Minimum wage rises in more than 20 states and cities in the US – Telemundo San Antonio (60)

MIAMI – The minimum wage rose between Tuesday and the first day of the year in 21 states and 26 cities and counties in the United States, according to figures compiled by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The first employees to benefit from this increase were those who work in New York City, who as of Tuesday must receive a payment of at least $ 15 dollars per hour, while in the rest of the state it is $ 11.80 per hour.

New York is one of 17 jurisdictions where the minimum wage has risen to as high as $ 15 an hour that unions and organizations like NELP have been asking for for years.

But the increase is not limited to this start of the year, as throughout 2020 another 4 states and 23 cities and counties will reach the desired figure of $ 15 an hour.

In total, 24 states and 48 cities and counties will increase their minimum wages sometime in 2020.

In Illinois and Saint Paul, in the state of Minneapolis, they will increase the minimum wage twice this year, on January 1 and in July, the NELP noted.

In addition to Illinois, states that already have new minimum wages include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.

The increase in the minimum wage will benefit about 6.8 million employees, according to figures from the Institute for Economic Policy.

Those who will see no change in their pay are employees under the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $ 7.25 an hour since it last rose to that figure more than a decade ago.

On July 24, 2009, the US federal minimum wage had its last hike and despite various attempts to increase this figure, workers will have to wait until they see the results of next November’s elections to try to achieve an increase.

One of those efforts was the House of Representatives’ approval in 2019 of the “Raise the Wage Act” project, which would have allowed the current federal minimum wage to rise to $ 15 an hour in stages, in addition to other protections.

But the hopes of workers in about fifteen states currently living on the federal minimum wage were dashed in the words of Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell, saying the upper house was not going to vote on the bill.

Added to this was the White House notice that he would veto the measure if he reached his desk.

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Almost 2 thousand infected with COVID-19 died in the USA in 24 hours :: Society :: RBC

This figure has been the highest since the start of the epidemic in the country. Authorities indicate that the vast majority of those killed by the virus make up the colored population

Photo: Ted S. Warren / AP

The United States recorded a new daily record for the number of deaths from the coronavirus COVID-19. Over the past 24 hours, 1973 people have become its victims. About it writes The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing data from Johns Hopkins University.

In total, 14.7 thousand people died from coronavirus in the country. The number of infected is approaching 432 thousand, and almost 24 thousand patients managed to recover.

The largest number of deaths occur in the states of New York, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois, the newspaper notes. The absolute leader in this indicator is New York, where over the past 24 hours a daily death record was also set – 779 victims. In total, 6268 people died from coronavirus in the state.


In the US, the number of coronavirus victims reached a record 1.7 thousand per day



According to WSJ, the vast majority of those killed by the virus make up the colored population. So, according to recently published data by New York State authorities, here blacks and Hispanics make up a disproportionate share of deaths from COVID-19.

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FAA to briefly close New York’s traffic center, LaGuardia Control Tower

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that it will close the Traffic Control Center of the New York air route and the New York LaGuardia Control Tower overnight for cleaning after another person has tested positive. for COVID-19.

An American airline plane is seen on the tarmac after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily suspended flights arriving at New York City airports due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, United States United, March 21, 2020. REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz

The FAA stated that an individual in La Guardia tested positive, prompting the temporary shutdown of the tower which should have had minimal impact on flights.

The FAA said the New York airway traffic control center will close at 11:30 pm. EDT until 6:30 in the morning for sanitation, while the LaGuardia Control Tower will be closed from 23:00 EDT until 6 in the morning for sanitation.

The FAA has stated that transatlantic services will be interrupted during the closure at the New York Air Route Center and some flights may be required to avoid arriving during cleaning.

On Saturday, the FAA temporarily suspended flights arriving at New York and Philadelphia airports after a trainee at the Traffic Control Center on the New York air route tested positive for COVID-19.

The FAA soon lifted the arrest warrant in the New York area on Saturday, but some flights were delayed as flight management returned to normal. The positive test forced the FAA to close certain sectors of the airspace and redirect flights, the agency said.

Flightaware, a flight monitoring website, said 600 flights were canceled on Saturday at John F. Kennedy and Newark airports.

The FAA had a series of problems this week due to coronavirus cases in 10 US facilities, forcing more than 2,000 flights to be canceled and towers closed earlier this week in Chicago Midway and Las Vegas.

More than 1,500 flights have been canceled in Las Vegas, where the tower is still closed, including over 500 on Saturday. Another 300 flights were canceled in Midway on Saturday, where the tower also remains closed.

The FAA temporarily closed the JFK tower in New York on Friday, which led to some flight cancellations, and also closed part of the traffic control center on the Indianapolis air route for cleaning after workers proved positive. for coronavirus.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown, Sonya Hepinstall and Chris Reese

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Flights resume after FAA briefly stopped arrivals at New York airport after coronavirus case

PHOTO FILE: an overview of the international arrivals terminal at JFK airport in New York, 11 October 2014. REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily suspended flights arriving at New York City and Philadelphia airports on Saturday after a trainee at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center tested positive for COVID-19.

The FAA lifted the order in the afternoon, but some flights were still delayed while flight management returned to normal. The positive test forced the FAA to close certain sectors of the airspace and redirect flights, the agency said.

Flightaware, a flight monitoring website, said 600 flights were canceled on Saturday at John F. Kennedy and Newark airports.

The FAA had a number of problems this week due to coronavirus cases causing COVID-19, forcing more than 2,000 flights to be canceled and towers closed earlier this week in Chicago Midway and Las Vegas.

More than 1,500 flights have been canceled in Las Vegas, where the tower is still closed, including over 500 on Saturday. Another 300 flights were canceled in Midway on Saturday.

The FAA temporarily closed the JFK tower in New York on Friday, which led to some flight cancellations, and also closed part of the traffic control center on the Indianapolis air route for cleaning after workers proved positive. for coronavirus.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown and Sonya Hepinstall

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Lessons from the area codes in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Washington It was an election day marked by the corona crisis. Actually, Democratic registered voters should vote on their presidential candidate in four US states on Tuesday: Florida, Illinois, Arizona and Ohio. However, the governor in Ohio canceled the vote on Monday evening, a few hours before the polling stations were due to open. The risk of infection for election workers and voters seemed too great.

Polling stations also remained closed in the remaining three federal keys because helpers were sick or stayed at home out of fear of infection. In addition, only a few voters were allowed to enter the open polling stations at the same time, and so individual voters in Illinois had to queue for two and a half hours – with an increased safety distance from the person in front.

The result couldn’t be clearer: Florida, Ohio, Arizona: Joe Biden was clearly ahead of Bernie Sanders in each of the three states. Especially in Florida, where there were 219 delegate votes, he won with a big lead. There are three lessons to be learned from this clear result:

1. The Democratic presidential candidate has been chosen

“Joe Biden will be the next Democratic Party presidential candidate,” said Terry McAuliffe, former Virginia Democratic governor, shortly after 9:00 p.m. East Coast on CNN. Indeed, if 77-year-old Biden stays healthy and makes no catastrophic mistake, he will face Donald Trump in November. Tuesday was the last chance for Sanders to keep up with favorites Biden with a surprise success. But there was no surprise. Instead, Biden was able to extend his lead over Sanders.

Almost 60 percent of the delegate votes are now taken. There is still a long way to go before Biden has received enough delegate votes to have a majority in the first ballot at the Democratic congress. But the bottom line is: there is no evidence that Sanders could turn the tide in the remaining states.

Biden is at the forefront of almost all important socio-demographic groups, the majority of white voters in the suburbs as well as the African-American voters in the city centers. The majority of Latino voters supported him in Florida. As a result, Sanders in Florida was unable to win a single constituency (county). In the front it is only among young voters under 30.

2. The candidacy was nevertheless a success for Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the left wing of his party, has achieved an important success with his candidacy: He has forced Biden to move clearly to the left in order to convince potential Sanders voters. Shortly before election day, Biden adopted an important demand from Sanders in its own election program: Households with an annual income of up to $ 125,000 should be exempted from tuition fees for their children in the future – if only for the first four years of study and only at state universities.

On the evening of the election, Biden specifically addressed the young Sanders supporters: “I hear you,” he called to them in a webcast from his private home. The otherwise usual bathroom of the election winner in the crowd of his fans had to be avoided due to Corona. Biden knows: The left-wing positions of Sanders get caught in a significantly larger proportion of democratic voters than the number of votes suggests.

This can be seen, for example, from a poll among democratic voters on election day in Illinois: 57 percent support the idea of ​​state health insurance for all Americans (“Medicare for All”). A key demand from Sanders, but not from Biden, who prefers to stick to the previous state-private mixed system (“Obamacare”). Healthcare costs are also high on the political priority list for democratic voters in the same survey. The explanation for the discrepancy with the election result: Many voters voted for Biden because they trust him more than Sanders to beat Trump in the fall.

3. Nothing will be normal in the election campaign

In addition to Ohio, a number of other states have postponed their pre-election dates due to the corona pandemic. But it is completely open whether it will not be even more difficult or even impossible to hold the elections at a later date. It is also open whether the democratic nomination party conference can take place at the beginning of July as planned.

Given these risks and his hopeless position, Sanders is now under great pressure to give up the race and to declare the pre-election campaign over. The election campaign Biden against Trump will also take place almost exclusively via the media, at least until the summer. The classic “Campaign Trail” through all states is hardly conceivable from today’s perspective. This gives Trump a clear advantage because, as President-in-Office, he draws media attention with each of his statements.

Corona will determine the rest of the election campaign not only in terms of form, but also in terms of content. He is increasingly focusing on the question of who can show the better recipes against the pandemic and its economic consequences. During the TV duel against Sanders on Sunday, Biden Trump was right to criticize the lack of awareness and lack of leadership in the crisis. But Trump has woken up in the past 24 hours.

With his massive aid and economic stimulus package, including “helicopter money”, the planned cash checks for all citizens, announced on Tuesday, Trump has recaptured the initiative. If the package is implemented as planned, Biden will have to compete against a man who recently gave every citizen $ 1,000. For this task Biden will need as much campaign support from Sanders and his followers as he can get.

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First place Biden crushes Sanders in Florida, projected to win Illinois

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden has achieved a sensational victory over Bernie Sanders in Florida’s Democratic presidential primaries and is expected to win Illinois on Tuesday, approaching his appointment to face President Donald Trump in the November election.

Voter Fred Hoffman completes his ballot paper during the primary election in Ottawa, Illinois, USA, March 17, 2020. The polling station was moved from a nearby nursing home to a former supermarket due to concerns about the outbreak of the disease. coronavirus (COVID-19). REUTERS / Daniel Acker

Biden took Sanders from 61% to 23% with 91% of the fences they report in Florida, the largest of the three states that voted on Tuesday, and beat Sanders in each county in the traditional political battlefield. Other candidates who have since abandoned have made up the rest.

Fox News projected that Biden also won in Illinois, where he opened a huge initial lead from 55% to 39% over Sanders, with 15% of the fences. Polls were to be closed in Arizona, the third state was voting on Tuesday at 22:00. EDT (0200 GMT on Wednesday).

Biden, the former vice president, hopes Tuesday’s big wins will help him accumulate an unassailable advantage over Sanders in the race to choose a Republican Trump challenger in the November 3 elections, before the game enters a prolonged pause without a scheduled vote. for weeks.

Biden’s easy victories seemed to be a sign that the Democrats were ready to meet for the general election against Trump and could increase pressure on Sanders, 78, to end his presidential bid.

Democrats worried about a possible repeat of 2016, when they believe that his long and bitter primary battle with Hillary Clinton played a role in his shocked loss to Trump, 73.

Florida, where Trump barely beat Clinton in the 1.2 percentage point general election in 2016, was the day’s top prize with 219 delegates. According to forecasts, Biden, 77, has won 58 delegates to 16 from Sanders in Florida so far, with over 100 still to be assigned.

Despite growing concerns about the coronavirus epidemic that closed large public rallies across the country, Edison Research estimated Florida’s turnout at 1.85 million – more than the 1.7 million who voted in 2016 and 1 , 75 million in 2008.

The majority of voters in all three states trusted Biden more than Sanders, a Senator from the United States of Vermont, to manage a serious crisis, Edison Research’s polls revealed in a sign that the deepening of the health crisis he helped to increase Biden’s appeal as a firm and expert hand.

They also found that seven out of 10 voters in all three states believed Biden had the best chance of beating Trump, a crucial factor in this year’s democratic race where eligibility was top priority for many voters.

Because of the coronavirus, Edison Research, who usually conducts exit polls, spoke to the first few voters and others who intended to vote by telephone.

Biden has taken the lead in the Democratic race over the past two weeks, scoring wins in 16 of the last 21 state races and building an advantage of some 150 delegates over Sanders in pursuit of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic convention nomination in July.

“A REAL DISASTER”

Polls also showed that about half of Illinois’ voters were “very concerned” about the potential effects of the epidemic, which on Tuesday caused Ohio to cancel its nomination race on Tuesday.

“Our goal is that no one will have to choose between their constitutional rights and their health risk,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said at a press conference on Tuesday, adding that moving forward with the vote would be “a real and really disaster. ”

Several states have postponed their primary democratic presidential elections, including Georgia, which was scheduled to vote on March 24; Louisiana, April 4th; Maryland, April 28; and Kentucky on May 19th.

Tom Perez, president of the Democratic National Committee, urged the remaining primary states not to postpone their votes but to focus on ways to make it more secure, such as voting in the mail and prolonging early voting time.

Officials from the three states that voted on Tuesday assured the public that he was safe despite fears of the coronavirus, which dramatically changed American life, forced campaigns to abandon public events and pushed other states to postpone future elections. primaries.

In observations streamed online before Tuesday’s vote, Sanders did not mention Tuesday’s primaries, but outlined a detailed $ 2 trillion plan to deal with the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.

Tracy Finger, 53, wore a mask while voting for Sanders in Miami on Tuesday. He said he expected the pandemic to offer a political boost to the prospective Democratic candidate, given the Trump administration’s response, which has sparked criticism over the lack of urgency.

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Armed with hand sanitizer in his jacket pocket, Bill Monnin, a 60-year-old bartender who was recently fired due to lack of business because of the coronavirus, went on to vote in Chicago.

“It’s important, it’s our responsibility,” he said as he entered Kilmer Elementary School on the north side of Chicago. “It’s still not an impossible situation. You don’t have to stay home.”

(Graph: delegate plotter and results link: here)

Reporting of John Whitesides and Ginger Gibson in Washington; Additional reports by Makini Brice and Amanda Becker in Washington, Chris Kahn in New York; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Howard Goller

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Biden aims to exclude Sanders in democratic primaries amid fears of the coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden will seek to tap his dominant lead in the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday when three states cast their vote, but Ohio has postponed its primary health concerns in anticipation of the coronavirus epidemic.

PHOTO FILE: Candidates for the Democratic Presidency of the United States, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, discuss during the eleventh debate on the democratic candidates of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, held in CNN’s Washington studies without an audience due of the global coronavirus pandemic, in Washington, USA, March 15, 2020. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Biden, the front-runner and former vice president, hopes that the big wins in the nomination of competitions in Florida, Illinois and Arizona will help him accumulate an almost unassailable advantage over rival Bernie Sanders in the race to find a challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in November 3 elections.

Biden leads Sanders in opinion polls in all three states.

Ohio was also expected to hold primaries on Tuesday, but Governor Mike DeWine said public health concerns made the vote in person too dangerous and delayed until June 2. A county judge blocked his early efforts to postpone the vote, but the state health director ordered the closure of the polls as a health emergency.

“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, conducting an election tomorrow would force election workers and voters to put themselves at an unacceptable risk of contracting the coronavirus,” said DeWine on Twitter.

Officials from the other three states promised to move forward with the vote and assured the public that he was safe despite fears of the coronavirus, which drastically altered American life, disrupted campaign routines and pushed other states to put it off future votes.

On Monday, the White House released guidelines to avoid meetings of over 10 people and to close bars and restaurants. Schools, businesses, sporting events and concerts have been closed across the country, raising questions about the wisdom of voting during a global pandemic.

But in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, officials said they were taking precautions such as extending the first few hours of voting and moving polling stations away from assisted living facilities – though some were quick to find more. survey workers to replace those who had retired.

There have been over 4,300 respiratory virus cases in the United States and 80 deaths since Monday evening.

In Florida, the largest state to vote, with 219 delegates at stake, over 1 million people had already cast the Democratic vote by mail or in person. In Illinois, nearly 800,000 votes were cast in the mail or through early voting, a substantial increase over the day before the 2016 primary.

“We believe that following the directions of our state and federal health professionals, voters can vote safely at early polling sites today and at polling stations tomorrow,” said Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois Electoral Council.

“Furthermore, at this point there is no date in the near future in which we can expect greater security with certainty,” he added.

The presidential race will enter uncertain territory after Tuesday’s vote. Both Biden and Sanders abandoned the election campaign to help prevent the spread of the virus and the race could face a prolonged pause if multiple states postponed the vote.

CHARGED OFFER

Biden has taken command of the contest over the past two weeks, consolidating democratic support with a string of decisive primary wins over Sanders, a United States Senator from Vermont and a Democrat Socialist with a broad agenda to restructure the economy.

Biden’s victories in 16 of the last 21 state primaries gave him an advantage of about 150 delegates over Sanders in pursuit of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination for the July Democratic convention.

There are 441 delegates at stake in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, and a sweep would make it increasingly unrealistic that Sanders could recover.

Sanders has promised to stay in the race despite Biden’s recent streak. He attacked the Biden Senate voting record and leadership on a number of issues during their first one-on-one debate on Sunday, held in Washington without an on-site audience to avoid the possible spread of the virus.

But Sanders may face renewed pressure to end his offer if he loses badly on Tuesday. Many Democrats do not want to repeat 2016, when they believe that Sanders’ long and bitter primary battle with Hillary Clinton played a role in his shocked defeat for Trump.

The next primary scheduled in Georgia on March 24 has been postponed, along with the April 4 primary in Louisiana, one of four states scheduled to vote on that day and Kentucky on May 19. Wyoming, which is expected to vote on April 4, has suspended voting in person in favor of voting and voting by post.

The main program closes in April, with Wisconsin on April 7 and nothing else until six states have voted on April 28.

Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Peter Cooney

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USA shuts down restaurants, bars, cafes, schools

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced he will close the country’s borders to all foreign nationals and called on Canadians abroad to “come home now”.

“At this point we are closing our borders to all non Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada … that measure does not apply to US citizens,” Mr Trudeau said.

US citizens are exempt from the measures – which will come into effect on March 18 – because “the level of integration between the two economies … puts the US in a separate category to the rest of the world”.

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Mr Trudeau today delivered the address from the steps of his Ottawa home where he has been self-isolating since his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was diagnosed with the deadly disease last week.

He urged citizens abroad to “come home now” if they can, and that they must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Canada.

Globally, there are more than 175,000 coronavirus cases and more than 6,700 deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

“If we put in measures for mandatory isolation … there would need to be enforcement measures,” he added.

“The expectation is something that we’ve asked of Canadians around the country.”

AMERICA SHUTS DOWN ON A MASS SCALE

There are at least 3,813 confirmed cases in the US, where major cities today started shutting down restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos, theaters and schools to try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed at least 72 people across the country . COVID-19 has reached 49 states including California and Washington, D.C.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio on Suday ordered all bars, restaurants and cafes to only offer delivery or pickup beginning Tuesday. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues will also be forced to close.

Millions of Americans began their work week holed up at home Monday against the coronavirus outside their doors, as the escalating outbreak shifted the nation’s daily routines in ways never before seen in US history. As wide swathes of the economy began shuddering to a halt, the financial markets opened with stocks dropping on Wall Street by nearly 10 per cent, triggering an automatic 15-minute halt to trading.

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That came despite emergency Federal Reserve action late Sunday that cut the key interest rate to near zero. The best-case scenario for many investors now is that the economic shock will be steep but short, with growth recovering later this year as stores and businesses open back up.

Pessimists, though, are preparing for a longer haul. The U.S. surgeon general, meanwhile, said the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that disease-battered Italy recorded two weeks ago – a signal that infections are expected to rise in America. “We are at a critical inflection point in this country, people,” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told Fox News. “When you look at the projections, there’s every chance that we could be Italy.” Two weeks ago, there were 1,700 cases of coronavirus in Italy and the country had reported 34 deaths. Now, Italy is reporting an estimated 25,000 cases and more than 1,800 people have died.

The US has recorded about 3,800 infections and at least 65 deaths, two-thirds of them in hard-hit Washington state.

The first participant in a clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against the virus was set to receive an experimental dose at a research institute in Washington state. Public officials cautioned, however, that it will still take from a year to 18 months to fully test and approve any potential vaccine The wheels of justice slowed too, as the U.S. Supreme Court put oral arguments on hold, including fights over subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records.

Over the weekend, governors and mayors closed restaurants, bars, and schools as the nation sank deeper into crisis. Travelers returning home from abroad were stuck in line for hours at major airports for screenings, crammed into just the kind of crowded spaces that public health officials have urged people to avoid. Around the country, people rushed to make arrangements to work from home or tried to figure out how to entertain themselves now that nearly all social gatherings have been banned, canceled or strongly discouraged. Some people planned to binge-watch TV, catch up on chores such as cleaning out the basement, exercise at home instead of the gym, do more cooking or read more. “We’re catching up on our reading. I just started ‘Love in the Time of Cholera.’ It seemed appropriate, “said Beverly Pfeiffer in Silver Spring, Maryland, of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez classic.

Trump sought to calm a jittery nation by declaring the government has “tremendous control” over the situation and urging people to stop the panic- buying of grocery staples that has depleted store shelves nationwide. Gun stores started seeing a similar run on weapons and ammunition as the fear intensified. As Americans struggled with changing their daily habits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a dramatic recommendation: Because large events can fuel the spread of the disease, it said gatherings of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed throughout the country for the next eight weeks. It added that, at any event, people should take proper precautions, including handwashing and keeping one’s distance.

But in a sign of the difficulty of striking the right balance, the CDC statement also said the recommendation does not apply to “the day-to-day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.” Even before the warning, parts of the country already look like ghost towns, and others are about to follow as theme parks closed, beaches shooed away spring breakers and states and large cities ordered bars and restaurants shuttered. “The time for persuasion and public appeals is over,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. “This is not a joke. No one is immune to this. ” New York City said eateries could only accept takeout and delivery orders. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered nightclubs, movie theaters and other entertainment venues closed.

“These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker, “he said in a statement Sunday night. “But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.” His decision came after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious-disease expert, said he would like to see a 14-day national shutdown imposed to prevent the virus’s spread.

“I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” said Fauci, a member of the White House task force on combating the spread of coronavirus. He heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

There was no indication Trump is considering such a move.

The worldwide outbreak has sickened nearly 170,000 people and left more than 6,500 dead, with thousands of new cases confirmed each day.

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Coronavirus poses a new challenge to Trump’s reelection offer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump faced one of the most serious threats in his political career as the coronavirus pandemic spread, leaving fellow Republicans worrying that the White House response and the blow to the economy would harm his prospects for re-election.

The US stock market indexes that Trump touted during his tenure as evidence of his success plunged into the bearish market territory Thursday – a day after trying to calm American fears with an oval address that promised economic stimulus and a 30-day travel ban for Europeans.

Some Republicans were concerned that the measures were too small, too late for an administration that for several weeks minimized the risk of COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the virus that killed at least 39 Americans.

“The president’s first dismantling and politicization of the virus has damaged his credibility and will cast doubt on the administration’s willingness from today until the day it passes,” said Mike DuHaime, a Republican strategist who led government campaigns. by Chris Christie in New Jersey.

“The president’s biggest strength has been the economy. If stock markets continue to grow, and real people start hurting financially, this will politically harm the president.”

Trump emerged triumphant last month following the Senate acquittal in a Democrat-led impeachment attempt to ride a strong economy as a field crowded with Democratic candidates quarreled over who was the best to face him in the November general election .

The narrative has changed rapidly. Moderate Democrats over the past two weeks have consolidated their support behind former Vice President Joe Biden over liberal Senator Bernie Sanders. They bet Biden can draw support from all sides, as well as from suburban moderates and disaffected republicans.

Biden took the opportunity to contrast American voters with his coronavirus speech on Thursday. He troubled the way the administration handled the crisis as he tried to represent himself as a firm and expert hand in the face of a public health emergency.

“I’d rather be Joe Biden than Trump right now,” said a Republican official near the White House. “A month ago, Trump is looking at Bernie Sanders, a strong economy and growing preference after impeachment. Coronavirus cannot have a positive impact. ”

Trump’s reelection campaign defended the president’s actions and in a statement accused Biden of trying to “politically capitalize and fuel citizens’ fears.”

The growing threat of the coronavirus forced Trump on Thursday to reverse course and suspend his large campaign rallies.

“The safety, protection and health of the American people is President Trump’s top priority right now,” said the Trump campaign in a text.

PHOTO FILE: US President Donald Trump talks about the United States response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during a speech to the nation by the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, USA, March 11, 2020. Doug Mills / Pool via REUTERS / Photo files

“OPPONENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TRUTH”

Noting that Trump had called the disease a “foreign virus”, Biden warned against “xenophobia” and claimed that coronavirus “does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, gender or postal code.”

Biden has developed its plan to address the epidemic, including paid sick leave for workers in case of emergency and free tests widely available for the virus, stating that the number of tests should be “millions, not thousands “. The Trump administration has been criticized for not having produced enough tests to meet demand.

“This virus has exposed the current administration’s serious shortcomings,” said the former vice president in his 20-minute speech from his state of Delaware. “Public fears are compounded by the pervasive lack of trust in this president fueled by a contradictory relationship with the truth.”

Sanders, who promised to stay in the race despite growing odds, also rejected Trump’s handling of the crisis. He called for stronger action by government agencies to stop the spread of the virus and measures such as paid sick leave and unemployment benefits for those affected.

“During a crisis, we have to make sure we take care of the communities most vulnerable to health and economic pain,” Sanders told reporters in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.

A Trump supporter and fundraiser said the coronavirus epidemic was politicized, like any problem in the United States.

“Battle lines are drawn,” said Jim Worthington, a health club manager in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “If you like Trump, you think he did all the right things, like stopping travel to China. If you are a Democrat, think otherwise.

“I think he was at the head of the problem and that the media really stepped over it,” Worthington said, adding that he thought the virus should be taken seriously.

The crisis has reshaped the contours of the presidential campaign. Democratic officials announced on Thursday that Sunday’s televised debate between Biden and Sanders would be moved to Washington from Arizona.

Officials had already decided not to allow the public to enter the debate room, citing contagion concerns.

Biden, Sanders and Trump canceled all the events of the campaign in the past few days after warning public health officials to hold large-scale meetings. Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio hold democratic nomination contests on Tuesday.

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Biden’s campaign on Wednesday converted the scheduled rallies in Florida and Illinois into “virtual” events and on Thursday said that all campaign staff would start working from home on Saturday.

A republican strategist said Trump’s management of coronavirus is making him suffer now, but that it was too early to measure its impact on his long-term political outlook. The Reuters / Ipsos poll from March 9-10 showed that 55% of Americans disapproved of Trump, while 40% approved, largely unchanged from last year.

“A few weeks ago, the president’s supporters were very dismissive of the virus. Today they are very silent,” said the Republican political agent. “It’s a supply chain problem and he’s the supply chain president. When he says we have field test kits and we don’t, it’s a real problem.”

Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington and Joseph Ax in Princeton, New Jersey, additional reports from Trevor Hunnicutt, Jarrett Renshaw, Susan Heavey and Jason Lange; Curated by Scott Malone, Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker

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