Walsh criticizes national 'mixed messages' on coronavirus situation

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh used part of his coronavirus response update Wednesday to criticize what he called "mixed messages" coming from leaders in other parts of the country and to reiterate the seriousness of the crisis.

  • Birx warns of coming coronavirus hot spots across the U.S.
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    Birx warns of coming coronavirus hot spots across the U.S.

    Louisiana is poised to become the next epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, White House officials said Thursday, citing new data that shows that 26 percent of the tests for COVID-19 in that state in recent days have come back positive. The New York area remains a “very clear and important hot zone,” Dr. Deborah Birx said at Thursday's briefing of the White House coronavirus task force as she revealed testing statistics on specific states. “What we're seeing finally is testing improving,” said Birx, a renowned veteran of the HIV/AIDS fight who is now serving as the response coordinator for the coronavirus task force.

  • Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemic
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    Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemic

    Two years ago, some of the nation's top public health officials gathered in an auditorium at Emory University in Atlanta to commemorate the 1918 influenza pandemic — also known as “the Spanish flu” — which had killed as many as 40 million people as it swept the globe. Implicit was the understanding that while the 1918 pandemic was a singular catastrophe, conditions in the 21st century were ideal for another outbreak. Long before the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, and then soon spread to nearly every country on Earth, the 2018 conference offered proof that epidemiologists at the CDC and other institutions were aware that a new pandemic was poised to strike.

  • Politics aside, US relies on China supplies to fight virus
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    Politics aside, US relies on China supplies to fight virus

    US politicians have voiced fury over Beijing's handling of the coronavirus crisis but they face a harsh truth -- the United States desperately needs China's supplies. China before the crisis produced nearly half of the face masks imported into the United States -- which in normal times cost less than a dollar but have disappeared from shelves amid growing calls for ordinary Americans wear them when outside. As China appears to have contained its own outbreak of SARS-CoV-1, which has infected more than one million people worldwide since first emerging late last year in Wuhan, it is now the first resort for protective gear sought across the world.

  • 'An act of modern piracy': A mask shipment from 3M bound for Germany was reportedly diverted to the US
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    'An act of modern piracy': A mask shipment from 3M bound for Germany was reportedly diverted to the US

    Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images A shipment of 3M protective masks that was bound for Berlin was diverted in Thailand and sent to the US, the Financial Times reported. Andreas Geisel, Berlin's interior minister, told the newspaper that the diversion of the 200,000 masks was "an act of modern piracy." President Donald Trump had criticized 3M for sending masks to countries other than the US, though the company has also increased imports to the US of the critical protective equipment.

  • Cuomo Announces Highest Single-Day Increase in N.Y. Coronavirus Hospitalizations and Deaths
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    Cuomo Announces Highest Single-Day Increase in N.Y. Coronavirus Hospitalizations and Deaths

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that 562 state residents had died in the past 24 hours of Wuhan coronavirus, the highest single-day increase in the state. As of Friday, 2,935 state residents had died of the illness. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York also saw its highest single-day increase of 10,482, with the state now reporting 102,863 cases in total.

  • How coronavirus has halted Central American migration to the US
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    How coronavirus has halted Central American migration to the US

    Border closures and strict lockdowns prompted by the Covid-19 crisis have disrupted the migrant trail through Central America and Mexico, forcing some would-be migrants to postpone their journeys – and stopping many others in their tracks. The result has been a deterrent more effective than any wall Donald Trump could build. Activists across the region have reported a steep decline in the number of migrants coming from Central America since the restrictions were implemented.

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

  • Canceling a cruise due to coronavirus? Here’s a list of updated policies
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    Canceling a cruise due to coronavirus? Here’s a list of updated policies

    Guests with bookings between March 18 and April 11 will receive a 125% refund in future cruise credit to use through Dec. 31, 2022. Guests are also able to request a 100% refund in the original form of payment however Norwegian asks that they wait to contact until after March 23. Norwegian Cruise Line is extending CLIA travel restrictions by denying boarding to: Any passenger or crew member who has been in China, Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Iran or Italy within 30 days of embarkation Any passenger or crew member who has come into direct contact with anyone who has traveled from, visited, or transited in an airport in the aforementioned countries.

  • How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping
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    How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping

    Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommending that people wear cloth, non-medical face coverings in public to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, you may wonder whether that's enough to keep you safe when you shop for food. The new CDC advisory, which is voluntary, specifically mentions groceries and pharmacies as public settings where it can be difficult to practice social distancing—that is, staying 6 feet from others—to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus poses special risk to millions of Americans with diabetes
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    Coronavirus poses special risk to millions of Americans with diabetes

    As the worsening coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, millions of Americans living with diabetes face heightened risks from COVID-19. Around 30 million Americans have diabetes, mostly of the type II (previously called “adult-onset”) variety. A quarter of U.S. adults with diabetes are over 65, an age that has been shown to delineate increased COVID-19 mortality rates.

  • France Has Deadliest Virus Day as Infection Rate Slows in Spain
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    France Has Deadliest Virus Day as Infection Rate Slows in Spain

    France reported its deadliest day from the coronavirus amid tentative signs that the pandemic may be easing in Spain and Italy. The health ministry in Paris reported 588 hospital deaths, the most yet, bringing the figure to 5,091 since the beginning of the outbreak. In contrast, new infections slowed and fatalities declined in Spain for the first time in four days, as infections stabilized in Italy.

  • Israel sends army to ultra-Orthodox city over coronavirus
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    Israel sends army to ultra-Orthodox city over coronavirus

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday gave the green light for soldiers to be deployed in a mostly ultra-Orthodox Jewish city considered the centre of Israel's novel coronavirus outbreak. "In light of the special situation in Bnei Brak following the restrictions due to the coronavirus, the IDF (army) will immediately present the necessary civil assistance to Bnei Brak municipality in fulfilling its responsibilities," Netanyahu's office said after talks with security and health officials. Authorities have enforced restrictions on access to Bnei Brak, a majority ultra-Orthodox city near Tel Aviv that is home to around 200,000 people.

  • Trump announces CDC recommendation to wear masks, promptly declares he won't follow it
    The Week

    Trump announces CDC recommendation to wear masks, promptly declares he won't follow it

    President Trump is admittedly not doing everything he can to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation for all Americans to wear cloth masks when in public around people, Trump announced at Friday's coronavirus task force press conference. Trump then repeatedly clarified that the recommendation is "voluntary," and declared that he won't be wearing a mask at all.

  • Attempts for Middle East ceasefires amid the coronavirus crisis have not stopped the fighting
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    Attempts for Middle East ceasefires amid the coronavirus crisis have not stopped the fighting

    With governments worldwide increasing health measures to keep the spread of the deadly coronavirus at bay, one might think there would be virtually no time for waging war. Despite calls for a global ceasefire — “It's time to put armed conflict on lockdown,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement in March — regional conflicts appear to be immune to the coronavirus even as more than 4,000 have died across the Middle East and almost 90,000 people have confirmed cases. In Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as authorities have shut down businesses and imposed curfews, battles between the belligerents have persisted.

  • LA's skies are smog-free and Venice's canals are clear. Photos show how nature has returned to cities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
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    LA's skies are smog-free and Venice's canals are clear. Photos show how nature has returned to cities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images Aside from slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, social distancing has had the unintended side effect of reducing pollution and replenishing wildlife across the globe. Several cities have seen a reduction in air pollution, while mountain goats overran one Welsh town as people stay indoors. The coronavirus has infected over 926,000 and killed more than 46,400, including more than 4,000 Americans and over 13,000 Italians.

  • Birx: Face masks not a substitute for handwashing, distancing to help prevent coronavirus spread
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    Birx: Face masks not a substitute for handwashing, distancing to help prevent coronavirus spread

    At a press briefing, Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said the use of face masks should not be a substitute for social distancing and washing hands to prevent contracting the coronavirus.

  • China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic
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    China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic

    China on Saturday mourned the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment. The day of mourning coincided with the start of the annual Qingming tomb-sweeping festival, when millions of Chinese families pay respects to their ancestors. In Zhongnanhai, the seat of political power in Beijing, President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders paid silent tribute in front of the national flag, with white flowers pinned to their chest as a mark of mourning, state media reported.

  • WHO concerned by 'rapid escalation' of virus, as U.S. death toll nears 5,000
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    WHO concerned by 'rapid escalation' of virus, as U.S. death toll nears 5,000

    The head of the World Health Organization has voiced deep concern over the “rapid escalation” and global spread of the new coronavirus pandemic, as the United States nears a grim milestone of 5,000 deaths. The stark warning comes as the United States barrels towards marking 5,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with more than 4,800 already recorded across the country as of early Thursday morning. Having first emerged in China in December, four months later it is the United States that has registered by far the highest number of coronavirus cases, more than 210,000 as of Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

  • More than 1,000 in US die in a single day from coronavirus, doubling the worst daily death toll of the flu
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    More than 1,000 in US die in a single day from coronavirus, doubling the worst daily death toll of the flu

    The U.S. topped 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time Wednesday, a daily death toll more than double that of two of America's most deadly illnesses – lung cancer and the flu. Death counts from the virus are difficult to keep up to date, but the Johns Hopkins coronavirus database – whose sources include the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European CDC and the National Health Commission of China – shows that the U.S. hit 1,040 cases Wednesday at 10:25 p.m. EDT. Since the virus' first appearance in the U.S. in late January, 5,116 people have died and more than 215,000 have been infected.

  • Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup
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    Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup

    Joe Biden said Friday that he will announce a committee to oversee his vice presidential selection process and is already thinking about whom he'd choose to join his Cabinet. Biden, who holds a significant lead in delegates over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary race but has yet to officially clinch the nomination, also said he's spoken to Sanders to let him know he'd be proceeding with the vice presidential vetting process. Biden, a former vice president himself, has previously committed to choosing a woman as his running mate.

  • Putin says Russia ready to cooperate on cutting oil production
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    Putin says Russia ready to cooperate on cutting oil production

    Russia is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and the United States to cut oil production, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Putin said Russia was willing to make agreements within the framework of the OPEC+ group and that "we are ready for cooperation with the United States of America on this issue," according to a statement published by the Kremlin. Oil prices have tumbled in recent weeks in the face of a drop in demand and global economic uncertainty over the new coronavirus pandemic.

  • Coronavirus: Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the world
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    Coronavirus: Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the world

    The United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, 1,480 deaths were counted between Thursday morning and Friday morning, and the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in the US is now 7,406. It comes as Donald Trump advised all Americans to wear masks in public to protect against the virus over fears that the illness that has infected more than one million people worldwide may be spreading by normal breathing.

  • 10 Great Deals on Apparel From REI’s 25% off Sale
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    10 Great Deals on Apparel From REI’s 25% off Sale

    Act fast to score discounts on Patagonia, Nike, Smartwool, and more. From Popular Mechanics

  • No, Andrew Cuomo Isn’t the Hero We Need
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    No, Andrew Cuomo Isn’t the Hero We Need

    There are still people who claim Giuliani wasn't as damaging of a mayor as he was, solely because of his reputation around 9/11, a toxic attachment that seems fueled by the same anxious desire for a savior that is compelling some to anoint as hero of the moment a governor who has not had time to prove his leadership in this crisis, and has failed to do so in the day-to-day of governing a massive state. While people fawn over Cuomo's cable news appearances-as-leadership, New York City schools don't know if they'll lose state funding due to mandatory closures—and they can't get a clear answer, because when they try to follow up with his office about comments he makes on CNN, they get no response.

  • Mexico murder rate reaches new high as violence rages amid Covid-19 spread
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    Mexico murder rate reaches new high as violence rages amid Covid-19 spread

    Photograph: Sergio Maldonado/Reuters Mexico s homicide rate raced to a new record in March, as violence raged even as Covid-19 spread across the country and authorities urged the population to stay home and practise social distancing. Mexico registered 2,585 homicides in March – the highest monthly figure since records began in 1997 – putting 2020 on track to break last year's record total for murders. The surge in killings comes as federal and state officials put resources into containing the Covid-19 crisis and confront the prospect of an already sluggish economy falling even further – potentially deepening the misery for the more than 40% of the population living in poverty.