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Fauci Predicts 100K Coronavirus Cases Daily ‘If Things Don’t Turn Around’



The number of new Chinese coronavirus cases in the United States could reach 100,000 a day if the country fails to turn things around, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, predicted while testifying before a Senate panel on Tuesday.

There are currently about 40,000 new daily infections of COVID-19, the disease associated with the novel coronavirus, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), a component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), testified.

“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day,” Fauci told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”

His comments came in response to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asking, “How many COVID-19 deaths and infections should America expect before this is all over?”

In responding, Fauci added:

I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country even though in other parts of the country they are doing well, they are vulnerable… We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk.

Fauci refused to estimate the overall number of COVID-19 fatalities, saying that he gleaned his prediction in March that there would be between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths from models that tend to change over time.

He told Senators:

I would really be hesitant to give a number [on the overall number of deaths] that will come back in either be contradicted, overblown, or under blown, but I think it’s important to tell you and the American public that I’m very concerned because it could get very bad.

Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who testified alongside Fauci, struck a more optimistic tone, saying the country “can reverse these concerning trends.”

Dr. Giroir suggested that the United States is in a better position to handle a spike in cases, testifying:

All of us are concerned about recent data from several states indicating rising infections and now an uptick in hospitalizations and deaths even as other states and the majority of counties are maintaining a low infection burden.

Knowing what we know now about a symptom of the transmission and the fact that we are in a much better position today in terms of our mitigation strategies, PPE [personal protective equipment] and testing we can reverse these concerning trends if we work together.

He urged U.S. residents to maintain social distancing, wear a face-covering whenever physical distance is impossible, practice good hygiene, and stay home if they are feeling sick.

“If you have been in close contact with someone infected or in a gathering without appropriate precautions, get tested,” Giroir added. “Shield the elderly and the vulnerable of any age. And follow the guidelines for opening up America again.”

Echoing Fauci, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noted that cases are increasing across the United States, particularly in the southern part of the country, following “an extended decline.”

The CDC chief testified:

The number of jurisdictions with an upward trajectory has continued to increase. Now 29 of 55 jurisdictions [in the United States] fall into this category. The evidence tells us that these cases are driven by many factors to include increased testing, community transmission, and outbreaks in settings such as nursing homes and occupational settings.

While hospitalizations are going up in some states, the number of hospital visits and deaths remains stable in most of the country, Redfield indicated.

“Hospitalizations now are going up in 12 states, and as of this weekend daily death has now increased in the state of Arizona,” Dr. Redfield said. “CDC is closely monitoring these increases.”

Health experts predicted cases would go up as more people ventured out of their homes during the reopening phase. Some public health experts have also warned that the recent protests are an ideal breeding ground for spreading COVID-19.



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‘Honey trap’ teen who lured man to his death can be named for the first time


A ‘honey trap’ teen who lured a man to his death so her accomplices could steal his BMW can be named for the first time.

Chloe Harkins-Turner, 18, met Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, in a car park in Anerley, southeast London, before he was murdered on August 4, 2018.

She chatted to him on Snapchat and invited him to spend time together in person before he was stabbed 16 times to his torso, back and shoulders by Kevin Lusala, 22.

The killer lay in wait with his gang while Harkins-Turner hugged the victim in his blue BMW Sedan, before fleeing the scene.

Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, was stabbed 16 times in his torso, back and shoulders

Mr Azeez managed to stagger out of the car park where he was ambushed leaving a blood trail and collapsed on the floor just outside the entrance.

A doctor tried in vain to save his life by performing an emergency operation in the street.

Police and paramedics also struggled to stem the blood loss from his horrific stab wounds.

Kevin Lusala was jailed for life for murder and conspiracy to rob

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Harkins-Turner, of south London, admitted conspiracy to rob during the trial and was sentenced to a three-year youth rehabilitation order in January this year.

Harkins-Turner, who turned 18 in April, returned to the Old Bailey after flouting her curfew.

She admitted breaching the community order and was released on bail ahead of sentence on 24 July.

Lusala, of Orpington, Kent, was jailed for life for murder and conspiracy to rob and must serve a minimum of 30 years before he can be considered for parole.

Chaise Gray, 24, of Croydon, was convicted of conspiracy to rob and jailed for 10 years.





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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong quits pro-democracy group as China passes security law – National



Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said on Tuesday he is stepping down as leader of his democracy group Demosisto, just hours after local media reported that Beijing had passed national security legislation for the Chinese-ruled city.

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Wong has said he will be a “prime target” of Beijing’s national security law, which critics fear will crush freedoms in the former British colony.

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“If my voice will not be heard soon, I hope that the international community will continue to speak up for Hong Kong and step up concrete efforts to defend out last bit of freedom,” Wong wrote in a tweet.

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Abu Dhabi permits people with negative COVID-19 test to enter emirate


Abu Dhabi will allow people to enter the emirate if they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous 48 hours, the local government media office said on Monday, Trend reports citing Reuters.

Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest member of the United Arab Emirates federation, has had a ban on people entering since June 2. It eased some restrictions a week ago to allow movement between its cities for residents.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates will partially reopen mosques across the country starting July 1, with a reduced capacity of 30%, the spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said on Monday.

Saif Al Dhaheri said that mosques will remain closed for Friday prayers, but some will be open at other times while those located in industrial areas, shopping malls and public parks will stay closed for now.



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Boris Johnson admits he is concerned by Leicester outbreak as lockdown looks set to remain in the city



There has been more than one million cases of Covid-19 in the 22 countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region, the WHO confirmed on Sunday.

As of 11:00 on Sunday, 1,025,478 cases and 23,461 deaths have been recorded from the region, which spans from Morocco to Pakistan.

While cases in Europe have been largely declining, several countries in the region have been seeing increases in the number of cases and deaths. Countries recently reporting increases in cases include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory and Oman.

The WHO said it is especially concerned about the spread of the virus in war-torn countries such as Syria, Yemen and Libya due to poor infrastructure and fragile health systems vastly weakened by conflict. In all countries, it said, there is still a clear need for expansion of testing and more accurate reporting of cases and deaths to inform targeted responses.

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the WHO’s regional director for the region, said: “This is a very concerning milestone. As shops, restaurants, mosques, businesses, airports and other public places begin to open up, we need to be more vigilant and cautious than ever before. One million people have been infected, tens of thousands have died, and many more are still at risk in our region.

“We cannot relax our efforts. In fact, many countries lifting restrictions are seeing marked increases in cases, which signifies the need to accelerate public health response measures. Communities must remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping themselves and their countries safe.”





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Activists demand release of Andres Guardado autopsy report



A coalition of community activists gathered Sunday at a street memorial in Gardena for Andres Guardado, who was fatally shot June 18 by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy, and called on Sheriff Alex Villanueva to release the autopsy report of the 18-year-old.

“Villanueva has to be held accountable,” Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope said in a phone interview. “He is saying the investigation will be transparent, but he had blocked release of the autopsy. It is important not just for the family, but the whole city is watching this case.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department put a “security hold” on the Guardado case Monday, saying that “investigators wish to maintain the integrity of the investigation, and premature release of information could jeopardize the case.”

Activists believe the autopsy will provide crucial information about the killing of Guardado, who was speaking with someone in a car outside an auto body shop where he worked as a security guard when deputies arrived.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies from the Compton station pulled up to the scene about 6 p.m. Authorities said that Guardado “produced a handgun” and that two deputies chased him on foot. When the deputies caught up, one of them opened fire on Guardado, officials said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Villanueva and investigators have not said what prompted the shooting and have released few details about the confrontation.

Family members and activists have expressed skepticism about the Sheriff’s Department’s version of events. Four days after the shooting, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors called for an independent investigation into the shooting.

Speaking to more than two dozen people near the site where Guardado was killed, Ali also called upon Compton Mayor Aja Brown to rescind the city’s contract with the Sheriff’s Department and to bring back the Compton Police Department, which was disbanded in 2000.

“Twenty years ago, the Compton sheriff’s station came into Compton,” Ali said, “and we want to draw attention to the historically murderous relationship between the … Sheriff’s Department and our community.”

Cliff Smith, representing the Coalition for Community Control Over the Police, also spoke at the sidewalk memorial. “We are in accordance with demands that the mayor and the City Council of Compton take responsibility for the sheriff’s [deputies] dispatched out of their station,” he said beforehand. “This is not a new demand.”

The shooting of Guardado came a little more than two weeks after video was released showing two deputies kneeling on top of a struggling man while a third deputy strikes the man five times with his knee.

The man was identified as Dalvin Price, who was arrested on suspicion of looting and assault with a deadly weapon.

Reacting to Price’s arrest — with tactics reminiscent of those that led to the death of George Floyd — Brown asked for an investigation into the incident, and Villanueva has called on the Board of Supervisors to “fully fund the [Sheriff’s Department’s] body-worn camera project.”

The gathering at the Guardado memorial took place as a community car wash was being held to raise money for the family. Last week, more than 100 protesters took to the streets and marched on the Compton sheriff’s station, where they were met with a dozen deputies in riot gear.

Organizers decided Sunday not to march on the sheriff’s station but instead support the car wash.

“We don’t want any disturbance,” said Noe Abarca, Guardado’s uncle, at the car wash.

“We are tired of police using the force on young people,” he added.





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Feline on fleek! Cat has an army of Instagram followers thanks to his hilarious white eyebrows


Feline on fleek! Bombay cat’s hilarious white ‘eyebrows’ which give him a permanent look of concern have won him an army of Instagram followers

  • Cornelius Cornbread, four, from Nashville, Tennessee, is a stunning Bombay cat 
  • He has become popular on Instagram thanks to ‘eyebrow’ marks on his forehead 
  • Owner Karen Mellette says Cornelius has had ‘eyebrows’ since he was a kitten

A cat who appears to have eyebrows has conquered thousands of followers online thanks to his sophisticated looks.

Cornelius Cornbread, four, from Nashville, Tennessee, is a Bombay cat who has become a popular up-and-coming star on Instagram thanks to the white marks on his forehead.

According to his owner, retired teacher Karen Mellette, Cornelius has had ‘eyebrows’ since he was a kitten because of a lack of fur in the area between his eyes and ears.

And the cat’s permanent sassy look of concern is loved by his fans, with one admitting: ‘Humans would pay for brows like yours.’

A cat (pictured above) who appears to have eyebrows has won thousands of followers online thanks to his sophisticated looks

A cat (pictured above) who appears to have eyebrows has won thousands of followers online thanks to his sophisticated looks

Cornelius Cornbread (pictured at home), four, from Nashville, Tennessee, is a Bombay cat who has become a popular up-and-coming star on Instagram thanks to the white marks on his forehead

Cornelius Cornbread (pictured at home), four, from Nashville, Tennessee, is a Bombay cat who has become a popular up-and-coming star on Instagram thanks to the white marks on his forehead

According to his owner, retired teacher Karen Mellette, Cornelius (seen in a cute, blue outfit) has had 'eyebrows' since he was a kitten because of a lack of fur in the area between his eyes and ears

According to his owner, retired teacher Karen Mellette, Cornelius (seen in a cute, blue outfit) has had ‘eyebrows’ since he was a kitten because of a lack of fur in the area between his eyes and ears

Karen explained: ‘The “eyebrows” are formed by the white skin revealed through the thinner area of black fur in his brow area.

‘The combination of the sparse black “brow “hair and the unique rounded shape of the white skin showing through make him appear to have well-groomed eyebrows.

‘His brows are most definitely on fleek,’ she joked.

Karen began posting pictures of Cornelius online in 2018, and the cute feline now boasts more than six thousand followers. 

And the cat's permanent sassy look of concern (above) is loved by his fans, with one admitting: 'Humans would pay for brows like yours.'

And the cat’s permanent sassy look of concern (above) is loved by his fans, with one admitting: ‘Humans would pay for brows like yours.’

Karen began posting pictures of Cornelius (above) online in 2018, and the cute feline now boasts more than six thousand followers

Karen began posting pictures of Cornelius (above) online in 2018, and the cute feline now boasts more than six thousand followers 

One user commented on a photo of sassy-looking Cornelius, saying: ‘Humans would pay for brows like yours,’ while another one said: ‘He looks like a true gentlecat.’

According to Karen, Cornelius actually has a big personality to match his unique looks.

Karen said: ‘Cornelius has a big personality and loves to be at the centre of the attention, but he’s also a sweet, affectionate cat. 

According to his owner, beloved Cornelius (pictured) actually has a big personality to match his unique looks

According to his owner, beloved Cornelius (pictured) actually has a big personality to match his unique looks

Karen said: 'Cornelius (pictured) has a big personality and loves to be at the centre of the attention, but he's also a sweet, affectionate cat'

Karen said: ‘Cornelius (pictured) has a big personality and loves to be at the centre of the attention, but he’s also a sweet, affectionate cat’

‘He loves following us around, curling up on our laps or snuggling up next to us, and unlike many cats, he enjoys being held and carried.

‘Bombay cats are nicknamed “velcro cats” because they are so clingy, and Cornelius is no exception,’ Karen explained.

‘He can be very needy, he does not like to be left alone or ignored, and gets very anxious when he thinks I’m going to leave home without him.’



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Chinese next generation heavy military trucks enters service


The third generation heavy military trucks, developed by the Shaanxi Automobile Holding Group, has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army.

According to open sources, Shaanxi has won a contract to develop a new generation of heavy military trucks in 2017. The first experimental batches of new vehicles began to enter the troops in 2018 and already in 2019 was made decision to adopted for service in the Chinese Army.

The new family of the special vehicles has a unique and modular chassis design that enables heavy transport load and high-speed transportation on the most difficult terrain. The suspension and wheels feature strong construction for excellent terrain manoeuvrability, while maintaining a high payload capacity.

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In the 6×6 and 8×8 variants, the new heavy military platform covers a broad spectrum from transport vehicles to heavy-duty transporter with a gross train weight of over 120 tonnes. It is suitable for transporting high-value, sensitive and complex equipment, enabling it to serve as a system or weapon carrier even in difficult terrain in either a three- or four-axle version.

The new platform already is available in a variety of configurations, including cargo, tanker, tractor and wrecker.

The new truck family has a modular cab, which can be fitted with add-on armor protection kit. Armored modules are attached to the outside of the cab.

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Congress Should Do More To Rein In Presidential Power, Sen. Tim Kaine Says : NPR


Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., seen on Capitol Hill earlier this month. In an interview with NPR’s Michel Martin, Kaine encouraged Congress to reassert its authority as a co-equal branch of government.

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Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., seen on Capitol Hill earlier this month. In an interview with NPR’s Michel Martin, Kaine encouraged Congress to reassert its authority as a co-equal branch of government.

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Presidential power only goes so far — and then Congress has the constitutional duty to assert its authority, Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine told NPR’s Michel Martin in an interview on Saturday.

Kaine’s comments come amid renewed criticism among Democrats and some Republicans that President Trump repeatedly engages in executive overreach. Some point to the administration’s move this month to remove New York federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman, who had been investigating some of Trump’s associates. Others cite the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI during the Russia investigation.

Presidential assertions of executive power are nothing new, Kaine said, pointing to Barack Obama and George W. Bush as examples of commanders-in-chief who believed they could engage in military activity without a vote from Congress. But the Trump administration goes too far, Kaine said, citing the Flynn case, as well as Trump’s taking money out of the defense budget to use for a border wall, and blocking witnesses from testifying before congressional committees.

Some powers belong to Congress alone, Kaine said, such as starting trade wars and imposing tariffs. “Presidents take these powers, but Congress has basically just allowed them to,” he said.

Kaine was especially critical of what he called the highly politicized pardons of people like Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who was pardoned by Trump after a conviction for criminal contempt of court; or I. Lewis Libby Jr., former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection to the leak of a CIA officer’s identity.

These pardons, Kaine said, are “almost like messages to others: ‘Hey, stick with me and I’ll pardon you if you don’t say anything bad about me.’ ”

While Kaine is critical of presidents for taking on powers not explicitly conferred by the Constitution, the senator said he’s even more critical of a Congress that abdicates its authority to push back. “When Congress abdicates, we just allow this to happen. And Congress has been abdicating — and frankly it’s been a bipartisan problem for too long,” Kaine said.

Ultimately, Kaine believes Congress has let the balance of power between the branches of government become disturbed. “We’ve let power that was supposed to be at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue run down to the other end,” Kaine said. “There’s got to be a balance, and we need to reclaim some of it.”

Kaine is hopeful a bipartisan solution is possible. Trump’s attempts at asserting authority is “making a lot of us grapple with the fact that Congresses of both parties under presidents of both parties have let the balance get out of wack,” he said.

But Kaine acknowledges that for some Democrats, complaining about executive overreach might be a matter of what he called “situational ethics”: There’s a possibility, he said, that they might turn a blind eye if presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins office. “When I was raising real concerns about President Obama’s decision to unilaterally engage in military activity, Democrats in my own Senate caucus were basically yelling at me and telling me to knock it off,” Kaine said.

That said, given Biden’s decades of experience in Congress, Kaine is confident a Biden presidency would take pains not to engage in political overreach that tramples over the legislative branch. Biden has “a completely different attitude toward the role of the Article I branch than President Trump does,” Kaine said.



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