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    (CNN)President Joe Biden signed into law two bipartisan bills on Friday aimed at holding accountable individuals who commit fraud under pandemic relief programs. The two new laws will extend the time period prosecutors have to prosecute individuals who committed fraud through the Paycheck Protection Program or Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, extending the statute of limitations for criminal and civil enforcement against a borrower to 10 years. During a signing event held on the balcony of the White House on Friday, Biden underscored that it was "essential to extend the statute of limitations for certain pandemic fraud ... to 10 years to make sure fraudsters can't run out the clock.""My message to those cheats out there is this: You can't hide. We're going to find you. We're going to make you pay back what you stole and hold you accountable under the law," the President said. In his remarks, Biden squarely blamed his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, for failing to promote safeguards against defrauding Covid-19 economic relief programs. Read More"Not only did the Trump administration let the biggest...
    As monkeypox cases grow across the country, health officials are scrambling to play catch-up in deploying safe and effective vaccines to eligible Americans desperate to avoid painful rashes, among other symptoms caused by the disease. The shots have been in remarkably short supply, even as officials in cities from New York to San Francisco have declared public-health emergencies over the new outbreak. Thanks in part to these supply-chain issues, broad access to the shots—much less any kind of mandate to get inoculated—remains something of a pipe dream. But in this new health crisis, at least one law firm that has a history of representing soldiers who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 sees plenty of opportunity. “There is a lot of vaccine hesitancy in the military,” Sean Timmons, a managing partner of the Houston, Texas, branch of the firm Tully Rinckey, told The Daily Beast. “Recruiting in the military has been diminished because of this vaccine resistance after COVID. So we’re just trying to get in front of it.” Timmons’ firm blasted out a media advisory on Wednesday about the...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is scheduled to sign into law two major pieces of legislation on boosting US semiconductor production and expanding health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits next week at the White House. The passage of the two bills were big wins for the President, who has been isolating at the White House for the second time since testing positive on Saturday for a rebound case of Covid-19.The two bill signings are currently scheduled to take place in person Monday and Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden. The President is scheduled to deliver remarks at both events. The CHIPS and Science Act will subsidize US-made semiconductor chips, which are used to make cars, household appliances and computers. There has been a shortage of semiconductor chips in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and global supply chain disruptions. The President and other supporters of the bill argue it will help the US compete with China and make the nation less reliant on foreign manufacturing, as well as lower the cost of gods at a time when...
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn announced Monday he had tested positive for the coronavirus, then used the opportunity to slam the budget 'reconciliation' bill Democrats plan to bring to a vote this week.  'After dodging it for 2+ years I've tested positive for COVID-19. I'm fully vaccinated and boosted, and doing fine,' wrote Cornyn, who was instrumental in helping forge a bipartisan gun safety bill that President Biden signed into law – even while drawing the ire of gun enthusiasts and being labeled a 'RINO' by former President Donald Trump. 'While quarantining I'll continue to fight Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin's massive tax increase on working families remotely, consistent with CDC guidelines,' wrote Manchin. 'While quarantining I'll continue to fight Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin's massive tax increase on working families remotely,' Sen. John Cornyn wrote, bashing political opponents while revealing he tested positive for COVID-19 He was blasting the Manchin-Schumer deal, which raises $737 billion in revenue, dedicates about $300 billion to deficit reduction, and spends $433 billion on climate and energy programs and Affordable Care Act subsidies. He continued...
    by Casey Harper   Republicans on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and the House Oversight Committee have joined forces in an investigation over the thousands of nursing home deaths in New York state during COVID, saying New York Democrats ignored previous inquiries. The controversy began in 2020 when thousands of New York nursing home residents died during the pandemic, drawing extra scrutiny to then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policy of sending elderly patients recovering from COVID-19 into nursing homes. Afterward, Cuomo came under fire over allegations that he intentionally hid nursing home deaths. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released an audit earlier this year saying New York’s Health Department “failed to account for more than approximately 4,100 lives in nursing homes due to COVID-19.” “While the Department’s duty is to act solely to promote public health, we determined that, rather than providing accurate and reliable information during a public health emergency, the Department instead conformed its presentation to the Executive’s narrative, often presenting data in a manner that misled the public,” the audit said. Lawmakers sent a letter...
    President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, sending him back into isolation just three days after he was cleared to resume his duties.  On Saturday, at 2:45 p.m., Bident tweeted: 'Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of folks. I'’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. 'I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.' A memo from Biden's doctor confirmed the positive test on Saturday Biden had tested negative for COVID on Tuesday following five days of isolation.   This is a developing story.  
    ONE million people have been thrust back into the world's strictest lockdown after Covid resurfaced. Citizens in the district of Jiangxia, in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, have been ordered to follow three days of “temporary restriction” from Wednesday. 3Workers in protective suit next to a Huanan seafood market in Wuhan on March 30, 2020Credit: AFP 3A man cross an empty highway road on February 3, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province, ChinaCredit: Getty 3A worker in PPE crosses a road during a lockdown in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, April 28, 2022Credit: Getty The nation's leaders are upholding their zero tolerance policy toward the virus over four asymptomatic cases. Residents living inside the four high-risk neighbourhoods are expected to not leave their homes. About one million people have been impacted, with large gatherings banned, restaurants closes and entertainment venues closed. Most of the public transport and subway services have been suspended while churches are expected to be shut. READ MORE ON CORONAVIRUS‘AT GROUND ZERO’ Western troops ill in Wuhan MONTHS before Covid outbreak officially began'LEAK' BOMBSHELL...
    (CNN)George Gao, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has stepped down after five years at the helm of the health body, ending a tenure that placed him at the fore of early investigations into the first outbreak of Covid-19 in central China and the country's rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines.The leadership change, announced by the agency on Tuesday, comes amid a restructuring that has seen the China CDC moved from its position directly under the monolithic centrally controlled National Health Commission and placed within a new nominally streamlined bureau, borne of pandemic-era calls for reform.Chinas Wuhan shuts down district of 1 million people over 4 asymptomatic Covid casesIt also comes as China continues to grapple with fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 across the country, despite a stringent zero-Covid policy that has seen it maintain tight border controls and implement frequent mass testing and lockdowns.Oxford University-educated and internationally connected Gao, 60, known also by his Chinese name Gao Fu, would no longer serve as director "due to his age," according to the China CDC readout of a meeting...
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Monday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19. Manchin, 74, said he is experiencing is experiencing mild symptoms.   'This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I am fully vaccinated and boosted and am experiencing mild symptoms. I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines as I continue to work remotely to serve West Virginians,' he wrote. The news deprives Senate Democrats of a vote, as well as a pivotal negotiating member, as the chamber seeks to act on legislation and nominations heading into the August recess. Democrats hold just a 50-vote majority in the Senate.  West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin tweeted Monday that he tested posistive for Covid-19 Leaders have set up a procedural vote Monday on a bill to provide $52 billion in subsidies to domestic semiconductor manufacturers, with a 60-vote threshold required. It was not immediately clear whether Manchin's absence would throw off Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer's (D-NY) plans to hold the vote to cut off debate on the bill, which could lead to final passage this week.  President Biden...
    The White House released a new photo of President Joe Biden Friday morning as he works from the residence after testing positive for COVID-19.  The new image shows Biden, in a mask, signing the FORMULA Act sometime Thursday.  The bill temporarily removes tariffs on imported baby formula.  On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping contacted Biden to wish him a 'speedy recovery,' Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.   'I would like to express my deep sympathies to you and wish you a speedy recovery,' Xi said, according to AFP.  The White House released a new photo of President Joe Biden Friday morning as he works from the residence after testing positive for COVID-19. The new image shows Biden, in a mask, signing the FORMULA Act sometime Thursday Chinese state media said that Chinese President Xi Jinping reached out to Biden Friday to with his a 'speedy recovery' after the American president's COVID diagnosis  On Wednesday, Biden said he planned to speak with the Chinese leader within the next 10 days, but wouldn't reveal if he had made a decision on whether to keep...
    Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was relatively unsurprised by President Joe Biden’s positive Covid-19 diagnosis as she called in to comment on Yasmin Vossoughian Reports on MSNBC Thursday morning. It was announced that Biden had tested positive in a press release by current White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who said that the President is experiencing only “very mild symptoms.” First Lady Jill Biden, who has tested negative, assured the press that the President is doing well and will follow all necessary precautions, including isolation. Psaki said that the White House administration has likely been in preparation for this outcome for several months “now given the percentage of people in the country who have tested positive.” “They were probably bracing for impact before they made the statement this morning,” she surmised, continuing that “they knew there would be a lot of reactions, obviously from media, but certainly maybe from the markets, from other leaders.” Since the announcement, there has already been intense media speculation about Biden’s health. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asserted that the president’s age raises concerns of greater risk with a positive Covid diagnosis. Additionally, Fox News...
    HOW will the BBC’s angry birds cope when arch-villain Boris Johnson is gone? How will they fill their bulletins without anti-BoJo bile? Having spent the past three years blaming the PM for more or less everything, they simply can’t kick the habit. 3The BBC have spent the past three years blaming the PM for more or less everything Even as he ticks off his last days in office, the Beeb was at it again this weekend, attacking the PM for leaving the nation to frizzle alive while he guzzles iced champagne and caviar at Chequers. Boris allegedly “raised eyebrows” by failing to chair a Saturday Cobra crisis meeting on the heatwave sweeping Western Europe. Instead, they reported, he was kicking up his heels at a “farewell bash” in his sumptuous Chequers country estate. Radio 4 quoted with approval Labour claims that the PM was “partying while Britain boils”. READ MORE ON THE HEATWAVETOO HOT TO TROT Brits told don't travel & work from home during 'extreme heat' alert Reporter Ben Wright suggested it was “some sort of shindig” for Tory...
    NOVAK DJOKOVIC should be allowed to play in the US Open despite refusing the Covid vaccination, says tennis legend John McEnroe. The Serbian claimed his 21st Grand Slam title on Sunday as he beat Nick Kyrgios in four sets to clinch a seventh Wimbledon crown. 2There are fears Djokovic may not be allowed to play at the US OpenCredit: Splash 2McEnroe feels Djokovic should be allowed to play in New YorkCredit: Getty Djokovic is now just one behind Rafa Nadal in the race to finish his career with more Slam titles than the Spaniard and Roger Federer. But he was unable to play the Australian Open back in January due to his refusal to be vaccinated for coronavirus. And the same could be the case for the US Open in New York later this year. America's current Covid restrictions clearly state that all non-immigrant and foreign travellers are required to show proof of full vaccination. READ MORE IN TENNISPARTY TIME Inside Kyrgios' post Wimbledon party with tequila alongside girlfriend Costeen But McEnroe is urging president Joe Biden to relax the...
    Shamed former New York Governor used state resources to push his controversial $5 million COVID memoir - then bullied an official watchdog into letting him publish it, an investigation found.  An independent law firm investigation whose findings were leaked Friday concluded that Cuomo steamrollered the taxpayer-funded deployed New York's Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCPOE) into letting him publish American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Lawyers found that Cuomo had nearly finished the book, for which he was paid a $5 million advance before seeking approval by the watchdog agency when he began to pen the manuscript in 2020. Cuomo, who was forced to resign in August 2021 over multiple sex pest claims, had already written 70,000 words in the 80,000-word memoir that details his role as governor in leading the state's response during the COVID pandemic. The investigation revealed that the JCOPE failed to recognize the potential 'moral quandary' in approving the deal and failed to properly-vet Cuomo's behavior Spectrum News1 reported. Disgraced ex-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo had already written 70,000 words in the 80,000-word memoir that...
    Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo misled New York ethics regulators into greenlighting his book deal, according to the findings resulting from a monthslong investigation. Cuomo "is at fault for misleading JCOPE through the Executive Chamber’s July 10 Request on his behalf," representing the book as a continuation of his 2014 memoir despite the fact that the 2020 book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, was primarily focused on his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the report resulting from an investigation commissioned by the newly disbanded Joint Commission on Public Ethics, a government watchdog. "One of the clear takeaways from our analysis of JCOPE’s approval of the July 10 Request is that the Executive Chamber overpowered JCOPE, and JCOPE failed to assert itself as a watchdog agency against the Governor," the report read. "Rather than JCOPE telling the Executive Chamber what information it needed to provide in order to obtain approval, the Executive Chamber told JCOPE what information the Governor would provide, which was not much." CUOMO AIDE BRIBERY CHARGES TO BE REVIEWED BY SUPREME COURT IN...
    Paranoid and possibly drunk conspiracy theorists yelling things on Facebook is no basis for a system of government. Welp, we knew it was coming. Thanks to Republican conspiracy theories and specifically Donald J. Trump's reluctance to lift a finger to respond to a new worldwide pandemic, the modern Republican base may soon be written into the history books as the people who brought back polio. And smallpox. And every other disease that used to fill graveyards with child-sized headstones. A new ballot referendum in Ohio has now been launched to ban the state from enforcing any vaccine mandates, in any capacity. This would be added to the Ohio constitution. The Ohio Capital Journal reports that the ballot measure was just approved by the Ohio Ballot Board, which now allows activists to begin soliciting for the 443,000 signatures that will be required to put the measure before voters next year. If it's approved, it isn't just COVID-19 vaccine mandates that would be affected. The proposed constitutional change would ban government, employers, and health care providers from requiring vaccinations or "discriminating" against those that...
    Tens of millions of people were under lockdown in China on Wednesday as businesses in a major tourist city were forced to shut their doors and fresh clusters sparked fears of a return to blanket restrictions. Health authorities reported over 300 infections today, with clusters found in the historic northern city of Xi'an - home to the Terracotta Army - as well as the country's biggest city Shanghai and the capital Beijing. In Shanghai and Beijing, authorities have ordered a new round of mass testing, whilst in Xi-an, residents have been placed back under 'temporary control measures'.  The fresh cases and the official response to them have deepened fears that China may be set to return to the kinds of strict lockdowns seen earlier this year, where tens of millions of people were locked down for weeks on end.  The Communist Party's hardline zero-Covid policy has not only meant that thousands are now suffering mental health issues but it has also prolonged global supply chain issues. In Shanghai, some residents on social media Tuesday reported receiving government food rations - a...
    First Lady Jill Biden thanked Sesame Street's Elmo for getting the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, before visiting youngsters in Virginia getting their jabs.  'Our friend Elmo and his dad, Louie, talked to their pediatrician and learned that getting the vaccine is the best way to keep Elmo and the whole Sesame Street neighborhood safe and healthy!' the first lady tweeted. 'So, reach out to your pediatrician to get the answers you need.' Her compliment comes as Sen. Ted Cruz continued to complain about Sesame Street using Elmo to encourage child vaccinations.  'Corporate media having fun pretending I’m in a fight with the red furry muppet Elmo,' he tweeted Friday. 'Nope. My disagreement is with the woke people with their hands up his a** using a puppet to spread dishonest government propaganda to toddlers.'  First Lady Jill Biden comforts 22-month-old Rosalee Spangler at a vaccination clinic Friday in Richmond, Virginia  Earlier Friday, the first lady cheered on Elmo from Sesame Street for revealing he had received his COVID-19 vaccine. Elmo is supposed to be 3 years-old  Sen. Ted Cruz complained about Elmo...
    Sen. Ted Cruz's war on Sesame Street resumed Tuesday after the Texas Republican saw that the fictional muppet Elmo had been vaccinated against COVID-19.  'Thanks, @sesamestreet for saying parents are allowed to have questions! You then have @elmo aggressively advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5,' Cruz tweeted. 'But you cite ZERO scientific evidence for this.'  Elmo, who's been a Sesame Street character for decades, is only age 3.   The Sesame Street Twitter account posted a video earlier Tuesday that encouraged parents to talk to their pediatricians if they had concerns about vaccinating young children, as those shots became available earlier this month. Sen. Ted Cruz's war on Sesame Street resumed Tuesday after the Texas Republican saw that the fictional muppet Elmo had been vaccinated against COVID-19 Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republican lawmakers have questioned the Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, pointing out that they're at little risk for severe COVID disease  In November, the Texas Republican also took issue with Sesame Street promoting COVID-19 vaccines. 'Government propaganda ... for your 5 year...
    The Boston Red Sox lost their first game of a three-game set in Toronto against the Blue Jays. There were some notable absences for the BoSox. Boston has at least three key contributors who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Chris Sale, Tanner Houck and Jarren Duran are all unvaccinated, thus unable to travel to Canada for a critical series against the Blue Jays. Why is this meaningful in June? Well, for one, Boston and Toronto are close in the standings and fighting for playoff seeding. Perhaps most importantly, however, is that the two teams would be slated to face off against each other in a series were the postseason to start today. That could change, but given their overall talent level, the Sox should have a backup plan in place just in case. Red Sox: MLB insider blasts 3 Boston playersSale has yet to return from injury, so he’s not available for this series anyway. Come October, though, Boston would hope to have him healthy. Sale is one of the Sox best pitchers when healthy. Houck is making...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin and bench coach Ryan Christenson entered COVID protocols in between games of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. That forced quality control coach Ryan Flaherty to serve as acting manager for the second game. The Padres made the announcement about 40 minutes before first pitch of the second game. San Diego beat the Rockies in the opener. Earlier Saturday, the Padres announced that starting pitcher Mike Clevinger and reliever Adrian Morejon were placed on the COVID-19-related injured list. Clevinger was to have pitched the first game of the doubleheader but was scratched Friday night due to what the Padres said was an illness. Christenson was in COVID protocols earlier this season, as was third base coach Matt Williams. Christenson filled in for Melvin for several games after the manager had prostate surgery. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Boulder County has moved into high COVID-19 community levels. The move from medium to high is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention metrics. That means that COVID cases are on the rise in that community and the strain on hospitals and health care facilities in Boulder County is rising. The weekly metrics released by the CDC show the case rate in Boulder County is 318.5 per 100,000 population, new COVID-19 hospital admissions are at 10.6 per 100,000 population and staffed inpatient beds in use by COVID-positive individuals is at 1.9%. Boulder County urges everyone to take “enhanced prevention measures and be aware of their own risk factors for contracting the disease. People at high risk for severe disease or who have close contact with someone who is should take additional precautions.” The county also urged everyone to get vaccinated and wear masks indoors while in public, regardless of vaccination status, and urged regular testing for COVID-19. For more tips on how to consider your risk for contracting the disease, visit boco.org/COVIDrisk.
    NOVAK DJOKOVIC bought his stunning NINE-bedroom lockdown mansion to add to his incredible property portfolio. And this Spanish villa set him back a whopping £8.5million. 21Novak Djokovic bought this Marbella mansion at the end of 2020Credit: Pure Living Properties 21The cinema room is arguably the best of the lotCredit: Pure Living Properties 21There is an outdoor tennis court with a basketball hoopCredit: Pure Living Properties 21The interior design is luxuriousCredit: Pure Living Properties 21The Serb is the reigning Wimbledon championCredit: Getty Thankfully for Djokovic and his family, that is just a fraction of his £123m on-court career earnings, before taking into account all his sponsorship deals.  The Serb lives with his wife Jelena and their two children - son Stefan, seven, and daughter Tara, four.  They had been based in Monte Carlo but moved into a rented property in a swanky region of Marbella during the Covid-19 lockdown. And the Djokovics reportedly stumped up the big bucks to purchase the place for good at the end of 2020.  21Djokovic is married to wife JelenaCredit: jelenadjokovicndf/Instagarm 21The couple's kids Stefan and...
    San Diego, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have entered the medium COVID-19 community level, as case rates worsen across California. Coronavirus case rates are climbing enough such that the number of California counties in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s medium COVID-19 community level doubled on Thursday. The medium COVID-19 community level is the middle level of the CDC’s three-level system for evaluating COVID-19 risk, tied to case rates and hospitalization levels. Nineteen California counties were moved from the low to medium COVID-19 community level Thursday. California UCLA reinstates indoor mask mandate as L.A. County coronavirus cases rise Officials said the mask order was needed to avoid disrupting in-person learning and campus activities, including graduation. Southern California counties that were moved from the low to medium community level were San Diego, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Imperial and Inyo counties. In the greater Central Valley, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Placer, Merced, Madera, Yuba, San Benito, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties entered the medium community level. And elsewhere in Northern California, Monterey, Napa and Plumas counties...
    Opposition lawmakers accuse Johnson of having knowingly misled Parliament.Wpa Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — A highly anticipated investigation into numerous Covid-19 lockdown-breaking parties at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office and residence has been released, intensifying pressure on the embattled Conservative Party leader. Senior civil servant Sue Gray had launched an inquiry following media reports of gatherings and alleged parties in government buildings during Covid lockdowns over the last two years. Gray's interim report, published in a redacted form in late January, sharply criticized government leadership and made clear that some government parties should not have been allowed to take place. A full version of the report had been delayed due to a separate police inquiry. The Metropolitan Police's investigation resulted in 126 fines to 83 people, including Johnson, his partner Carrie Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak. Johnson is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons later in the day. Gray's full report comes after even more revelations in recent days of further alcohol-fueled social events held in Downing Street during Covid...
    After testing positive for COVID twice in three weeks, Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday. “I wasn’t very sick either time. Fortunately, I had two boosters and a whole bottle of Flintstones’ vitamins to help me,” he joked. “Speaking of viruses,” Kimmel later explained, “Kellyanne Conway has returned to public life with a book about her time as Donald Trump’s henchwoman. The book is called Here’s the Deal.” He then cut to a clip of Conway promoting the book by reading an excerpt: “Here’s the deal: it’s been quite the story, quite the ride, quite the journey, quite the life. And I’m still going. God has tested me and trusted me. He has asked me to bear burdens that did not break me. And he has bestowed blessings upon me beyond what I ever could have imagined, or deserved. Amen.” “Yeah, amen. I don’t think you’re allowed to end your book with ‘amen,’” cracked Kimmel. “And did you notice that she’s not looking at the book at all while she reads from...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Beginning on Monday, thousands of students will begin masking-up again. The spike in COVID-19 cases is leading some school districts to bring back their mask mandates, including the Philadelphia School District. “As an extra layer of safety to keep our students and our staff safe as well of their families when they go home from school or work. We want to make sure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible,” Philadelphia School District spokesperson Monica Lewis said. READ MORE: Police: Man Stabbed During Attempted Robbery Outside SEPTA's Arrott Transportation Center In Frankford Lewis said they made the difficult decision after consulting with the Department of Health, CHOP, and the CDC.  Lewis said they are seeing mixed reactions from parents and say it’s something they understand. “One of the things we’ve learned is that we are never going to make a decision that everyone buys into 100% percent,” Lewis said. “We have those individuals who don’t believe that masks are helpful and we have those who do.”  READ MORE: Man Stabbed At SEPTA's 30th Street...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Rising cases of COVID-19 have moved Los Angeles County into the federal government's "medium risk" category.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's concern level rose on Thursday from "low" to "medium" as L.A. County added another 4,700 new cases in addition to rising hospitalizations and the positivity rate rising in the past week.The move from "low" to "medium" won't trigger any immediate changes in health regulations the county, but things like indoor masking are being strongly recommended for both residents and businesses.Plus, all signs are pointing toward a summer surge."We have now moved to the medium community level, which is concerning since it could signal that the increase that we're seeing in our COVID cases may soon put pressure on our healthcare resources," said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.She said the county has the tools to flatten the curve, such as COVID testing capabilities, vaccines and masks.READ ALSO | Public warned of using unlicensed COVID-19 testing sites as cases sharply rise in LA CountyEMBED More News Videos COVID-19 cases are rising across Southern California,...
    For millions, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant working from home, seeing friends and family less and other changes to life as they knew it.In many cases, it also meant dealing with the virus either themselves or with a loved one.Restrictions came and went and widespread vaccination and boosters brought the promise of a return to normalcy, especially as the omicron wave subsided.But for some, the pandemic has meant one thing -- isolation with no end in sight.Sara Anne Willette, an Iowa resident who has common variable immunodeficiency, said she has spent more than 750 days in lockdown since the pandemic began.For her, staying inside is a life-or-death decision. Her common variable immunodeficiency means she has low levels of protective antibodies and is constantly at an increased risk of falling seriously sick."If there's anyone in the country who's suffered the most from lockdown, it's us because nobody else will do what's necessary so that we don't have to live in lockdown," Willette said.VIDEO: Scientists say this key factor could explain why some develop severe COVID and others don'tEMBED More News Videos...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday officially marked the somber milestone of 1 million U.S. deaths due to COVID-19.And Los Angeles County reported more than 8,000 new positive cases, and 15 more COVID deaths.Of those 1 million Americans lost to COVID-19, the CDC says about a third of those deaths could have been prevented with vaccines.Now, word that federal regulators may authorize boosters for kids 5 to 11 years old early this week.A person familiar with the authorization process tells ABC News that the FDA authorization for boosters for kids 5-11 years old will come any day now, ahead of that Thursday meeting with CDC advisors" The agency is expected to greenlight Pfizer-BioNTech's booster shot for this age group which would make them the youngest Americans eligible for an additional shot.If the CDC director signs off, boosters for this group could be available Friday or Saturday."The thing that we have to remember is that people have to get vaccinated and they have to get boosted. That is the way to really start moving forward," said White House...
    Cody Simpson recently revealed his battle with covid.  But the Olympic hopeful, 25, was back on the blocks on Tuesday when he competed in Adelaide at the Australian Swimming Championships. Cody showed off his muscular form as he slipped into a pair of tight, black speedos before diving into the pool.  Off and racing: Olympic hopeful Cody Simpson (pictured) looked fit and muscled as he slipped into a pair of black speedos for the Australian Swimming Championships on Tuesday The swimmer looked fit as a fiddle as he raced to secure a place at the South Australian swim meet. The music star-turned-sportsman showed off his frame along with his collection of tattoos on the day.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Married At First Sight 'villain' Olivia Frazer proves... When reality stars collide: The Bachelor stars are set to... MAFS bride Olivia Frazer reveals she often thinks about... Imogen Anthony raises eyebrows in quirky outfit as she joins... Share this article Share The star looked to be in a serious mood...
    Cryptocurrency investors who jumped on the bandwagon at the start of the pandemic are still better off than those who bought into Big Tech companies at the same time More than $200billion has been wiped off the cryptocurrency market today alone as digital currencies plunge in value in a so-called 'crypto winter' that is fuelling fears of a wider stock market crash.  Cryptocurrencies are a form of digital money that use mathematics to create a unique piece of code that customers invest in. Bitcoin was the original digital currency started in 2009 to bypass central banks, and an increasing number of offshoot currencies have been founded in recent years. Elon Musk-backed Dogecoin has outperformed top tech stocks like Amazon and Apple since March 2020 - despite their massive drops in value across the crypto markets in recent days. A $100 investment into Dogecoin made on 23 March 2020 would now return on the $956.67 - with the same amount on Bitcoin bought on the same date paying $446.60 today. Tesla stock has fared better than most other tech companies and...
    President Joe Biden heads into Thursday's second Global COVID-19 Summit in an awkward position: pushing for more funding to fight the virus globally while struggling to get the money at home. The event preview touts the need for new investments in order to provide tests, treatments, and vaccines across the world and to prepare for the next pandemic. Yet Biden for weeks has been unable to push a new round of domestic funding through Congress. LEARNING LOSS IS REAL, AND TEACHERS UNIONS OWE AN EXPLANATION "Without timely COVID funding, more Americans will die needlessly," Biden said Monday. "We will lose our place in line for America to order new COVID treatments and vaccines in the fall, including next-generation vaccines under development." Biden asked Congress to authorize $22.5 billion for COVID-19 in March, a figure that was whittled down to $10 billion in the Senate before being tabled altogether. Biden previously tried to tie COVID-19 funding to Ukraine aid, but resistance from both parties led to their decoupling. The Ukraine aid legislation passed the House...
    KIM Jong-un has finally admitted Covid has infiltrated North Korea after plunging the entire country into a strict lockdown. The masked Supreme Leader announced he was organising the "maximum" response measures after the Omicron variant was detected on May 8. 5Kim Jong-un announced the national lockdown hidden behind a face maskCredit: KCTV 5A gas-masked pandemic control unit during the parade celebrating the 73rd anniversary of the North Korean stateCredit: AFP It is believed to be the first time he has ever been pictured donning a face covering - nearly two and a half years into the pandemic. The outbreak has been dubbed the "gravest national emergency" by officials after infections were recorded in the capital Pyongyang. Samples taken from people experiencing fevers found they were positive for a sub-variant of the Omicron strain, also known as BA.2. But the exact number of cases or potential sources of infection have not been disclosed by authorities. Read more on CovidVIRAL LINK New Covid variant could be to blame for kids’ hepatitis outbreak, experts warn No North Koreans are...
    Startling footage has emerged of Broadway star Patti LuPone laying into an audience member for not wearing a mask properly after a performance of 'Company' in New York City. The two-time Tony award winner berated the individual in the audience who supposedly did not have her mask pulled all the way over her nose during an after show talkback. 'Put your mask over your nose, that's why you're in the theater,' the 73-year-old was heard barking from the stage. 'That's the rule, if you don't want to follow the rule, get the f**k out!' LuPone screamed crazily. Mask mandates have largely been dropped across the country, but NYC residents over the age of two 'who can medically tolerate a face covering' are still obliged to wear a face covering in a range of public settings. LuPone further berated the audience member: 'Who do you think you are if you do not respect the people that are sitting around you?', to which the audience member responded: 'We pay your salary!' 'Bull****, Chris Harper (the play's producer) pays my salary!' Lupone barked...
    Anti-vaxxers have blasted Peppa Pig for 'brainwashing' children after an episode about the famous cartoon pig getting a health check was turned into a book, which also sees her getting a vaccination. Furious parents have accused the animated favourite of promoting vaccinations in the popular storybook before denouncing the Covid jab as a 'toxic injection' that is the equivalent of 'child abuse'. The fury was sparked following the novelisation of an episode of the cartoon, Peppa Gets a Health Check, that debuted on television screens last year and comes weeks after the NHS started Covid vaccinations for younger children. In the animated episode, Mummy Pig takes her daughter, Peppa, to see a doctor - who measures her height and weight, looks in her ears, listens to her heartbeat, and asks questions about whether she likes broccoli - as well as taking note of the loudness of her 'oink'. But in the book version, Peppa Gets a Vaccination - which appears to be virtually the same plot -  Peppa is also told by the polar bear character medic: 'Now it's time...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” author and Nonresident Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Jamie Metzl said that the U.S. isn’t demanding an investigation into the origins of COVID because “we are so completely dependent on our trade with China.” And that if we correctly extend the logic that we’ve used to criticize Europe for its continued purchase of Russian energy, “we are funding the genocide in Xinjiang, mass human rights abuses in Tibet, behaviors in the South China Sea, and the blocking of an investigation into COVID by our continued trade with China.” Metzl stated, [relevant remarks begin around 4:50] “So, the two reasons that we don’t have an investigation: One, China is blocking it. And, two, we aren’t demanding it. And the reason we’re not demanding it is we are so completely dependent on our trade with China. Right now, people around the world, myself included, are criticizing Germany and Austria and others in Europe for being totally dependent on Russia...
    Retired Army Lieutenant General and disgraced ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is a notorious peddler of outlandish conspiracy theories, especially those that originate inside QAnon or spew from the pouty lips of former President Donald Trump. In particular, Flynn, a Trump-pardoned convicted felon, has focused much of his paranoia on ginning up opposition to COVID-19 vaccines and sowing doubts about the nature of SARS-COV-2. For example, Flynn has claimed that the inoculations were covertly added to salad dressings by the "Deep State" to secretly poison unsuspecting Americans. Flynn has also stated that a “global elite type of people” engineered the coronavirus pandemic to prepare the world for their next artificially-concocted outbreak, which Flynn believes "is potentially another type of virus that’s imposed on the public." Part of that scheme, Flynn maintained, was that a shadowy cabal of international powerbrokers intended to exploit the crisis as a means of stealing the 2020 election away from Trump. But on Sunday, Flynn endorsed yet another fringe – and absolutely looney – conservative delusion about COVID-19 vaccinations during an appearance on right-wing...
    The eighth-grade math teacher challenging Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia in the June 7 primary election  bluntly describes the incumbent’s tenure in office as “the 24 year term of THE RAT.” That’s the comment Richmond resident and political newcomer Hulan Barnett posted on the private Facebook group “Everybody’s Richmond California.” He’s also intimated a threat of violence against the District 1 supervisor he wants to unseat. “Go their events and raise HELL!” Barnett commented. After being asked by another user to clarify what that meant, he added, “That is the surprise. Hopefully, the Supervisor is there. We won’t hurt women and children.” Gioia, an outspoken progressive hoping to represent the county’s western region for another four-year term. shared screenshots of the comments with this news organization, Barnett, an executive board member of the Fairmeade/Hilltop Neighborhood Council, defends the comments, saying he wanted to make the supervisor feel as uncomfortable as he was made to feel by Contra Costa County’s COVID-19 vaccination policies. District 1 covers the cities of Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito and part of Pinole, along with...
    Jacinda Ardern has been forced into isolation for seven days after her fiancé tested positive to Covid. The New Zealand prime minister said her fiancé Clarke Gayford woke up feeling unwell on the morning of Mother's Day. 'Happy Mother's Day everyone! It's not even midday and already I'd say ours has been a mixed bag,' she wrote on Instagram. Jacinda Ardern has been forced into isolation for seven days after her fiance tested positive to Covid The New Zealand prime minister revealed her partner Clarke Gayford had woken up feeling unwell on the morning of Mother's Day 'Neve was so excited that it was Mother's Day she got up nice and early to share this lovely card! (Who doesn't love being compared to hot lava …). 'The downside is Clarke woke up feeling a bit average and has tested positive for Covid, so we have 7 days of family time ahead of us!' Ms Ardern said she would continue to work remotely while she was in isolation. 'I'll be working from home so anyone who watches question time, or is attending...
    St. Louis Cardinals (15-10, second in the NL Central) vs. San Francisco Giants (14-12, fourth in the NL West) San Francisco; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Steven Matz (3-1, 3.66 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 21 strikeouts); Giants: Logan Webb (3-1, 3.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 20 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Giants -153, Cardinals +132; over/under is 6 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The San Francisco Giants look to break a five-game skid when they play the St. Louis Cardinals. San Francisco has a 14-12 record overall and a 6-7 record in home games. The Giants have a 7-1 record in games when they hit two or more home runs. St. Louis is 6-5 at home and 15-10 overall. The Cardinals have gone 5-0 in games when they hit two or more home runs. The teams square off Saturday for the third time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Joc Pederson leads San Francisco with six home runs while slugging .585. Jason Vosler is 6-for-23 with two home runs and four RBI over the past 10 games. Nolan Arenado has eight doubles and...
    CHILLING footage has emerged showing evil Chinese officials BOLT residents into their homes amid a draconian clampdown on Covid-19. Horrific videos on Chinese social media show residents that refuse to hand over their house keys as part of bonkers virus laws also have wires drilled into their doors to stop them leaving. 4Residents that refuse to hand over their house keys have wires drilled into their doors to stop them leaving 4One worker was filmed drilling bolts into the floor to stop the door from opening - locking residents inside The insane measures were carried out in the northern Hebei province, according to the independent publication Caixin Global. But the videos sparked outrage online, with social media users fearing the measures could be deadly as residents would be unable to get out their homes in an emergency. One fuming user wrote on Weibo: “I’m so angry. They really don't treat people like humans." Faced with the backlash, authorities in Qianan county blamed individual residential communities for their “simplistic and radical means” of keeping Covid in check. READ MORE WORLD STORIESBATTLE...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  Coronavirus cases are continuing to increase in California, prompting one health official to warn that the state is heading into the next wave of the pandemic. California has seen its coronavirus case rate rise by 10% in the past week, from 5,700 new cases a day to 6,300 cases a day. Health experts note, however, that the official case numbers may be a significant undercount, given the now-widespread availability of at-home tests — the results of which are not reliably reported to health agencies. And while still at relatively low levels, statewide coronavirus-positive hospitalizations have risen for eight consecutive days: from 950 to just above 1,100. The number of COVID-19 patients needing intensive care has also risen from a record low set last month — but still remains at one of the lowest levels of the entire pandemic. It remains unclear, however, how serious this new uptick will be. “We’re now into our sixth wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Sara Cody, the public health director and health officer for Northern California’s most populous county, Santa...
    Kunming, China (CNN)Beijing is partially locking down to control a Covid outbreak that could completely shutter the Chinese capital. But just as the government is tightening controls in the city -- testing 21 million residents, shutting schools and some shopping malls -- I'm trying to get in.Flights from Tokyo to Beijing this week were impossible to find -- the closest available flight was to Kunming, southern Yunnan province, around 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometers) away. There, I'll spend 21 days in quarantine, and even then, there's no guarantee I'll be allowed into the Chinese capital.China's strategy of strict border controls, snap lockdowns, and mass testing worked in the early days of the pandemic to contain the spread of Covid-19, but the highly transmissible Omicron variant has posed a much harder challenge. 180 million people impacted by Chinas Covid lockdowns. Heres what you need to knowSince mid-December, China's average daily case count has surged from double-digits to more than 20,000. At least 27 cities across the country are under full or partial lockdown, impacting around 180 million people, according to CNN's calculations....
    Renee Zellweger probably didn’t sign up for this when she began dating TV personality and divorced father of three, Ant Anstead, but she’s now being dragged into the bitter custody dispute raging between Anstead and his ex-wife, Christina Hall. Anstead is seeking full custody of his 2-year-old son, Hudson, alleging in a court filing Thursday that Zellweger was forced to stop production on her latest project because of a COVID-10 exposure from Hall, who had not disclosed that she and all three of her children had contracted COVID, TMZ reported.  “At the time my partner (who we know is Renée Zellweger) was filming her new project and her COVID diagnosis placed the whole production on pause,” Anstead said. Christina Hall and Ant Anstead attend the Los Angeles Special Screening Of Discovery’s “Serengeti” at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on July 23, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)  The “Wheeler Dealers” star alleges that his ex-wife — formerly known as Christina Haack — was deficient in other ways. He said the HGTV star, who previously...