Coronavirus

Broadway Theaters To Remain Dark Until June 2021

Spectrum News reports: Theatre producers announced Friday that the shutdown will be extended and that there will be no Broadway performances before June 1, 2021. Marquees went dark back in mid-March and the initial shutdown had been extended to June 7, and most recently, September 6. If theaters remain closed through June 1, 2021, that will mean between 14 and …

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China Reverses, Joins Global Vaccine Distribution Effort

The Washington Post reports: China said Friday it will join Covax, an international effort to distribute covid-19 vaccines to about two-thirds of the world population by 2022, in a reversal that makes the country the biggest player in the vaccine development race to join the initiative. China, along with the United States and Russia, previously declined to join the World …

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NYC Orthodox Groups Sue Cuomo Over New Lockdown

Forbes reports: Orthodox Jewish groups in New York City filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in an attempt to block New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent restrictions on the number of people allowed in a house of worship amid a sharp spike in coronavirus infections – the suit comes after two nights of chaotic demonstrations against the crackdown. Cuomo announced heavy …

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2020 Nobel Peace Prize Goes To UN Food Relief Agency

The New York Times reports: The World Food Program was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat a surge in global hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has swept around the world with devastating impact. The Nobel committee said that work by the organization, a United Nations agency, to address hunger had laid the foundations …

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Christie Still Hospitalized, Doctors Mum On Condition

The New Jersey Advance reports: As former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spends his seventh day in a hospital being treated for COVID-19, current Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday his predecessor is “the quintessential Jersey fighter.” Christie’s exact condition remains unknown and it’s still unclear what course of treatment he’s receiving. The 58-year-old hasn’t tweeted since Saturday, and doctors, family, …

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Trump Tells Hannity He Wants To Hold Rally Tomorrow

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump, who is still recovering from Covid-19, has suggested he might organize a rally in Florida on Saturday, while continuing to ignore questions on whether he has yet tested negative for the disease. On Thursday night, Trump said: “I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we can, if we have …

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HHS Projects Vaccine Doses For Everyone By March

CNBC reports: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March, a more optimistic estimate than President Donald Trump has publicly said. The Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine program Operation Warp Speed expects to have up to 100 million doses by the end of the year, …

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Pelosi Taunts Trump With 25th Amendment [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she plans to talk about the 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential transfer of power procedures, on Friday. Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference at the Capitol on Thursday to come to the Hill “tomorrow” because she said, “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.” Pelosi did not …

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McConnell: I Avoid Visiting The WH Like The Plague

The Hill reports: Speaking in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that while he talks to President Trump frequently, he hasn’t been to the White House in person since Aug. 6. “Because my impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine and what I insisted we do in the Senate, which was to wear …

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Trump: “You Don’t Really Need Drugs” To Beat COVID

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump boasted Thursday that he doesn’t need any help beating coronavirus — and you don’t either. The COVID-stricken president said he is strong enough to win his fight against the deadly virus without treatment, an ill-informed statement considering that 210,000 Americans have succumbed to the pandemic. “I think I would have done it …

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Trump Suggests Gold Star Families Gave Him COVID

Politico reports: President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he might have contracted Covid-19 from Gold Star family members who were too close to him when telling stories of their loved ones who died in the line of duty. In an interview on Fox Business, Trump told host Maria Bartiromo that he “figured there would be a chance” he would become …

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Trump Calls Into Fox: I Won’t Do Any Virtual Debate

The Washington Post reports: President Trump said during a television interview that he would not participate in a virtual debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, dismissing an announcement less than an hour earlier by the Commission on Presidential Debates about the format change. The commission said the second presidential debate would be a “virtual town hall” to protect the health …

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Trump Camp Plots Return To Rallies As Soon As Monday

CBS News reports: Just days removed from Walter Reed hospital, and still battling the coronavirus, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is already plotting the president’s return to the campaign trail, with an event in the cards for as soon as early next week. The president has been sidelined for nearly a week after testing positive for the coronavirus late last …

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34 WH Staffers And “Other Contacts” Now COVID+

ABC News reports: The coronavirus outbreak has infected “34 White House staffers and other contacts” in recent days, according to an internal government memo, an indication that the disease has spread among more people than previously known in the seat of American government. Dated Wednesday and obtained by ABC News, the memo was distributed among senior leadership at FEMA, a …

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Commission: Second Presidential Debate Will Be Virtual

CNBC reports: The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, slated to take place on Oct. 15, will be held virtually, the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates said Thursday. Citing a need to “protect the health and safety of all involved,” the commission said in a statement, “The second presidential debate will take the form …

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New England Journal of Medicine Condemns Trump

The New York Times reports: Throughout its 208-year history, The New England Journal of Medicine has remained staunchly nonpartisan. The world’s most prestigious medical journal has never supported or condemned a political candidate. Until now. In an editorial signed by 34 editors who are United States citizens (one editor is not) and published on Wednesday, the journal said the Trump …

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WH Warned Gold Star Families About COVID Exposure

The Daily Beast reports: On the same day President Trump acknowledged contracting the coronavirus, the White House quietly informed a veterans group that there was a COVID-19 risk stemming from a Sept. 27 event honoring the families of fallen U.S. service members, the head of that charitable organization told The Daily Beast. The White House warning, which came on Oct. …

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WI Gov To Open Fairgrounds As COVID Field Hospital

The Associated Press reports: Wisconsin health officials announced Wednesday that a field hospital will open next week at the state fairgrounds near Milwaukee as a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens to overwhelm hospitals. Wisconsin has become a hot spot for the disease over the last month, ranking third nationwide this week in daily new cases per capita. Health experts have …

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Ruby Tuesday Shutters 185 Locations, Files Bankruptcy

USA Today reports: Hobbled by the pandemic and facing the same long-term challenges as other casual dining chains, Ruby Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Wednesday. The company hopes to use the debt-cutting process to improve its finances and stay in business, saying in a statement that it had “reached an understanding with its secured lenders to support …

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Italy Mandates Face Masks Outdoors As COVID Surges

Reuters reports: Italy on Wednesday made it mandatory to wear face masks outdoors nationwide in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as new infections jumped to the highest daily tally since April. The decree was approved at a cabinet meeting after a steady increase in cases over the last two months. It will probably be effective from …

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