China on Saturday reported no new coronavirus deaths or symptomatic cases for the first time since the virus emerged. Surges of Covid-19 in several of South America’s most populous countries are raising concerns of a new front. Latest updates:
The F.D.A. has barred 30 antibody tests from the U.S. market. A Missouri hair stylist may have exposed 91 people.
, which both contain counties that serve as bedroom communities for Washington, have continued to have stubbornly high rates of new infections, according to data compiled by The New York Times. Prince George’s County in Maryland, which flanks Washington’s eastern border, has twice as many cases as Baltimore.
The mayor said she would make her decision independently, regardless of what neighboring states were doing in the coming weeks.As of Friday, Washington had reported 7,893 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 418 deaths.Under a proposal involving four phases, gatherings of up to 10 people would be immediately allowed, and a variety of parks and outdoor sports facilities could reopen. In the second phase, office spaces could open provided there are limits on capacity, with restaurants and bars following in the third phase.
The city’s proposed reopening guidelines hinge on a 14-day decrease in community spread. As of Thursday, public health advisers had noted an 11-day decrease, but cases continue to tick upward in the metro region.Moderna’s upbeat vaccine news fueled a stock surge — and a telling backlash.
ImageHours after announcing positive results from a small trial of its coronavirus vaccine, Moderna Therapeutics unveiled a stock offering that sought to raise $1.3 billion.Credit...Bill Sikes/Associated PressLast Monday, when the Massachusetts biotech company Moderna announced positive results from a small, preliminary trial of its coronavirus vaccine, the company’s chief medical officer described the news as a “triumphant day for us.”
Butthe episode has become a case studyin how the coronavirus pandemic and the desperate hunt for treatments and vaccines are shaking up the financial markets and the way that researchers, regulators, drug companies, biotech investors and journalists do their jobs.
The vaccine, the first to be tested in humans, appeared safe and stimulated antibody production in 45 study participants. Eight people had in further testing produced so-called neutralizing antibodies, which should prevent illness.But there were no details — no charts, no graphs, no numbers, nothing published in a journal.
Still, Moderna’s stock price jumped as much as 30 percent, and the widely covered announcement helped lift the stock market.Nine hours after the initial news release, Moderna announced a stock offering with the aim of raising more than $1 billion to help bankroll vaccine development. The company’s chairman, Noubar Afeyan, later said it had been decided only that afternoon.
By Tuesday, a backlash was underway. With no further data, scientists could not evaluate Moderna’s claim. The government agency leading the trial, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — led by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci — had made no comment. And there were concerns that the company might have timed things to jack up the price of its stock.
“You have these wild swings, based on incomplete information,” said David Maris, managing director of Phalanx Investment Partners and a longtime analyst covering the pharmaceutical industry. “It’s a crazy, speculative environment, because the pandemic has caused people to want to believe that there’s going to be a miracle cure in a miracle time frame.”
President Trump goes golfing for the first time since shutdowns began.ImagePresident Trump leaving the White House on Saturday.Credit...Anna Moneymaker/The New York TimesPresident Trump spent Saturday at his members-only golf club in Virginia, his first outing there since the coronavirus pandemic led to government restrictions on business and social activity across the country.
The trip comes as the administration has encouraged reopening, and a day after Mr. Trump announced that hewas ordering states to allow churches and other places of worshipto reopen, threatening to overrule any governor who defied the order. Some of his health experts also appeared to give him the green light to carry on with his normal weekend activity, which has been suspended for weeks.
“You can play golf. You can play tennis with marked balls,” Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said at a news conference on Friday. “You can go to the beaches” if you maintain distance from other beachgoers, she told Americans heading into a holiday weekend.
The White House did not provide any details about what Mr. Trump was doing at his golf club, or whom he was playing with. Reporters spotted him leaving the White House residence dressed in a white polo shirt and a white baseball cap.Uproar in Britain grows over a polarizing official’s trip while infected.
Image“You’re supposed to be more than two meters apart,” Dominic Cummings, an aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, told reporters as he left his house in London on Saturday.Credit...Daniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesViolations of the lockdown by prominent figures are a recurring theme in Britain, and the latest involves Dominic Cummings, an enigmatic figure who helped mastermind the Brexit campaign.
Mr. Cummings, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most influential adviser, hasbecome the focus of outrageafter reports that he had driven from London to northern England in April to see relatives while he was ill with the coronavirus, in violation of the country’s lockdown rules.
“The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings,” said a spokesman for the opposition Labour Party. Leaders of two other opposition parties demanded that Mr. Cummings resign or be fired.Mr. Cummings became ill in late March, days after Mr. Johnson and another top adviser tested positive.
Confronted by reporters outside his home on Saturday, Mr. Cummings said, “I behaved reasonably and legally.” Asked whether his decision had been “a good look,” he replied: “Who cares about good looks? It’s a question of doing the right thing. It is not about what you guys think.”
Mr. Johnson released a supportive statement on Saturday, saying that Mr. Cummings had made the trip because his sister and nieces had offered to help with child care.The uproar comes as Mr. Johnson continues to field criticism over his handling of the country’s outbreak, one of the world’s largest, with
more than 254,000 infections and more than 36,000 deaths.He is also under pressure to reward the doctors and nurses of the country’s beloved National Health Service, with some Britons even urging that the weekly applause for health care workers end and that the government instead give them higher pay. Many have died during the outbreak, and they have cared for patients while short on protective equipment like masks, gloves and visors.
Will the coronavirus kill what’s left of Americans’ faith in Washington?Long before the coronavirus crisis, another one was brewing: a drop in how many Americans trust the federal government.It has been declining for decades, through Democratic and Republican administrations. And last year it reached one of the lowest points since the measure began: Just 17 percent of Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing “just about always” or “most of the time,” according to the Pew Research Center.
That doesn’t necessarily mean people want no government at all. Polls consistently show much more faith in local government, and some governors are getting high marks for their handling of the pandemic.But in a week of more than 20 interviews, Americans said that the government in Washington was not rising to meet the challenge.
Many noted that corporations seemed to be getting the lion’s share of federal relief money while small businesses suffered. They expressed bafflement that people had been asked to stay home but were not given enough financial support to do so. Some said it made no sense for entire states to be locked down when some places within were affected far more than others.
And while answers did follow a partisan pattern — Democrats tended to be more skeptical of Washington because they disapprove of President Trump — Americans also expressed a dissatisfaction that has been building for years.“I don’t trust these people, I don’t believe them,” said Curtis Devlin, 42, an Iraq War veteran who lives in California, referring to national political leaders of both parties. “The people whose interests they represent are donors, power brokers, the parties.
German church opens its doors to Muslims amid restrictions on Eid celebrations.ImageMuslims praying inside the evangelical church of St. Martha’s parish in Berlin on Friday.Credit...Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersAs Muslims around the world this weekend prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a church in Berlin has opened its doors to let Muslims hold Friday Prayer while observing strict social distancing because of the pandemic.
The Dar Assalam mosque in Berlin has been able to welcome only a fraction of Muslim worshipers during Ramadan because of national rules on social distancing. So the Martha Lutheran church in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, the German capital, stepped in to help.
“During prayer, I could only say yes, yes, yes, because we have the same concerns and we want to learn from you,”the church pastor, Monika Matthias, told Reuters. “And it is beautiful to feel that way about each other.”Because of stay-at-home orders and social distancing rules, many Muslim and Christian services have moved online. Communal prayers, feasts and parties that usually mark Eid have been being restricted or scrapped.
In Indonesia, where the number of coronavirus cases has risen sharply in recent days, Islamic leaders have encouraged Muslims to celebrate the holiday without gathering for traditional iftar dinners to break their fast on Saturday evening. And the country’s largest mosque, Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, plans to offer televised prayers on Sunday.
In Bangladesh, the government has banned the huge communal Eid prayers that normally take place in open fields, saying worshipers must gather in mosques. It also asked people not to shake hands or hug after praying, and advised children, older people and anyone who was ill to stay away from communal prayers.
As for mosques, the government has said that they must be disinfected before and after each Eid gathering, and that all worshipers must carry hand sanitizer and wear masks while praying.An antigovernment rally protests Spain’s response to the pandemic.
ImageA protest organized by Vox, Spain’s far-right party, in Madrid on Saturday.Credit...Javier Soriano/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesAntigovernment protesters drove along the main avenues of Madrid and other Spanish cities on Saturday, hooting and calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez over his handling of the coronavirus.
The rally — organized by Vox, Spain’s far-right party — was the loudest protest against the Socialist-led coalition government since it declared a state of emergency in March to stem the virus’s spread.Major politicians from Vox led the Madrid rally from an open-top bus. Other drivers draped their cars and motorbikes with the Spanish flag, and some blared the national anthem from their sound systems as they headed toward Puerta de Alcalá, a gateway in central Madrid.
Some taped slogans onto their cars, accusing lawmakers of enriching themselves while imposing a strict lockdown that protesters say will spell financial ruin for the general public. Several protesters also carried antigovernment signs that made no mention of Covid-19.
“It’s time to throw out a government that wants to transform Spain into a Communist state,” said Pedro Fuentes, who wore a mask embroidered with the Spanish flag.Saturday’s rally followed smaller protests this month, particularly in Madrid’s wealthier neighborhoods where residents vote mostly for right-wing parties. The conservative politicians that run Madrid’s City Hall and its region have been at loggerheads with the central government over how quickly Madrid should exit the lockdown.
The city has been the center of Spain’s outbreak, accounting for almost a third of the nationwide death toll.While the government has allowed about half of the country to move into a more advanced phase of easing the lockdown, Madrid and Barcelona were the exception. Only on Friday did the central government recommend that the two cities ease some of their restrictions starting Monday.
Mr. Sánchez said on Saturday that the country would open to foreign tourists beginning in July, and that its globally popular soccer league La Liga would restart on June 8, part offrom its harshest pandemic restrictions.In a nervous America, the car becomes a safe space.
ImageA showing of “Trolls World Tour” at the Four Brothers Drive-In in Amenia, N.Y.Credit...John Minchillo/Associated PressThe role of the automobile has been reinvented in the coronavirus era.Once simply a way of getting from one place to another, the car has become a mini-shelter on wheels, a cocoon that allows its occupants to be inside and outside at the same time.
When people pack up their families and friends, they can still adhere to social distancing rules. They remain under a roof, within closed doors, sealed off and separated from the rest of their fellow human beings.Mobile safe distancing has generated a new way of life — a society on wheels.
Drive-in theaters are experiencing renewed interest. People picnic from sedans and pickup trucks. Birthdays, baby showers and graduations are celebrated by waving through windows.“They are like the ultimate P.P.E. — you can really seal yourself into them,” said Peter D. Norton, an associate professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville who studies the history of technology.
There are now curbside pickups of groceries, hardware and toilet paper. Laundromats are taking in bundles handed off through car windows.Do the new pandemic rules mean this is a turning point in society’s relationship with the automobile, or just an extension of it?
Dr. Norton noted that cars have long been thought of as a way to shield ourselves from a hostile world. “I think there are some continuities here,” he said.The novelist Haruki Murakami gives Japanese radio listeners sounds to beat the blues.ImageThe novelist Haruki Murakami, who once ran a jazz cafe.
Credit...Eugene Hoshiko/Associated PressThe celebrated Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is taking to the airwaves to “blow away some of the corona-related blues.”Mr. Murakami, 71, who for several years ran a jazz cafe, is known for his passion for jazz and has also featured music in his literary works.
His “Murakami Radio” show typically airs every two months, and his program on Friday was recorded not in a flagship studio in Tokyo but from his home, in a nod to the stay-at-home requests issued by the authorities in Japan’s major cities.“I wish music or novels could comfort you even a little bit,” he told listeners, saying that he understood the struggle to meet high rents and pay employees when his cafe had to close for months.
He opened the “Stay Home Special” with the song “Look for the Silver Lining” by the Modern Folk Quartet, and over two hours treated listeners to the likes of Bruce Springsteen’s “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” and “Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Mr. Murakami, whose critically acclaimed novels include “Norwegian Wood,” “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” and “1Q84,” also challenged the warlike language used by some politicians to describe efforts to end the pandemic.“Hostility and hatred are not needed there,” he said. “I don’t want them to refer it to a war. Don’t you think?”
How to sell a lockdown in New Zealand: straight talk and mom jokes.ImagePrime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand at a news conference at Parliament in Wellington, the capital, last month.Credit...Hagen Hopkins/Getty ImagesPandemics are often described as crises of communication, when leaders must persuade people to suspend their lives because of an invisible threat.
— by brightening epidemiology with empathy, and leavening legal matters with mom jokes.It’s been strikingly effective.Ms. Ardern helped coax New Zealanders — “our team of five million,” she says — to buy into a lockdown so severe that even retrieving a lost cricket ball from a neighbor’s yard was banned. Now the country, despite some early struggles with contact tracing, has nearly stamped out the virus.
Still, at a time when Ms. Ardern, a 39-year-oldglobal progressive icon, is being widely celebrated, some epidemiologists say that New Zealand’s lockdown went too far and that other countries suppressed the virus with less harm to small businesses.But behind Ms. Ardern’s success are two powerful forces: her own hard work at making connections with constituents, and the political culture of New Zealand, which in the 1990s overhauled how it votes, forging a system that forces political parties to work together.
“You need the whole context, the way the political system has evolved,” said Helen Clark, a former prime minister who hired Ms. Ardern as an adviser more than a decade ago. “It’s not easily transferable.”Reporting was contributed by Julfikar Ali Manik, Ian Austen, Peter Baker, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, José María León Cabrera, Stephen Castle, Damien Cave, Michael Cooper, Steven Erlanger, Tess Felder, Jacey Fortin,
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Serious question: Who the hell would believe that China’s authoritarian government actually reports accurate COVID data? Someone should check to make sure new coronavirus patients in China aren’t being taken behind the hospital and shot to make the infection rate look better. Does anyone believe anything that comes out of China? From John Hopkins COVID map, here's China's so called COVID cases. Look at the trajectory of any other country.
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Coronavirus live updates: As states reopen, a third see a rise in daily new casesThousands of Royal Caribbean crew members remain at sea during the pandemic. Why is it taking so long to get them home? Frankly, it’s a difficult thing to do. It’s very complicated. It’s also very expensive.” CEO Richard Fain told seemacnbc earlier. seemacnbc It's that last sentence that identifies the true stumbling block seemacnbc Wow! seemacnbc Because they have contracts so royal wants them to finish the contracts by doing other work
Coronavirus live updates: Symptomatic hair stylist potentially exposes dozens of peopleA Missouri hair stylist knowingly worked with COVID-19 symptoms, potentially exposing dozens of people. 🙄 SMH Even though you changed the headline, still fake news sorry. People are not as gullible as they once were.
Coronavirus live updates: Brazil has the second-highest number of cases in the world, overtaking Russia'I have concerns... but in general, I think most of the country is doing it in a prudent way.' Dr. Anthony Fauci told ScottWapnerCNBC earlier, states and localities must continue to take precautions as they open back up. Coronavirus latest: ScottWapnerCNBC ScottWapnerCNBC I’m so sick of Fauci. Who the fuck is Fauci? He’s not someone I voted for. medit8now ScottWapnerCNBC “Hi, everybody! Hydroxychloroquine for everyone!”
Coronavirus Live Updates: Pandemic Hovers Over China’s Legislative Pageant, as Global Cases Top 5 MillionThe British government agreed to scrap a policy that requires staff from overseas in the country’s National Health Service to pay a surcharge — nearly $500 per year for migrants who aren’t from the E.U. — to help fund the system in which they work Soooo basically colonial mindset from the looter Queens era was still in power?🤣🤣🤣 Now written in English courtesy of the infallible wonder boy. Shit $500 bucks let’s go to the EU
Coronavirus Live Updates: As U.S. Nears 100,000 Deaths, Trump Disputes the TollSome are calling for an end to the weekly applause for health care workers in Britain. And Brazil overtakes Russia in the number of confirmed virus cases. I’ll pass thanks fine w/out propaganda Since the covid bs, 120k people died within three months due to obesity. How many from covid? 🤔 why not tell people to stop being so god damn fat? All you care about is views. That’ll get you a few.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Pandemic Hovers Over China’s Legislative Pageant—President Trump, visiting a hard-hit U.S. state, declined to wear a mask in public —The pandemic hovers over China’s once-a-year political congress —Ecuador’s biggest city is a regional hot spot, as the virus roils Latin America Read updates in Chinese: 新冠病毒疫情最新消息 Why was Dr. Fauci, a health expert, just a few months ago telling us masks were harmful & unessential to those of us who aren't infected? Why do we need masks now!? What's changed since March? S52 E23 - Air Date: March 8th, 2020 Trump is like the actual ruler of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, for how long, and the United Nations has not imprisoned Muhammad bin Salman, the terrorist, ruler of Saudi Arabia, and his crime, Khashoggi