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86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19 -

86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19The mother and three sons all died within days of each other, the New Orleans Coroner's Office confirmed.

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:34:19 -0400

Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods -

Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoodsBlack Chicagoans account for 70% of coronavirus deaths, despite making up 30% of the population.

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:32:08 -0400

China lifts Wuhan travel ban, Britain, NY report record deaths -

China lifts Wuhan travel ban, Britain, NY report record deathsChina lifted a travel ban on Tuesday on residents of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic began last year, and reported no new deaths, but the situation remained grim elsewhere as Britain and New York State recorded their highest number of fatalities yet. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in intensive care, meanwhile, after being admitted to a London hospital on Monday evening, 10 days after being diagnosed with the virus. The shocking hospitalization of a major world leader underscored the global reach of COVID-19, which has put more than four billion people -- over half of the planet -- on some form of lockdown, upended societies and battered economies worldwide.

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:21:09 -0400

Brazil says China will help ensure medical supplies for coronavirus -

Brazil says China will help ensure medical supplies for coronavirusBrazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said he spoke to China's ambassador to Brazil on Tuesday and the embassy will help ensure fulfillment of Chinese medical supplies to fight coronavirus. Mandetta told reporters that Brazil faces a "serious problem" when it comes to availability of ventilators as confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus rose to 13,717 in the country, with deaths rising to 667, the first time fatalities have exceeded 100 in 24 hours.

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:04:18 -0400

Wisconsin Voters Defy Stay-at-Home Orders With Polls Open -

Wisconsin Voters Defy Stay-at-Home Orders With Polls Open(Bloomberg) -- Wisconsin voters defied stay-at-home orders and waited for hours to cast ballots in the first state to hold an in-person election since the coronavirus pandemic shut down most public spaces.Although at least a dozen states have delayed primaries or switched to vote-by-mail since the outbreak, similar attempts by Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, were stymied by Republican opposition and rulings from the conservative majorities on the state and U.S. Supreme Courts.Democratic front-runner Joe Biden and rival Bernie Sanders were at the top of the ticket with 87 delegates at stake in the presidential primary fight. Biden, who has a near-insurmountable lead over Sanders, is expected to win the state handily.But there were state and local offices on the ballot, which may have triggered the unusual insistence by the state GOP leaders to proceed with the voting on Tuesday.Democrats have accused the state’s Republicans of political motives in refusing to delay the vote, saying that lower turnout caused by the pandemic would help ensure that a Republican incumbent candidate for the state Supreme Court, Daniel Kelly, would be re-elected to a 10-year term, cementing his party’s 5-2 majority.But Republicans countered that voting rules shouldn’t be changed so soon before an election and called attempts to loosen them by the governor and a federal judge a constitutional overreach.Candidates Weigh InThe state court race bled over into the presidential race, with Biden endorsing Kelly’s challenger, Jill Karofsky. President Donald Trump urged voters to “get out and vote” for Kelly, whom he said would defend gun rights.“Wisconsin, get out and vote NOW for Justice Daniel Kelly. Protect your 2nd Amendment!” he tweeted.Neither the Biden nor Trump campaigns weighed in on holding the primary, though Sanders called for delaying it last week, saying “people should not be forced to put their lives on the line to vote.”And the election led to renewed calls among congressional Democrats for national legislation to address the pandemic’s effects on voting. It’s likely that there will be court challenges to the results, which in a twist, won’t be announced until Monday.“An election that forces voters to choose between protecting their health and casting their ballot is not a free and fair election,” said Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, who chairs the Committee on House Administration.Biden, however, has argued that voting in the primary would be safe, even though he has said that the Democratic National Convention slated for this summer in Milwaukee might need to be held virtually.“A convention having tens of thousands of people in one arena is very different than having people walk into a polling booth with accurate spacing with six to 10 feet apart, one at a time going in, and having the machines scrubbed down,” he said.Court ChallengesThe fight over how to hold the primary continued right up to Monday, when the state Supreme Court blocked Evers from postponing the election by executive order and the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court’s ruling that would have extended absentee voting by a week.The nation’s highest court divided along ideological lines, with the five Republican appointees in the majority. In an unsigned opinion, they said the district judge’s order would “fundamentally alter the nature of the election by allowing voting for six additional days after the election.” The court’s four Democratic appointees dissented, saying the rights of tens of thousands of people would be affected.Voting rights experts agreed, saying the changes effectively disenfranchised thousands of voters who didn’t want to risk contagion at polling places and sought absentee ballots after Evers ordered Wisconsinites to stay at home in a state that had 2,440 cases and 84 deaths as of Monday.“It’s a colossal failure,” said Wendy Weiser, vice president for democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School.No ‘I Voted’ StickersWith many poll workers choosing to stay home, some towns and cities in Wisconsin drastically cut the number of polling places, while Evers called out the National Guard to help balloting. Each voter received his or her own pen to mark ballots and “I voted” stickers were eliminated.Milwaukee had five polling places open instead of more than 180 that are normally open.Patrick S. Tomlinson, a science fiction author who lives in Milwaukee, spotted a long line at the Riverside University High School polling station in Milwaukee Tuesday morning. He said it took 10 minutes to walk from the front to the end of the line, in part because voters were keeping the recommended six feet apart from one another.“It was massive,” he said. “I’ve been voting in every election since moving to Milwaukee eight and a half years ago, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”Erik Forkin, 23, a software developer in Madison, said that about half of the poll workers at his voting place in a senior center weren’t wearing masks or protective gear.“That seems problematic when they’re dealing with hundreds of people,” he said.Andrew Hitt, head of the Wisconsin Republican Party, blamed municipalities for the lines at some polling places.“Cities that have long waiting times to vote could have opened a sufficient number of locations to prevent long lines,” he said. “Local elected officials and election planners need to answer to their constituents as to why they’ve chosen not to use resources at their disposal when the vast majority of polling locations across the state are running smoothly.”Milwaukee county clerk George Christenson said he was still upset that the election was being held at all, saying it was putting voters’ lives at risk.“This election is being conducted as safely as possible, but there is no 100% guarantee that people will not be affected or harmed health-wise,” he said.(Adds delegates at stake in third paragraph, detail throughout)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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