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Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — At least 573 people have now died in the United States from the novel coronavirus — and officials say the pandemic is accelerating.In the U.S., there are more than 41,700 diagnosed cases of the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The coronavirus spans every state as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, forcing millions of Americans to stay home in an effort to contain the disease.Over 372,000 people around the world have been diagnosed and more than 16,300 people have died across the globe. Here’s the latest on the developing situation Monday. All times Eastern:5:45 p.m.: Florida governor orders self-isolation for NY-area visitorsFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order that mandates anyone who travels to Florida from the greater New York City area will have to go into a 14-day self isolation period.“Today, there’s over 190 direct flight from the New York City area to the state of Florida. And I’d would reckon, given the outbreak there, that every single flight has somebody on it that is positive for COVID-19,” he said in a news conference.The order applies to anyone traveling to Florida from “an area with substantial community spread,” but it specifically mentions New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.Florida currently has about 1,100 positive cases and 14 deaths related to the virus. DeSantis has previously blamed visitors from New York for the cases in Florida and called on the White House to suspend flights from there and other states with a high number of outbreaks.As of Monday morning, New York state had more than 15,000 coronavirus cases. 4:40 p.m.: Everyone in UK must stay homeEveryone in the United Kingdom “must stay at home,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday.Residents can only leave the house to shop for basic necessities, for one form of exercise per day, for medical needs and to travel to and from work when absolutely necessary and working from home is not possible, Johnson said.In the U.K. at least 6,724 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 300 of those have died.Gatherings outside the home of more than two people are now banned, Johnson said.Johnson said all unnecessary shops will close, as well as libraries and gyms. All social events must be canceled, including weddings, but excluding funerals, he said.4:28 p.m.: Instacart plans to hire 300,000 more shoppersAs the demand for grocery delivery demand, Instacart says it plans to hire 300,000 more shoppers across North America over the next 3 months.Instacart also noted how the hiring initiative can help provide flexible job opportunities to those who need it.Meanwhile, CVS said it’s hiring 50,000 full and part-time employees nationwide.3:14 p.m.: Criminal consequences possible for those who violate NJ rulesIn New Jersey, where at least 27 people have died from coronavirus, those who violate social distancing rules or keep non-essential businesses open could face criminal consequences, said Gurbir Grewal, the state’s attorney general.“The time for warning is over,” Grewal said Monday. “If you’re a retail store or an entertainment center and you stay open, or if you’re a bar and keep serving patrons in your establishment, consider this as your final warning. Your actions are against the law in New Jersey, and you will be held accountable.”“The same goes for individuals,” Grewal said. “If you and your friends decide to throw a party at your home and you invite 20 of your closest friends, stop. Law enforcement officers will have to break that party up, and their will be criminal consequences.”Over 2,800 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the Garden State.3:03 p.m.: Rhode Island becomes 8th state to postpone presidential primaryRhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will sign an executive order to move the state’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2.The governor also said she will make the election predominantly vote-by-mail. Applications and stamps will be sent to voters in the coming weeks, added Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.Indiana, Connecticut, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Maryland as well as Puerto Rico have all moved their primaries in the wake of the pandemic.2:56 p.m.: Virginia schools closed until end of year, North Carolina schools shuttered until May 15In Virginia, where there are 254 confirmed coronavirus cases, all schools will remain closed until the end of the academic year, Gov. Ralph Northam announced.The state is working to provide meals to students in need, Northam said.In North Carolina, all public K-12 schools will be closed until May 15, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.The governor said he arrived at this date by looking at guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials. The order would be adjusted if guidance changes, he said.1:55 p.m.: Over 6,000 dead in ItalyItaly, hardest hit by deaths from the pandemic, reported 601 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll to 6,077.The total confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy has climbed to 63,927, according to the country’s Civil Protection Agency.12:08 p.m.: The pandemic is ‘accelerating’The coronavirus “pandemic is accelerating,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Monday.Almost every country in the world has reported cases, he announced in a Geneva press conference.“It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases. Eleven days for the second 100,000 and just four days for the third 100,000,” he said.11:39 a.m.: Minnesota governor to self-quarantineMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Monday morning he will self-quarantine after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday night.“I’m using this as an opportunity to lead by example,” Walz said in a statement. “Though I’m feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, I’m going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow.”11:16 a.m.: Diagnosed cases soar to over 20,000 in New YorkIn New York state, where diagnosed coronavirus cases have soared to over 20,000, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said testing is also on the rise, with 16,000 tests now conducted per day.About 25% of testing nationwide is now in New York state, Cuomo said Monday.Cuomo on Monday issued an emergency order to all hospitals requiring them to increase capacity by 50%, with a goal of increasing capacity by 100%. Four facilities in the state are being converted into hospitals.Of those diagnosed in New York, 13% are hospitalized, the governor said. New York state has reported 157 deaths.“We were not ready to deal with this. And other situations will happen,” Cuomo said. “Let’s at least learn from this to be prepared for the next situation, as dramatic as this one has been.”Cuomo once again got personal at Monday’s news conference, saying a silver lining he’s gained during the pandemic is the “beautiful gift” of more time with his daughter.10:50 a.m.: Amy Klobuchar’s husband tests positive for coronavirusFormer Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says her husband, John Bessler, received positive coronavirus test results Monday morning.Bessler suffered a bad cough, including coughing up blood, and now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator, Klobuchar said in a statement.“He is exhausted and sick,” she said.“John and I have been in different places for the last two weeks and I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick, my doctor has advised me to not get a test,” Klobuchar said. “As everyone is aware, there are test shortages for people who need them everywhere and I don’t qualify to get one under any standard.”“I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease,” she wrote. “I hope he will be home soon. I know so many Americans are going through this and so much worse right now. So I hope and pray for you, just as I hope you will do for my husband. Meanwhile I am working in the Senate to get help to the American people.” 10:30 a.m.: Stay-at-home advisory issued in MassachusettsA stay-at-home advisory has been issued in Massachusetts, urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel from Tuesday until April 7.Also beginning Tuesday, all “non-essential” businesses in Massachusetts will be closed, though Gov. Charlie Baker encouraged restaurants to continue to offer food for take-out and delivery.9:20 a.m. New Jersey testing site reaches capacity before it opensIn northern New Jersey, hit hard by the outbreak, a testing site at Bergen County Community College reached capacity even before it opened Monday morning, reported ABC New York station WABC-TV.8:39 a.m. One doctor’s plea for suppliesA Massachusetts emergency room doctor, who made a sharp-worded appeal on Facebook for the need for protective gear, told ABC News he’s since received a number of donated supplies. “Since that post went out, people have been showing up in our ER, donating whatever they have, people have been making masks,” Dr. Josh Lerner, who works at the Leominster campus of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, said in an interview Monday on Good Morning America.“People are dropping off food, any type of personal protective equipment. Painters, contractors are giving us their supplies. A neighbor of mine dropped off a box of N95 masks this morning, left it on my porch,” Lerner continued. “So we are being heard by the American people.”But Lerner said it’s unclear how long the supplies will last as his emergency room starts to see an influx in acute cases of patients sickened with the novel coronavirus disease. “I think something to keep in mind is that, for any one patient, there are multiple health care workers who are at the bedside,” he said. “We could be talking about many, many supplies being used at any one time at the bedside. And so, at this moment, I don’t know how many more days of supplies we have, but we are sort of using them as judiciously as possible.” Lerner called on the U.S. government as well as leaders at the local, state and federal levels to “work together” rather than “debate with one another.” “We as an entire nation need to come together to fight this,” he said.7:48 a.m. Spain reports 462 deaths in past 24 hoursSpain’s health ministry on Monday reported 462 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 has now topped 2,000. Spain has the third-highest number of recorded deaths in the outbreak, following China and Italy. With nearly 30,000 diagnosed cases, Spain is behind the United States and Italy in the highest national total outside China.5:39 a.m. Wuhan, China, reports no new cases for five straight daysThe Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has reported no new confirmed cases for the past five days.The city is still considered a high-risk zone but signs of life are reappearing on the streets as authorities begin to relax some of the strict measures that were put in place. Road checkpoints are being removed and some private vehicles have returned to the streets. The city’s subway system remains shut down but has begun trial runs as health workers disinfect the subway cars and stations.City leaders met Monday to discuss scheduling the resumption of work and production. Monday marks two months since Chinese authorities placed Wuhan on lockdown as the virus spread like wildfire throughout the city and the greater Hubei province.“The meeting emphasized the need to make overall plans to restore economic and social order, and actively and steadily promote orderly resumption of work and production,” the Wuhan government said in a statement Monday. “It is necessary to speed up the resumption of production and industrial enterprises, the return of stores and supermarkets as soon as possible, the orderly restoration of public transportation, the safe and orderly movement of personnel, and the guarantee of resumption of production and market.”4:09 a.m. Florida closes all state parksFlorida is closing all of its state parks to the public due to the coronavirus crisis.At the direction of the governor and to successfully uphold social distancing guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said it will close all state parks to the public, effective Monday. The Sunshine State is home to nearly 200 state parks and trails.A notice on the Florida State Parks website said the Department of Environmental Protection “has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation.”“Unfortunately,” the notice continued, “this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”There are more than 1,000 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Florida, and at least 13 of those patients have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.3:42 a.m. U.S. Secret Service employee tests positiveA U.S. Secret Service employee is in quarantine after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the agency confirmed in a statement late Sunday night.“The Secret Service has conducted a comprehensive contact trace assessment and determined that the employee has not had contact with any Secret Service employee or protectee for nearly three weeks,” the agency said.Further information about the employee’s identity was not provided due to privacy considerations.3:00 a.m. Japan to begin quarantining all visitors from the USJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday that his country will require a 14-day quarantine to all visitors from the United States amid an escalating number of coronavirus infections around the globe.The quarantine requirement includes Japanese and American citizens and will go into effect Thursday until the end of April. The move comes after Japan raised its travel advisory for the United States, urging Japanese citizens not to make nonessential trips to the nation.Abe said the new requirement is in line with containment measures taken by other countries, including the United States, which has reported a surge in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.Japan appears to have successfully slowed the spread of the virus on its soil, with just 1,101 diagnosed cases as of Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Still, Abe said a decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, slated to kick off on July 24, “may become inevitable” if the pandemic makes it impossible to hold the event safety.The International Olympic Committee’s executive board has announced a plan to analyze the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision that could include the option to postpone, although the board emphasized that it has no current plans to outright cancel the games. A number of Olympic athletes have called on organizers to postpone or cancel the games due to the pandemic.“If it is difficult to hold in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable,” Japan’s prime minister said at a press conference Monday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed over 26,900 people around the world.Globally there are more than 586,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The United States has over 100,000 cases of COVID-19, the highest of any country.There have been at least 1,544 deaths in the U.S. More than 1,000 people have died in the past week alone.At least 862 people in the U.S. have recovered.Here are the latest developments. All times are in Eastern.7:59 p.m.: Pence says over 685,000 tests doneVice President Mike Pence said more than 685,000 tests for coronavirus have been done in the U.S. as of Friday morning.“As a great credit to our partnership with commercial laboratories across the country, this morning it was reported that more than 685,000 tests have already been performed, and we are particularly grateful to the American Hospital Association whose members are now reporting in to the CDC and FEMA in real time, giving our experts more visibility on those that have contracted the disease around the country,” Pence said.The number is an increase of 133,000 from Thursday, and includes private testing.6 p.m.: US cases top 100,000The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has now topped 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins.There are now 100,717 cases, most in the world by over 14,000, and 1,544 deaths.Meanwhile, the number of cases worldwide is creeping closer to 600,000, now standing at 590,594.4:48 p.m.: 2 more congressmen test positiveTwo more congressmen, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have tested positive for coronavirus.Neither was there for today’s stimulus package vote.There are now four members who have announced they’ve received positive tests, including Ben McAdams, D-Utah, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.4:45 p.m.: 25-year-old with no underlying conditions diesA 25-year-old pharmacy technician with no underlying health issues has died from COVID-19, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the Riverside County, California, public health officer.The 25-year-old had been self-quarantining. The victim’s body was found Wednesday in a home in La Quinta, officials said.“This is a deeply saddening reminder that COVID-19 kills the young and healthy too,” Kaiser said in a statement. “Stay safe. Keep travel and errands to essentials, and observe social distance no matter how young or well you are. Our condolences and thoughts are with everyone this pandemic has touched.”4:20 p.m.: Trump uses Defense Production Act for 1st time, compelling GM to make ventilatorsPresident Donald Trump for the first time on Friday used the authorities granted by the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to produce ventilators. “Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course,” Trump said in a written statement. “GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives.”Trump said in the memo that the Secretary of Health and Human Services “shall use any and all authority available under the Act to require General Motors Company to accept, perform, and prioritize contracts or orders for the number of ventilators that the secretary determines to be appropriate.” A GM spokesperson said, “Ventec, GM and our supply base have been working around the clock for over a week to meet this urgent need. Our commitment to build Ventec’s high-quality critical care ventilator, VOCSN, has never wavered. The partnership between Ventec and GM combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible.”Trump signed the COVID-19 relief package in the Oval Office Friday afternoon.The historic measure was passed by the House of Representatives earlier Friday.The $2 trillion package, which the Senate approved on Wednesday, is the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history.3:50 p.m.: Disney World, Disneyland closed until further noticeWalt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will stay closed until further notice.The company said it’s been paying its cast members since the parks closed and will now extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.(Disney is the parent company of ABC News.)3:32 p.m.: New Jersey offering exclusive testing to health care workers, first respondersNew Jersey will offer exclusive COVID-19 testing to health care workers and first responders this weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.Beginning Saturday, the Bergen County College and PNC Bank Arts Center drive-through sites will be reserved for health workers and first responders only. On Monday, the two sites will reopen again to anyone in need of a test.The state has at least 8,825 confirmed cases. The virus has killed 108 people in New Jersey, including 27 people in the last 24 hours.Although the state is working hard to expand testing to more people, officials can only commit to testing those who are symptomatic, Murphy said.3:15 p.m.: LA County beaches to closeLos Angeles County beaches are all closing to the public immediately because the crowds there last weekend “were unacceptable,” said LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn.“We cannot risk another sunny weekend with crowds at the beach spreading this virus,” Hahn said.The county is also closing public trails and beach bike paths.LA County has at least 1,465 diagnosed cases and five deaths.2:18 p.m.: Italy’s death toll climbs over 9,000Italy — by far the hardest-hit nation for coronavirus fatalities — recorded over 900 deaths in one day, a daily record, said Domenico Arcuri, the national commissioner for the emergency.Italy’s death toll is now over 9,000, according to the Johns Hopkins data.Despite the grim numbers, officials with the Italian Higher Health Institute said Friday that the nationwide lockdown continues to show a reduction in the rate of new cases each day.Overall there was a 7.3% growth in the spread of the virus from Thursday nationwide. This is the fifth day in a row of single-digit percentage growth in the overall number of new cases, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.The total number of cases in Italy is now over 86,000, according to the civil protection agency.12:29 p.m.: Pennsylvania becomes 13th state to delay primaryPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Friday to move the state’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2.Pennsylvania marks the 13th state to delay its nominating contest over coronavirus concerns. Pennsylvania joins Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wyoming, as well as Puerto Rico.12:06 p.m.: 519 deaths in New YorkDiagnosed coronavirus cases have jumped to 44,685 in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Of those diagnosed, 6,481 are hospitalized, including 1,583 people in the ICU, Cuomo said.New York has by far the most cases of any state in the nation. In second is New Jersey with 6,800, according to Cuomo.At least 519 have died in the state. Cuomo warned, “That is going to continue to go up.”“The reason why the number is going up is because some people came into the hospital 20 days, 25 days ago and had been on a ventilator for that long a period of time,” Cuomo said. “When somebody is on that ventilator for a prolonged period of time, the outcome is usually not good.”As the pandemic escalates, New York state schools will remain closed until April 15, and Cuomo said he will re-assess from that point. New York City schools are closed until at least April 20.Hospitals in the state have 53,000 beds but need 140,000 beds, the governor said. Hospitals have to increase capacity by 50%, Cuomo said, adding that he hopes hospitals can increase capacity by 100%.The state is also looking to build temporary emergency hospitals and is scouting sites, he said.11:28 a.m.: Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrives in Los AngelesThe Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived in the port of Los Angeles Friday morning where it’ll help ease the burden on the city’s hospitals.With 1,128 active duty medical personnel on board, the USNS Mercy will treat non-COVID-19 patients.Another Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, will depart Virginia on Saturday to head to New York City’s harbor.11:09 a.m.: Mark Zuckerberg commits $25 million to accelerate coronavirus treatmentsFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he and his wife are giving $25 million to accelerate the development of coronavirus treatments.“We’re partnering with the Gates Foundation and others to quickly evaluate the most promising existing drugs to see which ones might be effective at preventing and treating the coronavirus,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Friday morning. “Since these drugs have already gone through clinical safety trials, if they’re effective, it will be much faster to make them available than it will be to develop and test a new vaccine — hopefully months rather than a year or more.”10:12 a.m.: Man arrested for making threats toward Dems, Speaker Pelosi A 27-year-old Texas man has been arrested for allegedly making death threats against Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, related to their work on Congress’ coronavirus stimulus bill, according to the FBI.Gavin Perry was charged with making threats over Facebook in which he allegedly described Pelosi as part of a “satanic cult” and said that “Dems of the establishment will be removed at any cost necessary and yes that means by death.”In a separate post that featured a photo of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Perry allegedly wrote, “If youre a dem or apart of the establishment in the democrats side I view you as a criminal and a terrorist and I advise everyone to Go SOS [shoot on sight] and use live rounds… Shoot to kill. This is a revolution.”Perry appeared in court Thursday but has not entered a plea.9:52 a.m.: 911 calls reach record high in NYCIn New York City — the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — the fire department handled more than 6,000 911 calls on Thursday, the busiest day ever in terms of individual medical incidents.That number is nearly double the normal amount of 911 calls for the department.The record-high call volume is largely being driven by calls from people who are scared or concerned they have coronavirus, officials said.The FDNY is imploring people not to call 911 if they feel sick. Instead, they should ring a doctor and call for an ambulance only in a true emergency.There are 2,000 New York City firefighters and paramedics out sick, or about 17% of the department, officials said.At least 170 members of the FDNY have tested positive for COVID-19.9:18 a.m.: UK Prime Minister, UK Health Secretary test positive for COVID-19Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said in a tweet. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this.”U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday said he too has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating.Hancock said his symptoms are “very mild” and he would continue to work from home.8:20 a.m.: NYC mayor projects half of city will be infectedIn New York City — the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — Mayor Bill de Blasio projects “over half the people in this city will ultimately be infected.”“For over 80% [there] will be very little impact,” de Blasio told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. “But 20% of the people infected, it’s going to be tough, and for some of them, it will be fatal.”New York City has over 23,112 diagnosed cases — more than a quarter of the confirmed cases in the country.At least 365 people have died in New York City, twice as many deaths as any state.The mayor said the city has enough hospital supplies to get through this week and next week but “that’s all I can guarantee, and after that unfortunately, we think this crisis is going to grow through April into May. ““We need help now. When the president says the state of New York doesn’t need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect to him, he’s not looking at the facts of this astronomical growth of this crisis,” de Blasio said. “A ventilator means someone lives or dies … if they don’t get a ventilator, a lot of people won’t make it.”The city needs 15,000 ventilators, he warned.“We have some, and I’m thankful for that, but it has to keep coming,” de Blasio said. “The president has to make that contract happen with the companies that can create ventilators not just for New York City and New York state, but for the whole country. This is going to get worse before it gets better … all parts of this country are going to need them.”De Blasio called the president’s goal to reopen the country for Easter “a false hope.”“It would be better for the president to be blunt with people that we’ve got a really tough battle ahead,” the mayor said. “Throw in the military who are not yet being fully engaged, and they’re ready, but the president has to give the order. Build those ventilators, get the supplies all over this country. People are going to need it in April and in May.”7:29 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson tweeted. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this.”Johnson was tested on the advice of England’s chief medical officer, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.“We will get through it,” Johnson said in a video message Friday.5:19 a.m.: Michigan health system develops contingency plan to deny ventilators and ICU treatmentA Michigan health system has come up with a contingency plan for doctors to make life-or-death decisions when treating patients in the coronavirus pandemic.A draft letter from Henry Ford Health Systems outlining the plan to families was widely shared on Twitter late Thursday night. The plan, typed on what appeared to be hospital letterhead, said that coronavirus patients with the best chance of surviving will be “our first priority,” while those who are “extremely sick and very unlikely to survive” will receive “pain control and comfort measures” rather than ventilators and intensive care treatment.“Treating these patients would take away resources for patients who might survive,” the letter stated. “This decision will be based on medical condition and likelihood of getting better.”Responding to a flurry tweets about the letter, Henry Ford Health Systems confirmed its accuracy but clarified that the policy has not yet been implemented.“With a pandemic, we must be prepared for worst case,” the company tweeted. “With collective wisdom from our industry, we crafted a policy to provide guidance for making difficult patient care decisions. We hope never to have to apply them. We will always utilize every resource to care for our patients.”4:37 a.m.: South Africa cases top 1,000 as country begins three-week lockdownThe number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in South Africa has topped 1,000, the country’s health minister said Friday.Africa’s most industrialized economy has the highest national total of known cases on the continent.South Africa also recorded its first two deaths from COVID-19, both of which occurred in the Western Cape province.“This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhizethe said in a statement Friday.Friday marked the start of a three-week nationwide lockdown in South Africa, aimed at curbing the rising number of cases.3:30 a.m.: Trump and Xi discuss coronavirus crisisU.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the coronavirus pandemic.Trump posted about the telephone conversation on Twitter early Thursday morning, saying they discussed the situation “in great detail.”“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China,” Trump tweeted. “Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much [and] has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!”Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020 Xi told Trump that “China and the United States should unite to fight the epidemic” and that he hoped “the United States will take substantive actions to improve Sino-U.S. relations,” according to Chinese state television network CCTV.The Chinese president also emphasized that the relationship between their two countries is “at a critical juncture” and that “cooperation is the only right choice,” according to CCTV.Trump has clashed with China over the global fight against the novel coronavirus, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. The U.S. president reportedly angered Beijing officials this month when he repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
On the timing of moulting processes in reproductively active Northern krill Meganyctiphanes norvegica
The interactions between moult phasing, growth and environmental cues in Northern krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica) were examined through analysing populations at seasonal, weekly, and daily timescales. The analyses were carried out on resident populations of krill found in three different neritic locations that experience similar environmental signals (the Clyde Sea, Scotland; the Kattegat, Denmark; Gullmarsfjord, Sweden). Seasonal analyses were carried out on the Clyde Sea population and showed that moulting frequency increased significantly moving from winter to summer. The proportion of moulting females in summer samples was often more than double the proportion of moulting males, suggesting that females had a comparatively shorter intermoult period (IMP). Weekly samples taken from the Kattegat showed a similar pattern. However, although the difference between the proportion of female and male moulters was significant in one week, it was not another, mainly because of the variability in the proportion of female moulters. Such variability in females was equally evident in the daily samples taken at Gullmarsfjord. It suggests that females have a shorter IMP (12.5 days) than males (18.4 days) and are more likely to moult in synchrony. Nevertheless, the daily samples revealed that males are also capable of moult synchronisation, although less frequently than females. Shortened IMPs in females were not a result of the abbreviation of specific moult stages. Accordingly, reproductive activity did not alter the course of the normal moult cycle. There was no significant difference between the total body lengths of males and females indicating that females achieve the same levels of growth despite moulting more frequently and having to provision the energy-rich ovaries. This is in contrast to most other crustaceans where the energy costs of reproduction reduce female growth. The fact that females were less abundant than males, probably by suffering a greater level of mortality, suggests that different behavioural strategies, particularly vertical migration regimes, were adopted by each sex to maximise growth and reproduction.
OUSU’s lavishly-produced careers guide has been slammed by students as useless for job-hunting.The Oxford and Cambridge Careers Guide brought in almost £40,000 of profit for the Student Union thanks to sponsorship deals, but failed to include the police service under its A-Z section.The guide’s introduction boasts that it is “the comprehensive guide to finding a career.” However, it only features companies who have paid for advertising.Melvin Chen, a Mansfield student who has published his own careers guide, said that OUSU’s handbook was “not really a guide.”He added, “it’s useless unless you know what you want to do and then you wouldn’t need it… It’s a waste of money and a waste of paper.”The “Not the 9-to-5” job category features only the British Horseracing Association, and only Lloyds TSB makes it into “Diversity and Inclusion” section. The Masonic Lodge has a full colour double spread, but neither the NHS nor the Army are featured.University Chancellor Chris Patten described the book as “an excellent handbook… what luxury – fit for the coffee table,” according to OUSU’s material for prospective sponsors. But students have claimed that the guide puts style over substance.A physics student hoping for a career in consulting also criticised the guide, “it’s awful. This is actually useless if you want a career. They tell you absolutely nothing about the job, it’s just a plug for the company.”He added, “it’s all style, no substance.”Another fourth year said, “careers are a huge part of our lives.” She said the emphasis on sponsored companies was “a bit silly. It’s meant to be a guide for us, but it doesn’t reflect that.”She added, “it’s got a chair on every page. So it would be quite good for home furnishing except it doesn’t tell you where they’re from.”Director of the Oxford Careers Service, Jonathan Black, said, “we guard our independence fiercely, which is why I wouldn’t put my name on this guide.”He added, “we don’t support it, but it can be useful, as long as students recognise that its selective.” The careers service encourages any publications that encourage students to think about their future.
A recently published study by Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science has estimated that there were 62,750 excess deaths from all causes in 2020 resulting in a reduction in life expectancy for both men and women by over one year. The demographic experts found that a number of fatalities in the first 47 weeks of the year may have been wrongly classified as deaths directly linking to Covid-19 and points to deaths indirectly linked to Covid-19 as a cause for the overall increase in the death rate when compared with data from the past ten years. The researchers claimed that the strain on the health system and the fear of contracting the virus deterred many people suffering from severe illnesses from seeking medical attention. Analysing data from March until November 20, the demographers claimed that life expectancy reduced by what the researchers described as a ‘staggering’ rate. The reduction of life expectancy by 0.9 years for women and 1.2 years for men marks 2020 as the first year in over a decade in which life expectancy has not increased significantly, regressing to 2010 levels. The study, which looks at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mortality trends, reported an increase of 15.1% in the number of deaths compared with the expected level for 2020. The researchers described England and Wales as the “worst performers in terms of excess deaths”. It also reveals that despite woman making up a larger proportion of the older population, excess deaths were higher among men, accounting for 55.4% of the total. It is estimated that the 15-44-year-old age group accounted for only 6.2% of the excess deaths while the mortality rate among those under 15 years was not higher than expected. Ridhi Kashyap, one the study’s authors and Associate Professor of Social Demography at Nuffield College, said that “our research provides further understanding of the tragic impact of the pandemic in England and Wales,” adding that “the magnitude of these losses in life expectancy…is truly unprecedented.’ The research paper sheds further light on the burden of Covid-19 in England and Wales and the wider impact of the pandemic on mortality trends. The study concluded that “Whether mortality will return to—or even fall below—the baseline level remains to be seen as the pandemic continues to unfold and diverse interventions are put in place.” Due to the surge in cases throughout late November and December, the researchers now estimate that life expectancy may have dropped to -1.0 years for women and -1.3 for men. Image: Olga Kononenko via unsplash.com
GVC Holdings plc (GVC) and Ladbrokes Coral Group plc (Ladbrokes) both supply online betting and gaming services.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been carrying out an investigation into the proposed merger. This has found that the merger does not give rise to competition concerns.GVC has a small presence in the UK and only offers services online. The CMA has found that GVC and Ladbrokes are not close rivals and there are many other providers of betting and gaming services online.The CMA looked closely at betting services for individual sports and individual games but found that, in all cases, there will be enough rivals to the merged entity to prevent price increases or a reduced quality of service as a result of the merger.The merger will therefore not be referred for an in-depth investigation.Information relating to this investigation can be found on the case page.
After being broken up for five years, Ween reunited with a series of performances at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. A year and a half later, the beloved band will return to the colorful state and make their return to renowned Morrison, CO venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre!Ween has announced a performance at Red Rocks on July 12th, their first at the famed venue since 2009. Expect lots of excitement when brown meets red! Tickets and more information about the show can be found here. This show marks their sixth-ever performance on the Rocks, but also their first since reuniting. We can’t wait.To get in the mood for the madness to come, be sure to watch Ween’s 2006 Red Rocks performance in the video below.
Love Osunnuga, a Granger, Ind. native, frequently visited Notre Dame to attend the “Physics for Everyone” lecture series with her high school’s science club. Osunnuga, now Notre Dame’s class of 2020 salutatorian, said the experience was a key influencing factor in her decision to pursue science and join the fighting Irish family. Looking back on her four year journey, Osunnuga is thankful for the experiences she has learned. “Notre Dame has taught me to think critically… I appreciate how it has broadened my horizons and allowed me not to be stuck in the STEM mentality,” she said. Osunnuga will be graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a 4.0 grade point average as an honors mathematics and biological sciences double major. She is a member of the University’s Glynn Family Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa honor society, a Notre Dame Stamps Scholar and has been on the Dean’s List since her freshman year. She has also been awarded prestigious honors in both her fields of study, as the recipient of the College of Science Dean’s Award and the GE Prize for Excellence in Mathematics. After graduation, Osunnuga will be attending the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as a 21st Century Scholarship recipient to pursue her Doctor of Medicine. Perelman was Osunnuga’s top choice out of her nine medical school acceptances. “I want to do academic medicine. I hope I can also keep doing research and then do clinical practice, actually working with patients,” Osunnuga said. “I am considering specialities in dermatology or neurosurgery.”Her interest in medical research began after taking a cellular biology research course with Dr. Michelle Whaley as a sophomore. The following summer, Osunnuga continued to pursue her passion for research by studying pancreatic cancer and immunology in Dr. Robert H. Vonderheide’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania, where she first experienced her future medical school. She then continued to do research as a junior in Notre Dame Professor Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey’s lab during the school year on Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a rare disease that causes tumors to arise throughout the body. Other experiences that helped foster her interest in medicine were her extracurriculars. As a freshman, she was advised by a senior pre-med student in the Building Bridges mentoring program on opportunities for aspiring doctors on campus, leading to her joining the Biology Club and Multicultural Pre-Medical Society, which she became secretary for as a junior. “I loved being involved in Biology Club, it gave me a lot of interactions with other biology majors and allowed me to attend a lot of events.” said Osunnuga. “I helped out with the biology research networking dinner all four years.”During the past four years, she also volunteered at and served as an emergency room medical scribe at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, shadowed physicians in Spain through a winter break program and she was a chemistry and math tutor, an ONEXYS coach and a coordinator for the math bunker.Osunnuga also believes it is important to take time for things you are passionate about. The summer after her freshman year she took a break from medicine to take part in an education teaching Summer Service Learning Project at the Robinson Learning Center in South Bend. “I didn’t want to do medicine that summer because I thought I would be doing a lot of medical related things after that,” she said. At the center she taught classes in music theory, geography, crocheting and beginners sign language. Teaching music theory was one of the ways Osunnuga was able to stay involved in music alongside her rigorous coursework. “I’ve played the piano since I was six and the violin since I was 12,” Osunnuga said. Her musical background also led to her working at the off-campus Suzuki Music School as a piano accompanist all four years during her time at Notre Dame. Osunnuga is grateful for her professors who inspired and supported her. “For math, Claudia Polini. She is super smart but also extremely kind. Women in math are so rare and she’s an amazing one.” Osunnuga said. “Dr. Hyde for genetics… Fr. Grove for Theology — there have been a lot of them.”As a child of immigrant parents from Nigeria and a woman of color in STEM, Osunnuga hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams. “Don’t let other people define you. A lot of people will try to tell you how you should think or act. It’s about embracing your own personality and interests,” she said. “Whatever you do, pursue that with everything you have, that’s most important and will lead you to success and happiness.”Tags: commencement 2020, Love Osunnuga, Notre Dame salutatorian 2020
Related Shows No news yet as to what Lynch might perform at her summer concerts, but we wouldn’t mind hearing her reprise her terrifyingly hilarious rendition of “Little Girls,” as well as her Glee-ful covers of Madonna’s “Vogue” and Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” She’s out of the orphanage, leaving McKinley High, and taking the stage at 54 Below. Glee and Annie star Jane Lynch will make her solo concert debut at the Times Square hotspot this June. The Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner will play four performances June 18 through 21. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2014 Jane Lynch Jane Lynch Lynch won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her role as Glee’s tough, smart-mouthed cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. She made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in the recent revival of Annie, and appeared off-Broadway in Love, Loss, and What I Wore and The Real Live Brady Bunch and the Real Live Game Show. Her many screen credits include The 40 Year Old Virgin, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, For Your Consideration, Role Models, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show. In addition to acting, Lynch also authored the bestselling autobiography Happy Accidents and hosts the NBC series Celebrity Game Night. View Comments
Panamanian Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Varela dismissed the possibility of negotiations between the government and groups of Colombian irregulars who may be active in Panama. “We’re not going to engage in dialogue with irregular groups dedicated to drug trafficking, and still less with groups that are trying to recruit young people from the Emberá ethnic group, Panamanian young people from modest backgrounds in that area (of El Darién, on the border with Colombia), in the attempt to get them to join their ranks in order to commit illicit acts,” Varela told reporters. The foreign minister spoke after the existence of an alleged note by the FARC Colombian guerrilla group became public, in which note the group is believed to request a “dialogue” with the Panamanian police, in exchange for not acting against them in Panamanian territory. According to Varela, this is all part of psychological warfare by the FARC, “sending a message to our police that they are co-existing with them in the area and that we should establish a dialogue.” “Our only message here is that they withdraw from Panamanian territory. We’re going to defend Panamanian territory to the last square meter, and what they should do is just take their conflict elsewhere,” Varela said. Previously, the National Border Service discovered and put out of operation a camp in Darién where the Evert Ortega Company of Front 57 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was operating. By Dialogo January 24, 2011