Coronavirus update: Trump ambassadors sold stocks as president downplayed pandemic

Several U.S. ambassadors actively shed their stock holdings as President Donald Trump tried to downplay the coronavirus outbreak in its early stages.

Ambassadors to Uruguay, France, Morocco and Italy sold shares in transactions that could have made them millions of dollars, according to financial disclosure filings reviewed by CNBC. Much of their sales were in January and continued throughout February, the records show. Their transactions line up with a timeline of federal and congressional announcements as the virus started sweeping across the globe earlier this year.

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Atlanta mayor on Ahmaud Arbery shooting: White House rhetoric gives ‘permission’ to those ‘prone to being racist’ | TheHill — Truth Troubles

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said Sunday that rhetoric from the White House gives “permission” to people who are “prone to being racist.” Source: Atlanta mayor on Ahmaud Arbery shooting: White House rhetoric gives ‘permission’ to those ‘prone to being racist’ | TheHill

Atlanta mayor on Ahmaud Arbery shooting: White House rhetoric gives ‘permission’ to those ‘prone to being racist’ | TheHill — Truth Troubles

Coronavirus numbers still rising — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

The numbers from the Orange County Health Care Agency’s daily count of coronavirus cases, deaths and more continued to show movement in what health experts are calling the wrong direction. Thursday’s count of new confirmed cases was at 652, one of the highest tallies since the tracking begun. That brings the cumulative today to 15,065, […]

Coronavirus numbers still rising — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

the “positivity” rate of what percentage of people tested got a “positive” result rose to 12 percent, compared to the threshold of 8 percent. The change in a three-day average of hospitalized is at 11.4 percent, above the threshold of 10 percent.

The city counts show Santa Ana with 3,061 cases and 95 deaths. Following are Anaheim (2,818 and 86), Garden Grove (823 and nine), Huntington Beach (717 and 40) and Orange (629 and 15).  Westminster has 301 cases and 10 deaths while Stanton has 184 and three deaths.

US posts largest single-day jump in new COVID-19 cases | CIDRAP

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported a record of 54,357 new coronavirus cases over yesterday—a record single-day jump that presses the United States further than what some thought was the peak this spring.

The infection curve is rising in 40 of 50 states, and 36 states are seeing an increase in the percentage of positive coronavirus tests, AP reported today. Some public health officials and governors are blaming bars for the increase in cases, the New York Times reported today, while others are pointing to hasty business reopenings, according to Politico.

Source: US posts largest single-day jump in new COVID-19 cases | CIDRAP

Catholic Priest in Indiana Suspended After Calling Black Lives Matter ‘Maggots and Parasites’

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Regardless of their occupation, quite a few white Americans are dead set on ensuring systemic racism continues in this country. Take, for instance, a Catholic priest based in Indiana who told his followers that the Black Lives Matters movement is comprised of “maggots and parasites.”

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Face Masks Mandatory In Most Of Texas, Starting Friday

And what about California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida…?

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Starting Friday, wearing face masks will be the law of the land in most of Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another — and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces,” Abbott said. There are some exceptions, such as for children under age 10 and people with certain medical conditions. Masks are also not required during activities including swimming, eating in a restaurant and exercising outdoors while maintaining distance from non-household members. A list of counties exempt from the face covering requirement will be maintained on the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s website . The order says local officials “can and should” enforce the face covering requirement but

Apple, Google comply with Indian government order to ban Chinese apps

They will go along with anyone’s censorship order – Trump’s gonna love this. Apple and Google are complying with a new Indian government order to block apps developed by Chinese firms.

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Two days after New Delhi’s order was implemented, the two Silicon Valley giants began to prevent users in India from seeing the 59 blocked apps on the App Store or Google Play store.

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