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    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Not that any of this is a recent revelation, but it still jumps out at me when I read it. And then shake my head that it's not evident to all.

    Mr. Trump’s performance on the national stage in recent weeks has put on display the traits that Democrats and some Republicans consider so jarring — the profound need for personal praise, the propensity to blame others, the lack of human empathy, the penchant for rewriting history, the disregard for expertise, the distortion of facts, the impatience with scrutiny or criticism. For years, skeptics expressed concern about how he would handle a genuine crisis threatening the nation, and now they know.
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    Hobby Lobby owner David Green is telling store managers to stay open despite the pandemic because his wife had a vision from god.

    He also warns they'll all have to "tighten their belts" soon. His net worth is $6.4 billion—hourly employees don't get paid sick leave. #COVIDIOT

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




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    Elections postponed in #Bolivia. @TSEBolivia calls for all parties to agree to a new date. The country will enter into full quarantine mode this Sunday for two weeks.

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    Sorry @Ribbons.


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    Look at the difference between how the Kentucky Governor and Tennessee Governor handled the Coronavirus

    And look at the results of those policies




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    I was raised in Kentucky, and people I consider family still live there, so I'm taking comfort in Beshear doing a good job. To paraphrase another Bluegrass resident, they got rid of Bevin just in time.

    And while Nashville is my much-cherished home, our state legislature and executive branch deserve all the dragging they're getting. A friend who's a Mississippi native just linked to breaking news (shelter-in-place looks like it's about to happen yonder) with "damn. Tupelo, MS is ahead of the entire state of TN."

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    There's a scene in the Contagion movie where Kate Winslet's character is taken to a hockey arena, and she discusses with another character how to set that up for overflow capacity for the outbreak. It's surreal to see a similar scene playing out on national newscasts this evening.

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    Here's an unexpected side effect of the pandemic - the water's flowing through the canals of Venice is clear for the first time in forever. The fish are visible, the swans returned.












    And one more photo, this one from NBC News


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    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan View Post
    There's a scene in the Contagion movie where Kate Winslet's character is taken to a hockey arena, and she discusses with another character how to set that up for overflow capacity for the outbreak. It's surreal to see a similar scene playing out on national newscasts this evening.
    The writer did his homework.

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    Dallas County has ordered that purchase of toilet paper is limited to 12 rolls or one pack, whichever is greater.

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    Live updates: Top WHO official says coronavirus lockdowns alone not sufficient; China begins clinical trials for vaccine

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    March 22, 2020 at 12:16 p.m. EDT

    PLEASE NOTE

    The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus. For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.

    As more governments adopt lockdown measures, a top World Health Organization official said on Sunday such restrictions alone are not sufficient to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

    Confirmed cases surged past 300,000 globally over the weekend. Infections in the United States climbed to more than 26,000 by Sunday morning, according to tracking by The Washington Post.

    Here are some significant developments:

    Spain moved closer to extending its nationwide lockdown, while an increasing number of cities and countries announced restrictions on citizens’ movements, orders to shut down most businesses, and bans on travel.

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said lawmakers and the Trump administration are close to finalizing a massive financial rescue package.

    China begins clinical trials for vaccine.

    North Korea says Trump offered to help in the fight against coronavirus.

    Iran’s supreme leader rejected American offers of aid in the country’s fight against a devastating outbreak.


    TBH I thought this was a joke when I first read it. He tells the governors and mayors of his country they're on their own but he's got help for Kim? Really? I thought he was the PR savvy one? /s

    10:05 a.m.
    North Korea says Trump offered to help in the fight against coronavirus

    SEOUL — President Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong Un offering help in North Korea’s battle against the coronavirus, the North Korean leader’s sister said Sunday, while warning that it wasn’t enough to improve bilateral relations.

    The United States and North Korea are at loggerheads over the reclusive state’s nuclear weapons program. Trump has attempted to cultivate a good personal relationship with the North Korean leader in a bid to restart negotiations.

    “We view such a personal letter of President Trump as a good example showing the special and firm personal relations with Chairman Kim Jong Un,” said Kim Yo Jong, who is also a senior ruling-party official. Her statement was carried by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency.

    Kim Yo Jong said Trump explained in the letter “his plan to propel the relations between the two countries.”

    The U.S. president also explained “his intent to render cooperation in the anti-epidemic work,” the report said, quoting Trump as saying he was “impressed by the efforts made by the chairman to defend his people from the serious threat of the epidemic.”

    Since the coronavirus outbreak in neighboring China in January, North Korea has not reported a single case of the virus. North Korea has adopted stringent quarantine measures against the virus, according to state media, calling it a matter of “national survival.”

    The North Korean leader’s sister, however, warned against drawing “hasty conclusions” about where ties between Trump and Kim Jong Un stand at the moment.

    By Min Joo Kim
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    Meanwhile, this happened a few days ago.

    Coronavirus argument ends in shooting death, police say


    ANN ARBOR, MI - A Thursday night argument between roommates over restrictions caused by coronavirus concerns escalated into fatal shooting, police said.

    Officers responded to a shots fired call at 9:12 p.m., March 19 in the 1700 block of Weldon Boulevard in the Dicken neighborhood of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox said in an email.

    The officers found two men, one of whom was unresponsive and had been shot multiple times, police said. Paramedics with Huron Valley Ambulance determined the man had died at the scene, police said.

    The shooting is not considered a homicide at this time, said Cox, who is calling it a “death investigation.”

    The suspect said he shot the victim after arguing with him about restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, police said.

    The victim lunged at the shooter with a crowbar, police said. The suspect, who currently is in custody, notified officers of the incident, police said.

    “There’s no indication that additional danger to the public exists,” Cox said in the email.

    No further details were immediately available. The case remains under investigation.

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    Sunday 3/22/20 Updates P2

    8:31 a.m.
    'Worst is yet to come’: Spain moves closer to extending lockdown


    View of Segovia Street during the lockdown in downtown Madrid on Sunday. (Kiko Huesca/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

    MADRID — One week after Spain adopted nationwide lockdown measures and as the number of cases of Covid-19 infection climbed to 28,572, with 1,720 deaths, Spanish media reported the government will ask congress to approve the nationwide lockdown for an additional 15 days.

    The prime minister told regional presidents in a video conference call Sunday morning that he will ask for an extension of the “drastic” confinement measures later this week. If approved, the extension will last until after the Easter holiday celebrations.

    “The worst is yet to come. We haven’t reached the worst wave that will test their outer limits of our resources,” Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in a televised news conference Saturday night. “We have to gain time to get ahead of this risk.”

    More than 400 people have died within the past 24 hours, with the majority in the Spanish capital.

    The measure comes as Spain scrambles to fight the exponential growth of the coronavirus, with the first patients filling some of the 1,300 beds installed in Madrid’s trade fair convention hall, which is set to hold up to 5,000 beds.

    Spain’s health officials said they have hired 50,000 additional health workers, have bought 700 ventilators and are preparing four robots to administer coronavirus testing.

    By Pamela Rolfe

    10:11 a.m.
    Croatia, hit by earthquake and coronavirus, tries to keep social distancing as people are forced onto the streets

    Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, was hit by a large earthquake on Sunday morning, pushing people out into the streets only days after the country began a lockdown because of the novel coronavirus.

    In a message on Twitter, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the earthquake had been “severe” and the focus would be on hospitals and those who need accommodation.

    Despite the damage, Plenkovic urged citizens to continue to practice social distancing to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

    EMSC, the European seismological agency, said the earthquake measured 5.3 in magnitude and hit just north of Zagreb at 6:24 a.m. local time Sunday.

    Last week, Croatia implemented a partial lockdown, with residents advised to stay inside and socially distance from others, and only limited facilities and businesses allowed to open.

    But Sunday’s early morning quake forced many out on the streets in cold temperatures. Photos shared from the city show people gathered outside damaged buildings; in one series of images and videos, mothers in nightgowns and newborn babies were shown outside a damaged maternity hospital.

    Officials have told residents to remain outside their homes amid the possibility of aftershocks, but also urged them to keep their distance from others.

    “There are rules for when there is an earthquake, but when there is an earthquake at the same time when there is a global pandemic, then it’s a much more complex situation,” Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told reporters, according to the Associated Press.

    The quake seriously injured a 15-year-old girl, health officials said, and many others suffered more minor injuries.

    Croatia reported its first death from the novel coronavirus on Thursday. It has announced 206 confirmed cases.

    By Adam Taylor

    10:17 a.m.
    Lockdown in India’s capital after 14-hour nationwide curfew

    NEW DELHI — India’s capital is shutting down all but essential services, sealing borders, suspending public transportation and ordering residents to stay at home except when necessary starting Monday in a bid to check rising coronavirus infections. The restrictions will affect nearly 30 million people.

    India is grappling with a growing number of coronavirus cases. The total stands at 341 cases at this point, a fourfold jump from a week ago.

    The government is taking increasingly stringent measures to combat new infections. All passenger trains and interstate buses will be shut down until March 31, authorities said Sunday. India’s rail network, one of the largest in the world, carries more than 22 million people a day.

    Several Indian states, including Punjab, Rajasthan and parts of Karnataka, have announced they are shutting down nonessential services through the end of the month. Mumbai, India’s financial capital, has prohibited public gatherings of more than four people.

    The announcements came as the entire country observed a voluntary 14-hour curfew seen as a prelude to a broader lockdown. Empty roads and an eerie stillness marked Mumbai and Delhi, two of the most populous cities on the planet. Then, at 5 p.m., noise erupted across the country as Indians clapped, rang bells, banged on pots and played music in a show of support for medical personnel and other essential workers.

    By Joanna Slater

    12:39 p.m.
    Spain will extend nationwide lockdown by 15 days

    MADRID — One week after Spain adopted nationwide lockdown measures and as the number of coronavirus infections climbed to 28,572, with 1,720 deaths, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said his government will extend the lockdown by 15 days.

    The prime minister told regional presidents in a video conference call Sunday morning that he would ask the Spanish congress to approve the “drastic” confinement measures later this week, as dictated by the constitution. If approved, the extension would last until April 11.

    “The worst is yet to come. We haven’t reached the worst wave that will test the outer limits of our resources,” Sánchez said in a televised address to the nation Sunday. “We have to gain time to get ahead of this risk.”

    The prime minister announced measures allowing the military to move patients, as well as further restrictions on travel from other countries, and the creation of a reserve stock of health supplies for future needs. Sánchez thanked his fellow Spaniards for respecting the restrictions and called for “social responsibility and civic discipline."

    More than 400 people have died in Spain in the past 24 hours, with the majority in the capital. The measure comes as Spain scrambles to fight the exponential growth of infections, with the first patients filling some of the 1,300 beds installed in Madrid’s trade fair convention hall, which is set to hold up to 5,000 beds.

    Spain’s health officials said they have hired 52,000 additional health workers, bought 700 ventilators and 1.3 million masks, and are preparing four robots to administer covid-19 testing. The prime minister thanked private initiatives, including the use of 3-D printers, to create health supplies nationally given what he called “an aggressive and very competitive international market” for the urgently needed material.

    By Pamela Rolfe
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    Sunday 3/22/20 Updates P3

    10:19 a.m.
    FEMA chief declines to give detailed timeline on when more masks will be delivered

    FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor said Sunday that the federal government is shipping protective masks to health-care institutions amid the intensifying coronavirus pandemic, but he declined to give details on the timing.

    “They have been shipping. We’re trying to focus those shipments on the most critical hot spots in the country. … They’re shipping today, they shipped yesterday, they’ll ship tomorrow,” Gaynor said on ABC News’s “This Week.”

    Asked whether health-care systems will be overwhelmed before the masks arrive, he declined to answer directly, saying only that the government is “prepared to go to zero in the stockpile to meet demand.”

    Three governors on Sunday pleaded for the federal government to step up the pace in delivering personal protective equipment.

    “They have given us a fraction of our ask. … There’s no question about it: We need a lot more PPE, and we need a big slug of that out of the strategic stockpile,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said on “This Week.”

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) also criticized the federal response, saying “lives will be lost” because of the lack of urgency from the White House in the initial stages of the pandemic.

    “We need the federal government to get us those test kits. We need PPEs. … It would be nice to have a national strategy,” Whitmer said on ABC.

    And Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that his state has received only about a quarter of the personal protective equipment it has ordered from the federal government.

    To make up the difference, Illinois is seeking out other national and international sources of PPE, he said. This means it is competing with other states and countries for limited stock that is available in the private sector. Pritzker added that he thinks states are overpaying on the private market.

    “We’re competing against each other, we’re competing against other countries, and indeed, we’re overpaying, I believe, for PPE because of that competition,” Pritzker said.

    By Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Gregg

    10:32 a.m.
    Trump claimed he has ordered companies to produce medical supplies. His FEMA director says that’s not true.

    President Trump last week claimed he is using the Defense Production Act to push companies to produce crucial medical equipment for hospitals that are in desperate need during the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I invoked the Defense Production Act, and last night, we put it into gear,” Trump said at Friday’s coronavirus task force briefing.

    But two days later, his FEMA chief said that’s not the case.

    “No. We haven’t yet,” FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    Gaynor claimed that Trump hasn’t “had to use it, because companies around the country [are offering] donations; they are saying, ‘What can we do to help you?’”

    He described the Defense Production Act as “leverage.”

    “If it comes to a point we have to pull the lever, we will. But, right now, it’s really a great sign about the greatness of this country,” Gaynor said.


    Not longer after Gaynor's appearance on CNN, Trump on Sunday sent a tweet that added further confusion to the situation.

    “Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! @fema Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are?” Trump tweeted.

    By Felicia Sonmez

    Anyone else think he's sold off the strategic reserves via Jared's little group?
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    Sunday 3/22/20 Updates P4

    10:43 a.m.
    Afghanistan, Romania and Kosovo report first coronavirus deaths; Albania bans flights


    (There is really something wrong with this picture no?)

    Afghanistan’s health director confirmed the country’s first coronavirus-related death on Sunday, TOLO news service reported.

    The man died three days ago in the Balkh region of the country, the news outlet reported. His coronavirus test results came back with a positive result on Sunday.

    Romania confirmed its first coronavirus death Sunday, according to Reuters, which cited government sources.

    The case involved a 67-year-old man who was already afflicted with terminal cancer. His diagnosis of covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was confirmed Wednesday — two days after Romania officially declared a state of emergency over the outbreak.

    The man had reportedly recently returned from France, where more than 14,000 cases have been confirmed and where President Emmanuel Macron imposed a nationwide lockdown last week. Romania has confirmed 367 coronavirus cases.

    In Kosovo, an 82-year-old man with heart trouble also died on Sunday, according to a statement from health authorities that was cited by Reuters.

    On Sunday, Albania announced it would suspend all commercial air travel to and from the country starting at midnight. Albanian authorities have confirmed 76 cases of coronavirus and two deaths.

    By James McAuley and Lateshia Beachum

    10:44 a.m.
    Australia’s prime minister orders closure of pubs, gyms and places of worship

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced strict measures on Sunday as coronavirus cases in his country increased to 1,354.

    Pubs, athletic facilities, entertainment venues and places of worship will be prohibited from opening their doors starting Monday. Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to delivery and takeout services.

    Morrison called social distancing the “biggest weapon” in fighting the spread of the virus and said he was disheartened at the many social activities he observed over the weekend by Australians.

    “On the weekend, what we saw was a disregard of those social distancing practices as people turned up to the beach in large numbers, crammed venues in our major cities,” he said in a statement. “This sent a very clear message to premiers, chief minister and myself that the social distancing practices are not being observed as well as they should be.”

    Outdoor activities involving more than 500 people will no longer be allowed, nor will indoor activities involving more than 100 people. At nonessential gatherings with fewer than 100 people, a distance of about six feet must be maintained between each person. Access to elder-care facilities will be restricted.

    The rules will be reviewed on a monthly basis. More severe measures could follow if the current restrictions aren’t obeyed.

    “We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs,” Morrison said.

    Schools, however, will remain open until the end of the academic year. Parents who choose to keep their children home are expected to ensure they practice social distancing and not place vulnerable populations in danger.

    By Lateshia Beachum

    11:55 a.m.
    Lebanon deploys the army to enforce a lockdown after a big jump in coronavirus cases

    BEIRUT — Lebanon called in the army on Sunday to keep people indoors after a week-long lockdown failed to halt a big rise in the number of coronavirus infections.

    Troops in military vehicles patrolled major streets in the capital, Beirut, and elsewhere in the country using loudspeakers to tell people to keep off the streets.

    Violators will face fines or imprisonment for up to six months, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry.

    The measures came as the Health Ministry announced a 40 percent increase in the number of coronavirus cases over the previous 48 hours, to 248. Addressing the nation on Saturday night, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said it is no longer possible to contain the spread of the virus and that Lebanon is facing “great danger.”

    By Liz Sly

    12:16 p.m.
    Emirates suspends most passenger flights as UAE tightens restrictions


    Authorities in the United Arab Emirates announced the closure of all public and private beaches, including this one in Dubai. (Paul Schemm/The Washington Post)

    DUBAI — The flagship carrier of the United Arab Emirates announced Sunday that it would suspend all passenger flights by Wednesday in response to the novel coronavirus, but it issued a new statement hours later that suggested it would keep some routes open.

    “As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries reopen their borders, and travel confidence returns,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of the Emirates Group.

    Emirates will retain cargo flights but implement a three-month basic salary cut to avoid layoffs. The salary cuts would range from 25 percent to 50 percent, with some top executives taking a 100 percent cut for the period.

    In its second statement, the group clarified that it would keep some routes open, and the original statement was deleted from the Emirates website and social media accounts. The reason for the change was not clear.

    The routes to remain open included Britain, the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Bangkok, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Australia, South Africa and Canada, the carrier said.

    The move came as the UAE further tightened restrictions on daily life to combat the coronavirus, announcing the closure of all public and private beaches on Sunday.

    The UAE has lagged behind its neighbors in closing down daily life. Many countries in the Persian Gulf region have imposed near-total lockdowns, while in the UAE, beaches, parks, malls and restaurants have remained open.

    During the weekend, beaches in Dubai were filled with people, many apparently tourists. Now all beaches and parks, as well as “swimming pools, movie theaters and sports halls and lounges,” will be closed for two weeks.

    Restaurants will remain open as long as they are never at more than 20 percent capacity.

    The UAE has also closed its borders to all but citizens, who must be isolated for 14 days after arrival. Even expatriates — who make up almost 90 percent of the population — are not allowed back in the country if outside. Local media are full of stories of students studying abroad unable to return to their families.

    The UAE announced its first two deaths from the coronavirus during the weekend and 13 new cases, bringing its total to 153.

    By Paul Schemm and Adam Taylor
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    With the levels of poisons in the air dropping in our big cities, and things like the clearing up of the waters in Venice, not to mention overpopulation, you have to kind of wonder if old mother earth hasn't finally given up on the human race voluntarily doing what's necessary to save her. Maybe she's like, "I'm done being abused by you. I'm going to weed some of you out with this little virus here and see if we can't improve on things moving forward."
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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