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Britain lowers virus alert, Germany sees spike in cases

Britain lowers virus alert, Germany sees spike in cases 1BERLIN (AP) — Britain lowered its coronavirus threat level one notch Friday, becoming the latest country to claim it’s getting a national outbreak under control.

The U.K.’s Joint Biosecurity Center recommended moving the COVID-19 risk in the country from the second-highest level, 4 – meaning transmission is high or rising exponentially – to level 3, where an epidemic is in general circulation.

Health officials say there’s been a steady decrease in cases across the U.K. but localized outbreaks are still likely. Britain has Europe’s highest pandemic death toll with more than 42,000 virus-related deaths and over 300,000 confirmed cases.

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Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead

Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead 2New hot spots have emerged globally signaling more trouble ahead as cases have been spiking in several populous nations: from India to South Africa to Mexico.

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Today’s Top Stories: May 19, 2020

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The Lede

Trump probably lied about taking malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine.

(CNN) The fragile foundation of evidence-based reality shoring up Donald Trump’s life and presidency just got even more tenuous.Trump’s admission that he was dosing up on hydroxychloroquine, an unproven and possibly harmful therapy to ward off the coronavirus, appears to conflict with the codes of medical science and is a stunning development given his position.

“Here’s my evidence: I get a lot of positive calls about it,” Trump told shocked reporters when he made the disclosure about a malaria drug he has all but dispensed from the bully pulpit. Trump’s medical choices and the risks he chooses to take are his personal business. But he is not an ordinary citizen, and his use of the therapy sends a conflicting message to Americans told by the US Food and Drug Administration that it is not proven to work against Covid-19 and could be counterproductive.

The President’s preventative pitch even prompted the anchor on duty at the friendly confines of Fox News to warn that some viewers could die if they followed his example. It was not the only moment on Monday when Trump’s personal and political priorities brought him into a collision with evidence. He grouched that Attorney General William Barr said he’s not inclined to pursue criminal charges in a false conspiracy theory against former President Barack Obama and Trump’s 2020 foe, Joe Biden.

“I think if it was me they would do it,” Trump said.


Trump threatens to permanently cut WHO funding, leave body if changes aren’t made within 30 days


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Carrier sidelined by coronavirus heads back to sea this week

First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Generates Immune Response, Appears Safe

Taiwan ‘disappointed and angry’ about being excluded from WHO meeting, says it is developing its own coronavirus vaccine

Worldwide:

  • 4,834,449 up from 4,737,299 confirmed infections yesterday.
  • 319,147 up from 315,622 confirmed deaths yesterday.

US stats:

  • 1,509,202 up from 1,486,742 confirmed infections yesterday.
  • 90,373 up from 89,564 confirmed deaths yesterday.

Politics

Former judge to argue against DOJ in Flynn case next month

Trump will not invite Obama to White House for traditional unveiling of the most recent ex-president’s portrait – White House portrait unveiling may be the latest casualty of the political divide

Trump threatens to permanently end WHO funding, says he is taking hydroxychloroquine

Biden hires Chávez granddaughter to help on Latino outreach


Economy

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell testify before Congress this morning.

Powell, Mnuchin testify on coronavirus relief: live blog

Upcoming economic reports this week:

  • Monday – Home Builders Index up to 37 from 30. Good news? Yes.
  • Tuesday – Housing Starts way down to 891,000 from 1,276,000 in the last report.
  • Thursday – Jobless claims
  • Thursday – Leading Economic Indicators

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First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Generates Immune Response, Appears Safe

The first vaccine for COVID-19 to be tested in humans appears to be safe and able to stimulate an immune response against the virus.

The vaccine manufacturer, Moderna, said Monday that the findings are based on results from the first eight people who received two doses of the vaccine mRNA-1273 beginning in March.

The healthy volunteers made antibodies against COVID-19 that were then tested in human cells in a lab. The antibodies produced by the volunteers were able to stop the virus from replicating, the key to an effective vaccine.

Source: First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Generates Immune Response, Appears Safe | Health News | US News

Today’s Top Stories: May 18, 2020

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The Lede

Fired State Dept. watchdog was probing whether Pompeo made staffer walk dog, pick up laundry

Editorial: In the Trump administration’s latest episode of “We say ‘drain the swamp,’ but we really mean ‘fill it with swampier people,'” it’s been suggested that the firing of Steve Linick, former State Department Inspector General, was politically motivated.

The shock!

You see, Linick had been investigating reports of Pompeo staff members running personal errands for the Secretary of State. Things such as picking up dry cleaning and walking the dog.

What good is a cushy federal government job if you can’t have people feed you grapes while bathing you?


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Worldwide:

  • 4,737,299 confirmed infections
  • 315,622 confirmed deaths

US stats:

  • 1,486,742 confirmed infections
  • 89,564 confirmed deaths
May 18, 2020 COVID-19 pandemic map
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Politics

Eric Trump claims coronavirus is Democratic hoax, will ‘magically’ vanish after 2020 election

Exclusive Poll: Young Voters Losing Confidence In Trump’s Ability To Handle Pandemic – Biden retains 20 point lead among Americans under 30


Economy

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell suggests US economic recovery could last well into 2021.

My question is: Can we even talk about a recovery when we are nowhere near the bottom?

The Dow futures is up around 600 points. Word on the street is that a coronavirus vaccine may come sooner than anticipated.

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Upcoming economic reports this week:

  • Monday – Home Builders Index
  • Tuesday – Housing Starts
  • Thursday – Jobless claims
  • Thursday – Leading Economic Indicators

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Offbeat Story of the Day

Florida Man In Domestic Poultry Pelting | The Smoking Gun

MAY 17–During an argument in their Florida home, a man threw a piece of raw chicken at his wife, striking her in the head, according to police who arrested the alleged poultry pelter for battery.

Cops charge that Thomas Reece, 34, and the victim got into a “verbal argument over a family issue” Friday evening at their St. Petersburg residence.

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