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Israel sends army to ultra-Orthodox city over coronavirus
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday gave the green light for soldiers to be deployed in a mostly ultra-Orthodox Jewish city considered the centre of Israel's novel coronavirus outbreak. "In light of the special situation in Bnei Brak following the restrictions due to the coronavirus, the IDF (army) will immediately present the necessary civil assistance to Bnei Brak municipality in fulfilling its responsibilities," Netanyahu's office said after talks with security and health officials. Authorities have enforced restrictions on access to Bnei Brak, a majority ultra-Orthodox city near Tel Aviv that is home to around 200,000 people.
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How coronavirus has halted Central American migration to the US
Border closures and strict lockdowns have led to a steep decline in the number of migrants coming from Central AmericaWhen Angelica turned 30, she realized there was no future for her in Honduras.Although she had a college degree, she was still living paycheck to paycheck and was stuck in a neighborhood of the capital Tegucigalpa ruled by violent gangs.So, after years contemplating migration to the US where she has relatives, she finally made arrangements to depart.âI didnât want to stay in a neighborhood where there are massacres or where the people lock themselves in their homes at six at night because the gangs impose a curfew,â she said. âI realized I was more surviving than living.âBut by the time she was due to start her journey north, Honduras had closed its borders and declared a state of emergency. She could no longer leave her city â much less take a bus to northern Guatemala, to meet a coyote who would guide her through Mexico.âI had thought that only a hurricane could stop me,â she said. âBut I hadnât thought of a pandemic.âBorder closures and strict lockdowns prompted by the Covid-19 crisis have disrupted the migrant trail through Central America and Mexico, forcing some would-be migrants to postpone their journeys â and stopping many others in their tracks.The result has been a deterrent more effective than any wall Donald Trump could build.Activists across the region have reported a steep decline in the number of migrants coming from Central America since the restrictions were implemented. One Mexican shelter near the Guatemalan border said it hadnât received a new arrival in a week.âThe crisis has facilitated Trumpâs policies because [Central American] migrants canât even leave their countries,â said Sister Nyzella Juliana DondĂ©, coordinator of a Catholic migrant aid organization in Honduras.El Salvador closed its borders on 11 March, and the governments of Guatemala and Honduras quickly followed suit. All three countries in the so-called northern triangle have since announced internal lockdowns of differing strictness.The three nations had recently signed âsafe third country agreementsâ with the US government under which they agreed to increase enforcement on their borders, and receive migrants who had transited their country on the way to the US.Only Guatemala had begun to implement the new measures, but it announced on 17 March that it would suspend the deportations of Hondurans and Salvadorans from the US to its territory.But Guatemala and Honduras continued to receive deportation flights bringing their own citizens from the US â despite concerns that the practice could accelerate the spread of the virus. In the past week, a migrant who was deported from the US to Guatemala was diagnosed with Covid-19 and a group of deportees to Honduras escaped from the shelter where they were to be quarantined. Guatemala has now requested that the US suspend deportation flights.Meanwhile, migrants who were already en route have been left exposed by the closure of shelters and the difficulties facing humanitarian organizations which would normally attend to them.âThey are in a vulnerable situation because the guidance is to stay at home â but the migrants donât have homes,â said DondĂ©, who mentioned a case of a large group of Haitian and African migrants who were detained after crossing into Guatemala from Honduras amid the lockdown. âNeither Honduras or Guatemala wanted to offer them a place to stay.âMigrants who already had arrived to Mexico have been left in limbo by the US governmentâs decision to immediately return all migrants from Mexico and Central America who cross into the country irregularly along the south-west border.When restrictions are eventually eased, a fresh surge in migration seems likely: multiple would-be migrants who spoke with the Guardian said it was only a question of when, not if, they would set out for the US.And the economic impact of the crisis may in turn cause others to migrate.. âBefore many people migrated because they lacked work and a dignified life,â said Silva de Souza. âNow there will be many more.âMigrants who have come from even farther afield, have no choice but to try to push on. Mohamed left Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, in 2018, following the well-trodden migrant path via Ecuador, Colombia and the jungles of Panama. He was burning through his savings and racking up debt, but making steady progress north.But he reached Guatemala just before the government announced a state of emergency which has made moving on impossible.âTravel has become very difficult,â he said in a brief exchange via Facebook Messenger. But he was still determined to reach the US â even if he now has to move more carefully â traveling at night and avoiding large caravans. âWith Godâs will, Iâll get there. I will build a life of opportunity.â * Additional reporting by Joe Parkin Daniels
Dr. Fauci Shuts Down âFox & Friendsâ on Coronavirus Cure: âWe Donât Operate on How You Feelâ
Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci left the hosts of Fox & Friends disappointed and frustrated Friday when he threw cold water on their insistence that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine is a game-changing cure for the coronavirus.Citing a recent poll showing that 37 percent of doctors around the world feel the drug is currently the most effective treatment of COVID-19, co-host Steve Doocy added that frequent Fox News guest Dr. Mehmet Oz recently touted a small Chinese study that found the drug had some efficacy in treating the virus.Doocy went on to play a clip of Dr. Oz wondering whether Fauci was impressed with the results of that study. The Fox host asked the top physician to respond to the TV doctor.âThat was not a very robust study,â replied Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force. He also pointed out that while thereâs still a possibility of a âbeneficial effect,â the scale and strength of the evidence is not âoverwhelmingly strong.ââBut getting back to what you said just a moment ago that âX percentââI think you said 37 percentâof doctors feel that itâs beneficial. We donât operate on how you feel. We operate on what evidence is, and data is,â he continued. âSo although there is some suggestion with the study that was just mentioned by Dr. Ozâgranted that there is a suggestion that there is a benefit thereâI think weâve got to be careful that we donât make that majestic leap to assume that this is a knockout drug.âCo-host Brian Kilmeade, meanwhile, pushed back against the disease expert, claiming a large percentage of doctors in other countries are now prescribing the drug to treat coronavirus. He then speculated as to whether those taking the drug for other conditions were prevented from infection of COVID-19.Seth Meyers Exposes Fox Newsâ Sean Hannity Over Huge Coronavirus âHoaxâ LieâI would be very curious, doctor, to see if anyone who was taking this for lupus or arthritis has gotten the coronavirus, that would be one way to go the other way to see about this study,â Kilmeade wondered aloud.âI mean, obviously this is a good drug in many respects for some of the diseases you mentioned, and the one thing we donât want to happen is that individuals who really need a drug with a proven indication donât have it available,â Fauci responded, adding that it doesnât matter if a large percentage of doctors âthink that it works.âCo-host Ainsley Earhardt then jumped in, suggesting that âDemocratic leadersâ are preventing patients from receiving hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the disease and asking Fauci what could be done to make sure weâre giving it to everyone in need.âWell first of all, this is an approved drug for another indication, and doctors can, and the FDA has made it very clear that doctors can prescribe it on what we call off label,â he explained. âThereâs no inhibition for that. So a considerable amount of drug was made available, as you remember, just a few days ago. But the FDA was very clear that theyâre not going to be inhibiting anyone from doing an off label prescription of the drug. So theyâre free to do that if they want to.âWhile President Donald Trump and many Fox News personalities have been bullish on the possibility that the drug is a miracle cure for the virus, Fauci has repeatedly attempted to temper expectations, noting that the benefits have largely been anecdotal and that there are other studies showing no noticeable effects at all.This isnât the first time that pro-Trump Fox News hosts have tried to get Fauci to boost hydroxychloroquine. Laura Ingraham, who has been at the forefront of touting the drug, asked the doc last week if he would take it if he were stricken with the virus. Fauci, for his part, said only if it were part of a clinical trial.Dr. Anthony Fauci: I Donât Want to âEmbarrassâ TrumpRead 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.
Countries face 'fights' over facemasks in China: German health minister
Countries' procurement agents are fighting each other in China for access to the protective equipment that must play a key role in stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said. "You hear stories of people fighting in the truest sense of the word over these masks in China," he told reporters on Friday during a visit to a logistics company that is acting for the German government. Germany's mix of lockdown measures and aggressive testing for the novel coronavirus has so far been successful in slowing the spread of the disease, with each patient only infecting one other on average in recent days.
Cuomo Announces Highest Single-Day Increase in N.Y. Coronavirus Hospitalizations and Deaths
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that 562 state residents had died in the past 24 hours of Wuhan coronavirus, the highest single-day increase in the state. As of Friday, 2,935 state residents had died of the illness.The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York also saw its highest single-day increase of 10,482, with the state now reporting 102,863 cases in total. Cuomo announced he would sign an executive order allowing the state to appropriate whatever personal protective equipment and medical gear the government needs to combat the outbreak."Iâm not going to let people die," Cuomo said at a press conference. "Iâm not going to get into a situation where I know we are running out of ventilators and we could have people dying because there are no ventilators, but there are hospitals in other parts of the state that have ventilators that theyâre not using." The governor called on the federal government to increase aid to the state, and said New York has "no money" because of expenditures on health care.Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York's rural 21st District, expressed concern that Cuomo's executive order could deprive her constituents of necessary medical care."I am very concerned about the Governorâs announcement regarding shifting ventilators from Upstate to Downstate. I represent demographically the largest number of seniors of any District in NY," Stefanik wrote on Twitter. "Our rural hospitals are already very limited in resources & we must ensure Upstateâs needs for testing supplies & ventilators are met."New York state has reported roughly 40 percent of coronavirus cases in the U.S., with 51,809 cases in New York City alone as of Friday morning, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker.
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