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Post by LizzyNY Tue 10 Mar 2020, 02:05

The advice you're getting is pretty much the same information we're getting from our state's governor. I trust him and the local news. We have two local news channels that broadcast 24/7 and the broadcast channels report @ 4 times a day with breaking news alerts whenever anything important happens. And, of course, there are the cable news channels that air 24/7 as well.

The problem is that the national government doesn't seem to have any coordinated response in place. Statewide responses seem much more organized. If they can get the testing supplies they need we won't have to depend on the federal government to get it's act together.
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Post by party animal - not! Tue 10 Mar 2020, 02:30

Yes Lizzy. Very impressed with Cuomo - and he was very impatient with the forced delay by Drumpf etc in supplying public health tests because they wanted the private sector to catch up and make money. Cannot imagine what it must be like for the 18 million who cannot afford have a private policy but who also do not have a public health system to fall back on

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Post by LizzyNY Tue 10 Mar 2020, 03:08

Who will pay for what is still up in the air as far as the federal government is concerned, although I did see somewhere that the CDC was told to decide who would be charged for testing and treatment. Here in NY Gov. Cuomo has set forth some "suggestions" to insurers about charges for treatment. He has said that testing will be free and people on Medicaid should not be charged. How this all plays out remains to be seen.

It's late and I'm too tired to try and figure it all out. Maybe tomorrow.
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Post by annemarie Tue 10 Mar 2020, 10:28

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8093521/Passengers-sue-coronavirus-hit-Grand-Princess-cruise-ship.html

[size=34]Florida couple aboard the coronavirus-hit Grand Princess sues cruise ship's owner for $1million for 'failing to properly screen passengers' for the disease[/size]


  • Ronald, 75, and Eva Weissberger, 69, of Broward County, Florida, were on board 

  • They came aboard the Grand Princess ship in San Francisco on February 21 

  • Couple says cruise continued on voyage knowing passengers were exposed 

  • They want $1million from Princess Cruise Lines, claiming they were negligent

  • First passengers were evacuated from the Grand Princess at Port of Oakland 


By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS and AFP
PUBLISHED: 17:59 EDT, 9 March 2020 | UPDATED: 01:35 EDT, 10 March 2020


A Florida couple who were passengers on the Grand Princess ocean liner linked to the coronavirus outbreak have sued the ship's owner for more than $1million for putting the couple's health at risk, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday.
Ronald and Eva Weissberger of Broward County, Florida sued Princess Cruise Lines Ltd, a unit of Carnival Corp, alleging the company has caused them emotional distress and trauma as they fear they will develop the COVID-19 disease.
The Weissbergers, who boarded the Grand Princess in San Francisco on February 21, claim that the company knew that one of its passengers from a previous voyage was infected with coronavirus.
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Ronald (right) and Eva Weissberger (left) of Broward County, Florida, are suing the parent company of the Grand Princess cruise ship
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The couple says the company was negligent in failing to properly screen passengers for the coronavirus
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The Grand Princess is seen above after docking at the Port of Oakland on Monday
Despite that knowledge, the cruise ship decided to continue sailing on the voyage that started after the couple boarded on February 21, according to the lawsuit.  
The lawsuit also says that the company left the Weissbergers exposed to coronavirus because 62 passengers who were on board with them during their voyage were exposed to passengers from a previous voyage that were confirmed to be infected. 
The couple says that the 'it would only stand to reason' that the company would take all necessary precautions to make sure the ship's passengers are free of coronavirus in light of the outbreak that took place on the Diamond Princess.
The Diamond Princess, which like the Grand Princess is owned by Princess Cruise Lines, is the luxury liner that was quarantined in Tokyo Bay last month for two weeks after an onboard outbreak of coronavirus killed seven passengers.


Hundreds of others, including several Americans, were infected. 
Princess Cruise Lines is accused of failing to properly screen passengers for possible coronavirus infection.
The lawsuit states that the passengers 'were simply asked to fill out a piece of paper confirming they were not sick.'
'Incredibly, not one of those 62 passengers or crew members who were mixing and mingling with the infected prior passengers were ever examined during the instant voyage until being tested for the virus on Thursday, March 5, 2020, two weeks after the ship sailed,' the lawsuit states. 
The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Los Angeles.
The Grand Princess docked in Oakland, California, on Monday so its 2,400 passengers could disembark and be taken to quarantine. 
The ship has been linked to 12 coronavirus cases from an earlier voyage to Mexico.
Carnival did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.
The company told Bloomberg News: 'Our response throughout this process has focused on well-being of our guests and crew within the parameters mandated on us by the government agencies involved and the evolving medical understanding of this new illness.'
According to his Facebook page, Ronald Weissberger, 75, and his wife, 69-year-old Eva, are natives of Montreal who relocated to Fort Lauderdale.
Ronald Weissberger is the former CEO at Intelcan Technosystems, a Canadian company that specializes in air traffic management and surveillance.
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According to his Facebook page, Ronald Weissberger, 75, and his wife, 69-year-old Eva, are natives of Montreal who relocated to Fort Lauderdale. Ronald Weissberger is the former CEO at Intelcan Technosystems, a Canadian company that specializes in air traffic management and surveillance

The first passengers were taken ashore from the Grand Princess that docked at California's port of Oakland Monday, with the infected 'being dealt with in proper isolation,' said Vice President Mike Pence.
The Grand Princess arrived in the San Francisco Bay after days stranded at sea with 21 confirmed coronavirus infections among more than 3,500 passengers and crew, KGO-TV reported.
Emergency workers equipped with gowns, gloves, respirators and face shields loaded those requiring immediate treatment into ambulances, while all port employees and residents were cleared from the fenced-off landing site.
'We hope before the end of today to begin to disembark California residents,' said Pence, who was appointed to lead the US response to the virus. 
More than 900 passengers from the state were on board.
All 25 children on board were healthy, added Pence.
'Individuals will be led off the ship in smaller groups,' and 'anyone who is symptomatic... will be fitted with a surgical mask and disembarked via a separate gangway' to avoid disease spread, said a statement from Governor Gavin Newsom's office.
The ship had been idling off the San Francisco coast since Wednesday.
Passengers gathered on balconies were 'whooping and waving at dock workers onshore' as the ship drew into port, said Carolyn Wright, 63, of New Mexico, from on board the vessel.
Tents were set up on the Oakland quayside, with the surrounding floor doused in what appeared to be disinfectant, she added.
Buses and flights were lined up to transport passengers.
After initial screening, those who don't require acute care will be quarantined for 14 days at US military bases in California, Texas and Georgia - or flown to their home countries, in the case of foreign residents.
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The first two passengers to get off the cruise ship were an older man and woman clutching red and white tote bags
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The first two passengers aboard the quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship disembarked the liner on Monday afternoon, with one man seen being placed into a stretcher
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The man agreed to sit in the stretcher where he calmly clasped his hands in his lap and both passengers were placed inside the ambulance
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The male patient pictured being loaded into an ambulance after being removed from the Grand Princess Cruise ship
Those at US bases will be given private single rooms with access to private bathrooms, said Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
Passengers will be fully tested at their onward destination to avoid delays.
'The crew itself will push off from the dock, and they will be quarantined and observed and treated shipboard,' said Pence.
The entire site will be decontaminated by pressure washing with a bleach solution once the operation is complete.
Wright earlier Monday said the mood had been lifted on board by the prospect of finally reaching land, and guests were briefly allowed to leave their cabins.
Some couples danced on deck as others walked laps around the huge ship.
"It really feels wonderful to have gotten out and stretched our legs," Wright told AFP. "I feel kind of energized and happy. It just makes you feel like, OK, things are happening and things are now moving."
She added: "Hopefully things will be smooth from here on."
Newsom said Sunday the whole operation to bring passengers ashore was expected to be a "two, three day process," but warned it could take longer.
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Princess Cruise Lines, the parent company of the Grand Princess, is also the owner of the Diamond Princess, the luxury liner that was quarantined in Tokyo Bay for two weeks last month after a coronavirus outbreak on board. The Diamond Princess is seen above on February 10
"We are still working out the enormity of complexity of making sure we prepare the site and... prepare for a quick turnaround," he said.
On Monday, Princess Cruises announced full refunds, scrapped onboard charges and offered free future cruises to affected passengers on the Grand Princess.
But Canada -- which had 240 citizens on the ship -- became the latest country to warn people to avoid taking cruises, after the US issued a similar warning to vulnerable Americans Sunday.
The US has recorded at least 26 deaths from the coronavirus and 684 confirmed cases across 35 states, according to a Johns Hopkins tally.  
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Post by annemarie Tue 10 Mar 2020, 14:33

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8093749/Mike-Pences-coronavirus-task-force-does-not-know-Americans-tested-disease.html

[size=34]'I could not give you a number of how many Americans have received a test': Mike Pence's coronavirus task force has NOT tracked 900,000 tests given to hospitals and private labs[/size]


  • Mike Pence's coronavirus task force says that the government does not know the number of Americans who have been tested for the disease

  • US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said the CDC sent out 75,000 tests to public state labs, which report their results

  • He said another 900,000 tests were shipped to hospitals and private labs

  • But private institutions don't have to report tests and results back to CDC

  • CDC is now creating 'IT connectivity' with private labs to gather data 

  • Trump said on Friday anyone who wanted a coronvirus test could get one  

  • It remains unclear the criteria of symptoms required to take a test  

  • Pence said testing is now available at all state labs in every state in the country 


By MARLENE LENTHANG and JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 20:15 EDT, 9 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:03 EDT, 10 March 2020

     



Mike Pence's coronavirus task force says that the government does not know the number of Americans who have been tested for the contagious disease because is no way to effectively track tests processed by private labs and hospitals. 
The task force held a press conference on Monday night where officials addressed the spreading virus that has 684 reported cases and led to 26 deaths in the US.  
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar revealed officials are actively trying to build technology to gather information from public and private health sectors to determine just how many Americans have been tested for the virus. 
'Right now I could not give you a number of how many Americans have received a test because many would have received a test through hospitals or non-public health labs,' Azar said Monday.
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Mike Pence's coronavirus task force says that the government does not know the number of Americans who have been tested for the contagious disease because is no way to effectively track tests processed by public labs
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'Right now I could not give you a number of how many Americans have received a test because many would have received a test through hospitals or non-public health labs,' Azar said during the Monday press conference
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As of Monday night there are 754 reported cases of coronavirus in the United States and 26 deaths
He explained that though thousands of tests have been issued, there's a discrepancy in reporting the results. 
'There are different types of tests that get sent out. The test that the CDC is sending out, that’s enough to test 75,000 people that was sent out last week, those go to public health labs. There are about 80 labs in the United States, one in each state at least. Those report results back in to the CDC because they’re part of the public health network,' he said. 
'The larger quantity of tests that shipped, about 900,000 of the tests that shipped by this weekend…and so many of the remainder of that total 2.1million tests – those go to hospitals, private labs, others for testing,' Azar added. 
He said those private hospitals and labs don't have to report information to the CDC if they conducted a test or the results of the test. 
'We’re getting IT the system up through CDC. We want to give you accurate information as we go,' he added.  
In Monday's press conference Pence said he has not tested for the virus and was not sure if the president had been tested either. 
At the top of the conference, Pence said testing is now available at all state labs in every state in the country. 
As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, there is mounting concern over how many tests are available to the public and how people will get access to them to try to put a stop to the crisis.  
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Donald Trump (pictured on Monday) has said that anyone could get a test if they wanted to. But the information coming from people on the ground and even in his own government contradicts that remark 
President Trump vowed on Friday that the 'beautiful' tests would be readily available to anyone who wanted one - a direct contradiction to what CDC officials are saying, and what people who fear they actually have the virus are reporting.  
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's 'expert' on tackling the virus, estimated that four million tests will be available by the end of this week. 
Yet another conflicting number came from Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, who on Monday said that there were now enough for 75,000 people at state health labs. 
It remains to be seen where those tests will go, how they will be divided up and who will get access to them. 
In upstate New York, one of the worst hit regions in the US where dozens are now infected, people have reported going to the hospital with all the symptoms of the virus and asking for a test but being refused one.  





Chris Gilch, a 36-year-old private chef who lives in White Plains, New York, and commutes into Manhattan for work said he went to the emergency room last week where he tested negative for the flu. 
He asked for the COVID-19 test but, according to his mother Amy Bleach, was told he did not have it because he had not been to Wuhan, China- where it originated - and he did not have pneumonia. 
He is now self-quarantining as a precaution.
'There's going to be a real outbreak... I think it's totally irresponsible [for them not to test him],' his mother, who is a registered nurse, told DailyMail.com on Monday. 
She said he first felt inflammation in his ears then the illness 'traveled' to his chest. 
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Maggie McDow said she was refused a test despite returning from a layover in South Korea and having coronavirus symptoms 
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15-minute coronavirus test being used in China, Italy and Japan – but NOT the UK or US because health officials haven't approved it yet


A 15-minute coronavirus blood test is not being used in the UK, despite China, Italy and Japan diagnosing patients with it. 
The test, which takes a blood droplet from a finger prick, allegedly shows the severity of coronavirus infection in a patient even if they don't show symptoms.
Results are displayed in a similar fashion to those of an at-home pregnancy test within minutes and could potentially save delays in diagnosis.
Currently, swab tests used by Public Health England take 24 to 48 hours to be read by a specialist in a lab. In that time, suspected patients could be spreading germs to other people. 
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BioMedomics claims its test can screen for coronavirus in 15 minutes using a small drop of blood and a tiny device that can be carried into the field

PHE confirmed they were not using the advanced blood test because it was not accurate enough, and are hoping to develop their own. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also yet to approve it. 
A former PHE strategist said he was 'not confident' the test could produce correct results and is therefore unlikely to be rolled out. However, the method was desirable.  
A small study by Biomedomics showed the test produced a correct response 80 per cent of the time. 
On March 5, BioMedomics claimed its 'quick and easy' test was ready and being used in South KoreaJapanItaly, China and some countries in the Middle East. 
The BioMedomics test - called COVID-19 IgM/IgG Rapid Test -  takes a human finger-prick or venous blood sample.
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It can be read similarly to a pregnancy test, with one line for a negative test, two signifying it's positive for either early or late antibodies, and three when the sample is positive for both 

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8094515/Doctor-treating-coronavirus-patients-LA-suburb-calls-schools-shut-immediately.html

[size=34]Doctor treating coronavirus patients demands schools shut down IMMEDIATELY as he reveals three 'relatively young' men near LA celebrity suburb Calabasas are 'very ill' after contracting disease on Italian ski trip[/size]


  • Dr Sam Fink is treating two patients stricken with COVID-19 and is friends with a third patient in Tarzana, CA

  • The three men were among a group of friends who have all tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to an exclusive ski resort in Italy last month 

  • Dr Fink has warned that coronavirus is unlike anything he has ever seen and has been shocked by the impact of the fast-spreading virus

  • He has urged schools to shut down immediately and for classes to be conducted online instead

  • Dr Fink also warned the public to avoid large gatherings, including sporting events and concerts   

  • In the US there are over 754 cases of coronavirus and 26 deaths with the majority in Washington state

  • The outbreak has prompted concerned officials to heed the warnings of medical experts with school announcing closures in California and other parts of the country 

  • Meanwhile, thousands of passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship struck by the coronavirus waited anxiously on Tuesday for their chance to leave the vessel 


By MARLENE LENTHANG and SANDRA CLARK FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 01:46 EDT, 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:22 EDT, 10 March 2020

     




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Dr Sam Fink, who is a primary care physician treating coronavirus patients in Tarzana - the wealthy Los Angeles suburb just 10 miles from Kim Kardashian 's Calabasas home, has warned that the disease is unlike anything he has ever seen 
A California doctor has urged officials to close down local schools immediately as he revealed he was treating three 'very ill' young men with coronavirus near the Los Angeles celebrity suburb of Calabasas.
The three men, who were part of a group of 14 on a skiing holiday, traveled back to the United States on February 27 after visiting Cortina d'Ampezzo in Northern Italy's Dolomite Mountains, DailyMail.com previously revealed. 
Dr Sam Fink, who is a primary care physician treating coronavirus patients in Tarzana - the Los Angeles suburb just 10 miles from Kim Kardashian's Calabasas home, has warned that the disease is unlike anything he has ever seen. 
They friends the men were traveling with have all tested positive for coronavirus. 
Dr Frink said one of his patients is being treated at the Tarzana Medical Center, the second is being treated at another facility and that he is friends with a third patient. 
'I have practiced for over 30 years, and have seen it all, or so I thought. Nothing has worried me like this,' he wrote on Facebook on Sunday, adding that he has been shocked to see the impact of the fast-spreading virus.  
'Essentially, 14 men went on a ski trip to Northern Italy. All have become ill, and all 14 have tested positive for coronavirus. Of the 14, four needed to be hospitalized, and of the four patients, three are very ill as I write this. One had a significant pre-existing medical condition. The other three did not, and are relatively young.' 
The Los Angeles County Health Department has confirmed eight cases of coronavirus among a group of travelers who recently returned from northern Italy. 
Sources told DailyMail.com that the other members of the group, who reside elsewhere in the US and abroad, have also fallen ill since returning home. One of the men, an American living in Switzerland, is understood to be in a coma.
'The news out of Northern Italy today is not good,' Dr Fink said as he urged the public to take measures beyond vigorous hand washing and hand sanitizing.
He also urged schools to close and locals to avoid big groups.   
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Fink shared an alarming post Sunday saying: 'Nothing has worried me like this' urging schools to be shut down immediately and for people to avoid large gatherings including sporting events and concerts
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A group of 14 friends - some who live in Los Angeles - have tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to the Cortina d'Ampezzo (above) in Italy's Dolomite Mountains in February 
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One of those who returned from Italy is now said to be quarantined at Tarzana Medical Center (pictured) after arriving at LAX at the end of February
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Three of the men on the trip live in Tarzana, which is about 10 miles from the city of Calabasas and home to Kim Kardashian. The men were among a group of about 15 who traveled back to the United States on February 27 after visiting Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomite Mountains

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?


Like other coronaviruses, including those that cause the common cold and that triggered SARS, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness.
 The most common symptoms are:


  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue 


Although having a runny nose doesn't rule out coronavirus, it doesn't thus far appear to be a primary symptom.
Most people only become mildly ill, but the infection can turn serious and even deadly, especially for those who are older or have underlying health conditions.
In these cases, patients develop pneumonia, which can cause: 


  • Potentially with yellow, green or bloody mucus Fever, sweating and shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath Rapid or shallow breathing 
  • Pain when breathing, especially when breathing deeply or coughing 
  • Low appetite, energy and fatigue 
  • Nausea and vomiting (more common in children) Confusion (more common in elderly people) 
  • Some patients have also reported diarrhea and kidney failure has occasionally been a complication. 


Avoid people with these symptoms. If you develop them, call your health care provider before going to the hospital or doctor, so they and you can prepare to minimize possible exposure if they suspect you have coronavirus.
 



'I recommend to all who read this that you avoid going to large group events such as sporting events, and concerts,' he said. 'I believe that all schools should be closed immediately and classes conducted online, which is relatively simple. I know that so far, children infected with CV have done relatively well, but they might come home and hug Grandpa, who won't do so well. 
'Avoid contact with others as much as possible. CV in the United States is at a relatively early stage, but it won't last there for long. Make sure you have any medications you need, as well as supplies, but panicking hurts all of us,' Fink warned. 
Dr Fink noted that while US cases of coronavirus are just a fraction of what is going on abroad, it was only a matter of time before the epidemic grows. 
'My biggest hope is that I am totally wrong, and that you will all wonder in a few weeks what the hell I was talking about. But I have a pretty good track record, and I think you should take steps now to protect yourselves and your family. There is little cost to taking extra precaution right now, and the earlier, the better.'
Pam Angel revealed last week that her husband and two adult sons were among the group who returned from the Italian ski trip. She said her husband and one son were in self-quarantine, while her other son was being treated in hospital with underlying health issues. 
'He can't talk without coughing. He feels like he has a pallet of bricks on his chest, he's not eating,' she told KCBS-TV about her ill son. 
A fourth man, a US citizen who was also on the trip, is said to be in a coma in Switzerland, where he now resides.
The rest of the men who were on the trip, who were said to be 'previously healthy guys in their 40s and 50s' have all since fallen ill, with one coughing up blood, according to sources.
They live in states across the US, including Arizona where six cases have been reported. 
Italy has been hard-hit by the coronavirus where more than 9,000 people have tested positive for the diseases, and more than 400 people have died as of Monday evening. Northern Italy has seen the highest concentration of infection cases and on Monday Italy announced a country-wide lockdown affecting its 60 million people.  
In the US there are more than 750 cases of coronavirus and 26 deaths. In California alone there are 143 cases and two deaths. 
A woman in her 60s died in Santa Clara County on Monday.  Last week, a man in his 70s died in Placer County after getting off the Grand Princess cruise ship.  
The outbreak has prompted concerned officials to heed the warnings of medical experts with school announcing closures in California and other parts of the country. 
UC Berkely announced Monday it will suspend most in-person classes starting from Tuesday. Stanford University also announced it would hold only online classes last week. USC is testing online classes this week. Harvard students have been told not to return to class after the spring break, and classes will resume online.
Meanwhile, Northern California's largest school district in Sacramento County is closed this week. Only a small handful of California schools have closed and some have been temporary closed for cleaning. 
Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills will be closed until at least Thursday. Clifton Middle School in Monrovia was deep-cleaned Thursday after officials became aware that a person who might have the virus had been on campus, according to the Los Angeles Times.   
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Tarzana, where three of the men live, is less than 10 miles away from the exclusive neighborhood of Calabasas, which is home to several celebrities including Kim Kardashian (left). Pam Angel (right) told KCBS-TV that her husband and two sons were on the trip and all three have tested positive
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Meanwhile, thousands of passengers aboard a cruise ship struck by the coronavirus waited anxiously on Tuesday for their chance to leave the vessel, even if it meant being shipped to military bases for weeks of quarantine.
After days of being forced to idle off the Northern California coast, the Grand Princess docked Monday at the Port of Oakland with some 3,500 passengers and crew on board. 
About two dozen people who need acute medical care were taken off the ship, although it wasn't clear how many had tested positive for the new virus, according to Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services.
Many of the nearly 240 Canadians on board left the ship after the critically ill and stood outside two tents displaying Canadian flags. Canada and the UK were among the countries sending chartered flights to retrieve their citizens.
But some 2,000 passengers, including hundreds of Californians, were still aboard by the time disembarkation ended Monday night. It was to resume on Tuesday morning, the captain told passengers.  
The Grand Princess had been held off the coast since Wednesday because of evidence that it was the breeding ground for more than 20 infections tied to a previous voyage.
US passengers will be flown or bused from the port - chosen for its proximity to an airport and a military base - to bases in California, Texas and Georgia for testing and a 14-day quarantine. 
Some arrived on Monday night at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. The ship carried people from 54 countries and foreigners were to be whisked home.  
About 1,100 crew members, 19 of whom have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, will be quarantined and treated aboard the ship, which will dock elsewhere after passengers are unloaded, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said.
The California governor and Oakland mayor sought to reassure people that none of the cruise ship passengers would be exposed to the public before completing the quarantine. Officials were trying to decide where the ship and its crew would go next.
Cruise ships have come under scrutiny by those who view them as potential germ factories because they pack thousands of people in close quarters.
Another Princess ship, the Diamond Princess, was quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, Japan, last month because of the virus. Ultimately, about 700 of the 3,700 people aboard became infected in what experts pronounced a public health failure.
A third vessel, the Caribbean Princess, was supposed to dock in Grand Cayman on Monday but the cruise line said it will keep its thousands of passengers and crews from disembarking until crew members are tested for COVID-19. 
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Thousands of people on board the Grand Princess cruise ship are also being evacuated in San Francisco after at least 21 people on board fell sick with the virus
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Canadian passengers are disembarked and lined up behind tents denoted with the country's flag on Monday after the 21 infected passengers were removed. Canadian citizens will be repatriated back home 
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Around the world, nations have limited the movements of millions of people in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Italy was to impose travel restrictions and other strict public health measures nationwide starting Tuesday.
In Northern California, Santa Clara County announced a ban of all large gatherings of at least 1,000 people for the rest of the month in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 
The virus has shaken global markets, with stocks taking their worst one-day beating on Wall Street since 2008 and oil prices suffering their most brutal losses since the start of the 1991 Gulf War. Even with Asian markets posting modest gains Tuesday, fear was rampant that economies stood at the brink of recession.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said communities will need to start thinking about canceling large gatherings, closing schools and letting more employees work from home, as many companies have done after an outbreak in the Seattle area. 
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Donald Trump has NOT been tested for coronavirus despite his new chief of staff Mark Meadows going into quarantine along with Air Force One passenger Matt Gaetz who revealed Trump asked to see him DESPITE fears he has virus
President Donald Trump has not been tested for the novel coronavirus, the White House revealed in a statement late Monday, even though he has been in contact with a slew of politicians who have gone under self-quarantine. 
The president refused to answer repeated questions on whether he had been tested or not for the virus during a press conference earlier on Monday. 
Vice President Mike Pence said he hadn't been tested and wasn't sure if Trump had been, but promised to give an answer to that question later in the evening.   
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Rep. Gaetz following President Trump up the stairs of Air Force One in Orlando on Monday
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President Trump waves as he boards Air Force One in Orlando, Gaetz can be seen to the president's left, standing in the distance. The congressman told The Washington Post he was put into a 'closed up room' on Air Force One after he found out he might have been exposed to coronavirus. After landing, Trump 'coaxed' him up front before leaving 
'The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms,' White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
'President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him.'
However, that same evening Trump's new acting chief of staff Mark Meadows and Congressman Matt Gaetz, who traveled on Air Force One with the president hours earlier, both announced they were exposed to the virus and were under self-quarantine. 
Both Meadows and Gaetz said they were exposed after they came into contact with an individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month who later tested positive for the coronavirus. 
Meadows, who was appointed last week, announced he will self-isolate in his home 'out of an abundance of caution' after he was exposed to the virus. 
'Meadows received testing which came back negative. While he’s experiencing zero symptoms, under doctors' standard precautionary recommendations, he'll remain at home until the 14 day period expires this Wednesday,' Meadows' spokesperson Ben Williamson said. 
It comes after Congressman Matt Gaetz also announced Monday he will self-quarantine after coming in contact with a person with the virus at CPAC. 
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Doug Collins of Georgia, had already announced they will quarantine as well after attending the conference.
Trump has been exposed to at least three people who have gone into self-quarantine as a precaution. 
Those people include Gaetz, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp who shook hands with someone infected days earlier, and Rep Doug Collins who he shook hands with on Friday as they toured the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The president left a White House briefing on the disease after making a brief statement on the economic measures his administration was taking to combat the economic shake-up. 
He left the room and didn't answer as multiple journalists asked him if he had been tested for the virus. 
Vice President Mike Pence, who stayed to continue the briefing, said he has never been tested for the virus. 
Pence and President Trump both attended the Conservative Political Action Conference at the end of last month, where an attendee tested positive for the disease.  
'Well, I just simply don't know what the White House physician has recommended in terms of the president, but I promise we'll get that information,' Pence said in the briefing room. 
'We'll let you know tonight,' he added. 
'Obviously the White House physicians, their directive is to see of the health and the well being of the president of the United States and we'll get you a very direct answer on that,' Pence said. 
As far as his own health goes, he added, 'I've had no recommendation that I be tested.' 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she thought President Trump should be tested.
'I thought he should be tested for a long time now,' she told CNN Monday night on Capitol Hill. 
Gaetz learned after Air Force One left Orlando that he had been in touch with an infected person at CPAC, two sources told The New York Times. He then essentially quarantined himself, sitting in a section of the plane alone, the paper reported. 
He had spent the weekend in Florida with President Trump and several members of the first family and traveled back from the state on Air Force One with the president. 
'Congressman Gaetz was informed today that he came into contact with a CPAC attendee 11 days ago who tested positive for COVID-19,' his office said in a statement. 
'While the Congressman is not experiencing symptoms, he received testing today and expects results soon. Under doctor's usual precautionary recommendations, he'll remain self-quarantined until the 14-day period expires this week.' 
Gaetz traveled on Air Force One with President Trump on Monday when the president returned from Florida. 
He was spotted getting off the back of the plane, where he was met by an Air Force official and escorted to a waiting car. He was seen getting on the plane in Orlando, where he walked up the front stairs of Air Force One after the president.  
The congressman told The Washington Post he was put into a 'closed up room' on Air Force One after he found out he might have been exposed to coronavirus. 
After landing, Trump 'coaxed' him up front before leaving. 
'He was not hyper cautious about being in the same space that I was in,' Gaetz told the newspaper.
'I refused to go into his office, I stood outside the door. I told him he could talk from that distance,' he said. 
 
 
 
 


[size=34]Everything you need to know about coronavirus[/size]


By Natalie Rahhal, Acting US Health Editor for DailyMail.com  
HOW DANGEROUS IS CORONAVIRUS?
About 14 percent of people who contract the Covid-19 coronavirus are taken to hospital – with severe symptoms including breathing problems and pneumonia. About 5 per cent need intensive care.
But the majority who get the virus suffer nothing more than a cough and may never know they are infected.
So far, some 51,000 people around the world have already recovered from coronavirus – and that just includes the numbers who received a diagnosis. 
HOW MANY PEOPLE DIE?
Officially, the death rate so far has been just over three percent. But experts believe the true mortality rate is probably between one and two percent. This is because most mild cases have not been picked up by doctors or reflected in the official numbers – so the death rate is inflated. 
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE WITH OTHER DISEASES?
Seasonal flu kills roughly 0.1 percent of people. So Covid-19 is between 10 and 20 times more fatal.
But it is far less dangerous than SARS – the virus that ripped across China in 2003 – which killed 10 percent of patients.
BUT DOESN’T CORONAVIRUS SPREAD MORE EASILY?
Yes, but not dramatically. The best estimates suggest every person with Covid-19 passes it on to 2.6 people, on average. For flu that number is 1.5. 
CAN IT BE SPREAD WITHOUT SYMPTOMS?
Initially scientists feared carriers who had no symptoms could pass it on. That is now in doubt.
What is likely, however, is those who have mild symptoms are putting it down to a cold and going about their normal lives – which puts others at risk.
HOW LONG IS IT BEFORE SYMPTOMS APPEAR?
Again, unclear. Initially scientists said this could take up to two weeks.
But recent evidence suggests the incubation period could be as long as a month – particularly among children.
The average, however, is much shorter. A Chinese study said the average period of symptom onset was 5.4 days for adults and 6.5 for children. 
WHO IS AT RISK?
The virus can affect anyone – with a study of the first 41 infected people revealing two thirds did not suffer from any pre-existing condition. But the middle-aged are most likely to get it – 78 percent of those infected in China have been aged 30 to 69.
WHAT ABOUT THE OLD?
Only 3 percent of people infected so far have been over 80 – but if they get it they are more vulnerable. Analysis of 72,000 cases in China suggests for over-80s the death rate is 15 percent. For those in their 70s the death rate is 8 percent and for those in their 60s, 4 percent.
WHO ELSE IS VULNERABLE?
Those with other conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and kidney problems – are likely to suffer severe complications if they become infected.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
Children seem to be low-risk. Less than 1 percent of the Chinese cases have been under the age of ten – and if children do get the virus it’s often a mild form.
They do, however, retain the virus for longer than adults.
A study last week found the virus was still present in the stools of some children for a month after they contracted it.
DOES GENDER MATTER?
Men are marginally more likely to get the virus than women. It is not clear why this is.
HOW DO DOCTORS TEST FOR COVID-19?
Anyone who has symptoms –particularly if they have travelled to an at-risk area – are told to call ahead to their health care provider, local emergency department or clinics.
This way, health care providers can be prepared, wearing masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment when they meet the possible patient and escort them to isolated areas of the facility.
They are tested using a cheek swab which is sent off for analysis at one of 12 Public Health England labs, a process that takes between 24 and 48 hours. Any positive test is double-checked at the main PHE lab in Colindale.
WHAT TREATMENT DO PATIENTS GET?
There is little doctors can do to tackle the virus, but they can treat the symptoms – such as fever and respiratory problems. Antivirals and antibiotics are also used, mainly to keep secondary problems at bay.
In the most serious cases patients are put on life-support equipment.
There are several clinical trials for potential coronavirus treatments ongoing worldwide, including one in Nebraska, where at least 13 patients are in quarantine, including two in biocontainment units. 
WHAT ABOUT A VACCINE?
Even though the Wuhan virus appeared only a few weeks ago, 20 teams around the world are already manufacturing vaccines.
Chinese authorities provided the DNA code for the virus early on in the outbreak, enabling scientists to get to work straight away.
At least 30 companies and research institutions in the US are racing to make a vaccine.
Last week, one of these companies, Moderna, shipped its candidate vaccine to the US, signalling the shot was ready to begin clinical trials.
Even so, US health authorities say it will likely be upwards of a year before a vaccine is actually ready.

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Post by Donnamarie Tue 10 Mar 2020, 17:32

Just to followup the discussion of how Cuomo is handling the virus in NY state - I think the state governors are handling this crisis far better than the incompetent Trump administration ever could. Trump’s priorities are not America’s priorities. Gov. Inslee of Washington state, which is the hardest hit state to date has been doing the work and being a leader who is looking out for his constituents. Trump called him a snake the other day. I think that says it all.

Looks like Nancy Pelosi and Dems are trying to get legislation passed to provide free coronavirus testing for all, paid leave for those who are affected and extra food subsidies and expansion of the federal unemployment insurance program.
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Post by LizzyNY Tue 10 Mar 2020, 18:50

Hopefully they'll succeed. The way it stands now people will have to choose between an income or their health - and , if they get sick, they'll have to face a ton of medical bills on top of loss of income. Something drastic has to change in our health care system because it doesn't work.
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Post by party animal - not! Tue 10 Mar 2020, 18:57

Here's an interesting little number from Time magazine explaining what's going on

https://twitter.com/TIME/status/1237442469949845507

But scarily you can't actually see the video accompanying the report.........?

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Post by annemarie Tue 10 Mar 2020, 20:26

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8097025/Just-stay-calm-away-Donald-Trump-tries-reassure-Americans-coronavirus.html

[size=34]'Just stay calm. It will go away.' Donald Trump tries to reassure Americans as he makes crisis trip to Capitol Hill for talks on emergency economic bailout - and National Guard are called in to fight coronavirus[/size]


  • President Donald Trump advised Americans to just 'stay calm' and the coronavirus will 'go away' 

  • 'It will go away. Just stay calm, it will go away,' he said 

  • Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are proposing their own economic relief package to combat the market decline in the wake of coronavirus concerns

  • The proposal will rival Donald Trump's economic relief package, which he will discuss with Republican lawmakers later in the day Tuesday

  • Democrats have criticized the president's plan for focusing too much on the economy and less on those being affected by coronavirus 

  • Trump unveils first attempt to arrest a plunging stock market with plan for payroll tax cut

  • He also said Monday that there would be help for hourly workers so they can take time off from work without being penalized

  • The Dow Jones plunged more than 2,000 points in biggest point drop in history - and at one point trading was halted because of the precipitous sell-off 

  • Press briefing was first appearance by Trump designed to calm the markets 

  • Trump referred to coronavirus as 'the virus that everybody is talking about' 


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER  and EMILY GOODIN, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:18 EDT, 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:05 EDT, 10 March 2020



President Donald Trump advised Americans to just 'stay calm' and the coronavirus will 'go away' as he attempted to calm the nation amid growing fears about the outbreak.
'It will go away. Just stay calm, it will go away,' he said during a press conference on Capitol Hill after he met with Republican senators about a package to combat the economic fallout from the disease. 
'We're prepared and doing a great job with it,' the president noted, instructing people to stay calm about the spread and economic impact.
'It's really working out,' he added.
His remarks came as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent the National Guard to New Rochelle to enforce a mile-radius coronavirus 'containment area' in the Westchester County community with a large cluster of cases. 
Meanwhile there are 240 more infections Tuesday in the United States, and the death toll rose to 28, while globally it topped 1,000.
In other developments


  • The head of the CDC said there were not enough staff for tests, as the number of Americans tested stood at 8,554
  • The terms of Trump's projected bailout started to emerge with Republicans offering no public backing for them 
  • The Seattle-area nursing home liked to 19 deaths said it had no test kits for staff 
  • Wall Street's wild ride continued as the Dow swung 1,100 points in a day, recouping some of its losses from Monday's record crash
  • In Europe, the German chancellor warned she expected 65% of all Germans will be infected, Spain saw infections triple
  • A computer scientist projected that the U.S. will be as bad as Italy in two weeks.


On Capitol Hill, however, Trump radiated optimism- and said he had not been tested despite his own chief of staff, Mark Meadows, being in quarantine over potential exposure. 
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters about coronavirus after meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill
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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Roy Blunt, Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with Republican senators on the coronavirus
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was sending the National Guard to New Rochelle to enforce a mile-radius coronavirus 'containment area'
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People fearful of the coronavirus walk around Terminal 1 at JFK Airport
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Trump pointed to diminishing number of cases in other countries to argue the virus is successfully being fought. 
China has reported decreasing numbers of those with the disease. 
'We are look at solving this problem. Some very good numbers coming out of some countries where it started earlier,' Trump said.
He also argued more people die from the flu instead of Coronavirus, pointing out the United States has only had 26 deaths.
'But right now, 26 deaths and if you look at the flu for this year, we are at 8,000 deaths. And you know, hundreds of thousands of cases, 8,000 versus 26 deaths at this time,' the president said. 
Trump attended Senate Republicans weekly luncheon on Tuesday to talk about an economic package to respond to the virus. 
The administration and House Democrats are looking at competing plans to fight the economic fallout.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol Monday that the Democrats' plan, proposed by herself and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, could be proposed and voted on as soon as this week.
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This plan would include paid sick leave for those impacted by coronavirus, widespread and free coronavirus testing access, expanding programs like food stamps and reimbursing patients for costs not covered by insurance related to the fast-spreading respiratory virus.
She added that Democratic leadership could condense the congressional recess 'if there's a necessity — if we think we're going to get some action in the Senate to do it.' 
Pelosi and Schumer's plan comes as President Trump is proposing his own economic bailout plan in response to coronavirus concerns.  
In remarks following the meeting with the president Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded that the stimulus package be bipartisan in nature.
He told reporters gathered at the Capitol that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pelosi are meeting today to come up with a bipartisan plan – claiming the two 'worked well together' in developing an economic package in the past.
'We're hoping that he and the speaker can pull this together so that we end up not playing partisan games at a time, which seems to me, to cry out for bipartisan, bicameral agreement. That's what I'm hoping to see,' McConnell said.

[size=34]NATIONAL GUARD CONTAIN AMERICA'S LARGEST CLUSTER [/size]


Schools, houses of worship and large gathering places in the New York suburb that has the 'largest cluster' of coronavirus cases in the country will be shut down as the National Guard is being brought in to help stop the spread of the disease.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that a one-mile containment area will be set up in New Rochelle in Westchester County where the main cluster of coronavirus have been reported. 
The area is the epicenter of of the state's coronavirus outbreak and accounts for more than 100 of New York's 173 confirmed cases. 
The radius centers around the Temple Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue that was attended by the Manhattan attorney who has been linked to the outbreak in the area.  
The shutdown, which will begin on Thursday and last for two weeks, will effect all 'major gathering places' including schools and places of worship, Cuomo said.  
'It is a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster in the country. And this is literally a matter of life and death,' Cuomo said. 
The announcement about the containment area came as New Jersey reported its first coronavirus death. It is the first fatality in the tri-state area. 
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NEW YORK CASES OF CORONAVIRUS 


Westchester (including New Rochelle): 108
New York City: 36
Nassau: 19
Rockland: 6
Saratoga: 2
Suffolk: 1
Ulster: 1



Cuomo said he was calling in the National Guard to the containment area to assist with cleaning public spaces and to deliver food to homes where people are currently self-quarantined.  
Health officials said they are still trying to determine a full list of places that will be forced to close within the containment area. 
The schools that will close include New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and William B. Ward Elementary. 
The closures will not effect smaller businesses and grocery stores, officials said.
Cuomo said people will not be contained and residents are free to come and go with the one-mile radius.  
The state and a private health system, Northwell Health, are also setting up a testing facility in the area. 
New Rochelle is at the center of an outbreak of 108 cases in Westchester County, out of 173 statewide as of Tuesday. 
New York City has 36 cases, while its population is more than 100 times that of New Rochelle.
'New Rochelle at this point is probably the largest cluster in the U.S. of these cases and it is a significant issue for us,' Cuomo said. 
'The numbers have been going up. The numbers continue to go up. The numbers are going up unabated. And we do need a special public health strategy for New Rochelle.' 
New York Health Commissioner Dr Howard Zucker said officials were moving from a containment strategy to a mitigation strategy.
'When you're dealing with mitigation, you have to deal with the issues of social distancing and how people gather together and to try to minimize that.' 
Cuomo said the decision was one made by Dr Zucker and other public health officials. 
'It's not a decision that I'm making. I'm accepting the recommendation of Dr. Zucker. In a situation like this, whether you're president, mayor, governor, let the experts decide and let the science decide the situation,' he said.  



McConnell said there was still a lot of negotiating to do with Democrats over the terms of the relief package.
The president charged the Democrats are doing nothing.
'Nancy Pelosi just said, 'I don't know if we can be ready this week.' In other words, it's off to vacation for the Do Nothing Democrats. That's been the story with them for 1 1/2 years!,' he tweeted on Tuesday morning before he headed to Capitol Hill. 
Trump slammed Pelosi's relief package as a proposal to try and pass other stipulations that he says are unrelated to coronavirus concerns.
'They came in really chopped up,' Trump said Tuesday of the package proposed by Pelosi and Schumer.
'A lot of them are thing she wanted to get for other things,' he continued. 'We're looking at the people. We're looking at solving this problem.'
And he touted his administration's work in responding to the Coronavirus. The White House has been criticized for its response, particularly on the lack of kits to test for the disease.
'Our CoronaVirus Team has been doing a great job. Even Democrat governors have been VERY complimentary!,' Trump wrote.  
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Democrats are critical that Trump's proposal focuses too much on the economy and not enough on those affected by the coronavirus
But top Democrats are criticizing the administration's plan for focusing too much on the economy rather than helping those directly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Markets suffered their biggest-ever one-day loss on Monday and saw a decline not experienced since the 2008 financial crisis.
The Dow dropped nearly 8 per cent on Monday, which concerned Trump, who often touts economic wins and market gains under his administration.
Markets saw a slight rebound as they opened Tuesday morning as the Dow raised about 700. 
The president told reporters gathered in the briefing room at the White House Monday evening that he would be talking with Senate Republicans Tuesday on implementing a payroll tax cut, helping hourly workers not be penalized for taking off work and crisis loans for small business.
He also said he is looking at helping cruise, airline and hotel industries as they suffer blows with escalating fears of the virus spread across the country.
Trump promised his relief plan 'will be major' as Pelosi says the Democratic proposal would depend on the Congressional Budget Office and how quickly costs could be assessed.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?


Like other coronaviruses, including those that cause the common cold and that triggered SARS, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness.  


  • The most common symptoms are: 
  • Fever 
  • Dry cough 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 


Although having a runny nose doesn't rule out coronavirus, it doesn't thus far appear to be a primary symptom. 
Most people only become mildly ill, but the infection can turn serious and even deadly, especially for those who are older or have underlying health conditions.  
In these cases, patients develop pneumonia, which can cause: 


  • Potentially with yellow, green or bloody mucus
  • Fever, sweating and shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Rapid or shallow breathing 
  • Pain when breathing, especially when breathing deeply or coughing 
  • Low appetite, energy and fatigue 
  • Nausea and vomiting (more common in children) 
  • Confusion (more common in elderly people)
  • Some patients have also reported diarrhea and kidney failure has occassionally been a complication. 


Avoid people with these symtpoms. If you develop them, call your health care provider before going to the hospital or doctor, so they and you can prepare to minimize possivle exposure if they suspect you have coronavirus.  
 




'We are going to take care of, and have been taking care of, the American people and the American economy,' Trump said from the briefing room podium Monday and left without taking questions.
Trump has continuously downplayed the threats of coronavirus, claiming the situation is 'inflamed' by the media and Democrats – even as the death toll in the U.S. hit 26 this week and there are more than 750 confirmed cases.
The threat hit close to home as U.S. and global markets plummeted Monday and one of his own Air Force One passengers, Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, self-quarantined after learning he came in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.
While the president said he would be meeting with House Republicans and Senate leadership on Tuesday, he did not say if he would be speaking with Democrats, who control the House and whose approval is required for a tax relief plan to become law.
Pelosi's office said that there is currently no plan for Trump to meet with Democrats.
Vice President Mike Pence who heads the coronavirus task force and was left to answer reporters' questions after the president left the room Monday night, said he had not yet been tested for the virus.
He also said he has no idea if the president has been tested, even though he attended the Conservative Political Action Conference and has come in close contact with individuals who have had contact with a person who tested positive.
At 73, the president is at a higher risk of contracting and falling ill to coronavirus.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement late Monday night the president hasn't been tested.
'The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms. President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him,' she said. 
Doctors and immunologist experts have recommended that those above 60 take extra precautions to avoid contracting the virus.  
Trump said that the world had been 'blindsided' by coronavirus, and claimed shutting down travel from China had been decisive in ensuring the crisis was not worse.    
'We're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not going to ever miss a paycheck,' he said of his upcoming talk with lawmakers.  
The president's Treasury secretary mentioned a menu of actions the president can undertake on his own.  
Trump vowed to work with companies of all sizes 'so that they don't get penalized for something that's not their fault. It's not their fault, it's not our country's fault. This was something that we were thrown into and we're going to handle it and we have been handling it very well,' Trump said. 
 

Just 8,554 tested - and CDC boss tells Congress he doesn't have the staff to keep up with demand 
The CDC revealed on Tuesday that 8,554 Americans have been tested for coronavirus, but the agency's director says state and local health labs are understaffed and ill-equipped to keep up with crisis. 
According to figures published on the CDC's website on Tuesday, 3,698 tests had been done in its lab, and another 4,856 had been done in public health labs. 
So far, 795 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the US and 28 people have died. 
It is unclear how many of the 8,554 tests that have been carried out have been completed to the point that there is a result, or if patients are still waiting for a result.  
On Tuesday, the agency's director, Robert R. Redfield testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget on Capitol Hill.
'The truth is we've not invested, we've under-invested in the public health labs.  
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CDC Director Robert R. Redfield testified on Tuesday that state labs were understaffed and ill-equipped to handle the outbreak
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'There's not enough equipment, there's not enough people, there's not enough internal capacity, there's no surge capacity.
He said, when asked how many Americans had been tested, that 4,856 had been tested by public health labs but that the number did not include 'clinical' or 'private' labs.
Lab Corp and Quest Diagnostics both announced last week that they had developed a COVID-19 test that doctors can order. 
 

America will be in lockdown like Italy in less than two weeks, computer scientist claims: Worrying graph shows how coronavirus cases in the US are growing
On Monday night, computer scientist Mark Handley, Professor of Networked Systems and part-time Roboticist at UCL in London, tweeted a graph showing how growth figures in other infected countries compare to Italy's. 
'Everyone else will be Italy in 9-14 days time,' Handley tweeted along with the data. 
Dr. John Crane, an infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, agreed. 
He told DailyMail.com in an interview that the world had never seen anything like the outbreak and that the US seemed to be watching how Italy responded before making any drastic decisions of its own.
'It looks like they’re on the exact same trajectory. Italy had an 11.5 day head start,' he said, referring to the data.  
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Mark Handley tweeted this graph charting the growth of cases in the US (pink) compared to that of Italy, purple 
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Handley said 'everyone else will be Italy'in 9-14 days time if the growth rates keep up 
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WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF ITALY'S LOCKDOWN




  • Schools and universities are  closed until April 3
  • All sporting events postponed indefinitely  
  • Museums, theaters, cinemas, night clubs, cafes and restaurants are closed
  • Religious ceremonies including funerals and weddings are postponed
  • Airports remain open but people traveling have to fill out a document explaining why and face a fine or jail if they're caught lying 
  • Stores remain open but only if they can ensure people stay 3ft apart 
  • Public transport remains open but only for people with a valid work or family reason that cannot be postponed will be allowed to travel  


 



'It’s not unusual at the beginning for an epidemic like this…when no human being on earth has previous exposure to it and no one has immunity to it.
'This doesn't change the fatality rate just the growth rate- we've learned this virus is pretty contagious.
'This graph doesn’t say anything about the case fatality rate that might be around two percent but that’s still ten times higher than influenza and we have things we can do bout influenza, we don’t have a vaccine for this.'   
The situation in Italy is so bad, some doctors have reported becoming 'overwhelmed' and crying because they cannot stop people from dying and are being forced to choose 'who to save'. 
Dr. Crane said it was impossible to know if or when the US would reach a similar situation or how long a potential lock-down would last. 
'We're waiting to see what happens in Italy and other countries. We're waiting to see - they were under extreme, extreme conditions [in China] where people were not allowed to come out of their house.
'We have no experience of that. Most of the country is much less densely populated so we would not have to implement it everywhere in the rural places in our country, rather tell them to just to maintain social distancing, not to go to bars and night clubs etc.
'We're trying to learn from everyone else who’s just a little bit ahead of us. 
'If Italy’s pace of infection, strict isolation policy… we'd predict that it would level off but we just don’t know how long that will take. 
'We’re learning as we go,' he said.       

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The New York City public transportation system was empty during Tuesday morning's rush hour commute as New Yorkers heeded Mayor Bill de Blasio's warning to stay off the subway trains due to the spread of the new coronavirus
Though trains were less crowded during rush hour, some people were still seen going about their everyday commute. Even stations like Columbus Circle in Manhattan were far less crowded than usual. 
Photos showed wary New Yorkers wearing protective gloves and masks while heading to work.  
On Monday, de Blasio urged people to walk or ride a bike to work and said that residents  should avoid using the subway unless it is essential after the number of coronavirus cases in the state surged to 148. 
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Commuters (pictured on a train in Manhattan on Monday) have been seen wearing protective gloves and adding extra casings to their phones during their New York City commutes 

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And several New Yorkers heeded the mayor's order. During Monday evening's commute, there were several empty cars (6 train pictured) on the 6 train line in Manhattan 

The mayor also said that people who are ill should stay off public transit if they can.
'When we're all packed like sardines at rush hour, you're really close to your fellow New Yorkers. We'd like people, if they're sick, not even to be in that situation,' de Blasio said. 
Subway trains remained full during rush hours, though Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said at a briefing that anecdotal evidence suggests they have been less crowded in recent days.
'We're urging employers to let people change the times that they're coming into work and change the times that they're leaving work so that we can stagger people and have less crowding,' interim New York City Transit head Sarah Feinberg said Monday. 'I can see that happening.'
A DailyMail.com request for comment to the MTA was not immediately returned.

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  • Infection is now transmitting between humans in nearly 30 countries across Europe, the WHO warned today

  • Angela Merkel warned as many as 70 per cent of Germans could become infected with the coronavirus

  • Chancellor's prediction would see 58 million of 82 million population of Germany contract the spreading virus

  • Germany so far has seen two fatalities and registered 1,139 cases of virus and has cancelled public events 

  • Spain saw a surge of virus cases reach 1,622 infections and 35 deaths as schools and universities were closed

  • Coronavirus death toll outside China soared to past 1,000 as Italy recorded 168 fatalities in just one day

  • In the UK the sixth victim of the disease was recorded as infections in the county rose by 52 in a day to 373

  • Worldwide COVID-19 has infected more than 114,000 people and over 4,000 have died from the illness


By CHRIS DYER FOR MAILONLINE and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 14:03 EDT, 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:25 EDT, 10 March 2020

 






As many as '60 to 70 per cent' of Germans will be infected with the deadly coronavirus, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned today, as the contagion threatened to rip through the continent.
The infection is now transmitting between humans in nearly 30 countries across Europe, the World Health Organization has warned today.
Fears of the life-threatening infection have now engulfed the continent, which has recorded more than 17,000 cases and over 700 deaths in Europe alone.
Europe's crisis – centred in northern Italy but now rapidly spreading – began with a handful of imported cases from China, but has now seen tourist attractions and transport hubs deserted.
Italy went into a nationwide lockdown on Monday night and today recorded its highest single-day toll to date with 168 fatalities. This pushed the number of deaths outside China to more than 1,000. 
WHO chiefs have now confirmed local transmission – when an infection spreads within a country – in 27 European nations.
It came as the number of virus cases in Spain surged to 1,622 infections and 35 deaths as universities and schools in the capital Madrid were closed.
Overall in Italy, 631 people have died from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus and 10,149 have been infected in just over two weeks. 
The UK recorded its sixth death from the virus today as infections in the county rose by 52 to 373. Globally, more than 114,000 people have been infected and over 4,000 have died from the illness since the outbreak began in China in December. 
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Spain's virus cases surged to 1,622 infections and 35 deaths today and Italy recorded 168 fatalities as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned up to 70 per cent of her citizens could be infected 
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Health officials at border controls trying to find people potentially infected with coronavirus in Frankfurt, Germany, today
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Chemists preparing hydroalcoholic gel at a makeshift production line in Paris today. Due to the current shortage of manufactured hand sanitizer, the health ministry gave the green light to produce hydro-alcoholic gels themselves to fight against the outbreak
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Commuters, some wearing respiratory masks, travelling in the underground metro in downtown Milan while sat the recommended 3ft distance from each other
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Police officers in protective suits checking the temperature of bus driver at the Rozvadov border crossing from the Germany side near city of Rozvadov today
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A soldier and a police officer wearing protective face masks checking a man filling an access form as part of control measures against the spread of COVID-19 at the Termini railway station in Rome today after the country went into nationwide lockdown
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People queuing at an pharmacy to buy face masks in Rome today. The Italian government imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people to control the spread of the coronavirus
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Customers forming long queues at the check out of a supermarket as people begin to stock up on provisions in Madrid today 
France recorded a 70 per cent rise in cases overnight, with more than 1,200 patients now known to have caught the deadly infection.
The country's health ministry gave chemists the green light to produce their own hydro-alcoholic hand sanitizer gels following s shortage. 
Germany and Spain also saw huge spikes in the number of infected patients, while the UK's toll has risen eight-fold in the space of a week.
Albania today became the latest nation to be struck down, meaning only a handful of countries across the continent have yet to record a case.
Europe's escalating coronavirus crisis comes just weeks before thousands of British families will travel to the continent for Easter.
In other developments, a maintenance worker at Disneyland Paris tested positive for coronavirus, the theme park announced today.
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen today pledged to mobilise 'all the tools' available to the bloc to lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic, which has roiled markets across the globe.
After EU leaders held crisis talks by video conference to try to coordinate their response to the epidemic, Von der Leyen sought to reassure businesses and governments spooked by the spread of the disease.
Among the measures is a coronavirus response investment fund backed by 7.5 billion euros ($8.5 billion) in EU funding - subject to approval by member states and the European Parliament. 



Addressing a parliamentary group meeting of her Christian Democratic Union party in Berlin today, Merkel added to fears of mass-infection when she said up to 58 million of her countrymen could contract the fast-spreading contagion.
When she made the announcement there was silence among other politicians at the meeting, according to German newspaper Bild.  
Merkel told her party: 'Sixty to 70 per cent of people in Germany will become infected with the coronavirus.'
Germany, which has so far seen two deaths from the disease that has infected more than 110,000 people worldwide, has a population of 82.9 million people. 
Health Minister Jens Spahn confirmed the Chancellor's figures if a vaccine is not developed before the virus takes hold of Europe. 
The Spanish capital Madrid is taking drastic measures to prevent the spread of the disease by closing all schools and universities and disinfecting public transport every day. 
Even though the tourist season is fast approaching the government of Catalonia - which includes the popular destination of Barcelona - has said they will bring in similar measures if necessary.
Barcelona's Champions League last-16 second leg match with Napoli scheduled for March 18 will take place without spectators due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus, a club spokesman said today. 
Spanish parliament's lower house suspended all activities for at least a week after lawmaker Javier Ortega Smith's party Vox revealed he had been diagnosed with coronavirus, El Pais reported. 
It comes after the last Brits who were quarantined at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in Tenerife were finally allowed to leave today after Italian tourists tested positive for the virus there. 
A British dad tested positive in Majorca last month. The 46-year-old patient caught the killer bug in France but only developed symptoms on return to his Palma home on the Spanish island. 
Twenty-eight people have died in Spain from the virus, official figures show. There are a total of 1,204 cases, still far behind Italy's tally.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said earlier on Monday, without giving details, that the government was preparing plans to mitigate the impact of the virus on the Spanish economy.
Elsewhere in Europe, Albania reported its first confirmed cases of the killer coronavirus today – a father and son who drove back from Florence.
The unidentified pair – a 54-year-old and his 28-year-old – are in hospital in Tirana, the capital of Albania. Both are in a stable condition.
Four European countries – Turkey, Cyprus, Montenegro and Kosovo – have yet to announce any COVID-19 cases. 
Albania today announced it will close schools and ban public gatherings for two weeks because of the outbreak.
Under new measures brought in on Monday, Germany introduced drive-through health screenings where health officials are able to swab patients for the killer infection while they sit in their cars.
The NHS in the UK has already set up drive-thru coronavirus test centre in a bid to keep infected patients away from hospitals. Similar testing methods have been used in South Korea and China.
Today it was announced that large cultural events in the German capital's theatres, operas and concert houses will be cancelled from tomorrow to prevent coronavirus contagion.
The measure will remain in place until April 19, and will also affect concerts at the renowned Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin's pointman on culture, Klaus Lederer, said Tuesday, adding that it was 'regrettable but one must assume the responsibility'. 
Organisers of smaller shows in locations holding up to 500 people will have to decide individually if their events will go ahead, in accordance with guidance given by the federal disease control centre Robert Koch Institute. 
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) faction leader in the German parliament Bundestag Ralph Brinkhaus at a meeting in Berlin today


Spahn had recommended that events with more than 1,000 people should be scrapped until further notice, after coronavirus cases in Germany soared past 1,100 this week. 
Several Bundesliga games will be played without spectators, while other huge fairs including Berlin's ITB travel show and the Hannover Messe technology event have been scrapped. 
Everything that is non-essential should be cancelled to contain the virus, Merkel said, adding: 'Games behind closed doors are not the worst thing that can happen in this country.' 
Germany's biggest cluster of infected patients are in the country's most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia, where 323 cases have been reported in the district of Heinsberg alone.

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Two people have also died of the virus in the state.
As of Monday, Germany had registered 1,139 coronavirus cases with two fatalities, according to government data. 
President Donald Trump today said the coronavirus outbreak would 'go away' and urged Americans to remain calm as cases jumped and the White House came under mounting pressure to boost its response to the health and economic crisis.
A steady rise in the number of US cases of COVID-19 has concerned health officials and spurred calls within Congress for action to expand testing and avert an economic meltdown.
About three quarters of US states now have confirmed COVID-19 with over 800 Americans infected, Washington state's governor warned of tens of thousands more cases without 'real action' and New York's governor deployed National Guard troops as a containment measure in a hard-hit New York City suburb. 
The outbreak is hitting the German economy through cancellations in the tourism sector and industry is expected to suffer supply chain problems in coming weeks, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier added today.
Asked if Europe's largest economy was heading into a recession in the first half of this year, Altmaier said the situation was very difficult and that he hoped Germany could avoid the type of coronavirus-related restrictions to travel and civic life enforced in Italy. 
Altmaier, speaking after talks with economy ministers from the 16 regional state governments, said Chancellor Merkel's cabinet would on Wednesday pass more flexible rules on short-time working to help companies bridge liquidity problems and avoid layoffs. 
China, where the coronavirus was first diagnosed in late 2019, is Germany's biggest trading partner, and German companies depend on both Chinese demand and supply chains.
Seaborne deliveries from China can take up to six weeks, so the epidemic and related production stops there are hitting the German economy with a time lag.  
Merkel told lawmakers from her conservative bloc that Germany does not need an economic stimulus plan now to counter the impact of the coronavirus but rather liquidity injections. 
Iran announced 43 new deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall toll to 237 dead, one of the world's highest.
The Islamic Republic confirmed 595 new cases across the country bringing their overall confirmed cases to 7,161.
Globally, more than 110,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 4,000 have died.

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@party animal - not! wrote:Here's an interesting little number from Time magazine explaining what's going on

https://twitter.com/TIME/status/1237442469949845507

But scarily you can't actually see the video accompanying the report.........?
I just watched it. Don't know why you couldn't. Nothing new.
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Coronavirus: Health minister Nadine Dorries tests positive

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Health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Ms Dorries said she has been self-isolating at home. Labour MP Rachael Maskell said she has since been told to do the same as she had met Ms Dorries.
The Department of Health said Ms Dorries first showed symptoms on Thursday - the same day she attended an event hosted by the prime minister.
Six people with the virus have died in the UK, which has a total of 382 cases.
The latest person to die was a man in his early 80s who had underlying health conditions.
Meanwhile, a 53-year-old British woman has become the first person with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, to die in Indonesia, according to local media reports.
It is not clear whether the woman - who was reportedly critically ill with multiple health conditions - died due to the virus.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is "supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Indonesia and are in contact with local authorities".
The government will unveil its first Budget later, amid growing fears about the impact the outbreak will have on the UK economy.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged the NHS will get "whatever resources it needs" during the crisis, while he is also expected to unveil measures to boost the self-employed and small businesses who are left out of pocket.
The Bank of England earlier announced an emergency cut in interest rates from 0.75% to 0.25% in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak
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  • EASY STEPS: How to keep safe
  • A SIMPLE GUIDE: What are the symptoms?
  • GETTING READY: How prepared is the UK?
  • MAPS AND CHARTS: Visual guide to the outbreak
  • TRAVEL PLANS: What are your rights?
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT: What's the risk?


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It is not known how many meetings Ms Dorries had attended at Westminster or in her constituency in recent days, but she was at an event at Downing Street last Thursday to mark International Women's Day.
She also held a surgery in her constituency on Friday morning which was attended by up to 12 people, according to Steven Dixon, chair of the Mid Bedfordshire Conservative Association.
Mr Dixon said the details of all those who attended the surgery have been passed to the NHS.
The Flitwick Club, where the surgery took place, is undergoing a deep clean as a precaution.
The Department of Health said ministers - including the prime minister - would not need to undergo testing as Public Health England (PHE) has assessed the risk of Ms Dorries' close contacts and only those with symptoms needed to self-isolate.
But Labour MP Rachael Maskell tweeted she has been told by NHS 111 to self-isolate "as a result of a meeting" she had with Ms Dorries last Thursday.


  • UK virus cases rise again as sixth person dies
  • Coronavirus in the UK: How are people responding?
  • What's the risk on public transport?


Ms Dorries, who began her career as a nurse, later tweeted it had been "pretty rubbish but I hope I'm over the worst of it now".
But the 62-year-old added she was worried about her 84-year-old mother who was staying with her and began to cough on Tuesday.
In other developments:


  • NHS England is scaling up its capacity for testing people for the infection. Public Health England, which has already carried out more than 25,000 coronavirus tests across the UK, is set to expand the number of people it can test a day to 10,000 - currently 1,500 are being carried out
  • Confirmation of any positive test results will also be accelerated with most people getting a result back within 24 hours
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to give a statement to MPs at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday.
  • Manchester City's Premier League match against Arsenal on Wednesday has been postponed as several Arsenal players are in self-isolation after coming into contact with Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who tested positive for the virus



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Media captionSteps the NHS says you should take to protect yourself from Covid-19
NHS chief scientific officer Prof Dame Sue Hill said the health service was preparing to cope with more cases.
"Every hospital across the country, and the healthcare professionals who run them, are now actively planning to respond flexibly to manage new demand."
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be expected to roll out their own testing services, but there will be some shared capacity between nations, depending on need.
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The number of total cases for the UK include 324 cases in England, 27 in Scotland, 16 in Northern Ireland and 15 in Wales.
There are 91 in London, with the next highest infected area being the south-east, with 51 cases. Cases by local council area in England can be viewed here.
The latest person to die, on Monday, was a man in his 80s, with underlying health conditions, who was being treated at Watford General Hospital.
He caught the virus in the UK and officials are trying to trace who he had been in contact with.

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Media caption"I never thought I'd say this but I'd probably rather be in school," says Oliver Fox.
The Foreign Office has warned Britons against all but essential travel to Italy, which is experiencing the worst outbreak outside China.
Italy has introduced strict travel restrictions, with people being told to stay home, seek permission for essential travel, and give justification if they want to leave the country.
The Foreign Office is advising anyone arriving in the UK from Italy since Monday evening to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Media captionWhat life looks like under Italy's coronavirus lockdown
The government says it has facilities to accommodate Italian visitors to the UK should they need to self-isolate.
British Airways has cancelled all of its flights to and from Italy until 4 April, and has asked staff to take voluntary unpaid leave.
Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet2 are also cancelling their flights on Italian routes, though EasyJet will operate "rescue flights" to bring British travellers home in the coming days.
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'Enter shops one at a time'


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"It's the weirdest holiday I think I've ever been on," said Hannah Butcher, from Newbury, Berkshire, who is in Rome with her husband for their first holiday alone since having a child.
"We arrived on Sunday. The advice then was as long as you're not going into Italy's red zone, you're OK.
"We're currently sitting in a restaurant and everyone here is in staggered rows because they have to sit one metre apart. It's quite weird seeing families spread across multiple tables."
She added that people are "only allowed to enter shops one at a time".
"All the attractions are closed; there are queues out the door of supermarkets and the butchers. There are police driving round making sure the rules are enforced and a noticeable armed police presence, presumably to keep order."
She said they were due to fly home with Ryanair on Wednesday morning and had not been informed of any flight updates.
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In other developments:


  • The government is considering a policy of "cocooning" groups of people who are most vulnerable, such as older people in care homes, who may be kept apart from the wider population
  • Great Ormond Street children's hospital cancelled some non-essential cardiac operations for two weeks after a health worker in its cardiology department tested positive for the virus
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and TSB banks said they would allow customers to defer mortgage payments if needed
  • One of the UK's biggest insurers, Aviva, has cut back on the cover available in new travel insurance policies because of coronavirus, with people not able to add cover for "travel disruption"
  • The Church of England has urged parishes to stop contact during services - including sharing the chalice and shaking hands for the sign of the peace.
  • The Catholic Church of England and Wales has issued similar advice - advising parishes to remove holy water stoups; ban worshippers touching or kissing the Cross on Good Friday; and stop using shared hymn books and missals..
  • British nationals who were on board the virus-hit Grand Princess cruise ship are being flown back to the UK where they will go into self-isolation


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Post by annemarie Wed 11 Mar 2020, 15:39

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[size=48]Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison After Rape and Sex Assault Convictions
Harvey Weinstein was convicted in February on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape
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Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in a New York City courtroom after his February conviction on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, according to multiple reports.
Under the law, the judge could have imposed a sentence of up to 29 years. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum while Weinstein’s defense attorneys argued for the minimum sentence of five years.
In February, jurors acquitted Weinstein, 67, of three other charges including the most severe charge, predatory sexual assault, which would have carried a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, The Washington Post reports.
Although more than 80 women have claimed they were victimized by Weinstein, according to The New York Times, the charges in the Manhattan trial were focused on only two women: former production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

Haleyi, who testified at trial that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his apartment in 2006, said at his sentencing, “I believe that if Harvey Weinstein was not convicted by this jury, it would happen again and again and again,” according to the Associated Press.
Mann told the courtroom on Monday that her 2013 rape was “preventable,” reports USA Today. “This was a known offender whose previous crimes were covered up in a paper trail” of non-disclosure agreements, she said. “I am forced to carry that experience until I die. It is a recurring nightmare that I feel is just as real as when it happened.”
The New York Daily News reports that Weinstein, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, said before his sentencing, “I can’t stop looking at Jessica and Mimi and hoping something maybe from our old relationship could emerge.”
The outlet reports the disgraced movie mogul added, “I think men are confused by all these issues … There’s so many people, thousands of people, who would say great things about me.”

Prosecutors had asked for the maximum sentence for Weinstein. Prior to the hearing, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office argued in a court filing Weinstein’s sentence should reflect “the seriousness of defendant’s offenses,” CNN reports.
He led a “lifetime of abuse towards others, sexual and otherwise,” the filing stated.
Weinstein’s attorneys had argued for a five-year sentence, citing his advanced age, medical problems, lack of criminal history and charitable contributions.
“His wife divorced him, he was fired from The Weinstein Company, and in short, he lost everything,” the attorneys wrote, NBC reports.

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In a statement to PEOPLE after the verdict, Weinstein’s lawyers, Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis, said, “While he was not convicted on the most serious charges, we are disappointed in the verdict and will be filing an appeal. There are issues in this trial that were extremely troubling, and they prejudiced Mr. Weinstein’s ability to have his case fairly judged.”
Weinstein faces additional charges in Los Angeles, where the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on January 6 unsealed new charges there, accusing Weinstein of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013.
He has not yet entered a plea to those allegations, which carry a separate penalty of 28 years in state prison if he is later convicted on those California charges.

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Post by Donnamarie Wed 11 Mar 2020, 16:58

Trump is going to get blamed for the total mismanagement and lies told about this crisis just like Bush was blamed for his woefully inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. We still don’t have enough test kits to get a truer number of infected people. Got to wonder if Trump likes it that way because he can keep saying the numbers are low and it’s going away soon.

I don’t think Weinstein will survive even 5 years in prison. He is in poor health and looks pretty bad.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8099875/Trump-faces-negotiating-nemesis-Nancy-Pelosi-coronavirus-bailout-plan-payroll-tax-cut.html

[size=34]Coronavirus bailout is still WEEKS away and Donald Trump's top economic advisor Larry Kudlow admits he'll have to fight REPUBLICANS for president's payroll tax cut - as Dow plunges 1,000 points[/size]


  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing to propose the Democrats' economic package to combat the fallout from coronavirus on Wednesday 

  • She will put the measure up for a vote on the House floor Thursday 

  • Pelosi's plan combats the Trump administration's own proposal, which includes a payroll tax cut – something Democrats, and many Republicans, are against   

  • Larry Kudlow admitted in an interview Tuesday night that Republicans are not on board with a stimulus package that includes suspending payroll taxes

  • But he said he will fight for Trump's plan, claiming: 'I'm not giving up on this'

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is in talks with the House Speaker to strike a bipartisan deal on combating coronavirus' effect on the economy 

  • He was present during Trump's meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday  

  • 'We're hoping that he and the speaker can pull this together so that we end up not playing partisan games,' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said 

  • He made it clear he isn't spearheading efforts to strike a deal with Democrats   


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 08:24 EDT, 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:32 EDT, 11 March 2020




Democrats and the White House appear to be weeks away from striking a bipartisan package to help the economy and individuals impacted by the coronavirus outbreak – as markets continue to plummet due to the fallout from the epidemic. 
The fading hopes of a stimulus to an economy the White House admits will see a 'slowdown' sent the markets crashing again Wednesday.
Nancy Pelosi is prepared to present her economic proposal later in the day Wednesday and put it up for a vote on the House floor on Thursday.
According to a top Pelosi aide, the Democratic leader spoke with Trump's Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin early Wednesday morning to discuss a more bipartisan coronavirus package.
But previous conversations between aides, lawmakers and Trump administration officials show that there is only some overlap in what Democrats want in the economic stimulus package and what the administration is looking for.
Larry Kudlow, Donald Trump's top economic adviser, admitted late Tuesday that he would have to fight his own party for the payroll tax suspension the president has made the centerpiece of his plan. 
'I'm not giving up on this,' Kudlow told Fox News Tuesday night when asked about Republican pushback, claiming he would go to bat for the tax cuts. 


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Tuesday night, the U.S. surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and  31 people died after contracting the virus – few states have been spared from the fast-spreading respiratory virus
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to be weeks away from striking an economic stimulus package deal as she prepares to put the Democrats' plan up for a vote on the House floor Thursday
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'I'm not giving up on this,' National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow  said, admitting that Republicans are against the payroll tax cut, but said he will continue to fight for Trump's preferred package
The Dow plunged 1,000 points in the first few hours markets were open Wednesday morning after opening more than 400 points down from where it closed Tuesday night.
The drop occurred as investors face concerns as lawmakers and Trump can’t agree on a package that will rescue businesses facing challenges as coronavirus rocks the nation. 
Democrats are critical of Trump’s plan, claiming it focuses too much on the market and not enough on relieving financial pressures Americans are facing as result of coronavirus spreading.
While Democrats and Republicans in Congress might come to an agreement on a bill that does not include payroll tax cuts, when the package hits the president’s desk, he could strike down the bipartisan measure.
'I think a lot of people supported it,' Kudlow continued. 'We heard it in the lunch today. President was very well received on this stuff. There's some issues. We will go through the issues.'
'We will look at the financing. We will look at the length of the payroll tax holiday but again, we're dealing - if you're sick at home and you're not getting paid, we're going to help you,' Kudlow vowed. 'That's very important. It's another middle class assistance.' 
Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the president's most loyal defenders, even admitted he didn't think the tax cuts were the best way to stimulate the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
'They had five or six ideas,' Graham said of Trump's proposals, according to Politico. 'Trying to help people that were going to be laid off, targeted packages to parts of the economy that were going to get hit. You know, the inability to travel and hold events, the hospitality industry.'
But he did not show outright support for the payroll tax suspension, claiming Republicans are 'mixed' on that aspect.
'I don't know if that's the best way to do it,' Graham said of the tax cuts. 'The president is pushing it. I will have to sit down and think about it. The money that costs, could it be better to applied to [specific] sectors of the economy.'
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Senator Kevin Cramer dismissed the payroll tax cut as more of a 'safety net' than an economic stimulus package.
'Frankly, a short term deferral of taxes or a payroll - short term payroll reduction sounds more like a safety net than a stimulus package, quite honestly,' the North Dakota Republican said. 'It's a stimulus that the economy needs is for good handling of and management of the coronavirus.'
Kudlow pushed back.
'Well, we should be worried about economic growth,' he asserted. 'And as I say, what we want to do is keep the economy as sound as it is.'
He then suggested that without the payroll tax suspension, the booming economy could stagnate.
'It has been a blue collar boom and we'd like to keep it that way. Hence the payroll tax holiday. Now we're talking all the Republican leaders,' he said. 
U.S. stock indexes opened down on Wednesday as the whipsaw week continues, with investors growing frustrated about the lack of details on President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal stimulus plan to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus epidemic. 
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped as much as 700 points, or 2.7 percent, in early trading. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were also down more than 2 percent on Tuesday morning.
It follows a day on which Wall Street jumped nearly 5 percent, driven by expectations that Trump would discuss a payroll tax cut and announce other 'major' stimulus measures at a news conference. 
Stocks soared in late trading on Tuesday following a report that Trump had pitched a 0 percent payroll tax in a meeting with Republican lawmakers on Tuesday.
Stocks also shrugged off a surprise move by the Bank of England to cut interest rates and support bank lending, which had lifted sentiment in Europe and Asia overnight. 
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The three main indexes came within a hair's breadth of confirming bear market territory, implying a drop of 20 percent from record highs, on Monday following a collapse in oil prices. 

Dow's five biggest losers on Wednesday


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The S&P 500 is now about 15 percent below its all-time high hit just three weeks earlier.  
The current bull market is the longest in U.S. history, stretching back 11 years to the end of the Great Recession. 
Analysts now expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut rates for the second time this month when it meets next week, pressuring Treasury yields further.
Rate-sensitive U.S. lenders tumbled, with Citigroup Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley down between 2.2 percent and 3.7 percent in premarket trade.
Stocks also shrugged off Joe Biden rolling into commanding victories in pivotal Michigan and two other states on Tuesday, taking a big step toward the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  
Trump met with Republican senators on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon for lunch to discuss an economic bailout plan to combat the fallout from the spread of coronavirus.
While at the Capitol, however, Trump did not meet with Democratic lawmakers, who he needs in order to pass an economic stimulus package in the House.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is in talks with Pelosi on striking a bipartisan deal. He was present during Trump's meeting with Republican senators on Tuesday
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'We're hoping that he and the speaker can pull this together so that we end up not playing partisan games,' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, making it clear he wasn't spearheading any efforts to strike a deal with Democrats
Pelosi's bill, outlined over the weekend by herself and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, will include propping up unemployment insurance, food stamps, paid sick leave and providing free coronavirus testing.
But the House Speaker's bill leaves out the payroll tax cut Donald Trump is forcefully pushing for.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was speaking with Pelosi to strike a bipartisan deal.
The two have a good relationship and have been able to cut deals in the past.
'We're hoping that he and the speaker can pull this together so that we end up not playing partisan games at a time, which seems to me, to cry out for bipartisan, bicameral agreement. That's what I'm hoping to see,' McConnell said.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, tweeted that the two talked early Wednesday morning 'to discuss proposals for next #coronavirus legislative response package.' 
While both Democrats and the administration are pushing for a bailout plan to be passed within the next few days, it appears the two entities are weeks away from that goal.
The need for a stimulus package comes as markets experienced the worst-ever one day drop on Monday and saw low numbers not experienced since the 2008 financial crisis.
The markets opened nearly 1,000 points down on Monday and over the course of the day dropped around 2,000 points total.  
The plummet came as coronavirus concerns continue to rock the nation – and investors – and Saudi Arabia and Russia launched an oil price war as the economy in China — the world's largest oil importer — has been stifled by the coronavirus outbreak. 
There was a slight market reprieve on Tuesday as promises of a stimulus package encouraged investors to halt sell-offs and reinvest. 
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Trump continues to downplay the threat of coronavirus as the confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassed 1,000 Tuesday night and more than 30 people have died after contracting the fast-spreading respiratory virus.
Both Trump and Pelosi are interested in a paid sick leave program to help workers who need to take off work after either contracting coronavirus or in self-quarantine to stop potential spread.
The Trump administration is also looking at extending the tax filing deadline, which falls on April 15 every year.
The effort, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal, would be to help lessen the fallout of coronavirus on U.S. families and businesses.
Potentially extending the deadline would act as a bridge loan for people and businesses facing disruptions due to coronavirus – but it isn't clear how far the deadline would be pushed back and who would be eligible for an extension.        
 


[size=34]Economic fallout from cancelled events grows as New York Auto Show is called off due to coronavirus[/size]


The list of cancelled or postponed events that historically have drawn thousands of people each year, from multi-day rock concerts to business conventions, is growing. 
On Wednesday, the annual New York Auto Show, scheduled for next month, joined that list. 
Organizers officially postponed the event until August due to the spread of coronavirus in the region. 
'We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,' Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, which operates the show, said on the show´s website. 
The annual show is held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. 
Automakers have started to unveil vehicles outside of shows, decreasing the shows´ importance. The coronavirus threat compounds the problem. 
Earlier this month the Geneva International Motor Show was abruptly canceled due to the virus. 
On Tuesday night, Coachella and Stagecoach music festival organizers confirmed that the popular events scheduled for next month in Southern California are being pushed back to the fall after coronavirus cases were reported in the area.
‘At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,’ the organizers said in a statement.

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Post by party animal - not! Wed 11 Mar 2020, 19:57

i have to say from this side of the pond that I get the impression as do so many - and possibly because the nation is so vast - that it is such a shame that you do not have a basic health system for the whole population in 2020 so that absolutely everyone who is at all concerned can get help and everybody is on the same page and no one is worried about where the money is coming from to pay for it.

When things like this happen how it is handled from the top is so important

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Post by carolhathaway Wed 11 Mar 2020, 22:19

The Italian government closes all stores (apart from food stores and pharmacies) and restaurants in the whole country.
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Post by annemarie Wed 11 Mar 2020, 22:58

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8101135/Intensive-care-units-stop-treating-elderly-coronavirus-outbreak-worsens.html

[size=34]Italy announces all shops except pharmacies and food outlets will be CLOSED as coronavirus death toll climbs by 31% to 827 in 24 hours and intensive care units are advise to stop treating the elderly[/size]


  • All non-essential shops except pharmacies and food outlets will be closed in Italy as cases of coronavirus soar

  • Cases in Italy jumped in the last 24 hours by 196 to 827 as intensive care units face acute shortage of beds 

  • As a result medics should stop treating elderly and focus on those with better survival chances, doctors warn 

  • Comes as coronavirus cases in Italy topped 12,000 with more than 800 deaths and Europe went over 22,000

  • Denmark has announced it will close all kindergartens, schools and universities for two weeks over the virus


By CHRIS PLEASANCE  and CHRIS DYER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 14:33 EDT, 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 18:50 EDT, 11 March 2020

     



Italy has said all shops except pharmacies and food outlets will be closed in response to the country's coronavirus outbreak as the death toll from the disease in the country jumped sharply in the last 24 hours.
A top Italian doctor said intensive care wards should place an age limit on beds as a way of prioritising medical resources amid the deepening crisis that has seen cases in Italy rise by 196 to 827 today.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest wave of restrictions in a dramatic appeal to the nation that came as the country of 60 million battles its biggest crisis in generations.
Conte said in his nine-minute evening prime time address to the nation: 'Thank you to all Italians who make sacrifices. We are proving to be a great nation.' 
Italians have watched ever tighter restrictions slowly eat away at the very fabric of everyday life as a government decree on Monday stopped non-essential travel between cities and banned public gatherings.
The existing clampdown on public gathering and basic travel had already emptied streets and shuttered everything from churches to restaurants.
It comes as total confirmed infections in Europe rose to 23,339 with 951 deaths, according to a new tally which is compiled from official sources. 
In Italy, the number has risen to 12,149 cases with 827 fatalities. More European countries are reporting their first deaths of people with the new contagion.   
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A coronavirus emergency checkpoint and triage point at Civile Hospital in Brescia, Italy. Cases in the country have jumped sharply in the last 24 hours 
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Rome's Deputy Maria Teresa Baldini wears a protective mask and gloves inside parliament as she helps deal with the fallout from coronavirus
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Como street, one of the traditional gatherings of the Milanese nightlife, is deserted today as the country went into lockdown and all non-essential shops were closed 
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Markers on the floor indicating the safety distance between people at a market stall as part of control measures against the spread of the coronavirus in Trento today 
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People wearing sanitary masks as they queue outside a supermarket in Casalpusterlengo, in northern Italy, today 
In another development top doctors suggested that rather than admit patients on a 'first come first served' basis, hospitals should swap to 'catastrophe medicine' guidelines - typically used in war zones and during natural disasters - where those with the greatest chance of survival are given priority.
If a limit on beds is implemented it could mean elderly patients with no signs of coronavirus being turfed off ICU wards to make space for younger patients who have longer left to live. 
The guidelines should apply to all patients needing intensive care treatment and not just those suffering from coronavrius, according to guidance published this week by the Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SAARI).  
Elsewhere, Ireland, Belgium, Bulgaria and Albania reported their first virus-related deaths earlier on Wednesday. 


  • World Health Organisation officially declared virus crisis a pandemic as European cases climbed over 22,000
  • WHO said today it was 'deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity' of the coronavirus
  • Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom blasted governments for ignoring repeated WHO pleas to take urgent and aggressive action since the spread outside China rose 13-fold in the space of a fortnight
  • At least 112,000 patients infected worldwide and 4,000 have died since the outbreak began last December
  • Since it began in China, Europe is now centre of the outbreak, with growing outbreaks in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK where the eighth death was recorded today 


In Sweden the death of an elderly woman who had been in intensive care represented the first virus-related death for the whole Nordic-Baltic region. 
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced today that the country will close all kindergartens, schools and universities for two weeks.
Swiss customs authorities have shut down nine border crossings with Italy, the epicentre of Europe's coronavirus outbreak, to channel border traffic through seven other sites.
The move announced today follows a decision by Italian authorities to continue to allow cross-border traffic with Switzerland despite adopting strong quarantine measures across Italy. 
Neighbours Austria and Slovenia have barred travellers from Italy without a medical certificate. 
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Coronavirus has swept through Europe after a major outbreak in Italy, and is now one of the worst-affected regions outside of China
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A deserted Melchiorre Gioia street in Milan today. For days, to counter the spread of coronavirus, locals have been obliged to close at 6pm after a strict government decree this week 
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Intensive care wards should stop treating older patients and those with multiple conditions and instead focus on those who have longer to live and better chances of survival if beds run out due to coronavirus, Italian doctors have said (pictured, an ICU ward in Cremona)
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The Trevi Fountain during the coronavirus emergency lockdown in Rome today
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A woman wearing a protective mask walking in a deserted street near Castel Sant Angelo in Rome, Italy, today
In Italy a rise in cases of 31 per cent was reported today by the Civil Protection Agency, the largest increase in absolute numbers since the contagion came to light on February 21. 
The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus, rose to 12,462 from a previous 10,149, an increase of 22.8 per cent. 
However, the agency said some 600 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday but only reported on Wednesday.
The head of the agency said that, of those originally infected, 1,045 had fully recovered compared to 1,004 the day before. Some 1,028 people were in intensive care against a previous 877.
Italy announced 200 deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday in the largest daily rise yet, as infections spiked to more than 12,000. 
One new case was Juventus footballer Daniele Rugani, who become the first Serie A player to test positive for coronavirus today.
Medics have warned that the UK and US are approximately two weeks away from facing the same scenario.
Spain's coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000, with roughly half of them in the Madrid region, where two-thirds of the country's virus deaths have occurred. 
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The Milano Centrale train station during the emergency coronavirus measures imposed by Italy to tackle the virus outbreak
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A deserted square outside the Duomo in Milan today. The Italian government has imposed unprecedented restrictions on its 60 million people as it expanded its emergency coronavirus lockdown nationwide
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A woman wearing a protective mask at Malpensa airport today as travel restrictions were extended across the country 
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A cyclist travelling down an empty street in Rome today as locals and tourists avoided usually crowded areas of the country 
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An empty street in the shopping district of Rome today as all non-essential outlets were closed amid the growing spread of the coronavirus 
Two more Disneyland Paris maintenance workers also tested positive for the virus. They were diagnosed with the illness just days after going into quarantine when their colleague tested positive over the weekend.  
Poland closed all schools, museums and cinemas for two weeks, while Ukraine's capital city Kiev will shut all educational buildings due to fears of the virus spreading.
Both countries have lower rates of infection compared to the rest of Europe, but Polish ministers said that pre-schools and schools would stop teaching on Thursday.
The entirety of Italy has since been placed on lockdown, with medics in badly-hit regions saying they are struggling to cope with a huge spike in patients. 
In a [url=http://www.siaarti.it/SiteAssets/News/COVID19 - documenti SIAARTI/SIAARTI - Covid19 - Raccomandazioni di etica clinica.pdf]booklet [/url]on coronavirus published on Friday, SAARI lays out its recommendations for a worst-case scenario. 
While all efforts should be taken to ensure everyone gets care, doctors say it is likely that multiple hospital will be stretched beyond their limits 'in the next few weeks'.
Around 10 per cent of coronavirus cases in Italy have so far developed serious complications, they note, requiring extensive treatment with ventilators which are in short supply. 
In the event that they run out, SAARI says: 'It may be necessary to place an age limit on admission to intensive care. 
'This is not a value judgment but a way to provide extremely scarce resources to those who have the highest likelihood of survival and could enjoy the largest number of life-years saved.'
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Hospitals may need to stop admitting people on a 'first come, first served basis', medics say, and instead treat those with the best chance of survival (pictured, an emergency war in Brescia, Italy)
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The guidelines should apply to all patients and not just those suffering from coronavirus, medics said (pictured, paramedics in an emergency medical tent in Cremona)
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Residents wearing a protective mask wait to do their shopping outside a supermarket in Codogno, southeast of Milan
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Dr Tedros Adhanom also warned inaction by governments across the planet has fuelled the crisis, adding: 'We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action.'
In a desperate call to action to contain the escalating crisis, he said: 'We're in this together, to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world. It's doable.'
A pandemic is defined as the uncontrolled worldwide spread of a new disease – the last crisis to be given the official label was the 2009 swine flu outbreak, which killed hundreds of thousands of people.
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Residents walk across a deserted street in Codogno, southeast of Milan, after the whole of Italy was placed on lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus
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Venice's Grand Canal is almost deserted after holidaymakers were told to leave Italy immediately and travel between cities banned
More than 112,000 people globally have now been infected with the coronavirus, which can cause pneumonia and shut down crucial internal organs. The crisis in China, where the outbreak began, has slowed dramatically.
Europe is now the centre of the crisis, with the number of cases soaring every day in Italy – where all 60million residents have been affected by an unprecedented lockdown. Outbreaks are also growing in Spain, France, Germany and the UK.
Britons have been told to leave Italy and go home as the country shuts down everything in a drastic bid to stop a coronavirus outbreak.
The nation is grappling with the worst epidemic in the world outside China and more than 10,000 people have now caught the infection there. 631 have died.
The UK Foreign Office today urged British people to fly home while they still can as the Italian government urges tourists to leave and airlines are cancelling flights.
In a statement officials said: 'The Italian authorities have advised against travel for tourism purposes throughout Italy, and that tourists already on holiday in Italy should end their travel, unless it is necessary, to return to the place where they live.'
Plane tickets out of Italy are quickly becoming hot property after British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2 and WizzAir cancelled all of their routes between Italy and the UK.
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A worker pushing a cart at the hospital in Codogno, southeast of Milan, today a day after Italy imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people

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[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump closes the borders with Europe from midnight on Friday in effort to beat coronavirus as he pleads with Americans 'wash your hands' and pledges financial aid to help the sick and keep economy from collapse[/size]


  • President finally addresses the nation on coronavirus as its spread across the world is officially declared a pandemic

  • He announced he was closing the borders with Europe from midnight on Friday, with the UK exempt

  • Trump blamed the European Union for the spread of the virus, calling it 'foreign' 

  • Cast aside days of downplaying its threat to American life and economy to say that the resources of the federal government will be deployed to beat it

  • Warned that the World Health Organization had declared the virus a pandemic  

  • Dramatic change of tone came after markets plunged and officially entered 'bear territory,' meaning the loss of 20% of their value

  • Spoke at 9pm EST in Oval Office in address carried on all TV networks 

  • SCROLL DOWN FOR THE CDC'S GUIDANCE ON HOW TO HELP BEAT CORONAVIRUS 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 21:11 EDT, 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 21:22 EDT, 11 March 2020



 President Donald Trump told the nation he was ordering an immediate shut-down to all travel from Europe to the United States as he addressed the nation on the coronavirus in a prime time Wednesday speech.
'We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,' Trump announced, in a speech from the Oval Office to the nation.
Speaking hours after world health officials declared the coronavirus a pandemic, Trump repeatedly defended his own actions and vowed the nation would prevail in countering the virus and getting treatment on the market.
'The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight,' he said.
He urged elderly Americans to take great caution, urged cutting off visitors to nursing homes, and told Americans to wash their hands diligently.
The virus will not have a chance against us no nation is more prepared or more resilient than the united sates
He explained the new measure as a matter of protecting the nation from the rapidly spreading virus.
'I will always put the well-being of America first,' Trump declared.
Seated at the Resolute desk, he also revealed plans to use executive powers to push out loans to small businesses and delay tax payments by companies and individuals affected by the virus.
'We are mobilizing the full power of the federal government and private sector to protect the American people,' he said. 
The epicenter of the disease in Europe is in Italy, where the government ordered the shutdown of virtually the entire economy as the number of people diagnosed soared and overwhelmed hospitals had to decide who to save from death. 
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Oval Office address: Donald Trump finally addressed the nation about the coronavirus crisis from the White House on Wednesday and banned all travel to Europe
Health officials have warned in recent days about the risk of further spread of the virus from European travelers visiting the U.S. or Americans returning from trips there. Earlier Wednesday, Italy announced a shutdown of much commerce within its borders.
‘These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground,’ he said. He said there would be exemptions for Americans who underwent ‘appropriate screenings.’
He said the prohibitions would apply to the ‘tremndous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.’
Trump also spoke to trade between Europe and the U.S. ‘Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing,’ he said.
Yet he said the restrictions ‘will also not apply to the United Kingdom.’
Trump blasted the EU, with whom he has sparred in the past, after praising his own decision to cut travel with China early in the outbreak.
‘The European Union failed to take the same precautions,’ Trump said. He called his measures ‘strong but necessary actions.’
 
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'We're having to fix a problem that four weeks ago nobody ever thought would be a problem,' President Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday
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President Trump fired off a series of tweets about the coronavirus
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The president touted a plan to treat the disease and create a vaccine
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Trump attacked Democrats and called for unity; he also refused to answer a question from reporters saying 'fake news, CNN'
The address to the nation was hurriedly - and chaotically - announced on Wednesday afternoon as Trump met the nation's top bankers in the White House cabinet room. 
Even amid new economic anxiety, Trump talked up the U.S. economy's potential. 
'Prior to the coronavirus it was it was just all go, the numbers were fantastic,' Trump told bank executives. 'We don't even know what the numbers are now, we'll have to see. The numbers from a week ago were great, from two days ago were great.'

Trump administration could ban travelers from EUROPE and the White House urges Americans to cancel trips there as pandemic worsens 


The Trump administration is set to discuss new restrictions on travelers from European countries to fight coronavirus, sources say.
And a top U.S. health official warned that the pandemic 'is going to get worse' in the United States after ravaging ChinaItaly and other countries.
The potential new measures could mirror a ban on travel to the US imposed on foreigners who visited China in the prior two weeks, which was later extended to Iran, sources familiar with the discussions said. 
Advisories recommending Americans cancel travel to certain European countries are also under consideration, the people said.
In Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee prohibited gatherings of over 250 people in three Seattle-area counties and said he may soon close schools to slow the spread of coronavirus as the state suffered the deadliest outbreak in the United States.
The Trump administration is exploring cutting taxes to protect the economy, Democratic presidential candidates are cancelling events and New York's governor said the federal government had 'fallen down on the job' as officials scrambled to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
It was not immediately clear whether the White House would announce travel measures on Wednesday, but one source said new travel advisories could possibly be disclosed.
Two weeks ago, the State Department issued a travel advisory calling on U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Italy, where authorities said on Wednesday the death toll from the outbreak had jumped 31% to 827 in 24 hours.
The World Health Organization described the coronavirus, which causes a respiratory illness that can be fatal, as a pandemic on Wednesday for the first time.
Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told a congressional hearing that the outbreak would only get worse in the United States.
'We will see more cases and things will get worse than they are now. How much worse they will get will depend on our ability to do two things: To contain the influx of people who are infected coming from outside and the ability to contain and mitigate within our own country,' Fauci told the House of Representatives Oversight Committee.




He continued: 'Now we're hitting a patch and we're going to have to do something with respect to getting rid of this virus as quickly as possible and as safely as possible.'
He predicted problems would be a short term, after he and advisors encouraged investors to buy in the stock market.
'We think it's going to be a short term period,' Trump said. 'If we get rid of it quickly, everything solves itself,' Trump said.
'We're having to fix a problem that four weeks ago nobody ever thought would be a problem. You read about them. You read about them from 1917 and from lots of other times. But nobody thought that we would be seeing … This came out of nowhere. Actually came out of China, which is the way it works,' Trump said.  
Trump was most likely referencing the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed millions and is estimated to have infected up to a third of the world population. However various government medical officials have warned about the risk of a pandemic, including during the outbreaks of diseases like SARS and MERS in recent years.  
He didn't reveal any details of how to get rid of the virus. The nation's top infectious disease expert spoke Wednesday about the process of developing a vaccine and a focus on therapeutic treatment. 
The president wouldn't say whether he will declare a national emergency or cut off travel to Europe, following reports the administration was discussing new restrictions.
Trump continued to make up-beat economic predictions. 'I think there'll be a pent up demand when this is gone. I think that everything maybe where it's tamped down now people aren't leaving their homes, you're going to see a tremendous pent up demand which hopefully won't be in the too distant future,' Trump said.  
He preceded his remarks with new calls to action on Twitter, after getting hammered by Democrats for failing to take the outbreak seriously enough.
'I am fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with our current challenge of the CoronaVirus!' Trump wrote. 
Trump's PR pushback came as tensions rose inside the White House, with hand sanitizers placed in strategic locations, a drop of more than 1,000 points on the Dow, and the World Health Organization labeling the outbreak as a pandemic. 
'This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus,' said the WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Politico reported that Trump was reluctant to declare a state of emergency, to avoid stoking panic. That would involve a role for Federal Emergency Management Agency and freeing up money for states. 
More limited ideas being floated have included tax relief for hourly workers, delaying the April 15 filing deadline, and actions to push out more small business loans. 
'Someone needs to tell the Democrats in Congress that CoronaVirus doesn't care what party you are in. We need to protect ALL Americans!' Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
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Trump spoke during a meeting with bank executives about how to respond to the coronavirus. Here Trump speaks as CEO of Bank of America Brian Moynihan (C), and Chief Executive of Citigroup Michael Corbat look on
'America is the Greatest Country in the world. We have the best scientists, doctors, nurses and health care professionals. They are amazing people who do phenomenal things every day,' Trump wrote in another tweet. 'Together we are putting into policy a plan to prevent, detect, treat and create a vaccine against CoronaVirus to save lives in America and the world. America will get it done!' he wrote.
Hours earlier, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, testified that the coronavirus was ten times more deadly than the flu – a disease Trump has previously tweeted about while urging calm and saying the nation would prevail. 
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who chairs the House oversight committee, told a panel of expert witnesses during a hearing on the disease: 'This morning we were informed that President Trump and Vice President Pence have called our witnesses to an emergency meeting at the White House. We don't know the details, just that it is extremely urgent.'
She later cited reports that the gather was not an emergency meeting, adding: 'However that's not what your staff just told us.'
Fauci issued dire warnings at the House committee hearing.
'Bottom line, it's going to get worse,' Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. He warned millions will be affected. 
'If we are complacent and don't do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could go way up and be involved in many, many millions. If we contain we could flatten it,' he noted, pushing back when asked to pin down how many might be infected.
He also recommended large sporting events be banned.
He said that the WHO estimated it to be lethal in 3.4% of recorded cases so far, a figure he expects to drop to 1% - 'which means it's 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.' 
'We would recommend that there not be large crowds. If that means not having any people in the audience as the N.B.A. plays, so be it,' he said. 
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee prohibited gatherings of over 250 people in counties around Seattle, in just the latest move to restrict interactions to contain 'community spread.' Basketball games, classes, and festivals were being cancelled and postponed. The NCAA announced that division one college games would be played in arenas without crowd during the famed 'March Madness' tournament. 
The NBA's Golden State Warriors announced the team will play its next home game without fans, in a part of the country where the Diamond Princess was moored offshore after an outbreak. 
Additional new government actions were not immediately clear. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was to 'take all appropriate and necessary steps' so health care workers could get respirators needed when treating coronavirus patients. Shortages are a concern, as is the manufacture of many face masks for industrial rather than medical use. 
The administration continues to assemble possible tax ideas to address the market drop and economic impacts. House Democrats are readying legislative action on their own ideas. 
Closures of schools, festivals, and sporting events continued to pile up.  Trump's call to action came one day after he sent a different signal. 'Just stay calm. It will go away,' he told reporters after meeting with Senate Republicans.
In earlier tweets, Trump made use of one of the many times Vice President Mike Pence praised his response, sending Pence's televised acclaim to the boss to his 74 million followers  
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Trump's campaign account, Team Trump, had already blasted out the praise to its own followers. '@Vice President Mike Pence: We would be in a very different place if President @RealDonaldTrump did not suspend all travel from China and from parts of Italy & South Korea,' it said.
Pence made the statement from the White House briefing room while surrounded by government health officials trying to contend with the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization on Wednesday declared a pandemic. 
Trump retweeted another post by his campaing that featured praise from California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.  
'California's Democrat Governor Praises @realDonaldTrump's Response To Coronavirus On Cruise Ship: 'Every Single Thing He Said They Followed Through On,' it said. 
'Thank you Gavin. Team is doing a great job!' Trump added. 
His upbeat take came as top health officials continue to issue severe warnings.  
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Trump retweeted his campaing tweeting praise of him by the vice president
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Trump tweeted out a comment from California Gov. Gavin Newsom saying the state's needs were being met
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Trump trashed a 'hit piece' in Vanity Fair that cast him as panicked over getting the virus



'Things will get worse than they are right now,' said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government top infectious disease expert, said at a House hearing Wednesday. 
Trump also lobed an attack at Vanity Fair magazine for what he termed a 'hit piece.' The story cast him as a germaphobe who is 'terrified' of getting the virus, and describes the administration's response and PR handling of the crisis as out of control. 
'Vanity Fair Magazine, which will soon be out of business, and their third rate Fake reporters, who make up sources which don't exist, wrote yet another phony & boring hit piece,' Trup wrote. 'The facts are just the opposite. Our team is doing a great job with CoronaVirus!'
Among other things, the article quotes an unnamed prominent Republican saying: 'Donald is a famous germaphobe. He hates it if someone is eating nachos and dips a chip back in after taking a bite. He calls them 'double dippers.'
It also reports that last week, Trump told aides he fears journalists will get the disease on purpose in order to give it to him on Air Force One. 
On Monday, it was revealed that Trump loyalist GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz flew on Air Force Once with Trump only to learn he had come in contact with a man who had it at CPAC, Gaetz then put himself under quarantine. 
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[size=34]BREAKING: Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus after they had 'chills' while he filmed for Baz Luhrmann's unnamed Elvis Presley film in Australia[/size]


  • Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, they revealed Wednesday evening

  • The couple is currently in Australia where Tom is filming an Elvis Presley film

  • They felt symptoms of tiredness, a common cold, chills and body aches 

  • 'To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,' Tom Hanks shared online


By MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 21:21 EDT, 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 21:26 EDT, 11 March 2020

     




Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, they revealed Wednesday evening. 
The Forrest Gump actor and his wife announced his positive test results on Instagram warning the public to 'take care'. 
'Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.'
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Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, it was revealed Wednesday evening
'Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?
'We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!'
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The couple announced they tested positive for the virus in a candid Instagram post writing: 'We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive' 
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Trump blamed the European Union for the spread of the virus, calling it 'foreign' 


He really is dumber than dirt.

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Post by party animal - not! Thu 12 Mar 2020, 11:35

Mm, I'm thinking it might be yet another distraction technique because he must know there aren't enough test kits around the country for folks needs

Interesting that the press was banned from the meeting between Pence and the hospital chiefs.......

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/coronavirus-usa-media-banned-white-house-pence-trump-press-a9395721.html

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[size=19]Mike Pence heard from hospital executives on Wednesday about the coronavirus, but a nervous public will have to wait for the vice president's account of what they said. 
The meeting came on a day when a report surfaced that Congress's in-house doctor told Capitol Hill staffers he expects 75 million to 150 million people in the United States (total population: 364 million) to contract the novel disease. Federal and industry officials are working on a vaccine, but one might be as long as a year from being deployed.
That figure came to light shortly after members of the Pence-led White House coronavirus task force told a House committee they expect the outbreak to get much worse, with Anthony Fauci, the federal government's top infectious disease scientist, saying "many, many millions of people" could get coronavirus and die.


The coming wave of confirmed cases, which will only grow both as it spreads and up to 4 million test kits reach some hospitals and laboratories, could lead hospitals around the country -- and especially in hard-hit areas like Washington state, New York-New Jersey and California -- to become overloaded with sick coronavirus victims.
A group of reporters and camera technicians were slated to be allowed into part of the session. Donald Trump had joined Mr Pence at a similar meeting with insurance executives on Tuesday. 
A Pence aide said the "pool spray" was cancelled simply because the VP was running "super late," adding Mr Pence will provide a summary of what the hospital executives said during a planned 5:30 p.m. White House briefing.

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As the VP was meeting with that group of executives, Mr Trump was tweeting about Democrats.
"Someone needs to tell the Democrats in Congress that CoronaVirus doesn't care what party you are in. We need to protect ALL Americans!" he tweeted, adding in another he is "fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with our current challenge of the CoronaVirus!"
Mr Pence was slated to join the president at a closed-door meeting with banking executives at 3 p.m., then chair a task force meeting in the White House Situation Room at 4 p.m.
As the duo met with private-sector officials as they continue to craft the government's response, Reuters reported that White House officials have ordered most high-level meetings about the virus outbreak to be deemed classified.
The wire service cited four administration officials and described the move as rare.
"We had some very critical people who did not have security clearances who could not go," one official told Reuters. "These should not be classified meetings. It was unnecessary." 

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[size=34]Mike Pence doubles down on blaming Europe for coronavirus claiming most U.S. cases have been traced to there - and downplays Tony Fauci's warning of 'millions' of cases saying it will be 'thousands'[/size]


  • Vice President Mike Pence took to the morning shows Thursday morning to perform clean-up duty for the White House

  • He doubled down on blaming Europe for spread of coronavirus in America 

  • 'The epicenter of the coronavirus has shifted from China to Europe,' he said 

  • 'When we looked over the last 36 hours of the 35 states yesterday early in the day that had coronavirus cases, 30 of those actually could be tied to contacts with Europe,' Pence noted

  • He also downplayed predictions millions of Americans could be affected 

  • Pence said 'thousands' after other officials gave numbers in the millions

  • 'We will have thousands of more cases across this country,' Pence said 

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By EMILY GOODIN, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:38 EDT, 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:50 EDT, 12 March 2020

     


Vice President Mike Pence took to the morning shows Thursday to perform clean-up duty for the White House where he doubled down on blaming Europe for the coronavirus spread in the United States and down played predictions that millions could be infected. 
Pence, in his appearance on five different news networks, blamed European travel for spreading the disease to America, explaining that was why President Trump imposed a travel ban on most flights from there. 
'When we looked over the last 36 hours of the 35 states yesterday early in the day that had coronavirus cases, 30 of those actually could be tied to contacts with Europe. So the president said full stop on any travel incoming from Europe,' he said on CBS' 'This Morning.' 
'We have tens of thousands of people that travel to the United States from Europe every day,' he noted on ABC's 'Good Morning America.' '70 per cent of new cases in the world were in Europe, and when we looked yesterday at what was then the 35 states where we had cases, about 30 of them could be traced to contacts with Europe. So the president again made another unprecedented decision in suspending all travel from Europe because we essentially want to stop the flow of people bringing the coronavirus here.'
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Vice President Mike Pence took to the morning shows Thursday morning to perform clean-up duty for the White House
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Vice President Pence doubled down on blaming Europe for the spread of the coronavirus in America, calling Europe the new 'epicenter' of the disease
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Vice President Pence told ABC's 'Good Morning America' that '70 per cent of new cases in the world were in Europe'
President Trump sewed seeds of confusion with his Oval Office address Wednesday night, when he announced a 30-day ban on travel to the United States by Europeans and restrictions on cargo from all nations except the United States.
He had to take to Twitter later that evening to clarify there was no ban on cargo, which many saw as a potential economic disaster.
'The restriction stops people not goods,' the president wrote.  
Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a statement detailing what the restrictions entailed and the countries affect. 
The ban will apply to travelers who have visited 26 countries in the EU's Schengen border-free area in the last 14 days but not travelers from the UK or Ireland, or to US citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members. 
Trump said the ban would come into effect at 'midnight' on Friday though confusion reigned over exactly how it would be implemented - including how the cut-off would apply across time zones, which routes Americans would be allowed to use to get home, and whether travelers returning from Europe would face screening or quarantine. 


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Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the coronavirus is going to get worse and could affect 'millions' when he testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning
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Jana Harrelson, left, Ronny Young, and Karla Weston, right, all of Port St. Joe, Florida, disembark from the Caribbean Princess at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Tents line a wharf as the Grand Princess rests docked in Oakland, California, on Monday
And Pence took to the morning shows to defend the president.
'I don't think there's confusion,' he told CNN.  
He also argued the worst of coronavirus has shifted from China to Europe, which is what necessitated the ban. 
'The epicenter of the coronavirus has shifted from China to Europe,' he said on CNN. 'The health team came into the Oval Office, presented that to the president, and he made the decision - on the spot after hearing from all sides - that the best thing we can do is to suspend all travel.'
'This is a part of our strategy. You combine that with what we are doing in communities in Washington state and California and New York where we have community spread, the CDC issued tough new guidance to those states about mitigation strategies and the overall recommendations to Americans to use common sense.'
The vice president also downplayed predictions - including one from Dr. Anthony Fauci - that millions could be affected by the disease.
'We will have thousands of more cases across this country. But, your viewers deserve to know that most Americans, the vast majority of Americans who even contract the coronavirus will have flu like symptoms and will fully recover,' Pence said on 'Fox & Friends.'
While on NBC's 'Today Show,' Pence answered 'it is' when Savannah Guthrie asked him if the coronavirus is more lethal than the flu but he refused to give a number on how many people may be affected.
''I'll leave it to the experts to make the estimates of how many people may be infected. And it's important for your viewers to remember, Savannah that the vast majority of people that even contract the coronavirus will experience flu-like symptoms and they'll fully recover,' he said. 
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday the coronavirus situation in the United States is going to get worse and 'many, many millions' will be affected. 
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Oval Office address: Donald Trump finally addressed the nation about the coronavirus crisis from the White House on Wednesday and banned all travel to Europe
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'Bottom line, it's going to get worse,' Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at congressional hearing on the outbreak.
He said it would hit millions.
'If we are complacent and don't do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could go way up and be involved in many, many millions. If we contain we could flatten it,' he noted.
And U.S. Capitol physician Brian Monahan told Capitol Hill staffers at a close-door briefing this week that he expects 70 million to 150 million people in the United States - roughly a third of the country - to contract the coronavirus, Axios reported.     
Trump's address also made no mention of measures being adopted by other countries to stop the spread of the virus within their borders - like closing schools, banning public gatherings and restricting travel between cities. 
'I will always put the well-being of America first,' he said in his remarks. 
After Trump spoke Wednesday evening:  


  • the NBA announced it had called off the rest of its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gorber tested positive for the virus just before tip-off
  • the State Department told Americans to immediately reconsider any plans to travel abroad because of the danger of the virus 
  • Tom Hanks and his actress wife Rita Wilson revealed they had it too
  • Wall Street braced for more selling Thursday as the futures pointed to a loss of as much as 1,000 points on the Dow
  • Joe Biden prepared to deliver his own coronavirus crisis plan to go head-to-head with his presidential election rival
  • An aide to Democratic Washington senator Maria Cantwell became the first person on Capitol Hill to be confirmed as having the virus, while six other lawmakers remain quarantined over possible exposure
  • And Trump followed his own advice and canceled a campaign swing to Colorado and Nevada after being slammed for refusing to stop shaking hands and holding rallies. 


Many states have moved ahead of the White House on preventing the spread of the virus, and have already started limiting travel and putting in place 'social distancing measures' to limit contact between people.

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Post by LizzyNY Thu 12 Mar 2020, 16:56

So drumpf's finally cancelling his rallies. Is it because he's afraid of catching the virus or because he's been advised he could be a carrier? I doubt he's concerned about anyone else catching the virus because they're in a crowd, since the crowd would be there to support him. More likely he's afraid he'll lose supporters if they get sick and die from exposure because of him.
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Post by annemarie Thu 12 Mar 2020, 17:06

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8105547/Donald-Trump-excluded-UK-travel-ban-strong-borders.html

[size=34]Donald Trump reveals he excluded UK from his coronavirus travel ban because it's 'doing a good job' fighting the infection due to its 'strong borders' – despite Britain having one of the highest infection rates in Europe[/size]


  • Donald Trump attempted to provide clarity on his hastily-announced travel ban 

  • Said UK and Ireland are exempt because they are 'doing a good job' against virus

  • Comes as UK government is critcised for responding too slowly, and Justin Trudeau's wife self-isolates after returning from the country with symptoms 

  • Ireland banned crowds and closed schools, measures Trump refused to take

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE  and REUTERS and AFP
PUBLISHED: 12:29 EDT, 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 12:50 EDT, 12 March 2020

     



Donald Trump said he exempted the UK and Ireland from his Europe-wide coronavirus travel ban because they are 'doing a good job' fighting the disease. 
Trump said his decision was largely based on the strength of the UK and Ireland's borders, because they are outside the EU's borderless Schengen Area. 
In fact, the UK has one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in Europe - with cases rising by roughly a third each day.
The country has also seen ten deaths from the virus, far higher than most countries covered by the ban.  
Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie has also self-isolated after returning from the UK with a suspected case of coronavirus, and is being tested. 
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The UK government is being criticised at home for responding too slowly to the crisis as Boris Johnson was expected to refuse to close schools and ban large gatherings - as Trump has also refused to do. 
Scotland and Ireland have shuttered classrooms and brought in so-called 'social distancing' measures in order to try and slow the spread of the disease after it overwhelmed Italy's healthcare system.
Trump sought to clarify the thinking behind his travel ban after a hasty press conference on Wednesday evening caused panic and confusion around the world.
Having taken flak from European leaders who said they were not consulted on the plan, Trump said there was no time and that he had to act quickly.  
Speaking during an Oval Office meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varakar, he said: 'It [the UK] has got very strong borders and they are doing a very good job.
'They don't have very much infection at this point and hopefully they will keep it that way.'
Mr Trump said he hoped the pandemic would 'work out well for everyone', but added there was reason to briefly restrict some movement between parts of the world.
'It is a world problem and we do need separation in terms of you have some areas that are very heavily infected and you have some areas that are not.
'We do need separation for a little period of time.' 
Trump said it was possible the United States would need to extend the curbs of travel from Europe beyond the current 30 days but could also could shorten the restrictions, which have angered European leaders.
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The Republican president also said says he did not support a coronavirus economic relief bill the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday because it includes unrelated issues. 
He said be believed the stock market, which entered bear market territory this week, would bounce back from recent falls.
Trump added that he was not yet ready to invoke emergency disaster powers over the outbreak.
The president said he did not shake hands with Varadkar at their meeting because of the coronavirus, and the pair were pictured bowing instead.
President Trump raised fresh questions surrounding his response to the coronavirus on Thursday by saying that Americans in Europe will be tested for coronavirus before they are allowed to board flights and that they will not be allowed to come home if they test positive.
The shocking announcement came after his decision to halt all travel from Europe to the US for 30 days starting from Friday at midnight.
During a press conference with the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office, Trump said: 'We are not putting them on planes if they test positive. It is going to be a pretty strong enforcement of quarantine,' he said, without explaining which tests would be used or where the diagnosed cases would then be treated overseas.
It was a direct contradiction to what Pence said on Thursday morning - that 'everyone can come home regardless of their symptoms or what their condition is' and that they would simply be asked to go under 'voluntary' quarantine after landing back in the US at one of 13 airports designed to handle the outbreak.

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Post by annemarie Thu 12 Mar 2020, 17:13

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8103819/Patients-infected-coronavirus-contagious-severe-symptoms.html

[size=34]Patients infected with the coronavirus are the most contagious BEFORE they get severe symptoms – and they can still spread the killer illness when they feel better, study finds[/size]


  • The German study is one of the first coronavirus studies outside of China

  • It confirms that people can spread the virus before they know they are infected 

  • The virus has killed almost 5,000 people worldwide and infected 126,000

  • Do you have a coronavirus story? Email stephen.matthews@mailonline.co.uk 

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By BEN SPENCER MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL and STEPHEN MATTHEWS HEALTH EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE 
PUBLISHED: 05:09 EDT, 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 08:11 EDT, 12 March 2020

  

Patients infected with the killer coronavirus shed large amounts of the virus before severe symptoms appear, a study has shown.
And people continue to remain contagious even after they feel better, researchers found.
The German study – one of the first coronavirus studies to have been conducted outside China – confirms the theory that people can spread the virus before they even know they are infected.
But it also suggests they can spread it after they recover from the infection, which has killed almost 5,000 people worldwide and infected more than 120,000. 
The study, which involved detailed monitoring of nine patients in Munich, comes after the World Health Organization last night declared the outbreak as a pandemic.  
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Patients infected with the killer coronavirus shed large amounts of the virus before severe symptoms appear, a study has shown. And people continue to remain contagious even after they feel better, researchers found


HOW THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IS ESCALATING IN EUROPE


The number of cases of the coronavirus in Europe has topped 22,000, with Italy still the hardest hit country as Denmark also goes into lockdown.
Total confirmed infections in Europe have risen to 23,339 with 951 deaths, according to a new tally which is compiled from official sources.
In Italy, the number has risen to 12,149 cases with 827 fatalities.
It comes as more European countries are reporting their first deaths of people with the new contagion.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced today that all schools, universities, and kindergartens will be shut for two weeks to slow the spread of the virus.
Tough new measures will also include banning indoor events with 100 or more participants, and sending non-critical public sector employees home.
Private sector workers will also be encouraged to work from home, after the Danish Patient Safety Authority reported 442 new cases yesterday.




Researchers from the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology in Munich took samples from the nose and throat of COVID-19 patients. 
Results showed the samples had a very high viral load when the subjects were only showing minor symptoms, such as fatigue or a cough.
This suggests that if someone coughs or sneezes at this point, or fails to wash their hands, it would be easy for someone else to become infected.
During the first week of monitoring the patients continued to display high viral shedding, peaking about four days after they started to feel unwell.
Among those with mild symptoms, viral shedding fell about ten days.
But two of the nine people had more serious illnesses and developed early signs of pneumonia.
They continued to shed high levels of virus – peaking at day 10 or 11 and only later falling.
The researchers wrote: ‘Shedding of viral RNA from sputum outlasted the end of symptoms. COVID-19 can present as a mild upper respiratory tract illness.'
The study was released online before publication in a journal, meaning that it has not yet been peer-reviewed.
But Bharat Pankhania, a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, said it confirms people need to ‘develop the mindset’ that they become exposed to the coronavirus ‘at any place, any time, anywhere’.
He told The Times: ‘The example of Nadine Dorries getting infected, developing symptoms and then realising a few days later that she had acquired the coronavirus infection, demonstrates the difficulty of controlling the spread.’
Dr Clemens Martin Wendtner, report co-author, told The Telegraph: 'The bottom line is that you are infectious even when you have no lung disease. 
'You don’t have to be seriously ill to pass the virus onto other people. This virus is spreading even in very asymptomatic patients.'
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A supermarket beginning to empty due to panic buying due to coronavirus fear in Madrid
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A sanitary worker wearing protective clothes disinfecting a market in Tirana today
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A medical worker measuring the body temperature of a motorist at the Slovenian-Italian border crossing near Nova Gorica today 
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A medical official with protective gear walking inside a plane while taking the body temperature of passengers who arrived on a flight from New York at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kiev today 
The WHO yesterday declared the outbreak a pandemic after blaming 'alarming levels of inaction' by governments across the planet for fueling the crisis.  
The UN agency's boss, Dr Tedros Adhanom, said that it was 'deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity'. 
He also blasted governments for ignoring repeated WHO pleas to take urgent and aggressive action.
Cases of the deadly illness outside of China having risen 13-fold in the space of a fortnight because of escalating crises in Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, and France.  
The last pandemic - defined as the uncontrolled worldwide spread of a new disease - to be officially declared was the swine flu outbreak in 2009.  
Cases have slowed dramatically in China, where the bug first emerged at the end of December. 
However, the crisis has now enveloped Europe, where the number of cases rises by the day.
Around 60million Italians - whose country is the worst-hid by the infection after China - are now subject to an official curfew imposed upon them by the Italian Government. 
Leading experts, including Germany's health minister, have called the crisis a pandemic for weeks.
And the WHO itself has admitted the killer virus has been spreading between humans in four continents since February 28.
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[size=34]WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS?[/size]


Someone who is infected with the coronavirus can spread it with just a simple cough or a sneeze, scientists say.
More than 4,500 people with the virus are now confirmed to have died and more than 125,000 have been infected. Here's what we know so far:
What is the coronavirus? 
A coronavirus is a type of virus which can cause illness in animals and people. Viruses break into cells inside their host and use them to reproduce itself and disrupt the body's normal functions. Coronaviruses are named after the Latin word 'corona', which means crown, because they are encased by a spiked shell which resembles a royal crown.
The coronavirus from Wuhan is one which has never been seen before this outbreak. It has been named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The name stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2.
Experts say the bug, which has killed around one in 50 patients since the outbreak began in December, is a 'sister' of the SARS illness which hit China in 2002, so has been named after it.
The disease that the virus causes has been named COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
Dr Helena Maier, from the Pirbright Institute, said: 'Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that infect a wide range of different species including humans, cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats and wild animals. 
'Until this new coronavirus was identified, there were only six different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of these cause a mild common cold-type illness, but since 2002 there has been the emergence of two new coronaviruses that can infect humans and result in more severe disease (Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses). 
'Coronaviruses are known to be able to occasionally jump from one species to another and that is what happened in the case of SARS, MERS and the new coronavirus. The animal origin of the new coronavirus is not yet known.' 
The first human cases were publicly reported from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where approximately 11million people live, after medics first started publicly reporting infections on December 31.
By January 8, 59 suspected cases had been reported and seven people were in critical condition. Tests were developed for the new virus and recorded cases started to surge.
The first person died that week and, by January 16, two were dead and 41 cases were confirmed. The next day, scientists predicted that 1,700 people had become infected, possibly up to 7,000.
Just a week after that, there had been more than 800 confirmed cases and those same scientists estimated that some 4,000 – possibly 9,700 – were infected in Wuhan alone. By that point, 26 people had died. 
By January 27, more than 2,800 people were confirmed to have been infected, 81 had died, and estimates of the total number of cases ranged from 100,000 to 350,000 in Wuhan alone.
By January 29, the number of deaths had risen to 132 and cases were in excess of 6,000.  
By February 5, there were more than 24,000 cases and 492 deaths.
By February 11, this had risen to more than 43,000 cases and 1,000 deaths. 
A change in the way cases are confirmed on February 13 – doctors decided to start using lung scans as a formal diagnosis, as well as laboratory tests – caused a spike in the number of cases, to more than 60,000 and to 1,369 deaths.
By February 25, around 80,000 people had been infected and some 2,700 had died. February 25 was the first day in the outbreak when fewer cases were diagnosed within China than in the rest of the world. 
Where does the virus come from?
According to scientists, the virus almost certainly came from bats. Coronaviruses in general tend to originate in animals – the similar SARS and MERS viruses are believed to have originated in civet cats and camels, respectively.
The first cases of COVID-19 came from people visiting or working in a live animal market in Wuhan, which has since been closed down for investigation.
Although the market is officially a seafood market, other dead and living animals were being sold there, including wolf cubs, salamanders, snakes, peacocks, porcupines and camel meat. 
A study by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, published in February 2020 in the scientific journal Nature, found that the genetic make-up virus samples found in patients in China is 96 per cent identical to a coronavirus they found in bats.
However, there were not many bats at the market so scientists say it was likely there was an animal which acted as a middle-man, contracting it from a bat before then transmitting it to a human. It has not yet been confirmed what type of animal this was.
Dr Michael Skinner, a virologist at Imperial College London, was not involved with the research but said: 'The discovery definitely places the origin of nCoV in bats in China.
'We still do not know whether another species served as an intermediate host to amplify the virus, and possibly even to bring it to the market, nor what species that host might have been.'  
So far the fatalities are quite low. Why are health experts so worried about it? 
Experts say the international community is concerned about the virus because so little is known about it and it appears to be spreading quickly.
It is similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed nearly 800 in an outbreak in Asia in 2003, in that it is a type of coronavirus which infects humans' lungs. It is less deadly than SARS, however, which killed around one in 10 people, compared to approximately one in 50 for COVID-19.
Another reason for concern is that nobody has any immunity to the virus because they've never encountered it before. This means it may be able to cause more damage than viruses we come across often, like the flu or common cold.
Speaking at a briefing in January, Oxford University professor, Dr Peter Horby, said: 'Novel viruses can spread much faster through the population than viruses which circulate all the time because we have no immunity to them.
'Most seasonal flu viruses have a case fatality rate of less than one in 1,000 people. Here we're talking about a virus where we don't understand fully the severity spectrum but it's possible the case fatality rate could be as high as two per cent.'
If the death rate is truly two per cent, that means two out of every 100 patients who get it will die. 
'My feeling is it's lower,' Dr Horby added. 'We're probably missing this iceberg of milder cases. But that's the current circumstance we're in.
'Two per cent case fatality rate is comparable to the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 so it is a significant concern globally.'
How does the virus spread?
The illness can spread between people just through coughs and sneezes, making it an extremely contagious infection. And it may also spread even before someone has symptoms.
It is believed to travel in the saliva and even through water in the eyes, therefore close contact, kissing, and sharing cutlery or utensils are all risky. It can also live on surfaces, such as plastic and steel, for up to 72 hours, meaning people can catch it by touching contaminated surfaces.
Originally, people were thought to be catching it from a live animal market in Wuhan city. But cases soon began to emerge in people who had never been there, which forced medics to realise it was spreading from person to person. 
What does the virus do to you? What are the symptoms?
Once someone has caught the COVID-19 virus it may take between two and 14 days, or even longer, for them to show any symptoms – but they may still be contagious during this time.
If and when they do become ill, typical signs include a runny nose, a cough, sore throat and a fever (high temperature). The vast majority of patients will recover from these without any issues, and many will need no medical help at all.
In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, can be fatal and suffocate people.
Figures are showing that young children do not seem to be particularly badly affected by the virus, which they say is peculiar considering their susceptibility to flu, but it is not clear why. 
What have genetic tests revealed about the virus? 
Scientists in China have recorded the genetic sequences of around 19 strains of the virus and released them to experts working around the world. 
This allows others to study them, develop tests and potentially look into treating the illness they cause.   
Examinations have revealed the coronavirus did not change much – changing is known as mutating – much during the early stages of its spread.
However, the director-general of China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said the virus was mutating and adapting as it spread through people.
This means efforts to study the virus and to potentially control it may be made extra difficult because the virus might look different every time scientists analyse it.   
More study may be able to reveal whether the virus first infected a small number of people then change and spread from them, or whether there were various versions of the virus coming from animals which have developed separately.
How dangerous is the virus?  
The virus has a death rate of around two per cent. This is a similar death rate to the Spanish Flu outbreak which, in 1918, went on to kill around 50million people.
Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they're tested, so only the more serious cases get discovered, making the death toll seem higher than it really is.
However, an investigation into government surveillance in China said it had found no reason to believe this was true.
Dr Bruce Aylward, a World Health Organization official who went on a mission to China, said there was no evidence that figures were only showing the tip of the iceberg, and said recording appeared to be accurate, Stat News reported.

Can the virus be cured? 
The COVID-19 virus cannot be cured and it is proving difficult to contain.
Antibiotics do not work against viruses, so they are out of the question. Antiviral drugs can work, but the process of understanding a virus then developing and producing drugs to treat it would take years and huge amounts of money.
No vaccine exists for the coronavirus yet and it's not likely one will be developed in time to be of any use in this outbreak, for similar reasons to the above.
The National Institutes of Health in the US, and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, say they are working on a vaccine based on what they know about coronaviruses in general, using information from the SARS outbreak. But this may take a year or more to develop, according to Pharmaceutical Technology.
Currently, governments and health authorities are working to contain the virus and to care for patients who are sick and stop them infecting other people.
People who catch the illness are being quarantined in hospitals, where their symptoms can be treated and they will be away from the uninfected public.
And airports around the world are putting in place screening measures such as having doctors on-site, taking people's temperatures to check for fevers and using thermal screening to spot those who might be ill (infection causes a raised temperature).
However, it can take weeks for symptoms to appear, so there is only a small likelihood that patients will be spotted up in an airport.
Is this outbreak an epidemic or a pandemic?   
The outbreak was declared a pandemic on March 11. A pandemic is defined by the World Health Organization as the 'worldwide spread of a new disease'. 
Previously, the UN agency said most cases outside of Hubei had been 'spillover' from the epicentre, so the disease wasn't actually spreading actively around the world.

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Post by carolhathaway Thu 12 Mar 2020, 18:04

Well, Sophie Trudeau (Canada's First Wife) has been infected with the Corona Virus in London, so assuming that you're safe in the UK is simply wrong.
And if I remember correctly, the first infections in the States were in California and Washington State, so on the west coast which is not facing Europe.
When we were in Tuscany in October, there were unbelievable amounts of Chinese tourists in Florence, Pisa and Venice, so I assume where people were infected first.
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Post by annemarie Thu 12 Mar 2020, 18:13

Carol the people running our country are idiots. Americans travel all over the world , obviously they are going to bring the virus home with them. 
The idiot will never admit most of this mess is his fault ,he had no plan to handle anything like this. All he has done is lie.
So he blames Europe .

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Post by LizzyNY Thu 12 Mar 2020, 18:41

Carolhathaway - I think you may be right. I was wondering why Italy seems to have such a high infection rate compared to the rest of Europe. I guess the tourists from China could have brought the virus with them without being aware of it.
I wonder if anyone is correlating the number of tourists from China with the outbreak of the disease in other countries.

Annemarie - At this point I'm beginning to wonder if drumpf might not be patient zero in the US. He has traveled abroad several times in the last few months and since then has been in contact with numerous people who are either infected or are self-isolating because they may be infected. He, of course, is conducting business as usual because he thinks he's invincible and doesn't really care about anyone else.
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Post by annemarie Thu 12 Mar 2020, 20:39

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8106011/CDC-admits-completed-77-coronavirus-tests-WEEK.html

[size=34]CDC admits they have only completed 70 coronavirus tests THIS WEEK - despite Trump promising MILLIONS more[/size]


  • In the last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ran just 70 coronavirus tests in its labs

  • 54 tests were completed on March 5 and 16 tests were completed on March 6 - and no tests were run between March 7 and March 10

  • This is despite promises from the Trump administration that millions of test kits would be distributed by next week

  • In the US, there are more than 1,400 confirmed cases and 39 people have died

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor? 

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By MARY KEKATOS SENIOR HEALTH REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:25 EDT, 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 16:04 EDT, 12 March 2020

     




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have only run 70 coronavirus tests within the last week, new figures reveal.
The federal heath agency ran 54 tests on March 5 and 16 tests on March 6 - and no tests between March 7 and March 10.
What's more, only eight tests were completed by US public health laboratories on March 10 - a 97 percent drop from the day before.
This is despite promises from the Trump administration that America would be ramping up testing and that more than one million kits would soon be distributed to all 50 states. 
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New figures have revealed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have only run 70 tests in the last seven days. Pictured: The CDC lab kit for the virus 
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The CDC completed just 54 tests on March 5 and 16 tests on March 6 - and no tests between March 7 and March 10 (center column) 
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This is despite promises from the Trump administration that millions of test kits would be distributed by next week. Pictured: President Donald Trump (left) speaks to reporters at the Capitol after attending the Senate Republicans weekly policy luncheon with Vice President Mike Pence (right), March 10
Since January 18, just 11,079 specimens have been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 at CDC labs and US public health laboratories.
This is notwithstanding comments from Vice President Mike Pence at a Monday press conference that one million test kits had been distributed and that four million were expected to go about by the end of this week or the next. 
However, he did not specify where the kits were sent to, or would be sent to.
Both Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Vice President Pence said the government currently does not have enough kits to keep up with demand.
It's also lower than the 75,000 'cumulative' kits available for testing across all 50 states, according to Dr Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.


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Worldwide, more than 128,000 people have been infected and more than 4,700 people have died
Yahoo News reports that only a single private lab is currently performing tests despite the administration stressing that the private sector would help cover the deficit. 
'This is not a problem we can test our way out of,' Dr Stephen Redd, head of the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, testified before Congress on Wednesday.
His comments seemed to imply that it would be impossible to test every single one of the nearly 330 million people living in the US.  
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, CDC director Dr Robert Redfield told Congress that a lack of funding was the reason America's response to the outbreak has been slow.
'The truth is we've underinvested in the public health labs,' Dr Redfield said.
'There's not enough equipment, there's not enough people, there's not enough internal capacity, there's no search capacity.'

Less than week after the CDC shipped its first batch of kits, several state labs said the diagnostic was returning 'inconclusive results.'
This forced the federal health agency to remanufacture components of the kit. 
Additionally, tests can take anywhere from two to seven says to return results.  
It's why states filed emergency requests to conduct their own testing and why institutions like the Cleveland Clinic have developed a coronavirus test that will be able to deliver results in just hours. 
Worldwide, more than 125,000 people have been infected in more than 100 countries and more than 4,600 people have died.
In the US, more than 1,400 cases have been confirmed in 46 states and the District of Columbia and 39 people have died. 
However, health experts have warned that these numbers are probably much lower than the actual figures due to a lack of testing.

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https://www.clooneysopenhouse.com/t8744p800-the-serious-side-part-7#261101

[size=34]Ill-equipped, ineffective, and struggling for a solution: Donald Trump faces the first real crisis of his presidency - with coronavirus shattering his re-election pitch and shuttering the rallies he loves[/size]


  • President Trump is facing a challenge with the escalating coronavirus crisis

  • He was slow to come to grips with the virus as it exploded in China, distracted by impeachment and unwilling to scare the markets

  • It has taken away Trump's favorite political tool, his rallies, from which he draws energy and coveted voter information

  • Then he continued to play down the virus, lashing into officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary, for talking up the possible severity of the threat

  • But on Wednesday he announced a sweeping travel ban for much of Europe 

  • Still, he continued to play down the severity of the situation, painting it as a foreign threat that soon will be banished

  • But just eight months from Election Day, the virus has endangered Trump’s best re-election argument - a strong economy - just as Joe Biden seems poised to take advantage of a political landscape upended by the virus

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 22:35 EDT, 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:19 EDT, 12 March 2020



The escalating coronavirus crisis is presenting President Donald Trump with a challenge for which he appears ill-equipped, his favorite political tactics ineffective and his reelection chances in jeopardy.
A rare crisis battering the White House that is not of the president's own making, the spreading coronavirus has panicked global financial markets and alarmed Americans, many of whom have turned to the Oval Office for guidance and reassurances. 
But what they have found is a president struggling for a solution, unable to settle Wall Street and proving particularly vulnerable to a threat that is out of his control.
In an address to the nation Wednesday night, Trump announced a sweeping travel ban for much of Europe as well as a package of proposals to help steady the teetering economy. But he continued to play down the severity of the situation, painting it as a foreign threat that soon will be banished rather than focusing on managing the growing number of cases at home.
'This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,' Trump declared.
Addressing the economic costs, he added, 'This is not a financial crisis, this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.'
But the virus has appeared impervious to the Republican president's bluster.
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The escalating coronavirus crisis is presenting President Donald Trump with a challenge for which he appears ill-equipped, his favorite political tactics ineffective and his reelection chances in jeopardy. Pictured: Trump on Thursday 
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The virus does not have a Twitter account and, unlike so many previous Trump foes, is resistant to political bullying or Republican Party solidarity. 
It has preyed on his lack of curiosity and fears of germs while exposing divides and inadequacies within senior levels of his administration. It has taken away Trump's favorite political tool, his rallies, from which he draws energy and coveted voter information.
And eight months from Election Day, it has endangered his best reelection argument - a strong economy - just as Joe Biden, the candidate emerging from the Democratic field, seems poised to take advantage of a political landscape upended by the virus.
'Crises of varying degrees produce fascinating and often consequential elections: Think 1860, 1932, 1968, 2008. Such races turn on questions of chaos versus order and favor the candidate who seems to offer the best chance of bringing order to the country in times of uncertainty,' presidential historian Jon Meacham said. 'What´s interesting about those examples is that incumbents, or candidates of the incumbent party, lost all of them.'
One of Trump´s most potent political assets is his ability to read a room, or a moment, often eschewing long-term planning for instantaneous reaction.
But he was slow to come to grips with the threat posed by the coronavirus as it exploded in China, distracted by impeachment and unwilling to scare the markets by stirring panic or upsetting his trading partner in Beijing, Xi Jinping.
The virus first spooked Trump while he was in India two weeks ago, as a 1,000-point drop on Wall Street caused him to pepper aides with questions about the markets even as he was feted in New Delhi. 
But after he returned to the states, Trump continued to play down the virus, lashing into officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, for talking up the possible severity of the threat. 
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Trump was slow to come to grips with the threat posed by the coronavirus as it exploded in China, distracted by impeachment and unwilling to scare the markets by stirring panic or upsetting his trading partner in Beijing, Xi Jinping. Pictured: A woman in a face mask in Moscow 
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He urged other aides, including Kellyanne Conway and senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow, to go on television and preach confidence, according to five White House officials and Republicans close to the White House. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.
And as he has so often done before, Trump believed that through his force of will and ability to dominate a news cycle, he could alleviate the crisis, taking to Twitter and the White House briefing room podium to dismiss the threat.
'The markets are going to be just fine,' Trump claimed Thursday, as he welcomed Ireland's prime minister to the White House the morning after his Oval Office address.
But Wall Street, unlike traditional political foes, has not listened. The markets opened down again Thursday morning, plummeting so quickly that automatic safeguards were triggered to temporarily halt trading.
And while Trump deemed the media coverage of the virus 'a hoax' meant to create hysteria and tank his poll numbers, it is a harder sell to ask his supporters to dismiss media reports when they see people in their own communities getting sick, schools closing and local drugstores unable to keep hand sanitizer on the shelves.
Infighting erupted within the administration, as Trump blamed and then sidelined Azar, relegating the health secretary to a secondary role behind Vice President Mike Pence on the coronavirus task force. 


But while Trump empowered Pence and respected medical professionals to take the lead on briefings, he ignored his advisers´ advice to let the vice president be the public face of the administration´s response, according to the officials.
Unable to cede the spotlight, Trump spoke extemporaneously to reporters at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Friday, requiring the vice president, who addressed the media in Washington moments later, to correct the president´s misstatements about the availability of testing kits and the fate of a cruise ship filled with coronavirus patients.
It was only on Monday, as he was flying from Florida back to Washington, that the economic severity of the crisis hit home for Trump, according to three of the officials and advisers.
In one cabin on Air Force One, Matt Gaetz, a Florida GOP congressman who had accompanied Trump to a series of Orlando fundraisers, had isolated himself after learning he´d come into contact with someone infected by the virus. And on the TV in Trump´s aircraft office, Fox News was broadcasting dire graphics illustrating the single worst day for stock markets since the 2008 financial crisis.
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The virus has taken away Trump's favorite political tool, his rallies, from which he draws energy and coveted voter information. On Wednesday, Trump canceled his events scheduled for this week in Nevada and Colorado. Pictured: Trump at a rally on March 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina 
By the time the plane touched down at Joint Base Andrews, Trump told aides he would change tactics and propose a broad economic stimulus to reassure investors. But the fate of his plan, which included a suspension of the payroll tax, remained unclear as the week went on and the markets´ roller coaster ride continued.
'I think that in many ways this has made Trump a wartime president,' said former campaign communications director Jason Miller. 'This virus has no borders, doesn´t discern between allies and foes and attacked the nation´s health security and economic security. It is going to take continued bold action from the president.'
After surviving impeachment, Trump has in earnest remade his White House staff to focus on reelection, prioritizing loyalty over experience. Increasingly focused on his campaign, Trump pushed aides to continue scheduling massive rallies, even as his Democratic foes had begun canceling theirs.
But late Wednesday, the White House announced that a trip to Colorado and Nevada had been cancelled. At least for now, no rallies were scheduled as a means to blunt the momentum of his likely general election foe, Biden, who offers himself as someone uniquely positioned to respond to the coronavirus.
As vice president, Biden helped manage the Ebola outbreak and has long shown an ability to comfort rattled voters. Moreover, the Trump campaign believes that scuttling normal political activity benefits Biden, who tends to draw small rally crowds and has had some eyebrow-raising moments when interacting with voters.
'This is something that doesn't hurt and probably actually helps Joe Biden,' said Eric Trump, the president´s son and frequent campaign surrogate. 'This works for him on all fronts.'
Biden, now in command of the Democratic race after a series of primary wins Tuesday, has drawn a clear comparison between how he would handle the crisis and the president's scattershot approach from the Oval Office.
'At this moment, when there's so much fear in the country and so much fear across the world, we need American leadership,' Biden said. 'We need presidential leadership that's honest, trusted, truthful and steady, reassuring leadership.'

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Post by party animal - not! Thu 12 Mar 2020, 22:18

Some good news has been extracted from an official today:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/democratic-rep-katie-porter-pushes-cdc-director-to-commit-to-free-coronavirus-testing

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Post by annemarie Thu 12 Mar 2020, 22:53

[size=70]Democratic Congresswoman Pushes CDC Director to Commit to Free Coronavirus Testing[/size]

GETTING RESULTS
“I think you’re an excellent questioner, so my answer is yes,” the CDC head declared after a round of tough questioning by Rep. Porter.
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During Thursday’s House hearing on the coronavirus response, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) used a whiteboard and knowledge of federal law to push the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to commit to make COVID-19 testing free for Americans.
With the Trump administration and the CDC taking heat over the slow rollout of test kits, as well as the price tag some have experienced when able to get tested, Porter confronted Health and Human Services official Dr. Robert Kadlec on the out-of-pocket cost of certain medical tests.
After he admitted he wasn’t sure, Porter pulled out the whiteboard and wrote down the costs for a round of tests, such as a complete blood count and metabolic panel.
Continuing to grill Kadlec on the cost of each of these tests—with Porter once quipping that it was like The Price Is Right—the Democratic congresswoman then brought up what the cost of an emergency-room visit would be for a patient who was identified as a “high severity and threat” for the novel coronavirus.
Noting that the average cost is $1,151, Porter added up all the costs and concluded that the cost of getting a coronavirus test would “conservatively” come to $1,331, noting that fears of these costs “will keep people from getting tested.”
Turning to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Porter wondered aloud whether or not he would like to know who does or does not have the virus.
“Yes,” he answered, prompting her to further ask if he would like it so that it’s not just rich people who can afford testing.
“All of America,” he replied.
Porter then pointed out that there were a number of federal regulations that applied to the CDC that allows the director to authorize payment for the treatment and care of individuals “subject to exam and quarantine, isolation and conditional release.”
“That I know about,” he said. “My office did tell me about that.”
“So you’re familiar,” Porter responded. “Dr. Redfield, will you commit to the CDC right now using that existing authority to pay for diagnostic testing for each and every American regardless of insurance?”
While hemming and hawing, Redfield first said that the CDC would do “everything to make sure everyone” gets care, causing Porter to push back and say that wasn’t “good enough.”





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The California lawmaker, known for her tough questions during hearings like this one, continued to grill Redfield on whether he’d commit to paying for the tests. After he said the CDC will work with HHS on how to “operationalize” that, Porter gave him an ultimatum.
“Dr. Redfield, I hope that answer weighs heavily on you. Because it is going to weigh heavily on me and on every American family,” she said, adding, “You don’t need to do any work to operationalize. You need to make a commitment to the American people so they come in to get tested. You can operationalize the payment structure tomorrow.”
Redfield eventually relented, crediting Porter for pushing him. 
“I think you’re an excellent questioner, so my answer is yes,” he declared.
“Excellent,” Porter reacted. “Everybody in America hear that? You are eligible to go get tested for coronavirus and have that covered regardless of insurance. Please, if you believe you have the illness, follow precautions, call first, do everything the CDC and Dr. Fauci—God bless you for guiding Americans in this time. But do not let a lack of insurance worsen this crisis.

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Post by LizzyNY Thu 12 Mar 2020, 23:03

Very Happy Thanks, PAN, I needed that! At least someone in our government is doing their job. Bless Katie Porter, she's a pit bull! If she were running I'd vote for her for president.

How are things over there? How are people dealing with the stress? Be safe.
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Post by annemarie Fri 13 Mar 2020, 00:27

https://people.com/health/italian-medical-chief-roberto-stella-dies-coronavirus/

[size=48]Italian Medical Chief Roberto Stella Dies of Coronavirus at 67[/size]
Roberto Stella was the president of the Medical Guild of Varese
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The president of the Medical Guild of Varese, Roberto Stella, has died of coronavirus. He was 67.
Stella died on Tuesday in Como, Italy, after being hospitalized following his coronavirus diagnosis, CNN and ABC News reported, citing a local Italian outlet.
The Italian medical chief was hospitalized for respiratory failure, stemming from the disease, CNN reported.
Italy’s National Federation of Doctors and General Practitioners issued a statement following the news mourning Stella’s death.
“He was the example of the capability and hard work of family doctors. His death represents the outcry of all colleagues who still today are not equipped with the proper individual protection needed,” the federation’s secretary Silvestro Scotti told CNN.
Italy has a reported 12,462 cases of coronavirus and at least 827 deaths, ABC News reported.
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As the virus continues to spread, Italy has enforced a nationwide lockdown and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that bars, restaurants, salons and other business will close, BBC reported.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced a ban on travel for many people from much of Europe in response to the outbreak.
“To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” Trump said addressing the U.S. from the Oval Office on Wednesday.
The new rule will go into effect Friday at midnight, Trump said.
“These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground. There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings,” Trump said.

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Post by carolhathaway Fri 13 Mar 2020, 00:28

@LizzyNY wrote:Carolhathaway - I think you may be right. I was wondering why Italy seems to have such a high infection rate compared to the rest of Europe. I guess the tourists from China could have brought the virus with them without being aware of it.
I wonder if anyone is correlating the number of tourists from China with the outbreak of the disease in other countries.

Annemarie - At this point I'm beginning to wonder if drumpf might not be patient zero in the US. He has traveled abroad several times in the last few months and since then has been in contact with numerous people who are either infected or are self-isolating because they may be infected. He, of course, is conducting business as usual because he thinks he's invincible and doesn't really care about anyone else.
Lizzy,
the first Corona virus outbreak we had in Germany led to a Chinese lady who went to aconference at a company in the south of Germany. She was ill when returning to China (she had visited her parents in Wuhan before coming to Germany).
We had 18 employees and family members from that company who were isolated so that was it.
Then a couple from the west of Germany returned from holidays in northern Italy and went to a carnival session in their small town although they already felt sick. This led to hundreds of infectons in this small town which still continues. I've just read an interview with the head of the local health authority from that town who's a doctor from my area.
We do have several cases in our region. Two professional football (soccer for everybody across the pond) nearby were tested positive after having visited an event in another city where another visitor had been who had just returned from Italy, so the whole team is under quarantine now. And my cousin's trainee was at the same event and was tested positive as well which happened just by chance since shd was a possible bone marrow donor and had undergone further tests. Fortunately, she hadn't returned to her job after the event so there's no danger for my cousin and his family.
As far as I know, we do know exactly who infected whom.
We are just discussing if planned events and meetings of clubs and organisations I'm in charge with need to be cancelled. And there are rumors that all schools in my federal state might vlose for two  weeks from Monday on (followed by easter holidays shich would mean that schools might close for a whole month). Since that is not official yet, we can't plan anything and have to wait which is quite frustrating. My kids can stay at home on their own, bug those with small kids need to plan who looks after the kids - especially since grand parents are high-risk groups...
And you can't close schools and kindergardens but expect parents to go to work as medical staff etc.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8105535/Tony-Fauci-admits-Americans-tested-easily-calls-FAILING.html\

[size=34]America's coronavirus response is FAILING, admits top health official Anthony Fauci as he says 'the system is not really geared to what we need right now'[/size]


  • Dr. Anthony Fauci returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to answer questions before the House Oversight Committee 

  • Fauci admitted to lawmakers that Americans are not able to get tested for the coronavirus 'easily' 

  • 'The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we're not set up for that,' he testified 

  • He also said that this was a 'failing.' 'It is a failing. Let's admit it,' Fauci said 

  • A little while later on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue President Trump told reporters that testing for coronavirus cases in the U.S. 'is going very smooth' 

  • New numbers reported by Yahoo News show that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested just 77 people in the first two days of the week 

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By NIKKI SCHWAB, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:11 EDT, 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 20:01 EDT, 12 March 2020

     




Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted in front of the House Oversight Committee Thursday that Americans are not able to get tested for the coronavirus 'easily' and called it a 'failing.' 
'The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we're not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes, but we're not,' Fauci said on Capitol Hill. 'That is a failing. It is a failing. Let's admit it,' he also said.  
Less than an hour later, President Trump boasted that testing in the U.S. for coronavirus is cases 'is going very smooth.' 
Yahoo News reported Thursday that Americans states are, on average, testing fewer than 100 people per day, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had tested just 77 people in the first two days of this week.  
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Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted Thursday on Capitol Hill that Americans are not 'easily' able to get tested for the coronavirus and called it a 'failing' 
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Directly after Fauci gave that testimony, President Trump said in the Oval Office that testing for coronavirus is 'going smoothly' 
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (left) asked a series of questions about health care professionals not being able to get tested that resulted in Dr. Anthony Fauci's admission (right)
Fauci returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to sit on a panel of experts before the House committee and jumped in to respond to an inquiry by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, who was prodding Robert Redfield, the DCD director, on who's in charge of green-lighting testing for Americans if they want it. 
Wasserman Schultz brought up cases in which healthcare workers, namely nurses, had been denied testing. 
Redfield didn't give Wasserman Schultz a direct answer, instead explaining that the CDC's job is to get tests public health labs. 
'It’s really the engagement of the private sector to get these tests into clinical medicine, which is a partnership between the private sector and CDC,' Redfield explained. 
Wasserman Schultz asked, 'Basically you're saying ... there's not one person that can ensure that these tests can be administered? Yes or no?' 
Fauci then joined the conversation explaining that the U.S. medical system is not set up in such a way to make widespread testing easy. 
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'The system is not really geared to what we need right now - what you are asking for,' Fauci said. 
Later on in the hearing Fauci also said that patients heading into individual doctors' offices is also not ideal  
'The system was geared for the individual doctor-patient, what we're dealing with now transcends that,' Fauci said.  
On the other end of Pennsylvania, Trump was presenting the testing issues with a much more positive spin. 
'They have a million tests out now. Over the next few days they'll have 4 million tests out,' Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he held a bilateral meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.   
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8108159/Jared-Kushner-asks-Karlie-Klosss-doctor-father-help-asked-research-coronavirus.html

[size=34]Jared Kushner asks Karlie Kloss's doctor father for help after being tasked with researching coronavirus – before he posts the query to Facebook asking for 'serious responses only'[/size]


  • Jared Kushner has been tasked with researching coronavirus amid the outbreak

  • Findings will determine whether Donald Trump calls national emergency

  • He turned to help from Karlie Kloss's father, who is a doctor

  • Kloss in turn posted on Facebook asking other doctors for their suggestions

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE 
PUBLISHED: 05:16 EDT, 13 March 2020 | UPDATED: 06:14 EDT, 13 March 2020

     


Jared Kushner has enlisted the help of model Karlie Kloss's father to help figure out what the US should do about coronavirus – who in turn asked for suggestions via Facebook.
Kurt Kloss, an emergency room doctor in upstate New York, created a post in a 20,000-strong private group for doctors that asked for 'serious suggestions' about how to respond to coronavirus.
'If you were in charge of Federal response to the Pandemic what would your recommendation be,' he wrote. 'I have a direct channel to the person now in charge at the White House.'
'Please only serious responses,' he added, according to a screenshot obtained by The Spectator. 'I have already expressed concern for need for ventilators and more PPE for frontline and test kits.'
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Kurt Kloss, based in upstate New York, asked a 20,000-strong private doctors group for help
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Mr Kloss said he had been in contact with Mr Kushner about the government's response to coronavirus for weeks via Joshua, his daughter Karlie's (also pictured) husband
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Jared Kushner, shown in Maryland on February 28, has been tasked with researching COVID-19
He goes on to identify himself as Karlie's father and claims to have been talking to Jared for weeks about his concerns via his bother Joshua, who is Karlie's husband.
'Tonight I was asked by Jared through my son in-law for my recommendations, that's when I turned to you guys… for help,' he wrote in a post that appears to have been uploaded Wednesday.
After hours of back-and-forth discussions, Mr Kloss came up with a 13-point list to forward to the White House that included 'nationalized production of [protective equipment] and test kits, pop-up field hospitals, draconian travel ban and ban on all mass gatherings'.


The post asking for suggestions appears to have been uploaded around 9pm Wednesday, meaning Jared reached out for help around the same time Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office.
In the widely-criticized address, Trump announced a ban on travellers who had been to any country in the 26-state European Schengen borderless zone from coming to the US for 30 days.
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Mr Kloss came up with a 13-point list for the government after hours of back and forth discussion. He is pictured above with his daughter Karlie on Instagram
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A post put up by Mr Kloss after he had received advice from different doctors in the group
He did not announce a federal state of emergency, and made no moves to ban travel within the US, ban large-scale gatherings or close schools and other public institutions, as some state governments have already started doing.
He briefly mentioned testing kits but made no promise about wide-scale testing. The CDC has since admitted that it tested only 77 people for the illness this week.
There are currently 1,758 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US and 41 confirmed deaths, though experts have warned that the true number of cases could be ten times higher.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is pushing for coronavirus to be declared a national emergency to unlock funding and resources for states to manage outbreaks, according to Politico.
But Vice President Mike Pence, who has been put in charge of the US response, is said to be wary of taking the step for fear that it will put US stock markets into a tailspin.
Wall Street has already lost more than 20 per cent of its value since the crisis began and has entered 'bear market' territory not seen since the 2008 crash.
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Karlie Kloss pictured with her husband Joshua at the Super Bowl in February this year
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Karlie Kloss pictured with her father at the Super Bowl last month. The US has so far reported 1,758 cases of coronavirus
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Mr Kloss made this lengthy post on the private doctors group after asking for advice
Trump is also said to be reticent to declare an emergency because it runs counter to his early assertions that coronavirus is equivalent to seasonal flu.
Health experts have been warning for weeks that the virus is, in fact, many times more deadly than flu – though, like flu, is most likely to kill the elderly and those with underlying conditions.
Caught in a quandary, Trump is said to be waiting for Kushner's report on the crisis before making a decision.
Up to 150 million Americans could be infected with the coronavirus top doctors believe, a Congresswoman confirmed Thursday as vast swathes of the country shutdown
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib confirmed earlier reports that Congress' doctor Dr. Brian Monahan has told lawmakers that he predicts between 70 to 150 million people in the United States could eventually be infected with the novel coronavirus.
The startling figures were revealed as many public spaces, airports, streets and highways became deserted of people and cars Thursday evening and panicked shoppers rushed to buy supplies.
Disney Parks and Capitol Hill were among the many places closed off to the public as Broadway also went dark.
Dr. Monahan's prediction underscores how severe the outbreak could become in the U.S. as the White House continues to downplay the severity and asks the public to remain calm.
He originally shared the information with a closed-door meeting of Senate senior staff on Tuesday when they were told they should prepare for the worst.

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1) Nationalize as in war time production of PPE's, testing kits and ventilators
2) Suspend EMTALA (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act)
3) Activate FEMA and DMAT teams
4)Pop up Field Hospitals with ICU capability Israel seems to have expertise
5)Decentralized testing away from hospital or if on hospital away from ED (emergency department)
6)Drive through testing capability and I would add pulse ox capability
7)Draconian travel restrictions
8)Canceling all mass gatherings
9)Massive marketing of PSA explaining what patients to do especially not going to ED if not in respiratory distress (Need to refine this message)
10)National Telemedicine for screening
11)Locking down Nursing Homes require all care givers in full gear and frequent testing
12)Use state ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) for some sort of incident command structure
13)Use emergency funding to compensate quarantined

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Post by annemarie Fri 13 Mar 2020, 14:21

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8108251/JetBlue-BANS-passenger-flying-tested-positive-coronavirus-onboard.html

[size=34]JetBlue BANS passenger from flying with airline again after he took a flight from JFK Airport knowing he was waiting for a coronavirus test result that then came back positive on board[/size]


  • The man boarded flight from JFK airport to Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday 

  • 114 passengers forced to remain onboard for two hours to be given instructions

  • Footage shows health official telling passengers they don't need to self-isolate

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By JEMMA CARR FOR MAILONLINE and MATTHEW WRIGHT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 05:17 EDT, 13 March 2020 | UPDATED: 07:57 EDT, 13 March 2020

     




JetBlue has banned a passenger from flying with them again after he boarded a plane knowing he was waiting for coronavirus test results which came back positive during his journey.
The man got a text confirming his diagnosis after he boarded the flight from John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Palm Beach International Airport, Florida, on Wednesday.
Vast swathes of the country are shutdown as the US confirmed 1,700 cases and 41 deaths from the killer bug. 
The plane's 114 passengers were forced to remain on Flight 253 for two additional hours while they were given instructions on what procedures should be taken.
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JetBlue has banned a passenger from flying with them after he boarded a plane knowing he was waiting for coronavirus test results which came back positive during his journey. But other passengers (pictured disembarking the flight) were not told to self isolate
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The plane's 114 passengers (pictured getting off the plane) were forced to remain on Flight 253 for two additional hours while they were given instructions on what procedures should be taken
The infected man and his wife were taken off from the back of the plane. 
An airline spokesman told The New York Post on Thursday: 'In reviewing last night’s event, we determined the customer boarded our flight knowing he was awaiting results for a coronavirus test without disclosing it to anyone at JetBlue.
He added: 'Last night’s event put our crewmembers, customers and federal and local officials in an unsettling situation that could have easily been avoided, and as such, this customer will not be permitted to fly on JetBlue in the future.' 
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Agents with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County assessed the situation and spokes with all the passengers aboard the aircraft (pictured on the tarmac)
Footage taken at the time shows a Florida health official telling passengers that they were 'free to walk around and move around' after the man tested positive. 
Dr. Alina Alonso instructed the passengers to monitor themselves, highlighting how anyone who feels sick will need to contact the appropriate entities.
'At this point, you're free to walk around and move around because most likely you are not going to have anything because there was no activity,' she said in footage obtained by Pix11. 
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Officials with the Florida Department of Health spoke with passengers at the at the Palm Beach International Airport on Wednesday night after the man tested positive with the virus
'The way you get this virus is someone has to cough or sneeze on you.'     
Alonso then asks the passengers if the man had coughed or sneezed on anyone, to which several people could be heard exclaiming 'no.' 
A man can be heard asking Alonso if they can go 'out,' to which she responds that she is not telling them to stay 'home.' 


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Another passenger on the plane claimed the man's wife told him they had been told of the result before take off.
The flight landed at 8.53pm and passengers were allowed off the aircraft at 10.45pm, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue explained to WPTV.


'The person across the way from me was taken to the back of the plane,' passenger Scott Rodman said. 
'He was wearing masks and gloves. His wife was sitting in the same row as me and mentioned to others that he wasn't feeling well. 
'She said he had gotten a phone call with his test results right before we had taken off, implying that he had a positive test but not actually saying it.'
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'At this point, you're free to walk around and move around because most likely you are not going to have anything because there was no activity,' Dr. Alina Alonso said in footage
Agents with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County assessed the situation and spoke with all the passengers aboard the aircraft. 
Passengers who had been in close proximity with the man were also advised of monitoring procedures and given instructions of how to get in contact with the health department if they had any issues. 
The airport is sterilizing the area where the passengers deplaned, adding that it was in a separate area than the main terminals of the airport.  
There are already more than 1,400 cases of the virus in the US and 38 people have died.

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Post by annemarie Fri 13 Mar 2020, 14:24

Friday, Mar 13th 2020 10AM 51°F 1PM 50°F 5-Day Forecast

[size=34]Nancy Pelosi is on verge of a deal with White House to guarantee free coronavirus testing and two weeks sick pay to all Americans even though Donald Trump is STILL demanding his payroll tax cut[/size]


  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that she and the Trump administration are close to agreement on a multibillion-dollar coronavirus aid package 

  • It would provide sick pay, free testing and other resources

  • Pelosi has been in negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

  • 'I think we are very close to getting this done,' Mnuchin said on CNBC ahead of the stock market opening

  • President Trump, meanwhile, has pushed for a payroll tax cut

  • 'APPROVE A PAYROLL TAX CUT until the end of the year,' he tweeted

  • Democrats and some Republicans are against that  

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 00:59 EDT, 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:29 EDT, 13 March 2020

     


Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that she and the Trump administration are close to agreement on a multibillion-dollar coronavirus aid package to reassure anxious Americans by providing sick pay, free testing and other resources, hoping to calm teetering financial markets amid the mounting crisis.
Final details were being worked out, but the top House Democrat, who held daylong talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, expected an announcement Friday. The House could then swiftly vote.
'We have - are near - to an agreement,' Pelosi said, emerging from her office at the Capitol shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday as she heads to a briefing on the coronavirus; the House is expected to vote on a coronavirus package Friday
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President Donald Trump has pushed for a payroll tax cut in the package but Democrats - and many Republicans - oppose that
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Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke eight times on Thursday, according to the speaker's office, a negotiation that comes as the Pelosi and the president do not appear to be in direct contact. 
Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke for a ninth time Friday morning as the House prepares to vote on the package deal. 
'Negotiations are going very well. This has been a bipartisan effort,' Mnuchin said on CNBC Friday morning ahead of the markets opening. 'I think we are very close to getting this done.' 
Trump - who tasked Mnuchin with making a deal with Pelosi - has been pushing for the inclusion of a payroll tax cut but Democrats, and many Republicans, are against including that measure. 
'If you want to get money into the hands of people quickly & efficiently, let them have the full money that they earned, APPROVE A PAYROLL TAX CUT until the end of the year, December 31. Then you are doing something that is really meaningful. Only that will make a big difference!,' he wrote on Twitter Friday morning.
A payroll tax cut is not part of the current negotiations between Pelosi and Mnuchin.


And the president indicated Thursday he didn't support the House package even as his Treasury chief was in negotiations with the speaker.
'No, there are things in there that had nothing to do of what we are talking about. It is not a way for them to get some of the goodies they have been able to get for the last 25 year,' Trump said at the White House. 
The Senate, meanwhile, canceled its scheduled recess next week so the upper chamber can vote on the package after its passed by the House. If it's approved by the Senate, it would go to Trump's desk.
'Notwithstanding the scheduled state work period, the Senate will be in session next week,' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote on Twitter. 'I am glad talks are ongoing between the Administration and Speaker Pelosi. I hope Congress can pass bipartisan legislation to continue combating the coronavirus and keep our economy strong.' 
The potential deal between Congress and the White House would cap a tumultuous week in which Washington strained for a comprehensive response to the outbreak that is testing the nation's political, financial and health care systems.
It builds on an emergency $8.3 billion package approved last week and is aimed at providing additional health and financial resources to arrest the sudden spread of the pandemic and the kind of economic fallout unseen in a generation. Pelosi promised in a letter to colleagues that a third package was yet to come.
The new sick leave benefit would require businesses to provide up to 14 days of paid leave to workers who are home quarantined with the virus, with the federal government reimbursing them through tax credits. The bill enhances unemployment benefits for the jobless and boosts food and nutrition programs for working families, students and seniors.
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President Donald Trump tasked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - the two are seen together on Capitol Hill Tuesday to negotiate a coronavirus package with Speaker Pelosi
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The late announcement was intended to boost confidence, Democrats said.
'We felt that putting together something that the American people can see cooperation on between the two parties in this difficult moment would be a confidence builder,' said Rep. Richard Neal, D-N.J., the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, joining Pelosi at the Capitol, 'and I think that we approached it that way.'
Meanwhile, the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court all declared themselves off limits to the public for now, symbols of a nation hunkering down.
Democrat Joe Biden, President Donald Trump's chief rival, criticized him for playing down the threat for weeks and promised if he becomes president to 'always tell you the truth.'
Amid a wave of closures and cancellations, the coronavirus question got personal for Trump and some members of Congress.
Just days after meeting Trump and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., the communications chief for Brazil's president, Fábio Wajngarten, tested positive for the coronavirus. A photo of the president, the senator and Wajngarten shows the trio shoulder-to-shoulder at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend.
It was the first time someone infected with the virus was known to have been in close proximity to the president.
Scott said he was isolating himself. Trump, 73, said he was unworried.
'We had dinner in Florida at Mar-a-Lago with the entire delegation,' Trump told reporters at the White House. 'But we did nothing very unusual. We sat next to each other for a period of time.' Asked whether he should be tested, Trump replied, 'I am not concerned.'
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said 'the White House is aware of public reports that a member of the Brazilian delegation's visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend tested positive for COVID-19' though; confirmatory testing is pending.
She said: 'Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.' GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was also at Trump's club on the weekend, joined a growing list of lawmakers who have chosen to isolate themselves as a precaution.
On Wednesday, Trump announced a month-long restriction on travel from most of Europe, set to begin at midnight Friday night. He said Thursday that he was considering other major restrictions, such as limiting travel to domestic hot spots like California and Washington state, without spelling out how he would manage such an extraordinary effort. The State Department issued a global advisory cautioning U.S. citizens to 'reconsider travel abroad.'
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Health care personnel receive a swab sample of a person in a car to be tested for the most recent coronavirus, in San Francisco 
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A Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco offer a drive up testing center for coronavirus
So far, the administration's haphazard response and the stalemate in Congress have resulted in more uncertainty as the crisis roils the financial markets and rewrites daily life for Americans.
Biden and Bernie Sanders, the other main contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, delivered their own speeches the day after Trump's prime-time address to the nation.
Biden called for free virus testing, temporary pop-up hospitals and paid leave for all Americans to help cover paychecks as workers self-quarantine, care for the ill or lose jobs over the virus.
'No president can promise to prevent future outbreaks, but I can promise you this, when I'm president we will be better prepared, respond better and recover better,' Biden declared.
Sanders also proposed swift federal intervention and money to help people suffering in their health or finances.
As talks between Pelosi and Mnuchin continued, lawmakers from both parties expressed alarm after what they called heated and testy briefings with Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health, and other public health officials. Lawmakers were particularly frustrated that U.S. officials have tested relatively few patients.
'We're basically, in my opinion, flying blind,' said Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke on the phone nine times in their negotiations on a coronavirus relief package
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President Donald Trump has indicated he does not support the deal
As classes, sports events, concerts and conferences were canceled across the nation, Trump said he will halt his signature campaign rallies, telling reporters he needs a 'little separation until such time as this goes away.' Biden and Sanders said they would no longer hold large political gatherings and their staffs would work from home as the race for the presidency moved online.
The storied Smithsonian said it was canceling all public events and will temporarily close its network of museums and the National Zoo, starting Saturday. And Trump proposed postponing this summer's Olympics in Japan for a year, too.
The financial markets endured another day of alarming slides and the Federal Reserve moved to try to ease the disruptions by announcing that it will sharply increase its purchases of short-term Treasury bonds.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to be over it.
While Trump said all European travel except from Britain would be cut off, there were clarifications and criticisms of the cornerstone of his attempt to curtail the crisis.
Homeland Security officials said the new travel restrictions would apply only to most foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen Area at any point in the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. The area encompasses most European countries, among them France, Italy, German, Greece, Austria and Belgium.
The restrictions don't apply to legal permanent residents, immediate family of U.S. citizens or others identified in the proclamation signed by Trump. Vice President Mike Pence said the administration is also asking travelers returning to the U.S. from Europe to voluntarily quarantine for 14 days.
But some health officials, and even a former high-ranking Trump administration official, suggested Trump's European travel restriction was futile because the virus is already widespread on U.S. soil.
'In two weeks, we will regret wasting time and energy on travel restrictions and wish we focused more on hospital preparation and large scale community mitigation,' Trump's former homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, tweeted Thursday.
Trump claimed falsely Thursday that the U.S. is currently screening all Americans and foreigners who are entering the country, saying, 'people coming in have to be tested.' And he claimed that those who return are being forced to isolate themselves, adding: 'It's going to be a pretty strong enforcement of quarantine.' No widespread quarantine orders have been announced.
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Post by LizzyNY Fri 13 Mar 2020, 14:34

Carolhathaway - I wish our country was as organized as yours. Most of our problems dealing with this crisis come from having an idiot for a president. If something doesn't impact him directly, he ignores it. Thanks to him we haven't been tracking cases of the virus, we don't have enough tests or ventilators or hospital beds and we can't get a straight answer about anything from anyone in his administration.

Our country is really like a conglomeration of 50 separate countries in many ways. Looked at like that, the rate of infection here has been relatively low compared to Europe. Luckily we have better leadership on the state and city level and they're doing as much as they can to get control of the situation.
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Post by party animal - not! Fri 13 Mar 2020, 15:57

Lizzy, here is what seems to be happening re tests - or the lack of them. Apparently Trump is trying to stop people getting Medicare to supply them. 

And I understand that he wanted the private companies to more of the orders so he stalled CDC.



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Post by annemarie Fri 13 Mar 2020, 16:42

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8109073/New-Yorkers-say-LAID-states-emergency-coronavirus-rules.html

[size=34]New Yorkers say they have been LAID OFF and restaurants fear they could lose up to 80% of business because of the ban on gatherings of more than 500 people and orders for large venues to be only half full[/size]


  • New York residents have been left unemployed and with no way to pay rent because of new rules to try to contain the spread of coronavirus

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that all gatherings of 500 or more people across New York state will be banned as of 5pm Friday

  • Broadway was canceled for at least a month, leaving workers - many of whom are on hourly contracts - unemployed 

  • Public spaces with an occupancy of 500 people or fewer - such as bars, restaurants and gyms - are also required to operate at 50 percent capacity 

  • Restaurant sales were already down by up to 70 percent over the past week, as anxious New Yorkers stayed at home 

  • Jing Fong, New York's largest Chinese restaurant, closed its doors after 48 years open almost immediately after Cuomo's announcement

  • Almost 10% of workers in New York are in restaurant and foodservice jobs

  • Gyms and sports facilities are also closing, with one worker tweeting that he is 'getting freak out' after the gym he worked in closed

  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By RACHEL SHARP FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:19 EDT, 13 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:34 EDT, 13 March 2020



New York residents have said they have been laid off and left with no way to pay rent because of the rules introduced by the state to try to contain the spread of coronavirus.
All Broadway workers have been sent home as the industry closed for the first time since 9/11.
Restaurants are shutting their doors across the state after sales fell up to 70 percent in the last week and the state issued rules demanding they cut customer numbers by half, leaving the roughly 10 percent of the New York working population reliant on the industry in limbo.
New York's largest Chinese restaurant closed its doors after 48 years on Thursday and workers in Broadway, the restaurant industry, and public entertainment spaces such as gyms took to social media to ask how they will survive after losing their livelihoods overnight.   
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Broadway workers also took to social media asking for the support from the governor and mayor after they've lost their livelihoods overnight
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Gyms and boutique fitness classes are also being hit, leaving staff jobless overnight 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday afternoon that all gatherings of 500 or more people across New York state will be banned as of 5pm Friday.
Public spaces with an occupancy of 500 people or fewer - such as bars, restaurants and gyms - are also required to operate at 50 percent of their capacity. 
Broadway was first to take the hit, with the lights going out on all New York's shows from 5pm Thursday. 
The landmark move saw New York City close its biggest source of tourism for a month - the longest closure in its history and its first since 9/11 - as all Broadway theaters exceed the 500-person capacity. 
Broadway workers took to social media asking for the support from the governor and mayor after they've lost their livelihoods overnight. 
Broadway is New York's biggest tourist draw raking in sales of $1.83 billion in the last year. 
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Jing Fong, New York's largest Chinese restaurant, closed its doors on Thursday after 48 years open, almost immediately after Cuomo's announcement
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The ban on the large group gatherings was the final nail in the coffin for the 800-seat restaurant
This means it is big business and as well as actors and musicians, it provides employment for thousands of stagehands, ushers, and other professionals working behind the scenes.  
Actor and singer Matthew Cody Lang tweeted Cuomo Thursday asking how Broadway staff would be able to make ends meet and pay rent. 
'what is your plan to save everyone who you just helped lose their job for a month or more? There are hourly workers who are completely screwed because of your safety precautions. Please give more/better solutions! #nyc #broadway,' he wrote.   
Many workers in the acting industry are on hourly rates, he pointed out: 'there are hourly workers who have no source of income now that you shut down Broadway for a month or more! What're we supposed to do? Are you going to pay our rent? Are you going to feed us? Are you going to help us at all??? #nyc #broadway @playbill @nytimes.'  
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Broadway was first to take the hit, with the lights going out on all New York's shows from 5pm Thursday
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Thousands of stagehands, ushers, actors, singers, and other professionals working behind the scenes are now out of work
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Many workers in the industry work on hourly rates meaning they are now at a loss as to how they can pay rent and bills
Another Broadway worker tweeted: 'Welp, #Broadway shutdown means I don't have a job for an unclear amount of time... #CoronaVirusUpdate'

Broadway is CLOSED: Governor Cuomo says lights will go out on New York shows and bans gatherings of more than 500 people


Starting Friday at 5pm, gatherings with 500 people or more will not be permitted in NYS. Additionally, for facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer, we are reducing the legal capacity by 50%.'
This ban includes Broadway theaters in Manhattan, New York City, which all seat upwards of 500 people and where the ban will start at 5pm Thursday and continue until April 12 - dwarfing the theater district's two-day closure after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the city.   
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Broadway theaters in Manhattan, New York City all seat upwards of 500 people
'For Broadway theaters in Manhattan, these rules will go into effect at 5pm TODAY,' Cuomo tweeted.
'We have already spoken to the theaters about these new measures and they agreed.'
Cuomo also said the state is taking measures to create a 'reserve workforce of health care professionals in the event of a staffing shortage'.
De Blasio had urged Broadway to stay open in an interview with CNN Thursday morning, after it emerged Wednesday that an usher who worked two theaters on the Great White Way had tested positive for coronavirus. 
The usher had worked performances of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' at the Booth Theatre and 'SIX' at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, meaning thousands of theater-goers may have been exposed to the deadly virus. 
De Blasio said the aim was to reach a 'kind of balance' and avoid a total closure.
'I don't want to see Broadway go dark if we can avoid it. I want to see if we strike some kind of balance,' he said. 
'If we cannot strike the balance of course we can go to closure that's the decision we will make right away.' 
Broadway producers held an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss plans to halt all productions with immediate effect, according to reports on Deadline.



'Something has to be done to help those whose jobs have shut down due to the coronavirus. I'm out of work for my day job for a whole month because of the #BroadwayShutdown. How the flippity flip am I supposed to pay my rent this month?!?' posted another.   
Like Broadway, sports arenas like the Barclay's Center and Madison Square Garden will also stand empty for months as they face entire closures across sites. 
Under the 50 percent capacity rules, bars, restaurants and other public spaces can legally stay open but must halve the number of customers they let through their doors. 
The impact of the new rules on New York businesses, which came as Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency and cases in the state skyrocketed past 300, is prompting hundreds of layoffs across restaurants. 
Even ahead of Thursday's ban, bookings were down by 30 percent in New York City restaurants and its cancellation rate was 45 percent higher than normal, according to figures from restaurant reservation platform Resy. 
The New York State Restaurant Association said that restaurant sales were also down by up to 70 percent over the past week, as anxious New Yorkers were swapping dining out for stockpiling groceries and staying at home. 
In Sunset Park, four dim sum restaurants were forced to close earlier in the week because they weren't getting enough customers through their doors, the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Randy Peers told The Gothamist. 
The large restaurants draw big groups for special occasions, he said , and 'all of that stuff is now going to be put on hold.'
Just a day before the capacity rules were announced, de Blasio had urged New Yorkers to continue to eat at restaurants, and emphasized that the virus isn't transmitted through food and drinks. 
But the capacity rules now means many will struggle to survive at all.  
With almost 10% of all jobs in New York are in restaurant and foodservice jobs, according to the National Restaurant Association, meaning households across the state will be left struggling to pay rent and bills. 
Jing Fong, New York's largest Chinese restaurant, closed its doors on Thursday after 48 years open, almost immediately after Cuomo's announcement.
Claudia Leo, the restaurant's marketing director, told the NY Post that its Elizabeth Street site was already struggling to draw in crowds amid the mass panic over coronavirus.
The ban on the large group gatherings was the final nail in the coffin for the 800-seat restaurant.   
'We were going back and forth on what to do all day,' Leo said, adding that they considered 'shrinking' the seating to less than half its full capacity. 
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'It is all happening very fast. We were trying to take it all in. It is the best decision for everyone's sake,' she said. 
One bar worker wrote on Twitter Friday morning how jobs she had secured are now on hold as bars are in need of fewer staff amid the crisis.
'I went from successfully securing three wine jobs to all of them being postponed because of coronavirus,' she posted.
'New York is in a state of emergency. Idk what’s going to happen next. Send good vibes that things will blow over soon because your girl has bills to pay.'
Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg, home to several local food vendors, has been forced to close altogether due to the restrictions.  
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Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg has been forced to close altogether due to the restrictions, sending small independent food vendors into turmoil
Smorgasburg posted the news on its Instagram Friday and spoke of concerns that small businesses rely on the market for survival. 
'In light of the Governor’s coronavirus announcement, effective immediately, all markets are being put on hiatus.
'We remain hopeful that during this dormant period the health situation will come under some level of control, and that if (and when!) we are able to return, people will feel comfortable returning to Smorgasburg to gather with our community as we begin to find the new normal,' the post said.
'This is not an easy decision, as hundreds of small businesses rely heavily on our markets to survive... we look forward to seeing you on the other side.' 
The New York State Restaurant Association, which represents restaurant owners across the state, published an open letter Thursday calling on Cuomo to provide respite for restaurants now feeling the hit. 
Melissa Fleischut, the president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said several restaurants have already closed indefinitely and 'the dramatic decline in business will only get worse,' said Fleischut.


'We have member restaurants who have seen a 55 percent decrease in their business, and if they were to take on any additional costs they may not be able to stay in business,' Fleischut wrote. 
'For some restaurants, it may be impossible to keep their doors open.' 
She added: 'We want to stay open and keep employees on the payroll, but for some that will not be possible if this pandemic, and the associated quarantines, continue for even the next month.' 
Fleischut is calling on officials to provide tax breaks, cap food delivery service fees and removing late-payment fees related to business and property taxes.  
Neither de Blasio nor Cuomo have yet given any clarity over how the state plans to support the businesses most impacted by the new measures. 
As well as restaurants and bars, the capacity rules are also taking their toll on cinemas, gyms and sports facilities.
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While New York's restaurants and Broadway may be the hardest-hit industries, many other New York residents have also posted online about losing jobs in various sectors
Many of the boutique fitness classes across the state operate on a cost per class basis.
Now able to take just half the classes, this means half the income.  
'My job place is about to close ( a gym) and honestly I'm getting freak out .. I have bills to pay my guy #coronavirus,' one distressed New Yorker who suddenly found themselves unemployed tweeted Thursday. 
Then there's museum staff, such as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which announced Thursday that it was closing three of its locations across the city.
While these may be the hardest-hit industries, many other New York residents have also posted online about losing jobs in various sectors.
'I’m a first gen. college student from Washington state living in New York at attending St. John’s university. My school shut down and I’m out of a job (workstudy student) until whenever school starts back up. I’m dorming and away from family. My Cashapp is $DamariPeralezLong !' one person tweeted. 
A worker at a school wrote of hope that the education system won't be the next to face the chop, saying she wouldn't be able to survive in that eventuality.
'Tha sad thing is new york is saying its not going to close its schools and im happy about that. if i dont work i dont get paid. If the schools shut down i would have no find a new job cuz i cant go a whole month or so without pay,' the anxious woman tweeted.
Mass panic over how comes as Mayor de Blasio said Friday the city's coronavirus tally remained at 95, with no new cases confirmed overnight.
He also reiterated his previous sentiment that New York is not closing down but is very much open for business. 
'New Yorkers don't scare easily,' he said on Fox 5's Good Day New York Friday morning. 
De Blasio also slammed rumors that all of Manhattan was in quarantine as 'a lie'.

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Post by LizzyNY Fri 13 Mar 2020, 18:02

I wonder how long these restrictions will be in effect. Gov. Cuomo is on air right now saying this crisis will last for months - that there are thousands of cases of the virus throughout the state which went undiagnosed and where people have gotten well without knowing they were ever sick, so contact really can't be avoided.

He's stressing the seriousness of the situation but saying the facts don't justify the fear so many are feeling. The virus can't be avoided but 80% will not be severely affected. The elderly and immune-compromised are the people who need to be concerned - and the rest of us need to be concerned for them - and take precautions so as not to infect them.

I'm wondering how the people of service and entertainment industries will survive this. Broadway is dark. Bars and restaurants are losing business. Any large gathering is cancelled. How are the people in these businesses supposed to pay their bills?

PAN - Is the UK doing the same kind of thing and shutting down all kinds of gatherings?
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Post by annemarie Fri 13 Mar 2020, 18:16

There would be no mass panic if we had leadership instead of an idiot in the white house.


Italy is suspending mortgage payments and other debt payments.

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Italy has suspended all mortgage payments as it tries to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus.
With more than 9,000 reported cases of the virus and more than 400 related deaths, Italy isn't just the epicenter of the coronavirus in Europe, but also the country that has been hit the hardest by the illness outside of China, where the outbreak originated.
The suspension of mortgage and other debt payments is an additional measure that the country is adding to its emergency economic package. Moreover, the initial 7.5 billion euros ($8.5 billion USD) package has been bumped up to 10 billion euros ($11.38 billion), according to the Financial Times.
The country is essentially on complete lockdown. Italy residents can travel to work and for essential activity, but they are now required to sign self-declared forms explaining their movements, the FT reports. All public gatherings, including funerals and weddings, have been canceled, and restaurants and bars must close at 6 p.m. every night.
Schools and universities have suspended classes until at least April 3.
“There will no longer be a ‘red zone’ — the whole of Italy will be a protected area," Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the publication Monday.
"We have to avoid moving around other than for emergencies or essential work reasons within designated areas," he added.

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Post by party animal - not! Fri 13 Mar 2020, 22:05

Italians quarantined in their own homes in a street in Siena start singing

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Post by LizzyNY Fri 13 Mar 2020, 22:46

Only in Italy! - And they sound wonderful, too!
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