April 07, 2020

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Wisconsin polls open today despite "stay-home" order
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Under a statewide "safer-at-home" order intended to prevent more widespread COVID-19 infection, Wisconsinites are going to the polls to vote in person Tuesday, after a series of legal battles over whether or not the primary election could be delayed and whether the voting period for absentee voters could be extended. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the lower court ruling that would have allowed more time for absentee voting. As a result, all ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 7. Also on Monday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers tried to delay the primary until June 9 by executive order, but Republicans in the legislature sued, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked the order. Although the election remains in place for Tuesday, Wisconsin Elections Administrator Meagan Wolfe told reporters Monday night that results will not be reported until next week.
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Dr. Drew Apologizes for Widely Shared Claim That Coronavirus Was ‘Press-Induced Panic’
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(NEW YORK) — Celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky has apologized for a series of statements unspooled in a recent video where he downplayed the coronavirus and suggested it was a “press-induced panic.”“I wish I had gotten it right, but I got it wrong,” said Pinsky in a video posted over the weekend. Pinsky is known as “Dr. Drew.”Pinsky’s apology was prompted by an online video that put together clips from a series of appearances he made over a two-month period. It’s a storytelling form that has gained steam with the pandemic: The Washington Post has done mashups focused on President Donald Trump and Fox News, while Comedy Central on Friday issued a video targeting conservative personalities.
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AP Was There: Snead tops Hogan in playoff to win ’54 Masters
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A survey of 15 golf writers voted on the top five Masters in history. They are being republished this week because the Masters has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1954 Masters was voted No. 6. The following story moved on April 12, 1954.___AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Sam Snead gambled with the “graveyard of the Masters,” the tortuous thirteenth hole, and beat Ben Hogan by a stroke in an 18-hole playoff for the Masters golf title Monday.Snead won by a score of 70 to Hogan’s 71 in a duel that carried right up to the final green. They had finished the regulation 72 holes Sunday with scores of 289, highest ever to win a Masters tournament.The victory made Snead the second man ever to win the Masters three times, putting him even with Jimmy Demaret. And it deprived Hogan of the same honor and preserved the tradition that no Masters champion ever repeats the next year.
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A Major Outbreak of Coronavirus Will Test India’s Healthcare, Governance and Social Cohesion to the Limit
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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared on television to address the nation on the coronavirus crisis on Mar. 19, Indians braced themselves for some grim news. Initially, all he asked for was a day of voluntary curfew that Sunday and some noise as a sign of appreciation for health workers. But just a few days later he was back on TV, this time declaring a 21-day lockdown with only four hours notice—sparking panic buying and crowds of workers rushing to return home.On Apr. 3, he appeared on TV yet again—this time asking people to switch off all lights for nine minutes at 9:00 p.m. in two days’ time, and to hold up candles, lamps and mobile flashlights in a show of solidarity. The idea, he said, was to “challenge the darkness spread by the coronavirus crisis, introducing it to the power of light.” Memes and jokes flooded social media. One Facebook post read: “In India, eventually the coronavirus will die laughing.”
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Bay Area EMT’s, paramedics have their hands full with COVID-19 patients
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KRON) – We’re hearing from more frontline healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19.Bay Area EMT’s and paramedics have had their hands full with coronavirus patients.KRON4’s Dan Thorn spoke with an EMT who says his job has gotten a little more stressful but much of the response remains the same.As Bay Area COVID-19 cases continue to grow, the job only intensifies for healthcare workers on the frontlines.“It’s kinda scary, some people don’t really know 100% what’s going on,” Nick Atkinson said. Nick Atkinson is an EMT with Westmed Ambulance in the East Bay.He says he’s helped treat at least two dozen suspected coronavirus patients, many who have expressed fear or anxiety.“The fear of the unknown, whether or not they have it or not is a huge kinda stressful for patients experiencing symptoms,” Atkinson said.
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Coronavirus severs Brazilian Amazon from world
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CARAUARI, BRAZIL -- Deep in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, where rivers are the only highways, the coronavirus pandemic is sharply limiting boat traffic, leaving villages even more cut off from the world than before. Canoes, motor boats and ferries are the cars, trucks and buses of the Amazon, bringing people and goods to remote communities that can only be reached by river -- sometimes with a journey of more than a week. But because of the pandemic, authorities in Amazonas state have restricted river traffic to essential travel, seeking to stop the spread of the virus in a region that could be particularly vulnerable to it. Cargo transport is operating normally, but passenger transport is restricted to exceptional circumstances such as medical emergencies and essential services like paramedics and police, said Jerfeson Caldas, regional coordinator for national health agency Anvisa.
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N95 Maker Strikes Deal to Send Masks to Canada and Latin America Despite Trump Export Band
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(TORONTO) — Manufacturing giant 3M said Monday it has an agreement with the Trump administration that will allow the company to continue to export N95 protective masks to Canada and Latin America amid the coronavirus pandemic.The company said the U.S. government and 3M have a plan to produce 166.5 million masks over the next three months to support healthcare workers in the United States. They will primarily come from its manufacturing facility in China.President Donald Trump had used his authority under the 1950 Defense Production Act to stop exporting such masks, also known as respirators. The move to block N95 masks, which are crucial in protecting healthcare workers on both sides of the border from the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, outraged many officials in Canada.
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India Partially Lifts Export Ban on Potential Coronavirus Treatment After Trump Call
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India partially lifted a ban on the exports of a malaria drug after President Donald Trump sought supplies for the U.S., according to government officials with knowledge of the matter.Exports of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol will be allowed depending on availability of stock after meeting domestic requirements and existing orders, said the government officials, who asked not to be identified citing rules. Shipments will be restricted and permission will be on humanitarian ground, they added.The spokesman for the trade ministry was not immediately available for comment.Normally used to treat malaria, hydroxychloroquine yielded promising yet inconclusive results in a small coronavirus trial. While Trump has said the drug is safe, it carries significant side effects. China, Europe and South Korea recommend it as one of several treatments for Covid-19 patients, while India itself advocates health-care workers take the drug regularly as a preventive measure.
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Boris Johnson in intensive care, needed oxygen after symptoms worsened
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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care on Tuesday after receiving oxygen support for serious COVID-19 complications, leaving his foreign minister to lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak. Johnson’s personal battle with the virus has shaken the British government just as the United Kingdom enters what scientists say is likely to be one of the most deadly weeks of the pandemic, which has killed 5,373 people in Britain and 70,000 worldwide. Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital across the River Thames from the House of Commons late on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature and a cough, for more than 10 days.
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165 VIPs urge 20 economic powers for billions for COVID-19
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Dozens of current and former global leaders and other VIPs are urging the world’s 20 major industrialized nations to approve $8 billion in emergency global health funding to speed the search for a vaccine, cure and treatment for COVID-19
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Ex-NFL safety Myron Rolle now on front lines of coronavirus pandemic: 'I'm happy to be able to join the fight'
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Myron Rolle — or one of his colleagues — picks up the phone and begins dialing. On the other end, their patients are about to get some bad news.Procedures on their benign brain tumor need to be put on hold.Treatment for their chronic degenerative spine that's causing radiculopathy has to wait.Their elective neurological surgeries have been postponed or canceled, forced to take a backseat for the time being as Massachusetts General Hospital deals with the rapid influx of coronavirus patients.There’s no alternative. Rolle, a former Tennessee Titans safety who is now a third-year neurosurgery resident at Mass. General and Harvard Medical School, has seen the neurosurgery floor of his hospital transition to a COVID-19-only floor.
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10 times presidents led on national crises instead of blaming the states as Trump is doing
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Let's be blunt. What’s the reason President Donald Trump shuns a national strategy to stop a national pandemic?Taking responsibility would bring accountability. Dodging both means no full-throated federal battle-plan. No swift and uniform nation-wide campaign to "flatten the curve" of rising COVID-19 cases.A uniform approach would save lives, as Dr. Anthony Fauci keeps trying to tell us. But it would make it harder to blame the states.To win in November, Trump wants to argue that the grim toll of the virus, especially in the hardest-hit places, is the fault of governors. Never mind that his administration dismantled early warning systems for pandemics. Never mind his deadly 70-day delay before taking action last month.
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Celebrities reveal new sides during virus, but face backlash
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Portia de Rossi has been teaching herself how to cook during the coronavirus lockdown. It’s been an eye-opening experience for the actress — and for her fans.She’s cut herself and been burned, yes. She’s also discovered she doesn’t like some Indian flavors and that her longtime wife, talk show host Ellen Degeneres, isn’t a fan of curry and garbanzo beans. “We’re learning a lot about each other in quarantine!” she admits on Instagram.We are indeed learning a lot about each other these days, and that’s especially true with our celebrities. Social distancing has meant they have no army of publicists or glam squad. They’re bored and unfiltered — and often incredibly relatable.
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As US nears 11,000 deaths, White House is optimistic about social distancing
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(CNN)The US coronavirus death toll is nearing 11,000 as the country prepares for what the President said will be a "difficult" week and a half.But White House officials say they are encouraged by parts of the country thatleaned in heavily to social distancing measures and are now seeing a slowdown in the rate of growthof coronavirus cases. "We are not only seeing remarkable progress in Washington state and in California where the numbers remain low and steady," Vice President Mike Pence said Monday. "But we are also beginning to see a leveling." There are now at least 368,196 coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the US.President Donald Trump warned Americans last week to prepare for a "painful" two weeks ahead as he extended nationwide distancing measures and acknowledged the severity of the virus.
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EMT's response to COVID-19 patients
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Bay Area EMT's say responding to COVID-19 cases are very similar to their regular work flow.
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Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Mohammed al-Dulfi’s 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots proposed by the government outside Baghdad for him and seven other coronavirus victims, al-Dulfi said. A fight broke out between the families and the Health Ministry’s team. His father’s corpse waited in a hospital morgue for days.“We were suffering immensely, knowing my father was deceased but we could not bury him,” said the 26-year-old. Across the Middle East and parts of South Asia, bereaved families have faced traumatic restrictions on burying their dead amid the pandemic. Religion and customs that require speedy burials in the largely Muslim region have clashed with fears of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, and government-mandated lockdowns.
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Wisconsin election, American flight suspensions, 'pink' supermoon: 5 things to know Tuesday
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The Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated Tuesday's election on Monday, hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called it off due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means Wisconsin will hold an election even though state residents are under a stay-at-home order. Evers sought to close the polls, push back the election to May 19 and convert it entirely to mail-in voting. But in a 4-2 ruling that came in response to a lawsuit filed by Republican lawmakers, the court's decision undid Evers' emergency order. The election features the Democratic presidential primary between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, but also some general election races for state and local offices, making it more difficult to postpone. Over two dozen health officials from across Wisconsin are calling for a delay, citing "significant" risk to the public and strain on the election system. More than a dozen other states have already delayed their primaries due to the pandemic.
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Finding news ways to worship amid COVID-19 pandemic
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KRON) – As Christians around the world enter Holy Week and prepare for Easter Sunday, faith groups really are adapting to the new normal where sanctuaries are closed and worship lives online.Bishop Oscar Cantu of the Diocese of San Jose spoke during livestream services on Palm Sunday, that parishioners joined via Facebook. Bishop Cantu says since the stay at home order was put in place, the diocese has worked hard to keep Catholic’s connected​, by adding an online schedule of services that will continue through Holy Week. “As we enter this week, we must continue to use our prayers for our families, for our communities, for our healthcare workers, for so many throughout the world who are suffering,” said Bishop Cantu. Catholicism isn’t the only faith group adjusting to the change.
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Coronavirus in the US: Here’s what happened Monday
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Tracking the virus:In another grim milestone, the coronavirus death toll in the United States has surpassed 10,000. There were over 367,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country Monday evening – more than double the tally of Spain, the country with the second-most cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Wisconsin to hold primary election: Voters must choose between casting a ballot or abiding by warnings from public health officials after conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justices overturned a decision by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to postpone the election amid the pandemic.Americans advised to avoid grocery stores: Americans are strongly advised to avoid going out — even for essential activities like grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions — as the coronavirus pandemic is expected to hit a deadly apex in the next two weeks.
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Outages and delays mar new small business loan program
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The system the Small Business Administration is using to establish coronavirus relief loans was not functioning for most of Monday, banking executives said.
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Missouri school district suspends meal delivery to students after bus driver diagnosed with coronavirus
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(CNN)The Ferguson-Florissant school district in Missouri has suspended the home delivery of meals to students following the deaths of two school bus drivers. The district serves students in a northeastern suburb of St. Louis.One driver who supported food distribution at McCluer North High School in Florissant during the school closure died after testing positive for coronavirus, a letter from the district Superintendent Joseph Davis saidA second driver died after a prolonged illness unrelated to coronavirus but had symptoms of the virus before death, according to the statement. The driver supported food distribution from Cross Keys Middle School, also in Florissant, before spring break started on March 23.
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