Coronavirus was circulating in Italy as early as September 2019, new study shows

Italian researchers told Reuters in March that they reported a higher than usual number of cases of severe pneumonia and flu in Lombardy in the last quarter of 2019 in a sign that the new coronavirus might have circulated earlier than previously thought. Source: Coronavirus was circulating in Italy as early as September 2019, new study shows

Barbados Removes Lord Nelson Statue – Repeating Islands

Authorities in Barbados on Monday removed the 207 year-old statute of Lord Nelson from its capital, Bridgetown as Prime Minister Mia Mottley underscored the importance of emancipation to Barbados and the Caribbean.

The bronze statue had been erected on March, 22, 1813 in the area known as Trafalgar Square, opposite Parliament Buildings.In July, the Barbados government said it would remove the statue of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson from the National Heroes Square in the heart of the capital, with the Minister with responsibility for culture, John King, saying the Cabinet had agreed to its relocation.

Nelson visited Barbados in 1805 and was considered a hero by locals of the day for his battles against the French who controlled some of the other islands in the Caribbean.

King said the decision to remove the statue was made based on substantial consultations carried out about two decades ago by the National Heroes Square and Development Committee as well as the Committee of National Reconciliation.The call for the removal was also galvanised by the global movement to remove statues of persons many people had considered to be slave owners, human rights violators and symbols of colonialism.

Source: Barbados Removes Lord Nelson Statue – Repeating Islands

Coronavirus: Five signs that show how bad El Paso’s outbreak is – BBC News

Right on the border with Mexico, El Paso in Texas is known for its desert landscape, military complexes and plentiful sunshine. Now, it’s making a name as one of the worst hit regions in the nation. Covid-19 patients account for more than half of all hospital admissions in the county of El Paso, and the case count continues to trend upwards.

Overflowing hospitals

With cases going up by more than a thousand every day in El Paso, some 76,000 people have now been infected. That’s about the same number of confirmed cases as in the whole of Greece or Libya.

Ten mobile morgues

As hospitals grapple with too many patients, El Paso’s morgue has been unable to keep up with the county’s rising death toll. As a result, officials are turning to refrigerated trailers. Ten of these mobile morgues have been requested in recent weeks.

Inmates moving bodies

The city continues to face a shortage of staff, and officials have faced criticism for turning to local prisons for help.

Six months, six family members

In the last six months, one El Paso woman has lost six of her family members to the virus as the outbreak worsens.

No shutdown for El Paso (State leaders want more people to die)

Despite the worries of many El Pasoans, there’s no lockdown in sight for the west Texas county.

On Friday, a state appeals court overturned a stay-at-home order after local restaurant owners and the state attorney general sued Judge Samaniego for shutting down the city.

A panel of judges ruled 2-1 that the order to close nonessential businesses until December went against the Texas governor’s 7 October reopening guidance. Some businesses resumed operations almost immediately, local media reported.

Attorney General Ken Paxton called Judge Samaniego a “tyrant” over the mandate. The county judge responded that it was “unfortunate” that the attorney general sought “to gloat instead of coming to El Paso to walk along side me by the mobile morgues”.

Judge Samaniego added he was disappointed by the decision, but noted that El Pasoans must still adhere to certain restrictions on masks, businesses and gatherings.

Source: Coronavirus: Five signs that show how bad El Paso’s outbreak is – BBC News

Trump says DHS cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs has been terminated (ROTFLMAO)

  • President Donald Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has “terminated” top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.
  • In a pair of tweets, Trump said that Krebs gave a “highly inaccurate” statement about the security of the 2020 presidential election.
  • Krebs, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is the latest Trump administration official to depart on the heels of the election.

Source: Trump says DHS cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs has been terminated

Texas officials say cancel large Thanksgiving celebrations this year | The Texas Tribune

“Cancel gatherings, large and small, unless you’re with your household,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Tuesday. “We’re in a war against this virus. This is not the time to lament that we didn’t get a gathering this time around.”

Eight months into the pandemic, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rapidly rising again in Texas and across the country. Experts say the latest surge in cases is linked to pandemic fatigue. In just eight days, the U.S. recorded 1 million new coronavirus cases, bringing the nation’s total to over 11 million. Texas exceeded a million cases Friday, according to state data.

Health experts worry that an influx in traveling and mingling over Thanksgiving and into the December holidays could exacerbate an already dangerous situation.

“The worst thing I could think of is to take people from all over the country, put them in planes and mix them up,” said Dr. James McDeavitt, dean of clinical affairs at the Baylor College of Medicine. “That’s almost like you designed something to spread the virus aggressively.”

Anaiya Davis said when her family gathers this Thanksgiving, there will be temperature checks at the door. Everyone attending is being asked to quarantine before the celebration. When Davis heads from her home in Austin to the Fort Worth area, she’s expecting to see about 15 people in her family. Usually there are about 50 there. Davis said two family members died this year who were immunocompromised, which has put the rest of the family on high alert.

“I think we’re going to have to get a lot more creative this year around what the holidays look like, and I think coming to terms with [how] they may not look like how they looked in the past and mentally preparing for that,” Dowd said.

Source: Texas officials say cancel large Thanksgiving celebrations this year | The Texas Tribune

Oregon governor officially orders new coronavirus restrictions | TheHill

Oregon governor officially orders new coronavirus restrictions

Oregon governor officially orders new coronavirus restrictions
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Oregon’s governor issued an executive order Tuesday implementing a new wave of restrictions on public life as part of the state’s efforts to fight coronavirus.

A notice from Kate Brown‘s (D) office indicated that all restaurants in the state would be restricted to take-out and delivery service only while gyms, museums, and some other businesses would be forced to close entirely.

Stores that remain open will also operate under reduced maximum occupancy rules, and companies in the state have been directed to allow employees to work from home whenever possible.

Source: Oregon governor officially orders new coronavirus restrictions | TheHill

A New Museum to Bring the Benin Bronzes Home – The New York Times

In 1897, the British Army violently raided Benin City in what is now Nigeria, seizing thousands of priceless artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes.

Ever since, there have been hopes of bringing them back from Western museums.

On Friday, hope got a little closer to reality with the release of the first images of the planned Edo Museum of West African Art, which will house some 300 items on loan from European museums — if the money to build it can be raised.

The three-story building, designed by David Adjaye, looks almost like a palace from the ancient Kingdom of Benin. Mr. Adjaye intends it to be completed in five years, he said in a telephone interview.

Coronavirus: Doctors spell out how to exit England’s lockdown – BBC News

the BMA, a trade union for UK doctors, has said robust measures to keep the virus under control must be in place before lockdown ends, including:

  • giving local public-health teams more of the oversight and budget of Test and Trace to ensure it is fit for purpose
  • replacing the rule of six, which allowed up to six people from different households to meet with a two-households rule to reduce social mixing
  • banning travel between different local lockdown tiers
  • replacing guidance with rules to ensure workplaces and public areas such as shops and pubs are Covid secure
  • continuing to encourage people who can to work from home

BMA chair of council Dr Chaand Nagpaul said government must learn from mistakes surrounding the ending of the first lockdown – rapid relaxation and inadequate monitoring, while people had been encouraged to go to the pub and dine out.

“It is unthinkable that we make the same mistakes again,” he said, “because this time, the impact will be far worse.”

Source: Coronavirus: Doctors spell out how to exit England’s lockdown – BBC News

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says | Bridge Michigan

Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect, and while Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is investigating the election, it will not award the state’s 16 electors to GOP President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Bridge on Tuesday. Source: Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says | Bridge Michigan

Announcing Growing Math Project to Meet Immediate Educational Needs of Indigenous Students and Educators during COVID-19

Growing Math will provide ready-to-roll-out lessons and games combining math, agricultural science and Indigenous history and culture that can be easily used in classrooms, via hybrid models or through distance learning. The project will directly address the problems identified by schools, including increasing attendance and improving student math scores while engaging students.

The project will provide resources, curriculum, training and tech support to 1,500 teachers and serve 27,000 students in Grades 3-8 at schools in six states: Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota.


The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the inequity in education. Indigenous communities are not only among those most disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus, but also by the distance learning challenges that the global pandemic has wrought.

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