Biden Covid advisor warns Thanksgiving travel is like ‘pouring gasoline on a fire’

first_imgGounder’s comment came after the U.S. hit another record high in daily new cases, reporting more than 150,000 new Covid cases on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of daily new infections now stands at 131,445, 32% higher than a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.Public health officials and infectious disease experts are worried about the next few months of the pandemic. The approaching holidays are setting the country up for a lethal winter and spring since hospitalizations and deaths lag newly diagnosed infections by a few weeks, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto, said in a recent interview.“The upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s create the potential for innumerable super-spreading events across the country,” he said. “This has the potential to introduce and reintroduce the virus to new areas and to further exacerbate community transmission.”- Advertisement – A member of President-elect Joe Biden‘s coronavirus task force on Friday urged Americans to avoid traveling over Thanksgiving, saying it would only make the pandemic in the United States worse.“Right now we have a fire blazing and to me traveling and spending time with people over the holidays is sort of like pouring gasoline on a fire,” Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of Biden Covid-19 advisory board, said during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “It’s just not a good idea in the middle of a pandemic, especially at this juncture.”- Advertisement – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been warning about the risks of celebrating Thanksgiving this year, saying small household gatherings, especially with people you don’t live with, are an important contributor to the rise in Covid-19 cases. The agency said celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses the lowest risk for spread.In New York, where cases are on the rise again, Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged all residents to not travel out of the state for the holiday due to the risk of bringing back the disease.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said last month that his kids won’t be coming home for Thanksgiving this year due to fear of possibly spreading the coronavirus.- Advertisement – “My Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year,” he said in an interview with CBS News on Oct. 14. “I would love to have it with my children, but my children are in three separate states throughout the country and in order for them to get here, they would all have to go to an airport, get on a plane and travel with public transportation.”Gounder also said Friday that it’s going to be a while before a vaccine is widely distributed, asking Americans to continue wearing masks, washing their hands and maintaining their distance from others.“Those measures really remain at the center of the response here,” she said.–CNBC’s Will Feuer contributed to this report. – Advertisement –last_img read more

8 Indonesians with COVID-19 in Japan have recovered: Foreign Ministry

first_imgEight out of nine Indonesian citizens who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan have completely recovered, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.”Eight have recovered, one is stable,” the ministry announced on its official Twitter account, @Kemlu_RI.The nine Indonesians are crew members of the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in the port of Yokohama. The remaining 68 Indonesian crew members who have been tested negative in Japan have returned to the country. However, one of them later tested positive for COVID-19. He has since recovered after being treated in Persahabatan Hospital’s isolation room in East Jakarta for several days.On Wednesday afternoon, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director-general, Achmad Yurianto, said the patient, known as Case 6, had been allowed to go home.Read also: ‘We didn’t know’: Bali authorities in the dark as COVID-19 patient dies on resort island “Case 14, a 50-year-old woman, and Case 6, a Diamond Princess cruise ship crew member [were discharged]. They were tested twice. The results came back negative,” Yuri said.According to data from the Foreign Ministry, 16 Indonesians abroad have tested positive for COVID-19 as per Thursday.Besides the nine Diamond Princess crew members who are currently in Japan, five Indonesians are being hospitalized in Singapore. One has recovered, three are in stable condition and one is being treated in the intensive care unit.Two other Indonesians infected by the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalized in Taiwan and Australia; both are in stable condition.On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially categorized COVID-19 as a pandemic.As of Thursday, real-time data from the Foreign Ministry showed 118,326 confirmed cases worldwide. Italy reported the highest number of infections outside of China, with 10,149 cases, followed by Iran with 8,042 and South Korea with 7,755.Meanwhile, Indonesia’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 34 as per Wednesday. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Poland to quit treaty on violence against women, minister says

first_imgTopics : Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and its coalition partners closely align themselves with the Catholic Church and promote a conservative social agenda. Hostility to gay rights was one of the main issues promoted by President Andrej Duda during a successful re-election campaign this month.On Friday, thousands of people, mostly women, protested in Warsaw and other cities against proposals to reject the treaty.”The aim is to legalize domestic violence,” Marta Lempart, one of the protest organizers said on Friday at a march in Warsaw. Some protesters carried banners saying “PiS is the women’s hell”.PiS has long complained about the Istanbul Convention, which Poland ratified under a previous centrist government in 2015. The government says the treaty is disrespectful towards religion and requires teaching liberal social policies in schools, although in the past it has stopped short of a decision to quit.Ziobro, the justice minister, represents a smaller right-wing party within the ruling coalition. A government spokesman was not available on Saturday for comment on whether Ziobro’s announcement of plans to quit the treaty represented a collective cabinet decision.The World Health Organization says domestic violence has surged this year in Europe during months of lockdown aimed at fighting the coronavirus. Poland will take steps next week to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women, which the right-wing cabinet says violates parents’ rights by requiring schools to teach children about gender, the justice minister said on Saturday.Zbigniew Ziobro told a news conference his ministry would submit a request to the labor and families ministry on Monday to begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty, known as the Istanbul Convention.”It contains elements of an ideological nature, which we consider harmful,” Ziobro said.last_img read more

England smash 444/3 vs Pakistan, record highest ever ODI score

first_imgEngland smashed a world record-breaking 444-3 against Pakistan in their third one-day international on Tuesday, after opening batsman Alex Hales hit England’s highest individual ODI score with 171. (Scorecard)Hales struck 22 fours and four sixes in a 122-ball blitz at his home ground in Trent Bridge, beating Robin Smith’s 23-year-old England record of an unbeaten 167 against Australia.444 reasons why this is England’s best ever group of One Day Cricketers…… Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 30, 2016BUTTLER HITS ENGLAND’S FASTEST FIFTYJos Buttler (90 not out) also punished Pakistan’s bowlers by notching England’s fastest-ever ODI half century in just 22 balls. Captain Eoin Morgan, who won the toss and opted to bat, profited from a dropped catch to remain unbeaten on 57.Together with Joe Root (85), who hit his third successive half century of the series, Hales added 248 runs off 190 balls as England bettered the previous world record of 443-9, set by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in 2006, when Buttler hit a four off the last ball.Highest ODI totals:444/3 England vs. Pakistan, Nottingham, 2016443/9 Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands, Amstelveen, 2006439/2 South Africa vs. West Indies, Johannesburg, 2015438/4 South Africa vs. India, Mumbai, 2015438/9 South Africa vs. Australia, Johannesburg, 2006434/4 Australia vs. South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006418/5 South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, Potchefstroom, 2006418/5 India vs. West Indies, Indore, 2011417/6 Australia vs. Afghanistan, Perth, 2015414/7 India vs. Sri Lanka, Rajkot, 2009last_img read more