Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee prohibited gatherings of over 250 people in counties around Seattle, in just the latest move to restrict interactions to contain 'community spread.' Basketball games, classes, and festivals were being cancelled and postponed. The NCAA announced that division one college games would be played in arenas without crowd during the famed 'March Madness' tournament. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump BANS visitors from Europe from entering the US for 30 days starting at midnight on Friday – but excludes the UK and Ireland – in effort to staunch coronavirus pandemic. But how will it slow spread of virus ALREADY inside US?
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A spike in infections in Indonesia's holiday island of Bali and Thailand's first locally transmitted case in 100 days have spurred authorities to postpone initial plans to reopen Bali to foreign tourists in September, while Thailand's proposal to reopen Phuket island is again under official scrutiny. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Spain sets Western Europe virus record
They have had surgery and Sheriff Alex Villanueva is at the hospital now. One has been described as a married 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy. The other deputy is a 24-year-old male. … [Read more...] about Trump slams the shooting ambush of two LA sheriff’s at Compton train station as the work of ‘Animals that must be hit hard!’ – as both officers fight for their lives – and the FBI join the manhunt
Although similar numbers of cases were seen during May when the country was still in lockdown, the Government wasn't doing enough testing to find the hundreds of thousands of other people who were thought to be infected at the time, meaning the figures for then and now aren't comparable. … [Read more...] about Europe on the rise: Covid cases in France top 10,000-a-day for the first time after Spain hits 12,000-a-day – but death rates still remain low so far
In Australia, we have our own Land of Hope and Glory set who have been cheering the Brexiteers on to victory, as chaps would cheer on the home side at a good game of rugger on the playing fields of Eton. By and large, however, these Oz-Brexiteers have been confined to the right wing of the Australian conservatives and no longer represent the Australian political mainstream. They too, like the core of the British Brexiteers, are driven by a conservative political romanticism that we can all somehow go back to that ancient Arcadia of a white Anglo-Saxon world with “imperial preference”, all consummated by the solemnity of a Lord’s Test. Former prime minister Tony Abbott, for example, recently invoked the spirit of Wellington, Nelson and Drake in the pages of the Spectator in defence of the most ludicrous of all the Brexit possibilities – the no-deal, cold turkey outcome. Abbott’s message: the old empire is just champing at the bit for Britain to cut itself … [Read more...] about Think the Commonwealth can save Brexit Britain? That’s utter delusion