Coronavirus

Queen Elizabeth Dons Gloves Per Advice On Virus

The Independent reports: Queen Elizabeth donned a pair of gloves during an investiture ceremony Tuesday — the first time she has done so in more than 60 years — amid snowballing coronavirus fears in the UK and around the world, according to new reports. The 93-year-old monarch was pictured wearing a pair of long white gloves — which also covered …

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French Government Requisitions All Stocks Of Masks

The Associated Press reports: France’s president says the government is requisitioning all current and future stocks of protective masks. In a tweet, President Emmanuel Macron said the masks would be distributed to health workers and people in France who have been sickened by the coronavirus outbreak spreading through the country. The government on Tuesday reported a total of 204 cases, …

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NY Sees Second Virus Case, Two Jewish Schools Close

The New York Post reports: A New Rochelle man has been confirmed to have the coronavirus — making him the second person in the state to have the illness, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday — as two Jewish private schools closed, including one in The Bronx attended by one of the man’s children. The Westchester County man — an attorney …

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Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rate Over Virus Impact

NBC News reports: The Federal Reserve announced an emergency rate cut on Tuesday in response to the viral outbreak, trimming the nation’s benchmark borrowing rate by 0.5 percentage points. The move comes after finance ministers from the G-7 convened via teleconference with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to determine an economic strategy to defend against …

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ITALY: Pope Francis Tests Negative For Coronavirus

Reuters reports: Pope Francis, who canceled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy because he is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for coronavirus, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Tuesday. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said he had no immediate comment on the report. The 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader, who had part of one lung …

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NYC’s MTA Launches Anti-Virus Sanitization Program

NBC New York reports: The MTA is stepping up its cleaning efforts in order to ensure that the novel coronavirus does not get spread on NYC’s public transportation. Transit workers will disinfect subway turnstiles, station handrails, MetroCard and ticket vending machines daily and other frequently used parts of the system, according to a statement from Transport Workers Union President Tony …

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Congress Set To Approve $7.5B Virus Spending Bill

The Washington Post reports: Bipartisan negotiators on Capitol Hill are closing in on a $7.5 billion emergency spending bill to fight the coronavirus, two people familiar with the negotiations said late Monday. The legislation is likely to be made public on Tuesday and pass the House later this week, before moving to the Senate. The people spoke on the condition …

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Cuomo Orders Insurers To Waive Virus Testing Costs

TechCrunch reports: In a move that other states might want to emulate, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said that the state’s Department of Financial Services is requiring health insurers in the state to waive cost sharing associated with testing for the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The initiative paves the way for low-cost emergency room, urgent care, and hospital visits …

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Hannity: It’s Like Dems Are Hoping For Virus Deaths

“The amount of lying that goes on in the mob and the media is so disgraceful. And the Democrats – the politicizing, the weaponizing, you know, of this virus to bludgeon the president, when he’s done more more quickly than anybody in modern history to prevent the spread of the virus. “The latest talking point is Joe Biden, Bloomberg, and …

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Dow Closes Up 1300 Points After Historically Bad Week

CNBC reports: Stocks rose sharply in volatile trading on Monday, clawing back out of correction territory and regaining a big chunk of their losses from Wall Street’s worst week since 2008. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1,293 points higher, or 5.1%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 4.6% and 4.5%, respectively. Those gains snapped seven-day losing streaks …

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Four More Virus Deaths, Fauci Sees “Likely Pandemic”

USA Today reports: Four more people have died of the coronavirus in Washington state, raising the death toll in the state and the nation to six, health officials said Monday. Jeffrey Duchin, a health officer in King County and Seattle, said at a Monday news conference five of the deaths were people from King County and one was from Snohomish …

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HHS Secretary Under Internal Fire Over Virus Response

Politico reports: Even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes blame for testing delays that may have led to hundreds of Americans being quietly infected with the coronavirus, officials inside the health department and the White House are increasingly pointing the finger at one leader: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who they say failed to coordinate …

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REPORT: FEMA May Declare Coronavirus Emergency

NBC News reports: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning for the possibility that President Donald Trump could make an emergency declaration to bring in extra funds and personnel to assist the administration’s coronavirus response, according to internal documents obtained by NBC News. FEMA officials are preparing for an “infectious disease emergency declaration” by the president that would allow the …

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Trump: I’ve Already “Saved Many Lives” From The Virus

The Independent reports: Donald Trump is pushing a weeks-old poll – conducted before a stock market drop – about the US government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak while also accusing Democrats of “fear mongering” about the flu-like ailment. The president on Sunday cited a New York Post survey he claims “says that 77% of ‘US adults have confidence in their …

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FRANCE: Louvre Closed Due To Staff Fears About Virus

Bloomberg News reports: The Louvre museum in central Paris remained closed on Monday as staff declined to turn up because of worries over the coronavirus outbreak. Employees at the world’s most-visited museum stopped work on Sunday under rules designed to protect against serious health risks. The decision applies until further notice, CGT union representative Christian Galani said. The move comes …

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IRAN: Top Official Dies Of Virus, US Help Rejected

The Associated Press reports: A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died Monday after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both citizens and leaders of the Islamic Republic. The death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, came as Iran announced the virus …

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Gene Study: Virus May Have Spread In US For Weeks

The New York Times reports: Researchers who have examined the genomes of two coronavirus infections in Washington State say the similarities between the cases suggest that the virus may have been spreading in the state for weeks. Washington had the United States’ first confirmed case of coronavirus, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 20. Based …

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Trump To Visit Atlanta CDC HQ For Virus Briefing

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: President Donald Trump is set to visit the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday as he tries to calm growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak. The trip was scheduled a day after health officials confirmed the first death in the U.S. from the coronavirus, leading the president to issue new restrictions on foreign …

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Rhode Island Sees First Virus Case, Patient Visited Italy

The Providence Journal reports: The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced the state’s first “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The person is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in mid-February, the department says. The news release does not reveal the person’s gender or hometown. It says that the person has had “limited travel” in …

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Surgeon General Urges People To Stop Buying Masks

Slate reports: It seems the surgeon general has had it. And he has a simple request for Americans: Stop buying face masks. He was so serious about that message that he wrote it in all caps. “Seriously people,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote on Twitter, “STOP BUYING MASKS!” Adams went on to note that masks are “NOT effective” for the …

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