Tuesday, 21 July 2020 09:18 Written by Super User
After almost five days of fraught discussions, European Union leaders have agreed on a 750 billion euro (almost $858 billion) stimulus plan to help fund Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The deal would focus on providing funding across three pillars: creating reforms to help businesses rebound from the pandemic, rolling out new measures to reform economies over the long haul, and investing to help protect from "future crises." It would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in grants and loans to member states. The agreement came after days of deadlock and fractious talks that were described as some of the most bitterly divided in years. "We did it! Europe is strong. Europe is united," European Council President Charles Michel said at a press conference Tuesday. "This is a good deal, this is a strong deal, and most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe right now."
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 05:04 Written by Super User
Lines for coronavirus tests have stretched around city blocks and tests ran out altogether in at least one site on Monday, new evidence that the country is still struggling to create a sufficient testing system months into its battle with Covid-19. At a testing site in New Orleans, a line formed at dawn. But city officials ran out of tests five minutes after the doors opened at 8 a.m., and many people had to be turned away. In Phoenix, where temperatures have topped 100 degrees, residents have waited in cars for as long as eight hours to get tested. And in San Antonio and other large cities with mounting caseloads of the virus, officials have reluctantly announced new limits to testing: The demand has grown too great, they say, so only people showing symptoms may now be tested — a return to restrictions that were in place in many parts of the country during earlier days of the virus.
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 04:59 Written by Super User
The sheriffs of Gillespie County, west of Austin, and suburban Montgomery County, north of Houston, announced that their ...
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 04:56 Written by Super User
Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president and noted coronavirus skeptic, said Monday night that he had gone to the hospital for a lung scan and would take a new test for the virus. Mr. Bolsonaro took those steps after developing symptoms of Covid-19, including a fever and abnormal blood oxygen level, according to a report from CNN Brasil. Even as several of his aides tested positive for the virus in recent months, the president often rejected precautions like wearing a mask wearing and social distancing, most recently at a luncheon on Saturday hosted by the American ambassador to Brazil to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 04:55 Written by Super User
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned on Monday that the country was still “knee-deep in...
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 04:51 Written by Super User
Touching contaminated objects and then infecting ourselves with the germs is not typically how the virus spreads. But it can happen. A number of studies of flu, rhinovirus, coronavirus and other microbes have shown that respiratory illnesses, including the new coronavirus, can spread by touching contaminated surfaces, particularly in places like day care centers, offices and hospitals. But a long chain of events has to happen for the disease to spread that way. The best way to protect yourself from coronavirus — whether it’s surface transmission or close human contact — is still social distancing, washing your hands, not touching your face and wearing masks.