Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgEastern Europe is confronting a surge in cases. Romania announced that it would close schools and implement an overnight curfew. Poland admitted the first patient to its new field hospital at a stadium in Warsaw. Hungary declared a “state of danger” this week, and Ukraine announced a national mask mandate in public buildings and on public transportation. Scientists in Britain have started a clinical trial of aspirin to see whether the anti-inflammatory agent can improve the care of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 by reducing the formation of life-threatening blood clots. What you’re doingAfter 8 years married, a year ago, my husband and I decided to divorce. We started taking turns living in our house. One of us would stay with our daughter; the other one would go to a small rented flat. When France went into lockdown in March, we decided to confine all together in the house. Then, during 3 months, we realized that we still enjoyed each other’s company as well as our family life and that we could work as a team like we had never done before. It became obvious that we still loved each other so we got back together. The lockdown gave us perspective and time to slow down and rethink our relationship. — MariaRosa Quintero Bernabeu, Grenoble, FranceLet us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to The University of Notre Dame’s faculty rejected a proposed vote of no confidence in its president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, voting instead to “express its disappointment” with him for appearing at a White House reception in the midst of a pandemic without a face mask. – Advertisement – When the rally ended, the crowds streamed home like some huge exhalation, spreading cases to more than 20 states. Infections connected to the rally popped up as far away as New Hampshire, and case numbers climbed in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska, where thousands of residents had returned from Sturgis.The rally has become “a rumbling symbol of America’s bitter divisions over the coronavirus,” wrote our colleagues Mark Walker and Jack Healy. Family members who stayed away are angry at relatives who attended and brought the virus home. Sturgis council members who approved the rally have been bombarded with death threats. And health experts and politicians are still fighting over how many cases Sturgis may have caused across the country.Even now, health officials said a lack of contact tracing and the sheer scale of the event have made it impossible to know how many people were infected directly or indirectly because of Sturgis.Kids produce weaker antibodiesA study published Thursday found that children infected with the coronavirus produce fewer and weaker antibodies than adults.Although that finding sounds scary, it actually may help answer longstanding questions about why children have a different experience with the virus than adults.“We know that kids are much less likely to get sick from the coronavirus,” said Apoorva Mandavilli, who covered the study. “This study says they produce a less robust immune response to the virus, which, paradoxically, may be a good thing.” Fewer antibodies may indicate that children were sick for a shorter period of time, and may also explain why children seem to transmit the virus less efficiently. A weak immune response also may shed light on why children are mostly spared severe symptoms.Importantly, having weaker and fewer antibodies does not seem to mean that children would be more at risk of reinfection.Resurgences Paris banned delivery and takeaway food and alcohol between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as officials try to curb what they say is a large number of people on the streets at night, despite a lockdown, France 24 reports. It’s hard to imagine a more alarming moment since early April, when 2,000 people were dying a day, and there are few signs that things will improve in the near future. The country has recorded well above 1,000 deaths every day since Election Day, and infection rates in hot spots are accelerating. Governors across the country continue to plead daily with Americans to take the virus seriously.“Colorado, I love you. This is an intervention,” said Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado. The state recorded more than 3,800 cases yesterday, around 900 more than its previous record, and hospitalizations have risen to their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. “Cancel your social plans the next few weeks — avoid interacting with others. Wear a mask. Keep your distance,” Mr. Polis begged.- Advertisement –center_img Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following In England, the first hours of Lockdown 2.0, as local newspapers called it, looked very little like a lockdown at all. America waits, but the virus does notWhile Americans are transfixed with the razor’s edge presidential election results, the country’s coronavirus situation has become catastrophically bad — and continues to worsen.Less than 24 hours after the U.S. broke its daily national case record, it added 121,500 more cases — more than Japan, Egypt or Hungary have recorded during the entire pandemic. Twenty-eight states have added more cases in the last week than in any other period.- Advertisement – Italy locked down six regions in the country’s deeply infected north and highly vulnerable, and poorer, south. The measures are the most drastic since a nationwide lockdown in March. Wuhan, where the outbreak began, has emerged as a star in China. Propaganda agencies have churned out television tributes to the city, and a new opera idolizes its doctors. The Las Vegas Raiders were fined for repeatedly violating the N.F.L.’s virus protocols. Hospitals in hard-hit areas around the country are quickly reaching their limit. At Trinity Health in Minot, N.D., the entire floor dedicated to coronavirus patients had no more available beds. Dr. Jeffrey Sather, the chief of staff, called other large hospitals around the state to see if he could transfer some patients, but every facility was also full. Dr. Sather was also worried about his staff members.“They are witnessing people suffocate to death on a regular basis,” he said. “And it’s a heavy psychological toll.”A motorcycle rally’s aftermathInfectious-disease experts had warned about the risk of holding the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Still, South Dakota’s Republican governor, a vocal opponent of lockdowns, gave her blessing, and local leaders set aside their misgivings as thousands of people from every state in the nation rolled down Sturgis’s Main Street. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump threat to ‘decouple’ US and China hits trade, investment reality

first_imgConflicting talk from Trump administration officials about “decoupling” the US economy from China is running into a challenging reality: Chinese imports of US goods are rising, investment by American companies into China continues, and markets are wary of separating the world’s biggest economies.White House trade adviser Peter Navarro gave Asian markets a scare on Monday night by telling Fox News Channel that the US-China trade deal was “over.” US stock futures dropped, the dollar rose, and volatility indices climbed.Navarro quickly backtracked on Monday night, saying he was referring to a lack of trust between the United States and China over the coronavirus outbreak. President Donald Trump also quickly tweeted that the deal was intact. On Tuesday, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow praised Beijing, telling Fox Business Network “they’ve actually picked up their game” when it comes to the trade deal.The damage-control efforts by the Trump administration come after Trump said last week that “a complete decoupling from China” was an option, overruling US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who had told lawmakers that decoupling was not realistic.The Trump re-election campaign has made being “tough on China” a key part of his platform. The White House has blamed Beijing for the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 120,000 Americans, more than any other country.But part of that message – that the United States is able and willing to walk away from its largest supplier – is challenged by on-the-ground realities. US-China trade is actually increasing, after the coronavirus caused major drops shortly after the trade deal was signed in January. US exports to China rose to US$8.6 billion in April, up from a 10-year monthly trough of $6.8 billion in February, according to US Census Bureau data. Imports from China shot up to $31.1 billion from $19.8 billion in March, which marked the lowest monthly total in 11 years.US Department of Agriculture data showed soybean exports to China rose to 423,891 metric tons in April, more than doubling the 208,505 tonnes imported in March.US officials, including Lighthizer and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Steven Mnuchin, have recently affirmed China’s commitment to meet terms of the Phase 1 trade deal, which calls for China to boost purchases of US farm and manufactured goods, energy and services by $200 billion over two years.Pompeo, asked by syndicated radio show host Hugh Hewitt about prospects for a new cold war, said on Tuesday the US economy was far more integrated with China’s than with the former Soviet Union.“We have to think about this in a way that reflects that, because the challenges of American economic growth and prosperity are deeply intertwined today with the Chinese economy,” Pompeo said, adding that Trump was determined to protect U.S. interests.Mnuchin, asked about decoupling in a Bloomberg-Invesco forum, said it would occur if US companies were not allowed to compete fairly in the China’s economy.A person familiar with both US and Chinese thinking on the trade deal said Navarro’s comments appeared to be a “slip of the tongue,” reflecting his personal hawkish views on China and not administration policy.The person also said Chinese officials have indicated that June imports from the United States were expected to show a dramatic increase after falls in recent months due to the outbreak.Strong investmentUS companies had announced $2.3 billion in new direct investment projects in the first quarter of 2020, only slightly down from last year’s quarterly average despite the coronavirus, the Rhodium Group said in a recent study – indicating that few US companies are reducing their China footprint.Bill Reinsch, a senior adviser and trade expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it took over 20 years for the US and Chinese economies to grow together, and decoupling cannot be accomplished easily.Some companies are leaving, not because of Trump, but because of rising Chinese wage rates and Chinese policies that have disadvantaged foreign-owned businesses, he said.“If you’re in China to serve the Chinese market, you’re going to stay because you can’t serve it as well from the outside,” Reinsch said. “The president can’t simply order everybody to come home. Businesses will make rational, economic decisions.”Topics :last_img read more

Men’s basketball breakdown: Hayes double-double leads Badgers past Temple

first_imgAfter a slow start to the regular season, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has picked up two impressive victories in a row with their 76-60 victory over Temple Saturday.The game was an offensive struggle to start, as neither team could find the bottom of the net. In the first seven minutes, the teams combined to score just 14 points, and Temple held a 8-6 lead over Wisconsin.But just moments later, Bronson Koenig hit a three to give the Badgers a lead and something clicked for the team.For the next eight minutes, Wisconsin went on a 24-4 run to go up 18 and appeared to have the game firmly in their grasp. And while they did ease up before the end of the half, they still entered the locker room with a comfortable 11-point lead.Temple kicked the pressure up a notch to start the second half, and a quick 8-2 run to start the period brought the Owls to within five.At that point, it looked as if the game was about to get much more competitive.Turning pointJust 14 seconds after Temple had brought the game to within five, Zack Showalter found space in the corner and knocked down a three to end the Owls’ run.From there, Wisconsin poured it on one more time, going on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to bring their lead back up to 18 at 52-34. The Owls were spent at that point and were never able to get back within 14 points of the Badgers.When you knew it was overWith around five minutes left, Temple had made one last push to bring the game with 14. They had a fighting chance, but a pair of free throws from Nigel Hayes and a three-pointer from Koenig off a perfect pass from Ethan Happ brought UW’s lead to 19 — their largest of the game — and Wisconsin cruised to victory from there.Wisconsin player of the game: Nigel HayesHayes recorded his third consecutive double-double Saturday, recording 18 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes, and he is now averaging 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in those three outings.But it wasn’t just Hayes’s work offensively that made him Wisconsin’s most effective player, as he was also tasked with guarding Temple’s top scorer, Quenton Decosey. The junior performed admirably, as Hayes held Decosey to just seven points on 1-for-6 shooting — eight points below his season average thus far. Temple’s offensive attack had no chance of getting into a rhythm with their best player struggled to find the bottom of the net.Temple player of the game: Jaylen BondWith Decosey struggling, Bond stepped up to record a double-double of a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Bond became the focal point of Temple’s offense, as he took five more shots (13) than the next highest Owl player.NotableFreshman Kahlil Iverson did not play in the second half after playing 12 minutes in the first. UW head coach Bo Ryan said he was unable to play and will undergo further testing from the medical staff.Iverson’s absence allowed for fellow freshman Alex Illikainen to see extended time on the court. He scored six points in nine minutes.With foul trouble sending Vitto Brown to the bench early in the first half, Charlie Thomas saw extended playing time that bled into the second half. He played 26 minutes to Brown’s 15 and scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.The Badgers held Temple to 60 points, 11 points under their season average coming into Saturday’s game (71.2).QuotableWisconsin head coach Bo Ryan on the team having six players with six points at halftime:“I saw triple sixes and it made me real nervous. Six, six, six and then six, six, six. I have never seen it before. But there was this time, at Connie Mack Stadium. On the scoreboard, the score was 2-2. The count was 2-2. The outs were two. And they had that clock that was a digital clock. It was 2:22. I was about 10 years old. Straight twos across the board. Never seen it before. Will never see it again. But this one right here might be the second weirdest stat line.”Hayes on serving the role of defensive stopper:“It’s always a joy to go out and guard the other team’s best player, and for them to score not only below their average, but well below their average. It only makes sense if you can the best player on the other team and keep them from scoring and impacting the game, it makes it that much easier for your team to win. It’s a challenge I think great players aspire to.”Thomas on being more comfortable on the court:“I think it’s just me becoming more comfortable in the game. Just taking advantage of the best opportunities, hitting the open shots, going for the offensive and defensive boards. I think I did a good job of that today.”last_img read more

Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections

first_imgThe ditching of forward Iheanacho came after Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr questioned the attitude of the Leicester City forward.“I think he needs to be more professional. We were not satisfied with his recent performances for the national team,” said Rohr.“It is not good enough to be funny all the time. You must show that you are serious by working hard every day during training sessions.”Once hailed as a star in the making by then club manager, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City, Iheanacho has faded dramatically after a bright start to his international career.After netting seven times in his first 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, his last goal for the national team came 19 months ago.Iheanacho was transferred in 2017 from Manchester City to Leicester, where he has struggled to command a regular first-team place.Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan was included in the Ghana squad just a few weeks after announcing his international retirement when stripped of the Black Stars’ captaincy.State president Nana Akufo-Addo persuaded the 33-year-old forward to change his mind and he will go to Egypt as part of a squad skippered by long-serving midfielder Andre Ayew.“My desire to help Ghana win the Cup of Nations still burns strongly,” stressed Gyan. “I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana.”Ghana are the third most successful country in the Cup of Nations with four titles, but the last came 37 years ago.Share on: WhatsApp Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ivorian Gervinho and Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho were significant casualties as 11 coaches named 23-man squads for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which kicks off on June 21.A 32-year-old veteran of five Cup of Nations, winger Gervinho was hopeful his impressive Serie A form with Parma would earn him a call-up.The dreadlocked former Arsenal and Roma star — real name Gervais Yao Kouassi — scored 11 goals and was credited with four assists in 30 Italian league matches last season.Among those Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara will look to for goals in Egypt is Nicolas Pepe, runner-up to French star Kylian Mbappe in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 Golden Boot race.Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and clubless Wilfried Bony, who bagged a brace in a 3-1 warm-up win over the Comoros at the weekend, are among the other Ivorian attacking options.Gervinho reacted calmly to his exclusion while some Ivorian supporters were disappointed at his exclusion as the team prepares to tackle South Africa, Namibia and Morocco.Group D is considered the toughest of the six sections with only the top two finishers guaranteed places in the second round, the first of four knockout stages.“Dear Ivorians, I don’t know how to thank you for all the messages of support and affection I’ve received (since) my first call up,” he posted on social media.“Receiving your videos, photos and comments lately warm my heart.“All this has helped reduce my disappointment not to be part of the team that will defend our colours at the next Afcon (Cup of Nations) in Egypt.”– ‘Not satisfied’ –last_img read more