Duke University undergraduates to quarantine after recruitment parties | TheHill (Deja Vu, over an over and over again… our wishing away pandemic still does not work!!!)

Undergraduate students at Duke University will be forced to quarantine after an outbreak of coronavirus cases that the school believes is linked to recruitment parties.

Duke said in a statement that the action was to control the escalating number of COVID-19 cases among undergraduates, which it said was “principally driven by students attending recruitment parties for selective living groups.”

The school said that over 180 students are in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, and an additional 200 are in quarantine as a result of contract tracing.

“This is by far the largest one-week number of positive tests and quarantines since the start of the pandemic,” the school said.

Under the order, all in-person courses will transfer to online only, and undergraduates cannot participate in laboratory activities.

Source: Duke University undergraduates to quarantine after recruitment parties | TheHill

COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 from UK is much deadlier than earlier strains, study warns – Study Finds (More will die needlessly – the UK’s and world’s cost for Boris’s earlier bungling response to Covid-19)

People infected with the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19 are significantly more likely to die, a new study warns. British epidemiologists say the SARS-CoV-2 variant dubbed B.1.1.7 is anywhere from 30 to 100 percent more deadly than previous strains.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol reveals that the new variant is to blame for 227 deaths in a sample of 54,906 patients. That’s notably higher than the 141 closely matched deceased patients infected with earlier virus strains.

Source: COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 from UK is much deadlier than earlier strains, study warns – Study Finds

Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team aims to make Olympic competition under its own flag | CBC Sports

To make the Olympics, the Iroquois Nationals, strong competitors in other international venues, will have to prove to the International Olympic Committee that they represent a sovereign nation distinct from Canada or the United States.

Source: Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team aims to make Olympic competition under its own flag | CBC Sports

Mississippi Governor Rejects Medicaid Expansion for Working-Class Constituents – Mother Jones (Mississippi Gov. to his citizens: ‘Forget you!’)

During the pandemic, Mississippi has had the highest COVID-19 death rate of any state outside the Northeast. On Friday, the state’s Republican governor, Tate Reeves, said he remained committed to denying access to Medicaid for constituents near the poverty line, even though expanding eligibility would make money for Mississippi as a result of the new stimulus bill.

“My position has not changed. I am opposed to expanding Medicaid in Mississippi,” Gov. Reeves said during a press conference covered by the Mississippi Free Press. When asked by Vox if the prospect of additional funding might make him reconsider his opposition to Medicaid expansion, Reeves said“No, sir, it will not,”

As part of Obamacare, the federal government covers 90 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid to people who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $30,000 for a family of four. Twelve Republican-led states have refused that offer, leaving about 2.2 million of their constituents without health insurance.

On top of the 90 percent match, the stimulus bill President Joe Biden signed Thursday would give Mississippi, the poorest state in the country, an estimated $600 million over two years to expand Medicaid to the roughly 200,000 to 300,000 people in the state who would be eligible. Nearly 60 percent of people who’d gain health insurance as a result of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi would be people of color. The vast majority of those people are Black.

Source: Mississippi Governor Rejects Medicaid Expansion for Working-Class Constituents – Mother Jones

Mexico is holding hundreds of unaccompanied children detained before they reach the U.S. border – The Washington Post

When they got here, Nicole and Joshua met children fleeing a variety of crises in Central America: gang violence, displacement in the wake of two major hurricanes, poverty deepened by the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve watched as more arrive every day or two.

Leslie, 13, was stopped by Mexican police at the border a few weeks after fleeing El Salvador, where she said gang members had threatened to sexually abuse her. Luis, 16, from Honduras, was caught at a checkpoint last week on the highway south of the city.

Mauricio, 17, and his brother Carlos, 15, were among the few who made it across the border. But they were promptly expelled by U.S. Border Patrol agents, as U.S. law permits because they are Mexican.

Now, the children here debate whether it’s better to return home and begin the journey to the United States anew, apply for asylum in Mexico, or try to find a lawyer who can help get them escorted across the border to Texas. Their stories paint a broad picture of why thousands like them have arrived at the U.S. border this year.

Luis, from the administrative region of Copán in northwestern Honduras, had planned what he would tell a Border Patrol agent. “They killed one of my uncles, then the other, then the other, and they were coming for me next. I know they’re coming for me next.”

Source: Mexico is holding hundreds of unaccompanied children detained before they reach the U.S. border – The Washington Post

Italy announces plan to vaccinate at least 80% of population by September | Reuters

Italy said on Saturday it aims to vaccinate at least 80% of its population by September through ramping up the daily vaccination campaign.

Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, the new special commissioner for coronavirus, released a national plan to issue 500,000 vaccine doses a day, according to a statement released by the cabinet office.

Italy has registered 101,881 deaths since the outbreak emerged in the country in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the seventh-highest in the world. The country has reported 3.2 million cases of infection to date.

Source: Italy announces plan to vaccinate at least 80% of population by September | Reuters

With 150-Person Weddings Set To Resume, NYC Vendors Are Skeptical All Rules Will Be Followed – Gothamist (More people will get sick and some die needlessly – because people are denying the truth – it is still too soon to loosen up!!!)

Weddings with up to 150 attendees will be allowed to resume in New York next week under new state rules, including COVID-19 testing requirements and strict dance floor guidelines. But wedding industry workers told Gothamist/WNYC that based on their experience this past year, they’re skeptical all these rules will — or can — be enforced. Source: With 150-Person Weddings Set To Resume, NYC Vendors Are Skeptical All Rules Will Be Followed – Gothamist

Myanmar: Curfew-defying protests turn deadly | News | DW | 13.03.2021

At least seven people were killed Saturday during anti-coup protests in Myanmar, as security forces continue to use deadly force against peaceful demonstrators.

Four people were reported killed in Mandalay after police opened fire on a sit-in protest. Another two people died in the town of Pyay and one in a suburb of Yangon, reported the Associated Press.

What evidence exists of police violence?

Security forces have been using increasingly brutal tactics to suppress a nationwide protest movement opposing the military takeover of the democratically elected government on February 1.

Graphic images circulating among activists on social media Saturday showed bodies lying in the street and people disfigured by bullet wounds.

Domestic media reported that two protesters were killed overnight in Yangon’s Tharketa district after police shot at a crowd of people who had gathered outside a police station demanding the release of detained demonstrators.

Source: Myanmar: Curfew-defying protests turn deadly | News | DW | 13.03.2021