Day: March 25, 2020

Shipping industry urges G20 to keep freight flowing as virus hits supply chains

Shipping industry urges G20 to keep freight flowing as virus hits supply chains

By Jonathan Saul and Elisa Anzolin

LONDON/MILAN, March 24 (Reuters) – Ships and their crews must be able to trade freely with minimal port restrictions to ensure supply lines don’t freeze up while the coronavirus shuts down much of the globe, shipping and port officials said on Tuesday.

After draconian steps to stop the spread of the virus, China’s economy is slowly coming back online but logistics chains are backing up in other parts of the world.

This has been compounded by ships being quarantined for up to two weeks and seafarers held up as countries impose lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) association, which represents more than 80% of the global merchant fleet, and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) jointly called on the Group of 20 major economies to allow merchant shipping to keep flowing.

“Ensuring that seafarers

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Aurora Hospitals Lack Beds To Handle Expected Coronavirus Cases

This article originally appeared on the Aurora Patch

AURORA, IL — Aurora-area hospitals would be overwhelmed with patients suffering from the new coronavirus under most likely scenarios for infection rates, according to a ProPublica report based on data from the Harvard Global Health Institute.

The report underscores the seriousness of the need to “flatten the curve” through social distancing, which health officials hope will slow the spread of the disease and keep hospital caseloads manageable. But even in what experts consider a moderate rate of infection, ProPublica reported, Aurora-area hospitals could meet less than half of the demand for beds.

Illinois has recorded 1,285 confirmed cases and 12 deaths as of Monday afternoon.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has put a stay-at-home order in place in an attempt to stunt the increase in

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The coronavirus pandemic has made Trump's psychiatric issues clear. We should remove him for our own safety

The coronavirus pandemic has made Trump’s psychiatric issues clear. We should remove him for our own safety

We knew this presidency would be deadly. We were not exaggerating when, three years ago, we put together the public-service book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. We meant in part that the president would be dangerous to civic life, to democracy, and to the nation’s mental health — but we also meant that he would endanger lives.

Politics did not concern us. We are health professionals. Everything falls secondary to life and death, including politics.

After we got together to write the book, hundreds, and later thousands, more mental health professionals gathered from all over the country and the world with their shared concerns. Together we formed first the National Coalition, and then the World Mental Health Coalition, to organize around our goal of societal safety.

Through consultation with Congress members, letters, petitions, and education of the public, we tried

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720 Cases, 72 Hospitalized, 7 Deaths

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch

As of Monday afternoon, there were 720 cases of the new coronavirus in 31 counties our state, and around 6,224 people had been tested, public health officials confirmed. There were 72 people hospitalized.

Here is the county breakdown of positive cases:

Adams – 25
Arapahoe – 58
Boulder – 39
Broomfield – 2
Chaffee – 3
Clear Creek – 3
Crowley – 1
Denver – 148
Douglas – 48
Eagle – 92
El Paso – 69
Elbert – 3
Garfield – 8
Grand – 2
Gunnison – 28
Hinsdale – 1
Jefferson – 55
Larimer – 34
Logan – 2
Mesa – 2
Montrose – 1
Morgan – 3
Park – 1
Pitkin – 18
Pueblo – 3
Routt – 3
San Miguel – 1
Summit – 8
Teller – 3
Weld – 50
Yuma – 1
*Unknown or pending – 5

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Self-Help If You Display Mild Symptoms of Coronavirus

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rises sharply in the U.S., hospitalizations and the death toll are expected to climb exponentially. And those experiencing only mild symptoms like a dry cough or sore throat (and in some cases no symptoms at all) are further fueling the spread of the highly infectious the novel virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes coronavirus disease. That’s because many don’t even know they have COVID-19, and they feel well enough to leave home.

Hoping to stem the rapid spread of the coronavirus, public health experts are now urging virtually everyone to practice social distancing, with adults and kids keeping at least 6 feet between themselves and others outside their household. As schools have shuttered and workplaces closed, many individuals and families are staying home.

Health care workers and officials are requesting that anyone who has potentially been exposed to the virus self- quarantine and stay

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Coronavirus Colorado Update: 912 Cases, 11 Deaths

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 912 cases of the new coronavirus in 35 counties our state, and around 7,701 people had been tested, public health officials confirmed. There were 84 people hospitalized.

Denver is now under a stay-at-home order in an effort to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. The City of Boulder, Pitkin County and San Miguel County have also issued stay-at-home orders.

Under the orders, residents will still be able to leave their homes to get groceries and medicine. People who work in essential services are exempt from the order.

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Here is the county breakdown of positive cases:

Adams – 27
Arapahoe – 69
Boulder – 49
Broomfield – 5

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Liquor, Pot Stores To Remain Open

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch

DENVER — The City and County of Denver has updated its stay-at-home order to allow liquor and marijuana stores to stay open if they adhere to “extreme” social distancing rules. All construction operations and projects will also be exempt from the new order, the city said.

Mayor Michael Hancock announced the stay-at home order Monday afternoon in an effort to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

Denver residents will still be able to leave their homes to get groceries, medicine and gas, but the order aims to further implement social distancing in the city. People who work in essential services are exempt from the order.

“This isn’t a recommendation anymore,” Hancock said. “People need to stay at home.”

The order will take effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and last until April 10, Hancock said.

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Rupert Murdoch Put His Son in Charge of Fox. It Was a Dangerous Mistake.

Rupert Murdoch Put His Son in Charge of Fox. It Was a Dangerous Mistake.

The chief executive of Fox News, Suzanne Scott, reacted swiftly to the threat of the coronavirus in late February: She ordered the bright, open new offices disinfected, installed hand sanitizer stations around the office and boldly canceled the company’s major ad sales event.

But her influence doesn’t extend to the most important part of Fox News: its programming in prime time.

There, for two crucial weeks in late February and early March, powerful Fox hosts talked about the “real” story of the coronavirus: It was a Democratic- and media-led plot against President Donald Trump. Hosts and guests, speaking to Fox’s predominantly elderly audience, repeatedly played down the threat of what would soon become a deadly pandemic.

The person who could have stopped the flow of misinformation was Scott’s boss, Lachlan Murdoch, the chief executive of the Fox Corp. But he wasn’t paying much attention. The 48-year-old heir to his family’s

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Lower Makefield Closures Extended To Mid-April

This article originally appeared on the Yardley Patch

LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, PA — Public parks and other facilities in Lower Makefield will be shut down until mid-April as the township responds to the new coronavirus outbreak.

Township Manager Kurt Ferguson announced that the closures, which had been set to run through March 30, have been extended to April 13 in response to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order for Bucks County and six other counties.

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In Lower Makefield, the following facilities are among those that are closed to the public:

In a video shared Monday on social media, Ferguson also announced that township staff have been reassigned to make daily calls to senior citizens in the township to check on their well-being.

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First 2 Collingswood Residents Test Positive For Coronavirus

This article originally appeared on the Collingswood Patch

COLLINGSWOOD, NJ — Two Collingswood residents have tested positive for new coronavirus, officials announced on Tuesday.

Two women from Collingswood, one in her 50s and another in her 20s, were among the 18 new cases reported in Camden County. Trace investigations are underway in all the new cases, officials said.

There are now 59 total cases of new coronavirus that have been reported in Camden County, including one fatality. Read more here: Camden County’s First Coronavirus Death Reported

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“Today, we saw another 43 percent increase in cases in the county, which says two things to me: first, that testing is more widespread in the county and second, that we need to continue to isolate and aggressively socially distance to break

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