Coronavirus update from the USA

This 1 April 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Romulus Amazon employees protest work conditions as COVID-19 spreads

On Wednesday, Amazon workers walked out the door of the Romulus warehouse to protest work conditions. They say they are scared for the health of themselves and their families.

TRUMP DECLARES ‘TOTAL AUTHORITY’ IN DEFIANT BRIEFING After months of coronavirus floundering, President Donald Trump wrongly claimed during a press briefing on Monday that the president’s “authority is total” after reporters pressed him to explain how he would force governors to restart state economies during the pandemic. “When somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that is the way it’s gonna be,” Trump told reporters. The president had a meltdown attempting to rewrite history after accurate reports that he was slow to respond to the pandemic despite early warnings. [HuffPost]

TRUMP DENIES IVANKA AND JARED WILL BE ON COVID COUNCIL Trump contradicted a Fox News report that triggered an uproar that Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner would be on his new coronavirus economic task force, which he called “Opening the Country Council.” But he also said there will be advisory committees in addition to the council, leaving open the possibility that his nepotistic daughter and son-in-law could serve on one of them. [HuffPost]

FEMA ACCUSED OF HIJACKING PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Like a bad Santa, instead of delivering medical supplies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been accused again of hijacking desperately needed protective gear for first responders and health care workers — this time in Massachusetts. Milford Fire Chief William Touhey Jr. accused the agency of commandeering 30,000 gowns as well as masks that his department had ordered. [HuffPost]

FOR WEST VIRGINIA HOSPITALS, THE FINANCIAL CRISIS CAME FIRST As the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout March, two communities in West Virginia — a state whose health outcomes rank among the worst in the nation — grappled with the news that they were about to lose two of their hospitals. Other health systems across the state have furloughed hundreds of medical personnel, and other hospitals teeter on the verge of financial collapse even as the demand for care seems likely to rise. [HuffPost]

GROCERY WORKERS: SHOPPERS ARE ENDANGERING US Aaron Squeo works in the meat department of a Kroger supermarket in Michigan. He knows of several grocery workers who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and one in his area who died. He worries that the behavior of some shoppers is putting people in unnecessary danger. “When I’m stocking the meat counter and people are crowding around me … that’s not social distancing,” Squeo said. [HuffPost]

CORONAVIRUS REVEALS ‘INVISIBLE’ INEQUALITIES IN OUR FOOD SYSTEMS Americans are worried about food, many for the first time in their lives. While the U.S. government has said there are no nationwide shortages, that hasn’t stopped panic buying in supermarkets as coronavirus cases continue to tick upward. Yet the most immediate crisis is not the availability of food, but its affordability to the tens of millions of people who have lost their jobs and income. [HuffPost]

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