Lockdowns, Round 2: A New Virus Surge Prompts Restrictions, and Pushback

first_img“But it’s also much worse than the spring because this virus is now much more widespread,” she said. “It’s not just one region of the country experiencing the surge. It’s every state.”As in the spring, the latest moves to buckle down have frequently been led by Democratic officials, who have tended to be more willing than Republicans to place restrictions on businesses and issue mask mandates. The governors of Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington who have announced new restrictions in the last few days are all Democrats.So is Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who said on Monday that his state was “pulling the emergency brake” on its reopening plan.He moved most of California’s more populous counties back into the most restrictive tier in the state’s tiered reopening plan, meaning that indoor dining and some other businesses that had been allowed to reopen with limits would have to shut down again. Mr. Newsom added that the state was studying options for imposing a curfew. The virus killed about 1,700 people in Philadelphia in the early months of the pandemic, overwhelming the city’s funeral homes. With Covid-19 hospitalizations soaring again in the city, Dr. Farley warned that the virus could kill a similar number of Philadelphians this fall and winter if left unchecked. Dr. Atlas said later on Sunday that he did not mean to incite violence.The fraught political atmosphere is a return to an earlier era of the pandemic, when protesters who were angry about business shutdowns screamed without masks on at state capitols and Mr. Trump encouraged right-wing protests demanding the reopening of the economy. Those tensions faded in the summer after viral outbreaks cooled in many states. Governors made plans to open up businesses and restaurants, and some of the millions of jobs lost in the pandemic came back. But the new restrictions are meeting resistance, and it has been especially fierce in Michigan, where Governor Whitmer, a Democrat, said on Sunday evening that she would shut down indoor dining, shutter casinos and movie theaters, and halt in-person learning at high schools and colleges for three weeks. A Republican state legislator quickly called for her to be impeached, and Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s coronavirus adviser, urged people in the state to “rise up” in protest. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – But now, the arc of the pandemic has returned to crisis levels nearly everywhere.The country is now recording more than 150,000 new cases each day on average, more than ever before. More than 69,000 people are in the hospital with the virus, the highest number of the pandemic. Reports of coronavirus-related deaths are up 64 percent in the past month, to more than 1,100 people a day. And governors and mayors are returning to the lecterns and video streams where they held daily briefings in the spring, this time to announce urgent new restrictions and plead for compliance.“It feels very similar to the spring,” said Crystal Watson, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Watson said she worried that hospitals in many cities would soon become overwhelmed, as they were in New York City and other places on the East Coast during the spring peak. Under the new rules, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people for every 1,000 square feet of space, which Dr. Farley said meant barring fans from football games. Youth, community and school sports will be canceled. High schools and colleges were told to shift to remote learning, but child care centers and elementary and middle schools will be allowed to remain open.“The bottom line is this: If we don’t do something to change the trajectory of this epidemic, the hospitals will become full,” Dr. Farley said. “They’ll have difficulty treating people, and we’ll have between several hundred and a thousand deaths by just the end of this year.”Reporting was contributed by Kathleen Gray, Marie Fazio, Jill Cowan, Simon Romero and Bryan Pietsch. But as the pandemic penetrates far and wide, reaching more rural areas and wide swaths of Republican-led states than it touched in the spring, Republican officials who had been hesitant about government overreach have also been wielding their authority more forcefully. The Republican governors of North Dakota and Utah imposed mask mandates last week; Iowa’s governor did the same on Monday, also announcing curfews at restaurants and bars and restrictions on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings. So far, few officials have returned to the most restrictive measure used in the spring, a complete stay-at-home order. But the Navajo Nation reinstated its stay-at-home order after health officials warned of uncontrolled spread of the virus in dozens of communities in the vast reservation.The order, one of the most aggressive antivirus measures in the nation, took effect on Monday and is to last three weeks. During that time, all roads in the Navajo Nation are closed to visitors, residents must stay at home except for urgent trips, and most government offices will be closed. Essential businesses like gas stations and groceries are allowed to open, but only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Warning that serious action was needed to prevent a new wave of deaths, officials in Philadelphia announced sweeping measures on Monday to shut down indoor dining, gyms, museums and libraries, close down in-person learning at high schools and colleges through the end of 2020 and ban all indoor gatherings of people from multiple households, even in private homes.“That means no indoor parties, group meals, football watching groups, no visiting between households, no indoor weddings, funerals, baby showers,” Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner, said. “We know that is a very strong policy, but this gets at the most important sites of spread.” “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept,” Dr. Atlas wrote on Twitter. On Monday, Ms. Whitmer said the statement left her “breathless.”“It’s just incredibly reckless, considering everything that has happened,” said Ms. Whitmer, who faced fierce opposition for her coronavirus restrictions in the spring: Mr. Trump tweeted a call to “liberate Michigan” and protesters at the State Capitol chanted, “Lock her up.” She was later the target of an alleged kidnapping plot by an antigovernment extremist group, the authorities said.- Advertisement – The scene was familiar: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, addressing a rapidly escalating coronavirus surge in her state, stood at a lectern and somberly announced new restrictions meant to stop the virus from spreading out of control.Within hours, the backlash began.- Advertisement – As the coronavirus crisis mounts with renewed force in the United States, surpassing 11 million total cases and threatening to overwhelm hospitals across the country, governors, mayors and other officials are ordering restrictions, and once again finding themselves in the crosscurrents of public health and economic crises.California, Washington State, Michigan and Oregon have shut indoor dining back down, among other measures. In Chicago, a new stay-at-home advisory went into effect on Monday. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney introduced a sweeping new set of coronavirus rules, including a ban on most indoor private gatherings, with a plea for understanding: “We do not take any of this lightly,” he said. “Believe me, more than anything in the world, I wish none of this was necessary.”The new wave of restrictions comes at a time when health officials across the nation are reporting more new cases and more hospitalizations from the virus than ever before, and experts are warning that another 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from the virus in the next few months if significant action is not taken.last_img read more

Indonesia’s bid for 2032 Olympics: ‘No other place but Jakarta’

first_imgIndonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) says the country has no city aside from Jakarta for its planned proposal to host the 2032 Olympics Games, ending recent speculation about possible plans to propose the country’s future capital in East Kalimantan as the host city.In a phone interview on Thursday night, NOC chief Raja Sapta Oktohari told The Jakarta Post that his party would always pick Jakarta as the strongest candidate to host the quadrennial event, adding that holding the Olympics in another place would violate the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) sustainability principle.“During my communication with [President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo], no other place was mentioned, only Jakarta. Anything else is mere speculation,” he said. The IOC sustainability strategy is one of the key elements besides youth and credibility in the organization’s Olympic Agenda 2020. Maximizing the use of existing venues is one of the main aspects of that strategy.The sustainability strategy leaves leeway for the construction of a new venue but with a note that it must be viable and have a “minimal environmental footprint”, the IOC document stated.This would be violated if Indonesia nominated a new place, which would force us to build new sporting venues for the 2032 Olympics’ bid, Okto said.Previously, Reuters reported that the Indonesian government was “evaluating” the 2032 Olympics’ bid plan with the inclusion of the new capital in East Kalimantan as the candidate city for the Summer Olympic Games.Indonesia is likely to face a tough challenge from Australia’s Brisbane, which has announced its candidacy for the 2032 Games.In February, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the new capital city, which will be built in the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartenagara, will kick off this July as the central government is currently working to accelerate the establishment of regulations and a master plan for the new capital.Topics :last_img read more

Hart district touts its ‘losers”

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA — There are a bunch of losers working for the Hart high school district. In fact, employees there dumped a total of 3,275.5 pounds in three months. The biggest losers are at Rio Norte Junior High School, where the 10-member Team Aqua lost 269 pounds, 12.37 percent of the team’s starting weight. The feat won the group a $2,500 cash price to divide among members plus $2,500 for their school. Another prize went to Les Hershberger, a counselor at Arroyo Seco Junior High, who lost more than 24 percent of his starting body weight — the top loser in the district. Alison Schmidt, the school district’s nurse, is behind the Big Loser District Challenge, a contest she came up with before the winter holidays. While she expected 40 or 50 employees to sign up, 260 did, each contributing $20 toward the prize funds. “The concept was to encourage teachers and staff participants to lose weight, reduce health risk behaviors, lower stress and improve moral,” Schmidt said. Dividing the losers into teams seemed to help motivate individuals, she said. Team members walked together, ate better and supported one another — and weighed in every Monday to keep things honest. Schmidt now plans to hold another Big Loser Challenge after Labor Day to ready employees for the holidays.last_img read more

Revealed: Ireland’s top 20 most viewed TV shows of 2017

first_imgFigures released by Television Audience Management Ireland/Nielsen shows that The Late Late Toy Show was the most viewed television programme of 2017, with 1.35 million people tuning in.This was followed by the All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin and Mayo, which raked in 1.14 million views.Extreme weather reports, such as the coverage surrounding Storm Ophelia, led to an increased number of people tuning into the One O’Clock RTÉ News broadcast, resulting in the show being placed at number 15. The figures also show that Irish people really love their telly time, with the average adult spending 3 hours and 13 minutes per day catching up on their favourite shows. This increases to 4 hours each day for housekeepers and those aged over 55.Most people watch TV live as scheduled (89%), whereas 11% is time-shifted (recording on Sky+, Virgin Horizon, DVD etc.) 60% of homes now have a PVR, the increased choice and flexibility that this provides continues to make TV viewing dominate our spare time.Sports fans were well represented in the top 20, with 11 sports programmes placing on the list.  Here’s the top twenty most viewed TV shows in Ireland of 2017:The Late Late Toy Show, RTÉ One – 1,345,700 viewsThe Sunday Game Live (All-Ireland Senior Football Final) – Dublin v Mayo, RTÉ2 – 1,141,200 viewsEuropean Qualifiers: Play-Off for FIFA World Cup (second leg) – Republic of Ireland v Denmark, RTÉ2 – 1,038,600 viewsThe Sunday Game Live (All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final) – Galway v Waterford, RTÉ2 – 916,500 viewsWorld Cup Qualifier 2018 – Live – Wales v Republic of Ireland, RTÉ2 – 866,100 viewsRTE News: Nine O’clock, RTÉ One – 845,700 viewsRBS 6 Nations – Live Play – Ireland v France, RTÉ2 – 826,400 viewsRBS 6 Nations – Live Play – Wales v Ireland, RTÉ2 – 818,300 viewsRBS 6 Nations – Live Play – Ireland v England, RTÉ2 – 753,200 viewsMrs Brown’s Boys CSI: Mammy, RTÉ One – 753,200 viewsMrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Mummy, RTÉ One – 731,700 viewsThe Sunday Game Live (All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final) – Kerry v Mayo, RTÉ2 – 729,600 viewsRTE News: Six One, RTÉ One – 717,400 viewsRoom To Improve, RTÉ One – 702,500 viewsRTE News: One O’clock, RTÉ One – 698,000 viewsThe Late Late Show, RTÉ One – 690,400 viewsDancing With The Stars, RTÉ One – 663,900 viewsThe Sunday Game Live (All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final) – Dublin v Tyrone, RTÉ2 – 663,400 viewsWorld Cup Qualifier 2018 – Live – Republic of Ireland v Serbia, RTÉ2 – 661,800 viewsRBS 6 Nations – Live Play – Scotland v Ireland, RTÉ2 – 650,200 views Jill McGrath, CEO of TAM Ireland, comments: “It’s fantastic to see the power that television continues to have in grabbing the nation’s attention. It seems that the more choice consumers have on TV the more they watch. TV dominates as a medium and is the driver of so many conversations on social media that it truly is the super medium.”Revealed: Ireland’s top 20 most viewed TV shows of 2017 was last modified: January 10th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IrelandTAMTop 20TVlast_img read more