 260 employees at Gwinnett County School District in Georgia have either tested positive for coronavirus or been exposed to the coronavirus, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  It's the largest school district in the state, and the report comes a day after teachers began in-person pre-planning for the semester, according to WBS. The incident raised questions about the risks adults in...
    President Donald Trump on Monday repeated that a strategy of a long time or permanent lockdown was never an option to defeat the coronavirus entirely. “It’s important that all Americans recognize that a permanent lockdown is not a viable path toward producing the result that you want, or certainly not a viable path forward,” Trump said. The president spoke about lockdowns during a press conference at the White House, saying that long term lockdowns would inflict more harm than good on the country. He cited other foreign countries such as Spain, Germany, France, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan, who were also experiencing spikes in coronavirus cases as an example, despite their own efforts at lockdowns. “Lockdowns do not prevent infection...
    Asuncion, Aug 3 (EFE) .- Paraguay registered three new deaths from coronavirus on Monday, so the number of deaths since the pandemic reached the country in early March stood at 55, according to data published by the Ministry of Health. The health ministry also confirmed on Monday the detection of 80 new cases, 32 of them produced by contact, four from abroad and 44 without links. With these 80 new positives, the number of active cases stood at 1,420, thus maintaining the downward trend of recent days. This corresponds to an increase in patient discharges, which on Monday added 283 new recoveries, bringing the total number of people discharged at this time to 4,249. Paraguay currently has 68 people hospitalized...
    As coronavirus cases continue to rise across much of the US, top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci warned that states need to heed the warning signs when the percentage of people testing positive each day starts to tick upward.  And when it does, they may need to reconsider their reopening schedules, warned Dr Fauci in an interview with JAMA editor-in-chief Dr Howard Bauchner.  'There's a real potential pattern,' Dr Fauci said.  'It's become clear now that...if you look back at the states that in the Southern region have surged up and accounted for the 60,000-70,000 cases a day [we've been seeing]...prior to the surging, you could detect an early increase for any given state.'  He noted that those increases...
    Moderate drinking — is it a curse or a cure? Tippling’s reputation for helping or harming our health flips so frequently that it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. One week, positive research has careful drinkers crying ‘Cheers’. The next, scientists report an alcohol peril that has the abstainers saying ‘Told you so’. In the latest twist, a major new U.S. study of midlifers says drinking in moderation may be beneficial for our brains, helping to protect against dementia in old age. Researchers from the University of Georgia say they have identified what they call a ‘U-shaped relationship’ between alcohol and brain health. Moderate drinking — is it a curse or a cure? Tippling’s reputation for helping or harming...
    An Indiana junior high school learned a student tested positive for coronavirus midway through the first day back to in-person learning, after a child's parents sent the kid into school that day despite waiting for their test results to come in.  Greenfield-Central Junior High School in Greenfield, Indiana, was among the first schools to reopen on July 30, after having been shut down in March during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.  But, midway through the school's first day back, the health department informed school officials that one of their students - who has not been named - tested positive for coronavirus.   Officials at Indiana's Greenfield-Central Junior High School (pictured) learned a student tested positive for coronavirus midway...
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks to the media before a march in honor of George Floyd on June 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Sergio Flores/Getty Images Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday ordered police to issue citations to people who fail to wear masks in public. People who ignore the citation could face a $250 fine.  Turner wants to reduce the city's high coronavirus positive rate to 5% by the end of August.  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said people should wear masks for the greater good, the local CBS affiliate KHOU reported.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Police in Houston will now issue citations to those who don't wear masks in public, and those who...
    NBA live updates: Scores, standings as Mondays games tip off Sagittarius: Everything to Know About the Adventurous Fire Sign Trump says U.S. may have coronavirus vaccine far in advance of end of the year President Donald Trump said the U.S. may have a coronavirus vaccine available to the public ahead of the administration's goal of the end of the year or early 2021. "We're balancing speed and safety and we're on pace to have a vaccine available this year, maybe far in advance of the end of the year," he said. He mentioned vaccine candidates from drug companies Pfizer and Moderna, which both began late-stage trials for their leading vaccine candidates last week. © Provided by CNBC U.S. President Donald...
    President Trump and public health officials touted the promise of convalescent plasma therapy as a treatment for the coronavirus disease. “We're also very encouraged about the prospects for plasma therapies,” Trump said Monday. “This really makes people better.” Plasma therapy is an experimental treatment in which doctors take blood from a patient who has recovered from COVID-19 and whose body has antibodies that it created to fight the virus. Doctors then transfuse the liquid part of the blood, called plasma, into the COVID-19-positive patient’s blood. “We need that beautiful ingredient that you that got better seem to have in your veins,” Trump said. “And you know, you had something very special, something that knocked it out, so...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: Personal FinanceThe people who handle racial discrimination complaints in the workplace are divided on how big of a problem it is A new survey looks into a disconnect among human resource professionals, who are often the first hear reports of discrimination. Like ‘punching a time clock through your webcam’: How employers are keeping tabs on remote workers during the pandemic Meanwhile, ‘individuals working in brick-and-mortar establishments have fewer rights; fewer opportunities to express concerns around privacy.’ Here’s where things stand on the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits that expired on Friday Democrats are holding firm on the extra $600 a week unemployed Americans received through July 31 as part of...
    Bradley Cortright August 3, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is touting what he says is “evidence of significant” progress in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.  “We’re beginning to see evidence of significant progress,” Trump said during a press conference on Monday. He shared some positive statistics from around the country, “Nationwide, the number of positive cases has declined by nearly 6% from the week before. And the positive test rate has also dropped from 8.7% to 8% over that same period of time. An encouraging, very encouraging sign I have to add, that the virus is receding.” “In hotspots across the south and west, we’ve seen slow improvements from their recent weekly peaks. Arizona’s weekly case counts...
    U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on August 3, 2020 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images President Donald Trump said Monday the U.S. may have a coronavirus vaccine available to the public ahead of the administration's goal of the end of the year or early 2021. "We're balancing speed and safety and we're on pace to have a vaccine available this year, maybe far in advance of the end of the year," Trump said during a White House press briefing. "And we're mass-producing the most promising candidates in advance so that we're ready upon approval. We have our military lined up, it's logistics,...
    President Trump has resumed talk of a long-sought payroll tax holiday, which outside advisers say could occur with executive action. "We're putting it back on the table," said Stephen Moore, an outside economic adviser to the president and a member of his economic recovery task force, speaking to the Washington Examiner on Monday. Moore has called previously for the measure and has said that without it, "There’s no point in having a Phase Four." "I don't think Trump's given up on it," Moore said. Trump is also considering unilateral action to extend enhanced unemployment benefits and eviction protection if a coronavirus deal cannot be reached in Congress. With negotiations stalled, the president said on Monday that he is looking...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the coronavirus is "not to be underestimated" and that the pandemic is far from over in an interview with U.S. News Monday. Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, has been at the helm of the country's response to a novel virus that has infected nearly 4.7 million people and killed more than 155,000 in little over six months in the U.S. In an interview with Brian Kelly, editorial director and executive vice president at U.S. News, Fauci addressed school reopenings, the development of treatments for COVID-19 patients and the progress toward a vaccine. "It will end, guaranteed," Fauci...
    Endless lockdowns in the absence of a coronavirus vaccine are not an option, and "pretending" that the idea is a feasible or responsible course of action "is a lie," Ben Shapiro asserted Monday. In a series of posts on Twitter, the "Ben Shapiro Show" host voiced his frustration to his 2.9 million followers about ongoing lockdown orders and the "dishonest" media who he said are responsible for the "panic porn" gripping the country. ATLAS CALLS FOR ENDING LOCKDOWNS IN A 'SAFE WAY' "Endless lockdown is not an option. Endless unemployment payments are not an option. Leaving children school-less for a year is not an option. And pretending that these things represent responsible policy options is a lie," Shapiro began. "We need a hell of a lot...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from August 3, 2020: 56,560 confirmed cases; 1,616 deaths Fauci says Minnesota among states with “insidious” increase in positive test rate Article continues after advertisement 56,560 confirmed cases; 1,616 deaths  Two more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for...
    Donald Trump asserted Monday that he is personally involved in the Capitol Hill negotiations on a new coronavirus stimulus package even though he has yet to meet with Democrats on the new legislation. 'I'm totally involved, I'm totally involved,' Trump said after meeting with tech industry workers when he was asked why he wasn't taking part in the talks on Capitol Hill. The president accused Democrats of 'slow-rolling' the talks, and hinting at an executive order or some other action in claiming he might have to make a move on his own. While Trump made those comments, his top advisers, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, were heading over to Capitol Hill for another round of...
    Indiana student tests positive for Covid-19 on first day of school McDonalds CEO seems to hint at an upgraded chicken sandwich Heres what happened to the stock market on Monday © Provided by CNBC Dow Jones Industrial Average rises 236 points The Dow climbed 236.08 points, or 0.89%, to close at 26,664.40. The S&P 500 gained 0.72% to end the day at 3,294.61. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.47% to 10,902.80, hitting an all-time high. The major averages started the new month on a high note as tech shares outperformed. Load Error Microsoft and Apple jumpMicrosoft gained more than 5.62% after confirming reports about being in talks to buy social video app TikTok in the U.S. The talks come even as...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday fuming over the federal response to the pandemic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday slammed the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the 'worst government blunder in modern history' and said states like Florida and Texas were foolish to follow the advice coming from the Trump administration.  At a press conference where he called on New Yorkers to continue social distancing and wearing masks, he pointed to how the numbers had turned around in his state while others are growing elsewhere.  Experts predict there will be another 30,000 deaths in the US by the end of August. To date, more than 150,000 have died and there have been more than 4million...
    TeleTracking Technologies, a Pittsburg-based company known for developing software that hospitals use to track the status of patients, was awarded a multi-million-dollar contract from President Donald Trump’s administration to collect COVID-19 data from hospitals in the U.S. — and National Public Radio is reporting that it found “irregularities” in the “process” that gave TeleTracking the contract. According to NPR reporters Dina Temple-Raston and Tim Mak, NPR’s investigation found that “the Department of Health and Human Services initially characterized the contract with TeleTracking as a no-bid contract. When asked about that, HHS said there was a ‘coding error’ and that the contract was actually competitively bid. The process by which HHS awarded the contract is normally used for innovative scientific research,...
    Johannes Eisele | Getty ImagesDow Jones Industrial Average rises 236 points The Dow climbed 236.08 points, or 0.89%, to close at 26,664.40. The S&P 500 gained 0.72% to end the day at 3,294.61. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.47% to 10,902.80, hitting an all-time high. The major averages started the new month on a high note as tech shares outperformed.Microsoft and Apple jumpMicrosoft gained more than 5.62% after confirming reports about being in talks to buy social video app TikTok in the U.S. The talks come even as President Donald Trump threatens to ban TikTok because of security concerns over its parent company's ties to China. Apple was a major gains contributor as well, climbing tk%.Eli Lilly trial and strong manufacturing data...
    PHOTO VIA PUBLIX/ FACEBOOKIn a second-quarter update, Publix Supermarkets stated on Monday that the company made $2.5 billion more in sales so far this year, due to COVID-19. Publix's sales for the six months ending in June were $22.6 billion, an 18.9 percent increase from $19 billion in 2019, while comparable store sales for the six months increased 17.1% — or approximately $2.5 billion — "due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic," says the company's statement. As of Saturday, Publix's stock price increased from $50.10 per share to $54.35, or $4.25 per share.Along with other grocery stores, Publix was classified as an essential business when a national emergency was declared on March 13, and its 1,252 stores have mostly remained open ever since,...
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't think the NFL should go through with the 2020 season. The superstar wide receiver told the Wall Street Journal, "it doesn't make sense why we're trying to do this" and that the United States is "not ready for football season." Beckham also suggested that team owners are willing to forsake players' health for profits because "they don't see us as human." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. NFL players have already reported to training camp in the lead-up to the 2020 season, but one of the biggest names in the game is still skeptical that it's worth the risk. Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. told the Wall...
    AQUATICS Asian water polo championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from Feb. 12-16 canceled. Diving Grand Prix in Madrid from Feb. 14-16: China team withdrew. Diving World Series in Beijing from March 7-9 canceled. Men’s Water Polo World League from March 12 postponed. Women’s Water Polo World League from March 12 postponed. Women’s Olympic water polo qualifying tournament in Trieste, Italy from March 8-15 postponed to May 17-24. Italy Olympic trials in Riccione from March 17-21 canceled. Diving World Series in Kazan, Russia on March 20-22 postponed. Men’s Olympic water polo qualifying tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands from March 22-29 postponed to May 31–June 7 postponed. South America championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina from March 25-29 canceled. Artistic World Series in Hurghada, Egypt...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Raiders will play their first season in Las Vegas without any fans at their home games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team sent a letter to season ticket holders on Monday saying that after discussion with health care officials and local leaders, the decision was made not to allow fans. Officials last week declared “substantial completion” of 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium after nearly 1,000 days were spent building the $2 billion home for the Raiders. Both the New York Jets and Giants previously announced they would play without fans this season. Most other teams are hoping to be able to...
    Governments’ response to the coronavirus pandemic is driving a resurgence of diseases that may be deadlier than COVID-19, according to health experts. Diagnosed cases of tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria have plummeted across dozens of countries. Clinics, equipment, and medicine used to diagnose and treat patients for these diseases have been converted en masse to fight the coronavirus pandemic, leaving health officials grappling with what they fear may be a massive resurgence in disease, according to The New York Times. Government shutdowns have also disrupted supply lines, making it difficult, especially for impoverished countries, to get access to medicine to treat malaria and HIV. Consequently, patients are dangerously stretching the limited amount of medicine they have left, or have stopped taking...
    SCIENTISTS in the Netherlands have said face masks in public places are "not necessary" and might even have a "negative impact". The Dutch have not made it compulsory to wear face coverings in public - despite a rise in coronavirus cases. 4The Netherlands's top scientists still believe there is no medical evidence to support wearing face masksCredit: AFP The nation's top scientists have concluded there is no firm evidence to make people wear masks. This is despite the fact the Netherlands has seen an alarming spike in coronavirus cases since restrictions were eased. Over the past week, almost 1,400 new coronavirus cases were reported, or 342 more than the week before. However, the country's top scientists still believe there is...
    Dozens of cops from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department are believed to have attended a secret party at a Hollywood bar despite the state of California surpassing more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus last week. The Friday night gathering at Sassafras Saloon was organized for 100 to 150 members of law enforcement, a source told CNN. Video from Knock LA showed how revelers 'threw a raucous, mask-optional party' at the North Vine Street. 'The bass was so loud it rattled the building,' according to the report. 'Songs such as Valentín Elizalde's 'Como Me Duele' and LMFAO's 'Shots' could be heard from the street.'   Scroll down for videos  The Friday night gathering at Sassafras Saloon (pictured) was organized for 100 to 150...
    While it is no secret that Iran has been the hardest-hit country in the Middle East when it comes to coronavirus – officially termed COVID-19 – infections and deaths, new data shows that the fatality rate is some three times what government officials have claimed. According to a report by the BBC's Persian service, the regime's own concealed records – which were leaked to the organization by a government whistleblower purporting to expose the truth – indicate that nearly 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms as of July 20, versus the 14,405 reported by the country's health ministry. "The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827," the report surmised. "Tehran,...
    Alex Brandon/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.On Monday, President Donald Trump pulled out all the old stops to defend his inability to control the coronavirus: delegitimizing public health experts, denouncing the media, and vilifying Democrats. After signing an executive order limiting US government agencies’ use of foreign labor, Trump began extolling the virtues of hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug that has not been proven to improve outcomes in patients with COVID-19. When a reporter countered that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s foremost infectious disease specialist, has said the drug doesn’t work, Trump replied, “I don’t agree with Fauci on everything.” Earlier in the day, Trump lashed out against Dr. Deborah Birx, apparently...
    The novel coronavirus has swept through the D.C. area, spurring massive changes in the way we live our lives — from whether we go to work to how our children are educated. Below is a timeline of some of the key developments over the past few months. WTOP will continue to update this timeline as things change. In this Jan. 30, 2020 file photo, a man wears a face mask as he stands along the waterfront in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. (AP Photo/Arek Rataj, File) DECEMBER 2019 Reports first emerge of a mysterious pneumonia-like illness linked to an outdoor food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. JAN. 9 Doctors and scientists studying the illness determine the viral...
    Fox News host Jeanine Pirro has been one of Donald Trump’s strongest media boosters since the very start of his presidency. But while the Trump administration claims it’s working at “warp speed” to produce a vaccine for COVID-19, she’s now saying that she doesn’t want to take it.  Appearing on a recent episode of the YouTube show London Real, Pirro expressed deep skepticism about the safety of a potential vaccine and indicated she would refuse to take it even though, at 69 years old, she is among the most vulnerable age group. Host Brian Rose told Pirro that he’s “just a little hesitant to put untested things in my body without knowing,” asking, “Is this just another thing we need...
    By Renata Brito and Joseph Wilson | Associated Press SANT SADURNÍ D’ANOIA, Spain — Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after an COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation. To kickstart its stalled economy, Spaniards were encouraged to cautiously resume their lives under a “new normality” based on wearing face masks, washing hands and social distancing. The respite didn’t last long. Outbreaks among farm workers and young people desperate to resume socializing after being cooped up have spread across northern Spain, spawning what some health officials fear could be the start of a dreaded “second wave”...
    Despite the global coronavirus pandemic and multiple advisories from state and government officials, people are still wondering if they can travel to certain countries from the U.S. The answer, in most cases, is - it’s complicated. Guidelines for allowing U.S. travelers vary by country and are subject to change at any time depending on the country. Almost all 27 countries that comprise the European Union are currently not allowing U.S. travelers, with the exception of Croatia. European citizens and family members, long-term EU residents and family members as well as travelers with an “essential function or need,” are exempt from the travel ban for European countries, according to the European Council. Each country has specifics about what is deemed essential...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus-related medical questions. If you have a question for Dr. Mallika, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. “I wear four rings and take extra care to wash under them and to make sure the settings are clean. Shouldn’t washing around rings be added to handwashing instructions for COVID,” –Elizabeth in Ashby Yes, it’s a good idea to wash under and around any jewelry, you might be wearing. I take my rings off when I work in the clinic so I don’t even have to worry about germs getting trapped there. “Why...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.(Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Monday that he thinks "there's certainly a degree" the coronavirus can spread through particles in the air, although the role it plays in the virus' spread is still being studied.  "I think that there's certainly is a degree of aerosolization," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association. "But I'm going to take a step back and make sure that we learn the facts before we start talking about it."  Health experts have said that the coronavirus is generally transmitted through...
    Plastic face shields are likely not as effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus as cloth face masks, experts believe. As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States and around the world, doctors continue to urge the public to wear masks, observe social distancing and wash their hands. In one recent example, during an outbreak of the virus at a hotel in Switzerland, health officials said employees wearing only face shields tested positive, while those wearing masks did not contract it, a local news outlet reported. One guest, who had interacted with the employees wearing face shields, also tested positive. A top doctor in the country warned that the shields "create a false sense of security." Face shields may...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting “great news” in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. It’s the 156th day of the fight, according to the governor. There are 536 hospitalizations. “It is a new low since we were in the midst of the battle. So that is great news,” he said. New York has also hit another new lows in term of patients in ICUs – 136 – with 62 intubations – and another new low in terms of deaths, on a three-day average, with just three dying yesterday. “This is really all great, great news and I congratulate New Yorkers because this is a result of the actions they’ve been taking. The progress is even better than...
    Patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus are very unlikely to suffer a stroke, a new study suggests. Only about two percent of more than 800 people at three hospitals in Philadelphia had blood flow blocked to the brain. Young patients had an even lower risk, with less than one percent under age 50 being afflicted.    However, the majority of patients who experienced a stroke had underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Of more than 800 patients at a Philadelphia hospital, just 2.4% suffered an ischemic stroke, which occur when blood flow is blocked to the brain. Pictured: Medics transfer a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency...
    [The stream is slated to start at 1:00 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to hold a press briefing on Monday as the state continues with its reopening plan amid outbreaks in other parts of the U.S.  New York has managed to keep its Covid-19 outbreak contained for weeks as other states across the country struggle to suppress a surge in cases. Last week, Cuomo invited Major League Baseball teams to play in New York, arguing the state could keep players better protected from the coronavirus after games were postponed in the wake of new cases, which cast doubt on the return of the sport. ...
    You know the coronavirus pandemic has hit the performing arts world hard when a cherished annual nugget like American Conservatory Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” is impacted. But fear not — ACT’s recently announced 2020-22 season does offer stage fans a version of the Dickens holiday classic this December. But like most productions we are used to seeing live in a theater full of people, this “Christmas Carol” will serve up Ebenezer Scrooge and his three intrusive ghosts in a virtual format, as a radio play. (The show is scheduled to return as a live play in 2021.) American Conservatory Theater’s annual holiday show “A Christmas Carol,” with James Carpenter as Scrooge, will be presented as a radio play for 2020....
    Under normal circumstances, a three-city road trip with stops at Coors Field in Denver, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and MinuteMaidPark in Houston would represent a daunting challenge for the San Francisco Giants. Four games in Colorado will stress the depth of the Giants’ pitching staff. Three games against the Dodgers will require the Giants to play their best baseball to have a chance against the National League’s hottest team. Three more games against the Astros will test the Giants’ fortitude, as they’ll wrap up a stretch of playing 16 games without an off day. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Giants realize that even if they exceed expectations on the field, their season could quickly unravel off of it if...
    Even as others were dying of COVID-19, Rick Wright made phone calls to his business clients. He lifted weights, did pushups and glided on an elliptical trainer. Late at night, he took his dog on long walks. “I never felt sick. Not a cough, wheezing, headache. Absolutely nothing,“ said 63-year-old Wright of Redwood City, despite testing positive for the virus – 40 days, straight — after being exposed aboard the Diamond Princess cruise last February. Seven months into a pandemic that has killed more than 667,000 people globally, scientists are searching for clues into why infected people like Wright feel just fine. Understanding the mystery of their protection may help suggest targets for vaccines and treatment. These cases also underscore...
    A group of collegiate athletes in the Pac-12 conference threatened to boycott the upcoming season over concerns over the coronavirus and racial inequities. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports A group of collegiate athletes in the Pac-12 conference threatened to boycott the upcoming season over concerns over the coronavirus and racial inequities. The group published a letter to the conference in The Players Tribune featuring a list of demands that must be met for players to return to the field. According to reports, some student-athletes have faced repercussions for their involvement in the movement. Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich threatened to withhold wide receiver Kassidy Woods' scholarship over potential involvement with the player boycott, according to The Dallas...
    Florida coronavirus cases hit 491,884 on Monday after 4,752 new positives and 73 additional deaths of residents in the state were reported, the Health Department reported. In total, the results of 60,994 tests were reported with a positivity rate of 9.08%, with which, as in the report on Sunday, a figure below the target of 10 percent is shown. This had not happened since June 24. In the last week, 59,137 new cases have been reported: 4,752 on Monday; 7,104 on Sunday; 9,642 on Saturday; 9,007 on Friday; 9,956 on Thursday; 9,446 on Wednesday and 9,230 on Tuesday. Last week’s average positive for COVID-19 is 8,448 per day. Miami-Dade now has 123,644 cases and Broward 58,531. The two counties...
    Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) expressed his pessimism about the prospects of Democrats reaching an agreement with Republicans on a coronavirus relief bill. Scalise indicated Democrats are seeking a package that goes beyond coronavirus relief. He referred to his U.S. House of Representatives counterparts effort as the “no liberal cause left behind act.” “Clearly, we’re very far apart,” Scalise said. “You know, you just mentioned Speaker Pelosi’s — you could call it no liberal cause left behind act that they filed. It shows you where they really want to go. Our focus has always been on helping people get back on their feet and helping schools and businesses safely reopen. What...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump criticized Dr. Deborah Birx in a Monday tweet after she warned the pandemic is "extraordinarily widespread" in the US.While Trump and other top White House officials have publicly attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the tweet marked the first time Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, publicly drew Trump's ire. The dust-up comes as the country continues to be ravaged by coronavirus, with more than 150,000 US citizens dead and more than 4 million cases. Trump has consistently lied and mislead mostly in attempts to downplay concerns about the virus as he presses for schools and businesses to reopen."So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was...
    Yuri Gripas/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.President Trump on Monday lashed out at Dr. Deborah Birx after the White House coronavirus response coordinator warned that the coronavirus is now “extraordinarily widespread” in the United States—an assessment that while backed by science, contradicts Trump’s ongoing efforts to falsely portray the crisis in more optimistic terms. It marked the first time the president has publicly criticized Birx, who until now, had echoed the White House’s talking points on the pandemic, even when doing so drew heavy condemnation, as well as doubt over her independence as a public health official. Trump’s newfound frustration with Birx came after she told CNN Sunday that the US...
    Gwinnett County, Georgia, didn’t even make it to the beginning of the school year before it had serious coronavirus problems amid Gov. Brian Kemp’s push to reopen schools in person. Teachers started in-person planning for the school year on Wednesday. By Thursday, 260 school district employees were out because of positive coronavirus tests or contact with a case. The school district’s position is that hey, it’s all community spread, not exposure in the schools themselves. But that’s not a great sign, either, and “In-person training and meetings are taking place without areas being wiped down or disinfected in between and masks aren’t being worn at all times, said several teachers who didn’t disclose their names when contacting the AJC. Others added that their...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump attacked Dr. Deborah Birx in an apparent response to her warning that the United States is entering a “new phase” of the coronavirus pandemic. So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2020 It would seem that Trump is responding to Birx’s Sunday interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, where the White House coronavirus task force coordinator faced questions about the recent surge in Covid-19 cases...
    DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: I booked a trip to Tallinn, Estonia, earlier this year through Otel.com. I prepaid $919 for a refundable hotel room at the Three Sisters Hotel. I couldn’t make the trip because of the coronavirus pandemic. Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter  Otel agreed to contact the hotel for me and let me know their response. After a few weeks, I contacted the Three Sisters Hotel to ask about my refund. A representative said they had not received any payment from Otel.com. They fully supported my request for a refund. I contacted Otel.com and asked for a refund again. I mentioned that the hotel hadn’t received any money and that it supported my request for a refund. I received...
    Catching coronavirus on public transport is far less likely than once feared, fresh data suggests. Trains, buses and planes were earmarked as potential Covid-19 hotspots by experts around the world at the start of the crisis. This is because Covid-19 thrives in enclosed indoor spaces with little ventilation and densely packed crowds of people. But research suggests that, if masks are worn and social distancing is adhered to, the chance of the virus spreading on public transport is minimal.  Contact tracing studies looking into hundreds of Covid-19 clusters in France, Austria and Japan linked fewer than 1 per cent of 'super-spreader' events back to public transport. The likelihood of catching the virus was found to be far higher when working in...
    Health care workers holding signs, protest over the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus outbreak, outside a hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.Mike Hutchings | Reuters As many African nations have emerged from strict lockdown measures over the month of July, coronavirus cases have accelerated across the continent, casting doubt over the prospect of an imminent economic recovery. The World Health Organization warned last week that Africa could be headed for a worse outbreak than the current numbers are suggesting, with total confirmed cases on the continent nearing 1 million and the true extent of the spread uncertain due to comparatively low levels of testing. South Africa, the continent's most industrialized economy, still accounts for more than...
    The San Francisco Bay Area is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases despite doing everything “by the book,” according to the policies that experts say they would like to impose nationwide. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that while the Bay Area kept cases low initially, and adhered to “social distancing,” mask-wearing, and other preventative policies, the fate of the nine counties in the region is a “cautionary tale.” “Even though leaders here tried to do everything cautiously and by the book,” the Chronicle reported Sunday evening, “cases still eventually spiked over a month and a half, to an average of 877 cases a day at the end of July from 217 a day in mid-June.” The Chronicle added: It was one of the...
    COVID-19 : Source: France 24 For six years, the “Piano du Lac” troupe has crisscrossed France every summer to offer an unexpected show. Here, there is no question of being locked between 4 walls: the usual concert halls have been exchanged for an open-air stage, with only the sumptuous landscapes of lakes, rivers and beaches as the backdrop. And this year, the pandemic will not prevent musicians from continuing to make their audiences dream. Discovery. Here, we don’t play the piano standing up, but with our feet in the water. This is what makes the magic of these floating concerts. Photo: Jo Illera Photography – Via Le piano du lac This poetic image, which seems straight out of a surrealist...
    Is buying a RV worth it? Families share their stories Breakfast sales at fast-food giants like Starbucks and McDonalds dried up during the pandemic College Football amidst Coronavirus Pandemic: On this day in CFT history, including the family of Joe Paterno filing an appeal of the NCAA’s sanctions of Penn State The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully. © Getty Images That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through...
    Gardner Minshew has been placed on the NFL’s coronavirus list. According to Ian Rapoport, the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback was placed on the coronavirus reserve list Sunday. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Being on the list doesn’t mean a player has coronavirus. It simply means they might have had contact with somebody who does, and will require multiple negative tests before returning. Another starting QB to the COVID-19 reserve list: #Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew. Yesterday, it was #Lions QB Matthew Stafford. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 2, 2020 This is terrible news in the war against coronavirus. Gardner Minshew is a modern-day hero in the world of football. The last thing we need as...
    By RENATA BRITO and JOSEPH WILSON SANT SADURNÍ D'ANOIA, Spain (AP) — Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after an COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation. To kickstart its stalled economy, Spaniards were encouraged to cautiously resume their lives under a “new normality” based on wearing face masks, washing hands and social distancing. The respite didn’t last long. Outbreaks among farm workers and young people desperate to resume socializing after being cooped up have spread across northern Spain, spawning what some health officials fear could be the start of a dreaded “second wave" of infections. “It pains me...
    Lions claim Daylon Mack, sign seventh-rounder Jashon Cornell 20 Cooking Hazards That Could Have Disastrous Results 5 things to know before the stock market opens on Monday 1. Stock futures rise to start the week U.S. stock futures rose on Monday as traders looked for signs of progress on coronavirus stimulus negotiations and potential coronavirus treatments. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures climbed 91 points, or 0.4%. S&P 500 futures gained 0.5% and Nasdaq 100 futures traded 0.9% higher. Eli Lilly said its coronavirus prevention treatment was entering phase 3 trials, sending the stock up more than 1%. Clorox rose on better-than-expected earnings. © Provided by CNBC 2. White House and Democrats deadlocked on unemployment benefitsThe White House and Democrats are...
    SANT SADURNÍ D’ANOIA, Spain (AP) — Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after an COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation. To kickstart its stalled economy, Spaniards were encouraged to cautiously resume their lives under a “new normality” based on wearing face masks, washing hands and social distancing. The respite didn’t last long. Outbreaks among farm workers and young people desperate to resume socializing after being cooped up have spread across northern Spain, spawning what some health officials fear could be the start of a dreaded “second wave” of infections. “It pains me to think that we could be...
    Iranians, some wearing face masks, walk along a street in Tehran on June 3, 2020. AFP/Getty Images The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is far higher than the government has publicly admitted, according to figures leaked to BBC Persian.   These figures say 42,000 people had died with the virus as of July 20. The official figure the same day was 14,405. The official number of cumulative infections was also far higher in the leaked figure than the official one. Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, has been accused of covering up its coronavirus cases since early in the pandemic.  It is now deep...
    London (CNN)The UK's troubled response to the coronavirus pandemic became even more confused on Monday, as government guidance seemingly at odds with itself rolled out across England, pushing the four nations of the UK further apart. From Monday, employers in England can ask staff to return to workplaces if they believe they are Covid-19 safe. When the policy was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last month, he was accused of "passing the buck on this big decision to employers" by the UK's Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC criticized the government for announcing such a move while the country's widely-criticized test and trace infrastructure was "still patchy." Coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled and one doctor says its time for...
    Beijing, Aug 3 (EFE) .- The Hong Kong Stock Exchange closed today with a decrease of 0.56% in its main indicator, the Hang Seng, in the third consecutive drop and amid concerns about the extension of the pandemic of coronavirus. The Hang Seng lost 137.22 points today, up to 24,458.13 integers, while the index that measures the behavior of the companies of the mainland China that are listed on the Hong Kong parquet, the Hang Seng China Enterprises, fell 0.07% . By sector, the financial sub-index decreased by 1.31%, that of public services gained 0.34%, that of real estate lost 0.49% and that of commerce and industry gained 0.32%. This is the third consecutive setback in the Hang Send, in...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on businesses has resulted in fewer people in the workplace and an explosion of available space. KDKA’s John Shumway looked into this situation for more. It can almost be depressing driving through some sections of town right now — but there is hope. The fact is that the pandemic is changing the landscape of business. According to a study by McKenzie and CBRE, companies say that 70% of their workforce can work remotely for the foreseeable future. CBRE’s Executive Vice President of Retailer Services Herky Pollock says ‘This Space For Rent Or Lease’ signs are popping up everywhere. “We’re going through, obviously, a correction due to COVID,...
    Two studies from Germany found that patients that recover from the coronavirus may have lingering heart issues. Even for patients that are not hospitalized, the effects of the virus can remain. In one study, out of 100 patients that received heart imaging after recovering from the coronavirus. 60 had signs of inflammation and 78 patients showed structural heart damage. The average age of the patients in the study was 49. Valentina Puntmann, who led the MRI study, said the patients studied were young and relatively healthy. “The fact that 78% of ‘recovered’ [patients] had evidence of ongoing heart involvement means that the heart is involved in a majority of patients, even if Covid-19 illness does not scream out with...
    WOMEN on the Pill could be at a higher risk of dying if they catch coronavirus, experts have warned. It's already well known that some types of birth control can increase the risk of blood clots. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Women on the contraceptive pill could be at an increased risk of deadly blood clots if they catch coronavirus, experts warnCredit: Getty - Contributor But researchers say that being infected with Covid-19 causes the threat of blood clotting to be even higher. Doctors have been learning more about the virus as the pandemic unfolds, but studies show that it can cause clots, also known as thrombosis, and could be contributing to the number...
    TWO new tests that will detect Covid-19 and the flu are set to be deployed in hospitals and care homes next week. The tests can deliver results within 90 minutes and have been hailed as a "crucial instrument" in the fight against the pandemic. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Swab tests have been introduced at mobile test centres and at places like airportsCredit: PA:Press Association One test uses nasal swabs while the other take saliva and nose swab samples. So far in the UK over 46,000 people have died in hospitals from the coronavirus. The roll out of more testing options could help the country return to some sort of normality as we...
    (CNN)Mayra Ramirez says she was careful about following every health precaution she could before the day she was admitted to a Chicago hospital with coronavirus symptoms.The 28-year-old arrived at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital's emergency room on April 26 and within minutes -- giving her barely enough time to call her family -- her harrowing experience began."All I remember was being put to sleep as I was being intubated and then six weeks of complete nightmares," she told CNN. "Some of the nightmares consisted a lot of drowning and I attribute that to not being able to breathe." No one is immune to coronavirus, expert says, with infections rising in both rural and urban communitiesCoronavirus had taken a deadly toll on...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Questioning the world's toughest coronavirus restrictions can be a risky business in the Philippines.In mid-March, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered parts of the country to go into a quarantine that would eventually last up to 80 days, and become one of the world's longest and strictest lockdowns.Protests against job losses and food shortages during that period were met with a strong police response and mass arrests. In April, Duterte publicly said police should "shoot ... dead" anyone who violated virus restrictions. "I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police, the military and the barangays: If they become unruly and they fight you and your lives are endangered, shoot them dead," Duterte said during a speech.Though restrictions...
    Hit by the collapse in demand for flights due to Covid-19 commercial airlines have parked their grounded fleet in some of the most remote locations in the world. Last month, Australia's flag carrier Qantas bid a fond farewell to its last Boeing 747 aeroplane and sent it in a final flight to retirement from Sydney to Mojave desert in California. The fleet, according to a report, had carried more than 250 million people during almost half a century of service, including Queen Elizabeth II and every Australian Olympic team since 1984. The airline also announced it had decided to store its fleet of A380 super jumbos at a facility in Mojave desert until at least 2023. Qantas said they...
    Hundreds of maskless people showed up for the annual White Trash Bash in East Peoria over the weekend despite coronavirus cases on the rise in the state of Illinois,  At least 200 boats were packing the Illinois River, about 150 miles southwest of Chicago, as part of an all-day party that essentially revolves around people drinking and socializing in large groups.  None of the 500 partygoers were seen wearing face masks or observing social distancing measures despite authorities warning that cases of the disease in the area had been on the rise. The organizers noted online they were 'not experts' about the coronavirus and all but admitted that those concerned about catching the virus should stay home.  200 boats...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Researchers, governments and pharmaceutical companies worldwide have been working rapidly to develop an effective vaccine against coronavirus, which has infected over 4.5 million and killed over 150,000 people in the United States alone. Testing has advanced quickly and there’s optimism that a vaccine will be developed before 2021. But there are also concerns that a vaccine won’t be sufficiently stockpiled or efficiently distributed. There’s additional worry that the growing distrust in vaccines will result in large numbers refusing the injection, making it less beneficial. Vaccine development has progressed fast since coronavirus’ genetic code was first discovered and shared around the world on Jan. 10. Just two months later, the National Institutes of...
    In an interview with ABC News broadcast on Sunday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi discussed the ongoing negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The two parties have been locked in negotiations on the new coronavirus relief bill, with the GOP opposing Democratic efforts to extend the recently-expired $600 weekly unemployment benefit. Instead, the GOP put forward a proposal that would slash the assistance to $200. According to Pelosi, President Donald Trump and his allies are “standing in the way” of expanding the $600 per week benefit. “We have been for the $600, they have a $200 proposal, which does not meet the needs of America’s working families,” Pelosi began. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and others have backed...
    Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on July 30, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has opted out of the 2020 Major League Baseball Series without any warning. On Sunday, Céspedes did not show up for the team’s afternoon game against the Atlanta Braves. Some fans and MLB players feared the worst, and it took hours before Céspedes’ agent sent word to the team. Céspedes chose to leave his team in light of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. READ MORE: Two MLB games suspended...
    Authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution after outbreaks of the coronavirus were discovered there. The outbreaks among the minks on farms in both countries likely started with infected workers, although officials aren’t certain. But it also is “plausible” that some workers later caught the virus back from the minks, the Dutch government and a researcher said, and scientists are exploring whether that was the case and how much of a threat such a spread might be. FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, a mink sniffs the air as he surveys the river beach in search of food, in meadow near the village of...
    Lord & Taylor in New York.Richard Levine | Corbis | Getty Images Venerable U.S. retailer Lord & Taylor filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday, becoming the latest in a growing list of storied names to do so amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has crippled the retail sector.  The company estimated both assets and liabilities in the range of $100 million to $500 million, its filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia showed.  A storied department store chain founded in 1826, billed as the oldest in the U.S., Lord & Taylor had been exploring other options as well as filing for bankruptcy. Big names that already filed for Chapter 11 include J Crew Group, JC Penney and Neiman Marcus in May,...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) waves to the press as he walks with US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images Both the U.S. and China have to "step up to the plate" and provide global leadership at a time when the world's poorest countries are in trouble due to the pandemic, said a distinguished economist. The coronavirus outbreak, which has led to countrywide lockdowns globally, has done "extreme damage" to the global economy, said Raghuram Rajan, a finance professor at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. "I think the most important difference is: who has been able to stand?" he said, at a...
    A pair of sisters from Nebraska who became separated shortly after one of them was born have been brought back together again, all because of the coronavirus. Doris Crippen, 73, and her sister who is 20 years her junior, Bev Boro, lost contact with each other when Bev was just a baby. The pair came across one another after Crippen suddenly fell ill with the virus. Two siblings, Doris Crippen, 73, left and her half-sister, Bev Boro, 53, have reunited after 53 years apart at a rehabilitation center in Nebraska after Crippen caught coronavirus  While one long-lost sister, Crippen, left,  was undergoing treated for coronavirus and a broken arm, the other, Boro, right, worked as a medical aide at a...
    Luke Fernandez - Susan J. Matt August 2, 2020 11:30PM (UTC) Disaster movies like "Contagion" and "Outbreak" depicted pandemics as dramatic, even action-packed. It turns out the opposite is true: a nascent real-life pandemic problem, it seems, is that Americans are experiencing an uptick in boredom. In June, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard released "The US National Pandemic Emotional Impact Report," which found that 53% of Americans surveyed reported being more bored than before the advent of COVID-19. Perhaps that's why many are disregarding rules about quarantines and crowds as they go off in search of fun; indeed, a July study just published suggested boredom might be undermining health precautions such as social distancing and self-isolating....
    (CNN) — First, the good news: The numbers of new Covid-19 cases each day in about 27 states have generally plateaued this past week compared to the previous week. Now, the bad news: “Our levels are still far too high,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Lifespan Health System and associate professor at Brown University. “We need those masks. We need those large social gatherings, honestly, shut down for the time being, until our country can come up with a comprehensive national strategy to get this virus under control.” More than 4.6 million Americans have been infected with Covid-19, and more than 154,000 have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The relentless death toll is projected to reach...
    Savannah Rychcik August 2, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Scott Gottlieb — former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner for President Donald Trump — is suggesting some parts of the United States are going to have a very difficult time slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Gottlieb was asked if what is happening in the Midwest with the coronavirus is the same as what happened in the Northeast, then South and West. “I think there’s some truth to that. I think there’s a lot of infection around the country. It’s going to be hard to keep the virus out,” Gottlieb said. He added, “Even in the Northeast right now, it’s going to be hard for...
    After nearly 25 years in the cosmetology industry, Travis Vu became a first-time business owner — opening TravisVu the Salon in Fountain Valley two years ago. The coronavirus outbreak put a strain on his business the last few months, as it has for many, with shutdowns across the state put into effect to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “The first month, I thought, ‘It’s OK. Maybe just one month and they can open again,’ but when they start to [get to] the second and third month, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God,’” Vu, 47, said. “It got so depressing. California Need a trim? Newsom allows haircuts, salon services to resume outdoors amid coronavirus California ...
    Let’s begin with two, basic premises. First, the U.S. truly has “representative government.” That is to say, the amalgamation of lawmakers sent to Washington from the four winds truly represent the attitude and vicissitudes of America’s diverse regions and cultures. Lawmakers in Washington mirror their constituencies, be they in New Hampshire or New Mexico. The second premise is that American history plays out under the Capitol Dome in tandem with the rest of the country. There’s a mass shooting? Expect a debate about firearms. Police abuse? Police reform is on the docket. SEN. JOHNSON ON STALLED CORONAVIRUS RELIEF NEGOTIATIONS: DEMS WOULD 'RATHER NOT DO ANYTHING' TO 'HELP PEOPLE' With an understanding of those premises, is it any surprise that Congress reflects...
    The Vamps’ lead guitarist James McVey has postponed his wedding with fiancee Kirstie Brittain due to the coronavirus pandemic. The British pop star and his girlfriend of over three years were supposed to tie the knot in November, but have now pushed the ceremony to October 2021. “I think we’re going to postpone it. The Vamps Unveil Brand New Single ‘Married in Vegas’ (Watch Video) It is meant for November, but the problem is that the government haven’t really set out any plans for how weddings can go back to normal. Thirty people can be at a reception, but have to be socially distanced,” McVey told Metro. Ananya Panday and The Vamps Guitarist James McVey to Create Awareness on Social Media...
    Savannah Rychcik August 2, 2020 0 Comments According to Dr. Deborah Birx — infectious disease expert for the White House Coronavirus Task Force — no one is immune from the coronavirus as the number of cases continue to rise across the nation. CNN’s Dana Bash noted Birx warned of a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the midwest. She asked Birx if the United States is entering a new phase of the outbreak and what is she going to do to slow the spread. “We are in a new phase,” Birx said. She added, “What we’re seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas. And to everybody who lives in...
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said it was “possible” the coronavirus death toll in America could reach 300,000 if people do not follow social distancing guidelines. Host Dana Bash said, “Dr. Birx, you mentioned deaths. The former Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the U.S. coronavirus death toll could double to 300,000 deaths by the end of the year. Do you think that is possible?” Birx said, “Anything is possible if we don’t have all— you know, public health is called public health because it has a public component. We need all of the public to help us get us control of this virus. If we still are going to parties...
    Although coverage of anti-lockdown protests has focused largely on groups in the United States, a demonstration against masking and other anti-coronavirus efforts drew tens of thousands to the streets of Berlin this weekend, even as German officials say a new domestic coronavirus spike may be underway. Around 20,000 people joined the attended the Berlin protest Saturday, according to the BBC. Organizers had billed the event as a “day of freedom” from Germany’s restrictive lockdown measures, which include a mandatory masking order. Protesters, the outlet noted, carried signs that read, “Corona, false alarm” and “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” and chanted that “masks make us slaves.” A seemingly surprised BBC said that “some participants were from the far-right...