Dad-of-seven NHS worker, 57, who died of coronavirus had complained of ‘flimsy apron and no mask’ – The Sun

A NHS worker who died from coronavirus after catching the bug while treating a London patient complained to his wife of being given "a flimsy apron and no mask". 

Dad-of-seven Thomas Harvey, 57, had expressed concern about the lack of protective equipment for frontline workers, according to his family.

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Thomas was an experienced nurse, who had dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the NHS before his tragic death on Sunday 29 March.

Harvey's daughter Tamira says that he was "let down" and his death could have been prevented.

She told ITV News: "My dad was definitely let down.

"I don't feel that they're [NHS staff] safe at the moment, I don't think that they would think that they're safe.

"The Government could have prevented this."

And Harvey's son, also named Thomas, expressed anger that his father was unable to receive a test despite parademics being alerted when his condition worsened a week before his death.

Thomas Harvey Jr said: "He was very weak and was complaining about pains but they had told us that his case was mild so he wouldn't be taken into hospital for treatment.

"We were like 'If that's a mild case, then what's the worst case?'"

PAYING TRIBUTE

Mr. Harvey's friend and colleague Margaret Barron revealed on Tuesday that the police had to break down his door after he stopped responding while in self-isolation.

The NHS phlebotomist set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for Thomas's family as the Goodmayes Hospital worker was remembered as "devoted" to his NHS job.

She said: "Thomas was a devoted member of the NHS for over 20 years and loved his job to the fullest.

"He was a cherished colleague, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a best friend."

The page has already received thousands of donations for Thomas.

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'A HUGE LOSS'

North East London NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Professor Oliver Shanley OBE, said: “It is with deep regret that we share with you that we have sadly lost a dear and valued colleague who had COVID 19.

"Thomas Harvey, a healthcare assistant, sadly passed away at home on Sunday 29 March.

"This is a huge loss to both NELFT and the wider NHS. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Thomas’s family, friends and work colleagues.

"We are ensuring they are supported through this difficult time and I would like to thank colleagues for the professionalism and compassion they have shown.”

The news comes after it was revealed today that just 2,000 of the NHS's 550,000 staff have been tested for coronavirus, with the government under increasing pressure to protect frontline health workers.

Thousands of doctors, GPs, nurses and paramedics are stuck in quarantine because they, or someone at at home, has symptoms.

Around 85 per cent could return to work if they knew they weren't carrying the virus.

The death toll due to the coronavirus rose to 2,961 today, with over 33,000 cases confirmed. 

And Boris Johnson has warned things will “get worse before they get better”.

The PM is also expected to write to Brits, telling them that further lockdown measures could be enforced if needed.


 

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'Healthy' mother of six-year-old twins dies of coronavirus

Mother, 48, of six-year-old twin boys dies of coronavirus three days after first showing symptoms despite having no underlying health conditions

  • A healthy mum of six-year-old twin boys has tragically lost her life to coronavirus
  • Caroline Saunby died on March 29 at the age of 48, three days after symptoms 
  • After collapsing at home she was rushed to a Middlesbrough hospital by air
  • Family members have paid tribute and warned of the severity of coronavirus 

A mother of six-year-old twin boys has tragically lost her life to coronavirus, succumbing to the deadly illness despite showing no underlying health conditions.

Caroline Saunby died on Sunday, March 29, at the age of 48, after initially falling ill and collapsing at home before being rushed to James Cook University hospital in Middlesborough by air.

The family of the victim have outlined how the symptoms worsened and Caroline soon struggled to breathe before later losing her battle with the sickness. 

Caroline Saunby, mother of six-year-old twin boys, has tragically lost her life to coronavirus, succumbing to the deadly illness after struggling to breath and being rushed to hospital

The 48-year-old tragically lost her life at James Cook University hospital in Middlesborough leaves behind her two twin sons Joseph and Elliot and grieving husband Vic (pictured)

She leaves behind her two twin sons Joseph and Elliot and grieving husband Vic.

Now her devastated twin sister Sarah Jarvis has spoken out in a bid to encourage others to take the coronavirus threat seriously and take all the precautions necessary as laid down by the government.

The message of Sarah and the family of ‘healthy’ mum who died days falling ill states Caroline ‘was full of life; the most amazing mum and wife.’ 

It is believed the 48-year-old, who had no prior health problems, noticed discomfort and fell ill on Thursday with suspected tonsillitis.

However her symptoms worsened over the weekend and she found herself battling sickness and struggling to breathe, before then collapsing at her family home. 

In a Facebook post, Caroline’s sister added: ‘Our lives have been ripped apart forever by this horrendous virus that people still are not taking seriously enough.

‘Caroline was 48, fit and healthy with no existing conditions and she was taken from us in four days. When will people start to take this as seriously as it needs to be?’

‘She was just the most kind, selfless generous loyal person you would ever meet.

‘Nothing was ever too much trouble; she couldn’t help being kind to all creatures and was loved by so many. 

‘My only solace is knowing that she achieved her biggest goals in life meeting the love of her life and getting married and having her beautiful boys.’

Sarah outlined the additional heartache now being suffered by the Saunby family, as they have to remain in isolation due to safety measures around virus are unable to mourn together as a result.

She added: ‘Every part of our family in lockdown and we can’t console Caroline’s boys or our parents or each other.

‘We can’t have a funeral to celebrate her life. This is our reality waiting to see if her husband will get ill.

‘Please listen to this and take this as a warning to us all what is happening right now.’

To ease the Saunby family of any financial worries during this difficult time, a fundraising page has been set up. So far, a staggering £14,000 has been raised in just two days.

Donations can be made on JustGiving, via this link. 

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Air Force Academy relaxes social-distancing rules after cadet suicides

The US Air Force Academy has eased coronavirus social-distancing restrictions after it reported back-to-back suicide deaths of two cadets, according to a report.

Some people complained that the rules made the Colorado Springs academy prison-like for the nearly 1,000 seniors who remain on the campus while others complete the year online, according to The Gazette, which obtained emails from the school.

“After last night and today, thank you for all the conversations and direct engagement with me and (Air Force) senior leaders,” Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the school’s superintendent, said in an email announcing the policy changes Monday night.

“I asked them to come out and talk to you and I am grateful that despite the travel restrictions, they wanted to talk to you.”

Cadets will be allowed to leave the campus for drive-thru food, get a casual Friday during which they can wear civilian clothing and may congregate in small groups while following with state guidelines.

Also rescinded are long “tours” of marching practice for cadets who don’t stay six feet away from their classmates.

“No one is being punished for social distancing violations. Be smart!” Silveria said in an email.

Alcohol, while still forbidden in dorms and vehicles, will be allowed elsewhere on the 18,500-acre campus – and the academy staff was encouraged to bring their dogs to work.

“Dogs are mission-essential and allowed any time,” the general said.

The policy changes came after the senior class remained on campus, spread out across emptied dorms, and ordered to stay separated from one another while taking online classes and eating take-out meals.

The cadets who committed suicide on March 26 and 27 were set to graduate this spring.

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Labour in repossession warning over help for poorest home-owners

Labour warns Rishi Sunak of a ‘wave of post-pandemic repossessions’ if he does not increase help for struggling low-paid homeowners on top of the three-month mortgage holiday during the coronavirus lockdown

  • Shadow housing secretary John Healey said the holiday needed to be added to
  • He wants  further help via the Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme 
  • Opposition fears that the lingering effect on jobs will continue for many months

Rishi Sunak was warned today that struggling home-owners could face a ‘wave of post-pandemic repossessions’ if he does not increase state help to get through to coronavirus pandemic.

Labour’s shadow housing secretary John Healey warned that the three-month mortgage holiday announced by the Chancellor last month may not go far enough if the social lockdown continues  into the summer.

The opposition fears that the lingering effect on jobs, with workers being forced to take pay cuts or time off, or being made redundant, will continue for many months to come. 

He today called for ministers to provide further help via the Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme, which was widely used during the global financial crisis more than a decade ago.

‘Home-owners need support to stay in their homes during this period, so restoring the Support for Mortgage Interest safety net will give vital extra help now as home-owners struggle with mortgage payments,’ Mr Healey said.

The opposition fears that the lingering effect on jobs, with workers being forced to take pay cuts or time off, or being made redundant, will continue for many months to come

‘Home-owners need support to stay in their homes during this period,’ Mr Healey said today

 ‘It will also help ensure those hit during the crisis don’t lose their homes as the pandemic passes and any payments holiday ends.

‘We have to look to the period beyond the pandemic when many hard-pressed home-owners will have lost their jobs or had their incomes slashed, and the current one-off mortgage holiday won’t prevent a wave of post-pandemic repossessions.’ 

Analysis of official figures by Labour suggests a third of home-owning households have no savings to fall back on. 

Mr Healey accused the Tories of making changes to the SMI scheme in 2015, increasing the ‘waiting period’ to 39 weeks from 13 weeks, and changing the payment to an interest-bearing loan.

Mr Sunak last month unveiled unprecedented help for families as he said anyone in ‘difficulty’ because of the virus will be able to get a three month reprieve from payments on their homes. 

Mortgage lenders have agreed with the Treasury that any customers who are in ‘difficulty’ due to coronavirus will be eligible for a three month payment ‘holiday’. 

The Treasury’s coronavirus guidance said eligibility will apply to anyone ‘experiencing issues with their finances as a result of Covid-19’. 

Spain, France and Italy are all introducing temporary moratoriums on mortgage payments for citizens affected by the disease.   

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Europe's highest court will hold sway over British cases for years

Europe’s highest court will still hold sway over British cases for years to come until final Brexit deal is agreed, UK’s most senior judges say

  • Cases involving EU law will still be referred to the European Court of Justice
  • Ruling came on Wednesday in relation to a mistake over VAT charges
  • Supreme Court deputy president Lord Howe claims there is still no clear answer regarding the dispute in usage of EU law 
  • Martin Howe, QC, chairman of Lawyers for Britain claimed it was the ‘inevitable consequence of the highly flawed withdrawal agreement’

Supreme Court deputy president, Lord Hodge, claims there is still no clear answer in a dispute over the usage of EU law

UK Courts are set to still be under EU jurisdiction until Brexit is fully completed, according to UK’s top judges.

In cases involving EU law, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday it will still be forced to refer to the European Court of Justice.

The statement came in a ruling on Wednesday relating to a mistake over VAT charges.

The EU legal jurisdiction over UK laws will leave Brexit supporters furious, as they have long demanded for the ruling to end. 

A mail order company selling vitamins and minerals called Zipvit made a claim against HM Revenue and Customs after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) made a ruling that VAT should have been charged on supplies by Royal Mail.  

Deputy president of the Supreme Court, Lord Hodge said though claims that there is still no clear answer in a dispute over the usage of EU law. 

Martin Howe, QC, chairman of Lawyers for Britain claimed it was the ‘inevitable consequence of the highly flawed withdrawal agreement’

‘This court has examined the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union bearing on the issues in this case,’ he said.

‘By a unanimous decision, this court finds that this case law does not provide a clear answer to the issues posed by Zipvit’s claim.

‘It is common ground that, at this stage in the process of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, in a case involving an issue of EU law which is not clear, this court is still obliged to refer that issue to the CJEU to obtain its advice on the point.

‘Therefore, this court makes an order for a reference and sets out the questions for the CJEU to answer to enable this court to determine whether Zipvit’s claim is correctly made or not.’

Royal Mail supplied postal services to Zipvit but at the time they were supplied it was understood by both parties that these services were exempt from VAT.

Zipvit’s claim is that it is entitled to recover part of the price it paid to Royal Mail for postal services as if it had been VAT as input tax.

Martin Howe, QC, chairman of Lawyers for Britain, stated that the Supreme Court decision was the ‘inevitable consequence of the highly flawed withdrawal agreement’.

The ruling comes following a claim made by mail order company Zipfit, which sells vitamins and minerals, against HMRC

‘It highlights that the UK will suffer continuing interferences to the sovereignty of our legal system for many years to come, from a court which is now entirely foreign, contains no UK judge, and has no duty to uphold the interests of the UK now we are not a member state.

‘This judgement illustrates the vital need to modify the parts of the withdrawal agreement, which will require the UK to be bound by rulings of the ECJ after the transition period ends on December 31 this year.’

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Pakistan court overturns convictions for Daniel Pearl killing

Karachi: A Pakistani court has commuted the death sentences of the main person accused in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, and acquitted three co-accused in the matter, two lawyers told Reuters on Thursday.

At least four people were convicted in connection with Pearl's murder, including British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding the murder. He has been in jail for 18 years awaiting the outcome of an appeal.

Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002. Credit:AP

"The court has commuted Omar's death sentence to a seven year sentence," Khawaja Naveed, the defence lawyer told Reuters by telephone. "The murder charges were not proven, so he has given seven years for the kidnapping."

"Omar has already served 18 years, so his release orders will be issued sometime today. He will be out in a few days," Naveed said.

A two-member bench of the High Court of Sindh province issued the order in the city of Karachi on Thursday, Naveed said, adding that the three others, who had been serving life-sentences in connection with the case, had been acquitted.

Pearl was investigating Islamist militants in Karachi after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States when he was kidnapped in January 2002. Video emerged a few weeks later of his murder.

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s abduction, arrives at a court in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002.Credit:AP

A Sindh prosecutor said he would consider appealing against the court decision.

"We will go through the court order once it is issued, we will probably file an appeal," Faiz Shah, the provincial prosecutor general, told Reuters by telephone.

Sheikh, who was born in Britain and studied at the London School of Economics, was arrested in India in the 1990s for his involvement in the kidnapping of Western tourists in 1994.

He was one of three men released from an Indian prison after militants hijacked an Indian airliner in late 1999 and flew it to Afghanistan, where the then-ruling Taliban regime helped negotiate an exchange.

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Donald Trump sends Navy ships to crack down on drug traffickers

Forget the coronavirus crisis, I’m ordering a drugs war! Donald Trump sends Navy ships to Venezuela to target president Nicolás Maduro and crack down on ‘traffickers’ he claims are trying to exploit crisis

  • President Trump is deploying Navy ships in the Caribbean and East Pacific to prevent drug cartels from taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic 
  • Trump announced move at daily White House briefing on the virus 
  • He was joined by Attorney General Bill Barr and a slew of military officials 
  • ‘There is a growing threat that cartel of criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain,’ he said
  • ‘We will never let that happen,’ he noted 
  • Trump administration is targeting Venezuela following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Madur 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday began his daily coronavirus briefing by announcing his administration will deploy Navy ships in the Caribbean and East Pacific to prevent drug cartels from taking advantage of the pandemic to bring supplies into the United States. 

Instead of the vice president and the usual health officials, Trump was joined at his briefing by Attorney General Bill Barr and a slew of military officials, including  Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley. 

‘As governments and nations focus on the coronavirus, there is a growing threat that cartel of criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain. And we must not let that happen. We will never let that happen,’ the president announced. 

President Donald Trump speaks at the press briefing room flanked Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and  National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien

The Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew prepares to offload approximately 27,300 pounds of seized cocaine worth an estimated $367 million and 11,000 pounds of seized marijuana worth an estimated $10.1 million at Port Everglades

President Trump said Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft and carriers, and Air Force surveillance in Caribbean and East Pacific would be doubled to stop additional drug traffic that smugglers could be trying to move into the United States while much attention is focused on the coronavirus.

His announcement came as more than 200,000 people in the United States were infected by the disease and more than 4,000 Americans died.     

Trump’s move was a break from the daily White House press briefing to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, which has left much of the country in lock-down and which the government warns could cause 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. 

Specifically, Trump is targeting Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro.

‘The Venezuelan people continue to suffer tremendously due to Maduro and his criminal control over the country, and drug traffickers are seizing on this lawlessness,’ Defense Secretary Mark Esper said after the president’s announcement.

The mission involves sending additional Navy warships, surveillance aircraft and special forces teams to nearly double the U.S. counter-narcotics capacity in the Western Hemisphere, with forces operating both in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. Esper said the mission would be supported by 22 partner nations.

The enhanced mission has been months in the making but has taken on greater urgency following last week’s indictment of Maduro, Venezuela’s embattled socialist leader, and members of his inner circle and military. They are accused of leading a narcoterrorist conspiracy responsible for smuggling up to 250 metric tons of cocaine a year into the U.S., about half of it by sea.

‘If I was just indicted for drug trafficking by the United States, with a $15 million reward for my capture, having the U.S. Navy conducting anti-drug operations off my coast would be something I would worry about,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who has been among those calling for a tougher stance against Maduro.

It also comes as Maduro steps up attacks on his U.S.-backed rival, Juan Guaidó. Maduro’s chief prosecutor ordered Guaidó to provide testimony Thursday as part of an investigation into an alleged coup attempt. Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s congress who is recognized as his country’s legitimate leader by the U.S. and almost 60 other nations, is unlikely to show up, raising the possibility he could be arrested. The U.S. has long insisted it will not tolerate any harm against Guaido.

‘No matter where you sit ideologically, any move to try to bring democracy back to Venezuela requires first recognizing the criminal nature of the Maduro regime, and making moves that scare the regime into negotiating,’ said Raul Gallegos, a Bogota, Colombia-based director in the Andean region for Control Risks, a consulting group.

Trump administration is targeting Venezuela following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Madur

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans (WPC-1110) offloaded approximately 970 pounds of cocaine and 550 pounds of marijuana last year in Miami

he Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) sails through the Caribbean Sea

Maduro has blasted the Trump administration’s offer of a $15 million reward for his arrest, calling it the work of a ‘racist cowboy’ aimed at getting U.S. hands on Venezuela’s vast oil reserves, the world’s largest. He also points out that the vast majority of cocaine leaves South America from Colombia, a staunch U.S. ally.

Others have faulted a U.S. plan, unveiled Tuesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to create a five-member council without Maduro or Guaidó to govern the country until elections can be held within a year. While its the first attempt in months by the U.S. to seek a negotiated solution to Venezuela’s stalemate, coming on the heels of the indictments many say it has little hope of succeeding and likely to drive Maduro farther away from the path of dialogue.

The Trump administration has long insisted that all options are on the table for removing Maduro, including military ones. Still, there’s no indication then, or now, that any sort of U.S. invasion is being planned.

Rather, the sending of ships fits into a longstanding call by the U.S. Southern Command for additional assets to combat growing antinarcotics and other security threats in the hemisphere.

In January, another Navy vessel, the USS Detroit, conducted a freedom of navigation operation off the coast of Venezuela in a show of pressure against Maduro.

‘That presence sends a big statement about U.S. commitment, it sends a big statement to our friends, it reassures them, and then to our adversaries that those are capable performers,’ Adm. Craig Faller, the head of the U.S. military’s Southern Command, said in congressional testimony last month.

The report of the planned deployment comes two days after one of Venezuela’s naval patrol boats sank after colliding with a Portuguese-flagged cruise ship near the Venezuelan-controlled island of La Tortuga. Maduro accused the ship of acting aggressively and said it was possibly carrying ‘mercenaries’ seeking his ouster.

‘You have to be very naive to see this as an isolated incident,’ Maduro said Tuesday night on state TV.

But Columbia Cruise Services, the operator of the cruise ship, said the patrol boat fired gunshots and than purposely rammed into the liner at speed. There were no passengers on board and none of its 32 crew members were injured, the company said.

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Some baby formula contains TWICE the amount of sugar of Fanta

Some baby formula contains TWICE the amount of sugar of a can of Fanta amid warnings it could lead to tooth decay and childhood obesity 

  • Some brands of formula for babies was found to contain 8.7g of sugar per 100ml 
  • In comparison, Fanta has 4.6g of added sugar and others have similar levels
  • Researchers warn the baby formula could lead to tooth decay and child obesity 

Some baby formula has up to double the amount of sugar as a Fanta drink, according to a new university study. 

Research found that over half of the products investigated contained more than 5g of sugar per 100ml, which is more than several fizzy drinks. 

Some formula for babies under 12 months was found to contain 8.7g of sugar per 100ml, while Fanta in comparison has 4.6g. 

The shocking findings were revealed by Gemma Bridge, of Leeds Beckett University, and Professor Raman Bedi, professor of transcultural oral health at King’s College London and England’s former chief dental officer.

They are warning that the sugar could lead to a range of health issues for children, including obesity and tooth decay. 

Some formula for babies under 12 months was found to contain 8.7g of sugar per 100ml, while Fanta in comparison has 4.6g (stock photo)

The worst offender, at 8.7 g, is the equivalent of two teaspoons of added sugar.  

It also exceeds the European Parliament recommended limits for infants of 7.5g per 100ml.  

Explaining why formula milk contains so much sugar, Ms Bridge suggested it could be to do with the natural sweetness of breast milk.

She said that breast milk contains as much as 7g of sugar, but that it is naturally occuring lactose which is specificially tailored to the needs of the infant. 

She told the Telegraph: ‘Conversely, infant formula milks have a standardised make-up and contain added sugars such as corn syrup which are added during production and are not found in breast milk.

‘This is bad for babies because high consumption of added sugars may contribute to tooth decay, poor diet and lead to obesity in children.’ 

Experts are warning that the sugar could lead to a range of health issues for children, including obesity and tooth decay (stock photo)

She also warned that the sweeteners could lead to babies developing a sweet tooth, which could also have a serious impact on their future eating habits. 

The study, published in the British Dental Journal, also claimed that some producers of baby formula are promoting its use over breastfeeding.

This would be against World Health Organisation rules.

Ms Bridges added that some of the formula labels had ‘images of infants or cute toys of animals, presumably designed to entice caregivers into buying’.

This, she said, also is against WHO guidelines.   

The baby milk manufacturers mentioned deny the claims and say that their products are safe and ‘nutritionally complete’.

However, the study called for tighter regulations on sugar in baby formula.  

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Trump won't declare national shutdown, leaves it up to governors

Trump pushes back against national shutdown order and leaves the decision up to each state’s governors, despite projections THOUSANDS could die from coronavirus

  • President Trump is letting governors of individual states decide whether to issue shelter-in-place orders
  • Only states can decide whether to quarantine their residents
  • The federal government can only issue quarantines for foreigners and state-to-state travelers who are carrying deadly diseases
  •  30 states and Washington, D.C. have stay-at-home orders in place
  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has consulted medical experts and says their data doesn’t warrant her closing the state 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

President Donald Trump is leaving the decision to order stay-at-home mandates to the governors of individual states, even as his own administration acknowledges tens of thousands could die during the coronavirus pandemic.

Yet, he’s still called on Americans to stay at home as much as possible, even as he hands off responsibility to the states. 

“There are some states that are different,” Trump said during a press conference. “There are some states that don’t have much of a problem.” 

Currently, 30 states and Washington, D.C. are under stay-at-home orders. 


Police in New York City stand on guard in the streets to enforce the state’s shelter-in-place order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo

Coronavirus has emptied the streets of New York, the largest city by population in the country

Technically, only states have the authority to order quarantines within states. So the federal government can’t issue blanket nationwide quarantines. 

However, the federal government can restrict state-to-state travel or quarantine international travelers who may be carrying deadly diseases.  

Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Wednesday said he agreed with President Trump to defer decisions to each state’s governor. 

“We trust the governors and the mayors to understand their people and understand whether or not they feel like they can trust the people in their states to make the right decisions,” Adams said during a Good Morning America interview.

The ritzy streets of Beverly Hills are barren as California remains locked down due to the  coronavirus pandemic

A lonely pedestrian walks down the Las Vegas strip as casinos and other businesses have closed

An empty Metro train vooms through Bethesda, Maryland as the Washington, D.C. area remains under stay-at-home order

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis only on Wednesday decided to issue a stay-in-place order 

A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that 78 percent of adults want stay-at-home orders in place.  

Until an about-face today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had only issued stay-at-home orders for south Florida, and pushed back against issuing a lockdown for the whole state. 

He relented and put a stay-at-home order in place, after receiving pressure from federal and local government officials to help curb the spread of coronavirus through the country’s third largest state.

Currently, more than 285 million in 40 states after locked down under their governors’ orders. Other states, such as Iowa and Nebraska, haven’t issued state-wide shelter-in-place mandates yet

But some communities within those states have ordered stay-at-home measures. 

Still, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has held firm in resisting a state lockdown, based on advice from public health experts at University of Nebraska Medical Center, which once was used to quarantine Ebola patients.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has also stopped short of issuing a mandatory stay-at-home order. She says the information she consults with doesn’t warrant the measure.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has all-but issued a shelter-in-place order for his state. He has closed all schools through at least May and put in place other restrictions that some say essentially feel like a lockdown. 

But Abbott disagrees. 

‘This is not a stay-at-home strategy. A stay-at-home strategy would mean that you have to stay home,’ Abbott said. ‘This is a standard based upon essential services and essential activities.’ 

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Impeachment was a dire distraction from coronavirus for Trump administration: Devine

It’s obvious the Democrats’ impeachment obsession was a damaging distraction for President Trump, as Mitch McConnell says. That was the whole point of it.

But what we now know is the corona­virus outbreak emerged right in the middle of the impeachment. The administration was distracted at a crucial time.

“I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything every day was all about impeachment,″ the Senate majority leader said Tuesday.

The Democrats’ motive was to weaken the president before the election and hamper his ability to implement his agenda. It wasn’t about principle or the national interest. It was a trivial game to enhance their electoral prospects and appease their Trump-hating base.

Even Democrats like Andrew Cuomo said as much. Back in September, the New York governor blamed “leftist” Democrats and described the inquiry as a “governmental shutdown.”

“It’s a long and unproductive road. Where does it go ultimately? Nowhere . . . The problem with that is it means nothing else is really going to get done of substance between now and then, and we have so many real issues to deal with.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Less than eight weeks later, on Nov. 17, a 55-year-old man became the first confirmed case in China of the novel coronavirus, according to the South China Morning Post.

Public impeachment hearings had begun three days earlier and dominated the media.

The timeline is instructive.

On Dec. 1, the next confirmed patient in China fell ill.

On Dec. 13, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment.

Three days later, a 65-year-old man was admitted to hospital in Wuhan with a lung infection.

On Dec. 18, Democrats in the House of Representatives impeached Trump.

On Dec. 29, Dr. Ai Fen, the head of emergency at Wuhan Central Hospital, alerted her superiors to seven cases of unexplained pneumonia. She was reprimanded and silenced, according to “60 Minutes Australia.”

On Jan. 1, eight Chinese doctors who had posted information about the illness on social media were detained, and laboratories were ordered to destroy virus samples.

On Jan. 3, Li Wenliang, a Wuhan ophthalmologist, was forced to sign an official confession that he had spread false “rumors” about the virus. He would later die of the illness.

China’s coverup was in full swing.

On Jan. 6, John Bolton announced he was prepared to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial, and the media went into overdrive.

The next day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning about “pneumonia of an unknown etiology” in Wuhan.

On Jan. 14, the World Health Organization, doing China’s bidding, tweeted that Chinese authorities “have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus.”

On Jan. 15, after a one-month delay, Nancy Pelosi used gold pens to sign the impeachment articles and led a ceremonial procession to deliver them to the Senate.

The next day, the impeachment trial — presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts — began.

On Jan. 20, the first US coronavirus case was reported, in Washington state.

On Jan. 22, opening arguments against Trump began in the Senate.

On Jan. 25, the State Department prepared to evacuate US citizens from Wuhan.

The next day, Bolton accused Trump of saying he would withhold military aid from Ukraine unless it investigated Joe Biden. Less prominent were five cases of coronavirus in the United States.

On Jan. 30, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the Chinese government for “extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak. [It] is very impressive . . . China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response.”

It sure was.

On Jan. 31, Trump closed the US border to China and quarantined US citizens returning from Hubei province for 14 days, the first time such measures had been taken since 1969.

Dr. Anthony Fauci would later say the travel ban was crucial in slowing the spread of the virus.

But at the time, it was slammed by WHO and China as racist. Biden called Trump a “xenophobe.”

If anything, as a China hawk who believes in border security, Trump was ahead of the Democrats and media who now blame him for the outbreak.

Asked Tuesday if impeachment had distracted him, the president mused aloud, “I certainly devoted a little time to think about it, right.

“[But] I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached . . . I don’t think I would have acted any faster.”

The president doesn’t want to admit it, but there had to be a price for the time and energy the administration and Congress wasted fighting over impeachment. The media was consumed by it and little attention was paid to the catastrophe unfolding in Wuhan.

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx this week pointed out that if medical experts were slow to comprehend the threat, it was because “we were missing a significant amount of the data” from China.

We can all play the partisan blame game but that only lets the real culprit off the hook; it is the Chinese Communist Party, whose deceptions cost at least two crucial months and unleashed a pandemic.

Soon, there will be a reckoning.

Stefanik: China must pay a price

Working from home in upstate New York, Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says her constituents tell her they want China to pay for “the significant economic distress to our communities and small businesses” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

When the crisis is over, she says Americans should sue China to recoup their losses.

“There needs to be an international investigation into China with financial accountability. The Chinese Communist Party purposefully lied to the Chinese people . . . and the world about this virus, and thousands of lives were lost as well as trillions of economic debt.

“We need to work with our allies [to] ensure there are consequences for the global wreckage caused by the Chinese government.”

As the representative for Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit in the US Army since 9/11, she says China’s attempt to blame the US Army as the source of the virus is “inexcusable, and there must be consequences.”

To that end, she has introduced a resolution with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for covering up the pandemic and called for an international investigation.

It’s a good start.

Insidious tracking of safe-distancing

Ominously, the federal government reportedly is in talks with Big Tech to use location data on our smartphones to track whether we are self-isolating and maintaining safe distances to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

You only have to read the latest report of the Justice Department inspector general into the abuse of FISA-court ap­plications to spy on Amer­i­cans to understand that surveillance measures instituted to protect us after 9/11 have morphed into weapons of state control.

The road to tyranny is paved with good intentions.

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