'Hot mess': Americans face testing delays as COVID-19 cases cross three million

'Hot mess': Americans face testing delays as COVID-19 cases cross three million

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: For two weeks, Rachael Jones has stayed home, going without a paycheck while waiting and waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test from a pharmacy near Philadelphia. “I’m just so disappointed. I just don’t know how — with the resources and the people we have and the money we have — we can’t get this right,” she said. Four months, 3 million confirmed infections and over 130,000 deaths into the coronavirus outbreak in the US, Americans confronted with a resurgence of the scourge are facing…

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Reopen or face possible federal aid cut: Trump threatens schools to start classes by fall

Reopen or face possible federal aid cut: Trump threatens schools to start classes by fall

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal money if schools don’t reopen in the fall, and he lashed out at federal health officials over school reopening guidelines that he says are impractical and expensive. Taking to Twitter to voice his frustration, Trump argued that countries including Germany, Denmark and Norway have reopened schools “with no problems.” ALSO READ | New US student visa rule: India takes up matter with Trump administration, Harvard, MIT file lawsuits He also repeated his claim that Democrats want to keep…

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FDA issues emergency use authorisation for COVID-19 antigen test after dismissing Trump's virus claim

FDA issues emergency use authorisation for COVID-19 antigen test after dismissing Trump's virus claim

By IANS WASHINGTON: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 antigen diagnostic test, the Becton Dickinson Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2. This is the second antigen test the FDA has authorized for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens, reports Xinhua news agency. This test is authorized for use in laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 for high, moderate, or waived complexity testing, according to the FDA. ALSO READ | COVID-19: FDA head rejects Donald Trump’s ‘harmless’ virus…

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COVID-19: FDA head rejects Donald Trump's 'harmless' virus claim 

COVID-19: FDA head rejects Donald Trump's 'harmless' virus claim 

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: The Food and Drug Administration commissioner is declining to back up President Donald Trump’s claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “harmless”. Dr Stephen Hahn tells CNN and ABC that he’s “not going to get into who is right and who is wrong,” but that government data clearly show “this is a serious problem.” He adds that “any case is tragic” and that to stem the tide of surging cases people should follow government guidance to practice social distancing and wear a mask. In Fourth of July remarks,…

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US dips under 50,000 new coronavirus cases

US dips under 50,000 new coronavirus cases

By Associated Press BALTIMORE: The United States has dipped under 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th Independence Day weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging outbreak. Johns Hopkins counted 45,300 new coronavirus infections in the U.S. on Saturday after three days in which the daily count reached as high as 54,500 new cases. The lower figure on Saturday does not necessarily mean the situation in the…

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US holiday weekend adds to COVID-19 worries as case count crosses 2.8 million mark

US holiday weekend adds to COVID-19 worries as case count crosses 2.8 million mark

By PTI ST. PETE BEACH: Florida has reported a record number of coronavirus cases, the latest sign that the virus is surging in many parts of the United States, casting a pall over Fourth of July celebrations. Officials and health authorities warned people to take precautions or simply stay home on Independence Day, as confirmed cases are climbing in 40 states. The US set another daily record Friday with more than 54,000 newly reported infections, according to numbers kept by Johns Hopkins University. The daily toll reported Saturday also passed 50,000.…

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COVID-19: US issues guidelines but no new rules for safe air travel even amid surging cases

COVID-19: US issues guidelines but no new rules for safe air travel even amid surging cases

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: Federal officials said Thursday that airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but stopped short of requiring them to do so. The officials also recommended, but did not move to require, travellers wear face coverings in airports and on planes. All leading U.S. airlines now require passengers to wear masks, but regulators have refused a request by the airlines to make it a federal rule. The Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services departments made those and other recommendations in a report containing…

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Trump grateful to healthcare workers, including Indian-Americans, for combating COVID-19: WH

Trump grateful to healthcare workers, including Indian-Americans, for combating COVID-19: WH

By PTI WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is tremendously grateful to all the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals, including Indian-Americans, who have selflessly risen to the occasion to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the White House has said. More than 100,000 Indian-American doctors have contributed to the fight against the coronavirus and the president thanks them for their tireless, life-saving work, White House Assistant Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt told PTI on Wednesday. Many Indian-Americans have laid down their lives in the fight against the COVID-19. This is for the first time…

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Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science, say experts in US

Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science, say experts in US

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the US to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections, a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks. In the words of one study, it comes down to the danger of “heavy breathing in close proximity.” Crowded indoor spaces filled with people yelling, leaning close to hear one another and touching the same sticky surfaces are “the opposite of social distancing,” said Dr. David Hamer of…

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Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing 

Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing 

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: In Republican circles — with the notable exception of the man who leads the party — the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are about politics, as President Donald Trump suggests, and telling Americans they can help save lives. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, on Tuesday bluntly called on Trump to start wearing a mask, at least some of the…

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