Trump spoke with Russia's Putin today, wonder what advice Vladimir gave Donald

Impeached U.S. President Donald Trump spoke today with Russian crimelord Vladimir Putin today, ostensibly to mark the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, but one wonders what other information may have been exchanged, don't one. Read the rest

Nearly 25% of NYC residents have coronavirus antibodies says Gov Cuomo, lockdown to extend past May 15 in parts of New York state

Of the 7,500 people tested statewide for antibodies against coronavirus, 14.9% have tested positive, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press briefing on Monday.

Coronavirus antibodies are reported to be present in almost 25% of all New York City residents, said governor Andrew Cuomo at a press briefing on Monday. Read the rest

Significant undercount in U.S. coronavirus deaths: report

“An analysis of federal data for the first time estimates excess deaths -- the number beyond what would normally be expected -- during that period.” Read the rest

'Please quarantine politicizing COVID,' says Dr. Tedros on Trump, ‘We will have many body bags’

Replying to a question from ScienceInsider about impeached US President Donald Trump's anti-World Heath Organization comments, the WHO's Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus replied, “Please quarantine politicizing COVID.”

“We will have many body bags in front of us if we don’t behave,” Dr. Tedros added. Read the rest

Trump met with Brazil official who has coronavirus

📷 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications secretary, Fabio Wajngarten [RIGHT] instagrammed this selfie of himself hanging out with Trump and Pence before he tested positive for coronavirus.

Bolsonaro's press secretary hung out with Trump and Pence on Saturday and today tested positive for coronavirus.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both met this week with a government official from Brazil who has since tested positive for coronavirus. Read the rest

That time a smallpox outbreak hit Deadwood

'Smallpox comes to Deadwood', a clip from the swearily beloved television series DEADWOOD, via Reddit, as pointed out by Helen Kennedy.

An instructive video for our times.

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As Coronavirus infections near 100,000 worldwide, fear of mass deaths for the poor

The number of people around the world who are infected with the new coronavirus is close to 100,000 as of Friday, according to global health officials.

In the United States, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now 226 in 19 states, including 12 deaths. Read the rest

Screener at Los Angeles airport tests positive for coronavirus, federal officials say

Federal officials say a medical screener at Los Angeles International Airport has tested positive for coronavirus. Read the rest

Amazon says employee in Seattle has coronavirus and remains in quarantine

A person who works at Amazon.com's corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington, has tested positive for COVID-19, said the company. Read the rest

Coronavirus: Wall Street ends worst week since 2008, Dow closes down 350+ points

Recession fears are spreading, along with COVID-19. The coronavirus outbreak and unknowns about preparedness caused massive financial losses this week.

The Dow closed down 350+ points.

The S&P 500 dropped for the seventh day in a row, and posted its biggest drop in a single week since the 2008 financial crisis.

More from Reuters:

The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day on Friday and the benchmark index suffered its biggest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis on growing fears the fast-spreading coronavirus could lead to a recession, although stocks cut losses at the end of the day’s session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 356.88 points, or 1.39%, to 25,409.76, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 24.7 points, or 0.83%, to 2,954.06 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 0.89 points, or 0.01%, to 8,567.37.

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Coronavirus: American soldier in South Korea tests positive, first confirmed U.S. military patient

The U.S. military announced late Tuesday that a U.S.-ROK Armed Forces in Korea soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive for coronavirus.

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Iran says the official who mocked coronavirus fears while coughing and sweating is now infected with coronavirus

The head of Iran's coronavirus government task force who urged the public not to freak out about the epidemic while coughing and sweating profusely has tested positive for the illness himself, authorities said Tuesday. New cases of COVID-19 originating in Iran are now rapidly popping up across the Middle East.

The coughing and heavily sweating Iraj Harirchi told journalists at a televised news conference in Tehran only one day ago that “the situation is almost stable in the country.” Read the rest

China: 116 new coronavirus deaths in Hubei

China's government health commission in Hubei province reported on Friday that the daily death toll from coronavirus rose by 116. Read the rest

CDC coronavirus tests give "inconclusive" results, may not work: officials

The coronavirus test kits distributed to various U.S. states and 30 other countries by the U.S. Centers for disease control may not work, and are feared to deliver results that are at best 'inconclusive,' officials said today.

In the United States, 13 cases of the infection in patients have been confirmed so far. An estimated 850 evacuees who are American have quarantined at military bases after flying from China. Others are self-quarantining at home.

From the New York Times:

The kits were meant to enable states to conduct their own testing and get results faster than they would by shipping samples to the C.D.C. in Atlanta. But the failure of the kits means that states still have to depend on the C.D.C., which will mean several days’ delay in getting results.

The C.D.C. announced last week that it had begun shipping about 200 kits to laboratories in the United States and roughly 200 more to labs in more than 30 other countries. Each kit can test about 700 to 800 specimens from patients, the agency said.

On trial runs in some states, the kits produced results that were “inconclusive,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“Things may not always go as smoothly as we may like,” Dr. Messonnier said.

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Coronavirus Test Kits Sent to States, 30 Countries Are Flawed, C.D.C. Says

PHOTO: CDC.GOV, the tests now seen as flawed:

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

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Jim Bakker selling fake coronavirus cures now

Ex-convict, sex scandalist, and TV evangelist Jim Bakker is at it again. Read the rest

Coronavirus: 'When Fury Overcomes Fear,' a 'Viral Alarm' by Xu Zhangrun

This essay on the Wuhan coronavirus by Xu Zhangrun, translated from the original Chinese and annotated by Geremie R. Barmé on Chinafile.com, is absolutely amazing. I'm grateful it is now available for English-speaking audiences. Read the rest

Chinese President Xi Jinping reappears for a coronavirus photo opp

After 12 days out of sight while the coronavirus death toll surged, Chinese President Xi Jinping finally made a public appearance on Monday. He wore a face mask and a medical worker took his temperature at a “front-line” coronavirus facility in the Chaoyang district of Beijing. Read the rest

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