Today's summary for the US ... where the Trump show continues to dominate, regardless of the human and economic toll.
Note to readers: Regardless of what any f'ing clown says - do not do shots of bleach or lysol or shove a UV light up your bum or down your throat.
- The death toll in the US exceeded 55,000
- Donald Trump touted a plan to increase testing at a White House briefing featuring chief executives from medical testing firms, pharmacies, and major grocers such as Kroger and Walmart.
- Trump also continued to blame China for the pandemic and suggested his administration was investigating what had happened.
- And the president refused to take responsibility for people who acted upon his bizarre and unsafe suggestion last Thursday that injecting disinfectant could help patients with Covid-19. No one should ingest or inject disinfectant; it is very unsafe and could kill you.
- A number of US states announced plans to reopen businesses despite concern from state officials and public health experts that they need to ramp up their testing capacity before it’s safe to ease restrictions. Ohio and Texas are among the states that outlined plans to reopen on Monday.
- New York state cancelled its Democratic primary, sparking outrage among supporters of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders campaign said the state should not get to send a delegation to the convention.
- New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the state’s death toll was in decline. He will extend the stay-at-home order for some parts of the state, while allowing others to start easing restrictions on May 15.
- The number of people confirmed to have coronavirus has passed 3 million according to Johns Hopkins University, with 207,583 deaths globally.
- Switzerland and Nigeria say they will begin easing its restrictions.
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said he is concerned about people missing vaccines for diseases such as polio and measles because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- UK hospital deaths rose by 360, taking the total to 21,902.
- Mexico’s president declared the country had “tamed” its coronavirus outbreak, despite widespread suspicions that Covid-19 cases are being undercounted.
- WhatsApp claims to have cut viral messages by 70% after introducing a limit on the number of people to whom users could forward messages.
- Afghanistan has recorded its biggest one-day rise in cases, triggered by a continued surge of transmission in Kandahar.
- And Sydney’s Bondi Beach has reopened again, after it was shut for being too crowded.
Pandemic delays vaccines for 13m people
Postponements to 14 vaccination campaigns because of the pandemic will affect more than 13m people, the World Health Organization says.
The WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says vaccination drives against polio, measles, cholera, human papillomavirus, yellow fever and meningitis have not gone ahead.In Canada, just under half of people surveyed have said they would “have reservations” about sitting next to an Asian person on a bus, reports The Star.
The poll, commissioned after a series of attacks on people of Chinese or Asian appearance, found 20% of Canadians surveyed thought it was “not safe at all” to sit next to an Asian person on a bus, and an additional 24% were “uncertain”.China has reported 6 new coronavirus cases (3 domestic and 3 from overseas) and no deaths, according to the country’s National Health Commission.
Cases like this does make you wonder about the spread of how outbreak information (or misinformation) on social media:
As the coronavirus has spread around the world, so has misinformation about the disease. Technology giants have touted the steps they are taking to combat coronavirus misinformation, but these efforts have failed to help the Benassis. The family's suffering highlights the potential for blatant falsehoods to be rewarded and amplified by social media platforms. It also serves as a powerful reminder that misinformation online, however wild or obviously untrue it may seem, can have real and lasting consequences offline.
Maajte and her husband Matt are still active in their government jobs. Maajte is a civilian employee at the US Army's Fort Belvoir in Virginia where she works as a security officer. Matt, a retired Air Force officer, is a civilian employee with the Air Force at the Pentagon.
Despite working for the US government, the couple are experiencing the same feelings of helplessness familiar to others who have been the target of harassment and misinformation. "I want everybody to stop harassing me, because this is cyberbullying to me and it's gone way out of hand," Maajte said while fighting back tears.
Matt has tried to get the videos taken down from YouTube and to prevent their spread online. The couple said they contacted an attorney, who told them there was little that could be done, and local police, who told them much the same.
The orange one, now that he's gotten Mexico to pay for the wall, will get China to pay for ventilators and vaccines and everything else in a possible preview of this fall's election campaign...
India is a fascinating mix of different strategies. Will be interesting to see how they play out. I did (and do) wonder if some of the appallingly treatment of the poor will result in riots though.