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Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. could reach peak in 3 weeks, epidemiologist estimates

A leading epidemiologist advising the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated the peak of deaths in the US coronavirus pandemic will be three weeks from now, after which “most of the damage will be done,” and says it may be possible to only isolate the vulnerable, allowing many back to work. The CDC confirmed that Ira Longini, professor at the Center for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida, is a “funded partner.” The agency said he works with them on Covid-19 modeling. Your coronavirus questions answered Modeling is not precise, and uses known data to project trends in disease spread, and there were dissenting opinions expressed to CNN about Longini’s analysis. Yet two other disease experts broadly agreed with the estimate. Longini’s suggestion that US deaths could peak in less than a month will have two possible impacts. First, a sudden surge in deaths risks overwhelming health care systems that are currently struggling to prepare for cases needing intensive care. Secondly and conversely, it could support calls — echoed by President Trump — to reduce restrictions on movement in the coming weeks. Longini said: “I…

Singer Jackson Browne tests positive for coronavirus

Jackson Browne wants everyone to do what he did, whether they feel healthy or not. The 71-year-old singer has revealed to Rolling Stone that he recently tested positive for the coronavirus. He told the publication he self-quarantined as soon as he began to feel sick and he stresses that with so many probably not being tested, being away from others is important – especially since people can be carriers and asymptomatic. “They don’t have symptoms, but they might have it and might be able to pass it on,” Browne told Rolling Stone in the story that is also posted on his official site. “That’s what younger readers need to understand: They need to take part in the global response to stop the spread. That means not going anywhere, not getting into contact with anybody, not seeing anybody.” Browne said he was tested after having a small cough and a temperature. This happened before mandatory stay at home orders were enacted in several states, he said. While he’s not sure where he contracted the virus, Browne said, he noted that he was recently in New York City for Love…

Large Bear Roams Arcadia Neighborhood

ARCADIA (CBSLA) – A large bear was making its way through an Arcadia neighborhood Wednesday morning. March 25, 2020. (CBS2) The bear was spotted in the 300 block of Topaz Place sometime before 4:30 a.m., in the San Gabriel Foothills. At one point, it crossed the street and appeared to rummage through some trash cans. It’s unclear if California Department of Fish and Wildlife had been notified. Bears are a common sight in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Back in February, a bear wandered through a Monrovia neighborhood for several hours, strolling up and down sidewalks and driveways and hanging out on porches before it was tranquilized by CDFW officials and moved to the Angeles National Forest.

U.S. stimulus deal lifts world markets; Tokyo soars 8%

Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged 8% and other world markets also jumped Wednesday after Congress and the White House reached a deal to inject nearly $2 trillion of aid into an economy ravaged by the coronavirus. The advances followed the best day since 1933 for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which rocketed 11.4% higher on Tuesday. Tokyo logged its biggest daily gain since 2008. Share prices there were lifted also by the decision to postpone the 2020 Olympics to July 2021 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought travel almost to a standstill and is leaving many millions of people ordered to stay home to help contain the outbreaks. The postponement alleviated fears the event might be cancelled altogether. European markets rallied, with Germany’s DAX climbing 4% to 10,085.75. The CAC 40 in Paris picked up 4.6% to 4,436.54. Britain’s FTSE 100 added 4% to 5,670.45. U.S. futures turned higher after U.S. lawmakers said they had bridged their differences over the stimulus package. The future for the Dow rose 3% to 21,221.00 and the contract for the S&P 500 picked up 1.7% to 2,479.70.…

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, has tested positive for new coronavirus

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The prince’s Clarence House office says the 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. It says his wife Camilla has tested negative. The palace says Charles “has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.” Check back for updates on this developing story.

Coronavirus: LA Sheriff Suspends Efforts To Close Gun Stores

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday temporarily suspended enforcement efforts to close gun stores during the coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made after the county counsel’s office works to clarify whether gun stores are considered essential businesses under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide order, a sheriff’s spokesperson confirmed to CBS2 Tuesday night. However, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he’s deploying more deputies to patrol the county because gun stores, strip clubs, and other venues are not complying with social distancing guidelines to fight COVID-19. Emphasizing that only essential businesses are permitted to remain open under state and local orders restricting public gatherings, Villanueva initially told reporters at a Tuesday news conference that some businesses not related to providing food, prescriptions, or health care are violating state and local orders. Gun shops, nightclubs, bars, strip clubs, and other non-designated businesses have been caught in violation of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, Villanueva said. However, on Tuesday night, the sheriff’s department suspended its effort to close gun stores as the county counsel’s office examines the issue, but deputies will still be on…

White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill

The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed $2 trillion pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history and is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll. Top White House aide Eric Ueland announced the agreement in a Capitol hallway shortly after midnight, capping days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure. The deal still needs to be finalized in detailed legislative language. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are done,” Ueland said. “We have a deal.” The economic rescue package would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home. One of the last issues to close concerned $500 billion for guaranteed, subsidized loans to larger industries, including a fight over how generous to be with the airlines. Hospitals would get significant…

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