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  • Schiff proposes postelection 9/11-style commission to study coronavirus response
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    Schiff proposes postelection 9/11-style commission to study coronavirus response

    Rep. Adam Schiff's proposal for a 9/11-style commission to study the nation's response to the coronavirus outbreak would give the president the power to appoint the chairman, and would not begin its work until after the 2020 election in November. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was the central Democratic figure in the impeachment trial of President Trump in January, serving as the prosecutor. As a result, his political profile has greatly increased but has also become much more sharply partisan.

  • As coronavirus ravages Spain, doctors get a grim order on 'futility of care' for the very old and very sick
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    As coronavirus ravages Spain, doctors get a grim order on 'futility of care' for the very old and very sick

    On Thursday, a gray and gloomy day in Barcelona — normally sunny and festive this time of year — residents awoke to unsettling news. According to regional newspaper LaVanguardia and other sources, a document circulated by the health department of Catalonia — the northeast region of Spain that has Barcelona as its capital — recommends that emergency teams and health care workers stop using ventilators for patients older than 80, and further recommends that extremely ill victims of COVID-19 be allowed to die at home rather than being taken to the hospital.

  • Revealed: food bank shortages expected to hit Washington state by mid-April
    The Guardian

    Revealed: food bank shortages expected to hit Washington state by mid-April

    Agencies and organisations tasked with feeding children, the poor and the elderly in Washington state during the coronavirus crisis will experience shortages of food and supplies as early as mid-April, according to state government emergency planning documents obtained by the Guardian. A 27 March situation report (SitRep) document produced by the Unified Command of Washington's State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) projects that a combination of acute demand at food banks and schools, supply problems for food and cleaning supplies, plus staffing shortages, will mean government and NGOs will struggle to provide for hungry people whose incomes have disappeared as the state's economy stutters. This raises the prospect of food bank shortages in Washington but also nationwide, as food banks across the US are being increasingly utilized by unprecedented numbers of people in an economy that has been abruptly slowed to fight the spreading pandemic.

  • Fact check: No, coronavirus did not lower the death rate in Chicago
    USA TODAY

    Fact check: No, coronavirus did not lower the death rate in Chicago

    It's a debate of particular significance to cities like Chicago, which has experienced high levels of violent crime. As of April 1, the virus has sickened over 3,000 people in Chicago and killed 39 — even as Illinois officials attempt to contain the spread through a stay-at-home order. "In Chicago, Covid-19 actually LOWERED the death rate," the post stated, over a background of laughing emojis.

  • New York reports deadliest day from coronavirus, makes plea for help
    Reuters

    New York reports deadliest day from coronavirus, makes plea for help

    New York suffered its deadliest single day from the novel coronavirus, with 562 additional deaths in the last 24 hours for a total of 2,935 fatalities, by far the most of any U.S. state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. Cuomo warned that people were "going to die in the near term" due to a lack of ventilators and hospital beds and called for resources from across the United States to be deployed to New York to help it deal with the growing crisis in the state - the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. "New York is in crisis.

  • North Korea's official coronavirus count: Zero. Why that claim is hard to believe
    LA Times

    North Korea's official coronavirus count: Zero. Why that claim is hard to believe

    If the country is to be believed, North Korea is one of maybe a dozen nations not yet invaded by a deadly virus that has spread across the globe from remote islands in the South Pacific to outposts nestled high in the Pyrenees or the Greater Himalayas. China, its erstwhile backer and most important trading partner, has more than 80,000. As recently as this week, a state health official rebuffed suspicions that the country was being less than forthcoming about its coronavirus situation, telling foreign reporters in Pyongyang that not a single person had come down with COVID-19 thus far.

  • 1st federal inmate to die of coronavirus wrote heartbreaking letter to judge
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    1st federal inmate to die of coronavirus wrote heartbreaking letter to judge

    The man, Patrick Jones, had been locked up for nearly 13 years on a nonviolent drug charge. “I feel that my conviction and sentence was also a punishment that my child has had to endure also and there are no words for how remorseful I am,” Jones wrote to U.S. District Judge Alan Albright in a letter dated Oct. 15, 2019. Jones had been arrested in 2007 after cops found 19 grams of crack and 21 grams of powder cocaine inside the apartment he shared with his wife in Temple, Texas.

  • Coronavirus: Germany and France accuse US of taking face masks as international tensions rise
    The Independent

    Coronavirus: Germany and France accuse US of taking face masks as international tensions rise

    Germany and France have accused the US of taking face masks already ordered by Europe as the coronavirus pandemic continued to cause rising international tensions. Politicians in Berlin and Paris both said America had been using unfair means to undermine their own attempts to secure personal protective equipment. A city leader in Paris, meanwhile, said unidentified Americans had paid excessive prices to secure Chinese-made masks that had already been ordered by France.

  • Drive-by blessings in virus-hit Philippines
    AFP

    Drive-by blessings in virus-hit Philippines

    Priests delivered blessings from the back of trucks and motorised tricycles in the Philippine Sunday, adapting the deeply Catholic nation's traditions to the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Locals lined up in front of their homes in a district of Manila, which is entering its fourth week of a lockdown that has brought the frenetic metropolis nearly to a halt. The priests made signs of the cross as they rolled past waving residents marking Palm Sunday, the start of the week that culminates with the observance of Easter.

  • Navy removes captain for raising alarm about coronavirus outbreak on ship
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    Navy removes captain for raising alarm about coronavirus outbreak on ship

    The U.S. Navy on Thursday removed the captain of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter to Navy leadership asking for stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

  • 27 Best Home Office Decor Ideas to Keep You in the Zone
    Architectural Digest

    27 Best Home Office Decor Ideas to Keep You in the Zone

    Work from home and keep your sanity with these decor ideas that will help Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 'Throwing the commanding officer overboard': Democrats want investigation after Navy fires aircraft carrier captain
    Business Insider

    'Throwing the commanding officer overboard': Democrats want investigation after Navy fires aircraft carrier captain

    US Navy/MCS 3rd Class Nicholas Huynh House lawmakers want answers about the Navy's abrupt dismissal of Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, after his letter pleading for coronavirus help was leaked. Lawmakers said Crozier "clearly went outside the chain of command" by sending the letter but that the timing "will likely put our service members at greater risk and jeopardize our fleet's readiness." "What I learned from my first day in the Marine Corps is that telling the truth and having the courage to speak the truth to power is respected, not relieved," Rep. Seth Moulton told Insider.

  • Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds suffers coronavirus symptoms
    The Telegraph

    Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds suffers coronavirus symptoms

    Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds has revealed she has "spent the past week in bed" after suffering coronavirus symptoms but is now recovering. Shortly after his announcement, Ms Symonds - who usually lives with the Prime Minister in the Number 11 flat - shared a photograph of herself self-isolating in Camberwell, south London, with the couple's dog Dilyn. While pregnant women do not appear more likely to contract coronavirus than the general population, pregnancy itself alters the body's immune system and response to viral infections in general.

  • Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases topping 100 for first time: NHK
    Reuters

    Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases topping 100 for first time: NHK

    Some 118 people were newly infected with the novel coronavirus in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, NHK public broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing metropolitan government officials. It marked the first time that daily confirmed cases exceeded 100 in the Tokyo area, bringing the number of confirmed cases there to 891, NHK said. Tokyo's metropolitan government has strongly urged people to stay at home at the weekend as the mega-city faces a rising number of cases and as speculation simmers that Japan may declare a state of emergency, leading to lockdown.

  • Driver who said woman coughed on his bus has died of coronavirus
    USA TODAY

    Driver who said woman coughed on his bus has died of coronavirus

    A Detroit bus driver, who complained and warned in a Facebook video post about the dangers of the coronavirus, has died. Jason Hargrove died Wednesday night of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to Glenn Tolbert, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26. Tolbert, reached at home late Thursday, said he also had tested positive hours earlier and felt sick.

  • Thousands of applicants, zero loans: Trump's small businesses lending program is a failure to launch
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    Thousands of applicants, zero loans: Trump's small businesses lending program is a failure to launch

    One day after the launch of a $350 billion loan program designed to rescue millions of small businesses pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic, technical glitches continued to cripple the ability of the nation's top lenders to begin processing the loans, throwing into doubt when any of the applicants will start receiving any money. The lending program, which forms part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is a much-needed lifeline for the 30 million small businesses across the country. “We are all waiting on the Small Business Administration,” a Chase senior executive told NBC News.

  • Provincial Communist Party Officials Are Concealing Extent of Coronavirus Outbreak from Beijing, According to U.S. Intelligence
    National Review

    Provincial Communist Party Officials Are Concealing Extent of Coronavirus Outbreak from Beijing, According to U.S. Intelligence

    The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that the Chinese government does not know the full extent of the coronavirus outbreak within the country, the New York Times reported on Thursday. China's government has encountered difficulties collecting accurate data on the spread of the coronavirus because mid-level bureaucrats in Wuhan and elsewhere in China have been lying about the number of cases, current and former intelligence officials told the Times. Local administration officials in China fear that their superiors will punish and even fire them if they report high numbers of cases.

  • A couple married for 51 years died of COVID-19 just 6 minutes apart. Now their son is sharing his family's tragedy to warn about the disease.
    INSIDER

    A couple married for 51 years died of COVID-19 just 6 minutes apart. Now their son is sharing his family's tragedy to warn about the disease.

    Stuart and Adrian Baker, a couple married for more than 51 years, died March 29 of COVID-19. "You never know the level of impact that something like that's going to make, but we're pleased that something positive is coming out of this tragedy that we're suffering through," he told Insider. Stuart and Adrian Baker, a couple married for more than 51 years, recently died due to complications from COVID-19.

  • ‘My Everything’: Husband of Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter Recounts Tragic Drowning
    The Daily Beast

    ‘My Everything’: Husband of Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter Recounts Tragic Drowning

    Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's husband has posted a heartbreaking tribute to his wife—the granddaughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy—and the couple's child, who went missing in the Chesapeake Bay Thursday afternoon. The Kennedy family announced Friday that the Coast Guard suspended the rescue effort for McKean, 40, and son Gideon, 8, who disappeared after paddling a canoe out into the bay. “The search that began yesterday afternoon went on throughout the night and continued all day today,” McKean's husband, David McKean, wrote in a Facebook post late Friday.

  • 3M pushes back at Trump over order to produce more face masks
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    3M pushes back at Trump over order to produce more face masks

    Manufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers.

  • McGrath offers quick response to McConnell virus-related ad
    Associated Press

    McGrath offers quick response to McConnell virus-related ad

    Democrat Amy McGrath has punched back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of seeking a political windfall from an economic aid package while the coronavirus crisis worsens. McGrath's campaign released a TV ad Friday lambasting the Kentucky Republican for “taking a victory lap against the coronavirus." It's a quick response by his most well-funded Democratic challenger to a McConnell commercial in which he trumpeted his key role in passing the $2.2 trillion rescue package.

  • 'Just one week and it's a whole different world': An ER doctor who survived Ebola shares the new reality of treating the coronavirus in NYC
    Business Insider

    'Just one week and it's a whole different world': An ER doctor who survived Ebola shares the new reality of treating the coronavirus in NYC

    On Twitter, Dr. Craig Spencer shared the evolving reality of his experience treating patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The volume and severity of cases hitting the emergency room is new to the doctor, who's an emergency-room doctor at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. "Our ERs are ICUs," Spencer tweeted.

  • Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up
    Reuters

    Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up

    Ecuador's government has begun storing the bodies of victims of the coronavirus in giant refrigerated containers as hundreds of deaths in the city of Guayaquil, the center of the country's outbreak, have already filled morgues and hospitals. Ecuador has confirmed 318 deaths from the virus, one of the highest tallies in Latin America. But President Lenin Moreno said this week that the real figure was higher as authorities were collecting more than 100 bodies a day, many from relatives' homes as a strict quarantine prevented them from being buried.

  • Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?
    USA TODAY

    Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?

    The claim: The Obama administration used and did not replenish the nation's emergency stockpile of medical supplies, including N95 masks As the novel coronavirus pandemic strains health care systems, questions around the U.S. government's response have circulated in the media and online. On March 26, The Daily Wire published an article centering on the Obama administration's role in using and allegedly failing to replenish the federal stockpile of N95 masks. The Obama administration significantly depleted the federal stockpile of N95 respirator masks to deal with the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009 and never rebuilt the stockpile despite calls to do so,” the piece begins.

  • Coronavirus: Trump says teenage son Barron ‘isn’t as happy as he could be’ as quarantine frustrations hit White House
    The Independent

    Coronavirus: Trump says teenage son Barron ‘isn’t as happy as he could be’ as quarantine frustrations hit White House

    Donald Trump offered a rare personal insight into the life of his 14-year-old son Barron Trump and how he is faring in quarantine during his latest White House briefing on the coronavirus outbreak. Mr Trump was later asked about his own youngest child, forced into isolation like millions of others across the US. Despite the starkness of his opening remarks, in which the president warned that the pandemic is approaching its peak and “there will be a lot of death, unfortunately... There will be death”, he swiftly returned to making the case for reopening the US for business, whatever the risk of worsening the spread of the Covid-19 contagion.