Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).


California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his


California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

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The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.


Congress approves plan to deal with Colorado River drought – Telemundo Phoenix / Tucson

PHOENIX (AP) – The House of Representatives and the Senate approved a drought contingency plan on the Colorado River on Monday and sent it to President Donald Trump for enactment.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent years negotiating the plan to deal with the drought in this river, which supplies water to 40 million people in the western United States. They want to prevent the level of two key dams from dropping so low that they can no longer supply the liquid or operate as hydroelectric.

Mexico has promised to store its fair water at the Lake Mead dam on the Arizona-Nevada border if the bill passes April 22.

State water managers and federal officials have pointed to prolonged drought, climate change and an increase in demand as the reasons to cut the flow. The agreement would be in force until 2026.

In the lower basin, Arizona and Nevada would maintain the water in Lake Mead when it drops to certain levels. The cuts would eventually include California if the level of that dam falls enough.

The measure approved Monday reflects states’ proposals, but also includes a section that says federal environmental laws will continue to apply within the drought plan.

The Imperial Irrigation District in California, which has the greatest right to use the Colorado River water, and environmental groups had raised concerns about parts of the text that they believed meant that federal laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act would be ignored.


Why right-wing Americans see the virus as an attack on their freedom

Richmond The noise of dozens of horns fills the spring air. The car parade encircles the seat of government of the governor of Virginia at walking pace. Flags flutter in the sun from the side windows of the SUVs and from the loading areas of the pickup trucks. “Trump 2020” is on some. In between, you can always see a black rattlesnake on a yellow background: the symbol of the Tea Party – the libertarian protest movement that a few years ago ideologically shifted the Republican Party far to the right.

David Britt has set up a black folding armchair on the sidewalk and looks at the bustle. He is happy, “more than happy”, as he says himself. He would never have expected so many to respond to his call to protest the lockdown in Virginia’s capital, Richmond, against the corona-related restrictions on US public life.

Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio: People in around two dozen US states have been going against the corona restrictions for about two weeks. Most of the time, the protest against regional governments led by democratic governors is less against Republicans.

On the surface, there is a question that many citizens in Germany are asking themselves: How can you prevent the economic consequences of the pandemic from ultimately being worse than that of the epidemic itself? But underneath that, the old cultural struggle breaks out, which has divided the USA for around a quarter of a century: Right-wing despisers sense an attack on their freedom behind the lockdown.

With his goatee and melancholy eyes behind round glasses, Britt doesn’t look like the spokesman in an ideological argument. Only his shirt reveals that something is burning inside him. On the right side it is blue with white stars, on the left red-white-striped – Britt has the US flag on his body.

A bizarre parallel world is revealed

“Our only concern is that the people of Virginia can work again,” says the spokesman for the protest movement “Reopen Virginia”. He has no doubt that the corona virus is contagious. That’s why he called for a car demo so that no one gets too close during the protest.

In Richmond, an estimated 1,000 people followed Brit’s call on Wednesday. The atmosphere is peaceful, even happy, when the many drivers and the few demonstrators cheer each other on the sidewalk. A dozen police officers on mountain bikes are enough to keep things tidy.

Auto demonstration

In Richmond, Virginia, about 1,000 people took part in a protest while sitting in their cars.

(Photo: Reuters)

But under the carefree surface, a bizarre parallel world is revealed. Dominique Kostelac, who came to the demo with his three teenage children, speaks of the “corona dizziness”. “Covid 19 is a biological weapon that originated in Fort Detrick,” the architect and contractor is convinced.

The U.S. Army once researched biological weapons at the military base in the State of Maryland. The government is now using the fear of the virus to restrict citizens’ freedoms.

Even the elegant lady in black BMW X3, the latest model, is certain that the virus “escaped from a laboratory somewhere”. The convinced Republican would rather not read her name in the newspaper, she fears disadvantages for her husband, who gets “a nice pension” from the US Army.

Billy Healy, blue blazer over the Carhartt dungarees, argues with the case numbers: “A large proportion of the corona deaths occurred in New York and New Jesey. You can’t treat 48 states like these two now. ”He is a forest entrepreneur, Healy says. In his trade, he noticed the lockdown by the fact that the demand for timber fell.

Why is he wearing a button on his lapel that says “Save lives” during a demonstration against lockdown? “Oh,” Healy says, “I almost always wear it if I happen to meet a member of parliament.”

Against the lockdown, against restrictions on weapons law

Resentment about the lockdown is increasingly intermingling with everything that right-wing Americans have always hated, such as the gun restrictions that the Democratic governor of Virginia is currently trying to enforce.

For a few weeks, it seemed that Corona could help bridge ideological gaps in the United States. One would like to think that deaths and infection rates cannot be discussed on the basis of the usual left-right criteria.

In the Senate and House of Representatives, where Democrats and Republicans usually sit next to each other in celebrated hostility, the parliamentarians have now reached a record pace on four Corona aid packages. Suddenly the US has continued sick pay and generous unemployment benefits – both limited to the corona crisis, but at least.

Sure, Trump was still offensive against unpopular politicians, shameless boast and adventurous about-turns. But at the same time the president seemed to want to prove himself as a corona crisis manager. On the advice of his team of medical experts, Trump extended the White House’s corona recommendations until April 30.

The exit plan that Trump presented on April 16 also sounds unideological and reasonable: The White House provides clear medical criteria for when and what restrictions can be lifted. The decision and implementation then lies with the governors. On top of that, Trump is smart because he can shift any responsibility onto the states if the epidemic flares up again somewhere in the United States.

Trump resumes cultural struggle

But as soon as Trump had announced this exit plan, the president opened the new round of American cultural struggle on April 18 and attacked three democratic governors who, in his opinion, were not pushing ahead with the opening quickly enough. “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” Trump tweeted in loud capital letters, “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA”.

To add in the case of Virginia: “… and protect your 2nd amendment. It is under threat. ”The second constitutional amendment guarantees US citizens the right to own firearms. A right that the man in camouflage clothing, who is demonstrating in Richmond with an assault rifle over his shoulder, apparently does not want to be taken for granted. “The punishment for betrayal is death,” says his poster.

The culture struggle is fueled by the fact that the devastation of the virus has so far been particularly evident where the majority of Democrats are at home: in the metropolitan areas along the east and west coast and in major cities such as Chicago, Detroit or New Orleans.

The republican-dominated rural regions of the south and mid-west have so far not noticed the epidemic. Of course, there are also good reasons for the corona restrictions there. The virus spreads more slowly in sparsely populated regions, but if it spreads, even the few hospitals are overwhelmed more quickly.

But in many parts of the United States, such horror scenarios look far away. When citizens in Wyoming’s capital Cheyenne demonstrated against the restrictions on Monday last week, one of the posters read: “Quarantine means restricting the free movement of sick people, tyranny means restricting the free movement of healthy people.”

African Americans particularly at risk

The split between city and country comes between ethnic groups. A handful of African-Americans, all wearing respiratory masks, are sitting at a stop in Richmond on Wednesday and are waiting in vain for the bus. It doesn’t get through because of the car parade. The protesters in the cars, on the other hand, are almost exclusively white and none of them wear a mask.

Covid-19 kills African Americans particularly frequently in the United States. In Chicago, for example, their share of the population is just under a third, and their share in the number of corona deaths in the city was a good two thirds at the beginning of April.

African Americans often work in high-risk jobs, such as supermarket salespeople, and are often dependent on buses and trains. For these people, the breathing mask is life insurance.

For the white demonstrators, it is the symbol of a policy that aims to make people compliant with the fear of the virus. In Richmond, 17-year-old Summer Kostelac reduces this attitude to the shortest possible denominator. “Covid-1984” is on the poster that the architect’s daughter holds up.

This conflict even runs through the middle of a city 800 kilometers southeast of Richmond. In Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp (white, Republican) pushes aside all medical concerns.

According to the politician, restaurants, as well as theaters, hairdressers, gyms and massage practices, will be allowed to reopen in Georgia on Monday – although the state by far does not meet the White House criteria for relaxing the restrictions.

The Mayor of the capital, Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms (black, democrat) considers this opening to be much too early. She received unexpected support from the White House on Wednesday evening. Even Donald Trump advised his republican party friend to take it a little slower when opening it: “It’s too early.”

A sentence that the demonstrators at Richmond do not like to hear.

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Biden wins the Wyoming caucuses for the Democratic nomination



The former US vice president Joe Biden It was imposed this Sunday in the Wyoming state caucuses, voted by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic and that took place after the leftist senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination for the November presidential elections and endorsed his old rival.

The Democratic Party revealed that Biden prevailed with 72.2%, with which he obtained ten delegates, while Sanders reached 27.8% of the vote, which represents four delegates facing the national convention of that political force.

The deadline for voting, which was held by mail, was extended after it was initially set until April 4. This Sunday, Biden spoke on his Twitter account about the deaths caused by coronavirus in the country, which on this day exceeded 40,000.

In a message after the statistics were released, Biden said that he and his wife, Jill biden, they have in their prayers the loved ones of the more than 40,000 people who have lost their lives in the midst of the pandemic in the country.

“This is a solemn day for our nation and there will be more difficult days ahead, but if we join, we will overcome this,” said the former vice president of Barack Obama (2009-2017).

Also this Sunday the public radio station NPR revealed that Tara Reade, who was part of the junior staff at Biden’s office when he was a senator, accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1993, although the report stated that the campaign by the Democratic leader denies that claim and alleges that this incident “did not happen.”

NPR indicated that Reade, now 56 years old and who resides in California, claims to have filed a police complaint a little over a week ago with the District of Columbia Police, after alleging that she was concerned for his safety after being the victim of “online harassment”.

The station added that it obtained confirmation of the report from a police source and that it has requested the complete document, but clarified that although the investigation is open, the deadline to process the complaint of an alleged assault has expired.

In April of last year, Amy Lappos accused Biden of touching her inappropriately, although “non-sexual«, During a fundraising event in 2009. The revelation came days after former Nevada state congresswoman Lucy Flores pointed to the former vice president giving him a kiss without his consent on the head during the campaign for the 2014 state and legislative elections .


A crash of more than 100 vehicles leaves three dead in Wyoming

Wyoming – At least three people died and dozens were injured in a crash of more than 100 vehicles during a snowfall that forced a section of Interstate 80 in Wyoming to close, authorities said Monday.

The accident and another multiple crash of about 40 vehicles a short distance from the site and at about the same time occurred on Sunday during a snowstorm about 180 miles west of Cheyenne.

About 30 people were taken to the emergency room of the Carbon County Memorial Hospital in the small town of Rawlins, Stephanie Hinkle, a hospital spokesman, told Casper Star-Tribune.

Authorities at the 25-bed hospital anticipated the arrival of more wounded on Monday. They requested three additional doctors and installed a temporary patient reception area in a cafeteria.

In the smaller accident, on Interstate 80 and just 4 miles from the major crash, seven people were injured, including one who was hospitalized in serious condition, said Jason Mower, spokesman for Sweetwater County Police Headquarters.

A 200-mile stretch of Interstate 80 westbound from Laramie to Rock Springs was closed on Monday, and Wyoming Department of Transportation officials said traffic is not expected to resume before Tuesday morning.

Forecasters forecast snowfall with winds of up to 50 mph that will continue to affect traffic through Tuesday.


The woman plans to open the nation’s first digital bank in Cheyenne | State and regional

Through the exchange of news on Wyoming

CHEYENNE – After 22 years of success on Wall Street, Laramie Caitlin Long’s native returned to the state last year, bringing big dreams about blockchain capabilities in Wyoming.

Monday long announced that it intends to open Avanti, a bank exclusively for digital assets such as cryptocurrency which may be the first of its kind in the nation. As the company’s founder and CEO, she plans to open it in Cheyenne.

When asked why he decided to open a digital assets bank, Long said, “Well, it doesn’t exist at the moment.”

The United States is losing ground in the sector now because digital assets are not part of the current regulatory structure, which means they end up falling into cracks. Since regulators in Washington, DC have not kept pace with changing technologies, Long said, Wyoming’s recent approval of state-level blockchain bills has positioned it to attract the industry.

“With banks not being able to serve this sector, this gives Wyoming a huge opening,” said Long.

Those who own digital currency or security tokens would be able to host the key to their resources with Avanti while retaining ownership, in the same way that a waiter takes care of cars. Traditional banks in the U.S. don’t have the capacity for such services, so Long hopes to fill the niche.

Next “will serve institutional investors who wish to invest in this new asset class – digital assets,” said Long.

With plans to file and open a store in early 2021, Long said the deal could eventually create between 30 and 40 jobs in Wyoming. While Avanti will employ some remote workers like many other technology companies, a number of field workers will be hired for jobs such as customer service and banking compliance.

Long also said that the ability to hire remote workers will allow Avanti to hire employees who live in rural areas of the state, provided they have an Internet connection.

“It will give us the opportunity to hire people from Wyoming, even if they don’t live in Cheyenne,” said Long.

Long, who is self-taught in the field of digital assets, suggested that all Wyomingites interested in working for the company should start studying now.

“If there are people who are looking to acquire new skills and to enter a new sector, my message is that there is a lot of time to learn the regulations and learn how digital resources work,” he said.

Forward is only the beginning of what blockchain will become in Wyoming, according to Long.

Wyoming has distinguished itself as the nation’s leader after forming a Blockchain Task Force in 2018. Since its inception two years ago, Wyoming lawmakers have passed 13 bills to attract the industry to the state.

And while a number of states like Rhode Island and Colorado are learning from lawmakers here, approving legislation that mirrors Wyoming, David Pope, a Cheyenne CPA and co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, said Wyoming still has the “first market” “Phenomenon.

When credit cards became increasingly popular, Sioux Falls, South Dakota was in the lead. And while other places followed suit, Sioux Falls’ first pursuits of the sector led to a number of new companies coming to town.

Long said that Sioux Falls still has around 16,000 jobs in the financial sector. He hopes the same thing happens in Wyoming with Blockchain.

Avanti would be considered a special purpose depository institution, which was licensed by Wyoming House Bill 74 last year. The other relevant legislative act legally defined what a digital good is, making Wyoming the first state in the nation to do so.

“When you define something and give it a specific exemption like we did in Wyoming … then people have a certainty in the legal treatment of that particular object,” said Pope.

By establishing the specifics of state law, the companies that come here to do business understand their responsibilities and the judges have reason to object in the event of a legal dispute.

“This also means that contracts have legal clarity and clarity, and this was a key element,” said Long. “Without that legal clarity, it is not possible for a bank to be authorized to do business in this sector.”

The Wyoming banking division has received a handful of applications for special purpose depositories, although none have yet been approved.

Ultimately, the hope is that these institutions will increase the number of corporations they call the Wyoming home and, more importantly, the revenue flowing into the state will increase.

While Wyoming is struggling with an expected budget deficit of $ 200 million due to a decline in the minerals sector and while state legislators focus on diversifying the economy, the financial sector shows promising potential.

“We didn’t just want there to be a lot of business revenue, business registrations within the state,” said Pope. “What we wanted was an ecosystem that brought capital and helped us stay at work in Wyoming.”