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

Will captain Kings XI Punjab with an open mind: KL Rahul

first_imgKOLKATA: New Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul is unsure if the burden of captaincy would take a toll on his batting, as he feels previous form would count for little, and that all cricketers would be ‘slightly’ nervous when the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts this month in the UAE.The 28-year old stylish batsman was in red hot form in white-ball cricket when the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head a few of months ago, bringing the world to a standstill. Having last played in the Ranji Trophy semi-final for Karnataka against Bengal in February, Rahul said his batting was “all over the place” when he hit the nets for the first time two months ago. Therefore, he said, he is not sure his rich vein of form will count or not when he leads KXIP in the cash-rich league in two weeks’ time. “Firstly, I think we are starting fresh. I don’t think what has happened seven months prior will matter now,” Rahul told IANS in an interview from Dubai. “We are all coming into the tournament with not [having played] a lot of cricket. So, I am not if my batting form is going to be the same as it was seven months ago. We all as cricketers are slightly nervous because we haven’t played a lot of cricket, like I said,” said the man who is now India’s first-choice wicket-keeper in white ball cricket. “And in a tournament like IPL which is huge, I would be lying if I say all of us are not nervous at all. We are, but that’s the challenge of sport. No one expected this to happen. ” Rahul said he is looking forward to captaincy and will go into it with an open mind. “Coming to captaincy, I don’t know if it’s going to play a part [in my batting] or if it’s going to hamper anything but I am quite looking forward to the responsibility. “I have always enjoyed that leadership role and I have always enjoyed having responsibility on my shoulders. Like I said it’s the first time I am doing it so…I am going into this with an open mind and to learn on the go from each game and each day,” stressed. “The first hit I had was a couple of months back in Bangalore. I got in a couple of sessions. Those two days were very, very bad and I was very nervous and my batting was all over the place. It was a bit scary. But I realised [rustiness] after two sessions; the third session slightly got better. Then I started hitting the ball well. Then, there was a break and before coming here I did get a few sessions in Bangalore,” he said. Asked if MS Dhoni’s retirement will add to expectations from him behind the stumps, Rahul admitted the expectations are there. “Yes the expectations are always there from not just me but all the XI that represent the country and all 15 guys who are playing in the team. Does it make me conscious? I don’t think so. Not so far at least,” he said. “For now, my focus is solely on the IPL and getting some cricket under me. It’s a place nobody can ever fill in Indian cricket. That’s something I genuinely feel. Whatever role is given to me, it excites me. I am not very conscious about it,” he conceded. Rahul further said he would look to use whatever he has learned from Dhoni and Virat Kohli when he leads the IPL franchise, besides also leaning from his observations of England’s ODI World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, and compatriot and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma. “Having had the opportunity to play under them and with them has been a great learning. Both of them are different individuals and they lead the team differently but one thing that stands out is the passion that they have for the country and the team,” he said. “Their will to always win and push the team and take the team together is something I have learnt and would want to use the same thing with my team. Also, watching Rohit [Sharma]…I have quite enjoyed Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan’s captaincy as well.” KXIP are yet to win the IPL in 12 attempts, but Rahul said the focus will not be on that; it would be on the process. “It is important all of us stay in the present and we must focus on the process and not worry about the end result,” he said. (IANS) Also Watch: Watch: Patient Being Taken to Hospital in Hand Cartlast_img read more

Last regular basketball season Friday night games ahead; regional wrestling this weekend

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington hosts its final home Friday night regular season game tonight. Please note the second scoreboard is being sold tonight. The last one fetched for $700. The Class 4A Wrestling Regional will be held tonight and Saturday in Augusta to determine which wrestler will go to state. Sumner County basketball will also be held.•••••WHS basketball Clearwater at Wellington.Boys-girls C team – 4:15 p.m.JV boys – 5:45 p.m.Varsity girls – 6 p.m.Varsity boys, JV girls – 7:30 p.m.Second scoreboard from middle school and old high school will be auctioned off between the girls and boys basketball game.•••••WHS wrestling Wellington travels to Augusta for the Class 4A Wrestling Regional. The top four wrestlers per weight division advance to state.Teams in the tournament: Andale, Augusta, Buhler, Clearwater, El Dorado, Hesston, Hugoton, Mulvane, Nickerson, Pratt, Rose Hill, Towanda-Circle, ULysses, Winfield and Wellington.•••••Sumner CountyFriday night schedule:Argonia at SedanBelle Plaine at Medicine LodgeCaldwell at Elk ValleyWichita Independent at Conway SpringsFlinthills at OxfordSouth Haven at Cedar Vale-Dexter.•••••Wellington Middle School wrestlingWellington fell to Prairie Hills 60-48 and Andover 80-17 in a triangular in Andover. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down WHSSupporter · 390 weeks ago There’s one more regular season home game next Thursday. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down LittleOne · 390 weeks ago What ever the out come tonight and tomorrow with all you athletes you are all winners. This year has been challenging and you have the quality and well power to move on. Good luck and congratulations to all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more