Daily Archives: October 14, 2020

More Covid-19 patients now in hospital than at start of first lockdown – BBC News


BBC News

Oct 12, 2020

There are now more Covid-19 patients in UK hospitals than there were on the day of lockdown in March.

At one hospital on Merseyside, there are currently 90 patients being treated. There were only 7 a month ago.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym at Whiston Hospital in Knowsley and by medical editor Fergus Walsh.

Covid-19 cases are rising sharply in parts of Europe

CNN

Oct 12, 2020

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 37 million people worldwide and caused more than a million deaths. In Germany, Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly, with almost all of its largest cities becoming virus hotspots. Meanwhile, England is rolling out new lockdown rules as the city of Liverpool is set to be placed under tier three lockdown restrictions, the strictest of the country’s new Covid-19 rules.

Europe scrambles to tighten rules as COVID cases surge | Coronavirus update

DW News

Oct 14, 2020

European countries have begun imposing new restrictions on public and private life as they struggle to cope with steep rises in coronavirus infections. The UK which has Europe’s highest pandemic death toll, has unveiled a new three-tier system, closing pubs, gyms and betting shops in the highest-risk areas. And the regional government in Northern Ireland has just imposed Europe’s harshest 2nd-wave lockdown restrictions. The Czech Republic already imposed a state of emergency. Today, new restrictions come into place, closing all schools, bars, restaurants and clubs. And the Netherlands is also returning to partial lockdown, closing restaurants, hotels and cafes for two weeks.

Those are just some of the latest curbs. Other measures are already in place in several European countries. Spain has a state of emergency in the Madrid region to enforce a partial lockdown, affecting four and a half million people. Masks are now mandatory in all public places. Fance has placed Paris, Marseille and seven other large cities under maximum virus alert – closing bars, gyms and swimming pools, and banning public parties. Cases are also rising rapidly in Germany. Since Friday, new nightlife restrictions are in effect in the capital Berlin. Bars must close at 11 pm, further hitting Berlin’s famously liberal nightlife economy. Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet leaders of Germany’s federal states to try to solve the confusion around 16 different sets of rules.

Covid-19 pandemic: Tracking the global coronavirus outbreak – BBC News

By The Visual and Data Journalism Team
BBC News

Published 12 hours ago
Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 38 million confirmed cases in 189 countries and more than one million deaths.

The virus is surging in many regions and some countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again.

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Covid: Trump’s son Barron had coronavirus, says first lady – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54548661

US President Donald Trump’s 14-year-old son Barron contracted coronavirus but has since tested negative, First Lady Melania Trump revealed.

In a statement, Mrs Trump said her “fear came true” when Barron tested positive for Covid-19.

But, she said, “luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms.”

Both the president and first lady also tested positive for coronavirus – as well as other White House staff – but have since recovered.

The White House press secretary, former Trump counsellor Kellyanne Conway and two senators were among the people around the president who tested positive for the virus.

Mrs Trump revealed Barron’s positive test result in an essay entitled “My Personal Experience with Covid-19”, published on the White House website.

After she and the president received their positive results two weeks ago, she wrote that “naturally, my mind went immediately to our son.”

Mrs Trump said it was a “great relief” when Barron initially tested negative, but she said she kept thinking about what would happen the next day and the day after that.

“My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive,” she said, adding that Barron exhibited no symptoms.

Can Trump Delay Election or Reject Peaceful Transition of Power? Amy Coney Barrett Refuses to Say

Democracy Now!

Oct 14, 2020

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced 11 hours of questioning in the Senate Tuesday but refused to provide clarity about her views on the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade, voting rights and even if President Trump could delay the election. Republicans are racing to confirm the 48-year-old federal judge before Election Day, which would give conservatives a commanding 6-3 majority on the high court. We air highlights from the marathon session.

Dahlia Lithwick: Amy Coney Barrett May Claim Neutrality, But Her Record Is “Extremely Conservative”

Democracy Now!

Oct 14, 2020

In the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, the federal judge’s refusal to answer basic questions on voter intimidation and whether a president can delay elections did her “no favors” and was part of an aim to “present herself as neutral; she’s an open book; whatever she was before, whatever she ruled on the bench before, is immaterial,” says Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter for Slate.com. “There are some issues that don’t need to be approached with an open mind. … She could have allayed a lot of fears.”

Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy: Samuel Moyn on Reforming an Undemocratic Institution

Democracy Now!

Oct 14, 2020

As Republicans race to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett prior to Election Day and cement a conservative majority on the top court for a generation or more, calls are growing for Joe Biden to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court if elected president. But Yale legal scholar Samuel Moyn argues that beyond “packing the court” and other measures commonly proposed to rebalance the Supreme Court’s ideological makeup, the institution as a whole must be weakened in order to safeguard democracy. “This country was founded on minority rule and the rejection of democracy, and the Supreme Court has long been a part of that picture,” says Moyn. “Now that the right is on the brink of establishing control, it’s a dangerous institution.”

Top U.S. & World Headlines — October 14, 2020

Democracy Now!

Oct 14, 2020

ACB Dodges Questions on Whether the President Can Deny Voter Rights | NowThis

NowThis News

Oct 14, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett did not give a straight answer when asked whether Trump could unilaterally deny the right to vote based on race.