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Congress leaders and White House officials return to the negotiating table this week with a $ 1 trillion package of stimulus checks, unemployment benefit awards and relief for small businesses hanging in the balance.
All fighters agree that some progress has been made in the talks on Saturday, but none spoke optimistically of an agreement coming soon. Among the main critical points: what will replace the $ 600 per week bonus for unemployment that expired last week. The bonus more than doubled the unemployment checks issued to tens of millions of Americans left unemployed by months of pandemic-led recession.
“We have looked at a long list of political issues on our side and on their side,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “As we have suggested in the past, there is clearly a subset of problems in which we both strongly agree.”
In Australia, the sprawling city of Melbourne was effectively secured on Sunday in the midst of a spiraling outbreak. In Berlin, despite an increase in cases, thousands marched to end restrictions on the coronavirus and the requirements of the “muzzle mask”.
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Texas physician fighting “war against COVID and a war against stupidity”
Texas, fighting a spike in coronavirus cases, set a state record for deaths in a week with 1,875. At least one of the state’s leading doctors is shocked by the public’s reluctance to wear masks, practice social estrangement and participate in the battle to stop the pandemic.
“I’m practically fighting two wars,” said Dr. Joseph Varon to NBC News in Houston. “A war against COVID and a war against stupidity. And the problem is the first, I have some hope of winning. But the second is becoming increasingly difficult.”
Varon, medical director of the United Memorial Medical Center, said that although science and common sense dictate some of the measures, “people simply don’t listen across the country.”
“The thing that annoys me the most is that we continue to do our best to save these people, and then we get another group of people who are doing exactly what we are telling them not to do,” Varon said.
Productive discussion “but no deal on $ 1 trillion stimulus package
Republicans and Democrats agreed that progress was made on Saturday during deliberations on a new stimulus deal to combat the impacts of the coronavirus, a positive point in what was an otherwise full week of negotiations. The group spent days trying to reconcile priorities for what would be a fifth round of stimulus funding, considered crucial to keeping the economy afloat until the pandemic stops.
“We are not yet close, but it has been a productive discussion and now both sides know where they are,” said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., after meeting with President of the Chamber Nancy Pelosi, Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
– Jason Lalljee
Struggles in Australia, the Melbourne area declared a “state of disaster”
The Australian state of Victoria declared a “state of disaster” on Sunday and instituted severe restrictions aimed at curbing a wave of COVID-19 cases. An evening curfew has been implemented across Melbourne from 20:00. at 5 am, the authorities also announced 671 new coronavirus cases detected since Saturday, including seven deaths. Melbourne residents, a city of about 5 million people, will be able to shop and exercise only 3 miles from their homes. All students across the state will return to home learning and childcare centers will be closed.
“We cannot allow this to drag on. And I am sure everyone would prefer to deal with it as quickly and decisively as possible,” said Premier Premier Dan Andrews. “And the only way to do it is to rip the patch, go faster – and do it now.”
The MLB launcher suffers from heart ailments after recovery from COVID-19
Major League Baseball, which struggles to continue its shortened season amidst coronavirus outbreaks, took another hit when the Boston Red Sox announced that pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has finished for the season. Rodriguez, 27, had tested positive for coronavirus before the Boston summer camp began. He was allowed to return to team training on July 18, but was not activated because he developed myocarditis – a heart condition – after recovering from COVID-19. The team says Rodriguez should fully recover. Rodriguez said on July 19 that his attack with the coronavirus had left him feeling “100 years old”.
“I’ve never been so sick in my life and I don’t want to get sick anymore,” he said.
The FDA list of dangerous hand sanitizers exceeds 100
The list of Food and Drug Administration hand sanitizers to avoid because they can contain methanol continues to grow. The FDA’s “non-use list of hazardous hand sanitizers” now includes 101 varieties of hand sanitizers that should be avoided – some that have already been recalled and others recommended products for recalls. Methanol is a toxic substance if absorbed through the skin or ingested.
The FDA says it has seen an increase in the number of “adverse events, including blindness, cardiac effects, effects on the central nervous system, hospitalizations and death, mainly related to poison control centers and state health departments”.
– Kelly Tyko
Louisiana twice ravaged by COVID-19
A powerful rebound of COVID-19 infections in Louisiana is hitting the state harder than its first wave in the spring, making it the only state in the nation to experience two devastating peaks of the virus, an analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. The state conducts COVID-19 in per capita cases, continuing to also surpass Florida, Arizona and New York, where dramatic peaks of the virus have occurred since the outbreak in March.
Louisiana’s experience with COVID-19 offers insight into how a state that has adopted rigorous shutdown measures to limit the rapid spread of the virus may initially experience a more expansive increase after reopening. It also reveals how the course of the pandemic can evolve into a state, penetrating new areas relatively untouched by the first cycle of infections.
– William Taylor Potter and Michael Stucka, USA TODAY Network
The FDA authorizes tests that estimate the amount of antibodies in the blood
The United States Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first two COVID-19 antibody tests that can estimate the amount of antibodies in a patient’s blood known as “semi-quantitative” tests. Scientists still don’t know whether or how many antibodies can provide immunity from COVID-19 or for how long. But the new tests could be useful to scientists as they continue to learn more about the significance of the existence of antibodies, said Dr. Tim Stenzel, of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
“Patients should not interpret the results as if they tell them they are immune or have any level of immunity from the virus,” said Stenzel.
Thousands of people march along the ‘Friedrichstrasse’ during the demonstration against crown measures in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday 1 August 2020. The “Querdenken 711” initiative called for this. The motto of the event is “The end of the pandemic – Freedom Day”. (Photo: Christoph Soeder, AP)
Thousands of people protest in Berlin against the restrictions of the coronavirus
Thousands of people protested against German restrictions on the coronavirus on Saturday in a Berlin rally that insisted that “the end of the pandemic” has come – a statement that comes just as authorities express growing concerns about an increase in new infections. With few masks in sight, a dense crowd marched through the center of Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate. Protesters from all over the country held homemade placards with slogans such as “Corona, false alarm”, “We are forced to wear a muzzle”, “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “We are the second wave”.
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