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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.

'Stay home!' France mobilizes 100,000 police to enforce coronavirus lockdown

'Stay home!' France mobilizes 100,000 police to enforce coronavirus lockdown | 16 March 2020 | France will deploy 100,000 police officers along fixed checkpoints around the country to enforce President Emmanuel Macron’s two-week lockdown order, the latest dramatic measure taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone caught violating the far-reaching restrictions "must be able to justify the reason for their movements," or will face legal penalties, including a fine of up to €135, Castaner said. Pedestrians and drivers will be required to obtain permits to travel, which will be presented to police manning a network of checkpoints throughout France. The minister noted that police and gendarmes only -- not military personnel -- will enforce the restrictions.

Illinois mayor signs executive order granting power to ban sale of guns and alcohol while addressing coronavirus

Illinois mayor signs executive order granting power to ban sale of guns and alcohol while addressing coronavirus | 13 March 2020 | The mayor of Champaign, Illinois, gave herself the power to ban the sale of guns and alcohol after declaring a citywide emergency to address the coronavirus. Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen signed the executive order on Thursday declaring a state of emergency for the city. That executive order, which is in line with municipal code, comes with extraordinary powers for the mayor to enact over a short period of time as the city combats the spread of the coronavirus. Among the powers Feinen gained after signing the executive order was the power to ban the sale of guns, ammunition, alcohol, and gasoline.

Gov. Brown orders restaurants, bars to close starting Tuesday

Gov. Brown orders restaurants, bars to close starting Tuesday | 16 March 2020 | Gov. Kate Brown ordered bars and restaurants statewide to close starting Tuesday for four weeks in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Take out, drive through and delivery will still be allowed, she said Monday afternoon, but no onsite consumption of food will be permitted. She also is canceling gatherings of 25 or more people for four weeks, and urging Oregonians to avoid gatherings of ten people or more.

US halts deployment and recalls troops from NATO's biggest drill 'Defender Europe 2020' due to coronavirus threat

US halts deployment and recalls troops from NATO's biggest drill 'Defender Europe 2020' due to coronavirus threat | 17 March 2020 | The Pentagon has announced it will drastically reduce the "size and scope" of its participation in the NATO 'Defender Europe 2020' exercise, stopping just short of calling quits on the much-touted drill set to run until May. Some 20,000 American soldiers, who were expected to form the backbone of the massive 37,000-strong drill involving forces from 18 NATO member states, will now either stay home or -- for those already moved into Europe -- return to the US. "As of March 13, all movement of personnel and equipment from the United States to Europe has ceased," US Army Europe confirmed in a press release on Monday.

Canada closing borders to non-citizens because of coronavirus, U.S. citizens exempt from ban 'for the moment'

Canada closing borders to non-citizens because of coronavirus, U.S. citizens exempt from ban 'for the moment' | 16 March 2020 | Canada is closing its borders to noncitizens because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that the ban does not apply to U.S. citizens "for the moment." Canada will make some exceptions to the border closure. And the ban does not affect the shipment of goods into the country. Trudeau's announcement came hours after the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, proposed a ban on nonessential, incoming foreign travel for one month in the European Union.

Coronavirus in Florida: DeSantis vows election will proceed, saying 'we are not going to panic'

Coronavirus in Florida: DeSantis vows election will proceed, saying 'we are not going to panic' | 16 March 2020 | Florida's presidential primary election will move forward despite the threat from the new coronavirus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday afternoon. DeSantis's announcement came right after President Donald Trump had separately in the afternoon urged everyone to avoid groups of more than 10 people. But DeSantis said there still is a way to carry out the election in Florida. On Tuesday, the polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DOJ ends practice of allowing polluters to pay for environmental projects

DOJ ends practice of allowing polluters to pay for environmental projects | 16 March 2020 | The Department of Justice (DOJ) will no longer allow polluting companies to reduce their fines by footing the bill for environmental projects, putting an end to a tool that's been popular with both industry and government agencies. Special Environmental Projects (SEPs), which have been used for roughly 30 years, let businesses reduce their civil penalties by taking steps such as cleaning streams or replacing old gas-guzzling school busses. But a DOJ memo on Friday said the program violates the Miscellaneous Receipts Act, which requires money acquired by the government go to the U.S. Treasury. DOJ argued that SEPs could only legally be allowed with express authorization from Congress.

6 Bay Area counties ordered to shelter-in-place; Trump urges public to avoid gatherings of more than 10

6 Bay Area counties ordered to shelter-in-place; Trump urges public to avoid gatherings of more than 10 | 16 March 2020 | The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued for at least six Bay Area counties, including San Francisco. There are confirmed cases in all nine Bay Area counties and California's first COVID-19 related death was a Placer County man who was a passenger on a cruise out of San Francisco. Local emergencies related to coronavirus have been declared in Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Alameda counties.

San Francisco Shutting Down for 3 Weeks; 24-Hr Curfew Starts Tonight

San Francisco Shutting Down for 3 Weeks; 24-Hr Curfew Starts Tonight | 16 March 2020 | San Francisco is going the way of Italy with its coronavirus safety measures -- the Mayor's instituting around-the-clock curfew, banning almost everyone from leaving their homes. Mayor London Breed announced what she calls a "defining moment" in U.S. response to the pandemic. Beginning at 12 AM, all residents within the city can only leave home for doctor's appointments or runs to the grocery store. It's the strictest new policy enacted in the nation, and matches the current rules in Italy...which has been the 2nd hardest-hit country in the world. The Mayor says the rule will remain in effect for at least the next 3 weeks.

Dow drops 2,999 points, in worst point-drop on record

Breaking: Dow drops 2,999 points, in worst point-drop on record --The Federal Reserve cut rates to near zero and launched a $700B asset-purchase program | 16 March 20 | U.S. equity markets tumbled Monday with selling accelerating during the final hours of trading as the coronavirus task force updated the nation on the crisis. In response to a question, President Trump said the crisis could extend until August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 3,000 points or nearly 13 percent. The worst point drop on record. This is the Dow's third onsecutive move in either direction of 9 percent or more, the longest streak since October 1929, as tracked by the Dow Jones Market Data Group.

Romney proposes giving $1K to every US adult amid coronavirus

Romney proposes giving $1K to every US adult amid coronavirus | 16 March 2020 | Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Deep-State-Utah) on Monday [stealing from Andrew Yang] proposed giving $1,000 to every American adult as lawmakers scramble to try to bolster the U.S. economy amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Romney outlined a handful of proposals on Monday, saying that while the Senate should take up the House-passed coronavirus package, Congress needs to start working on additional steps. The checks would go to every American adult "to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy."

Trump 'strongly considering' Flynn pardon

Trump 'strongly considering' Flynn pardon | 15 March 2020 | President Trump announced Sunday that he is "strongly considering" a pardon for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators conducting the Russia investigation. Flynn had been scheduled to be sentenced in late February, but Judge Emmet Sullivan postponed it indefinitely after prosecutors filed a rare motion to delay a number of approaching deadlines that would have made the Feb. 27 sentencing date unlikely. Flynn had also moved to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming that federal prosecutors had acted in bad faith.

Coronavirus in NY: NYC schools will close

Coronavirus in NY: NYC schools will close | 15 March 2020 | New York City’s schools will close Monday and remain shut till at least April 20 -- and possibly the rest of the school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday... New York City is now up to five dead and 329 confirmed cases of the virus. The mayor said remote learning for students would begin March 23, with teachers undergoing "battlefield training."

CDC recommends no large gatherings for next 8 weeks over coronavirus

CDC recommends no large gatherings for next 8 weeks over coronavirus | 15 March 2020 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks as health officials work to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The CDC issued the new guidelines on Sunday night. "Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States," the CDC says.

Researchers fast-track coronavirus vaccine by skipping key animal testing first

Another reason to avoid any deadly new vaccines pimped at the behest of the deep state's pharmaterrorists: Researchers fast-track coronavirus vaccine by skipping key animal testing first | 13 March 2020 | A clinical trial for an experimental coronavirus vaccine has begun recruiting participants in Seattle, but researchers did not first show that the vaccine triggered an immune response in animals, as is normally required. Now, biomedical ethicists are calling the shortcut into question, according to Stat News. "Outbreaks and national emergencies often create pressure to suspend rights, standards and/or normal rules of ethical conduct," Jonathan Kimmelman, director of McGill University's biomedical ethics unit, wrote in an email to Stat News. "Often our decision to do so seems unwise in retrospect." Typically, vaccine development can take 15 to 20 years, start to finish, Mark Feinberg, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, told Stat News.

Trump to deploy 160 active duty troops to border in response to court rulings, coronavirus

Trump to deploy 160 active duty troops to border in response to court rulings, coronavirus | 06 March 2020 | President Donald Trump's administration will immediately deploy 160 active-duty soldiers to two key cities along the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a series of adverse federal court rulings limiting the implementation of his restrictive border enforcement policies, as well as growing concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday that it would deploy 80 active duty troops to San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing and 80 more to El Paso's Paso del Norte bridge as early as Saturday to provide "military police support, engineer, and aviation support" to customs officials at those two ports of entry. The border agency's announcement emphasized the role that a Feb. 28 ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco factored into their decision to deploy troops to those two cities.

Trump tests negative for coronavirus

Trump tests negative for coronavirus | 14 March 2020 | President Trump tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a statement released by the White House physician. Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed," Trump's doctor, Sean Conley, wrote in a letter released Saturday night by the White House. "This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative." "One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free," Conley continued.

Two NY State Assembly members test positive for COVID-19

Two NY State Assembly members test positive for COVID-19 | 14 March 2020 | Two members of the New York State Assembly tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Saturday evening. Helene Weinstein (D) and Charles Barron (D), both Brooklyn-based lawmakers who have contracted the virus, have been in their districts since early March, the governor noted. The two have not been up to Albany in that time, according to a recent statement obtained by The Hill. 

Connecticut gun-control law prompts Second Amendment lawsuit

Connecticut gun-control law prompts Second Amendment lawsuit | 15 March 2020 | Gun rights supporters are suing Connecticut officials over part of a 2013 state gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying it unconstitutionally bans people from loading more than 10 rounds of ammunition into their firearms. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court cites the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the ability of people to better defend themselves with more bullets in their guns. The defense league, the Second Amendment Foundation and two Connecticut gun owners filed the lawsuit against Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella, state police Col. Stavros Mellekas and Chief State's Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr., none of whom were in their current jobs when the gun control law was passed.

Plug pulled on Biden 'virtual town hall' after technical glitches, miscues

Plug pulled on Biden 'virtual town hall' after technical glitches, miscues [The plug should be pulled on Biden himself.] | 14 March 2020 | Joe Biden's first "virtual town hall" was marred with technical gaffes and confusion, and ended after only five minutes. The former vice president had to cancel his Friday [so-called] rally in Chicago over coronavirus concerns, and his campaign sought to connect with Illinois voters online instead. The event was broadcast live on Facebook and conducted with Zoom, a business videoconferencing app. It got off to a confusing start with the presidential hopeful starting his remarks before the camera started recording..."Joe, you need a new technical team. They're making you look bad...," commented one Facebook user, Amanda Turbyfill Martin, on Biden's page. "No level of technical team can stop someone from wandering confused out of the camera frame cause they forgot it was a live feed," added another user, Jake Perkins.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested for coronavirus after symptoms

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested for coronavirus after symptoms | 14 March 2020 | Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has been tested for the coronavirus after experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms, the organization said on Saturday. "Last night, Chairwoman McDaniel began experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms, and she went to her local hospital in Michigan for treatment. Flu and strep tests were administered and came back negative," Communications Director Michael Ahrens said... The RNC said it is contacting everyone she remembers coming into contact with recently, and she and her family are self-quarantining at home.

New Zealand announces 'world's toughest border restrictions' to fight coronavirus

New Zealand announces 'world's toughest border restrictions' to fight coronavirus | 14 March 2020 | New Zealand will now require anyone arriving in the Pacific country -- including Kiwis themselves -- to isolate themselves for 14 days in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the new rules, which begin from midnight Sunday local time, will mean New Zealand will have the world's toughest restrictions yet. "Cabinet made far-reaching and unprecedented decisions today because these are unprecedented circumstances," Ardern said, according to Radio NZ. New Zealand has had only six confirmed cases of the illness. All of those have been connected with international travelers and there have been no signs of any local outbreaks.

First coronavirus-related death confirmed in New York State

First coronavirus-related death confirmed in New York State | 14 March 2020 | Coronavirus has claimed its first life in New York. A woman with underlying respiratory issues died in a New York City hospital, Gov. Cuomo announced this morning. "We had last night a death in a New York City hospital of an 82-year-old woman who had coronavirus. She came into the hospital on March 3," he said... New York now has 524 positive cases, an increase of 100 from yesterday, with 117 patients now in hospitals.

House OKs coronavirus relief bill, after urging from Trump, in 363-40 vote

House OKs coronavirus relief bill, after urging from Trump, in 363-40 vote | 14 March 2020 | In a 363-40 vote early Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a coronavirus response package negotiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. All House Democrats supported the plan while 40 Republicans opposed it. Rep. Justin Amash, an independent from Michigan who is a former Republican, voted "present." Prior to the vote, which occurred shortly before 1 a.m. ET Saturday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., spoke to reporters about the deal that had been worked out, saying "some things needed to be cleaned up."

Dow surges nearly 2,000 points after Trump declares coronavirus national emergency

Dow surges nearly 2,000 points after Trump declares coronavirus national emergency | 13 March 2020 | The Dow surged 1,985 points on Friday -- its biggest single-day gain ever -- as President Trump declared a national emergency to fight the coronavirus. The record rally -- which came a day after the blue-chip index suffered its worst drop in more than three decades -- came late in the afternoon after Trump unveiled a $50 billion war chest to fight the deadly bug. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1,985 points, or 9.4 percent, to close at 23,185.62 -- almost enough to erase Thursday's heart-stopping drop of 10 percent, or 2,352.6 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq, which likewise have been battered into bear territory this week as fears about the epidemic’s spread continued to escalate, both jumped 9.3 percent.

Ohio Department of Health believes 100,000 Ohioans are carrying coronavirus

Ohio Department of Health believes 100,000 Ohioans are carrying coronavirus --Currently, Ohio has five confirmed cases of the virus. | 12 March 2020 | More than 100,000 people are believed to be infected with the coronavirus, according statements by officials with the Ohio Department of Health during a Thursday afternoon news conference. That number accounts for around 1% of Ohio's population. "We know now, just the fact of community spread says that at least 1%, at the very least 1% of our population is carrying this virus in Ohio today," said Dr. Amy Acton, Director of ODH. "We have 11.7 million people." According to the Governor Mike DeWine's Office and the ODH, cases are expected to double every six days.

S&P 500 enters bear market, Dow plunges 10% in biggest one-day percentage drop since 1987

S&P 500 enters bear market, Dow plunges 10% in biggest one-day percentage drop since 1987 | 12 March 2020 | U.S. stocks tumbled more than 9% on Thursday, with Wall Street extended its dramatic slide into a bear market as the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all crashed in response to the global coronavirus crisis. Growing alarm about the severity of the COVID-19 pathogen -- and its economic toll -- has sent markets into a tailspin that even a half a trillion dollar intervention from the Federal Reserve couldn't help shake...By Thursday's close, the S&P 500 dropped 9.5%, or 260.62 points, in its largest percentage decline since the Black Monday crash of October 19, 1987. The blue-chip index slid more than 20% in total from its recent closing high from mid-February, sending it into a bear market. The Dow's 9.99% decline Thursday was also the biggest since 1987, and constituted a drop of 2,352.6 points.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus, Trudeau in self-isolation

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus, Trudeau in self-isolation | 12 March 2020 | Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for the new coronavirus and the couple are isolating themselves for at least 14 days. The Prime Minister's Office said late Thursday that Ms. Grégoire Trudeau was feeling well and will remain in isolation for the time being. Mr. Trudeau will self-isolate for 14 days and his office said he would continue to fully assume his duties. He is exhibiting no symptoms, his office said.

Brazilian official who posed for photo with Trump tests positive for coronavirus, reports say

Brazilian official who posed for photo with Trump tests positive for coronavirus, reports say | 12 March 2020 | The press secretary of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus within days of interacting with President Donald Trump during a visit by his boss to Mar-a-Lago, according to reports Thursday. Trump said he's "not concerned" about his contact with the Brazilian spokesman, Fabio Wajngarten, at his Florida resort last weekend, and that he would not be tested for the disease. But Bolsonaro has been tested for the virus, according to his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro. And two Republican senators who visited Mar-a-Lago over the weekend announced later Thursday that they would quarantine themselves as a precautionary measure.

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