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U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Projected To More Than Double By January – HuffPost

September 4th, 2020

(Reuters) – U.S. deaths from the coronavirus will reach 410,000 by the end of the year, more than double the current death toll, and deaths could soar to 3,000 per day in December, the University of Washington’s health institute forecast on Friday.

Deaths could be reduced by 30% if more Americans wore face masks as epidemiologists have advised, but mask-wearing is declining, the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said.

The U.S. death rate projected by the IHME model, which has been cited by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, would more than triple the current death rate of some 850 per day.

“We expect the daily death rate in the United States, because of seasonality and declining vigilance of the public, to reach nearly 3,000 a day in December,” the institute, which bills itself as an independent research center, said in an update of its periodic forecasts.

“Cumulative deaths expected by January 1 are 410,000; this is 225,000 deaths from now until the end of the year,” the institute said.

It previously projected 317,697 deaths by Dec. 1.

The model’s outlook for the world was even more dire, with deaths projected to triple to 2.8 million by Jan. 1, 2021.

The United States, which has the world’s third largest population, leads the planet with more than 186,000 COVID-19 deaths and 6.1 million coronavirus infections.

The institute made waves earlier this year when its aggressive forecasts contrasted with President Donald Trump’s repeated statements that the coronavirus would disappear. But deaths have surpassed some of the institute’s dire predictions, which have been frequently updated to reflect new data, revised assumptions and more sophisticated information sources.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues forecasts only four weeks in advance, and its latest estimate is for 200,000 to 211,000 dead by Sept. 26.

But the institute said with so many Americans still refusing to wear masks, there remains “an extraordinary opportunity” to save lives.

“Increasing mask use to the levels seen in Singapore would decrease the cumulative death toll to 288,000, or 122,000 lives saved compared to the reference scenario,” it said.

“Mask use continues to decline from a peak in early August. Declines are notable throughout the Midwest, including in some states such as Illinois and Iowa with increasing case numbers,” the report said.

Although U.S. infections have declined to around 45,000 per day from a peak of around 70,000 per day in July, COVID-19 was the second leading cause of death, the institute said. That would place it behind only heart disease, having surpassed cancer as a cause of death in the United States.

Infection rates have recently fallen in large states such as Texas, Florida and California, leading to the national decline in cases.

But 10 states, many of them in the Midwest, still average more than one secondary case per infected person, an indication of rapid spreading, the report said.

Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Additional reporting by Peter Szekely; Editing by Howard Goller

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Mulan review: Live-action remake on Disney Plus a timely, moving take – CNET

September 4th, 2020
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Mulan’s fearlessness and devotion to family carry special meaning in today’s upended world. 

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While the release of Disney’s live-action Mulan remake has faced several delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, its long-awaited debut on Disney Plus feels perfectly timed. The movie’s messages of female empowerment, bravery and devotion to family all are particularly moving as we navigate a changing, uncertain world. 

As in the beloved 1998 animated film, Mulan (Yifei Liu) struggles to strike a balance between embracing her abilities and honoring her family in China. As a woman centuries ago, she’s told it’s her duty to bring honor through marriage. But from a young age, Mulan‘s father sees she’s blessed with a special energy, or “chi.” As she gets older, it’s not only Mulan who must face the struggle of hiding her abilities; her father also experiences the heartrending pain of having to overlook his daughter’s skills just because she’s a girl.

“Chi is for warriors, not daughters,” her father tells her as a child. “Soon, you’ll be a young woman, and it is time for you to hide your gift away.”

This oft-repeated narrative leads Mulan to feel like she belongs in neither a man’s world nor a woman’s world. She’s told by her family to “learn your place,” but that proves to be quite challenging when that place seemingly doesn’t exist.  

The remake, which is punctuated by jaw-dropping stunts of sword-wielding warriors twisting mid-air, adopts a more serious, dramatic tone than its animated predecessor. This is evident in the absence of songs like I’ll Make a Man Out of You and Honor to Us All. While catchy tunes are a big part of the appeal of many Disney movies, their inclusion here would have felt forced, and Mulan’s compelling storyline is enough to carry the film. There is a powerful instrumental rendition of Reflection that plays alongside a moving montage of Mulan embracing her skills later on in the film, which feels like a sufficient nod to the beloved music of the animated version.

The weightier tone also means humor is scaled back. We don’t see Mulan’s witty grandmother in the remake, and Mushu is notably missing. Instead, Mulan’s father invokes the power of a phoenix — a symbol referred to throughout the film — to watch over Mulan. The lack of humor also manifests in an adult Mulan who’s less spunky and rambunctious than her animated counterpart, which takes away some of the charm that makes her so relatable and lovable. But it’s ultimately a minor loss that makes way for a fearlessly driven and focused character.  

With the elimination of some old characters, we are also introduced to new ones. The remake gives Mulan a sister, likely as a means of juxtaposing the main character’s unrestrained behavior with that of a “well-mannered” daughter. The lucky cricket from the animated version is reimagined as a fellow soldier named Cricket, and there are some attempts to weave mild humor into his role, but none of the jokes really stick the landing. 

We’re also introduced to Xianniang (Gong Li), a witch who often takes on the form of antagonist Böri Khan’s bird. She also takes on the likenesses of male victims when she needs to carry out a scheme. Like Mulan, Xianniang struggles to be accepted, and is therefore driven to serve Khan in exchange for his promise to provide “a place where your powers will not be vilified.”

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New character Xianniang brings depth to Mulan’s story.

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The introduction of Xianniang brings greater dimension to the story as we come to see the parallels between her life and Mulan’s. They are both outcasts who opt to disguise themselves to fit in. The key difference, of course, is that Mulan uses her guise to fight for good, while Xianniang defends evil, and we are introduced to the possibility of what Mulan could become if she were to let the bitterness of her exclusion take over her heart.

Xianniang’s character development and evolving relationship with Mulan is one of the film’s most striking attributes. Seeing two women fight for a place in the world while uplifting each other is refreshing and inspiring, particularly at a time when issues brought to light by the MeToo movement continue to impact women across industries and walks of life

The film’s ending offers a beautiful resolution to the struggle between balancing personal needs with a desire to serve family. We’re often told, particularly through movies and TV shows, that these two priorities are mutually exclusive. It’s refreshing that Mulan is able to finally find her place and purpose while also exhibiting devotion to her family. 

That sort of devotion to family and helping others takes on special meaning today. As everyday life is upended by the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have found ourselves reflecting on the relationships that matter most. Uncertainty provides an opportunity to appreciate all we have right now, and a chance to support those in need. Mulan’s acts of love and devotion to her family are a touching reminder that we can tap our own skills and abilities to help others. 

The film is also a testament to the power of bravery. As Mulan’s father tells her, “There is no courage without fear.” It’s natural to feel apprehensive about the state of the world, and about our purpose and fate. But having the courage to carry on and be the best, most authentic version of ourselves despite that uncertainty is one of the bravest things we can do. Continuing to fight, against all odds, for ourselves and those around us is truly the feat of a modern-day warrior. 

Mulan is available to stream on Disney Plus starting Friday for $30 in the US, in addition to Disney Plus‘ regular subscription fee. It’ll become free to anyone with a standard Disney Plus membership on Dec. 4. Mulan is also available in international markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several Western European countries. 

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September 4th, 2020

Wisconsin reports first 2020 death from eastern equine encephalitis – WKOW

September 4th, 2020

EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) —  Laboratory testing confirmed Wisconsin’s first 2020 human death from eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), state health officials announced Friday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Chippewa County Health Department sent out a news release with the information.

A Chippewa County woman in her 60’s was infected, becoming the second case in the state and the first to result in death, after the first confirmed case on Wednesday.

Last week, DHS announced that horses in three northwestern counties were confirmed to be infected with the virus.

The disease can spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes.

EEE is rare but potentially fatal. It can affect people regardless of their age, health officials said.

DHS released the following preveniton measures:

Avoid Mosquito Bites:

  • Apply an insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Prior to heading outdoors, treat clothing with permethrin; do not apply permethrin directly to skin.
  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning hours, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home:

  • Make sure window and door screens are intact and tightly fitted to prevent mosquitoes from getting into your home.
  • Prevent mosquitoes from breeding around your home by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows, kiddie pools, buckets, and small boats, such as canoes and kayaks, when not in use.
  • Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
  • Trim or mow tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

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September 4th, 2020

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Trump moves to cancel ‘divisive’ racial diversity training programs at White House – Global News

September 4th, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to stop federal funding for certain racial diversity training programs at the White House, which a memo calls “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

The memo from Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought alleges employees have been required to attend training sessions “where they are told that ‘virtually all white people contribute to racism’ or where they are required to say that they ‘benefit from racism,’” citing unnamed media reports.

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In the memo released Friday, Vought directs all federal agencies to identify any contracts or other spending for training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege” and other “propaganda” that “teaches or suggests … that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country” or that “any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”

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“The divisive, false and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the federal government,” the memo reads.

The memo says the president has directed Vought to cease and desist any taxpayer dollars towards the programs.

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Trump calls claims that nation and law enforcement are racist ‘destructive’

The memo comes after multiple appearances on Fox News by Christopher Rufo, a research fellow at the right-wing Discovery Institute. Rufo has discussed with host Tucker Carlson about his “one-man war” against critical race theory, which he contends has “pervaded every institution of the federal government.”

Critical race theory contends that systemic racism exists within the law and criminal justice systems, and that white privilege exists in society’s institutions.

Carlson has told his viewers during his segments with Rufo that such thinking is behind the widespread, sometimes violent protests against racial injustice and police brutality that were sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody last May.

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Read more: Trump downplays police killings of Black people, says ‘more white people’ are victims

Rufo contended that trainers and programs teaching critical race theory have been adopted by various federal agencies in the U.S. He also expressed outrage over an alleged program at Sandia National Laboratories, a major nuclear laboratory, where white male executives were tasked with writing apology letters to women and people of colour for their biases and privilege.

After Rufo’s latest appearance on Carlson’s program Tuesday — where he implored Trump to sign an executive order banning such training in the federal government — Fox News reported that the Trump administration was working to halt the practice.

As the debate over police killings of Black people has evolved into larger discussions about Black inequalities and systemic racism, Trump and his allies have dismissed arguments that racism still exists in the country’s institutions. Trump has often met such questions with disdain, calling reporters “horrible” and “awful” for asking them.

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Joe Biden calls Trump ‘first’ racist U.S. president elected in country’s history

On Tuesday, during his visit to Kenosha, Wis. — where officers shot Jacob Blake in the back and a 17-year-old Trump supporter killed two demonstrators in the resulting protests — Trump called suggestions of systemic racism “destructive.”

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He’s also downplayed the killings of Black people by police, telling multiple interviewers that “more white people” die at the hands of police than Black people. While technically true based on crime statistics, studies have shown Black Americans are over twice as likely to be killed by police compared to white people.

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Be ready for cold, rain and even snow to hit some parts of southern Alberta over the long weekend – CBC.ca

September 4th, 2020

Environment Canada is warning Calgarians to brace for a gust of autumn weather over the Labour Day long weekend — and that could include a little snow.

Though Saturday temperatures will likely reach a balmy 30 C, a low pressure system is expected to move throughout southeastern Alberta on Saturday night.

This system will bring showers, gusty winds and colder temperatures, along with five to 15 millimetres of rain by Monday evening, the agency says. 

Daytime highs are expected to hover in the 10 to 15 C range — and by Monday morning, low temperatures are expected to fall below the freezing mark.

Up to five centimetres of snow is forecasted for higher elevations in the Foothills, and up to 10 centimetres is possible on east-facing slopes.

Though snowfall is expected to remain in and near the mountain parks, there is a chance of seeing mixed precipitation in Calgary.

Most Albertans will wake up to frost on Monday morning, and widespread frost on Tuesday, Environment Canada predicts.

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Uninvited relative sole shooter in deaths of father, three children at home east of Toronto, police say – CTV Toronto

September 4th, 2020

TORONTO — An uninvited relative from Manitoba is the lone suspect in the shooting deaths of a father, his two sons and his daughter in a home east of Toronto, CTV News has learned.

Officers were called to a house in Oshawa, Ont. on Parklane Avenue, near Harmony Road North and King Street East, at around 1:20 a.m. after receiving “numerous calls” for a reported shooting.

The body of a fifth person, who police allege was the shooter, was located inside the home and investigators say he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The children’s mother was also shot and was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery, police said. 

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CTV News has also learned that the husband and wife were both school teachers and their only surviving child was away at school at the time of the shooting.

Durham police have identified the shooter as 48-year-old Winnipeg resident Mitchell Lapa. Authorities said Lapa was uninvited to the home.

His vehicle, with Manitoba licence plates, was located at the scene and has been seized by police. 

The ages of the victims have not been released but police confirmed earlier on Friday that two of the children are under the age of 18.

Police said it appears the weapon used in the attack was a long gun. 

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Security video in the neighbourhood is being reviewed to try to piece together the sequence of events, police said.

Neighbours told CP24 that a couple and their four children have lived for many years at the residence where the shooting took place. 

“This family has lived here as long as I’ve lived here, 27 years, and they were very quiet,” George Oudyk said on Friday morning.

One neighbour described the couple as “super kind people” who were “very involved in the community.”

“They were very happy, outgoing, very family-oriented people,” he said. 

Oudyk called the neighbourhood where the gunfire erupted early this morning as “just the nicest place to live.” 

“This is a quiet neighbourhood. Everyone gets along. There is a park here at the end of the street and everybody walks their dogs, eats there,” he added. “It’s just really sad.”

With files from CP24’s Codi Wilson

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Canada adds 627 coronavirus cases ahead of long weekend – Global News

September 4th, 2020

The number of new coronavirus cases in Canada grew by 627 on Friday ahead of the Labour Day weekend, a significant uptick compared with recent weeks.

Read more: Canada adds 246K new jobs in August, unemployment rate falls amid coronavirus

It’s the highest daily total Canada has seen since early June. The number of new COVID-19 cases is also about 19 per cent higher than the previous seven-day average of 525 new diagnoses per day.

The figures released Friday by the provinces and territories bring the national total to 131,039 cases.

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Just a fraction of those remain active. Most cases — about 88 per cent — are considered resolved.

Though there were additional fatalities in Quebec and B.C., the national death toll remained unchanged Friday due to amendments to provincial data.

Overall, the pandemic has claimed 9,141 lives in Canada.

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Quebec saw the greatest number of new diagnoses on Friday, with 184 additional cases.

Overall, the province has been hardest hit by far in terms of overall cases and deaths, with 63,117 people diagnosed with the illness and 5,767 fatalities attributed to the disease.

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One death occurred in the last 24 hours but the province’s total remains unchanged, because a death later determined to be unrelated to COVID-19 was removed from the data.

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Coronavirus tests now at Toronto Pearson International Airport

As Quebec continues to see an upward trend in novel coronavirus cases, the province’s health minister said the situation remains under control but urged citizens to be more vigilant over the long weekend.

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Read more: Quebec reports nearly 50 schools with COVID-19 cases as officials urge caution over long weekend

The government published a list of the 47 schools with confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday. Health Minister Christian Dubé said the majority of the cases didn’t originate in the school but outside the building.

“It’s not outbreaks in schools and that’s very good news,” Dubé told reporters in Montreal.

Alberta posted an increase of 164 cases on Friday, just over 1,400 of which are active. The death toll remains at 242 and 14,474 cases have been recorded in Alberta. The province also passed a milestone on Friday — more than one million tests have been now conducted.

Across the country, more than 6.6 million tests have been completed since January.

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In Ontario, 148 cases have been newly confirmed. Overall, 42,834 cases have been diagnosed in the province.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths stands at 2,811, after the province removed one death from the total on Friday.

Read more: B.C. reports 121 new COVID-19 cases, active cases climb over 1,200

Meanwhile, in B.C., 121 cases were added to the province’s total.

The province says 6,077 of its cases are were lab-confirmed, while 85 are considered epidemiologically linked.

One other person succumbed to the illness, bringing the death toll to 211.

Manitoba saw nine new COVID-19 diagnoses, including six in the Winnipeg area. The total stands at 1,273 and 16 people have died overall.

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Post-secondary learning to restart under coronavirus protocols

Saskatchewan saw an additional four coronavirus diagnoses on Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,638. Two dozen people have lost their lives to the illness, a figure that remained unchanged on Friday.

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In Atlantic Canada, P.E.I. was the only province to report a new coronavirus case for the second day in a row. The diagnosis announced Friday brings the province’s total to 47 cases.

In New Brunswick, 192 cases have been confirmed, and two people have succumbed to the virus.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s total stands at 269 cases and three fatalities.

Read more: How many Canadians have the new coronavirus? Total number of confirmed cases by region

Nova Scotia has had the most cases in the region, with 1,085 patients and 65 deaths overall.

There have only been 20 coronavirus cases in Canada’s North, all of which are resolved.

Yukon has had 15 in total, while the other five were in Northwest Territories.

No cases have been diagnosed in Nunavut so far.

— With files from Kalina Laframboise and Alessia Maratta, Global News

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COVID-19 cases confirmed at 2 Edmonton schools | CTV News – CTV Edmonton

September 4th, 2020

EDMONTON — Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at two Edmonton schools this week. 

The Center-Nord School Board confirms a person attending École Sainte-Jeanne-d´Arc has contracted the coronavirus, but won’t say if it was a student or an adult that visited the school. 

A letter detailing the confirmation of the case was sent home to parents on Wednesday. 

The school board says it’s working with Alberta Health Services. It says the school is considered to be low risk and an outbreak has not been declared. 

A school board spokesperson told CTV News there was no discussion of closing the school down and that the building is regularly disinfected.

Edmonton Catholic Schools told to CTV News it learned Friday a student at Louis St. Laurent Junior/Senior High School had tested positive for COVID-19.

The student last went to school on Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A spokesperson said physical distancing was “consistently maintained while this student was at school.”

The positive case is self-isolating and the school board is working with AHS.

At her daily press briefing, the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said more cases of COVID-19 are inevitable as students return to classes.

“We did know that there would be cases in school, just like we’ve identified cases in other work places and cases in other settings,” she said. 

“We knew that because there’s COVID circulating in the community and the school reflects the community this is something that was going to happen.”

Alberta currently has 14,474 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 1,433 active cases. The province has the highest active case count of any province in Canada adjusted for population. 

The city of Edmonton currently has 2,949 total cases, including 500 active cases, the second highest active case count among Alberta cities behind Calgary’s 555.

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