Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's 'biosecurity risk'
An FBI report about Chinaâs involvement with scientific research in the U.S. has raised alarms. While the report refers broadly to foreign researchers, all three cases cited involve Chinese nationals.
Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharpened her criticism of President Trumpâs early dismissal of the coronavirus, saying the delay cost American lives. She criticized the president's initial response to the virus during a Sunday morning interview on CNN.
Iran warns of lengthy 'new way of life' as virus deaths rise
President Hassan Rouhani warned Sunday that "the new way of life" in Iran was likely to be prolonged, as its declared death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 2,640. The Islamic republic is one of the countries worst-hit by the virus, which first originated in China. Iran announced its first infection cases on February 19, but a senior health official has acknowledged that the virus was likely to have already reached Iran in January.
After more than 10,000 coronavirus deaths â the worst in the world â Italy is showing signs that its 3-week lockdown is working
Police commander killed, 2 officers wounded in Phoenix shooting
Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus
Andrea Napoli didnât fit the usual profile of a coronavirus patient. At 33, he was in perfect health, with no history of respiratory disease. Until that day, Napoli was following his routine of work, jogging and swimming.
Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources
CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities, three people familiar with the matter said on Saturday, after prosecutors charged him this week with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been in hiding since a Spanish court in November approved his extradition to the United States.
An Arkansas doctor stayed in his home to socially distance from his wife and child. Days after his photo went viral his house was destroyed by a tornado.
Will the U.S. Run Out of Groceries Under Lockdown?
A popular meme describing the monotonous routine of coronavirus-induced home-stays repeats Dolly Partonâs â9 to 5â intro: âTumble out of bed and I stumble to the kitchen... tumble out of bed and I stumble to the kitchen... tumble out of bed and I stumble to the kitchen.â Food is on American minds as tens of millions coop up at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants are closed except for takeout. Grocery stores, deemed essential businesses, are open, but empty shelves show evidence of panic buying across the country. News outlets have compiled lists of which stores are open and their operating hours, clarifying and reinforcing a fundamental concern: Will grocery stores close because of the coronavirus pandemic?Â More existentially terrifying, perhaps: Will the food supply chain break down entirely?It's Every State for Itself Now in Pandemic PanicSome stores have begun closing, despite being essential businesses. Trader Joeâs at least temporarily shuttered some stores after staffers tested positive for the coronavirus. Supermarket clerks have begun to succumb to the virus in Italy, and U.S. stores have taken to installing protective barriers between shoppers and cashiers. Entire governments have also hoarded food: Kazakhstan banned the international sale of wheat flour, of which it is one of the worldâs largest exporters, and Serbia has instituted similar measures.Meanwhile, as ProPublica reported Saturday, there have been disturbing signs of meat-industry workers feeling pressured to stay on the job despite illness, and a food safety inspector in New York recently succumbed to coronavirus.But at least for now, panicked shoppers and bare shelves speak less to a lack of food than shifting demand and lagging logistics, experts told The Daily Beast. Restaurants needed far less food as they closed; individual people and families decided they needed far more as they faced weeks at home. Food inventory is actually high, according to government data.Â The empty shelves are largely a matter of moving it.âItâs a several-weeks process. The supply chain takes time to catch up,â said Professor Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics.Â Even in Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began, residents faced only localized food scarcity at the peak of COVIDâs rage there. And couriers delivered food and other supplies even as it faced a concerted lockdown.In a lighthearted sign that shortages are nowhere near disaster-level, American shoppers still have the choice to leave behind whole shelves of plant-based hot dogs and other perhaps less desirable items even as they pick staples clean.âThe timestamp of a picture like that is always in the evening. Overnight, it will be restocked,â Sheffi said. âYou may not get your favorite cereal, but youâll get cereal.âHis take echoed assurances from government officials.âThere are currently no nationwide shortages of food, despite localized reports of shortages,â Deputy FDA Commissioner Frank Yiannas wrote in guidelines published Tuesday. âFood production and manufacturingâfor both people and animalsâare dispersed throughout the U.S. and there are currently no widespread disruptions reported in the supply chain.âÂ Sheffi said heâs focusing his attention more on the medical supply chain. A dire shortage of protective equipment has led health-care workers to be exposed and become sick in droves, and heâs advising hospitals and companies on the best ways to manage inventory.Â âFood is not a problem because itâs made in the US. Itâs a question of getting it where it needs to go,â he said.Â He added that there are measures grocery stores can take to safeguard customers and employees: making aisles one-way, erecting signs encouraging physical distancing, or even placing groceries into the trunks of customersâ waiting cars.Â âI donât see a situation where stores will be bare,â Sheffi said. âPrices may go up, but the situation will cure itself naturally. Before grocery stores close, weâre going to lose all the hospitals.âRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Coronavirus: Brazil's Bolsonaro in denial and out on a limb
Trump news â live: President now admits deaths wonât slow until June as he rants on Fox call about coronavirus, calling Pelosi a âsick puppyâ for attacking him
Donald Trump has extended the timeline for the US to remain in lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic until at least 30 April, abandoning his âaspirationâ to have the country back in business by Easter.The White Houseâs top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, has meanwhile warned that his projection of a potential 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths is âentirely conceivableâ if not enough is done to mitigate the crisis, with the president commenting that containing the disaster to that level would represent âa very good jobâ.
New York City Is Opening an Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park
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