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Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives Click Here to Open in a New Window

Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American livesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharpened her criticism of President Trump’s 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.



North Korea hails 'super large' launcher test as virus timing condemned Click Here to Open in a New Window

North Korea hails 'super large' launcher test as virus timing condemnedSouth Korea's army issued a stern statement saying that testing comes at a "very inappropriate" time.



Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus Click Here to Open in a New Window

Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirusAndrea Napoli didn’t 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.



The U.S. is preparing for a medical supply airlift of unprecedented scale Click Here to Open in a New Window

The U.S. is preparing for a medical supply airlift of unprecedented scaleAs hospitals across the United States face a shortage of medical supplies in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic, planes are gearing up to bring in reinforcements.The first aircraft in a series of flights scheduled by the White House over the next 30 days arrived in New York from Shanghai on Sunday morning, bringing with it 12 million gloves, 130,000 N95 masks, 17.6 surgical masks, 50,000 gowns, 130,000 hand sanitizer units, and 36,000 thermometers, all of which will be distributed throughout the New York tri-state area. A non-government distributor had actually already bought the supplies and planned to sell them in New York, but they'd normally arrive on ships. A sea voyage would've taken over a month, so the government is expediting the process by air. Going forward, the U.S. has 22 similar flights coming in over the next two weeks that will distribute supplies to different parts of the country, per Axios.Navy Rear Admiral John Polowcyzk, who is running the Federal Emergency Management Agency's coronavirus supply chain task force, said he doesn't think the U.S. has ever seen anything like this on its own soil. "I don't know of another effort like this," he told Axios.Polowcyzk is hoping it's only a two- or three-week effort, but admitted planes could be coming in over the next month. Read more at Axios.More stories from theweek.com Fox News reportedly fears its early downplaying of COVID-19 leaves it open to lawsuits Trump again blames Obama for leaving behind 'empty shelf' of medical supplies Trump's message to blue states battling coronavirus: Drop dead



Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources Click Here to Open in a New Window

Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sourcesCARACAS/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.



Coronavirus: New York bar owner becomes first to be arrested for ignoring lockdown Click Here to Open in a New Window

Coronavirus: New York bar owner becomes first to be arrested for ignoring lockdownThe owner of a bar in New York City has been arrested for operating in contravention of the city’s coronavirus lockdown measures.New York police confirmed on Monday that 56-year-old Vasil Pando had been arrested on Saturday night at an address in Brooklyn.



Dr. Birx predicts up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths 'if we do things almost perfectly' Click Here to Open in a New Window

Dr. Birx predicts up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths 'if we do things almost perfectly'"I think in some of the metro areas we were late in getting people to follow the 15-day guidelines," the White House coronavirus response coordinator said on "TODAY."



After more than 10,000 coronavirus deaths — the worst in the world — Italy is showing signs that its 3-week lockdown is working Click Here to Open in a New Window

After more than 10,000 coronavirus deaths — the worst in the world — Italy is showing signs that its 3-week lockdown is workingItaly's counts of new coronavirus deaths and infections are starting to fall, though the country is likely still in for an extended lockdown.



'Unacceptable': Florida officials concerned about Holland America ships headed there with ill passengers Click Here to Open in a New Window

'Unacceptable': Florida officials concerned about Holland America ships headed there with ill passengersPassengers on Holland America's MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam may soon be home — though at least one Florida government official is concerned.



Tucker Carlson Wants to Have It Both Ways on Coronavirus Click Here to Open in a New Window

Tucker Carlson Wants to Have It Both Ways on CoronavirusFox News primetime star Tucker Carlson has been credited with pushing President Donald Trump to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and has received mainstream media plaudits for seemingly calling out his own colleagues for actively downplaying the outbreak.Yet, while Carlson has been applauded for preaching concern about the viral outbreak while his fellow pro-Trump hosts on the network attempted to dismiss the COVID-19 fears as a partisan ploy, he has actually played both sides for his audience, giving voice to reckless conspiracies, unserious characters with no expertise, and wholly dangerous rhetoric.Earlier this month, as confirmed cases and deaths began surging across the country, Carlson gained widespread acclaim when he called out those “minimizing” COVID-19, calling the pandemic a “very serious problem.” It was seen at the time that Carlson was calling out both Trump and many of his Fox News colleagues—without naming them, of course—for reacting inappropriately to the impending crisis.That March 9 monologue apparently helped prompt the president to finally take action on the pandemic after waving it away for weeks, with White House sources saying Carlson’s segment was a “turning point” for Trump. The Fox News host, who has informally advised the president on other matters in the past, also traveled down to Mar-a-Lago the previous weekend to convince the president about the gravity of the situation, later saying he felt it was his “moral obligation” to do so.As a result, Carlson has been the focus of several largely sympathetic portraits and interviews in the mainstream press. Various outlets remarked positively on Carlson’s “moral obligation” to convince Trump to take the crisis seriously, with some noting that the Fox host “admirably focused” on pandemic from the beginning.The Fox host’s portrayal in the media as courageously standing alone among his overtly pro-Trump primetime brethren has rankled network brass. According to The New York Times, the network’s PR chief Irena Briganti has complained about Carlson “casting himself to reporters as a heroic truth-teller in contrast with other hosts.”While it is true that Carlson was essentially alone among the network’s key stars in sounding the alarm on coronavirus—for instance, now-former Fox Business host Trish Regan labeled it an “impeachment scam” the same time Carlson was declaring the pandemic was “real”—his early warnings also revolved around peddling baseless conspiracies and blaming “woke” politics for the spread of the virus.Tucker Carlson Appears to Call Out Trump, Fox Colleagues for ‘Minimizing’ CoronavirusThroughout February, Carlson floated the debunked theory that the virus was created by the Chinese government in a research laboratory, potentially as a bioweapon against the United States. The theory began making rounds in the right-wing media ecosystem after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon began pushing it on his radio show.Despite a medical expert shooting down the now-debunked theory earlier in the month, Carlson continued to peddle it on subsequent broadcasts. On Feb. 18, Carlson hosted The Washington Times’ Bill Gertz, whose specious reporting was the basis of Bannon’s theory, to discuss his speculation. During the interview, the Fox host claimed unnamed “experts” were considering the possibility the virus was created in a Chinese lab while adding it is “worth getting to the bottom of.”When he wasn’t wildly speculating that the virus was a Chinese bioweapon, Carlson also spent weeks blaming “diversity” for the virus. Taking aim at progressive writers who warned against racist attacks in the wake of the pandemic—hate crimes against Asian-Americans have been on the rise—Carlson groused that “identity politics trumped public health and not for the first time.”“Wokeness is a cult,” he added. “They would let you die before they admitted that diversity is not our strength.”He would continue to blame “identity politics” for the spread of the virus, resulting in him at one point turning to conservative columnist Eddie Scarry—best-known as the “AOC creepshot guy”—for coronavirus expertise in late February. As financial markets started to experience record drops over COVID-19 fears, Carlson gave primetime airspace to the Examiner writer, who called the disease the “Commie cough” while claiming it originated from Chinese people eating skunks. Carlson, meanwhile, applauded Scarry, claiming “everything” he said “is true” as the trollish columnist railed against political correctness and its supposed impact on the health crisis.In the wake of his call for conservatives to take coronavirus seriously, Carlson kept blasting “wokeness” as one of the central causes of the disease’s spread, at one point insisting that not calling it the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” could literally kill people. “In times of crisis euphemisms kill,” he said. “You need accuracy and clear language in the way you talk about the threat. It’s essential.” He later applauded Trump for publicly using the term “Chinese virus.”Moreover, and more recently, Carlson seemed to backpedal on his “serious” concerns over the pandemic this week. With the president’s declared desire for an early end to social distancing restrictions, many conservatives backed Trump’s push despite the warning of public health experts.Texas Lt. Gov: Senior Citizens Willing to Die to Save Economy for GrandkidsDuring last Monday’s broadcast of his show, Carlson brought on Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to defend the president’s suggestion, who subsequently said that elderly people such as himself would be willing to die from coronavirus to save America’s economy for their grandkids.“No one reached out to me and said as a senior citizen, ‘Are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’” Patrick said. “And if that is the exchange, I’m all in.”At the end of the segment, Carlson nodded along with Patrick and added: “We really needed to hear that perspective.”The following night, Carlson hosted Fox News analyst Brit Hume to defend Patrick’s comments after they sparked controversy. In Hume’s opinion, Patrick saying grandparents were willing to sacrifice themselves to reopen the economy was an “extremely reasonable viewpoint.” Carlson, for his part, seemed confused why the lieutenant governor’s remarks “enrages so many people,” prompting Hume to say it was due to anti-Trump sentiment.Other guests that appeared this past week to share their coronavirus wisdom included comedian Adam Carrola, goofy podcaster Dave Rubin, and talk-radio blowhard Buck Sexton.But Carlson’s newfound reputation as a sober and earnest broker on the crisis perhaps looked the silliest on Wednesday when he brought on a self-proclaimed “corona truther” to wax poetic on self-isolation. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, a notorious troll and semi-regular guest of Carlson’s, showed up to talk about how he has taken a “financial beating” because the casino business is currently down—before discussing his choice of sweatpants and his TV-viewing habits.Prior to his Carlson appearance, Portnoy had spent weeks mocking concerns about the pandemic, comparing the virus to “the common cold” and saying he didn’t “care about the people dying... I just care about my wallet.”In fact, just two weeks before appearing on Tucker’s primetime show, Portnoy griped about the NBA suspending its season amid the outbreak, calling himself a “corona truther” and insisting that concern over the virus—which has now killed over 25,000 people worldwide—is either a “fraud, overreaction, or media concoction.”Carlson may have won media plaudits for his early concerns about the pandemic, but a closer look at his overall coverage proves we shouldn’t be so easily fooled.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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 Click Here to Open in a New Window

Coronavirus: Brazil's Bolsonaro in denial and out on a limbThe president is isolating himself from other world leaders as he downplays the coronavirus pandemic.



FDA Authorizes Use of Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus Click Here to Open in a New Window

FDA Authorizes Use of Malaria Drugs for CoronavirusThe Food and Drug Administration on Sunday granted an emergency authorization for two drugs, which are typically prescribed to treat malaria, to be used as treatments for the coronavirus.The emergency-use authorization is for two oral prescription drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which are used primarily to treat malaria, but are now being investigated by federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, as possible treatments for the coronavirus.The Health and Human Services Department announced Sunday that 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate have been donated.The FDA will allow the drugs "to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible."“Let’s see how it works,” Trump said Sunday. “It may, it may not.”Hydroxychloroquine has been tested on patients in a small coronavirus clinical trial and produced inconclusive but promising results. Trump said 1,100 patients are getting hydroxychloroquine treatment in New York City, the epicenter in the U.S. of the coronavirus pandemic.As of early Monday morning, the coronavirus has infected more than 143,000 people in the U.S. and at least 2,513 people have died from the respiratory illness.



Hubei province resumes domestic flights after shutting down in January Click Here to Open in a New Window

WUHAN, China - China's Hubei province has resumed domestic flights except for Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus after a suspension to control the spread of the virus in January.

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COVID-19: 124,686 infected and over 2,000 deaths in U.S. Click Here to Open in a New Window

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 29 (ANI): More than 2,000 patients have died due to coronavirus in the United States which is grappling with at least 121,289 active cases reported across 50 States.

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These tools help older people connect digitally while isolating Click Here to Open in a New Window

Social isolation is hardly a new experience for many older people. If there is one silver lining to the current pandemic it may be that people of all ages are now in a position to gain empathetic i


SA relaxes pollution limits even as virus sets in Click Here to Open in a New Window

South Africa has doubled emission limits for sulfur dioxide pollution that will come into effect April 1 at a time when there is growing concern about the outbreak of the coronavirus, which is more


City at Center of China's Virus Outbreak Gradually Revives Click Here to Open in a New Window

WUHAN, CHINA - Shopkeepers in the city at the center of the virus outbreak in China were reopening Monday but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kep


Sensex falls 1,375 points, Bajaj Finance slips by 12 pc Click Here to Open in a New Window
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar 30 (ANI): Equity benchmark indices traded weak on Monday as market mood remained sombre with most investors believing that the stimulus package announced by the gover
What will the world be like after coronavirus? Four possible futures Click Here to Open in a New Window

Where will we be in six months, a year, ten years from now? I lie awake at night wondering what the future holds for my loved ones. My vulnerable friends and relatives. I wonder what will happen to


Coronavirus surges in Pak, Imran remains defiant to announce lockdown Click Here to Open in a New Window
Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar 30 (ANI): With a tag of 'maximum-spreader,' Pakistan is reeling under an alarming situation due to a consistent surge in the active COVID-19 infection in the South Asian regi
Asian markets mostly down as virus fears grow Click Here to Open in a New Window

Asian markets fell Monday following a steep drop on Wall Street as the jubilation from last week's enormous US stimulus package faded and investors returned their attention to the soaring infection


Virus exposes Xi's feet of clay Click Here to Open in a New Window
Hong Kong, Mar 30 (ANI): The world is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, and few have been harder hit than the image of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Chairman Xi Jinping. Such is the batterin
Kobe Bryant's towel fetches R600 000 at auction Click Here to Open in a New Window

The towel that Kobe Bryant wore over his shoulders during his farewell speech after his final National Basketball League game has fetched over $33 000 (R600 000) at auction, the US


Do homemade masks work? Sometimes. But leave the design to the experts Click Here to Open in a New Window

Once again, global crafting communities are stepping up to help in a crisis, sewing face masks desperately ne







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