Two congressmen tested positive for the virus, as work continued a larger stimulus package. The European Union found that Russia was behind the dangerous misinformation circulating in the West.
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For the first time since the crisis coronavirus began, China, on Thursday reported no local infection is new to the previous day, a milestone in the battle considering the plague that has since become a pandemic, upending the daily life and economic activity around the world.
officials say 34 cases of the new coronavirus has been confirmed, all involving people who come to China from elsewhere.
in signaling that China end the epidemic may seem, the announcement could pave the way for officials to focus on reviving the country’s economy, which nearly stalled after the government imposed travel restrictions and quarantine measures. In recent days, economic life has resumed in fits and starts.
The virus has infected more than 212 500 people in at least 147 countries.
However, China is not out of danger yet. Experts have said that it would need to see at least 14 consecutive days without a new infection for the outbreak to be considered truly ended. It remains to be seen whether the virus will reappear once daily lives restart and lifted travel restrictions across the country.
“It’s very clear that the measures taken in China has nearly ended their first wave of infection,” said Ben Cowling, a professor and head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Hong Kong University School of Public Health. “The question is what will happen if there is a second wave, due to the type of action that China has implemented may not be sustainable in the long term.”
To contain the outbreak, authorities closed schools and workplaces and imposed travel restrictions and quarantine broad swath of the population and many visitors from abroad. Since January, more than 50 million people in the central province of Hubei, including the capital, Wuhan, where the outbreak began, has been subjected to a strict lockdown.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Wednesday that it will stop making arrests, except for those deemed “mission critical,” until after the crisis has passed coronavirus.
Fear of an outbreak in the growing body detention center. In some facilities, prisoners were detained in their cells up to 21 hours a day, including during mealtimes – measures, according to officials, is needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But in other centers, the demand for hot water or cleaners were rejected because of contraband goods that could be considered dangerous.
There are no cases of coronavirus has been reported in detention centers and prisons that house immigrants detained across the country. But 10 immigrant detainees at a detention center contract in Aurora, Colorado., Have “either grouped” in the dorm isolated since Tuesday and is being monitored, the agency said.
More than 37,000 people were arrested by the agency can be particularly vulnerable when cases arise because of the tight living quarters, communal bathrooms and a large, open cafeteria. But the measures are intended to contain the virus not only create greater discomfort in places where prisoners say conditions are harsh at the best of times, but it also produces anxiety and fear.
At the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey, where ICE take many immigrants it arrests in New York City, fears of pain triggered by the eye of an ill prisoners who have been cleared by people in suits Hazmat last weekend, one inmate told his wife. The sick were then returned to the unit without explanation. As ICE continues to make arrests, concerns have increased with the arrival of new people in custody, said the others on Wednesday.
Many prisoners ICE said they felt like sitting ducks that will surely be infected. “Officials here did not say anything to us about what is happening outside, or extra precautions that we must take,” said a 40-year man from Congo who was detained at the facility Karnes City, Texas ,.
An aid package to provide sick leave, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, and food and medical aid to people affected by the pandemic was signed into law by President TrumpWednesday night after the Senate passed it by a wide margin. It was approved by the House last week.
The Senate vote is 90-8, after the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, urging conservatives who do not like the bill for “gag and vote for it anyway.”
‘ this is the time for urgent bipartisan action, and in this case, I do not believe we should let perfection become the enemy of anything that will help even the part of the workers, ‘Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.
Lawmakers and the White House has drawn up another economic stabilization package that will send the payment directly to the taxpayer and provide loans to businesses.
“We have to move fast because the situation demands it,” said Mr McConnell.
outline of the new plan, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, calls for a total of $ 1 trillion in spending, which will also include $ 50 billion for loans secured for the aviation industry, and $ 150 billion for loans guaranteed or loan guarantees to other parts of the economy.
Our nation is facing serious challenges. But working together, we can take bold steps to combat it. Earlier this month, Congress passed an urgent billions in funding for public health and small businesses, and this Senate majority remain committed to taking bold steps further to preserve and protect the economic foundation. This is not a rescue following a risky business decision. No one thinks of all this is the fault of a small business. So while I would support the House bill to secure some relief for some American workers, I will not delay the Senate until we have passed much more bold package that should include significant relief for small businesses across our country. certain industries are struggling – airlines, hotels – but we must ensure that we prioritize public health and worker bailout of the company. And if there will be a discussion about the bailout, it should include the priorities of workers and protection. Now some of my Republican colleagues have proposed a one time cash payment of $ 1,000. But my fellow Americans, this is not the time to think small. This is not the time for small steps. It is time to be bold, be aggressive. President indicates that this recession could last through the summer. A thousand dollars goes pretty fast if you are unemployed. Instead, extend unemployment insurance, increased unemployment insurance, your blanket for a longer time and will provide a safety net that is much greater.
This will allow the Exchange Stabilization Fund, an emergency reserve account which is usually used for currency market intervention, to be tapped to cover these costs, as well as guarantee money market mutual funds. MPs moved quickly to assemble them and other proposals in the legislation, but the details still far from complete.
Ministry of Finance’s proposal calls for two rounds of checks are sent directly to the American taxpayer on 6 April and 18 May. payment will depend on the size and income of the recipient families, said the summary. Each round will disburse $ 250 billion
For the first time, a legion of infected Americans including sitting members of Congress :. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, which is located on the floor of the recent home early Saturday morning, and Representative Ben McAdams, Democrat of Utah.
In a statement, Mr. Diaz-Balart said he had developed symptoms later Saturday and received a positive test result on Wednesday.
He has worked from his apartment in Washington on self-quarantine, he said, and did not plan to return home to avoid exposing his family. He said his wife, Tia, had an underlying condition “which puts him at a very high risk.”
“I want everyone to know that I feel much better,” said Mr. Diaz-Balart. “However, it is important that everyone takes this very seriously and follow C.D.C. guidelines to avoid the pain and reduce the spread of this virus.
“We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during a try.”
Mr McAdams said in a statement that he developed cold like symptons at home on Saturday night after returning from Washington, and isolated himself. He then developed a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, and learned Wednesday that their test results are positive. He said he would continue to work from home until it is safe to put an end to its own quarantine.
Several other members of Congress have said after interacting with people who tested positive for coronavirus. They include Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; ; Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona; Representative Doug Collins of Georgia; Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina; and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, all Republicans
Grace Fusco -. mother of 11, grandmother of 27 – will sit on the same bench in church every Sunday, surrounded by nearly a dozen members of his extensive Italian-American family. Sunday dinners attract a larger crowd to his home in central New Jersey
Now, he is closely clan reunited by unspeakable grief. Mrs. Fusco, 73, died on Wednesday evening after contracting coronavirus – hours after his son died of the virus and five days after the death of his daughter, said a relative
The four other children infected with coronavirus remains hospitalized , three of them in critical condition, relative, Roseann Paradiso. Fodera, said.
Mrs. Fusco eldest son, Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, of Freehold, N.J., died on Friday with a virus. He was the eldest, Carmine Fusco, of Bath, Pa., Died on Wednesday.
Mrs. Fusco, of Freehold, died after spending Wednesday “seriously ill” and breathing with the help of a ventilator, unaware that two of her oldest son died, Ms. Fodera Paradiso said.
Nearly 20 other relatives quarantined in their homes, praying in solitude isolated, unable to mourn the loss of collective deep with them. “If they are not on a respirator, they were quarantined,” said Ms. Paradiso Fodera. “It’s very sad,” he added. “They could not even lament the way you are going.”
– not just those in their 70s, 80s and 90s – were seriously sickened by a coronavirus, according to a report on almost 2,500 cases in the US
, which released Wednesday by the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that -. as in other countries – the oldest patients are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill or dying. But from 508 patients known coronavirus has been hospitalized in the United States, 38 percent of mainly young – between 20 and 54. And nearly half of the 121 most sick patients studied – those who cared for the intensive care unit – adults under 65. < / p>
“I think everyone should pay attention to this,” said Stephen S. Morse, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. “It’s not just going to be parents. There will be age 20 and up person. “
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the task force of government coronavirus Trump, appealed on Wednesday for people of millennials stop socializing in groups and to take care to protect themselves and others.
“You have the potential then spreads to someone who does not have a condition that none of us know about, and cause them to have disastrous results,” said Dr. Birx.
in the CDC report, 20 percent of inpatients and 12 percent of intensive care patients are between the ages of 20 and 44, basically includes the millennial generation.
The antiviral drugs held promise as in one of the first major studies in severely ill patients, researchers from China reported on Wednesday. “No benefit was observed,” the researchers wrote in
The study tested Kaletra, a combination of two antiviral medicines, lopinavir and ritonavir, which is normally used to treat HIV
There is a drug therapy has not been proven for the new coronavirus, and doctors around the world have been very testing various drugs in hopes of finding something that will help patients, especially those who are seriously ill.
While the results were disappointing, the researchers say that the study is not the last word, and suggested that more studies may determine whether the drug will work if given early in the disease or in combination with other drugs.
on Wednesday, the World Health Organization announced the international trial to find out which might be the most effective antiviral drug.
research, which is called, will take place in hospitals in several countries, including Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France, Iran, Norway, South Africa, Spain, the S witzerland and Thailand. Other countries are expected to join; United States is not among them.
President Trump moved Wednesday to send military hospital ship area hard-hit by the coronavirus, and called law allowing the federal government to order an American manufacturer to make much-needed medical equipment, such as ventilators, respirators and protective gear for health care workers.
The Trump slow initial response of government to the global crisis left the United States faces, equipment and hospital beds available. At the White House briefing, Mr. Trump said that he would call the law, the Defense Production Act, “just in case we need it.”
The president said he had sent two hospital military ships to help with the crisis – one to New York, the other to the West Coast – but officials later said it would be weeks before a New York-bound will be arriving
A federal plan to combat the coronavirus, which. along with The New York Times, warned that the lack of medical supplies such as protective equipment and medicines could happen, “affects health care, emergency services, and other elements of critical infrastructure.” Hospitals across the country warned of a critical shortage of supply.
Some countries are building a field hospital to meet the growing need for beds for patients coronavirus.
In Washington State, King County is changing the football field into a tent hospital with 200 beds. Measures intended to preserve local hospital beds for the most severe cases, the area, which includes Seattle, said in a statement. “This is a rapidly evolving situation requiring quick and decisive action,” he said.
Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said the hospital to 250 beds will be prepared at the State Fairgrounds in Salem on Friday. State officials are also looking to identify 1,000 hospital beds while to restore patients without coronavirus, which will free up space for patients coronavirus.
“There is no single correct protocol,” said Ms. Brown, on Wednesday. “We constantly get new information, and constantly increase the decision of infection increases.”
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Politicians, celebrities, social media influencers and even N.B.A. teams have been tested for the new coronavirus. But as it grows from day to day, so also the question of whether they get.
Some of the high profile of these people say they feel ill and have a good reason to be tested. Others argue that they were found to be infected and then isolated itself provides a good example to the community.
But the testing is still in short supply in these areas of the country, leaving health care workers and many sick people were able to get a diagnosis, several leading figures have obtained the test without showing any symptoms or have contacts who are known to someone who have the virus, as required by some manual testing. Others have declined to specify how they are tested.
the case has sparked accusations of elitism and privileges of the testing system has been plagued by delays and confusion, and now stirred a national debate new that has reached the White House – President Trump on Wednesday’s press conference whether the “go well connected to the front line “
” you have to ask them that question, “he said, pointing out that should not happen. “Maybe that’s the story of life. It happens on occasion, and I noticed where some people have been tested quite fast “
The question burst out of public view this week after the Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that four of their players -. Including Kevin Durant, one of the biggest stars in the NBA – had tested positive. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York crictized dynamic, that while he wished the athletes “a speedy recovery,” he did not think N.B.A. who should get tests for athletes while critically ill patients kept waiting.
“The test is not to be for the rich, but for the sick,” he wrote.
Financial markets are rolled again on Wednesday, as the government ramped up efforts to contain the virus and investors waited for lawmakers in Washington to take action on the proposal to boost the American economy.
This is one more in a series of extreme daily swings in sentiment on Wall Street. Shares have jumped on Tuesday afterreferred to pump $ 1 trillion into the economy.
The news that the Senate approved a bill to provide sick leave, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing and other assistance from some of Wednesday’s losses at the end of the day. But when all is said and done, the S & P 500 has fallen about 5 percent, shares in Europe sharply lowered oil prices and craters.
US oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, down 24 percent to more than $ 21 per barrel, the lowest price since 2003. The global Brent benchmark fell to just above $ 25 per barrel, just below the level of January 2016 . in oil prices more than 60 percent below where they were at the beginning of the year.
American economy is ready for a quarterly contraction of the worst on record, with slowing suddenly in economic activity that is more akin to what happens in wartime Europe than during the slowdowns United earlier as the financial crisis over a decade ago or even great depression.
Adding to the growing economic toll plague, GM, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler, idling tens of thousands of workers. United Auto Workers pushes the car to take the step after a report on Wednesday that a worker at Ford’s truck plant in Dearborn, Mich., Has tested positive for the virus.
Russian and media outlets affiliated with the Kremlin has started a “campaign of disinformation that is significant to the West,” spreading misinformation about the outbreak of coronavirus that has had real consequences in Europe, according to an EU document internally examined by The New York Times.
report, dated March 18, said that Russia supported misinformation that has sparked unrest in Ukraine and has encouraged people to buy potentially dangerous counterfeit drugs. Russia is said to be pushing the false narrative that the virus was brought to Europe by migrants.
“The overall goal of the Kremlin disinformation is to aggravate the public health crisis in Western countries, in particular with the damaging public confidence in the national health system – thus preventing an effective response to an outbreak,” said the document < p> the Kremlin has denied the allegations on Wednesday .. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov S. told reporters that they were “groundless accusations,” according to Tass, the Russian news agency.
E.U. the report presents the findings of a strategic communications experts and researchers who have scoured the internet, social media and traditional news platforms for coordinated action type of evidence and proof that Russia is behind it.
Western intelligence officials said over the years that President Vladimir Putin of Russia is using propaganda and disinformation as a way to sow suspicion and undermine trust democratic institutions. Russian campaign has been targeting American and European elections and alliances such as NATO and the European Union.
As the government’s emergency measures Proposes Middle East to slow the spread of the virus, border closures and grounding flights, many are bracing for what they fear could be a crisis in places wracked by war and instability.
Oil-rich Gulf state with a Western-style health care system the best position to combat the virus. But the response will be limited by the collapse of health services and the weak economy in some countries; war and labor camps in the other.
Outside with more than 17,000 cases, state swath that stretches from Morocco to Oman so far expressed only a small proportion of cases in the world.
The concentration of so far in a rich Qatar, where the virus has struck the camp of migrant workers, mostly from the Indian subcontinent, and the tally reached 442 cases on Wednesday.
in the most vulnerable parts of the Middle East, there are fears the virus had spread undetected. has confirmed 164 cases. War-torn Libya, Yemen and Syria has not declared the case. But at least eight cases in Pakistan are, according to Pakistani officials.
Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world, has 196 cases, double the figure on Friday. Last week, a river boat in Luxor. But in the last few days of cases have occurred in the Nile Delta, as well as in Cairo.
Egypt and Algeria, which has 72 cases, will put an end to all commercial flights on Thursday, although Egypt said that foreign tourists will be able to leave after the date on the plane that arrived empty.
Elsewheback in the region, Israel, which has more than 430 cases, closed its borders to all foreign nationals on Wednesday, with some exceptions. Authorities stepped in as MPs debated the mandatory lockdown.
crossings into the Palestinian territory in general has been closed. The Palestinian Authority has reported 44 cases, mostly in the town of Bethlehem, West Bank.
In Afghanistan, US commanders are, American and European officials say. plans reflect concern about the spread of the coronavirus in the last few days. The Taliban, who control most of the country, Afghanistan has begun requiring traveling from Iran to prove that they had been screened before being allowed to return to their homes.
Afghan Health Ministry has reported 22 cases of coronavirus, but officials fear there could be many more infections because so few people have been tested.
Reporting was contributed by Michael Cooper, Tracey Tully, Sarah Mervosh, Caitlin Dickerson, Annie Correal, Denise Grady, Knvul Sheikh, Miriam Jordan, Steven Erlanger, Katie Rogers, Ana Swanson, Emily Cochrane, Elisabetta Povoledo, Maria Abi-Habib, Zia ur-Rehman, Marc Santora, Megan Specia, Neal Boudette, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Heather Murphy, Damien Cave, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Ben Casselman, Sapna Maheshwari, David Yaffe-Bellany, Mark Landler, Stephen Castle Ian Austen, Sarah Kliff, Adam Satariano, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Nicholas Kulish, Nicholas Fandos, Katie Rogers, Lara Jakes, Catie Edmondson, Julian E. Barnes, Zolan Kan no-Youngs, Michael D. Shear, Mikayla Bouchard, Farnaz Fassihi, Jenny Gross, Matt Apuzzo, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Declan Walsh, Isabel Kershner, Raphael Minder, Patricia Mazzei, Aurelien Breeden, Amie Tsang, Alex Marshall, Anton Troianovski and Karen Zraick.
Updated March 17, 2020
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