jarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed at least 13,007 people in the United States.The U.S. is among the worst affected countries, with over 402,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Worldwide, more than 1.4 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and over 85,000 of them have died since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Italy has, by far, the world’s highest death toll — over 17,100.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:1:40 p.m.: New Jersey death toll over 1,500In New Jersey, one of the hardest-hit states, 275 more people died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s death total to 1,504.While Gov. Phil Murphy said the curve appears to be flattening, he also said New Jersey residents are in the “fight of our lives.”Murphy said he is signing an executive order moving the state’s primary from June 2 to July 7.1 p.m.: Curve is flattening in hard-hit New YorkIn New York — the state hit hardest by the pandemic — the curve has flattened so far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.“What we have done and what we are doing is actually working,” the governor said, but he warned, “if we stop what we are doing, you will see that curve change.”If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing the way it is now, the hospital system should stabilize over the next few weeks, he said.However, the death toll is going steadily up, and on Tuesday the state saw the highest single-day death toll yet, with 779 new fatalities, Cuomo said.The number of deaths may continue to rise as those hospitalized for the longest periods pass away, he said.While New York state lost 2,753 lives at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, now the coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 6,000 people in the state, Cuomo said.Cuomo said he is directing all flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of those lost. I am directing flags be flown at half-mast in honor of those we have lost to this vicious virus.They are in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/OT3KCEQkll— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 8, 2020 Cuomo also said all New Yorkers can vote absentee for this primary in June.And as new preliminary data showed the largest percentage of coronavirus deaths in New York City was among Hispanics, the governor called for more testing in minority communities and more data research immediately. 12:15 p.m.: U.K. prime minister remains in intensive care but condition is improvingU.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care at a London hospital with the coronavirus, but his condition is improving, said Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer.Johnson, 55, is sitting up in bed and speaking with doctors, Sunak said Wednesday evening local time.A spokesperson for the prime minister’s office said earlier Wednesday that he was “clinically stable,” was “responding to treatment” and was “in good spirits.”Johnson has been hospitalized since Sunday evening due to “persistent symptoms” of the novel coronavirus. He was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday after his condition “worsened,” according to a statement from his official residence and office, 10 Downing Street.The prime minister has been receiving “standard” oxygen treatment in the ICU and has been breathing without any other assistance.Besides the prime minister, Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, has also tested positive for the virus.Wednesday marked the biggest rise so far in the United Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll, with 938 fatalities in 24 hours.The total number of deaths in the U.K. has now reached 7,097.11:50 a.m.: Mayor tells police to crack down on stay-at-home violators, his wife gets bustedIn Alton, Illinois, amid increased reports of large gatherings, Mayor Brant Walker said on Friday he ordered the local police to “more strictly enforce” the statewide stay-at-home order by using citations.“My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement. She now faces the same consequences for her ill-advised decision as the other individuals who chose to violate the “Stay At Home” order during this incident,” the mayor said in a statement on Monday.“I instructed the Police Chief to treat her as he would any citizen violating the ‘Stay At Home’ order and to ensure that she received no special treatment,” the mayor said. “I am embarrassed by this incident and apologize to the citizens of Alton.”11:20 a.m.: Broadway shows now canceled through June 7Broadway will remain dark in New York City with show closures now extending through June 7.Broadway performances were initially shut down from March 12 to April 12.11:05 a.m.: Nursing home evacuated due to coronavirus outbreak, staff not coming to workEighty-four patients from a Riverside County, California, nursing home will be evacuated to other health care locations Wednesday after employees didn’t come to work for two days amid a coronavirus outbreak there.“For example, one certified nursing assistant of the 13 scheduled showed up to work at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, which prompted Riverside University Health System and Kaiser Permanente to send a total of 33 licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses to care for the residents at the facility,” according to the Riverside University Health System. “Staffing demands, however, require the patients be moved today.”There are 34 known cases of the coronavirus among residents and five cases among employee at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, according to the Riverside University Health System.The number of COVID-19 cases in Riverside County has reached 1,016. At least 28 people in the county have died.10:20 a.m.: NYC’s largest percentage of deaths is among HispanicsIn hard-hit New York City, preliminary data shows the largest percentage of coronavirus deaths is among Hispanics, which New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called “blatant inequality.”Hispanics make up 34% of coronavirus deaths though they make up 29% of the city’s population.Further, African Americans make up 28% of coronavirus deaths, though they make up 22% of the city’s population, the preliminary data shows.“Folks who have struggled before .. are being hit particularly hard,” de Blasio said.Meanwhile, whites make up 27% of deaths and 32% of the population, and Asians make up 7% of deaths and 14% of the population.The breakdown, with 63% reporting, was provided by New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.The mayor said to confront disparities, the city is enacting initiatives including: grassroots outreach such as calling households and robocalls; PSAs focusing on zip codes with the highest positive cases; and PSAs published in 14 different languages.De Blasio also said Wednesday there is an urgent need for surgical gowns. He said New York City has asked the federal government for over 9 million.In better news, the mayor said the city received on Tuesday over 3 million surgical masks, more than 1 million N95 masks and 2 million surgical gloves.And de Blasio said, “for the first time in awhile … we will get through this week” in terms of ventilators. The city has 5,500 ventilators available in hospitals, including 500 received from the state on Tuesday, he said. There are also 135 ventilators in an emergency reserve.9:07 a.m.: UK prime minister remains ‘clinically stable’ in ICUU.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson “remains clinically stable and is responding to treatment,” a spokesperson for his office said Wednesday. “He continues to be cared for in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “He is in good spirits.”Johnson, 55, has been hospitalized at St Thomas’ Hospital in London since Sunday evening due to “persistent symptoms” of the novel coronavirus. He was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday after his condition “worsened,” according to a statement from his official residence and office, 10 Downing Street. The prime minister has been receiving “standard” oxygen treatment in the ICU and has been breathing without any other assistance. “He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support,” Downing Street said.8:20 a.m.: Spain announces plan to gradually ease lockdown measuresSpain reported Wednesday another uptick in infections and fatalities from the novel coronavirus. The Spanish Ministry of Health recorded 757 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 14,555 — a nearly 5.5% jump. There were also 6,180 new diagnosed cases, bringing the national tally to 146,690 — a 4.4% increase.But that hasn’t stopped the Spanish government from announcing plans to gradually lift the lockdown measures across the country. Spain’s finance minister and government spokesperson, Maria Jesus Montero, said at a press conference Tuesday night that “citizens will be able to get back to their normal life” starting April 26. On March 14, Spain formally declared a state of emergency and issued stay-at-home orders to combat the country’s virus outbreak. A group of experts are drawing up clear guidance for the ease of restrictions, which will be made readily accessible to the public and communicated by government officials.7:18 a.m.: US may investigate WHO’s handling of pandemic, official saysDr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, indicated Wednesday that the United States would investigate the World Health Organization’s handling of the pandemic before deciding whether to withhold its funding to the United Nations’ health agency. “We’ve done that before with previous outbreaks and previous issues that have occurred at WHO,” Birx told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.During a press briefing Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump blamed the WHO for getting “every aspect” of the novel coronavirus pandemic wrong and threatened to freeze American funding.The Geneva-based international body started sounding the alarm over the outbreak in China in mid-January and then designated it a global health emergency on Jan. 30. On March 11, the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic after the virus had spread to every continent except Antartica. “In the history of the United States and the World Health Organization, we have had times when we’ve done really in-depth analysis of what has happened. When the president said he was holding funds, he didn’t say he was restricting and keeping funds permanently away, but instead said, let’s investigate what happened,” Birx said. “I think that the president wants to complete an investigation of what happened during this current outbreak.” “Believe me, they already have their continuation funds from last year,” she added. “So this is a year-by-year commitment to the WHO, this is our required commitment. There’s also voluntary commitments that we’ve made to the WHO through history, including over the last couple of years for HIV, malaria, TB, so a whole series of diseases.” The United States is, by far, the single largest financial contributor to the WHO.Birx said the White House coronavirus task force is currently concerned about the metro areas of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. potentially becoming the next hotspots of the country’s outbreak. “All of our previous areas seem to be steady at least,” she added. ” And then certainly we’re looking very carefully at California and Washington [state] to really understand how they’ve been able as a community of Americans to mitigate so well.” Birx said they hope to roll out an antibody test “within the next 10 or 14 days” that can detect how many Americans have already had the virus but were asymptomatic. “This makes a very big difference in really understanding who can go back to work and how they can go back to work,” she said. “So all of those pieces need to come together over the next couple of weeks.”3 a.m.: China lifts lockdown in city where pandemic beganChinese authorities have lifted a months-long lockdown on Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus pandemic began.The very first cases of the novel coronavirus were detected in Wuhan back in December. The city of 11 million people went on lockdown on Jan. 23 in an effort to control the spread of the virus, the first in the world to do so.The bulk of the Chinese mainland’s nearly 82,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 3,300 deaths have been reported in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province. However, the strict travel restrictions in the city have been gradually eased in recent weeks as the number of new infections continuously declined.The final restrictions on outbound travel were lifted Wednesday. Thousands of people streamed out of the city via car, train and plane.China’s National Health Commission on Wednesday reported no new cases in Wuhan nor the greater Hubei province, though questions have been raised over the accuracy of China’s figures. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Daniel O’Donnell has revealed how he suffered from exhaustion in the 1990s. The Kincasslagh man, 57, said he was doing ‘simply too much work’ as he shared the most important things he’s learnt through his life speaking to the Irish Mirror.He said: “In the 1990s I suffered exhaustion. I think it was simply too much work – I was over-extending myself. I was hoarse and just couldn’t get singing. Maybe we have an in-built mechanism that saves us from things, and the only way to make me stop was for my voice to go.That’s what I needed. I took time out – I went to a singing teacher and also to a gym, which I hated, so that didn’t continue!It took me a while to build up again, but I learnt from it. Before that, I would go to the opening of an envelope.“Now I limit what I do.” However, that hasn’t stopped the 57-year-old from releasing a new album with over 60 tracks!“My new album Halfway To Paradise contains 60 tracks over 3 CDs, with tributes to The Beatles, Elvis and Cliff Richard.“The music is very much from the rock ‘n’ roll 50s and 60s.”The Donegal sensation also revealed the love for Donegal’s Mary From Dungloe Festival.“I grew up in Donegal and I enjoy what this area offers. This is where I live and this is where I became what I am. “It’s a rural community and I know all the people and they know me. I’m in the country and by the sea – the Atlantic Ocean is just in front of me.“It’s beautiful. I love getting involved in local community events, and I get as much pleasure singing for 10 people at a local festival as I do for 1,000 in a concert hall.“I take part in the Mary From Dungloe Festival every year. My wife Majella and I dressed up…“I don’t even know what we were supposed to be, it was just something they gave us – maybe a prince and princess. “We were on a float waving to everyone and Olivia, my four-year-old granddaughter, came on the float with us for a bit.“My greatest passion in life is my family.“Majella has two kids, who have been such a joy to me.“Siobhan now has children of her own – Olivia and 18-month-old Archie, and I chat to them on WhatsApp every day.“I know it’s not the same as a hug, but God it’s great to see them and for them to see us.“We’re lucky they don’t live too far away, so we physically see them too.”‘I was over-extending myself’ – Daniel O’Donnell reveals how he suffered from exhaustion was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
19 August 2009 Fourth-quarter growth expected The main contributors to the second-quarter decrease in economic activity were the manufacturing industry (-1.6 percentage points), and the wholesale and retail trade and hotels and restaurants industry (-0.6 of a percentage point). “It is expected to stabilise next quarter, and move back into growth by the fourth quarter, making it unlikely that the full-year decline will be as bad as the two percent plus that more pessimistic economists had predicted,” the business daily said. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2009 decreased by an annualised rate of three percent compared to the first quarter’s 6.4%,” Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. Business Day said on Wednesday that when the year’s first-half figures were compared with those of last year, economic growth was down by only two percent. This was despite the South African Reserve Bank having cut interest rates by a cumulative five percent since December last year. Consumers ‘reluctant to spend’ Construction, mining growth While South Africans had more disposable income following the rate cuts, they were either still reluctant to spend or were servicing their debts, Stats SA’s Kedibone Mokone told Business Report. South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth contracted by three percent in the second quarter of 2009, indicating that the economy is still in recession, but with signs that a recovery is in sight. Stats SA said the increase in mining and quarrying in the second quarter was due to an increase in the mining of other metal ores, including platinum, and other mining and quarrying, including diamonds. Analysts interviewed by Business Report said the GDP data suggested that South Africa’s economy was still struggling, despite the easing in monetary policy. Industries that contributed to positive second-quarter growth included construction (+0.5% of a percentage point), general government services and mining and quarrying (each contributing +0.3% of a percentage point), as well as personal services (0.1% of a percentage point), Stats SA reported. “The data backs up suggestions from Central Bank governor Tito Mboweni and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that any recovery in South Africa’s economy will lag others, after several developed countries recorded second-quarter growth,” the paper said. The finance, real estate and business services, and the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries also contributed to the drop in GDP growth. Mining and quarrying were among the main contributors to the first-quarter GDP contraction. Nedbank economist Nicky Weimer told BuaNews that the figure had been expected by the market. “Overall it is still a weak number,” Weimer said. “However, the good news is that the contraction is at a slower pace.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The new Harare library boasts featuressuch as a gaming room, study hall andearly childhood development centre. Children up to six years of age are givena bright and cheerful environment inwhich to learn.(Image: Central Library, Cape Town) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nazeem Hardy Library and Information Services +27 21 400 3933 or +27 84 888 8408 RELATED ARTICLES • Soweto’s state-of-the-art library • Rhodes opens R75m library • SA peresent at Timbuktu unveiling • Poor schools score textbooks • BMX glory for Khayelitsha teenMark ReidThe cutting-edge Harare Library, which serves the Cape Town community of Khayelitsha, opened to the public in June. Response to the new facility, said the City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Services Department, has been enthusiastic and positive.Harare Library is just one component in the city management’s Violence Protection through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) plan, which is targeted at making Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s most poverty stricken areas, and a notorious crime hotspot, into a safe place for its residents.Currently budgeted at R120-million (US$18-million), the VPUU is funded by the City of Cape Town, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation and Development, and the German Development Bank.The programme is expected to take five years to complete, and will address issues such as lack of access to basic services, adequate schooling and economic opportunities, which are just a few of the factors that contribute to the instability of the area.The VPUU, which was implemented in 2005, aims to tackle crime and violence by providing better social and commercial services, strengthening community structures, and getting residents more involved in their suburb.The opening of the new library, which is designed to be eco-friendly with natural ventilation and efficient use of daylight, follows the creation of other public VPUU facilities in the suburb. These include two community buildings, a new park, and a school sports complex.A Carnegie Foundation grant made it possible to stock Harare Library with quality content, in both print and digital formats.Other exciting features of the library include a teen area with a giant chess board, a gaming room, free internet, and Wii consoles on which educational and fun activities can be enjoyed.In just four days, said a City statement, more than 2 400 people had passed through the doors of the Harare Library.Serving residents of all agesAt 1 800 square metres, Cape Town’s newest library is part of a multi-purpose centre that includes not only the library but also offices for community groups such as NGOs.The modern facility provides normal services such as access to books, magazines, DVDs and videos, but is unique among libraries in the city in that it also has a specialised early childhood development centre, a computer centre with more public access computers than anywhere else in Cape Town, a study hall and a number of meeting rooms.The early childhood development centre is known as Funda Udlale and caters for children up to the age of six. Toddlers are given access to books, soft toys, game facilities and educational computers, which allows them to learn specific skills and take part in role-playing.The facilities are also available to crèches and day care centres in the area, who are encouraged to bring their children into a bright and stimulating environment. Also on offer for the tots are an artificial grass playing area and a blackboard that covers an entire wall.