A California appeals court has ordered the state to reduce the number of inmates locked up in the San Quentin prison by half because of Covid-19 outbreak in the jail complex. So far, the virus has infected 2,200 people and killed 28 in the prison, which houses some of California’s most dreaded and hardened convicts. Now, the state must release or move nearly 1,500 inmates from there.
A Manhattan federal court hearing for the defamation case brought by a woman who claims President Donald Trump raped her more than two decades ago ended abruptly Wednesday, after a government lawyer was barred from the courthouse due to COVID-19 rules. DoJ lawyer William Lane told Judge Lewis Kaplan via a telephone that DoJ would rest on its current written court filings in the case, instead.
Legal action is being explored by theme parks California according to the California Attractions and Parks Association. Action is being sought by the theme parks in order to speed their reopening. The theme parks were told by California on Tuesday that they can open only when daily COVID-19 cases will drop below 1 per 100,000. A top official from the CAPA said ’All options are open at this point.’
One country that has attracted a lot of attention during the coronavirus pandemic is Sweden. It has never opted for lockdown, instead keeping its economy open but relying on individuals to wear masks and socially distance. But now with COVID-19 surging in Europe, Sweden is quietly toughening up its approach for the first time.
South Korea launched a free flu vaccination program for 19M people last month as the govt tries to evade a flu outbreak while it tackles Covid-19. However, the death of 13 people has dented the credibility of the vaccination program raising calls for it to be suspended. Authorities said there is no direct links between the deaths and the vaccines.
With 12 days to go until Election Day on Nov 3, Trump and Biden have their final chance to make their case in front of a massive national audience which will be watching and listening on radio, TV and online, as the two make their appearance on the final presidential debate. The topics are fighting COVID-19, American families, national security, leadership, climate change and race in America.
With the Presidential elections a little less than two weeks away, Senate Democrats blocked a narrow $500 billion coronavirus relief plan which had been introduced by members of the Republican Party. The GOP initiative failed to clear the 60 vote threshold required to move forward, and was identical to the Senate GOP bill Democrats rejected in September.
Brazilian health authority said on Wed. that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford U. died, saying there had been an investigation of the matter. The regulator said testing of the vaccine would continue but provided no further details citing medical confidentiality. Elsewhere, it was reported the person who died had not received the vaccine.
Spain has become the first country in Western Europe to have registered a million Covid-19 cases. The latest surge pushed the number of infected people in the country to 1,005,295 on Wednesday. The country saw 10,000 new cases a day in late March during the first wave of the pandemic. The rate of infection reduced in May and June, but cases started resurging in July and haven’t slowed since.
In the run up to the presidential elections, US authorities revealed that a website based in Montreal which is run by a retired professor from the University of Ottawa has been linked to the spread of Russia linked disinformation. The website has various conspiracy theories like myths regarding 9/11 and COVID-19 stating that they were planned in order to control the population.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has rejected the announced purchase of 46 million doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine being developed by a Chinese company and tested in a state governed by a political rival. Earlier on Tuesday, Federal Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello had announced the vaccine purchase in a meeting with Sao Paulo state Gov. Joo Doria, who is leading the state’s participation
Stats showed the number of jobless people in Brazil rose by 14 million in September. However, the president of the country’s central bank said the high spending was hurting Brazil’s credibility. He said, ’The cost in credibility coming from the fiscal side is far bigger than the benefit of the spending itself.’ Some 66 million people have been getting 600 reais ($110) a month as Covid-19 aid.
A CDC study says the US recorded nearly 300,000 more deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic than the normal year-on-year trend. This suggests that Covid-related deaths might have been underreported. According to latest Johns Hopkins data, 221,083 people have died of Covid-19. The report’s author said indirect factors could have contributed to the additional numbers, like disruptions to healthcare.
President Donald Trump campaigned in key battleground state Pennsylvania, speaking for an hour at Erie International Airport on Tuesday. Trump said he would not have campaigned there had the coronavirus pandemic not hurt his re-election prospects. Erie is a small but politically important city in Pennsylvania. Biden campaigned in Erie on October 12.
A second wave of COVID-19 is being witnessed in various countries across Europe as countries go back into lockdowns of varying intensities. A partial lockdown has been ordered in the Czech Republic and a curfew has been expanded in France. Some districts in Germany have also gone back into lockdown even though the country is seeing a lower infection rate than other countries in Europe.
Just two weeks before Election Day, Wisconsin, is facing worst Covid-19 outbreaks as it is recording nearly 3,000 new cases per day. Hospitalizations have more than tripled in the last one month. The state has set up a field hospital; however Gov. Evers warned that too is beginning to be overwhelmed. ’Our economy is going to tank, and no one wants that,’ Evers said.
Most of the newly reopened travel destinations are requiring visitors to show negative coronavirus test results before entry. That has airlines, as well as airport-based testing services, jumping in. If testing is not enough to reassure tourists, the countries are using tactics like restricting visitor numbers, limiting where they can go and requiring medical insurance.
Pam Stevenson, the director of business development for Pyxant Labs used her corporate email account and slammed the mayor of Norton Shores, Michigan, Gary Nelund, after the city recently hosted President Donald Trump. Stevenson also described Midwesterners as ’retarded’ in her message, and criticized the mayor for having hosted a ’Trump-COVID super spreader rally.’
Senator Mitch McConnell told Republican senators that he has advised the White House not to enter a deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new Covid-19 stimulus bill before Election Day. Pelosi had said she was ’optimistic’ a deal could be reached in the coming days. McConnell’s push comes as a dampener for President Donald Trump’s push for a fresh round of aid for the pandemic before the election.
Netflix added few new subscribers in Q3 2020 than in any other Qtr in the previous four years. This also ends the six months of surge in growth which was primarily driven by Covid-19 shutdowns. Netflix new paid subscribers stood at 2.2 million between Jul & Sept 2020, its smallest quarterly increase since 2016, bringing the company’s total number of subscribers globally to just over 195 million.
Reopening guidelines for theme parks in California which were closed for over seven months because of Covid-19 were announced on Tuesday. However larger theme parks such as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood; Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain are not allowed to open until their respective counties are in the ’yellow’ tier.
First Lady Melania Trump ditched a planned appearance in Pennsylvania at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump, citing a lingering cough in the wake of her recent coronavirus diagnosis. Stephanie Grisham, her chief of staff said that Ms. Trump would not be joining her husband in Erie on Tuesday. The Trumps had announced earlier this month that they had tested positive for COVID-19.
British researchers said they hope to expose volunteers to the novel coronavirus in a study to find the amount of exposure needed for people to become infected with Covid-19. In the effort called ’Human Challenge Programme,’ which includes the Imperial College London, researchers will infect young adult volunteers with no underlying health conditions with the virus via their nose.
Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives said that the White House and the Democrats have moved a step closer to a coronavirus stimulus agreement ahead of her Tuesday afternoon call with Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary. The two sides still remain divided on liability protections for businesses and state and local government relief.