Pelosi, Schumer hit Trump for 'lack' of coronavirus testing plan as testing for disease skyrockets
By Duncan SmithHouse Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are continuing to do all they can to keep Americans panicked about coronavirus even as the outbreak wanes and the CDC finds that the death rate is about the same as an average flu season.On Monday, both signed a letter along with Democrats complaining that the Trump administration doesn't have "a serious plan for increasing testing" for coronavirus.The ridiculous statement comes a day after the Department of Health and Human Services sent to Congress its plan to expand testing for COV...
The National Sentinel
Scott Lauber: Daily testing might be only way for MLB, players to agree on protocol for a 2020 season
PHILADELPHIA — Larry Bowa, 55-year baseball man, had the same reaction as some casual fans when he read reports last weekend that detailed Major League Baseball’s 67-page health and safety protocols for a potential 2020 season.Gulp.No saunas or hydrotherapy tubs in the training room? No high-fives or fist bumps? Limited or no use of indoor batting cages? No fraternizing with players on opposing teams? No showering at the ballpark?“I read all those rules and everything and I want to be optimistic, but … ,” Bowa, the former Phillies shortstop, coach and manager, said by phone this week. “I’d be ...
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Watch: Trump Calls U.S. COVID-19 Infections ‘A Badge Of Honor’
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that he views the U.S. number of COVID-19 cases as “a badge of honor” during his first cabinet meeting since the virus outbreak in the U.S.When asked by a reporter to comment on the fact that the U.S. has now reached the largest number of coronavirus cases in the world, the president said that he saw it as a positive thing.“So if you’re testing 14 million people, you’re gonna find many more cases,” he said, referencing the number of tests performed nationwide.“Many of these people aren’t very sick,” Trump said, “but they still go down as a case.” The p...
Coronavirus: More cases reported due to increased testing, DHA chief says
Dubai: Increased testing, especially in high-risk areas, has resulted in a higher number of cases being reported, but the situation is well in control, a senior health official said on Thursday.Humaid Al Qutami, director-general of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was addressing media during a virtual press conference.“The ratio of new infections to recoveries is stable. Our fatalities and critical cases are much lower than the global average,” he said, adding that mobile testing units have been organised to reach homes, workplaces and worker accommodations.Each bus can carry out 1,000 tests per d...
Covid-19: Long queues at borders as government rolls out testing
Testing truck drivers for Covid-19 using Genexpert machines has caused delays and long queues at borders since their results are released before they enter the country.The rapid testing system is one of the new measures aimed at reducing the spread of the pandemic.Previously, truck drivers would enter the country before their results are released which increased community infections.By yesterday, Uganda had registered a total of 260 cases, majority of which are from truck drivers from neighbouring countries.Mr Peter Mugisha, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, said although testing truc...
Designated hospitals, broad testing can ‘curtail outbreak in Jilin’
A medical worker collects a throat swab of a resident at a residential community in Shulan, northeast China's Jilin Province, May 16, 2020. Jilin reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, local health authorities said Saturday. The provincial health commission said the two domestically transmitted cases were close contacts of earlier confirmed cases in the cities of Jilin and Shulan.Photo:XinhuaHealth authorities in Northeast China's Jilin city on Tuesday said that they have designated two hospitals with about 1,300 beds in total for COVID-19 patients in the city and Shulan, which i...
Hunterdon County looking for more COVID-19 testing kits, asking N.J. for help
Hunterdon County has offered COVID-19 testing over the course of the last month at a joint site, but the county needs more test kits and is asking the state for help.“The county’s Office of Emergency Management recently submitted a request to the State OEM for 5,000 more COVID-19 test kits, in addition to the 5,000 requested in mid-March," Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren said. "The federal government has said New Jersey is in line to receive hundreds of thousands of test kits, but Hunterdon County has yet to see one from the state.”Hunterdon and Somerset County ca...
No mass testing? Opposition groups ask what was 2-month lockdown for
The lack of a concrete mass COVID-19 testing program — even after a two-month lockdown over Luzon and other areas — only proves that the government has misplaced priorities, opposition groups said on Tuesday.Progressive organizations from the Makabayan bloc and other activist groups said that the recent remarks from Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who admitted that mass testing would be left to the private sector, is just a way for Malacañang to wash its hands from the responsibility of fighting the pandemic.According to Makabayan, whose members include lawmakers from party-list groups ...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Wuhan’s massive COVID-19 testing to eliminate fear: govt
Medical staff in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei Province, conduct a COVID-19 nucleic acid test on a teacher (right) of the graduating class in a local middle school on Saturday. There are 909 teachers and school employees in the county who must show negative test results before being allowed to resume work on Monday, when local ninth graders go back to school. Photo: cnsphotoThe Wuhan government on Saturday said its citywide testing aims to eliminate fear and discrimination of COVID-19 among its residents, while the cost, which was estimated at 1 billion yuan by some analysts, will be sho...
Mass testing to ease fears, Wuhan official says
By ZOU SHUO in Wuhan | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-05-18 07:31Mass nucleic acid testing of all residents in Wuhan for novel coronavirus infection will ease people's fears about the virus and help to fully restore economic and social order in the city, a Wuhan health commission official said.Authorities in Wuhan launched a campaign to test all residents for novel coronavirus to quickly identify asymptomatic infections and prevent further transmission, the official said on Saturday.It will help reassure people in Wuhan and promote a safe environment for the city to fully resume work, production,...