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Sweden’s prime minister orders an inquiry into the failure of the country’s no-lockdown coronavirus strategy

Sweden Stockholme coronavirus STINA STJERNKVIST/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images Sweden has launched an inquiry into its no-lockdown policy after thousands of coronavirus deaths in the country. Sweden now has the fifth-highest per capita death rate in the world with a larger death toll than all of its neighbours’ combined. Sweden’s daily new cases rose to over 1,000 in the last week, up from fewer…

Couple married for 53 years dies of COVID-19 an hour apart

A long-married couple from Texas were both diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, and as they grew sicker they were hospitalized separately. However, thanks to a thoughtful nurse, Betty and Curtis Tarpley were able to be together and hold each others’ hands in their final moments. The couple, who died less than an hour apart, had been married for 53 years, their son Tim Tarpley told…

Trump Says Coronavirus Will Just ‘Disappear,’ Brags He Looks Like ‘Lone Ranger’ in Mask

With coronavirus cases surging to all-time highs and states reversing reopening plans, President Donald Trump once again claimed on Wednesday that the deadly virus would eventually just “disappear.”  At the same time, the president appeared to change his tune on face-coverings, telling Fox Business that he’s “all for masks” while boasting about the single time that he was spotted wearing one, claiming he thought he…

Australia to lock down 300,000 in Melbourne suburbs after coronavirus spike

MELBOURNE – Authorities will lock down more than 300,000 people in suburbs north of Melbourne for a month from late on Wednesday to contain the risk of infection after two weeks of double-digit rises in new coronavirus cases in Australia’s second-most populous state. Australia has fared better than many countries in the pandemic, with around 7,920 cases, 104 deaths and fewer than 400 active cases,…

The WHO said it is a ‘lame excuse’ to claim COVID-19 contact tracing is too difficult — a clear dig...

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, pictured on February 24, 2020. Associated Press The director-general of the World Health Organization suggested that countries that say contact tracing is too difficult to implement are offering a “lame excuse.” “Trust me, no excuse for contact tracing; if any country is saying contact tracing is difficult, it is a lame excuse,” he said. The WHO…

First coronavirus cases found in sprawling migrant camp at U.S. border

By Julia Love MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Three asylum seekers have tested positive for coronavirus in a sprawling encampment steps from the U.S. border in Matamoros, Mexico, marking the first cases in a settlement that advocates have long viewed as vulnerable amid the pandemic. Global Response Management (GRM), a nonprofit providing medical services in the camp, said it is proactively testing and isolating all close…

Texas Bar Owners Sue Over Reimposed Coronavirus Restrictions

Several Texas bar owners on Monday sued over Governor Greg Abbott’s order to shut down their businesses again as coronavirus cases in the state soar. Texas reported a record high on Monday of 5,913 individuals hospitalized for the coronavirus, and new cases of the virus rose on Saturday to a record daily high of 6,263 confirmed new cases. Deaths from the virus have remained level, however. The bar…

‘No guarantee’ COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by early 2021

While touting preliminary success in developing treatments for COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday there was “no guarantee” that a vaccine to prevent the coronavirus would be ready by early 2021. “There is no guarantee — and anyone who has been involved in vaccinations will tell you — we’ll have a safe and effective vaccine, but we are cautiously optimistic, looking at animal data and…

The House passed new coronavirus relief bill for renters and homeowners, as Democrats urge Republicans to negotiate further coronavirus aid

Tenant right advocates organized a vehicle protest around the US Bank building on April 8, 2020. Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images The House of Representatives on Monday passed legislation in order to protect Americans impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic from evictions and foreclosures.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters of California, passed by a vote of 232-180 split down party lines. Only…

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