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World Health Organization reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases across globe

Source: msn

Berkeley Lovelace Jr. 1 hr ago

Almost 300,000 new coronavirus cases were reported to the World Health Organization over the last 24 hours, the largest single-day increase ever, the agency said Friday.
The Americas reported the highest number of cases, with 171,946; Southeast Asia reported the second-highest, with 60,113, followed by Europe, with 25,241, the WHO said.
Globally, the virus has infected more than 17 million people and killed at least 668,910 since it emerged almost seven months ago, according to the WHO data.



The U.S. has the worst outbreak in the world, with more than 4 million cases and at least 152,075 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Thursday, new coronavirus cases in the U.S. jumped by more than 67,000, a day after topping 70,000 for the first time in almost a week, Hopkins data shows.

Last week, WHO officials warned there is no going back to the "old normal" as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates in the United States and poorer, developing countries.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/world-health-organization-reports-largest-single-day-increase-in-coronavirus-cases-across-globe/ar-BB17q10Y?li=BBorjTa&ocid=hplocalnews


'Sniveling victims & temper tantrums': Conservative criticizes Trump-supporting 'crybabies' thin ski


‘Sniveling victims and temper tantrums’: Conservative criticizes Trump-supporting ‘crybabies’ thin skin


Published 2 hours ago on July 31, 2020

Conservative opinion writer Jennifer Rubins detailed a glaring contradiction within the Trump-era Republican Party in her Washington Post column on Thursday.

On one hand, Rubin observes, Republican supporters of President Donald Trump have “adopted the swaggering tone and false bravado of high school athletes” and are expressing a false machismo that “too often morphs into cruelty.” But “more often than not,” Rubin argues, today’s GOP is “a party of sniveling victims and temper tantrums.”

Trump, according to Rubin, is setting a tone of self-pity among Republicans.

“Trump is certainly the host of the pity party,” Rubin writes. “He whines his approval ratings should be as high as those for respected doctors, whom he trashes. He moans that polls are rigged and concern about the pandemic is a ‘hoax,’ meant to depress the economy and deprive him of a second term. You would think an authoritarian wannabe would fear being seen as a crybaby by real autocrats such as Vladimir Putin.”........................................

Trump rages at Black congressman for calling out his failures at House coronavirus hearing

Source: raw story

Published 7 mins ago on July 31, 2020


After Clyburn displayed a chart showing that cases in the United States had surged even as cases in European countries were under control, the president took to Twitter to attack the congressman, who serves as the Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

“Somebody please tell Congressman Clyburn, who doesn’t have a clue, that the chart he put up indicating more CASES for the U.S. than Europe, is because we do MUCH MORE testing than any other country in the World,” the president wrote. “If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES.”


“Our massive testing capability, rather than being praised, is used by the Lamestream Media and their partner, the Do Nothing Radical Left Democrats, as a point of scorn,” the president wrote. “This testing, and what we have so quickly done, is used as a Fake News weapon. Sad!”

Despite the president’s claims, however, the rise of COVID cases in the United States is not solely due to increased testing capacity, as the country’s positivity rate has also risen alongside test totals......................................

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/07/trump-rages-at-black-congressman-for-calling-out-his-failures-at-house-hearing/




House Democrats find administration overspent for ventilators by as much as $500 million

Source: nbc

Democrats say the episode raises questions about one of the Trump administration's largest contracts for ventilator production.

July 31, 2020, 4:34 AM CDT / Updated July 31, 2020, 7:11 AM CDT

WASHINGTON — Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted his administration's supply of ventilators, a critical tool for treating patients with life-threatening respiratory symptoms.

But internal emails and documents obtained by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee suggest that the Trump administration failed to enforce an existing contract with a major medical manufacturer, delayed negotiations for more than a month and subsequently overpaid as much as $500 million for tens of thousands of the devices — a costly error at a time when officials from some of the biggest states were warning of shortages.

The communications between administration officials and Philips Respironics, a global medical equipment manufacturer that finalized a $643.5 million contract with the Trump administration in April, are included in a 40-page report shared with NBC News.

The information raises serious concerns about an estimated $3 billion in taxpayer dollars spent on ventilators from a number of suppliers, according to committee staff members who briefed NBC News........................................

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-democrats-find-administration-overspent-ventilators-much-500-million-n1235252

out the door go our tax dollars!!


3. Were asked in Jan. by Philips if they needed more vents. A new contract wasn't cut until April, well after peaks in NY/MI and after govs there were warning of shortages
Heidi Przybyla
4. Deal was negotiated by Peter Navarro, formalized by a former Kushner roommate. Maj. of the correspondence was between Philips and a recent college grad assisting Navarro.

5. Oversight Democrats call this "fleecing" and say the $$ should be clawed back.

How Jared Kushner's Secret #CORONAVIRUS Testing Plan "Went Poof Into Thin Air"

The White House and Trump are Mean, cruel, uncaring Selfish Stupid etc

This article is long but very readable.

“The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy.”


How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”

This spring, a team working under the president's son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control. So why did the White House spike it in favor of a shambolic 50-state response?

By Katherine Eban July 30, 2020

.......................And it proposed establishing “a national Sentinel Surveillance System” with “real-time intelligence capabilities to understand leading indicators where hot spots are arising and where the risks are high vs. where people can get back to work.”

By early April, some who worked on the plan were given the strong impression that it would soon be shared with President Trump and announced by the White House. The plan, though imperfect, was a starting point. Simply working together as a nation on it “would have put us in a fundamentally different place,” said the participant.

But the effort ran headlong into shifting sentiment at the White House. Trusting his vaunted political instincts, President Trump had been downplaying concerns about the virus and spreading misinformation about it—efforts that were soon amplified by Republican elected officials and right-wing media figures. Worried about the stock market and his reelection prospects, Trump also feared that more testing would only lead to higher case counts and more bad publicity. Meanwhile, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, was reportedly sharing models with senior staff that optimistically—and erroneously, it would turn out—predicted the virus would soon fade away.

Against that background, the prospect of launching a large-scale national plan was losing favor, said one public health expert in frequent contact with the White House’s official coronavirus task force.

Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.

That logic may have swayed Kushner. “It was very clear that Jared was ultimately the decision maker as to what [plan] was going to come out,” the expert said.

On April 27, Trump stepped to a podium in the Rose Garden, flanked by members of his coronavirus task force and leaders of America’s big commercial testing laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, and finally announced a testing plan: It bore almost no resemblance to the one that had been forged in late March, and shifted the problem of diagnostic testing almost entirely to individual states.

Under the plan released that day, the federal government would act as a facilitator to help increase needed supplies and rapidly approve new versions of diagnostic-testing kits. But the bulk of the effort to operate testing sites and find available labs fell to the states.

“I had this naive optimism: This is too important to be caught in a partisan filter of how we view truth and the world,” said Rick Klausner, a Rockefeller Foundation adviser and former director of the National Cancer Institute. “But the federal government has decided to abrogate responsibility, and basically throw 50 states onto their own.”
THE SUMMER OF DISASTER....................................

NYTimes: Children May Carry Coronavirus at High Levels, Study Finds

Children May Carry Coronavirus at High Levels, Study Finds


The research does not prove that infected children are contagious, but it should influence the debate about reopening schools, some experts said.

July 30, 2020

It has been a comforting refrain in the national conversation about reopening schools: Young children are mostly spared by the coronavirus and don’t seem to spread it to others, at least not very often.

But on Thursday, a study introduced an unwelcome wrinkle into this smooth narrative.

Infected children have at least as much of the coronavirus in their noses and throats as infected adults, according to the research. Indeed, children younger than age 5 may host up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults, the authors found.

That measurement does not necessarily prove children are passing the virus to others. Still, the findings should influence the debate over reopening schools, several experts said............................

Coronavirus testing at a mobile clinic at the Walker Temple A.M.E. Church in south Los Angeles earlier this month.Credit...Mario Tama/Getty Images

More bad news!! New study finds children under 5 may spread coronavirus as easily as adults

I really do not know what it will take for out government to take this virus seriously.

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New study finds children under 5 may spread coronavirus as easily as adults


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As the nation nears 4.5 million coronavirus cases, a new study finds that children under 5 may be able to spread the virus as well as older kids and adults, raising further concerns about schools reopening
.July 30, 2020

Brazil President Bolsonaro's wife, Michelle, and science minister test positive for COVID-19

Source: Reuters

The positive test comes just days after her husband said he had overcome the virus with a negative test following weeks in quarantine.

July 30, 2020, 9:05 PM CDT / Source: Reuters

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's wife and one of his ministers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the spread of the novel coronavirus showed no signs of slowing in the country with the world's second-worst outbreak after the United States.


"First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols," it said, referring to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Earlier on Thursday, Brazil's science and technology minister, Marcos Pontes, said his test had come back positive, becoming the fifth minister in Bolsonaro's government to be diagnosed with the disease.

Their infections are a palpable sign of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, which set fresh daily records on Wednesday for new COVID-19 cases and related fatalities.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/brazil-president-bolsonaro-s-wife-michelle-science-minister-test-positive-n1235396


John Lewis Editorial to be read aloud on Lawrence show --coming up

@JoeBiden · You won't have to worry about my tweets when I'm president.

I look forward to the peace--instead of utter chaos day after day.




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