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Israel set to enter extraordinary second lockdown as COVID-19 outbreak surges to highest levels yet

Israel is set to enter a second nationwide shutdown after a major surge in COVID-19 cases.

The country initially reopened in May, but is now set to enter its second lockdown beginning on Friday.

What are the details?

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an inner cabinet of ministers approved the latest three-week lockdown late on Sunday, which will take place during Jewish high holy days.

“The plan is subject to the final approval of the full cabinet on Sunday and faces opposition from some ministers,” Bloomberg reported.

The outlet noted that “[s]everal ultra-Orthodox lawmakers have threatened to pull out of Netanyahu’s brittle coalition if the government goes ahead with a lockdown during the holiday season, which begins Sept. 18 and lasts about three weeks.”

Cases in May reportedly rose from five confirmed infections to more than 4,000 over the last week, according to the outlet, bringing new infections per capita close to the worst levels in the world.

Reuters reported that Israelis Israelis will be required to stay within 500 meters of their homes, and can only travel to workplaces that have been previously approved to continue operations.

“Schools and shopping malls will be closed but supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open,” the news organization added. “The public sector will operate with fewer staff, but non-governmental offices and businesses will not have to close, as long as they do not accept customers.”

Additionally, indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, with no more than 20 people congregating in one place outdoors.

“I know those measures will exact a heavy price on us all,” Netanyahu said during a televised address, according to Financial Times. “This is not the kind of holiday we are used to. And we certainly won’t be able to celebrate with our extended families.”

According to Yedioth Ahronoth, Netanyahu added, “We were warned of a spike in serious cases that could result in a number of deaths we have not seen before. [T]he winter that is nearing may see seasonal flu added to the coronavirus case load so we must take steps in advance.”

What else?

At the time of this reporting, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 156,823 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Israel, with at least 1,126 deaths attributed to the virus.

The outlet claimed that May’s “botched reopening of the economy” sent COVID-19 infections “soaring.”

The new shutdown could continue to devastate the economy.

According to Bloomberg, the country’s finance ministry chief on Thursday estimated that a four-week lockdown would cost the nation’s economy approximately $4.4 billion.


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Inmates intentionally catch coronavirus to force their release — Sheriff releases video of how they did it

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released video reportedly showing inmates purposely spreading and catching coronavirus in an attempt to force their release.

Villanueva talked about the shocking inmate behavior in a media briefing on Monday.

“It’s sad to think someone deliberately tried to expose themself to COVID-19. As a result of this behavior, from this particular module 21 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 within a week of these videos being taken,” he explained.

The video came from the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic and reportedly shows inmates huddled together and passing a mask around that they hoped would help them become infected.

Villanueva says the spike in coronavirus cases is due to these efforts to purposely spread the virus.

Here’s the video from Villanueva:


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“There was some mistaken belief among the inmate population that if they tested positive, there was a way to force our hand and somehow release more inmates out of our jail environment, and that’s not gonna happen,” Villanueva said according to CBS Los Angeles.

He also indicated that 107 of his employees had tested positive, with 320 quarantined.

Progressive activists are clamoring for inmates to be released over concerns that the crowded conditions in prisons and jails are perfect for a virus to spread quickly and easily.

Sheriff Villanueva made headlines earlier when he expressed worry that many of the criminals he released from jail over the pandemic might go out and start a crime wave in Los Angeles.

Here’s a local news report about the video:


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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany slaps down the media over tough question on coronavirus response

White House press secretary Kayleign McEnany was praised by many over her response to a tough question about her claim that President Donald Trump would not allow coronavirus to reach the United States.

McEnany used the question to close out the media briefing on Wednesday.

“Um, Kayleigh, in a previous life before you were press secretary, you worked for the campaign, and you made a comment I believe on Fox in which you said President Trump will not allow the coronavirus to come to this country,” said Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason.

“Given what has happened since then, obviously, would you like to take that back?” he asked.

“Well, first let me note I was asked a question on Fox Business about president’s travel restrictions. I noted what was the intent behind those travel restrictions, which is, we will not see the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here, referring to an earlier set of travel restrictions,” answered McEnany.

“I guess I would turn the question back on the media and ask similar questions,” she continued.

“Does Vox want to take back that they proclaimed that the coronavirus would not be a deadly pandemic? Does the Washington Post want to take back that they told Americans to get a grip, the flu is bigger than the coronavirus?” she asked.

“Does the Washington Post likewise want to take back that our brains are causing us to exaggerate the threat of the coronavirus? Does the New York Times want to take back fear of the virus may be spreading faster than the virus itself?” McEnany continued.

“Does NPR want to take back that the flu was a much bigger than the coronavirus? And finally, once again the Washington Post, would they like to take back that the government should not respond aggressively to the coronavirus?” she added.

“I’ll leave you with those questions, and maybe you’ll have some answers in a few days!” McEnany concluded cheerfully.

Critics of the administration accused McEnany of employing “whataboutism” to duck the difficult question, while critics of the media praised her for being prepared to use headlines of the mainstream media against them.

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Joe Scarborough tells Trump to ‘take a rest’ and let Pence take over after tweet about past murder conspiracy

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough fired back at President Donald Trump over a tweet that drudged up a decades old murder conspiracy theory against the former Republican congressman.

“I know you meant to be extraordinarily cruel to me by attacking me, by bringing up a conspiracy theory that has lived in the gutters of the Internet for some time now. But just like the Seth Rich conspiracy murder that was pushed by your allies, you don’t understand the pain you cause,” said Scarborough on his show on Monday.

He was responding to a tweet the president sent early Monday morning.

“‘Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,” tweeted Trump.

“I know him and Crazy Mika well, used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is ‘nuts’. Besides, bad ratings!” he added.

The president was referring to the sudden and surprising death of Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old intern at Scarborough’s offices when he was a United States congressman in 2001. A coroner said that she had passed out from an undiagnosed heart condition and hit her head.

Scarborough fired back at the president that he was causing pain to the family of Klausutis by bringing up her death in such a manner.

“You don’t understand the pain you cause,” said Scarborough, “you cause to families who’ve already lost a loved one. Not me. Not my children. Not anybody that knows me. They know the truth. You once again drag a family through this and make them relive it again, just like Seth Rich’s parents, as if losing a loved one the first time isn’t enough.”

He went on to excoriate the president for tweeting insults and “hateful things” about reporters and others during his working weekend.

“Mr. President, I ask that you get checked out,” Scarborough continued. “I ask that you take a rest. I ask that you take care of yourself, maybe let Mike Pence run things for the rest of the week. You’re not well.”

Here’s the video of Scarborough’s comments:


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China pressured the EU to change a report about their pandemic coverup — and they did

A bombshell report from Reuters documented China’s successful effort to soften a report from the European Union that would describe their “disinformation campaign” about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Reuters report cited four diplomatic sources and was published on Friday.

The sources said that the European report on the Chinese coverup was set to be released on April 21 when Chinese authorities heard about it and persuaded the E.U. to postpone its release and edit its contents.

Reuters reviewed correspondence from a senior Chinese official warning that “if the report is as described and it is released today it will be very bad for cooperation.”

In one example of the changes made, the excised portion of the report clearly blames China for a disinformation campaign:

“China has continued to run a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak of the pandemic and improve its international image. Both overt and covert tactics have been observed.”

In the edited version that was published publicly by the E.U., China’s role is reduced significantly, with the disinformation campaign being attributed to “state-backed sources from various governments, including Russia and – to a lesser extent – China.”

A later note adds the tidbit of “significant evidence of covert Chinese operations on social media.”

Many have accused China of covering up their culpability in the spread of the global pandemic, including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) who said that he believed China seeded cases in other countries in order to maintain their relative global power.

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‘He’s a total faker!’ — Trump comes down hard on reporter asking if he’s putting Americans in danger

President Donald Trump had yet another combative debate with a reporter at his daily coronavirus task force media briefing over whether sunlight could aid in eradicating the virus.

The conflagration flared up when Philip Rucker of the Washington Post asked him if it was irresponsible to talk about sunlight and heat possibly disabling the threat from the coronavirus.

“Mister President, after the presentation that we just saw about the heat and the humidity,” asked Rucker, “is it dangerous for you to make people think they would be safe by going outside in the that, considering that so many people are dying in Florida, considering that this virus has had an outbreak in Singapore, places that are hot and are humid?”

“Yeah here we go, here we go,” Trump interrupted.

“The new headline is Trump asks people to go outside, that’s dangerous, here we go! Same old group!” he smirked.

“You ready? I hope people enjoy the sun. And if it has an impact that’s great. I’m just hearing this, not really for the first time, I mean there’s been a rumor that you know, a very nice rumor, that you go outside in the sun, you have heat, and it does have an effect on other viruses,” the president continued.

“But now we get it from one of the great laboratories of the world, I have to say. Covers a lot more territory than just this, this is probably an easy thing relatively speaking for you,” he said to Dr. Deborah Birx, a coordinator on the coronavirus task force.

Trump was referring to a study by Homeland Security that theorized the virus might be killed by sunlight and heat. The president addressed Birx about the possibility of heat and sunlight helping ward off the coronavirus, but she said she had not heard of anything like that.

“Respectfully sir,” continued Rucker, “you’re the president and people tuning in to these briefings, they want to get information and guidance and want to know what to do, they’re not looking for rumors.”

“Hey, hey Phil,” Trump interrupted again.

“Hey Phil, I’m the president and you’re fake news!” he fired out at the reporter.

“And you know what I’ll say to you? I’ll say it very nicely. I know you well. I know you well. Because I know the guy, I see what he writes, he’s a total faker,” Trump added.

“So, are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready? It’s just a suggestion from a brilliant lab from a very smart, perhaps brilliant, man. He’s talking about sun. He’s talking about heat. And you see the numbers,” he continued.

“So that’s it, that’s all I have, I’m just here to present talent,” the president concluded. “I’m here to present ideas. Because we want ideas to get rid of this thing, and if heat is good, and if sunlight is good, that’s a great thing as far as I’m concerned.”

Other journalists defended Rucker on Twitter from the president’s attacks.

Here’s the video of the briefing encounter:


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Rand Paul returns to Congress after beating coronavirus and gives a fiery speech against ‘draconian’ lockdown

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky excoriated his colleagues in Congress over their efforts to provide relief to Americans while putting the country in debt instead of opening up the economy.

“If you print up billions of dollars and give it to people, they are unlikely to spend it until you end the quarantine,” said Paul in his speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday after returning from his battle with coronavirus.

He went on to point out that there were some studies showing that experts’ predictions of mortality rates from coronavirus could be inaccurate and overblown.

“The virus is still dangerous,” he added, “and we shouldn’t ignore the risks, but we should put those risks in perspective!”

Paul said that these randomized studies show that America can manage the coronavirus without continuing the “draconian” lockdown policies.

Plagued by a lack of commerce, not money

“So today I arise in opposition to spending $500 billion more. The virus bailouts have already cost over two trillion dollars. Our annual deficit this year will approach four trillion dollars!” he said.

“We can’t continue on this course!” Paul added.

“No amount of bailout dollars will stimulate an economy that is being strangled by quarantine!” he exclaimed. “It is not a lack of money that plagues us, but a lack of commerce!”

Paul praised the numerous efforts from Americans to combat the coronavirus pandemic, then returned to the subject of the debt amassed by the relief bills.

“With the recent $2 trillion bailout we are borrowing faster than we have ever borrowed before!” he continued. “Had we practiced sound budgeting in the past, we would have been better, significantly better position to weather this storm.”

He pointed out that the most recent statistics said more than 20 million Americans were unemployed.

“Make no mistake. The massive economic calamity we’re experiencing right now is caused by government. Passing out $1,200 checks indiscriminately, to people who haven’t lost their job, will do nothing to rescue the country!” he explained.

“Our recovery only comes when the quarantine is ended,” Paul added.

‘A terrible terrible conclusion’

Paul said that economists should also weigh in on what the balance should be between fighting a virus and causing harm to the entire economy.

“We need to get past a one size fits all approach to infectious disease!” he said.

Paul also decried the passage of the massive relief bill without a recorded vote.

“I don’t want to see this massive accumulation of debt destroy this great country,” Paul concluded. “So my advice to the Senate and to the American people is, let’s be aware of what we’re doing by creating all this new debt and let’s think before we jump to a terrible terrible conclusion.”

Here’s the video of Paul’s speech:


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Democratic governor admits to not considering the Bill of Rights before banning religious gatherings

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, admitted to Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he didn’t think about the Bill of Rights before issuing an order that has resulted in people being arrested for attending religious gatherings, according to the Daily Caller.

Coronavirus-related state lockdown orders include bans on gatherings of more than 10 people, making most normal religious gatherings impossible. In a heavily Jewish community in New Jersey earlier this month, 15 people were charged for attending an Orthodox Jewish funeral.

Carlson asked Murphy about the potential constitutional considerations of an executive order that hinders religious expression. Murphy, apparently, hadn’t thought about it.

“Now, the Bill of Rights, as you well know, protects Americans’ right, enshrines their right to practice their religion as they see fit and to congregate together, to assemble peacefully,” Carlson said. “By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order? How do you have the power to do that?”

“That’s above my pay grade, Tucker,” Murphy responded. “I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this. We went to all — first of all, we looked at the data and the science …”

“I can tell,” Carlson said.

As Murphy continued to return to the talking points about the need for social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, Carlson acknowledged the public health considerations but continued to press Murphy on the specific question of where he, an elected official, drew the authority to order something that directly contradicts the Bill of Rights by telling people where and how they can worship.

Murphy still didn’t answer that directly, but said he had spoken to religious leaders in the state and that his policies were supported.

“Government’s not allowed to tell people how to worship,” Carlson said.


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WATCH: Mark Levin RIPS media’s Trump-deranged coronavirus coverage: ‘It’s absolutely disgusting’

BlazeTV host Mark Levin compared Australia’s balanced reporting on the coronavirus pandemic to the left-wing media’s reporting in America on a recent episode of “LevinTV.” He argued that the American mainstream media is poised to blame President Donald Trump for every death that can be linked to COVID-19, especially once the economy starts to open up again.

“Our media is so hateful to Trump, so driven by fundamental transformation, they want centralized government. They want an all-powerful president and they want Trump to be the one to pave these roads, and then push him out,” Levin said.

“The media are poised. If one additional human being passes away as a result of opening the economy, from the virus, they’re going to blame the president,” he continued. “And anybody who passes away as a result of something else but has the coronavirus, they’ll try to tag the president with that. It’s absolutely disgusting.”

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Leaked State Department cables add weight to the theory that COVID-19 started in a Wuhan virology lab

In 2018 — nearly two years before the start of the global coronavirus pandemic — U.S. officials in China sent warnings to Washington expressing safety concerns over a Wuhan facility’s research into coronaviruses in horseshoe bats, adding weight to the theory that the novel virus originated in a lab and not at a Wuhan wet market.

The news broke in a report Wednesday by Josh Rogin of the Washington Post, who said that he obtained access to the first of two diplomatic cables sent from State Department officials who had visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology in January and March 2018.

According to Rogin, in January 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing sent American science diplomats to the Wuhan lab, which had in 2017 become the first lab in China to achieve BSL-4 clearance, or the highest level of bioresearch safety. That clearance — granted by a Chinese accrediting agency — allowed researchers at the lab to study the world’s most dangerous pathogens.

What did the cables say?

Evidently, what the U.S. officials discovered during their visits concerned them so much that they proceeded to send two Sensitive But Unclassified cables back to Washington. In the first cable, according to Rogin, the officials warned that inadequate safety measures and risky research could result in a new SARS-like pandemic.

“During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” states the Jan. 19, 2018 cable.

“Most importantly,” the cable states, “the researchers also showed that various SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for SARS-coronavirus. This finding strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases. From a public health perspective, this makes the continued surveillance of SARS-like coronaviruses in bats and study of the animal-human interface critical to future emerging coronavirus outbreak prediction and prevention.”

The cable also noted that the U.S. officials met with Shi Zhengli, a virologist known as “bat woman” for her virus-hunting expeditions into bat caves and subsequent research on coronaviruses in bats. In November 2017, just months before the visit from U.S. officials, Shi’s team at the Wuhan lab published research showing that horseshoe bats she had collected were likely from the same gene pool as the ones that spawned the 2003 SARS epidemic.

Anything else?

The information represented in the diplomatic cables appear to corroborate other evidence quickly amassing that points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the origin point — though that evidence is, at this point, still circumstantial.

In early April, TheBlaze reported on suspicious job postings coming from the Wuhan lab in November and December 2019 that indicate researchers were in fact studying coronaviruses in bats. What’s more is that the second of the two postings also seemed to indicate that researchers were seeking additional help to control their confirmed discovery of new viruses.

A Google translation of the Dec. 24 posting said: “Long-term research on the pathogenic biology of bats carrying important viruses has confirmed the origin of bats of major new human and livestock infectious diseases such as SARS and SADS, and a large number of new bat and rodent new viruses have been discovered and identified.”

At the time of the posting, China had reported an onslaught of “mystery pneumonia” cases plaguing Wuhan. In the coming weeks, Chinese officials would finally admit that these cases were the result of a new coronavirus infecting its population.

Additionally, the article noted that a research paper published on Feb. 6 by the South China University of Technology suggested that virus most likely came from an animal known as the intermediate horseshoe bat. Only horseshoe bats are not naturally found within 900 kilometers of Wuhan and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could not confirm the oft-repeated claim that horseshoe bats were sold the wet markets in the city.

What does it mean?

The evidence seems to indicate that Chinese researchers in Wuhan were indeed studying coronaviruses in bats not unlike the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is responsible for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the years prior to the outbreak in late 2019.

The cables allegedly sent in early 2018 demonstrate that U.S. officials from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing were not only knowledgeable about such research but concerned about the potential that such dangerous research could result in a SARS-like pandemic such as the one plaguing the world right now.

Though no official government intelligence has yet confirmed the notion that the virus originated in a Wuhan virology lab, according to Rogin, the theory has standing among many national security officials in the Trump administration. The cables, one senior official allegedly said, adds further weight to the theory.

“The idea that it was just a totally natural occurrence is circumstantial. The evidence it leaked from the lab is circumstantial. Right now, the ledger is on the side of it leaking from the lab is packed with bullet points but there’s almost nothing on the other side,” the official reportedly said.

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Former CNN producer calls out Jim Acosta’s ‘#Resistance’ grandstanding: He makes all the press ‘look bad,’ will help Trump win re-election

Former CNN producer Steve Krakauer slammed CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Sunday for his persistent anti-Trump grandstanding that he says makes “all in the press look bad” and actually helps the president.

In a media newsletter Sunday, Krakauer called out Acosta for trying to promote his personal brand rather than behave like a real journalist, and even suggested that Acosta’s actions are “actively helping Trump get re-elected.”

“I don’t think CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is a bad guy,” Krakauer wrote in The Fourth Watch, his media watchdog newsletter. “I worked with him at CNN, and he was a solid, competent reporter. If Acosta’s goal was to be a great White House reporter, he could probably do it.”

“But that’s not Jim Acosta’s goal. Jim Acosta wants to be famous,” he continued. “I’ve written before, three years ago, that Acosta clearly aspires to use this opportunity to spar with President Trump, #Resistance Signal on Twitter and generally build his brand to move on to bigger things — a prime time show maybe, or at least a few late-night TV appearances.”

Krakauer then posted a screenshot of Acosta’s Twitter profile background from 2019 when he was on tour promoting his anti-Trump book: “The Enemy of the People.” Acosta can be seen smiling next to Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on Kimmel’s late-night show.

“Jim Acosta loves nothing more than Jim Acosta,” the ex-CNN producer said.

Krakauer then suggested tongue-in-cheek that he wouldn’t be surprised if years later he found out “Acosta was actually a plant and was secretly working for the Trump re-election campaign.”

Case in point, last Friday afternoon’s skirmish with Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Watch how Acosta plays the role of absurd, antagonistic journalist, and tees up Trump to deliver what could essentially be a campaign message,” Krakauer said of the exchange. “Then Trump jumps in, and counters every point.”

“Trump couldn’t ask for a better foe than Jim Acosta,” he concluded.

Here’s the back-and-forth referred to in the newsletter:


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70 coronavirus vaccines are in development around the world — an Oxford scientist says one could be ready by September

One of Britain’s top scientists leading the effort to produce a COVID-19 vaccine recently said she is “80%” confident that a vaccine could be ready by September.

Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, told the Times of London over the weekend that her team is set to begin human trials on its potential vaccine by the end of April. By September, the product could be ready for distribution — but only “if everything goes perfectly,” she acknowledged.

“I think there’s a high chance that it will work based on other things that we have done with this type of vaccine,” Gilbert said. “It’s not just a hunch and as every week goes by we have more data to look at. I would go for 80%, that’s my personal view.”

Gilbert’s team is one of numerous teams around the world working diligently — and at unprecedented speed — to come up with a working vaccine to fight the global coronavirus pandemic that has infected at least 1.8 million and killed over 115,000 people worldwide.

The World Health Organization announced Saturday that there are 70 vaccines currently in development around the world, with three of them already being tested in human trials.

According to Time magazine, the vaccine that is furthest along in the clinical process is being developed by Hong Kong-listed CanSino Biologics and the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology That vaccine is in phase 2 of human testing. Two others being developed in the United States by Inovio Pharmaceuticals and Moderna, along with the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, are currently in phase 1 of human testing.

The University of Oxford vaccine candidate could be the fourth product to begin human trials in the coming weeks.

Another vaccine being developed in the U.S. by a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are in the pre-clinical stage and are currently seeking fast-tracked approval for testing from the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading health official on the White House coronavirus task force, previously cautioned Americans that it would likely be 12-18 months before a vaccine could be developed. Until further notice that conventional wisdom still stands.

But the hope is that scientific innovation and ingenuity will speed the process and shorten the time period.

Gilbert is certainly hopeful about her team’s vaccine, but was careful to add that “nobody can promise it’s going to work.”

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New and improved IHME models were supposed to accurately predict hospitalization for the next 2 months. They weren’t even close predicting the next day.

Only one day after releasing downgraded projections about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, an influential model often cited by health experts is still projecting hospitalization numbers that are much higher than the actual numbers in a large number of states.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, a preferred model of the White House coronavirus task force, has been, to its credit, on the lower — and consequently more accurate — end of the spectrum as far as models go.

In late March, IHME projected that more than 90,000 Americans would die as a result of the virus. On Wednesday, that projection was revised to just over 60,000. That number is significantly lower than the 100,000-240,000 predicted by the White House task force, and massively lower than the 2.2 million U.S. deaths predicted by the Imperial College in London model — though that model’s author said that social distancing wasn’t taken into account for the number.

But even after IHME researchers revised their models downward on Wednesday, they still overshot the number of hospitalizations that would occur for even the next day.

To state the obvious, it is easier to predict the near future than the far future, and one would expect more uncertainty regarding predictions that are for events that are in the distant future. The fact that the IHME models did such a dismal job of predicting the very next day ought to be a source of concern for the viability of the rest of the model’s predictions.

What are the details?

Using data from The COVID Tracking Project, which collects reporting from individual states on COVID-19 testing, hospitalizations, and deaths, TheBlaze discovered that IHME’s hospitalization numbers were in most cases significantly overestimated, often doubling or tripling the actual hospitalization numbers.

Below is a chart showing the discrepancies between the projected number of hospitalization and the actual number of hospitalizations in states that reported totals on that day.

Note: the projected totals were taken from the April 8 revised IHME model and not subsequent updates.

Arkansas: Projected 188 / Actual 73

California: IHME projected that 4,386 hospital beds would be needed for COVID-19 patients on April 8 — the day the revised projections were released — just 2,825 were hospitalized at the time.

Connecticut: IHME projected that 3,686 hospital beds would be needed on April 9, but data shows that only 1,464 were hospitalized on that date. To make matters worse, IHME researchers concluded that the state only had 1,738 hospital beds available in the state. Their projections far exceeded the number of total beds available, but the actual number has yet to exceed capacity.

*Florida: IHME projected that 4,449 hospital beds would be needed on April 9, but to-date the cumulative number of hospitalizations in Florida has only been 2,422.

Iowa: Projected 329 / Actual 115

*Massachusetts: IHME projected that on April 9 there would be 4,705 hospitalizations, but to-date there have only been 1,747 cumulative hospitalizations in the state.

Michigan: The April 9 number was projected to be 5,781. The actual number on that date was 3,826.

Minnesota: Projected 430 / Actual 145

Montana: Projected 70 / Actual 13

Nevada: Projected 777 / Actual 282

New Jersey: IHME projected there would be 12,801 hospitalizations on April 9, but on that date there were actually only 7,363. Like Connecticut, New Jersey’s hospital bed capacity, 7,815, has been exceeded only by the projections.

New Mexico: Projected 365 / Actual 73

New York: In the state hardest hit by the virus, IHME’s numbers were closer, but still too high in the days following updated projections. The projections say 21,943, while the actual number is 18,279.

North Carolina: Projected 1,026 / Actual 398

North Dakota: Projected 392 / Actual 14

Oklahoma: Projected 647 / Actual 186

Rhode Island: Projected 624 / Actual 160

*Tennessee: Projected 957 / 505 cumulative

Texas: Projected 2,030 / 1,439 Actual

Vermont: Projected 75 / Actual 33

Washington: Projected 994 / Actual 639

It should be noted that IHME arrives at their projected number within an estimated range. These ranges give IHME huge leeway in their estimates, which brings into question their usefulness, especially in larger states.

Moreover, the actual totals are consistently on the very low end of their ranges and far below the most likely result. And in at least four states, they are outside their margin of error already after only one day.

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There were, of course, outliers to the trend. In 5 states that had current hospitalization reporting — Delaware, Louisiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — IHME’s projections either matched the actual number of hospitalizations or underestimated the number. But in the majority of states where current hospitalization statistics were available, the IHME projections updated just days before were way off.

How is that even possible? Are current statistics from the states not being used as a baseline for the models?

Maxing out or exceeding hospital capacity was held out by health experts as the real danger in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The need to shut down the country in order to “flatten the curve” was justified, in large part, by predictions that the U.S. health care system would be overwhelmed if we didn’t.

As such, it is appropriate to at least question the narrative when influential models predicting the extent of the coronavirus outbreak can’t seem to chart out the hospitalization figures with much precision for even one day.

TheBlaze reached out to IHME for comment, but the institute did not respond in time for publication.

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FCC commissioner unleashes vicious Twitter thread asking China to ‘un-disappear’ people who spoke out against the communist regime’s handling of coronavirus

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr launched a vicious Twitter thread response against Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying Thursday night, listing off several Chinese whistleblowers who were reportedly silenced by the communist government after speaking out about the coronavirus.

“Could you un-disappear them so we could speak?” Carr blasted as he listed off the various whistleblowers in the thread, which included doctors Ai Fen and Li Wenliang and journalists Li Zehua and Ren Zhiqiang.

Hua had posted a tweet Thursday morning urging cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese governments in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“Welcome to China anytime and talk to anyone in the streets to enjoy the freedom,” she
wrote, adding in another tweet that “China [was] the 1st to report and share virus data with [the World Health Organization] and other countries.”

“When will Washington invite joint international expert team to the US for investigation?” she asked.

Then this happened:

In the last tweet in his thread, Carr asked Hua if her offer to come to China anytime and talk to anyone “still stands.”

“Or has it suddenly disappeared as things tend to do over there?” he asked.

The Chinese Communist Party has come under intense scrutiny since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan late last year, leading to speculation that Chinese officials were engaged in a cover-up of the outbreak. Questions still remain about the nature of the origin of the virus.

Early whistleblowers about the virus were repeatedly censured, reprimanded, or in some cases, went missing.

In early April, U.S. intelligence officials concluded in a classified report that the Chinese government was still underreporting the extent of the outbreak in the country.

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Sunday is coming: US surgeon general says it’s not a coincidence deadliest COVID-19 week yet is taking place during Holy Week

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says that he doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that the deadliest week of COVID-19 is taking place during Holy Week.

At the time of this writing, 486,490 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 18,000 people in America have died because of the virus.

What are the details?

In an interview with CBN News, Adams said that it is important to rely on your faith during these times of trials.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this is happening at this time,” he admitted. “During this week we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice that was made for us. God sent His only son to die for us, and it was sad, initially, but then we saw salvation at the end of it.”

Adams pointed out that there are many ways to continue staying connected with families, friends, and other Christians while under lockdown, and suggested that people pray for one another, especially now.

“I would tell them to pray for each other,” Adams said during the exclusive interview. “I would tell them to look for their neighbors. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social disengagement.”


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Last week, Adams warned that this week would be the country’s “Pearl Harbor moment” in battling the virus.

“Well, it’s tragically fitting that we’re talking at the beginning of Holy Week because this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” Adams said during a “Fox News Sunday” appearance.

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized,” he added. “It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.”

Adams said that Americans should remain optimistic, but exercise extreme caution.

“I want Americans to understand that, as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days,” he promised.

The surgeon general added that the fight against COVID-19 could very well be the greatest feat Americans have ever faced — but he, too, remains optimistic.

“This is going to be a test of our resolve,” Adams said. “It’s going to be the test of our lives. But I am confident that we can come out on the other side, based on the data and based on what I know about the American people.”

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VIDEO: Police drag man off Philly bus reportedly because he isn’t wearing a mask: ‘Get the f*** off me!’

Multiple police officers were caught on video dragging a man off a Philadelphia bus for not wearing a mask, WHYY-TV reported.

In the viral video originally posted Friday to Facebook but since taken down, uniformed and masked Philadelphia police officers were seen lifting and pulling the protesting rider off a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus, the station said.

“Get the f*** off me!” the man yelled as the officers, grabbing his arms and legs, finally got him to the sidewalk and pushed him backward.

At least eight officers were seen surrounding the man.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

After they released their hold on him, the man’s cellphone — which fell from him during the struggle — was tossed on the sidewalk in front of him.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

“I want all y’all badge numbers, too,” the man told the officers as they began moving away.

At one point, the man yelled at the cops “I’ll f*** you up,” called them “pussies,” and made a reference to being “one-on-one” with them.

Here’s a version of the clip on Twitter. (Content warning: Language):

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SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch told WHYY on Friday that the agency’s recent “request” that riders wear face coverings is now a rule — and that those who don’t comply can be restricted from boarding their vehicles.

“The covering can be as simple as a shirt, bandana, or anything else someone can grab at home before they head out,” Busch told the station in an email. “At a minimum, these masks and facial coverings could help keep the person wearing them from spreading germs, and if everyone wears them, we would have a great deal of added protection.”

Busch added to WHYY that SEPTA wants to avoid arrests.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel on Wednesday emailed transit police about the new rule, but SEPTA has yet to provide an official announcement apart from a handful of tweets, the station said.

Yasha Zarrinkelk, an organizer with Transit Forward Philadelphia, told WHYY he’s “apprehensive” about the policy over the “potentially negative interactions it might cause between police and riders.”

The station said there are now 5,300 confirmed coronavirus cases and 100 deaths in the city — and that more than 130 SEPTA employees, including at least two police officers, tested positive for COVID-19 and at least three have died.

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Cops catch a man shoplifting in New Jersey. Four officers are now in quarantine after he said he had coronavirus.

Four police officers in New Jersey are in quarantine after a man they captured shoplifting admitted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Police say the man and his two accomplices stole more than $2,000 worth of tools at a Lowe’s hardware store in Howell Township, New Jersey, on Monday.

Police detained and arrested the three men with the help of two shoppers and a security guard.

One of the men told the officers that he had tested positive for coronavirus, and they were able to confirm it with medical officials.

The men were released as quickly as possible after being charged with theft, but the four police officers exposed to the coronavirus were put into quarantine.

“Now I have four officers out on quarantine,” said Howell Township Police Chief Andrew Kudrick according to NBC-4. “So it’s unfortunate for everybody that got involved.”

The officers have been tested and are awaiting results.

“All of them have families,” Chief Kudrick continued. “All of them have kids. All of them are now quarantined away from their families and their significant others.”

Officials say they would have publicly shamed the suspects for their highly negligent behavior, but that they had to observe federal laws protecting private medical records.

New Jersey is experiencing one of the worst hotspots for the coronavirus epidemic, with more than 50,000 cases and 1,700 deaths, second only to New York.

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Dr. Fauci: Americans should never shake hands again, even after the coronavirus crisis is over

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading health expert on the White House coronavirus task force, said that Americans should never shake hands again, even after emerging on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.

“When you gradually come back, you don’t jump into it with both feet,” Fauci said recently in a podcast interview with the Wall Street Journal. “You say what are the things you could still do and still approach normal. One of them is absolute compulsive hand washing; the other is you don’t ever shake anybody’s hands.”

Later in the podcast, in which Fauci discussed what it will look like when America eventually returns to normal after the pandemic, the infectious diseases expert doubled down, insisting that avoiding the practice will curtail the spread of other diseases, too.

“I don’t think we should ever shake hands ever again, to be honest with you,” he said. “Not only would it be good to prevent coronavirus disease, it probably would decrease instances of influenza dramatically in this country.”

Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, also seemed to suggest that hand-shaking may not be the only practice that will be dropped from customary practice after the outbreak subsides.

“I don’t think we’re ever going to get back to free-flying lack of attention to what transmissibility of infections are,” he said. “I think that people are going to be careful.”

“But can I as a resident of New York City hug my 77-year-old mother with vulnerable respiratory systems?” podcast host Kate Linebaugh interjected at one point.

Fauci advised her that she shouldn’t — at least for now — especially living in a vulnerable area like New York City. But once an antibody test is widely distributed, which he said could be in the next few weeks, and if that antibody test tells her that she has been infected and has defeated the virus, then yes.

“I can imagine a situation where you take an antibody test and you are absolutely positive that you were infected and you did well, then you could hug the heck out of your grandmother and not worry about it,” he said.

Americans are currently living under social distancing guidelines released by the White House at least through April 30. Additionally, a majority of states have implemented stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of the disease.

When asked for a timetable for returning to normalcy, Fauci expressed hope that we would see “light at the end of the tunnel” by the end of April.

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MSNBC host Chris L. Hayes theorized that the Trump administration could have over-estimated the number of pandemic deaths in order to declare victory when the numbers came in on the low side.

Hayes was likely responding to new estimates showing coronavirus deaths will likely be lower than earlier approximations.

“The most cynical interpretation of all this, one I can’t quite bring myself to accept, is they rolled out the model showing 100k deaths after they knew it would be less than that so they could anchor everyone to that # and take a vicotry lap when “only” tens of thousands died,” Hayes tweeted on Wednesday.

Hayes added a tweet with a video of comments by President Donald Trump during a coronavirus task force media briefing.

“If we can stay substantially under the 100,000 [American deaths], which was the original projection, I think we did a very good job,” the president said in the video.

“Even though that’s a lot of people!” Trump added.

Hayes was immediately criticized by many members of the media for floating what appeared to be a conspiracy theory.

“I said I can’t bring myself to accept it!” he responded to one of his critics. “But he’s been very very weird about ‘coming in under the model’ in this unnerving, disassociated way.”

On Monday a frequently cited model revised the estimated deaths down to 81,766. The model cited by the White House was developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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A key coronavirus model just drastically reduced its US death toll projections. It’s part of a growing trend.

An influential coronavirus model often cited by the White House coronavirus task force has significantly reduced its U.S. death toll and hospital resource usage projections.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at Washington University lowered its death toll projection by nearly 20,000 Wednesday, and now predicts that just over 60,000 Americans will die in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IHME model also lowered its predictions for the number of hospital beds and ventilators that will be needed on the country’s projected peak usage date by one-third each — now at 94,249 and 16,524, respectively.

The drastic reduction is part of a growing trend among all major models predicting U.S. deaths. Generally speaking, as social distancing methods have been taken into account in later models, death toll predictions in those models have been lowered significantly.

The IHME model, however, has been forecasting with the assumption of “full social distancing through May 2020″ for some time now. As far as we know, the latest update was not based on any changes in social distancing measures. Therefore, the implications, at this point, are that the revisions are based on data coming in about the infectious disease itself.

Two weeks ago, the influential epidemiologist behind the “gold standard” Imperial College in London model, Dr. Neil Ferguson, made news when he revised his death toll predictions for the U.K. from 510,000 to 20,000 or fewer. His model also predicted 2.2 million people would die in the U.S. without intervention.

At the time, Ferguson credited the revision in part to the success of social distancing measures, but according to former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, the U.K.’s lockdown had only begun two days prior, on March 23.

Ferguson had also made his revisions after new data from around Europe suggested the virus’ infection rate was higher than initially believed, and as a result, the research team updated the virus’ reproduction number. It follows that if more people are infected or have been infected than current data shows, the virus’ lethality is diminished.

Similarly, there appears to be some confusion with the White House coronavirus task force model, in regards to how much social distancing efforts are being taken into account in the projections.

On Wednesday, a source close to the task force reportedly told CNN that the eventual death toll could be “way under” the current 100,000 to 240,000 projections. A key factor, the source said, was that the task force assumed only 50% of Americans would observe the government’s guidance about social distancing.

Yet, that is not what Dr. Deborah Birx told reporters when unveiling the projections last week.

“If we do things together well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities,” she said adding later that “the best-case scenario would be 100 percent of Americans doing what is required.”

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Largest county in the US threatens churchgoers with $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail

San Bernardino County, the largest county in the United States, drastically increased public restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic in an order issued on Tuesday.

The order prohibited public church and other faith-based services, banned “driving parades” that have become popular online, and threatened violators with a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

The order also formally commanded residents to wear face coverings in public areas.

“In an effort to protect the public from further spread of COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer has formally ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear a face covering when leaving home,” the statement read.

The order recommended that families have their own Easter egg hunts at home.

“Tuesday’s order also says faith-based services must be electronic only through streaming or online technology. People may not leave their homes for driving parades or drive-up services or to pick up non-essential items such as pre-packaged Easter eggs or bags filled with candy and toys at a drive-thru location,” the order continued.

The order said in addition to a $1,000 fine, violators may also face up to 90 days in jail.

San Bernardino County is the largest county in the U.S. by area, and the fifth largest in California by population, with more than 2 million residents. It lies east of Los Angeles and stretches out to the border with Arizona across the Mojave Desert.

The county reported 530 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and 16 deaths. The order goes into effect at midnight on Tuesday.

Here’s a local news report about coronavirus in southern California:


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New information indicates hundreds of thousands more passengers flew from China to US amid COVID-19 outbreak than were previously reported

New information from the Department of Homeland Security and National Travel and Tourism Office shows that at least 750,000 people traveled to the United States from China in the months after the first reported COVID-19 case — over 300,000 more than were previously reported.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that more than 430,000 people had entered the U.S. on direct flights from China after December 31, when the Chinese government first disclosed the mystery pneumonia-related illness to the country’s World Health Organization office.

The report noted that the large majority of the passengers — more than 380,000 — entered the U.S. in January while the communist Chinese government was actively downplaying the growing pandemic and before President Trump banned travel from the country.

But the truth is that the illness had been circulating within the country for weeks prior to the disclosure. By New Year’s Eve, when China opened up about the outbreak, officials indicated that at least 41 people had contracted the disease.

In a scientific study published in The Lancet, researchers noted that “the symptom onset date of the first patient identified was Dec. 1.” Additionally, the South China Morning post reported that, according to government data, the first COVID-19 case could be traced back to Nov. 17.

From a public health standpoint, then, it is important for Americans to know just how many people entered the country from China in months following the first case — this includes at least December and possibly November.

According to information provided to TheBlaze upon request, in December, 329,210 passengers arrived in the U.S. on direct flights from China. When added to the 430,000 reported by the Times, that number exceeds 750,000. If part of November’s total is included the number jumps closer to one million.

Moreover, the figures listed above do not account for the number of passengers who arrived indirectly, departing from China on itineraries that stopped in a different country before landing in the U.S. A DHS spokeswoman told the Times that indirect fliers make up approximately one quarter of travelers from China.

While Chinese obstruction has hindered the search for the true “patient zero,” there is good reason to believe the outbreak began much earlier than initially reported. And if hundreds of thousands of travelers were flooding into the U.S. from China at the early stages of the outbreak, there is good reason to believe that the virus touched down in America much sooner than January 21, when the first confirmed case was reported here.

Americans are justified in wondering how many lives could have been spared had China been more forthcoming about the virus from the start.

In fact, a study released last month found that if preventative measures in China had been “conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier, cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively — significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease.”

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Over 380,000 travelers entered the US from China in January while the Chinese government was downplaying the coronavirus

More than 380,000 people entered the United States on flights from China in the month of January while the Chinese government was downplaying the severity of the coronavirus.

In January, over 1,300 flights from China arrived in U.S. airports, according to data gathered by the New York Times. Most of the flights touched down in major population centers such Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Seattle.

That number doesn’t even include travelers who arrived from China on itineraries that first stopped in a different country, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security told the Times. She estimated that these indirect fliers accounted for about one quarter of travelers from China.

To make matters worse, during the first half of the month, while Chinese officials were minimizing the dangers of the outbreak, no travelers from China were screened for potential exposure to the virus. The Times report noted that travelers weren’t screened until mid-January, and by that time roughly 4,000 people had entered the U.S. directly from Wuhan, where the outbreak began late last year.

In December, reports began to circulate about an onslaught of “mystery pneumonia” cases hitting Wuhan. Many within the country believed the cases to be the result of a new SARS-like virus. One scientist, Dr. Li Wenliang, along with several others, tried to warn people on social media about the potential for an outbreak, but the Chinese Communist Party quickly silenced them.

It wasn’t until New Year’s Eve that China informed China’s World Health Organization office about the unknown illness, and even then, the only action that was taken was to close the wet market in Wuhan that was said to be the virus’ origin point. Over the following weeks, Chinese officials clamped down on information, reported no new cases, and insisted there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission — all the while allowing people to leave the country.

When the truth about the virus began to come out, President Trump ordered a ban on travel from China. That was on Jan. 31. At the time, the move was criticized by Democrats and the mainstream media, but in reality, it was likely too late to stop the initial spread of the virus.

On Jan. 20, the U.S. announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case, but the virus was likely circulating in the country for weeks prior.

A study released in March found that if preventative measures in China had been “conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier, cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively — significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease.”

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AOC: ‘COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations’ for ‘Black + Brown communities’

In a Friday morning tweet, freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) wrote that any future relief legislation should be drafted with a view toward providing reparations for minority communities because, she said, the disease has disproportionately affected those communities.

It is, by and large, true that wealthy people tend to live longer and have better health outcomes, as we have repeatedly emphasized here at TheBlaze as a reason that it is vitally important to get the economy moving again — not so that people can have more money, but so they can live longer.

And it is also true that the economic downturn is at least somewhat disproportionately affecting certain minority communities. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the overall American workforce is 12.3% “Black or African American” and 17.6% “Hispanic or Latino.” Meanwhile, the leisure and hospitality industry, which has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus shutdown by far, is 13.1% black and 27.0% Hispanic.

The question remains, however, whether the proper response to the economic damage caused by coronavirus should be directed to people specifically because of their skin color, or because they work in industries that have been devastated by the shutdown. Presumably, workers of all colors in the leisure and hospitality industries will be devastated by the loss of several weeks’ pay.

Still, as compared with some of her other coronavirus pronouncements, this one is actually not as bad as it could have been. As BlazeTV host Stu Burguiere has pointed out: almost literally every single word that has come out of her mouth about this crisis has been wrong.


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