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Texas coronavirus testing plummets as schools plan reopening | The Texas Tribune (Death from inaction/distraction?)

The number of Texans being tested for the coronavirus has fallen sharply in recent weeks, a trend that has worried public health experts as officials consider sending children back to school while thousands more Texans are infected each day.

In the week ending Aug. 8, an average 36,255 coronavirus tests were administered in Texas each day — a drop of about 42% from two weeks earlier, when the average number of daily tests was 62,516.

At the same time, the percentage of tests yielding positive results has climbed, up to 20% on average in the week ending Aug. 8. Two weeks earlier, the average positivity rate was around 14%.

 

Source: Texas coronavirus testing plummets as schools plan reopening | The Texas Tribune

German firms expect coronavirus restrictions to public life for a further 8.5 months

An Ifo survey has found that some German firms anticipate a year more of restrictions as Europe’s biggest economy fights to recover from a pandemic-induced downturn. The leisure sector is the most pessimistic.

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An Ifo survey has found that some German firms anticipate a year more of restrictions as Europe’s biggest economy fights to recover from a pandemic-induced downturn. The leisure sector is the most pessimistic.

Local NY Black Lives Matter leaders defend actions in viral video at church | TheHill

Grace Baptist Church’s self-proclaimed “bigot” pastor, John Koletas, subscribes to the “Curse of Ham,” a fringe Christian belief that Black people are the descendants of Noah’s son Ham and cursed by God, according to BuzzFeed. Grace Baptist is part of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist movement, which broke off from the mainline Baptist denomination around the turn of the 20th century.

The church, which drew local attention in 2014 after raffling off an AR-15, announced another raffle three days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Word of the giveaway, as well as Koletas’s comments on race, circulated in local Facebook Black Lives Matter groups.

Source: Local NY Black Lives Matter leaders defend actions in viral video at church | TheHill

Mayor: Chicago under lockdown for ‘foreseen days’ after looting | TheHill

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) declared that Chicago is under lockdown for the “foreseen days” after widespread looting broke out in the city early Monday morning.  The Chicago mayor announced during a Monday press conference that she instituted a community protection program involving a lockdown and increased police presence “for the foreseen days until we know that our neighborhoods are safe.” “These individuals engaged in what only could be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and destruction,” Lightfoot said. “To be clear, this had nothing to do with legitimate, protected First Amendment expression.”

Source: Mayor: Chicago under lockdown for ‘foreseen days’ after looting | TheHill

India surges past two million coronavirus cases, angry health workers launch a strike | The Star

A total of 10 unions representing the workers, who also include ambulance drivers and cooks at community centers, joined the strike. A majority of them work on contracts with state governments at a monthly salary of about 3,000 Indian rupees ($40.02).

Source: India surges past two million coronavirus cases, angry health workers launch a strike | The Star

Santa Clarita Deputies Pull Guns on Teens Attacked by Homeless Man – (Clearly profiling teens who had been under attack)

So basically, the cops responded to “uncooperative” people who the video shows were only asking them to stop pointing their guns at the victims of an assault, by calling more cops to the scene…who also pointed their guns at the victims, according to witnesses.

Even if it’s true that they “received a call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon, a skateboard,” as Lt. Ethan Marquez with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station claims, that doesn’t explain why they ignored all the people explaining to them clearly that the teens were not the attackers. A woman claiming to be the manager of the Buffalo Wild Wings and also the person who called them to the scene can be heard trying to explain that they were pulling guns on the wrong people.

KHTS reports that officers had detained two “suspects” who have since been released. It’s unclear if the homeless man who reportedly started all of this was ever found. According to KHTS the investigation into the alleged assault on the teens is still ongoing.

 

Source: Santa Clarita Deputies Pull Guns on Teens Attacked by Homeless Man

Sonoran Officials: Youth Responsible For Most Coronavirus Spread | Fronteras – Mexico

As in Arizona, leaders in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, continue to struggle to tamp down on the spread of the coronavirus. And the state’s health secretary says young people are most responsible for proliferating the virus.

On Saturday, Sonoran officials announced another 363 coronavirus cases and 39 deaths. State Health Secretary Enrique Clausen says youth bear responsibility for much of the continued spread of the virus.

“We’re going to say it clearly and we’re going to say it loud: the people who are most spreading and contaminating COVID-19 in the community are young people,” Clausen said during a press conference Saturday evening.

He said youth who have asymptomatic cases of coronavirus are inadvertently spreading it to others by not taking necessary precautions, and he told anecdotes about people who died after contracting the virus from family members.

Clausen urged youth to protect their loved ones and others in the community by staying home and being more vigilant about wearing face coverings, washing their hands and maintaining a safe distance when they must go out.

As of Saturday, there were a total of 23,132 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,163 confirmed deaths in the state.

 

Source: Sonoran Officials: Youth Responsible For Most Coronavirus Spread | Fronteras

Chrome Extensions with 80 Million Installs Caught Injecting Phony Search Results

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Extensions are part of why Chrome is the most popular browser on the planet, but they’re also one of the most common vectors for security issues. This week researchers at AdGuard found a bunch of them posing as legitimate tools but injecting fake search results into pages on Google and Bing.

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