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Gov. Greg Abbott outlines when Texas schools can shut down | The Texas Tribune – (Seriously? He wants to wait until people get sick and risk death before going to virtual classes?)

Abbott said local health authorities can’t shut down in-person instruction before school starts, but an outbreak on campus once students have arrived could prompt a closure.

Source: Gov. Greg Abbott outlines when Texas schools can shut down | The Texas Tribune

How a $175 COVID-19 test in Texas led to $2,479 in charges | The Texas Tribune

The SignatureCare charges shocked experts who study health care costs. Charging $2,479 for a drive-thru COVID-19 test is a “nauseating” example of profiteering during a pandemic, said Niall Brennan, president and CEO of the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit organization that studies health care prices. “It’s one of the most egregious examples of giving the fox the keys to the henhouse I’ve ever seen and yet another example of the absurdity of U.S. health care pricing.

“Imagine a vendor in any other walk of life being allowed to bill a third party for whatever amount they wanted,” Brennan said.

 

Source: How a $175 COVID-19 test in Texas led to $2,479 in charges | The Texas Tribune

Texas ‘wide open for business’ despite surge in Covid-19 cases | US news | The Guardian

Nonye Imo, a resident physician in Dallas, said the state’s response had been terrible.

“The economy was prioritized over human life. The desire to make money was prioritized over human life,” Imo said. “That is terrible. The current people who are in charge who fumbled this response need to be voted out.”

Imo said she had already witnessed the toll the virus has taken on herself and her colleagues.

“I got assigned to the ICU the first month of my program. We have had to limit visitors so people cannot visit their family members who are critically ill,” Imo said. “But the attendings I work with in the Covid unit are bearing the brunt of it.”

Imo said it was an overwhelming time to be entering medicine.

“I have grown to think about medicine as a calling but it’s interesting for that idea to be tested so early in my career,” Imo said. “I’m willing to take the risk but I didn’t think I’d have to take it on so early.”

When asked about Texas’s outlook over the next few months, she said: “The community spread rate is so high. The word pandemic is not just being used to scare people. The media is not blowing it up. This is serious.”

 

Source: Texas ‘wide open for business’ despite surge in Covid-19 cases | US news | The Guardian

Stephen Miller Violated Hatch Act by Criticizing Biden, Watchdog Group Says

CREW says Miller violated the act while appearing “in his official capacity” for a Friday morning interview on the Fox News program Fox and Friends. During the interview, Miller spoke disparagingly about former Vice President Joe Biden and touted Trump’s accomplishments while standing in outside the White House.

“This administration continues to use its official powers improperly to assist the president’s re-election and to chip away at the checks and balances that preserve our democracy,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. “It is well past time for those like Stephen Miller, who show an open disdain for ethics laws like the Hatch Act and who illegally use official resources to promote the president’s re-election bid, to be held accountable for their actions.”

 

Source: Stephen Miller Violated Hatch Act by Criticizing Biden, Watchdog Group Says

South Australian coronavirus vaccine candidate shows positive results in phase one human trials – ABC News

Lead researcher Professor Nikolai Petrovsky said the vaccine candidate had been shown to be safe and to induce antibodies that attack the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“We’ve had no major side-effects in any of the subjects,” said Professor Petrovsky.

He said the vaccine had also shown positive results in trials on animals in the United States in protecting them from COVID-19 infection.

 

Source: South Australian coronavirus vaccine candidate shows positive results in phase one human trials – ABC News

Japan’s Okinawa declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases soar

Governor Denny Tamaki on on Friday (July 31) asked residents to avoid non-essential outings following a record new daily addition to the southern island’s total cases, the majority of which have been detected among US forces based there.

“We’re seeing an explosive spread of infections. We declare a state of emergency” through August 15, Tamaki told reporters, adding hospitals were being overwhelmed by the surge.

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TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Okinawa region has declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay home for two weeks as the popular tourist destination sees an “explosive spread” of coronavirus cases.

Governor Denny Tamaki on on Friday (July 31) asked residents to avoid non-essential outings following a record new daily addition to the southern island’s total cases, the majority of which have been detected among US forces based there.

“We’re seeing an explosive spread of infections. We declare a state of emergency” through August 15, Tamaki told reporters, adding hospitals were being overwhelmed by the surge.

The measures are non-compulsory and without the aggressive enforcement measures seen in Europe, but similar requests from authorities have been widely respected in Japan.

Okinawa reported 71 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing its total to 395.

US forces account for 248 of those cases, according to the local government, which has created tensions with local officials, including the governor who has said he was “shocked” by the high numbers.

There are approximately 20,000 US Marines in Okinawa, along with thousands more troops from other US military services.

Their presence on the island is a longstanding sore spot, with many in the region arguing they bear a disproportionate share of the burden of hosting American forces.

Okinawa’s move comes as Tokyo called for restaurants, bars and karaoke parlours to shut at 10 pm from August 3 until the end of the month after the number of daily cases hit a new record.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the capital would have to issue a state of emergency if cases continued to rise.

Japan has so far escaped the worst of the epidemic, with around 35,200 infections and just over 1,000 deaths since the first case was detected in January.

The number of cases has been on the rise since the central government lifted a nationwide state of emergency in May.

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South Korea arrests head of religious sect linked to 36% of country’s coronavirus cases

Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with other sect leaders to withhold information from authorities during the peak of the outbreak among his more than 200,000 followers.

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Prosecutors allege the 89-year-old conspired with other sect leaders to withhold information from authorities during the peak of the outbreak among his more than 200,000 followers.

Trump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US

And piss off 65 million to 80 million users in the USA so he can pretend to big a big guy? – ROTFLMAO!

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President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States.”As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters a…