This 7 April 2020 video says about itself:
American Abroad Able to Access COVID-19 Test Easily, Compares to U.S. | NowThis
In US news and current events today, the coronavirus pandemic has people around the world struggling, especially the hospital staff and emergency medical workers who are on the front lines fighting COVID-19.
Naskeh Habibi, an American from Oregon, shared her experience getting tested for COVID-19 while abroad in Iraq. Habibi describes her testing experience as a ‘pretty simple’ process, and she shares her surprise and criticism over how getting a test in the U.S. is not as easy.
TRUMP ADVISER WARNED OF PANDEMIC IN JANUARY President Donald Trump said repeatedly in March that “nobody” could’ve predicted a crisis at the scale of the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across the globe. But Peter Navarro, Trump’s top trade adviser, sounded clear alarms in the West Wing with memos in late January and in February about the potentially catastrophic human and economic devastation of the virus on the United States. [HuffPost]
Hospital workers fear they’ll get too sick to care for patients.
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By PJ Grisar in the USA, April 6, 2020:
In the time of coronavirus, the world looks to Anne Frank
On Sunday March 22, as New York State marked nearly 17,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, Anne Frank’s picture appeared on a Manhattan courthouse.
The oversize closeup of Frank’s smiling face, projected above the columns of an immigration court, came with a trenchant all-caps message for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: “Anne Frank died of typhus. Not a gas chamber. If detainees can’t social distance, Governor Cuomo, free them all!”
The protest, a version of which happened simultaneously at a Boston courthouse and a week later in Philadelphia, was the work of the Jewish activist group Never Again Action, and aimed to urge Cuomo, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf to release undocumented immigrants from ICE detention centers to protect them from the close-quarters spread of coronavirus. Frank is believed to have died of typhus in February, 1945 at the Bergen-Belson concentration camp in northern Germany. By invoking Frank, the group was making a forceful statement: Without decisive action, Cuomo and Baker could create a humanitarian crisis that could cause the death of innocents. …
Since her diary’s publication in 1947, people have looked to Frank for comfort and courage in unsure times; now, as we face a global crisis that hits us all at home, many are identifying with her in even more direct — and intimate — ways. …
The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, one of the central keyholders of Frank’s legacy, has provided an especially telling example of her potential at this moment, particularly for today’s plugged-in youth. While the museum is closed until at least June 1, it has launched a new initiative to engage kids during the pandemic, rolling out a 15-part YouTube “video diary” that asks “What if Anne Frank had a camera instead of a diary?” The series, which documents Frank’s life from her diary entries of March 29, 1944 to her apprehension by the Nazis on August 4 of that year, premiered its first episodes in the Netherlands on March 30.
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TRUMP ATTACKS REPORTERS IN CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING Trump repeatedly badgered and berated members of the news media during Monday’s White House briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, calling one “horrid” and another a “third-rate reporter.” McClatchy reporter Francesca Chambers asked Trump about the federal government’s new Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, saying it had gotten off to a “confusing start.” After repeatedly interrupting the reporter, Trump said, “I wish we had a fair media in this country, and we really don’t.” [HuffPost]
DEMOCRATIC lawmakers have formally protested against the Navy’s dismissal of the commander of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, who requested urgent aid to stop a coronavirus outbreak on board his ship. … Just three weeks ago, Miguel Rodriguez (55) had ‘a comfortable living situation’ working as a waiter in a Maryland restaurant in a job he’d held for 20 years. But everything changed overnight when La Ferme, a French restaurant in the upscale Chevy Chase suburb of Washington, was forced to close amid statewide shutdowns to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak. His wife, a waitress at another restaurant, also lost her job.: here.
INDUSTRY ASKS CALIFORNIA TO DELAY POLLUTION RULES Industry groups have sent at least six letters to California officials in the past two weeks requesting delays or modifications to new pollution limits on the oil and gas, transportation, building and agriculture sectors, according to documents shared with HuffPost. The rules are set to go into effect later this year, but industry is asking to push back or indefinitely delay those dates because of the economic stress the COVID-19 pandemic. [HuffPost]
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