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Russian Scientists Sequence Coronavirus Genome

Russian Scientists Sequence Coronavirus Genome | 19 March 2020 | Scientists in countries around the world have rushed to learn everything they can about COVID-19 in recent months in a bid to create an effective vaccine. Russian scientists have sequenced the whole genome of the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has announced. In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry explained that the genome, sourced from a patient infected with the virus, will help in the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs for treatment. The genome was sequenced by scientists from the Smorodintsev Research Institute of Influenza, a leading medical institute in St. Petersburg partnered with the World Health Organization.

US warns Americans against all overseas travel during COVID-19 outbreak

US warns Americans against all overseas travel during COVID-19 outbreak | 19 March 2020 | The Trump administration has upgraded its already dire warning to Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. The State Department on Thursday issued a new alert urging Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances and to return home if they are already abroad unless they plan to remain overseas. "The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19," it said in the new advice.

McConnell's coronavirus stimulus plan would provide payments of $1,200 per person, $2,400 for couples

McConnell's coronavirus stimulus plan would provide payments of $1,200 per person, $2,400 for couples | 19 March 2020 | Saying lawmakers "need to take bold and swift action as soon as possible," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday introduced legislation to provide as much as $1,200 per person and $2,400 per couple in the U.S. amid the coronavirus outbreak and skyrocketing jobless claims. The draft legislation, obtained by Fox News, would provide minimum payments of $600, and aid would be phased down at adjusted gross income thresholds of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 per couple. Additionally, there would be $500 payments for each child.

Members of House GOP leadership self-quarantining after first lawmakers test positive

Members of House GOP leadership self-quarantining after first lawmakers test positive | 19 March 2020 | Members of the House GOP leadership team are self-quarantining after two lawmakers announced that they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Top members of the minority whip team -- including Whip Steve Scalise (La.) and Rep. Drew Ferguson (Ga.), the chief deputy whip -- are among the growing number of GOP lawmakers who have chosen to take precautions after Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) announced Wednesday that he tested positive for the virus. Diaz-Balart, a member of the Whip team and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, is known for being social around Capitol Hill, often seen shaking hands or hugging colleagues.

Connecticut governor moves primary from April 28 to June 2

Connecticut governor moves primary from April 28 to June 2 --Connecticut's change makes it mathematically impossible for Joe Biden to clinch the nomination before May. | 19 March 2020 | Connecticut has decided to move its presidential primary to a later date to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Twitter the April 28 primary will now be held June 2. Connecticut is the latest state to postpone primary elections amid the global pandemic. Maryland, another state that was part of the April 28 primary, dubbed the "Acela Primary" or "I-95 Primary," also moved its primary to June 2. The other states to postpone are Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard drops out of the Democratic presidential primary, endorses Joe Biden

Mega barf alert *and* gag me with a chainsaw: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard drops out of the Democratic presidential primary, endorses Joe Biden | 19 March 2020 | Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race on Thursday and endorsed former Vice President [deep-state puppet] Joe Biden. "Today, I'm suspending my presidential campaign, and offering my full support to Vice President Joe Biden in his quest to bring our country together," she said in a video announcing her decision. Biden is close to sealing the Democratic presidential nomination as his rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, mulls his options.

Trump announces US, Canada closing border to 'non-essential traffic' amid coronavirus fears

Trump announces US, Canada closing border to 'non-essential traffic' amid coronavirus fears | 18 March 2020 | President Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. and Canada are temporarily closing their shared border to non-essential traffic as part of the effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic," Trump tweeted. "Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" ...Trump on Saturday added the U.K. and Ireland to a 30-day European travel ban, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday previously had closed Canada's borders to all foreign nationals except U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Coronavirus: California prepared to enact martial law if its a 'necessity,' governor says

Coronavirus: California prepared to enact martial law if its a 'necessity,' governor says --'We have the ability to do martial law...if we feel the necessity,' Governor Gavin Newsom says | 18 March 2020 | California has prepared for worst case scenarios as the coronavirus pandemic heightens, including the possibility of enacting martial law. Governor Gavin Newsom said during a press conference on Tuesday he would consider implementing martial law if it was necessary to curb the novel virus. "We have the ability to do martial law...if we feel the necessity," he said. Issuing martial law would be an unprecedented move rarely used by officials in US history. If enacted, it would temporarily replace civil rule with military authority. The precedent for martial law in the US states "certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement," according to a legal journal

US coronavirus response ramps up as feds, states mobilize

US coronavirus response ramps up as feds, states mobilize | 19 March 2020 | As the coronavirus outbreak continued to disrupt American life, numerous actions have been taken -- in Washington, in state capitals and at the local level -- to help get a grip on a situation that simultaneously threatened to spin out of control. In Washington, President Trump said Wednesday he would invoke the Defense Production Act, a move designed to help private businesses ramp up production and distribution of medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the virus also known as COVID-19. "If we need to use it, we'll be using it," the president said. "It's full speed ahead."

Utah Democrat becomes second lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus

Utah Democrat becomes second lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus | 18 March 2020 | Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) announced Wednesday he tested positive for the coronavirus after developing symptoms on Saturday. McAdams, 45, is the second lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), 58, announced his diagnosis shortly before the Utah Democrat.

Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus

Florida Republican becomes first lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus | 18 March 2020 | Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) announced Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19 after developing symptoms Saturday. He is the first member of Congress to test positive for the novel coronavirus. Shortly after his announcement another House member, Rep. Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), 45, announced he had also tested positive for the virus. Diaz-Balart, 58, has been in self-quarantine in his Washington, D.C., apartment since Friday.

Scalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test

Scalise to self-quarantine in response to Diaz-Balart test | 18 March 2020 | House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Wednesday evening that he will self-quarantine for the next two weeks after Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) tested positive for the coronavirus, citing a meeting between the two congressmen last week. "I have just been informed that my colleague, Mario Diaz-Balart, tested positive for COVID-19. Since I had an extended meeting with him late last week, out of an abundance of caution, I have decided it would be best to self-quarantine based on the guidance of the Attending Physician of the United State Congress," Scalise said in a statement.

Trump signs coronavirus aid package with paid sick leave, free testing

Trump signs coronavirus aid package with paid sick leave, free testing | 18 March 2020 | President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package aimed at helping Americans impacted by the coronavirus. The House-passed measure was approved by the Senate earlier Wednesday and includes provisions offering paid leave benefits for Americans, bolstered unemployment benefits and free diagnostic testing for the virus. "The [Families First Coronavirus Response Act] makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak," Trump said in a statement Wednesday evening announcing he had signed the bill. 

Colorado county issues shelter-in-place order

Colorado county issues shelter-in-place order | 18 March 2020 | A county in Colorado issued a shelter-in-place order Wednesday in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. San Miguel County's shelter in place order will be in effect until at least April 3 at the discretion of the public health director, according to the county's announcement. As part of its mitigation plan, San Miguel officials will also test the entire county [!?!] for COVID-19.

S&P Level 1 Circuit Breaker Is Triggered

Breaking: S&P Level 1 Circuit Breaker Is Triggered --Stock trading is suspended for fifteen minutes, the fourth time since coronavirus crisis emerged --Stocks to resume trading at 1:11 P.M. E.T. | 18 March 2020 | (Wires)

5 doctors reportedly test positive for coronavirus after attending NYC medical conference

5 doctors reportedly test positive for coronavirus after attending NYC medical conference | 17 March 2020 | Five doctors who attended a New York City medical conference last week have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. The medical professionals were among roughly 1,300 physicians and educators who traveled from across the country and Canada for a Midtown assembly organized by the Council of Residency Directors (CORD) in Emergency Medicine, opening the possibility that hundreds of emergency room doctors have been exposed to the disease, Buzzfeed News reported Tuesday.

Coronavirus fears force Pentagon to curtail large Defender-Europe 20 exercise

Coronavirus fears force Pentagon to curtail large Defender-Europe 20 exercise | 16 March 2020 | The Pentagon has ordered a halt to the deployment of forces for Defender-Europe 20, which would have been the military’s largest exercise on the Continent in a generation, because of concerns about the coronavirus, U.S. European Command said Monday. Parts of the exercise have been completely eliminated including Dynamic Front, Joint Warfighting Assessment, Saber Strike and Swift Response, which involved paratroops dropping into the Republic of Georgia and the Baltics, officials said. Forces already deployed to Europe for exercises will return to the United States, EUCOM said.

Trump admin to begin turning back all undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers at borders - report

Trump admin to begin turning back all undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers at borders - report | 18 March 2020 | The Trump administration is reportedly planning to turn back all asylum seekers at both the northern and southern borders over concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Four administration officials told The New York Times on Tuesday that the policy would apply to asylum seekers and any other migrant seeking to cross the border illegally. Ports of entry would remain open to American citizens, green card holders and some foreigners with proper documentation as well as commercial traffic, according to the report.

Reported coronavirus death toll in U.S. tops 100

Reported coronavirus death toll in U.S. tops 100 | 17 March 2020 | At least 100 people in the United States have now died from coronavirus, according to an unofficial count compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, and the disease has spread to all 50 states. The grim milestone comes less than a month after the first reported case of community spread of the virus on Feb. 26... According to the Johns Hopkins database, there are now 5,894 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including presumed positives, reported in the country, and 105 reported deaths from the virus. West Virginia announced its first confirmed case on Tuesday, making it the 50th U.S. state to have confirmed cases. The database lists almost 200,000 confirmed cases globally.

Trump wins enough delegates to become GOP's presumptive nominee

Trump wins enough delegates to become GOP's presumptive nominee | 17 March 2020 | President Donald Trump has clinched the Republican Party nomination, surpassing the necessary delegate threshold. Trump, who had only token opposition, now has more than the 1,276 delegates needed after winning Tuesday’s Florida and Illinois primaries, according to The Associated Press's delegate count. That makes Trump the undisputed Republican nominee as Democrats continue to wage a contested primary contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. This is the earliest the delegate calendar permits a Republican to clinch the nomination.

Biden projected to win Florida and Illinois primaries, as Arizona remains too close to call

Biden projected to win Florida and Illinois primaries, as Arizona remains too close to call | 17 March 2020 | Joe Biden has decisively won the delegate-rich Florida and Illinois primaries, Fox News projects, further cementing the former vice president as the dominant frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination over rival Bernie Sanders. Florida and Illinois will award a hefty 219 and 155 pledged delegates, respectively, meaning Biden will significantly pad his growing delegate lead from these victories.

TV Station Broadcasts Biden-Sanders Results Day Before Election

TV Station Broadcasts Biden-Sanders Results Day Before Election | 16 March 2020 | A television station in Illinois broadcast results from the Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders Democratic Primary contest on Monday-the day before the actual election was scheduled to occur. Paris, Illinois, resident Sherry Daugherty noted the discrepancy in a widely-shared and commented upon Facebook post. "While watching The Price Is Right our station accidentally runs tomorrow's election results," she said. "It's Monday our election in Illinois is tomorrow." ...Local CBS affiliate WCIA ran the graphic showing Biden leading on 50 percent of the vote with 986,341 votes. Sanders had 45 percent of the vote in the WCIA graphic with 893,249 votes.

First coronavirus case on U.S. Navy ship - sailor tests positive

First coronavirus case on U.S. Navy ship - sailor tests positive | 17 March 2020 | A sailor aboard a U.S. Navy ship has returned "presumptive positive" test results for coronavirus, in what is the first instance of a coronavirus case for a sailor aboard one of the service's ships. The incident was first confirmed on the USS Boxer on Friday, the U.S. Navy said in a press release. The U.S. Navy is now awaiting confirmation of the sailor's test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Six CBS News employees test positive for coronavirus

Six CBS News employees test positive for coronavirus | 16 March 2020 | Six people at CBS News have tested positive for coronavirus, including a correspondent stationed in Italy, as media organizations fought Monday against the same epidemic they're charged with describing. Five employees with the virus work in CBS's New York offices, where most of its journalists [sic] were ordered to stay away as a result... ABC News said Monday that a journalist who worked on the network's coverage team of the outbreak in Seattle had tested positive for coronavirus.

Mnuchin Warns Virus Could Yield 20% Jobless Rate Without Action

Mnuchin Warns Virus Could Yield 20% Jobless Rate Without Action | 17 March 2020 | Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raised the possibility with Republican senators that without government intervention, the U.S. could see 20% unemployment, according to people familiar with the matter. Mnuchin didn't predict unemployment would reach that level, the people said, but told the senators that he believes the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak is potentially worse than the 2008 financial crisis. Extraordinarily high unemployment, he said, is a possibility if lawmakers don't swiftly provide financial assistance to wage workers and small- and medium-sized businesses. During the meeting with Senate Republicans today, Secretary Mnuchin used several mathematical examples for illustrative purposes, but he never implied this would be the case, Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley said.

Justice Department files motion to dismiss charges against firms accused of funding 'Russian troll farm'

Justice Department files motion to dismiss charges against firms accused of funding 'Russian troll farm' | 16 March 2020 | The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday filed a motion to dismiss charges against a pair of shell companies accused of financing a 'Russian troll farm' that [allegedly] sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors argued that the companies, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering, were taking advantage of the discovery process [right, can't let the truth emerge] to obtain material about U.S. efforts to combat election interference and that a court proceeding was not necessary because it wouldn't lead to "meaningful punishment in the event of conviction." In a nine-page filing, the prosecutors said that the Concord companies were intent on reaping "the benefits of the Court's jurisdiction while positioning itself to evade any real obligations or responsibility."

Dow futures jump beyond 700 points after Wall Street suffers worst day since 1987 market crash

Dow futures jump beyond 700 points after Wall Street suffers worst day since 1987 market crash | 17 March 2020 | Stock futures traded higher on early Tuesday morning after Wall Street suffered massive losses on Monday amid concerns over the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak. As of 2:23 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 765 points higher. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were also higher. Those moves came after President Donald Trump tweeted: "The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!"

Ohio health director to order closure of polls on primary day

Ohio health director to order closure of polls on primary day | 16 March 2020 | Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced late Monday that his administration will order that polls be closed on Tuesday due to a health emergency, capping a day of mixed messages and confusion over whether the state's primary would proceed as planned... He said Dr. Amy Action, director of the Ohio Department of Health, would issue the order and that Secretary of State Frank LaRose would then seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options to Ohio residents. The announcement came at the end of a day marked by disputes over whether Ohio's presidential primary would be delayed amid a coronavirus outbreak that has spread throughout the U.S., prompting federal, state and local officials to recommend against large gatherings.

Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus

Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus | 13 March 2020 | US President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to help handle the growing outbreak of coronavirus. The declaration - "two very big words", according to Mr Trump - allows the federal government to tap up to $50bn (£40bn) in emergency relief funds. The move loosens regulations on the provision of healthcare and could speed up testing - the slow pace of which has been criticised widely. There are 1,701 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US, and 40 deaths.

Coronavirus: NY, NJ, CT coordinate restrictions on restaurants, limit events to fewer than 50 people

Coronavirus: NY, NJ, CT coordinate restrictions on restaurants, limit events to fewer than 50 people | 16 March 2020 | The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, citing "a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards" announced Monday they have agreed to jointly reduce density throughout the region, closing movie theaters and limiting public gatherings to fewer than 50 people. The federal government has "been behind from day one on this crisis," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said... He called on U.S. officials to coordinate closings across the country, saying state and local leaders have adopted a "hodge podge" of different actions in response to COVID-19.

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