Banks are declared as an essential service, with another DNU from Alberto Fernández

After the long queues on Friday at the doors of the entities, the president will issue a decree to enable the activity from this Monday

President Alberto Fernández was obfuscated with the novelty of long lines even before the banks opened and demanded solutions from the Central Bank and the Anses. Immediately it was announced that the branches would also open on Saturday and Sunday, and in the afternoon the payment organization was released according to the final numbers of the DNI.

However, the measure that framed everything was missing, and the decision to take it came overnight: the Decree of Necessity and Urgency will be issued, which will include banks among the “essential activities” excepted from maintaining quarantine.

The decision ended up being taken at a meeting in the Olivos estate where, in addition to President Alberto Fernández, the head of the Central Bank, Miguel Pesce, the director of Anses, Alejandro Vanoli, the head of the Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero, and the secretary of Strategic Affairs, Gustavo Béliz.

The new resolution will serve to frame the schedule of payments to retirees that the Central Bank has already announced. Depending on how the facts unfold (the famous trial and error), it may be that other important payments are incorporated for the sectors of the population that do not yet have a debit card or do not know it or want to use it. Among them are the beneficiaries of the Universal Allowance for Child or Pregnancy, and those who will receive the Emergency Family Income. In the latter case, alarm sirens had already sounded because more than eleven million people signed up.

In the Anses they have already ruled out that the real number of contributions climbs so high, because they observe that several people from the same family were registered, and there are also applicants who share the family group with blank employees or people with incomes that go beyond stipulated to receive it. But still everyone knows that it will be several million people who will end up charging.

In the Government they clarify that not having included banking activity among the essential services since the beginning of the quarantine was not an error, but had been especially requested by the sanitarians who evaluated that in Europe, where in most cases the Banks remained open, that had become a problem in maintaining isolation.

They also clarify that after more than two weeks of quarantine, it was time to do so. Both for the problems of a good number of people to receive their assets, more necessary than ever, and for the crowds that so much abstinence ended up causing.

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They discover a strange bee literally half female and half male



It was spring 2018, when the entomologist Erin Krichilsky ran into the bee most perplexing he had ever seen: the right side of his body had the sturdy jaw full of small teeth typical of females, but his left side was much smaller and more delicate, like the males. Also, the legs on either side were different. As if someone had cut a being of each gender and would have pasted it in a new combined animal. What was that?

Looking through the microscope at the insect four millimeters in length, Krichilsky, then a research assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, realized that he had found something extraordinary. “It didn’t look like anything I was used to seeing,” she says in information published on the website of the Smithsonian. “It was a very exciting day.”

The strange bee showing half body of male (left) and female (right) Chelsey Ritner / Utah State University
The strange bee showing half body of male (left) and female (right) Chelsey Ritner / Utah State University

This mysterious insect, recently described in the magazine Journal of Hymenoptera Research, is an extremely rare gynendromorph: an anatomically half male and half female animal, and the first identified in the species Megalopta amoena, a type of bee found in Central and South America.

Unlike the hermaphrodites, which often have a male or female presence, but have the reproductive organs of both, the gynendromorphs they have true sexual mosaics in their bodies. Due to their rarity in the wild, these sex-divided individuals are poorly understood. Still, researchers have documented gynendromorphs in creatures ranging from butterflies and crustaceans to reptiles and birds.

Two bees of the species Megalopta Amoena. On the left, a female; on the right, a male
Two bees of the species Megalopta Amoena. On the left, a female; on the right, a male – Chelsey Ritner / Utah State University

Other examples in bees

Another gynendromorph from the same family was found in 1999. Specifically, the male-female hybrid was of the species Megalopta genalis. But in these two decades, STRI researchers have found no other examples in tens of thousands of collected bees.

In general terms, bees, wasps and ants, which belong to the hymenoptera group, live in matriarchal societies in which females “collect pollen, build nests, care for young,” he explains. Adam Smith, a biologist at George Washington University. As such, evolution has equipped these females with traits compatible with their endless list of tasks: strong jaws capable of digging in wood; thick, hairy hind legs that can catch and transport pollen; and a sharp pointed stinger for defense. However, males “don’t do anything useful except copulation,” says Smith, making his physique weaker.

A theory of how it came about

Although researchers aren’t sure exactly how this strange bee came about, studies on similar insects could provide some clues. Several years ago, another team of scientists led by the University of Sydney bee expert, Benjamin OldroydHe analyzed the genes of several gynandromorphs of honey bees and found that the male-female hybrids were probably an accident.

In humans, biological sex is determined by two sex chromosomes: one from mom and one from dad. Inheriting two Xs produces a woman, while an X paired with a Y creates a man. But the bees do things differently: All fertilized eggs, which carry genetic material from a mother and a father, hatch into female bees. However, the unfertilized eggs can still give offspring: orphan males they only carry a set of chromosomes from their mothers, half of what is found in females. Sex, in other words, is determined by the amount of genetic information in a bee’s cells.

Very, very rarely, a second sperm can sneak into an already fertilized egg, a future female, and start copying, Oldroyd explains. This creates two asymmetric genres that populate their own half of the growing embryo: one that arises from the union of the ovum and the first sperm that develops as a female, and another, that is born only from the second sperm. Because this second sperm is never associated with its own egg, the chromosome count in its lineage remains low, creating only male cells.

These events of double fertilization they seem to explain at least some gynendromorphs of honey bees, although male-female hybrids in other species may manifest themselves in other ways. Another theory is that a cell in a typical female embryo “makes mistakes” while copying, generating one female cell and one male cell instead of two female cells. Those new cells would then continue to divide independently, producing two sexually divergent lines.


the heroic surrender of the doctors in the infectious medieval hospitals




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He Coronavirus has already exceeded 100,000 infected and 10,000 dead in Spain. The world is approaching a million positives and the 48,000 deceased. Since the pandemic began at the beginning of the year, our eyes have been focused, like never before, on the operation of hospitals and the enormous sacrifice that health personnel make to help our patients. Every day we applaud at 20.00, but have we ever wondered what this work was like centuries ago? What means and facilities did doctors and nurses have to cure victims of the devastating pandemics and wars during the Middle Ages?

“Few would doubt, today, that the best place to be if one is seriously ill is the hospital. The hospital is considered the most important institution in medical care, for both the poor and the wealthy. And it is often assumed that this was always the case. However, until recently, most people, especially if they were ill, would have struggled not to enter a hospital, which was associated with poverty and death, “said Lindsay Granshaw in her book. “The Hospital in History” (Routledge, 1989), to ask later: “What were hospitals like in history?”

Many authors have defended the image of the medieval hospital as a space established to carry out public and charitable work free of charge, to alleviate suffering and reduce poverty. And there were certainly models, like the Hôtel Dieu in Paris, one of the best of the Middle Ages and of which there is still abundant historical material today. In the 13th century, it already had four main rooms for patients in various stages of illness, another for convalescents and even one for maternity. So special was the care of the health personnel that the recovered patients used to voluntarily stay several more days to work on the farm or in the garden in appreciation of the services provided.

Sick piled up

However, we cannot deceive ourselves. The vast majority of hospitals in the Middle Ages were not as efficiently managed as the Hôtel Dieu in Paris. This, in fact, was an exception. As documented, it was common for several patients to pile up in a single bed, regardless of what type of disease they suffered or if they were highly contagious. A mildly ill person could be placed in the same bed as one with no chance of survival. It was not uncommon for them to wake up with a corpse at their side, since segregation of the most serious cases was not a common practice. There were very few beds for such demand.

In fact, in the Hôtel Dieu, each bed was generally occupied by two patients, as represented in the illustrations of various artists of the time. And the beds, in turn, were separated by fabrics that were never washed and, therefore, facilitated the spread of infections and hindered ventilation. At least, in this Parisian hospital the rooms were heated with huge hearths and charcoal stoves and the clothes of the sick were kept in a closed room to wash and fix them before being returned. The organization of this center can be said to be similar to that of modern hospitals, with a chief in each department.

Throughout the High Middle Ages, pharmacies were put into operation, the first of which was opened in Baghdad in 754; glasses were invented, which by the end of the 13th century were already well known in Italy; dissection began to be practiced, shown in public by the doctor Mondino de Luzzi in 1315; Medicine was taught in universities, mainly in Europe; Ophthalmology, defined in the 11th century by an Arab physician, began to be practiced; An antiseptic method for cleaning wounds was discovered by the 13th century surgeon Theodoric Borgognoni, and quarantines became widespread following the arrival of the Black Death.

The Crusades

Throughout this period, religion had, of course, a dominant influence on the establishment of hospitals. In fact, it can be said that they were more ecclesiastical than medical institutions, where the sick were admitted and isolated to provide them with relief, with little attempts to cure them. Love and faith were more important aspects than the scientific skills and abilities of the priests, assistants and doctors, who were equally exposed and lived by their patients in the most precarious conditions. Sometimes, even costing them their lives, as they are exposed without any protection to those infected by plague and other epidemics.

One of the first moments of impulse was the 9th century, since a large number of religious orders created hospices and infirmaries next to the monasteries, where they provided food and shelter to the exhausted pilgrims who arrived sick. One of these, the famous alpine hospice of San Bernardo, founded in 962 in the Alps, still gives relief to the exhausted and sends their dogs to rescue lost mountaineers.

Hospitals increased rapidly during the Crusades, beginning in 1096. And not so much because of the war, but because of the plague and contagious diseases, more deadly for the Crusaders than the swords of the Saracens. A lot came up along all the roads leading to Jerusalem. A group of crusaders organized, for example, Hospitallers of the Order of Saint John, who in 1099 established a hospital in the Holy Land capable of treating 2,000 patients. It was the same gentlemen who, selflessly, were responsible for the care of the sick.

“Let the sick not be neglected”

Until the twelfth century, in which the great historian of medicine Mirko Grmek called the first stage of the configuration of the hospitals, its doctors and nurses sacrificed themselves following the «Regula Benedicti», dictated by Saint Benedict of Nursia a long time ago: «We must take pre-eminence of the sick; we must serve them as if it were Jesus Christ […], since He has said: “I was sick and you took care of me”. And also: “What you have done to one of these poor, you will have done to me. Therefore, it must be the abbot’s personal and moral obligation that the sick are not neglected in any case, regardless of their state and condition ”».

From that moment and until the beginning of the XIII, there was an important growth of hospitals in several countries in Europe. The main impulse was the Pope Innocent III, who set an example with a model hospital in Rome: the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. It was built 1204 and survived until no less than 1922, when it was destroyed by fire. Many visitors from all over the world came to see it as soon as it opened and inspired the opening of new ones in the Italian capital (nine in a short time) and in countries like Germany (155) during the early years of the late Middle Ages. To help them, the Vatican even helped obtain resources through a special tax on any commercial transaction that took place in the city.

Some authors have argued that the infrastructure of hospitals in the East was superior to that of Western Europe. It highlighted the Pantokrátor hospital, founded by the Byzantine emperor Basil John II, in 1136, on the banks of the Bosporus. It had 50 beds spread over five departments: 10 for surgical illnesses, eight for acute patients, 10 for male patients, as many for women and, finally, 12 for gynecological diseases and childbirth. And each one had two doctors, five surgeons and two nurses or servants, all under the command of two chief doctors, not forgetting the ambulatory department, the pharmacy, the own bathroom, the mill and the bakery. A luxury of facilities that were, obviously, another exception, to which it is likely that the poorest would not have access, but whose model extended to many places in Western Europe, including El Escorial.

The fight against leprosy

A few cities, especially in England, built municipal institutions independent of religious groups. “Like all hospitals of the period, the buildings were expensive, often decorated with colorful upholstery and stained glass windows, which had large, ventilated rooms full of lined beds. They were generally in charge of a teacher or guardian “, explained Antonio Luis Turnes in his article «Origin, evolution and future of the hospital». This doctor also explains that the walls were made of red brick or stone, that the windows gave almost no light, that there was hardly any ventilation and that they were not very hot.

When leprosy began to spread in the 12th and 13th centuries, lazarettes appeared, making it easier for collapsed hospitals. They were generally rough structures, usually built on the outskirts of cities and maintained simply to ward off lepers rather than cure them. Still, the members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, whose dedication and sacrifice was surprising, despite the little help they received from the authorities and governors.

In England and Scotland there were 220 and in France, around 2,000. In Germany they were even more numerous and they are considered responsible for establishing a control and hygiene protocol that prevented the spread of other epidemics. It is even said that it was they who began to eradicate leprosy. A work that was helped, with true dedication and passion, by members of other secular and religious orders, who dedicated their lives to the care of these sick. In London, for example, hospitals such as the Saint Mary of Bethlehem, the first to be used exclusively for the mentally ill; the of St Thomas and that of San Bartolome. The latter not only took care of the poorest patients, but also transcended the work of simply depositing souls that others had and organized with a chief administrator.


Italy could reach zero contagion in mid-May

Between 5 and 16 May, new coronavirus infections could cease to occur in Italy. It is the forecast of a study carried out by the Einaudi Institute for Economy and Finance, based on official data that Civil Protection offers every day. The research estimates the dates in which additional zero infected will be registered in almost all regions of the country. In many of them it will be during the month of April. In Lombardy, for example, the most affected territory will be on the 22nd, while in Tuscany, where the contagion curve only gives timid signs of remission, it is expected on May 5.

Those dates coincide with the moment in which the Italian Government could consider lifting some prohibitions. According to the newspaper ‘La Stampa’, restrictions on the mobility of people will last at least until May 4, after the bridge that begins with the Labor Day party, although it is foreseeable that for economic activities the measures will be lightened before, as long as infections continue to fall. Confindustria, the Italian employers, estimates 100,000 million euros in monthly losses in companies due to the lock decreed by the Executive to try to stop infections.

«It is premature to make forecasts regarding the times in which all the productive and commercial activities may reopen. We hope that they can return to normal as soon as possible, gradually reducing the restrictions to avoid that the efforts made so far throughout the country are in vain, “Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in statements to ‘La Stampa’.

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The pandemic already exceeds 101,000 infected, of which 14,600 have been cured and almost 11,600 have died. This European country is the first nation in the world by number of deaths of Covid-19 and the second with more cases of the disease, after the United States. Yesterday, two encouraging data were recorded: only 1% increased the number of new infections and of patients who had to be admitted to hospital ICUs.

The Government of Conte will have to approve in the coming days a new decree to extend the total lock until April 12, Easter Sunday, as announced last night by the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza. Thus, the Executive will follow the recommendations of the group of sanitary and technical experts who advise it in this emergency. One of them is Franco Locatelli, president of the Higher Health Council, who assured that “there will be no return to normality from nothing to everything.” It will be a “gradual” process. Locatelli insisted that we must continue to comply with restrictions on mobility and sociability, as they are the only tools to stop the pandemic while there is no vaccine.

It is the same as the author of the aforementioned study by the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance requests. This is Franco Peracchi, professor of Econometrics on leave from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome and director of the master’s degrees in Economics at Georgetown University in Washington, who assured that his forecasts will only be met if Italians continue to avoid contacts with other people to avoid infections.

The Einaudi Institute’s research does not consider the evolution of the pandemic in four Italian regions (Marche, Molise, Sardinia and Campania) because there is no sign yet that a change in the trend of the infection curve has occurred. In Molise and Sardinia there are few cases, but the most worrying situation is in Campania, where infections continue to grow at an exponential rate.


The Half Marathon “Ruta de la Reconquista” is postponed to October 17

The Cangas de Onís Athletics Club, organizer of the 33rd Half Marathon-EDP “Ruta de la Reconquista”, which was scheduled for May 30, in accordance with the exceptional protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19, has decided to postpone the scheduled date for the test, going to October 17, at 4:30 p.m., with the traditional tour Cangas de Onís-Sanctuary of Covadonga-Cangas de Onís.J. M. CARBAJAL.

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half of the world’s children without school

In the evening of March 19, 107 countries around the world had closed their schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, while 11 others had taken such action in only certain regions. In all, half of the world’s school-age population, over 861 million people, is no longer there.

This assessment doubled in a few days, according to a UN count centralized in New York. It keeps getting heavier. The UK also closed its schools on Friday March 20, adding an additional 10 million students.

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The challenge of distance education

Depending on their level of development, the States have put in place more or less advanced substitution mechanisms, ranging from the videoconference platform for the wealthy to the broadcasting of educational programs, on radio or television. “The current situation poses immense challenges for countries to be able to offer lifelong learning to all in an equitable manner. We are strengthening our action at global level by creating a Coalition to guarantee a rapid and coordinated response. Beyond the urgency, this effort is an opportunity to rethink education, develop distance learning and make education systems more resilient, more open and more innovative. ”, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

Depending on their level of development, the States have put in place more or less advanced substitution mechanisms, ranging from the videoconference platform for the wealthy to the broadcasting of educational programs, on radio or television.

The fierce lessons of Ebola

Unicef ​​is sounding the alarm in Vietnam, one of the first countries affected by the Coronavirus, and which is already in its seventh week without school, with “Real risks”. The NGO is learning from the Ebola epidemic, where children in affected countries in West Africa had been out of school for 5 to 9 months.

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“In this kind of situation, it is not only a question of learning, it is the whole ecosystem of the child that is affected, with sometimes real risks. At the time of Ebola, there was an increase in early pregnancies, abuse, and violence. For many children, there was no going back to school, we don’t know what happened to them “, underlines Céline Hein, in charge of advocacy at Unicef ​​France.

The NGO is appealing for donations of 42 million euros to strengthen its action to maintain educational ties and essential aid in 190 countries.

Compensate at best

Vulnerable children are not only found in poor countries. In France, the RomEurope association is sounding the alarm for children confined to slums, if only for problems of access to water. Unesco lists the many prejudices created by the closure of schools: deterioration of nutrition, when canteens no longer fulfill their role, unequal access to digital learning portals, impact for working parents, sometimes forced to leaving their children alone, increasing dropout rates, loss of social contact…

The UN institution launches a “Covid-19 Global Coalition for Education” bringing together public and private partners including Microsoft to help countries lacking to deploy distance learning systems. Unicef, whose desire is not to replace conventional education systems, makes its platform available with content for children, including explaining the coronavirus to them.

NGOs know that these devices are only short-term responses. The challenge for them, once the health crisis has passed, will be to work for the return of students to class, when many risk not going back to school.


Over half a million Indonesians risk contracting Covid-19: Gov’t

Jakarta. As the coronavirus epidemic is catching on in Indonesia, hitting 17 of the 34 provinces so far, the number of infected people could grow between 600,000 and 700,000, a government spokesman said Friday.

The number of confirmed cases in the country increased from 60 to 369 with seven more deaths to bring the total number of deaths to 32 on Friday, said Achmad Yurianto, a government spokesman who handled the Covid-19 epidemic.

“From our calculation, the number of populations at risk is between 600,000 and 700,000. It is for this reason that the government is preparing 1 million mass exam test kits to identify positive cases,” Achmad said in a televised speech. in Jakarta.

The mass test will be based on risk analysis, which means that a person who is not at risk of exposure will not be allowed to take it, he said. Firstly online are the people who have had contact with positive patients, Achmad said.

“When someone tests positive for coronavirus, we will examine all the people they have come in contact with in the past 14 days. If [the patient] stayed at home, all family members will take the test. If he works in an office, everyone in the office will have to take the test, “said Achmad.

The mass test will take blood samples from people suspected of having Covid-19 for a faster result. If a stronger indication of infection is detected, a subsequent swab test will be performed for a more convincing result, he said.

The blood test detects the level of immunoglobulin, the natural immune system produced by the body to neutralize pathogenic bacteria and viruses. It means that people with viruses other than Covid-19 can also be positive, Achmad said.

At this early stage, people with suspicious cases will be encouraged to self-isolate themselves as outpatients to reduce hospital burdens, Achmad said.

“For people who test positive after the swab tests, we provide isolation rooms. The government is building more isolation rooms in the Athletes’ Village. [in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta] and several hotels. Hospitals belonging to private companies and state-owned enterprises will also contribute, “he said.

The government purchased around 2,000 rapid test kits on Friday and will receive another 100 on Saturday, he said.

Avigan and chloroquine

In a separate press conference, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government is providing millions of Avigan and chloroquine malaria pills to treat patients with Covid-19.

The president admitted that the two drugs were not officially approved for the treatment of Covid-19 but have been used in several countries and have “brought about recoveries.”

“We have procured 5,000 Avigan pills and are ordering another 2 million,” Jokowi said in a televised speech from the Secretariat of State’s YouTube account.

“The second drug is chloroquine, we will buy 3 million,” he said from his official residence in Bogor, West Java.

He said that mass tests for suspicious cases had started Friday before, starting in southern Jakarta, where the first coronavirus transmission was reported in the country.

“Rapid tests started this afternoon in an area where we know that positive patient contacts have occurred. The team made door-to-door visits to perform the tests. We privileged the areas and participated in the most vulnerable one in the south Jakarta, “said the president.


Ball: Jaka prays “half an hour of pediment to make hands”

Keeping hands in proper condition is the great concern of the Baiko and Aspe players. Erik jaka, immersed in the semi-final group of the Couples Championship that companies have stopped due to the health crisis, try to find a solution that is not easy. “I put two or three layers of sticking plaster on my hands, pick up a hard ball, and throw it up to pick it up with as much weight as possible. Y inside the garage he banged against the walls. I do it at noon to disturb the neighbors as little as possible with the noise I make ».

Lizartza strikes a request to whom it may concern. “Health prevails, there is no doubt, and the ball players, like the rest of the citizens, are complying with all protocols. But activating the circulation of blood in the hands is vital for our activity. Not being able to make hands because the pediments are closed is a serious problem for the manistas. In other countries, measures have been taken aimed at professional athletes. Half an hour of pediment to make hands could do us good. Even if it was every other day. Now, we will follow what they tell us. And if we can’t go to the pediment, well what are we going to do?

Jaka provides a comparison to better understand the need to keep her work tools in tune. “Even when I’m on vacation, I do my hands daily. I don’t skip that habit. After a time without strong fronton training, you can play with more rag for a few games. However, that is not a solution when you are embarked on a whole Couples Championship, which is what will touch us when the activity resumes.

Meanwhile, during these days of seclusion Erik Jaka tries to carry “a daily routine in our apartment in Tolosa, where I have resided with the family for three or four years. I wake up early so I don’t spend too much time in bed. Strong breakfast at nine in the morning, I read the news of the day and at about half past ten I start the training that the physical trainer sets for me. We spoke a few days ago and decided that they should be longer than intense sessions to better occupy the morning. Then a few stretches and a shower. I finish between half past twelve or one. Then we sit at the table to eat ».

Chess games

There are still many hours left in the day. «I take the afternoon to read something again and take a little nap. Then I do stretching exercises again. From that moment on, free ability. I like to watch videos and play chess. I find rivals for the games through some applications. We have dinner, we have a gathering at home, we watch TV a little and go to bed ». So the days go by.

The risk of gaining weight does not mean a headache for Erik Jaka. In fact, I already take good care of my diet throughout the year. Clean food without going over the quantities. I acquired these habits during the time I suffered from ankle problems. It was not convenient for me to gain weight while walking with the injury. Then I stayed the same ».

Defeated next to Zabaleta in the first round of the semifinals after a first phase in which they won twelve victories in fourteen days, the Lizartza striker understands that this break “does not suit anyone. This is not a one or two week parenthesis that you control yourself. We do not know how long it will take, when we will return to the pediments, when the Couples Championship will resume … The uncertainty is total for everyone. Either way, you have to be mentalized that we must do everything well ».


Massachusetts Coronavirus cases rise to 218 – NBC Boston

The total number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts is up to 218, public health officials said Tuesday after it had arrived at 197 the day before.

Massachusetts is one of the states in the United States with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country so far. While nobody died from the virus locally, more than 70 people died nationwide.

Severe restrictions on daily life have been ordered, including the canceled school, the limits on gathering in groups and eating in restaurants, while the state struggles to mitigate the spread of the deadly pandemic.

Earlier Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker said Massachusetts faces “tough days ahead” and has torn down rumors that residents have been ordered to take refuge on the spot.

President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force gave updates on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, urging people to follow the CDC guidelines for at least 15 days and to act very cautiously. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin later announced a tax deferral of the IRS for those who are liable to pay taxes.

For days, most Massachusetts cases represented in the Department of Public Health numbers were related to an employee meeting held by the local biotechnology company Biogen at a hotel in downtown Boston. But it is no longer so: Tuesday’s data show 102 people linked to the meeting directly or through members of their family.

Thirty-three cases were found to be transmitted locally and 24 related to travel, according to the numbers. Another 59 remain under investigation.

Someone has coronavirus in at least 10 of the state’s 14 counties.

Eighty-nine cases were in County Middlesex, 43 in Norfolk, 42 ​​in Suffolk, 14 in Berkshire, eight in Worcester and Essex, five in Bristol and Plymouth, two in Barnstable and one in Hampden. Another case has not yet been traced to a location.

Twenty-one cases have so far been confirmed as in need of hospitalization, while 52 remain under investigation and 145 people have not needed to go to hospital.

Many officials cited the phrase “flatten the curve” while seriously reducing public events. An infectious disease expert explained what it means and why it is crucial for the public health system.

The haste to limit social activity across the nation is an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading so quickly that it overwhelms hospital intensive care units, which places like Wuhan, China and Italy have seen.


Coronavirus requires public health emergency in Boston – NBC Boston

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Sunday declared a public health emergency due to the coronavirus epidemic and announced radical changes for bars and restaurants in the city in an attempt to protect residents.

The emergency declaration will help the city’s marshal’s resources, Walsh said on Sunday at a press conference in the town hall. The city’s restaurant regulations come after a series of South Boston restaurants and bars decided to close on Sunday after people were seen packing them on Saturday.

Walsh has also strongly urged city residents to keep social distances, the practice of interacting as little as possible with others is less likely to spread the new coronavirus, which has already killed more than 60 people in the United States and thousands abroad .

“Social distancing is not a vague and ambitious strategy. It is backed by science,” said the mayor, adding later, “it will save lives.”

During a press conference on Sunday, Walsh launched an urgent appeal for residents to engage in social distancing during the coronavirus epidemic.

Following his Friday announcement that the Boston Public School buildings would be closed on Tuesday, Walsh said two school campuses will not open on Monday due to possible exposure in their communities: the Eliot and McKinley schools.

He acknowledged the difficulties families will face when school closes and said that among the ways it could help, the city will distribute food through places established in the city’s neighborhoods.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that the city’s public schools will close Tuesday, March 17, for over a month, in an attempt to protect students, their families and staff during the coronavirus epidemic.

The changes for the city’s bars, restaurants and clubs in the future are vast, including:

  • They will have to cut their capacity in half by removing tables and chairs to encourage social distancing.
  • No line can form outside.
  • Closing before 23:00, excluding restaurants offering drive-thru, take out or delivery.
  • Any restaurant that has not been allowed to make food can now do so – “basically we are allowing every single establishment that serves food in the city of Boston to take away,” he said.
  • The beer gardens will not be able to open for the season until the crisis has passed.

Violators will remain closed for 30 days, Walsh said.

He explained that he wants people to still be able to get food during the period of greatest social estrangement and does not want the city workers to suffer too much. He also thanked the 14 or more bars and restaurants that agreed to close after Saturday’s full rooms on Sunday.

On Sunday, Walsh gave advice on how best to achieve social distancing.

People arriving at U.S. airports from overseas on Saturday night reported that waiting times were online for the necessary medical visits during the coronavirus epidemic.