Coronavirus

France Mandates Face Masks In All Indoor Spaces

ABC News reports: France is taking a new step in the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus making the wearing of the mask mandatory in closed public spaces from today. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran [photo], said on Saturday that the obligation to wear a mask would apply in shops, “establishments open to the public”, “covered markets” …

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TODAY: New York City Enters Phase 4 Of Reopening

NBC New York reports: New York City joins the rest of the Empire State in Phase IV, the last step of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan Monday, but a few key activities like indoor dining remain held back as the nation’s former COVID-19 epicenter attempts to avoid a surge in new cases like the one swallowing many states in the …

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Delta Airlines: If You “Can’t” Wear A Mask, Don’t Fly

CNN Business reports: Delta Air Lines will now require medical screenings for passengers who can’t wear face masks due to health reasons — and asks that they reconsider flying altogether as the coronavirus pandemic rages. The strengthened policy adds another layer of protection for passengers who are already mostly required to wear masks while on flights, during boarding and in …

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Mask Refuser Gets Pepper Spray At Montreal Eatery

Global News reports: Quebec’s mandatory mask rule in public indoor spaces went into effect on Saturday and not everything is going as smoothly as many thought or planned. Sandra Bourgoin posted a video on Facebook Saturday afternoon of a man in a local Montreal Tim Hortons being asked to wear a mask by a police officer. In the now-viral video, …

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TX Sees 10K Cases For Fifth Day, Military Aid Deployed

UPI reports: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday announced the U.S. Navy has been deployed to assist in combatting COVID-19 as the state has reported more than 10,000 cases for five consecutive days. Abbott said the U.S. Department of Defense has sent five U.S. Navy teams, consisting of medical and support professionals, to support hospitals in Harlingen, Del Rio, Eagle …

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China “Pre-Tests” COVID Vax On Pharma Executives

The Associated Press reports: In the global race to make a coronavirus vaccine, a state-owned Chinese company is boasting that its employees, including top executives, received experimental shots even before the government approved testing in people. “Giving a helping hand in forging the sword of victory,” reads an online post from SinoPharm with pictures of company leaders it says helped …

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FL Reports 12K New Cases, Fifth Straight Day Over 10K

Reuters reports: Florida reported over 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the fifth day in a row the state has announced over 10,000 new infections, even as President Donald Trump pledged that the virus was coming under control. Trump defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in an interview broadcast on Sunday, including his statement that there were only …

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Walmart To Deploy “Health Ambassadors” Trained To De-Escalate Confrontations Over Face Mask Mandate

The New York Post reports: In a week that saw big chains like Kohl’s, CVS and Target announce that all shoppers must wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, only Walmart said it is creating a dedicated enforcement team. The Bentonville, Ark.-based behemoth said that it will install “health ambassadors” at each location to help implement the rule, which …

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Russia Denies Hacking Attempt On UK Vax Research

Politico Europe reports: Russia’s ambassador to the U.K. said there is “no sense” in the claim that Russian intelligence services attempted to steal British coronavirus vaccine research. Speaking on the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday, Andrey Kelin said it was “impossible” to link hackers to any one country and that he doesn’t believe the allegations. On Thursday, the U.K.’s …

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Newsom Was Told That If He Wanted Testing Swabs He’d Have To Ask Trump Himself And Then Thank Him

The New York Times today published a lengthy accounting of the ways that Trump and his administration botched the COVID response. A couple of lowlights: For scientific affirmation, they turned to Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the sole public health professional in the Meadows group. A highly regarded infectious diseases expert, she was a constant source of upbeat news for the …

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FL Sees 10K New Cases, Hospitals Beg Feds For Drugs

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Florida reported 10,328 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, along with 90 new resident deaths, according to the state health department’s latest update. In total, 337,569 people have been infected, including 4,368 non-residents. 5,002 people have died since the pandemic began, including 107 non-residents. Statewide, the latest positivity rate made available by the Florida Department of Health, …

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Top Touring Exec: Don’t Expect Concerts Until 2022

“Look, the whole thing is a shit show. Whether it’s testing or it’s the government, it’s too infinite of a well to go down. But in my humble opinion, it’s going to be ‘22. It’s going to take that long before what I call the ‘germaphobia economy’ to be slowly killed off and be replaced by what I call the …

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Majority Of CA Schools Won’t Reopen In Fall [VIDEO]

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Schools in much of California will be blocked from reopening in-person classes this fall unless they meet strict guidelines to protect students and staff, and unless counties where they are located slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. All public and private schools throughout California must also require staff and students …

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FL Sees 11K New Cases, State Rep Sues Over Masks

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: Florida added 11,466 new cases of coronavirus Friday and another 128 deaths, with the caseload soaring by 21% since the beginning of the week. The state now has reported 327,241 total cases and 4,805 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March. Congressional Democrats blistered Gov. Ron DeSantis’ refusal to enact a statewide mask mandate …

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Queen Knights WWII Vet Who Raised $41M For NHS

NBC News reports: The WWII veteran who raised millions for Britain’s National Health Service during the coronavirus pandemic was bestowed the highest of accolades on Friday receiving knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Tom Moore, whose fundraising campaign captured the hearts of the country, met with the Queen at Windsor Castle for a private ceremony with members of his family. …

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Georgia Megachurch Suspends Services Until 2021

The Christian Post reports: Andy Stanley, leader of the multi-campus North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, announced Tuesday that in-person services have been suspended until 2021 because he cannot guarantee the safety of members in the wake of increasing coronavirus infections. “Based on the uptick in COVID-19 cases, the results of our attendee surveys and the experiences of churches …

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GOP Bill Would Offer Protection From COVID Lawsuits

The Wall Street Journal reports: Top Senate Republicans are pushing to give federal courts jurisdiction over personal injury and medical liability claims stemming from the coronavirus pandemic as part of a temporary set of legal protections for businesses, schools and other organizations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) crafted the measure ahead of …

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US Sees Single-Day Record: 77,255 New COVID Cases

CNN reports: For the first time, the numbers of coronavirus cases reported in the United States passed 77,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. There were 77,255 new cases reported Thursday, topping the previous high of 67,791 two days ago. Florida reported 13,965 of Thursday’s cases, the second most reported in a day in the state. As much …

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Trump’s COVID Response Approval Sinks In New Poll

ABC News reports: With COVID-19 cases soaring nationally, Americans by nearly a two to one margin distrust what President Donald Trump says about the pandemic, and six in 10 in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of how he’s handling it, up steeply since the early days of the outbreak. Just 38% in the national survey now approve of …

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Outbreak Shuts Florida’s State Emergency Ops Center

The Washington Post reports: The coronavirus thrashing Florida has penetrated the state’s emergency operations center, a clearinghouse for disaster-related information and a command center of sorts for the pandemic response. A new set of cases caused the center, located in Tallahassee, to shut down Thursday as staff shifted to remote work. One official with knowledge of the events, who spoke …

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