AS ANTICIPATED: ‘Military Containment Zone’ Set Up Using National Guard In New York

New York’s governor announced he is sending National Guard troops to scrub surfaces and deliver food in and around a New York City suburb at the center of the nation’s biggest cluster of coronavirus cases.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that schools, houses of worship and large gathering places will be shuttered for two weeks in a “containment area” centered in suburban New Rochelle. It’s one of the most sweeping actions yet to control the outbreak in the U.S. In California, thousands of passengers aboard a cruise ship struck by the coronavirus are still waiting their turn to leave the vessel, even if means being shipped to military bases for weeks of quarantine.The state and a private health system are setting up a testing facility in the area.Cuomo says “It’s a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster of cases in the country.”New Rochelle is at the center of an outbreak of 108 cases in Westchester County, out of 173 statewide.About 3,500 passengers and crew were aboard. Those who left Monday included some requiring hospital care and more than 200 Canadians who were brought home by their government.

Trump pitches payroll tax relief to wary lawmakers

President Donald Trump has pitched his proposed payroll tax break on Capitol Hill as pressure mounts on the administration and Congress to work more vigorously to contain the coronavirus outbreak and respond to the financial fallout.Trump’s economic team joined in presenting the economic stimulus package privately to wary Senate Republicans. They’ve been cool to additional spending at this stage.Democrats are preparing their own package of low-cost virus testing, unemployment insurance and sick pay for workers struggling to keep paychecks coming as the outbreak disrupts workplaces.Trump told reporters Monday that the administration is seeking “very substantial relief.” He stepped forward with the contours of an initiative after markets dropped sharply and as the outbreak spread.Several Trump confidants in Congress disclosed they were isolating themselves after potential exposure to the virus. One traveled with the president from Florida on Air Force One on Monday; another is his just-tapped new chief of staff.Trump has pulled from decades of experience as a businessman in his response as he focuses on the economy and urges people to continue traveling and patronizing U.S. businesses. He’s also got a personal financial stake in how the virus plays out — he owns hotels and resorts that could take a big hit if people get too scared and stay at home.Ethics experts are not sure how much Trump’s own personal financial interests are shaping his response, but they say even the suspicion that they are influencing policy is damaging to people’s trust in the government in times of a crisis.Several hundred people in the nation’s capital are being asked to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the first identified case of the new coronavirus, now publicly identified as the rector of prominent Episcopal church.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says anyone who entered Christ Church Georgetown on Feb. 24 or between Feb. 28 and March 3 is asked to self-quarantine for two weeks from the date of their entrance to the church.The district has confirmed four other coronavirus cases

Spotty sick leave policies limit options for avoiding virus

White collar workers trying to avoid contagion can work from home or call in sick if they experience symptoms of the fast-spreading coronavirus.

But such precautions are not an options for the millions of waiters, delivery workers, cashiers, ride-hailing drivers, museum attendants and countless others who routinely come into contact with the public.

Their dilemma is compounded by spotty sick leave policies or inadequate health insurance coverage, which leave them vulnerable to the virus that has already claimed thousands of lives, and put them in a financially precarious position.

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends workers without insurance contact a local health department or community health center for help.

Italy under lockdown

Italy enters its first day under a nationwide lockdown after a government decree extended restrictions on movement from the hard-hit north to the rest of the country.

Panic buying erupted, prompting the government to assure citizens that supermarkets will remain open and stocked.

As the crisis deepened in Italy, there were more signs of normalcy returning to China, where President Xi Jinping’ made his first trip to the virus’ epicenter of Wuhan.

Even Italy got a reminder that most patients ultimately recover from the illness: a 38-year-old man who was Italy’s first coronavirus patient was moved out of intensive care for the first time since testing positive February 21.

It’s the first time he has been breathing on his own since he tested positive Feb. 21 and opened Italy’s health care crisis.

In the rest of hard-hit northern Lombardy, the virus’ spread is growing so quickly that doctors are talking about having to choose who gets the limited number of ICU beds. The criteria include the age of the patient and the probability of survival, and not just “first come first served.”

Caseloads also worsened in France, Spain and Germany.

(AP) – New York’s governor announced he is sending National Guard troops to scrub surfaces and deliver food in and around a New York City suburb at the center of the nation’s biggest cluster of coronavirus cases.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that schools, houses of worship and large gathering places will be shuttered for two weeks in a “containment area” centered in suburban New Rochelle. It’s one of the most sweeping actions yet to control the outbreak in the U.S.

In California, thousands of passengers aboard a cruise ship struck by the coronavirus are still waiting their turn to leave the vessel, even if means being shipped to military bases for weeks of quarantine.

The state and a private health system are setting up a testing facility in the area.

Cuomo says “It’s a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster of cases in the country.”

New Rochelle is at the center of an outbreak of 108 cases in Westchester County, out of 173 statewide.

About 3,500 passengers and crew were aboard. Those who left Monday included some requiring hospital care and more than 200 Canadians who were brought home by their government.

Trump pitches payroll tax relief to wary lawmakers

President Donald Trump has pitched his proposed payroll tax break on Capitol Hill as pressure mounts on the administration and Congress to work more vigorously to contain the coronavirus outbreak and respond to the financial fallout.

Trump’s economic team joined in presenting the economic stimulus package privately to wary Senate Republicans. They’ve been cool to additional spending at this stage.

Democrats are preparing their own package of low-cost virus testing, unemployment insurance and sick pay for workers struggling to keep paychecks coming as the outbreak disrupts workplaces.

Trump told reporters Monday that the administration is seeking “very substantial relief.” He stepped forward with the contours of an initiative after markets dropped sharply and as the outbreak spread.

Several Trump confidants in Congress disclosed they were isolating themselves after potential exposure to the virus. One traveled with the president from Florida on Air Force One on Monday; another is his just-tapped new chief of staff.

President Trump is promising economic relief for working Americans who come down with Coronavirus

Trump has pulled from decades of experience as a businessman in his response as he focuses on the economy and urges people to continue traveling and patronizing U.S. businesses. He’s also got a personal financial stake in how the virus plays out — he owns hotels and resorts that could take a big hit if people get too scared and stay at home.

Ethics experts are not sure how much Trump’s own personal financial interests are shaping his response, but they say even the suspicion that they are influencing policy is damaging to people’s trust in the government in times of a crisis.

Several hundred people in the nation’s capital are being asked to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the first identified case of the new coronavirus, now publicly identified as the rector of prominent Episcopal church.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says anyone who entered Christ Church Georgetown on Feb. 24 or between Feb. 28 and March 3 is asked to self-quarantine for two weeks from the date of their entrance to the church.

The district has confirmed four other coronavirus cases.

Pelosi on Trump: ‘I thought he should be tested for a long time now’

Spotty sick leave policies limit options for avoiding virus

White collar workers trying to avoid contagion can work from home or call in sick if they experience symptoms of the fast-spreading coronavirus.

But such precautions are not an options for the millions of waiters, delivery workers, cashiers, ride-hailing drivers, museum attendants and countless others who routinely come into contact with the public.

Their dilemma is compounded by spotty sick leave policies or inadequate health insurance coverage, which leave them vulnerable to the virus that has already claimed thousands of lives, and put them in a financially precarious position.

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends workers without insurance contact a local health department or community health center for help.

Woman wants her mother out of coronavirus-stricken nursing home

Italy under lockdown

Italy enters its first day under a nationwide lockdown after a government decree extended restrictions on movement from the hard-hit north to the rest of the country.

Panic buying erupted, prompting the government to assure citizens that supermarkets will remain open and stocked.

As the crisis deepened in Italy, there were more signs of normalcy returning to China, where President Xi Jinping’ made his first trip to the virus’ epicenter of Wuhan.

Even Italy got a reminder that most patients ultimately recover from the illness: a 38-year-old man who was Italy’s first coronavirus patient was moved out of intensive care for the first time since testing positive February 21.

It’s the first time he has been breathing on his own since he tested positive Feb. 21 and opened Italy’s health care crisis.

In the rest of hard-hit northern Lombardy, the virus’ spread is growing so quickly that doctors are talking about having to choose who gets the limited number of ICU beds. The criteria include the age of the patient and the probability of survival, and not just “first come first served.”

Caseloads also worsened in France, Spain and Germany.

Iran says new virus kills 54, death toll climbs to 291

Iran says the new coronavirus has killed 54 more people, raising the death toll to 291 amid 8,042 cases in the Islamic Republic. That’s according to a Health Ministry spokesman who spoke in a live, televised news conference on Tuesday.

It represented an 18% increase in deaths from the day before and 12% more confirmed cases.Iran is the hardest-hit country in the Mideast by the new coronavirus, which sickens but largely doesn’t kill those afflicted.Across the region, there are over 8,600 confirmed cases of the virus.

Spanish soccer games to be played in empty stadiums

Spanish soccer games will be played in empty stadiums for at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Spanish league says matches in the first and second divisions will be played without fans.The announcement comes after the league was told by the government that a series of preventive measures were being implemented to help contain the spread of the virus.The move in Spain came a day after Italy said sports events in the country would be suspended until April 3.

Tentacles of Olympic cancellation would reach around globe

There will be many losers if the Tokyo Olympic have to be called off because of the spreading virus that was first detected in China. The International Olympic Committee says the games are on.The most affected might be the 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes who could lose a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.Any cancellation will also affect local organizers and a Japanese government that has spent billions to organize the Olympics.

Other big financial losers could include broadcasters, sponsors, local hotels, restaurants and taxi drivers.The best protected body might be the IOC. It has almost $2 billion in reserve for such emergencies and also has insurance to cover loses.

Panama confirms 1st case of coronavirus

The patient is a Panamanian woman who had returned Sunday from Madrid. While only a few dozen cases have been confirmed in Latin America, the epidemic is growing in Europe. Spain is among four European countries with more than 1,000 cases each.

Panama’s Health Minister Rosario Turner said Monday the 40-year-old woman’s positive test was confirmed at the Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas. The patient is isolated at home and will receive daily visits from health workers.

The virus that causes the COVID-19 illness has also been confirmed in the Caribbean, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile and Argentina, where there has been one death.

Czech Republic bans large public events, closes schools

The Czech Republic is banning all public events with more than 100 people and is closing schools in response to the new coronavirus outbreak in Europe.Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the measures include cultural and sports events, concerts, exhibitions and trade fairs, religious services and other public gatherings.

(AP) – New York’s governor announced he is sending National Guard troops to scrub surfaces and deliver food in and around a New York City suburb at the center of the nation’s biggest cluster of coronavirus cases.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that schools, houses of worship and large gathering places will be shuttered for two weeks in a “containment area” centered in suburban New Rochelle. It’s one of the most sweeping actions yet to control the outbreak in the U.S.

In California, thousands of passengers aboard a cruise ship struck by the coronavirus are still waiting their turn to leave the vessel, even if means being shipped to military bases for weeks of quarantine.

The state and a private health system are setting up a testing facility in the area.

Cuomo says “It’s a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster of cases in the country.”

New Rochelle is at the center of an outbreak of 108 cases in Westchester County, out of 173 statewide.

About 3,500 passengers and crew were aboard. Those who left Monday included some requiring hospital care and more than 200 Canadians who were brought home by their government.

Trump pitches payroll tax relief to wary lawmakers

President Donald Trump has pitched his proposed payroll tax break on Capitol Hill as pressure mounts on the administration and Congress to work more vigorously to contain the coronavirus outbreak and respond to the financial fallout.

Trump’s economic team joined in presenting the economic stimulus package privately to wary Senate Republicans. They’ve been cool to additional spending at this stage.

Democrats are preparing their own package of low-cost virus testing, unemployment insurance and sick pay for workers struggling to keep paychecks coming as the outbreak disrupts workplaces.

Trump told reporters Monday that the administration is seeking “very substantial relief.” He stepped forward with the contours of an initiative after markets dropped sharply and as the outbreak spread.

Several Trump confidants in Congress disclosed they were isolating themselves after potential exposure to the virus. One traveled with the president from Florida on Air Force One on Monday; another is his just-tapped new chief of staff.

President Trump is promising economic relief for working Americans who come down with Coronavirus

Trump has pulled from decades of experience as a businessman in his response as he focuses on the economy and urges people to continue traveling and patronizing U.S. businesses. He’s also got a personal financial stake in how the virus plays out — he owns hotels and resorts that could take a big hit if people get too scared and stay at home.

Ethics experts are not sure how much Trump’s own personal financial interests are shaping his response, but they say even the suspicion that they are influencing policy is damaging to people’s trust in the government in times of a crisis.

Several hundred people in the nation’s capital are being asked to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the first identified case of the new coronavirus, now publicly identified as the rector of prominent Episcopal church.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says anyone who entered Christ Church Georgetown on Feb. 24 or between Feb. 28 and March 3 is asked to self-quarantine for two weeks from the date of their entrance to the church.

The district has confirmed four other coronavirus cases.

Pelosi on Trump: ‘I thought he should be tested for a long time now’

Spotty sick leave policies limit options for avoiding virus

White collar workers trying to avoid contagion can work from home or call in sick if they experience symptoms of the fast-spreading coronavirus.

But such precautions are not an options for the millions of waiters, delivery workers, cashiers, ride-hailing drivers, museum attendants and countless others who routinely come into contact with the public.

Their dilemma is compounded by spotty sick leave policies or inadequate health insurance coverage, which leave them vulnerable to the virus that has already claimed thousands of lives, and put them in a financially precarious position.

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends workers without insurance contact a local health department or community health center for help.

Woman wants her mother out of coronavirus-stricken nursing home

Italy under lockdown

Italy enters its first day under a nationwide lockdown after a government decree extended restrictions on movement from the hard-hit north to the rest of the country.

Panic buying erupted, prompting the government to assure citizens that supermarkets will remain open and stocked.

As the crisis deepened in Italy, there were more signs of normalcy returning to China, where President Xi Jinping’ made his first trip to the virus’ epicenter of Wuhan.

Even Italy got a reminder that most patients ultimately recover from the illness: a 38-year-old man who was Italy’s first coronavirus patient was moved out of intensive care for the first time since testing positive February 21.

It’s the first time he has been breathing on his own since he tested positive Feb. 21 and opened Italy’s health care crisis.

In the rest of hard-hit northern Lombardy, the virus’ spread is growing so quickly that doctors are talking about having to choose who gets the limited number of ICU beds. The criteria include the age of the patient and the probability of survival, and not just “first come first served.”

Caseloads also worsened in France, Spain and Germany.

Xi visits virus’ epicenter in China as fears of recession grip world

China’s president visited the center of the virus outbreak as Italy began a sweeping travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of recession.

President Xi Jinping’s trip to Wuhan came as parts of his country return to normalcy, and was a sign of the threat diminishing in China as the virus spreads west.

“We will certainly defeat this epidemic,” Jinping said during his trip to the outbreak’s epicenter.

Iran says new virus kills 54, death toll climbs to 291

Iran says the new coronavirus has killed 54 more people, raising the death toll to 291 amid 8,042 cases in the Islamic Republic. That’s according to a Health Ministry spokesman who spoke in a live, televised news conference on Tuesday.

It represented an 18% increase in deaths from the day before and 12% more confirmed cases.

Iran is the hardest-hit country in the Mideast by the new coronavirus, which sickens but largely doesn’t kill those afflicted.

Across the region, there are over 8,600 confirmed cases of the virus.

Spanish soccer games to be played in empty stadiums

Spanish soccer games will be played in empty stadiums for at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Spanish league says matches in the first and second divisions will be played without fans.

The announcement comes after the league was told by the government that a series of preventive measures were being implemented to help contain the spread of the virus.

The move in Spain came a day after Italy said sports events in the country would be suspended until April 3.

Tentacles of Olympic cancellation would reach around globe

There will be many losers if the Tokyo Olympic have to be called off because of the spreading virus that was first detected in China. The International Olympic Committee says the games are on.

The most affected might be the 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes who could lose a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

Any cancellation will also affect local organizers and a Japanese government that has spent billions to organize the Olympics.

Other big financial losers could include broadcasters, sponsors, local hotels, restaurants and taxi drivers.

The best protected body might be the IOC. It has almost $2 billion in reserve for such emergencies and also has insurance to cover loses.

World Health Organization answers questions about coronavirus

Panama confirms 1st case of coronavirus

The patient is a Panamanian woman who had returned Sunday from Madrid. While only a few dozen cases have been confirmed in Latin America, the epidemic is growing in Europe. Spain is among four European countries with more than 1,000 cases each.

Panama’s Health Minister Rosario Turner said Monday the 40-year-old woman’s positive test was confirmed at the Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas. The patient is isolated at home and will receive daily visits from health workers.

The virus that causes the COVID-19 illness has also been confirmed in the Caribbean, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile and Argentina, where there has been one death.

Czech Republic bans large public events, closes schools

The Czech Republic is banning all public events with more than 100 people and is closing schools in response to the new coronavirus outbreak in Europe.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the measures include cultural and sports events, concerts, exhibitions and trade fairs, religious services and other public gatherings.

The sessions of Parliament are not affected.

Starting Wednesday, all elementary and secondary or high schools will be closed.

“We want to prevent what happened in Italy,” Babis said. “We understand it’s not a pleasant decision for the public. I hope they’ll understand it.”

The Czech Republic has 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Original Article:https://www.wlbt.com/2020/03/10/coronavirus-spreads-us-italy-fears-recession-grip-world/

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