President Trump declares state of emergency over coronavirus

President Trump declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Coronavirus updates: Trump declares national emergency

President Trump designated the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, which frees up more federal funds for fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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Coronavirus travel ban throws Americans abroad into panic, airports in chaos

As word of an impending ban on travel to the United States spread in this tourist mecca for Americans where it was 2 a.m. when President Trump spoke from the Oval Office panic spread among travelers frantic to return to the U.S. It fueled a chaotic scene before the sun had even come up Thursday morning in Barcelonas El Prat airport as hundreds faced five-hour waits in lines to find that tickets home were either unavailable or unaffordable. The frenzy was precipitated by omissions and misstatements in Trumps address, which did not make clear that it would not apply to returning U.S. citizens, something that officials tried to clear up later that night and into Thursday morning. The focus of the presidents speech was on blasting European governments for not banning flights from China as he had, apparently blaming them for cases of the foreign virus coming into the U.S. and for a number of new clusters in the United States [that] were seeded by travelers from Europe.

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CDC tested only 77 people this week; coronavirus testing slow around the nation

Despite insistent promises from the Trump administration, coronavirus testing in the United States appears to be proceeding with a marked lack of urgency. An examination of state and federal records by Yahoo News finds that American states are, on average, testing fewer than 100 people per day while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had tested fewer than 100 people total in the first two days of this week. Meanwhile, a single private lab is performing tests, according to a trade group representing such facilities.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit Iran especially hard. Burial pits are being expanded so rapidly that theyre visible from space, based on satellite images taken by the private space technology company Maxar Technologies and first reported by the Washington Post. The images show that new trenches have been dug at a cemetery in Qom, Iran, and what appears to be a pile of lime, which is sometimes used in mass graves to prevent decay and manage odor.

The commander of U.S. Northern Command told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday that a pair of Russian reconnaissance aircraft intercepted by U.S. and Canadian jets March 9 were loitering around a U.S. submarine exercise known as ICEX. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. OShaughnessy told lawmakers during a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the Russian aircraft were operating in one of our ICEX exercises we had where submarines actually pop up out of the ice. OShaughnessy said the Russian aircraft loitered about 2,500 feet above a camp that was built for the submarine exercise.

Italys death toll from the coronavirus epidemic shot past 1,000 on Thursday as the economic impact worsened, with much of the country at a standstill and the Milan bourse posting its largest ever one-day fall. Looking to halt the spread of the disease, the government introduced yet more restrictions on Italians, ordering the blanket, nationwide closure of restaurants, bars and almost all shops except for food stores and chemists. Most Italians were stoical in the face of the unprecedented disruption.

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A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and Washington calling it the Wuhan virus. The spat comes as China tries to deflect blame for the contagion and reframe itself as a country that took decisive steps to buy the world time by placing huge swathes of its population under quarantine. With cases falling in China and soaring abroad, Beijing is now rejecting the widely held assessment that the city of Wuhan is the birthplace of the outbreak.

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Doomsday Mom Lori Vallow Tries to Get Judge Booted From Case

Doomsday mom Lori Vallow is trying to get an Idaho judge booted from her case while she sits in jail, unable to raise enough money to bail out. Its not clear why Vallowwho has refused to cooperate with the investigation into her missing childrenwants Madison County Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins disqualified; her lawyers filing didnt give a reason. She appeared before Eddins last week, requesting that her $5 million bail be lowered to $10,000.

A top US health official says Americans should prepare for nearly two months or more of shutdowns and working from home as the deadly coronavirus spreads throughout the country. Its certainly going to get worse before it gets better, Dr Anthony Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health, said during an interview on Good Morning America. The Friday morning warning came just days after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak to be a pandemic, and after Donald Trump announced a travel ban on non-Americans travelling to the US from Europe.

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Police: Gov. candidate in room where crystal meth was found

Former Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum is named in a police report Friday saying he was inebriated and initially unresponsive in a hotel room where authorities found baggies of suspected crystal methamphetamine. The Miami Beach police report says Gillum was allowed to leave the hotel for home after he was checked out medically. Gillum, 40, said in a statement that he was in Miami Beach for a wedding and did not use illegal drugs.

Andrew Gillum says hes never used methamphetamines after Miami hotel room incident

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Pregnant 19-year-old, child die trying to climb U.S. border wall

A 19-year-old pregnant woman from Guatemala died this week from injuries suffered when she fell trying to climb the U.S. border wall near El Paso, Texas, U.S. and Guatemalan authorities said Thursday.

The Trump administration is facing heavy criticism over the United States inability to adequately test sick patients for COVID-19. On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a coronavirus task force immunologist, did not mince his words either: The system is not really geared to what we need right now, said Fauci, who has advised six presidents on domestic and global health issues. That is a failing.

Irans Revolutionary Guards are to clear streets, shops and public places in the country within the next 24 hours, in a dramatic escalation of efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus. The near-curfew follows growing exasperation among MPs that calls for Iranian citizens to stay at home had been widely ignored, as people continued to travel before the Nowruz new year holidays. Controversy over the health ministrys authority within government and the haphazard way in which Irans provinces were implementing its advice has led to the change in tactics, and a clearer role for the army.

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Terrifying security camera footage shows Tennessee tornados rampage through Nashville

A Metro Nashville Police Department camera captured a terrifying scene as a tornado rampaged through a Nashville street. The shaky footage, shared on Thursday, showed the severity of the tornado that hit the area, along with Middle Tennessee, on March 3. Despite water damage to the camera housing, the stored video survived.

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Italy has abandoned us: Brother trapped with sisters body in coronavirus shutdown

Teresa Franzese, 47, lived with her family in the southern city of Naples and started to show the symptoms of coronavirus last week. Given the uncertainty, undertakers and even the local hospital refused to pick up the body. Franzese, a personal fitness trainer, showed her body laid behind him.

Jerry Lampe/Reuters A Chinese government spokesman said on Thursday that the US Army might have brought the epidemic to Wuhan, fueling a coronavirus conspiracy theory. Chinese officials have been trying to reshape the narrative about the coronavirus, suggesting that it might have originated outside of China, even though the center of the outbreak was the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Amid this push, a conspiracy theory that US athletes participating in the Military World Games in Wuhan last fall brought the coronavirus into China has emerged.

A former McDonalds worker in California who is accused of spitting on a hamburger that was served to a uniformed police officer will stand trial, a judge ruled. Tatyana Hargrove was arrested in November 2019 and faces a felony charge of willfully poisoning food, online court records show. Prosecutors allege that while working at a McDonalds in Bakersfield the then-21-year-old rubbed a hamburger bun on the floor and then spat on it as she prepared a meal for a city police officer at the drive-thru, NBC affiliate KGET reported.

Of these, only seven coronaviruses have been reported to infect and cause disease in people. Four coronaviruses cause mild symptoms similar to the common cold, but three coronaviruses cause severe and possibly deadly infections: the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and now, SARS-CoV2, which is responsible for the current coronavirus disease COVID-19. SARS-CoV2 is a cousin of the coronavirus that caused SARS, having about 79% similarity in its genetic makeup.

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Ethiopia wont be forced by US on dam, foreign minister says

Ethiopia refuses to be pressured by the United States into signing a deal with Egypt and Sudan over its controversial dam on the Nile River, says Ethiopias foreign minister. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gedu Andargachew said the three countries need to resolve their differences without outside pressure. In the talks held in Washington, D.C., around mid- February, we were pressured to quickly reach an agreement and sign a deal before resolving outstanding issues, Gedu said, adding that his delegation told U.S. officials at the time that Ethiopia would not sign an accord under such duress.

As he watches his troops firing rockets and artillery shells, one of the many things that marks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un out from the officers alongside him is his coronavirus mask: it isnt there. Kim has overseen multiple military drills in recent weeks as Pyongyang mounts an all-out drive to prevent an outbreak of the disease that has swept around the world from neighbouring China. Thousands have been quarantined and hundreds of foreigners, including diplomats, confined to their residences.

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A Fox News host tried 4 times to ask a Trump official if there were enough ventilators and ICU units for coronavirus patients, but couldnt get a straight answer

Fox News Martha McCallum tried fruitlessly to grill a top Trump administration health official on whether the US has enough medical equipment like ventilators to treat a growing number of coronavirus patients. McCallum asked the question to Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, four different times, but was unable to extract a clear answer. At one point, Verma pivoted to praising President Donald Trump for taking such bold and decisive action, though his administration has been fiercely criticized for its handling of the pandemic.

The authorities in Pakistan have arrested one of the countrys leading media magnates on charges he illegally obtained government land more than 30 years ago. Mir Shakilur Rahman is the editor-in-chief of the Jang group which owns some of Pakistans most widely circulated newspapers, as well as the popular Geo television network. The arrest is being seen by journalists and human rights activists as more evidence that free media and political dissent are being silenced in Pakistan.

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Coronavirus patient visited conference at Mirage on Las Vegas Strip, had symptoms prior

Three new coronavirus cases in Nevada include a New York woman in her 40s who attended a large conference on the Las Vegas Strip. The hospitalized patient attended the Women in Power Summit from March 5-8 at the Mirage. The health district said it is working with the Mirage and organizers of the summit to inform attendees and identify people who came in close contact with the individual.

Mexico could consider measures at its northern border to slow coronavirus spread into its relatively unaffected territory, health officials said on Friday, with an eye to containing a U.S. outbreak that has infected more than 1,800 people. Mexico has so far confirmed 16 cases of coronavirus with no deaths, a fraction of more than 1,800 cases in the United States, where 41 people have died. Mexicos deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said contagion from the United States was a threat.

Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the countrys coronavirus outbreak could be part of a biological attack on the Islamic Republic, as he called on the armed forces to bolster the governments fight against the disease, according to a statement published by the semi-official Fars News agency. In a letter addressed to the Chief of Staff of Irans Armed Forces, Khamenei said he wants the military to work closely with Irans health ministry and establish a base dedicated to countering the virus, which has already claimed 429 lives in the county.

Chicago mom Rya Smith has no doubts about backing the top prosecutor in the nations second-biggest county for another term, even while acknowledging the office fumbled a criminal case against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxxs involvement in the Smollett case has dominated much of the attention in her reelection campaign, but Smith contends the focus instead should be on her record exonerating the innocent, tossing minor marijuana convictions and as the first black woman in the job. Foxx is counting on more voters like Smith as she seeks a second term against three Democratic primary challengers whove seized on the Smollett case and a fractured relationship with police.

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A Fox News host tried 4 times to ask a Trump official if there were enough ventilators and ICU units for coronavirus patients, but couldnt get a straight answer