Coronavirus

Canada: Zero COVID Deaths For First Time Since March

Reuters reports: Canada reported zero COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15, according to public health agency data released late on Friday. Canada’s death toll from the pandemic stood at 9,163 as of Sept. 11, the same as the number of the deaths reported on Sept. 10, government data showed. The number of …

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Court Bans Indoor Services At Defiant CA Megachurch

The Christian Post reports: A California court has issued a preliminary injunction against Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church, banning them from conducting, participating in or attending any indoor worship services until the case is resolved. In what lawyers for the Sun Valley-based megachurch described as a “setback,” a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Sept. 10 granted …

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Florida Bars To Reopen At 50% Capacity On Monday

The Miami Herald reports: The state will allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity starting Monday, Florida’s top business regulator announced via Twitter Thursday evening. But that’s not going to apply in Miami-Dade County. Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said that the state will rescind Executive Order 20-09, which forced some standalone bars …

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NE Gov To Drop Most COVID Restrictions Amid Spike

Omaha’s NBC News affiliate reports: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will end nearly all of his state’s social-distancing restrictions on Monday even as the number of new coronavirus cases has trended upward over the last few months. Ricketts said all counties except Lancaster County would move into Phase 4, which loosens restrictions and allows outdoor venues to have 100% occupancy and …

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Iconic NYC Retailer Century 21 To Shutter All Locations

The New York Daily News reports: Lower Manhattan retail mecca Century 21, after surviving the 9/11 attacks across the street, couldn’t outlast COVID-19. The retail company is closing its flagship location on Cortlandt St. and its 12 other stores after filing for bankruptcy protection in Manhattan, according to a statement released Thursday. The Manhattan location opened 59 years ago, with …

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Ivanka Says She’ll Get COVID Vax On The View After Host Joy Behar Says She Won’t Get It Until Ivanka Does

The Hill reports: Joy Behar declared Wednesday that she won’t take a coronavirus vaccine until after Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, takes it. “The View” co-host noted that most vaccines, including one she took for mumps, take years to safely develop, warning that officials should not rush to approve one for COVID-19 before it is …

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Labor Department Reports 884K New Jobless Claims

CNBC reports: Weekly jobless claims were worse than expected last week amid a plodding climb for the U.S. labor market from the damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Labor Department reported 884,000 first-time filings for unemployment insurance, compared to the 850,000 expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones. The total was unchanged from the previous week. Continuing claims from …

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Scientists Spot “Unlikely Patterns” In Russian Vax Data

Reuters reports: Twenty-six scientists, most of them working at universities in Italy, have signed an open letter questioning the reliability of the data presented in the early-stage trial results of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, named “Sputnik-V”. Addressing the editor of The Lancet, the international peer-reviewed medical journal in which Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute published its early-stage trial results, the scientists said …

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Amtrak Seeks Additional $4.9 Billion To Stay Afloat

Roll Call reports: The new chief of Amtrak told a House subcommittee Wednesday that his government-subsidized company will need an additional $4.9 billion from taxpayers to avoid sweeping service cuts and job losses after Oct. 1 William J. Flynn, who became president and CEO of Amtrak in April, said the company, which received $1 billion from a roughly $2 trillion …

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NYC Indoor Dining To Return With Stringent Rules

The New York Daily News reports: Order up. Gov. Cuomo set the table Wednesday for indoor dining to resume in New York City by the end of the month. Restaurants in the five boroughs can reopen their doors and welcome patrons back to their dining rooms on Sept. 30 — with stringent coronavirus precautions in place. Capacity will be limited …

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Trump Admin Orders End To Airport COVID Screenings

Yahoo News reports: The U.S. government on Monday will stop conducting enhanced screening of passengers on inbound international flights for COVID-19, Yahoo News has learned. The screening operations have been held at select airports since January, when the first cases of the disease began to emerge from Wuhan, China. Since March, incoming international flights from select high-risk countries, including much …

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Reno Airport: Planned Trump Rally Violates Lockdown

The Nevada Independent reports: The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority has advised the company that leases the hangar where President Donald Trump plans to hold a campaign rally on Saturday that the event is in violation of a state directive limiting gatherings to 50 people and that they cannot proceed. Tina Iftiger, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for the airport …

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Recorded Interview Shows Trump Admitting That He Downplayed Seriousness Of COVID, Lied To Americans

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s head popped up during his top-secret intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 when the discussion turned to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. “This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Trump, according to a new book by Washington Post …

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Watchdog Group Warns Of COVID Hoax Net Domains

The Washington Post reports: The domain registrars have done little to prevent the sale of dozens of Internet domains with the potential to spread hoaxes related to covid-19, a three-month investigation by the consumer watchdog group Digital Citizens Alliance found. Scammers could use these websites to disseminate false information about the pandemic that could result in things like identity theft …

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Johnson Bans Gatherings Of More Than Six People

Reuters reports: Tough new lockdown restrictions on social gatherings across the whole of England are to be announced on Wednesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to control a spike in COVID-19 infections. From Sept. 14, groups of more than six people will be banned from meeting and fined if they fail to comply, Johnson will say. The number of …

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Vax Trial Paused After Adverse Reaction In Volunteer

STAT News reports: A large, Phase 3 study testing a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford at dozens of sites across the U.S. has been put on hold due to a suspected serious adverse reaction in a participant in the United Kingdom. A spokesperson for AstraZeneca, a frontrunner in the race for a Covid-19 vaccine, …

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Brooklyn Karaoke Bar Raided With 300 People Inside

Gothamist reports: A Brooklyn karaoke bar was shut down over the Labor Day weekend after nearly 300 people were found inside breaking the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Legend KTV, located on 61st Street in Borough Park, was shuttered by the task force consisting of the Sheriff’s Office and the State Liquor Authority (SLA) early Sunday morning. Investigators allegedly found …

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Study Links Sturgis Motorcycle Rally To 250K Cases

The Associated Press reports: Over 400,000 motorcycle enthusiasts gathered for the annual rally from Aug. 7-16, and it was reported that social distancing and mask wearing at some of the events was not observed. The rally was officially linked to hundreds of coronavirus cases across more than 10 states and at least one death. But the study that relied on …

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McConnell Faces GOP Revolt Over New COVID Aid Bill

Reuters reports: The Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate will introduce a proposal for additional coronavirus relief on Tuesday and could schedule a vote as soon as this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The two parties are sharply divided, but there are disputes also among President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans. Many of the Senate’s 53 Republicans are on …

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Forbes: Trump’s Net Worth Fell $600M In Last Year

Forbes reports: It has been a tough year for President Trump. On top of impeachment and the pandemic, his net worth has dropped an estimated $600 million since last September, to $2.5 billion. That puts him at No. 339 on The Forbes 400, down 64 spots from a year ago. Blame the coronavirus, which has battered not only the president’s …

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