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Japanese Government Prepares To Impose State Of Emergency, Approve $1-Trillion Stimulus Package

Japanese Government Prepares To Impose State Of Emergency, Approve $1-Trillion Stimulus Package

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is preparing to declare a state of emergency as early as Tuesday as COVID-19 cases mount in the capital of Tokyo.

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It is expected that the Japanese government will convene an unofficial meeting of experts on Monday and Abe will address the government’s coronavirus task force.

The ruling parties will then meet later to approve the country’s largest-ever stimulus package, totaling 108 trillion yen ($1 trillion), which would then be formalized at a cabinet meeting Tuesday, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

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The declaration of emergency would impact Tokyo and Osaka, as well as surrounding areas, and is based on a recently amended law giving local authorities the power to request that people stay at home, and to ask schools

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Iran to use 20% of state budget to fight coronavirus

Iran to use 20% of state budget to fight coronavirus

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran is to allocate 20% of its annual state budget to fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the country, one of the worst-hit in the world, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.

Iran’s death toll from coronavirus rose to 2,517 on Saturday, with 139 fatalities in the past 24 hours, as cases rose 3,076 to 35,408, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on state television.

“We are in difficult conditions, in conditions of sanctions but we have allocated 20% of our budget this year to corona, … and this might be surprising for the world from a country under sanctions,” Rouhani said in comments broadcast on state TV.

Shut out of international capital markets and facing a further hit to its finances with the collapse in oil prices coming on top of U.S. sanctions, Iran is struggling to shield its economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

Rouhani reassured the

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UW model suggests mid-April peak for coronavirus in Washington state with scores more deaths

UW model suggests mid-April peak for coronavirus in Washington state with scores more deaths

As the state starts to gain a clearer picture of the coronavirus outbreak, the million-dollar question now on everyone’s mind: When is the outbreak going to peak?

New models released by the University of Washington”s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on Friday offer projections through the current coronavirus season, along with estimated peaks and death tolls for each state and the nation as a whole.

Researchers caution this is an ever-changing event, and estimates continue to change as more data are gathered.

For now, the model suggests Washington state will see peak strain on hospital resources about April 19 and an estimated 1,429 COVID-19 deaths statewide by July.

It projected 81,114 COVID-19 deaths nationwide by mid-July.

With the measures in place now, the state model does not project Washington exceeding total hospital bed capacity, though some facilities will be strained more than others. For intensive care units, it does

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This state rejected Medicaid expansion. Its uninsured residents now stare down a pandemic.

This state rejected Medicaid expansion. Its uninsured residents now stare down a pandemic.

Every six months Penny Wingard’s doctor in Charlotte, North Carolina, checks her white blood cell count even though she can’t afford the tests. After a brutal round of chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer in 2014 left her with chemical burns, Wingard has a compromised immune system and no health insurance.

When she lost that coverage, more medical issues followed: She had a brain aneurysm and then the chemo caused Wingard, 56, to go temporarily blind before she underwent cornea surgery. Her medical debt through all this has ballooned to more than $25,000 — an amount she has no hope of ever paying off as a part-time Lyft driver.

Penelope Wingard
Penelope Wingard

“You didn’t ask for any of this, and you didn’t ask to get sick,” Wingard said, as her voice broke and she began to cry. “You know, it’s not something that you went out there and said, ‘Oh, OK,’

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Spain extends state of emergency until April 12 as coronavirus crisis worsens

By Jessica Jones

MADRID, March 26 (Reuters) – Spain awoke to the prospect of more lockdown on Thursday after parliament approved an extension to its state of emergency in the early hours of the morning following a mammoth session of debate.

Parliament eventually voted to extend emergency measures – including the state of lockdown that has seen people confined to their homes except for essential trips for food, medicine and work – for a further 15 days until April 12.

A majority of 321 lawmakers voted in favor of the extension, while 28 abstained. The largest opposition party, the People’s Party, supported the measure.

“It is not easy to extend the state of emergency,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in Parliament. “I am convinced the only efficient option against the virus is social isolation.”

Spain is struggling to cope with the mounting coronavirus crisis as its death toll exceeded China’s

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

U.S. state pharmacy boards work to limit prescriptions of potential coronavirus drugs

By Michael Erman

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At least four state pharmacy boards have taken steps to limit prescriptions of potential coronavirus treatments touted by U.S. President Donald Trump that are in short supply as demand has surged with the rapid spread of the outbreak.

State pharmacy boards in Texas, Ohio, Idaho and Nevada in recent days moved to restrict who can be prescribed the malaria treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and how much of the drugs can be prescribed, according to documents filed by the boards. Texas has also limited prescriptions of the antibiotic azithromycin as well as another anti-malarial drug, mefloquine.

There are currently no approved treatments or preventive vaccines for COVID-19, the highly contagious, sometimes deadly respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. Researchers are studying existing treatments and working on experimental ones, but most current patients receive only supportive care such as breathing assistance.

The American Society

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

297 Cases, State Seeks Health Care Volunteers

This article originally appeared on the Charlotte Patch

NORTH CAROLINA — As North Carolina continues to brace for the surge in cases of the new coronavirus throughout the state, state public health officials are asking residents to consider volunteering as health care workers.

There were 297 presumptive positive cases of the COVID-19 virus reported in 45 counties in North Carolina, NC Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday morning.

That figure reflects the findings of 8,438 tests that had been completed by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial laboratories. No deaths have been reported in the state.

The NC DHHS’ Monday morning tally indicated that 79 of the cases were in Mecklenburg County; but by midday, Mecklenburg County health officials said the number of presumptive positive cases had grown to 97.

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Tens of millions in lockdown in US as state officials act to halt virus spread

Tens of millions in lockdown in US as state officials act to halt virus spread

Three major American states are locking down their residents in the face of a rapidly advancing virus storm that is already severely straining health systems in parts of Europe.

Officials in New York and Illinois announced they would largely restrict residents to their homes from this weekend, after California – America’s largest state – did so on Friday.

The three states have a combined population of more than 70 million people.

With American hospitals already under pressure, officials are desperate to prevent – or at least limit – a repeat of what has happened in parts of China, Italy and Spain where the outbreak has overwhelmed medical services.

The streets of New York City are already sparsely populated ahead of the lockdown (John Minchillo/AP)

More than 275,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed globally, including more than 11,000 deaths, Nearly 90,000 patients have recovered.

The outbreak has moderated in

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