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San Francisco declares state of emergency over coronavirus – Fox News

February 25th, 2020

The mayor of San Francisco declared a state of emergency over coronavirus fears on Tuesday shortly after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning that the U.S. will likely see more cases.

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There are 57 known cases in the U.S. and no cases in San Francisco, but Mayor London Breed pointed to the virus’ unpredictability and troubling global growth.

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“We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm,” Breed said. She said many of the city’s residents travel to mainland China, so it is not far-fetched to suspect cases in the future.

SFGate reported that U.C. San Francisco two cases successfully earlier this month. The declaration is effective immediately and will be voted on early next month. The Los Angeles Times reported that San Diego and Santa Clara counties have made similar declarations.

China, by far, still has the most cases and deaths from the illness, though its numbers have slowed recently. Chinese officials Wednesday reported another 406 cases and 52 additional deaths, all of them in hard-hit Hubei province and all but 10 in the epicenter of the city of Wuhan.

China has recorded 2,715 deaths from COVID-19 and 78,064 confirmed cases of the virus on the mainland since the illness emerged in December.

New outbreaks occurring in far-flung places were raising concerns about containing the illness and what will happen when it reaches new places.

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“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said.

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Iranian Deputy Health Minister Diagnosed With Coronavirus | NBC News NOW – NBC News

February 25th, 2020

There is a spike in coronavirus cases in Iran with 95 cases confirmed and at least 15 people deaths. Among the sick is the Iranian deputy health minister. NBC News’ Ali Arouzi reports on a possible reason why the country is seeing high numbers of residents diagnosed.
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February 25th, 2020

See Mick Fleetwood Honor Peter Green With David Gilmour, Steven Tyler, Neil Finn – Rolling Stone

February 25th, 2020

Mick Fleetwood honored Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green with a star-studded concert at London Palladium on Tuesday, which benefited Teenage Cancer Trust. The show included appearances by David Gilmour, Steven Tyler, Neil Finn, Pete Townshend, Billy Gibbons, Christine McVie, Bill Wyman, Kirk Hammett, and Noel Gallagher among other luminaries.

“The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music,” Fleetwood said in a statement. “Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician.”

Fan footage from the event featured Neil Finn performing “Man of the World,” Steven Tyler and Billy Gibbons teaming for “Oh Well,” Gilmour performing during “Oh Well (Part 2)” and “Albatross,” and an all-star rendition of “Shake Your Money Maker” closed the night.

Prior to their “Albatross” performance, Fleetwood shared a story about trying to stay awake while on the road back from a gig and he heard the Beatles being interviewed on the radio after Abbey Road came out. “This is where we do our ‘Albatross’ thing, like Fleetwood Mac,” one of them said, according to Fleetwood. “And that woke the hell out of me [and the rest of the band] … So, our minds were truly blown … To know that this floating, lovely song had inspired just a little bit of something so precious as the band who was talking on the radio,” he said. “And this next beautiful song, ‘Albatross,’ written by Peter, I would like to dedicate not only to Peter Green but to George Harrison, it happens to be his birthday today.” See clips from the event below.

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COVID-19: First U.S. soldier infected as South Korean cases jump by 169 – Global News

February 25th, 2020

The number of new virus cases in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the first U.S. military soldier tested positive, with his infection and many others connected to a southeastern city where the outbreak has clustered.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 134 of the 169 new cases were confirmed in Daegu, where the government has been mobilizing public health tools to contain the virus. Another 19 cases were in neighbouring North Gyeongsang province towns.

A U.S. military statement said the 23-year-old soldier who tested positive was in self quarantine at his off-base residence. He had been based in Camp Caroll in a town near Daegu, and visited Camp Walker in Daegu earlier this week.

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The military said South Korean authorities and U.S. military health professionals tracing his contacts to determine if other people may have been exposed.

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South Korea now has 1,146 confirmed infections of the virus and 11 fatalities from the COVID-19 illness it causes. The national government has been channeling medical personnel, protective suits and other supplies to Daegu, and there are concerns the local hospitals are being overwhelmed and fatigued doctors are becoming vulnerable to infections.

“This week will be critical in the fight to combat the (COVID-19) illness,” Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun said at meeting in Daegu City Hall to discuss quarantine efforts.

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The number of cases were expected to rise as health workers were working to finish testing hundreds of members of the Daegu branch of a church that has the country’s biggest cluster of infections. The Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which mainstream Christian organizations describe as a cult, agreed to hand over a list of 200,000 members nationwide so screenings could widen.

China, by far, still has the most cases and deaths from the illness, though its numbers have slowed recently. Chinese officials Wednesday reported another 406 cases and 52 additional deaths, all of them in hard-hit Hubei province and all but 10 in the epicenter of the city of Wuhan.

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China has recorded 2,715 deaths from COVID-19 and 78,064 confirmed cases of the virus on the mainland.

While the response efforts to the disease have long focused on China and its neighbours, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier called for Americans to be prepared for the illness to spread there.

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New outbreaks occurring in far-flung places were raising concerns about how to contain the spread of the illness and what will happen when it reaches new places.

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“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a call with reporters Tuesday.

Uncertainly remained over how best to stem the spread of the illness. Italy had taken Europe’s most stringent preventative measures and yet became home to the biggest outbreak outside Asia. Experts in Japan, with one of the world’s most sophisticated health systems, acknowledged the country’s handling of a virus-stricken cruise ship was flawed and could have allowed the problem to magnify.

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Japan’s case total of 860, third highest behind China and South Korea, includes 691 passengers and crew from the Diamond Princess. Four former passengers on the ship have died and more than a dozen people who were evacuated by their home countries later tested positive for the virus. Six government officials involved in the quarantine effort also became sick.

Overnight, 445 Filipinos who were mostly crew members on the ship flew home to begin a 14-day quarantine at an athletic facility in a northern province. Eighty Filipino crew members who tested positive for the virus stayed behind in hospitals in Japan.

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Frontrunner Sanders under attack in Democratic Party debate – Al Jazeera English

February 25th, 2020

US Senator Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, faced a torrent of attacks from his rivals on Tuesday night, during a high-stakes debate that could be their final prime-time opportunity to change the momentum of the campaign.

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg seized on reports that Russia was interfering in the 2020 presidential election to help Sanders.

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Bloomberg claimed both US President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin shared the belief that Sanders would be the weakest Democratic rival for the Republican incumbent.

“Vladimir Putin thinks Donald Trump should be president of the United States and that’s why Russia is helping you get [in], so you lose to him,” Bloomberg said.

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Sanders shot back, “Hey, Mr Putin, if I’m president of the United States, trust me you’re not going to interfere in any more American elections.'”

Last week, Sanders acknowledged that he had been briefed by intelligence officials who said that Russia is attempting to interfere in the elections to benefit him.

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Former Vice President Joseph Biden also attacked Sanders for considering launching a primary challenge against former President Barack Obama in 2012.

Sanders, who has risen to be the Democrats’ clear front-runner, responded: “I’m hearing my name mentioned a little bit tonight. I wonder why?”

The new wave of infighting came as Democrats met for the party’s 10th – and perhaps most consequential –  debate of the 2020 primary season.

Tuesday’s forum came just four days before the primary in the state of South Carolina, and one week before more than a dozen states vote during the so-called Super Tuesday primaries.

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Biden is also looking to make a big impression in South Carolina, where he is counting on strong support among black voters in South Carolina to recharge his flagging campaign. His campaign had earlier said that a weak showing in the state could end his candidacy. 

The state is the first contest featuring a substantial African-American electorate, a crucial voting bloc in the Democratic primary process.

A new Reuters Ipsos poll shows support for Biden slipping among black voters nationwide by 10 points in recent weeks, to 23 percent, while Sanders saw his support rise seven points to take the lead at 26 percent.

Sanders’s ideological ally, Elizabeth Warren, also made the case that she would be a better president than Sanders, but she trained most of her sharpest attacks on Bloomberg.

In one of the most tense moments of the debate, Warren denounced Bloomberg over a news report that he told a female employee to “kill it” when she became pregnant. The former New York City mayor denied the report.

Meanwhile, candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are also fighting to win over moderates while decrying Sanders’s chief policy priorities.

Sanders’s handling of the pressure could be crucial in determining whether he stays at the top of the Democratic pack.

Whoever obtains the majority of delegates from all state primaries and caucuses will earn the nomination in the Democratic Party and the chance to defeat Trump in the November presidential election.

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Contingency plans underway as coronavirus spreads – CBC News: The National

February 25th, 2020

With COVID-19 appearing in more countries worldwide, contingency plans are underway for a coronavirus pandemic.

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Blockade protests show signs of falling into cycle of crackdown and escalation – National Post

February 25th, 2020

Indigenous demonstrators and their allies blocked new rail lines, highways and other critical infrastructure points Tuesday — including the Port of Vancouver — as protests that began in a tiny B.C. community months ago once again grew and spread to new sites all over the country.

The demonstrations, sparked by opposition to a proposed B.C. gas line, have already become the defining challenge of Justin Trudeau’s still-young second term as prime minister. The blockades and related protests have exposed a seemingly impossible line Trudeau must walk — to satisfy critics and allies alike — between climate change action, Indigenous reconciliation and the development of new oil and gas infrastructure.

To make things worse for Trudeau, the protests this week have shown signs of settling into an intractable cycle of crackdown and escalation. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police forcibly cleared out a Mohawk demonstration along the CN rail line at Tyendenaga, near Belleville, Ontario, Monday. On Tuesday, in response, allied protestors occupied and blocked commuter rail lines into and out of Toronto and Hamilton during both the morning and evening commutes, forcing transport agencies to shut down several lines and delay or reroute thousands of passengers. While the protest in Hamilton “peacefully” disbanded early on Tuesday evening, a new one already popped up near train tracks in Etobicoke in Toronto’s west end.


A protester is taken into custody by police on Feb. 25 at a blockade that cut off access to the Port of Vancouver for nearly 24 hours.

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Those blockades were only a few of the many that have popped up across Canada since the OPP raid Monday. In Vancouver, demonstrators seized an intersection leading into the busy commercial port Monday afternoon. They remained in place until police forced them out late Tuesday.

In northern B.C., police arrested 14 people, including two hereditary Gitxsan chiefs, Monday night after they set up a new blockade on a rail line north of Smithers. In Victoria, meanwhile, Indigenous youth occupied the steps of the B.C. Legislature in solidarity with the protests.

Across the country, on Tuesday morning, demonstrators descended on a rail line in Sherbrooke, Quebec, about 150 kilometres east of Montreal. About 20 people, their faces covered, blocked the tracks and put up signs saying they were supporting the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en First Nation in their fight against the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.


Protestors block the CN rail lines heading out of Hamilton, Ont., on Feb. 25, 2020.

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In Montreal, several hundred people took to the streets in support of the those protests, while outside the city, Mohawk demonstrators temporarily blocked the highway at Kanesatake, near one of the key sites of the 1990 Oka crisis, according to CBC.

By Tuesday evening, the protests across the country had entered a phase somewhere between whack-a-mole and a game of high-stakes chicken. Police, armed with court injunctions, were clearing out or had announced plans to clear out blockades and demonstrations in three provinces.

But for every blockade cleared so far, several new ones have appeared. They’re fuelled in part by outrage over the images of officers tackling and dragging away protestors that appear online after every new enforcement.


Protestors block a highway in Caledonia, Ont., on Feb. 25, 2020.

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For now, the strategy seems to be: Crack down on one, inspire another and just hope the other side runs out of patience first. It remains to be seen how successful that gambit will be. It isn’t yet clear how deep and how broad the appetite for mass protest is in this country — by both those doing the protesting and those inconvenienced by it.

It seems unlikely that the specific demonstrations over the Coastal Gaslink pipeline will peter out and disappear anytime soon. Those are tied not only to the specific project but also to decades of debate and battles over Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en sovereignty and governance in B.C.

But in the rest of the country, on the rail lines of Ontario, on the highways of Quebec and the waterways of Vancouver, the copycat protests could still build into something lasting. It remains likely that they will fade away. Mass protest can be ephemeral and is almost always impossible to sustain. The question, though, is whether this one is the exception to that rule.

— With files from Reuters and the Canadian Press

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San Francisco declares emergency over coronavirus despite having no cases – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post

February 25th, 2020

San Francisco declared a local emergency over the coronavirus on Tuesday, despite having no cases, as US officials urged Americans to prepare for the spread of infections within their communities.

California’s fourth-largest city said it made the move to boost its coronavirus preparedness and raise public awareness of risks the virus may spread to the city.

“Although there are still zero confirmed cases in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the United States on Tuesday to prepare for community spread after infections surfaced in several more countries.

The 14 confirmed US cases of coronavirus have been mostly travel related, with only two cases of person-to-person spread. There are also 39 cases among Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Tokyo and from Wuhan, China.

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Health officials warn of coronavirus reaching the US | WNT – ABC News

February 25th, 2020

In its strongest warning yet, the CDC all but promised that the coronavirus would spread to the U.S. and instructed Americans to prepare.

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