- 2020-04-04 15:00:21Z
With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores. But can these masks be effective?President Donald Trump, in announcing the change in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance on April 3, stressed that the recommendation was voluntary and said he probably wouldn't follow it. Governors and mayors, however, have started encouraging the precautions to reduce the spread of the virus by people who might not know they are infected.Some cities have gone as far as setting fines for failing to wear...
Accessible, rapid testing could bring a "return to normalcy," Cuomo said. But for now, he's extending New York's lockdown another two weeks.
An outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Tennessee nursing home has forced the facility to be temporarily closed for cleaning with dozens of residents and staff members sent into quarantine, Gov. Bill Lee's office and a hospital said Sunday night. Tests results released Sunday show 59 additional residents of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing tested positive for the virus, while 33 members of the nursing home's staff with confirmed cases are now isolated at their homes, the governor's office said in a news release. Sumner Regional Medical Center said Sunday on Facebook that 42 patients from the nursing home have been admitted and are in isolation after some tested...
Moscow's mayor announced strict isolation rules for the city from Monday, the latest in a series of measures introduced in Russia to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The new restrictions would apply to all the city's residents, regardless of age, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a statement Sunday. "The extremely negative turn of events that we see in the largest cities in Europe and the USA causes great concern for the life and health of our citizens," Sobyanin said introducing the new rules.
(Bloomberg) -- Coronavirus deaths in Italy and Spain rose above 17,000, keeping Europe focused on further restricting people's movements and avoiding a health-care collapse.Italy, the country with the most reported deaths, recorded 756 new fatalities on Sunday. Spain's Health Ministry said 838 people
The controversial French professor who believes the anti-malaria drug chloroquine can help beat the coronavirus, has claimed that a new study he has conducted confirms its "efficiency" at combatting the virus. Dr Raoult, whose theory has been taken up by US President Donald Trump, said his new study of 80 patients showed that four out of five of those treated with the drug had "favourable" outcomes.
Giuliani quoted a right-wing conspiracy theorist pushing hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure. The drug is unproven and potentially dangerous.
The United States ramped up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week by accusing him of "narco-terrorism" and offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his capture. It's the latest in a succession of measures to try and force Maduro from power in favor of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido. The millions of dollars offered in reward by the US Justice Department are aimed at encouraging divisions amongst the command structures in the Maduro regime, experts say.
A Tennessee man who made his living off selling products online came under fire for stockpiling sanitizer and wipes during the coronavirus pandemic.
A pair of Tennessee brothers have donated 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer they were planning to sell online after a newspaper revealed their money-making scheme and the state authorities opened an investigation. Matt Colvin, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and his brother Noah had made bulk purchases of hand gel, which is in short supply amid the coronavirus outbreak, with the intention of selling it on Amazon and eBay. Both companies suspended their listings, however, after The New York Times published a story about the venture and the state attorney general said Sunday he had opened an investigation into potential "price gouging."
Mexico's health ministry reported more coronavirus cases on Sunday, urging people to maintain a "healthy distance" to avoid infection, even as the president held rallies in the country, shaking hands with and hugging dozens of people. In contrast to the United States and much of Central America, Mexico has not imposed significant travel curbs to fight coronavirus, opting for a less intrusive approach. The health ministry said the Sana Distancia program would take effect for four weeks starting March 23 as the government brought forward Easter holidays to close schools early.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- With his string of primary losses today to former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders has revitalized the institution that he most loves to hate: the Democratic Party. Sanders had hoped to overrun the party. Instead, he inspired resistance among older blacks, suburban white moderates, feminists, pragmatists, patriots - all those loosely affiliated voters whose priorities may vary but who share the paramount goal of removing Donald Trump from the White House."Voters are making tactical decisions about defeating Trump," Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg told the Atlantic's Ronald Brownstein last week. Greenberg called the late shift in the race to Biden...
During his meeting with Senate Republicans on Tuesday, President Trump raised the idea of a 0 percent payroll tax rate for employees and employers that would last until the end of the year, a White House official told CNBC.When asked how much this would cost, the White House official pushed back, and "asked why there is always a focus on the cost of tax cuts," CNBC reports.On Monday, Trump announced during a briefing on the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic that he would speak with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about a possible payroll tax break in order to provide Americans with "very substantial relief." Paid for by employers and employees, payroll taxes...
The Republican mayor of Michigan's fourth-largest city, who previously voted for President Trump, endorsed Joe Biden ahead of the state's Democratic primary."I think Joe Biden is the candidate who can unify all of the Democrats, and he's the candidate who can appeal to moderates and Republicans like me who don't want to see four more years of President Trump," Mayor Michael Taylor of Sterling Heights, Mich., told the Chicago Tribune.If Democrats choose Biden as their nominee, Taylor will, for the first time in his life, be voting for a Democrat. Taylor's city is in Macomb County, the most populous of the Michigan counties that voted for Barack Obama but flipped to Trump in the...
The top U.S. commander for the Middle East painted a grim picture Tuesday of the peace process with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying the current level of violence is higher than allowed in the plan and that he will recommend against full withdrawal if that continues. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie told the House Armed Services Committee that he has plans to cut the number of troops to 8,600 by the summer, but so far the U.S. "has not developed military plans" for the full withdrawal in 14 months that is called for in the peace plan signed Feb. 29. "To date, Taliban attacks are higher than we believe are consistent with an idea to actually carry out this plan," McKenzie said.