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President Trump’s administration laid out a number of new suggestions for coping with the coronavirus to the American public Monday, calling on households to maintain their kids residence from college if they will accomplish that and urging folks to not congregate in teams bigger than 10 folks. The brand new pointers additionally name on folks to keep away from consuming and consuming in eating places and bars, and to chop out discretionary journey.
“If everybody makes this transformation, or these important adjustments and sacrifices now, we are going to rally collectively as one nation,” Trump mentioned in a information convention on the White Home. He added, “And we are going to defeat the virus and we’ll have an enormous celebration all collectively.”
“With a number of weeks of targeted motion, we are able to flip the nook and switch it rapidly,” the president mentioned, including, “Loads of progress has been made.”
The work to develop a vaccine, he added, is ongoing, with scientific trials now beneath method.
Trump outlined the brand new suggestions as the US entered its first week of widespread college closures and restrictions on eating places, bars and different companies, with the COVID-19 pandemic remaking each day life for hundreds of thousands of Individuals.
Individuals who work in service industries now face the prospect of weeks with out pay, whereas others are working from residence. Companies are awaiting ripple results of sudden slowdowns and cancellations — and hoping to climate what’s going to doubtless be a chronic disruption to regular life.
“That is the defining world well being disaster of our time,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday. “The times, weeks and months forward will likely be a take a look at of our resolve, a take a look at of our belief in science and a take a look at of solidarity.”
Tedros added, “Crises like COVID-19 are inclined to deliver out one of the best and worst in humanity.”
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The New York Inventory Change plummeted minutes after opening for enterprise Monday, as a drop of greater than 2,000 factors triggered automated circuit breakers that halted buying and selling for 15 minutes.
Thousands and thousands of scholars are idled for weeks in districts throughout the nation, evaded their colleges in a bid to sluggish the unfold of the virus. In areas the place colleges are on hiatus, dad and mom are scrambling to search out baby care and work out methods to maintain up with their children’ educations. Counties and colleges are dashing to offer meals for kids to ease the burden on households whose colleges are shut down.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is advising an eight-week halt to gatherings of greater than 50 folks, focusing on “conferences, festivals, parades, concert events, sporting occasions, weddings, and different kinds of assemblies.” The advisory doesn’t apply to the each day operation of colleges or companies, the CDC says.
The hashtag #QuarantineLife was trending on Twitter on Monday, as Individuals share their tackle a brand new regular. The tag was used for all the pieces from sharing tips about working from residence to acknowledging the difficulties of staying productive whereas in isolation.
Canada closes border; U.S. residents exempted
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his nation’s borders will likely be closed to just about all non-Canadians, excluding U.S. residents.
“We will likely be denying entry to Canada to people who find themselves not Canadian residents or everlasting residents,” Trudeau mentioned at a briefing exterior his home in Ottawa.
Exceptions will likely be made, he added, “for air crews, diplomats, speedy relations of Canadian residents, and, right now, U.S. residents.”
Trudeau is at present observing a 14-day interval of self-isolation, after his spouse, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Mexico’s president embraces supporters, regardless of warnings
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is being criticized for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic – together with his continued follow of embracing and even kissing his supporters. The president has held massive rallies and posted movies of himself hugging folks, regardless of worldwide well being consultants’ recommendation to keep away from massive public gatherings as a result of coronavirus pandemic. His authorities has additionally held off on attempting to limit social contacts.
“Attributing the criticism to political adversaries, Lopez Obrador says taking drastic measures now in Mexico shouldn’t be mandatory since, not like different international locations Mexico remains to be in an early section of the pandemic,” NPR’s Carrie Kahn studies. She provides, “An enormous musical competition drew greater than 100,000 folks within the capital over the weekend. The federal government says it is not going to implement extra restrictive insurance policies to manage the virus till subsequent week.”
Mexico at present has at the very least 53 coronavirus circumstances; nobody within the nation has died from the respiratory illness.
“I want with all my soul that the coronavirus does not have an effect on us, I need that,”President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned at a information convention Monday. “They’ll say that I am an idealist, a romantic dreamer, a Quixote, irresponsible.”
López Obrador additionally warned that if he have been to say Mexico’s financial system could be harmed by COVID-19, his nation could be harmed.
“I need the desires to show into actuality and I dream that our folks is not going to endure … that is what I need, for this to grow to be actuality, I need our folks to be glad, glad, glad.”
WHO Urges: ‘Take a look at, Take a look at, Take a look at’
The WHO’s Tedros praised public officers Monday for escalating social distancing insurance policies, by way of closing colleges and canceling many public gatherings. However he additionally urged them to not ignore what he says is the spine of the response to COVID-19: testing, isolation and call tracing. These components are on the coronary heart of any response that may forestall infections and break the chains of transmission, he mentioned.
“You can’t struggle a hearth blindfolded. And we can not cease this pandemic if we do not know who’s contaminated,” Tedros mentioned at a briefing in Geneva. He added, “We’ve got a easy message for all international locations: take a look at, take a look at, take a look at. Take a look at each suspected case.”
Testing kits for the virus that causes COVID-19 are in excessive demand; the WHO has despatched practically 1.5 million of them to some 120 international locations, Tedros mentioned.
Reiterating his name to check anybody suspected of getting the coronavirus, the WHO chief mentioned, “This can be a critical illness. Though the proof we have now means that these over 60 are at highest threat, younger folks, together with kids, have died.”
Maryland shuts down eating places and bars
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is ordering eating places, bars, gyms and film theaters statewide to stop practically all operations at 5 p.m. ET Monday. For eating places, solely drive-thru, supply and takeout service will likely be allowed, he mentioned. The state can be forbidding any gathering of 50 or extra folks, in keeping with CDC pointers.
The emergency orders will likely be “strictly enforced,” Hogan said.
Maryland at present has at the very least 37 coronavirus circumstances, the state well being division says. Twenty-five of these circumstances are in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, which abut Washington, D.C.
“We must always proceed to anticipate the variety of circumstances to dramatically and quickly rise. We’ve got by no means confronted something like this earlier than,” Hogan mentioned. “That is going to be a lot more durable, take for much longer, and be a lot worse than virtually anybody is at present understanding.”
Hogan added that “far too many individuals” have ignored warnings towards crowding into bars and eating places, placing themselves and their wider communities in danger.
The lethal COVID-19 illness requires leaders at each degree to take “drastic actions proper now that will appear scary, they could sound excessive; they are going to be terribly disruptive,” Hogan mentioned. “However they’re additionally completely mandatory to save lots of the lives of tons of of hundreds of Individuals.”
Hogan sought to take care of social distancing as he introduced the order, holding a briefing exterior of Maryland’s Authorities Home and with a small media contingent current. Late final week, Maryland started requiring hundreds of state workers to telework.
Inventory costs tank instantly after open
The Dow Jones Industrial Common fell some 2,250 factors minutes after buying and selling started, as extra dire indicators of the coronavirus’ financial affect emerge. Costs sank extra after buying and selling resumed.
The S&P 500 index has fallen by practically 11% Monday — far surpassing the 7% increment that triggers a pause in buying and selling. Oil costs additionally continued their dive, crossing beneath the $30 degree.
The market is staggering regardless of the Fed’s aggressive transfer to chop rates of interest to close zero, in an emergency price reduce that was introduced late Sunday.
“This choice, taken along with bulletins by different central banks, signifies that world financial authorities will attempt to do all the pieces of their energy to arrest monetary stress,” Moody’s Affiliate Managing Director Elena Duggar and Vice President Madhavi Bokil mentioned in a press release despatched to NPR. “Nonetheless, the flexibility of central banks to hold the day is sort of constrained in comparison with a decade in the past.”
Past price coverage, Duggar and Bokil say, the enterprise world is looking for “efficient communication on different coverage measures, together with fiscal measures, to offset the well being, financial and monetary blow that the coronavirus pandemic has dealt.”
Colorado: anybody who skied at resorts in previous week ought to self-isolate
Citing considerations that group transmission is rising, the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere says anybody who visited areas that embrace the state’s hottest ski resorts, similar to Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge, ought to self-isolate whether or not or not they’ve COVID-19 signs.
The advice applies to the counties of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison.
“We’re seeing intensive outbreaks in these communities,” mentioned Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist.
Colorado has at the very least 131 coronavirus circumstances; the state says its lab has accomplished 758 assessments because it began testing on Feb. 28.
Colorado is among the few locations within the U.S. the place people who find themselves involved about COVID-19 can get a drive-up take a look at for the virus that causes the illness. However due to excessive demand, that service is shut down Monday; the state says the same service will open Tuesday and would require appointments.
U.S. coronavirus circumstances rise
There are at present greater than 4,000 circumstances of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 within the U.S., in response to a dashboard created by the Johns Hopkins Whiting Faculty of Engineering. That quantity is believed to mirror solely a fraction of the whole variety of sick Individuals, and the determine is anticipated to rise as extra cities and states acquire the flexibility to check for the virus.
Greater than 70 folks have died from COVID-19 within the U.S., together with 42 in Washington state and 6 every in California and New York. Florida is reporting 5 deaths. Twelve folks within the U.S. have recovered from the viral illness.
The Johns Hopkins dashboard tracks coronavirus knowledge practically in actual time. It has been extra updated than the general public tally stored by the CDC, which updates its nationwide map at midday ET every day — utilizing numbers from Four p.m. the earlier afternoon. The CDC maintains a separate depend for the practically 50 contaminated Individuals who have been repatriated to the U.S. from Wuhan, China, and Yokohama, Japan.
COVID-19 circumstances exterior China now outnumber these inside
With China reporting 81,000 of practically 175,000 coronavirus circumstances globally, the remainder of the world now has extra circumstances of the respiratory virus than the nation the place it was first detected in December.
The inversion comes lower than three weeks after the variety of new coronavirus circumstances in the remainder of the world first outnumbered the variety of new circumstances in China.
The epicenter of the illness has now shifted to Europe, the World Well being Group says.
“Extra circumstances are actually being reported [in Europe] each day than have been reported in China on the top of its epidemic,” WHO Director-Basic Tedros mentioned.
The virus has unfold most quickly in Italy, which is now reporting some 25,000 circumstances and 1,800 deaths. Greater than 2,300 folks within the nation have recovered from COVID-19.
Congress considers emergency coronavirus measure
The Senate will convene Monday afternoon to contemplate a coronavirus aid invoice that the Home accredited late final week, aiming to present new advantages to American staff
“The U.S. Capitol advanced is closed to the general public. A chief of employees for a Democratic senator advised NPR that every workplace is making up its personal insurance policies for the right way to shield employees,” NPR’s Susan Davis, Kelsey Snell and Claudia Grisales report.
Coronavirus signs and prevention
To stop the coronavirus from spreading, the CDC recommends washing arms with cleaning soap and water for at the very least 20 seconds or utilizing a hand sanitizer if a sink is not out there. The WHO says folks ought to put on face masks provided that they’re sick or caring for somebody who’s.
“For most individuals, COVID-19 an infection will trigger gentle sickness; nonetheless, it could possibly make some folks very sick and, in some folks, it may be deadly,” the WHO says. “Older folks, and people with preexisting medical situations (similar to heart problems, persistent respiratory illness or diabetes) are in danger for extreme illness.”
The most typical signs of COVID-19, in response to the WHO: fever (in 88% of circumstances), dry cough (68%), fatigue (38%) and sputum/phlegm manufacturing (33%). Shortness of breath occurred in practically 20% of circumstances, and about 13% had a sore throat or headache, the WHO mentioned in a report drawing on greater than 70,000 circumstances in China.