Oklahoma city backs off mask mandate after threats
Oklahoma city backs off mask mandate after threats, as officials struggle to enforce public health rules - Washington Post
A small city was pushed into the national spotlight after leaders quickly withdrew a mandate to don masks inside reopened stores and restaurants, citing threats of violence and physical abuse directed at employees.
We dont have the kind of police force that can go out and try to deal with every single one of the people who may not be willing to wear the masks, Mayor Will Joyce said Sunday on MSNBC. And so its been a struggle [to] make people understand that wearing that face covering is an easy and an effective way to help slow the spread of this virus. Joyces comments came the same day that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), an early proponent of strict statewide social distancing, said he had reversed course on requiring Ohioans to wear masks because people were not going to accept the government telling them what to do. It just wasnt going to work, he said on ABC Newss This Week. You got to know what you can do and what you cant do. Messaging from federal officials on masks has been changing and at times contradictory. Health authorities began recommending last month that all Americans cover their faces in public after previously calling it unnecessary. White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx on Sunday called protesters who defy stay-at-home orders and crowd together without masks devastatingly worrisome. Sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter to track the outbreak. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access. But while some cities and counties mandate masks and even threaten $1,000 fines amid a patchwork of reopening strategies, leaders including President Trump and Vice President Pence have conspicuously not worn them in certain public appearances. (Pence said Sunday that he should have covered his face during a much-criticized visit to the Mayo Clinic recently.) And mask requirements are stirring the same kind of politically charged resistance to broad restrictions on Americans lives that has popped up in angry rallies at state capitols and governors residences, sometimes encouraged by the president. There are a lot of mixed messages out there, Joyce said Sunday on MSNBC, adding that his city reopened along with the rest of Oklahoma to keep people on the same page despite reservations about whether the timing was right for Stillwater. I think it would be best from a nationwide perspective, he added, if we could have a unified message. For some, defiance to mask-wearing has a conservative bent. To many Trump supporters, declining to wear a mask is a visible way to demonstrate that Im a Republican or I want businesses to start up again or I support the president, Robert Kahn, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis who has studied Americans attitudes toward masks, told The Washington Post last month. Masks will quickly become the new normal in blue states, but if social distancing continues through 2022, the mentality among Republicans could well change, too, he predicted. If I can go to work and the cost of marginal improvement in my life is wearing a mask, maybe Americans of both parties do accommodate ourselves to it. The mayor of Stillwater, an independent, said the city has encouraged mask-wearing in public for weeks. But havoc broke out the moment officials tried to make doing so mandatory. Joyce amended his emergency declaration on the same day it took effect in response to concerns voiced by business proprietors and citizens, according to a news release. The anger directed toward store employees started in the first three hours businesses were open and included a threat of gun violence, the release said. I hate that our businesses and their employees had to deal with abuse today, and I apologize for putting them in that position, Joyce said in a statement. I am not the kind of person who backs down from bullies, but I also will not send someone else to fight the battle for me. In Stillwater, many people objecting to the mask requirement cited their belief that the rule is unconstitutional, City Manager Norman McNickle said in the news release first reported by the Stillwater News Press. McNickle said wearing a mask is a minor inconvenience that protects the person wearing it and anyone the person encounters. It is unfortunate and distressing that those who refuse and threaten violence are so self-absorbed as to not follow what is a simple show of respect and kindness to others, McNickle wrote, saying that officials could not in good conscience put store and restaurant employees in danger. Stillwaters stores are still asked to at least encourage customers to wear masks, and specific businesses can choose to have more restrictive requirements. Stillwater Police Chief Jeff Watts said in a statement that his department was not pulling over drivers for not wearing masks, responding to complaints about people not wearing face coverings in businesses, or ticketing residents who are not wearing masks in public. Watts said customers and employees of certain kinds of businesses, including salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors, must still wear masks. On Sunday, Joyce whose Twitter account features a picture of him in a cloth face covering posted photos of vitriolic messages he has received criticizing him both for the original mask requirement and for backing off of it. You didnt think we would react to your TYRANT behavior with threats? one message reads. This is a hard time for everyone, he wrote in a tweet thread, offering up his email address to anyone who wants to talk. We may not agree on the way forward. But we can be thoughtful and compassionate to our neighbors. We can try to see and understand their perspective. Aaron Gregg contributed to this report.
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50 years ago, a local newspaper dominated the story of the Kent State tragedy. Could that still happen? - The Washington Post
The staff of the Akron Beacon Journal hustled to get the story right and hold those at fault accountable. It was a triumph of local journalism.
Days later, the country and the world would look to the local paper for authoritative, exemplary coverage of an event that is still hard to comprehend, five decades later. Ohio National Guard troops responding to a protest of the Vietnam War on the Kent State University campus opened fire on a crowd, killing four people and injuring nine others. It was one of those rare hinge-of-history moments. The country, already deeply riven by a war that would take more than 58,000 American lives and millions of Vietnamese lives, would never be the same. This horrific event on May 4, 1970 would be seen as the end of the post-World War II era and the beginning of a new era in American politics and society that has brought us to the current moment of almost hopeless polarization, cynicism and distrust. The gunshots still echo in 2020, wrote Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch. Its no accident that in the months immediately after Kent State, business leaders and other conservatives began looking for ways to quash liberal thinking on campus and counteract it with the conservative web of noise that became talk radio and Fox News. But as Giles, the Beacon Journals former managing editor told me in an interview, the worst of it is that no justice was ever done. No one has ever been held accountable, in a country where the rule of law is supposed to prevail. Why the Kent State shootings continue to haunt us The Beacon Journal headquartered just 20 minutes from campus provided exceptional coverage on May 4 and in the contentious, emotional months and years that followed. Its initial reporting countered a wire-service flash report that erroneously stated that two students and two guardsmen had died. We went with our young reporter and we were right, said Giles, whose new book, When Truth Mattered: The Kent State Shootings 50 Years Later, meticulously chronicles what happened inside the newspaper and how its journalism played out in the reeling nation: Tension was at the breaking point as we faced a critical choice: Go with the UPI story from an experienced reporter that two Guardsmen were among the dead. Or trust Jeff Sallot, our own reporter on the scene, who was telling us the four dead were students. Englehart turned to me. What should we do? Lets go with Jeff, I ordered, almost without hesitation. Later, the paper investigated false allegations that sought to shift the blame from the National Guard to the students for example, that there had been a sniper in the protest crowd. Photography played a role, too. Looking back at the work of three student photographers used in the papers coverage, Giles saw in retrospect how clear it was that the guardsmen had not been threateningly surrounded by students as some were claiming. One student photographer, John Paul Filo, took the iconic image that still has the power to bring tears: A young womans agony as she knelt beside one of the fallen bodies. It is that image along with Neil Youngs great protest anthem, Ohio that may linger most in our consciousness of the tragedy today. And although the Beacon Journals work was sometimes contested, it was accurate. The midsize daily won a Pulitzer Prize the following year for its spot-news reporting. Filos photograph also won a Pulitzer. How the Kent State massacre helped give birth to punk rock I asked Giles, who later became the curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, if such exemplary and commanding local coverage would be possible today. Of course it would, he said if a news organization had the resources that the Beacon Journal then had. Owned then by Knight Newspapers, which was known for its commitment to quality work, the newsroom had a robust 150-member staff, and the advantage of editors with deep knowledge of their community. We were really prepared for something like this, Giles said, particularly because the state editor, Pat Englehart, had such an extensive network of sources. He was assigned to run the immediate daily coverage of the shootings. But Giles, who lives in Traverse City, Mich., says hes cognizant of whats happened to much of local journalism in recent years. Clevelands double crisis coronavirus and a shrinking number of reporters to cover it The Beacon Journal, now down to perhaps 30 in its newsroom, is gamely trying to do the job for their community, he said but its much harder now. Still, he said, the importance of local journalism is underscored now as an even more polarized nation faces the current health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Its become a sad time, he said. The virus has demonstrated the need for authoritative reporting on the local level, even as the economys downturn is delivering a brutal blow to news organizations, with only a few exceptions. But some values havent changed. Hence the title of Giless book. Even amid the rampant polarization and turmoil, people do want to gravitate to truthful information. The challenge, at least on the local level, is how to keep the sources of it alive and functioning. READ MORE by Margaret Sullivan: Trump has played the media like a puppet. Were getting better but history will not judge us kindly. Cable news stars like Hannity make headlines. But more people are watching David Muirs ABC newscast. The Trump administration is muzzling government scientists. 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Jailed for a video mocking Egypt’s president, director Shady Habash dies in custody - The Washington Post
Habash, 24, was imprisoned for two years without trial.
The Egyptian artist, Shady Habash, has died in prison after two years of unlawful detention, because of a song, tweeted Ahmed Ezzat, a human rights lawyer and former Amnesty International researcher. Calling on the authorities to release all detainees now does not concern only the opposition or activists. Anyone can be the next victim. Habashs death comes amid growing concerns of the novel coronavirus spreading inside Egypts prisons and detention facilities. The U.N. human rights office estimates Egypt holds more than 114,000 inmates in a system that it says is overcrowded, unsanitary and suffering from a lack of resources where detainees are routinely denied access to adequate medical care and treatment. Habash and a co-worker, Mustafa Gamal, were arrested in March 2018 after directing a music video for the song Balaha that mocked President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. The title refers to a character in a popular Egyptian movie who is considered a repetitive liar and the implication is that Sissi is like that character. Sung by Ramy Essam, who is in exile in Sweden, the tune denounces Sissis rule. Trump downplays human rights issues with great friend Sissi After their arrest, Essam publicly said the two men had nothing to do with the songs content or message. But they were charged with spreading false news and being members of a terrorist network. Under Sissi, considered the most authoritarian ruler in Egypts modern history, dozens of artists, novelists, poets and activists have been jailed for trying to undermine Sissi or harm the countrys image. [Habash] was one of the kindest and most chivalrous, Essam wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday. He never hurt anyone. While other authoritarian governments in the region, including Iran and Turkey, have released tens of thousands of prisoners in efforts to contain the virus, Egypt has freed far fewer, despite calls from the United Nations and human rights activists. Egypt released roughly 4,000 inmates on April 25 to commemorate Sinai Liberation Day, which celebrates the 1982 Israeli military withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula. But none of those released were political prisoners. Instead, Sissis government has imposed stricter coronavirus restrictions, preventing family visits and leaving prisoners feeling even more isolated. Several are on hunger strikes to protest conditions. They include Mohamed Amashah, a 24-year-old Egyptian American from Jersey City who was arrested in April 2019 for holding up a sign in downtown Cairo that read Freedom for all prisoners, and Alaa Abdel Fattah, a well-known activist who has been jailed since September after small anti-government protests. Mohamed Morsi, who was elected head of state in 2012 and ousted a year later in a military coup, died in 2019 after being held for six years in prison, where, activists and his relatives say, he was denied medical treatment for his diabetes and other illness. The government denied the allegations. In January, Egyptian American Mustafa Kassem, a 54-year-old auto parts dealer from New York, died of apparent heart failure after more than six years in jail with negligent medical care, according to activists and relatives. His death touched off a rare period of tension between Sissi and the Trump administration, which has mostly kept silent publicly about the Sissi regimes human rights abuses. In October, it was clear that prison was taking an emotional toll on Habash. In a letter, he wrote that prison doesnt kill, loneliness does. Resisting in prison, he wrote, means preventing yourself from losing your mind, or slowly dying, because of having been thrown in a room two years ago, being forgotten, without knowing when or how you will get out. I need your support so that I dont die, Habash wrote. His funeral took place Saturday, his lawyer said. Gamal remains behind bars. Heba Farouk Mahfouz contributed to this report. U.S. seizes millions, disrupts purchase of oil tanker in move targeting Irans elite Quds Force Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Belarus, but its leader denies there is a problem Canada announces immediate ban on military-grade assault weapons Todays coverage from Post correspondents around the world Like Washington Post World on Facebook and stay updated on foreign news
Trump uses White House events to project return to normalcy while relying on testing that public lacks - The Washington Post
The White House is a cocoon of safety that does not exist almost anywhere else in the country.
The daily images projected a sense of confidence that life, at least for the nations most prominent resident, is returning to a semblance of normalcy during the coronavirus pandemic a visual cue to the public that conditions are improving as Trump pushes to restart sectors of the economy. Yet even as Trump aides have signaled that he could soon begin regular travel, the reality is that the White Househas created a picture of security that is propped up by special access to the kind of wide-scale testing for covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, that most of the nation remains without. Trump, Vice President Pence and their aides are tested regularly, and all who enter the White House campus to meet with them are required to undergo on-site rapid tests developed by Abbott Laboratories, which provide results within 15 minutes. As vice president of the United States, Im tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus, Pence told reporters, amid a public backlash after he visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and violated its rules requiring all visitors to wear a mask. It is a cocoon of safety that does not exist almost anywhere else in the country. Governors and municipal leaders have scrambled for basic supplies; hospitals and elderly care facilities, dealing with the most vulnerable, have cried out for more testing; and workers at grocery stores and manufacturing plants are risking their health to keep open critical businesses. Sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter to track the outbreak. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access. Even Congress is facing a dilemma with a lack of adequate testing to ensure a safe working environment as the Senate prepares to resume session on Monday. Only senators and staffers who become ill with symptoms similar to those of covid-19 will be eligible for testing, according to the Capitols attending physician. Some congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have worn a face covering while working in the Capitol. The scenario has illustrated the contradictions at the core of Trumps push to reopen businesses, schools and other avenues of public life even as the virus has continued to kill thousands of Americans each week: At the White House, normalcy is returning but only because the president has adequate testing to protect him. Is that what the whole country needs to go back to work? asked Simon Rosenberg, founder of the liberal NDN think tank. Why does he get things we dont get? Hes reinforcing a version of, Let them eat cake. Trump is saying, Im an uber-man. I can do whatever I want because I get testing and you little people can get the virus. Because they have not set up the testing regime. On Capitol Hill, some Democrats have been wary about pushing for increased testing for lawmakers because it would send the wrong message to the public. One congressional official said the White House is the only place that is happening theyre living in a dream world. This person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversations of lawmakers, acknowledged that special precautions should be in place for the president and vice president. But they shouldnt throw it in peoples faces, the official said. They should not be bragging that theyre tested constantly and everyone around them is tested constantly. That sends the wrong message when they promised everyone 27 million tests. Trump stated in mid-March that any American who wanted a test could get one, and administration officials pledged that 27 million test kits would be available by the end of that month. Instead, just 1 million had been conducted by that date. As of the end of April, a total of 6.2 million tests had been conducted in the United States, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Public health experts have said that millions of tests per day could be necessary to safely begin to restart broad sectors of society, with wide-scale testing to identify and contain local outbreaks. Though Trump said this week that his administration would help boost testing to 5 million per day, Brett Giroir, the administrations assistant secretary of health, has said that number is virtually impossible and has pledged to increase the number to 8 million per month. The highest single-day total has been just over 314,000. Trump has falsely stated that the United States has conducted more tests ... than every other country combined, as he asserted at the White House this week. He said South Korean President Moon Jae-in complimented the Trump administrations testing efforts in a recent phone call. So the testing and the masks and all of the things, weve solved every problem, Trump said. That might be true at the White House, where the mandatory testing program has led to an environment where the president and most of his top aides feel comfortable enough to eschew face masks, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear them. With Trump pushing to reopen the country, were in this very murky transition point where the signals are quite conflicting about what behavior is sought after, said J. Stephen Morrison, a global health policy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In that sense, what Pence did at the Mayo Clinic was very deliberate as a sign of defiance against the authorities thumbing his nose at the medical authorities who run that institution and signaling to others watching you dont have to buy into this. This week, Trump convened three events at the White House. Two were in the East Room, with 10 small-business owners and five executives of organizations representing the elderly, and one took place in the Blue Room, where Trump honored citizens, including a mail carrier from Cincinnati, for their work during the pandemic. Each of the guests had their temperature taken upon entering the White House grounds, then was led to a medical office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the coronavirus test, according to several people who attended. Chairs were placed farther apart to observe social distancing guidelines, but Trump brought the small-business executives into the Oval Office to take photos and he presented certificates to the honorees while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with them in the Blue Room. I felt safer going to the White House than anywhere else, even here in western Pennsylvania where we are under quarantine, said Ali Mills, executive vice president of Plum Contracting, a highway construction company, who participated in Tuesdays event for small businesses. Katie Smith Sloan, the chief executive of LeadingAge, a nonprofit association that advocates for the elderly, said she had never been tested before undergoing the Abbott exam at the White House. So many of our members cant get access to testing and to get results in 30 minutes is unheard of around the country, she said. Theres such a disparity in terms of access. Its really a problem. During the event in the East Room on Thursday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) pledged that his state would test every resident and staff at 700 nursing homes across the state. Right now, I think its perhaps an aspiration, but what we need is a plan, Smith Sloan said. Theres only so much to go around.
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Feds warn small businesses of potential coronavirus SBA loan fraud - Fox News
Federal officials on Friday warned small businesses to be alert for scammers looking to take advantage of federal aid for entrepreneurs struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Federal officials on Friday warned small businesses to be alert for scammers looking to take advantage of federal aid for entrepreneurs struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The $2 trillion CARES act, passed by Congress in March, set aside $349 billion worth of loans for small businesses. A diner inside the Horseshoe Cafe in Wickenburg, Ariz., this past Friday. (AP) Under the program, small businesses may apply for loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA did not initiate loans, nor did it require information already provided in the application. The feds warned entrepreneurs that anyone asking for money was “not legitimate, nor are emails that end in anything but ‘.gov’.” SAN FRANCISCO POLICE CHIEF NIXES OFFICERS’ ‘THIN BLUE LINE’ CORONAVIRUS MASKS “Those who prey on others look for opportunities like the various loans provided to small businesses. United States Attorneys and our respective law enforcement partners, like the FBI, are on the lookout for those predators. We strongly encourage those who become aware of such scams to report it to the authorities so we can take action,” said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell. Eugene Kowel, the acting special agent in charge for the FBI in Pittsburgh, urged companies to use backup and malware-detection systems and to train employees “to be skeptical of emails, attachments and websites they don’t recognize.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The warning came amid a general uptick in criminal scams related to the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the FBI put out an alert warning that the pandemic was providing criminals with illicit opportunities at “breathtaking” speed.
A 'travel bubble' between New Zealand and Australia could be a model for the future - CNN
It may be some time before tourists are traveling the globe again. But what if you could travel through designated, approved parts of it?
Julia Hollingsworth, CNNPublished 4th May 2020 Wellington, New Zealand (CNN) It may be some time before tourists are traveling the globe again. But what if you could travel through designated, approved parts of it? Politicians fromAustralia and New Zealand are discussing the possibility of opening up borders to each other, creating a travel corridor -- or "travel bubble" -- between the two nations. "If there is any country in the world with whom we can reconnect with first, undoubtedly that's New Zealand," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last month. "That is a situation we would all like to be in, but of course, our number one focus at the moment is making sure that both our countries are in the position where we're domestically managing Covid-19 to a point where we can with confidence open borders," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on April 27. "One thing I'm not willing to do is jeopardize the position that New Zealand has got itself into by moving too soon to open our borders -- even to Australia." It's not clear when this "bubble" could become a reality -- currently both countries still have domestic travel restrictions in place, and all international arrivals are subject to a 14-day quarantine. Travel industry experts say August is when the corridor is likely to be rolled out, possibly in time for the ski season in New Zealand and the school holidays in September. There are a few reasons why New Zealand and Australia would be each other's first pick. Although the two countries are separated by about 2,000 km (1,243 miles) of sea, they have one of the closest bilateral relationships in the world. Australian passport holders can travel and work in New Zealand indefinitely without a visa, and vice versa. The two countries also contribute heavily to each other's tourism industry. Australians make up almost 40% of international arrivals to New Zealand, and around 24% of New Zealand's international visitor spend. That's especially significant in New Zealand, where tourism is the country's biggest export industry. (Tourism is considered an export industry because it involves foreign cash being used to buy New Zealand's goods and services.) Over in Australia, New Zealanders make up around 15% of the country's international visitors, and only about 6% of the international visitor spend. Tourism is still worth billions to Australia, although it is only the country's fourth biggest export industry. In both countries, tourism industries have taken a massive hit from the coronavirus outbreak -- so it's no surprise that industry representatives are welcoming the prospect of a travel bubble. "The message from the industry side is that the bubble is a goer," said Simon Westaway, the executive director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council, adding that it was the only way of getting international tourism into Australia in the near future. "If we can add in the Australians, that would be enormously beneficial for the survival of tourism businesses and thousands of jobs," said Chris Roberts, the chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, which represents the tourism industry in New Zealand. He added that the amount tourists spend in New Zealand had dropped by at least 2 billion New Zealand dollars ($1.22 billion) a month. But Roberts isn't expecting the levels of Australian tourists that New Zealand had pre-Covid -- he thinks many would opt to just travel domestically. In Australia, some tour operators had been focusing their attention on China, which makes up about 15% of travelers to Australia but 27% of total tourist spend. Westaway said those businesses would need to adapt and work out how to appeal to more Kiwi travelers. One thing to keep in mind: Australia is made up of states and territories, and some of those currently have additional quarantine rules in place. For instance, a person traveling from Sydney (in New South Wales) to Brisbane (in Queensland)would need to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine period. Airports may also need to roll out new procedures. Roberts envisions a future where tourists may turn up to the airport, be tested for Covid-19 and only be allowed on the plane once they've got a negative result. Once they are at their destination, they may have their temperature checked. Travelers may need to supply more information than usual so they can be easily traced, if necessary. Both Roberts and Westaway believe the bubble would only work if the current 14-day quarantine period for anyone entering the country is removed. Once the trans-Tasman bubble is tried and tested, New Zealand could look to include other territories in its bubble -- perhaps Taiwan and Hong Kong, Roberts said. "I think it will be on a country by country basis," he said. "A general opening of borders could be a very long time away." Could the bubble get bigger? For the first time, drones have been allowed to fly inside Kakadu National Park in Australia. The resulting video is stunning. There's also some discussion about broadening the bubble to include the Pacific Islands. From a health perspective, the Pacific Island nations appear to have escaped the coronavirus outbreak largely unscathed. Fiji -- the worst affected Pacific Island nation -- has reported only 18 coronavirus cases and no deaths. Guam -- which is a US territory and not a nation -- has reported more than 140 coronavirus cases and five deaths. Many Pacific Island nations closed borders early to protect against potential spread. Ardern has urged caution on including the Pacific, saying: "Our Pacific neighbors in large part have not been afflicted by Covid-19, and the last thing we would want is to risk that." But broadening Australia and New Zealand's travel bubble to at least some Pacific Islands would help boost the islands' tourism industry, said Stephen Howes, the director of the Development Policy Center at Australian National University in Canberra. "For a lot of people, it's very tough," he said of the effect on tourism in the Pacific. "Some have gone back to their village ... people are just struggling to get by." "Obviously no country would be forced to do this," he said, adding that the travel corridor could always be stopped if it didn't work. "It would be a complex undertaking ... but it's certainly worth trying." And including the Pacific would also help Australia and New Zealand, allowing migrant workers to enter both countries. The inclusion could also have a huge soft power impact in the region, which is of strategic importance to New Zealand, Australia and China. "This is a real test," Howes said. "If Australia and New Zealand go ahead and just have a trans-Tasman partnership, they could really antagonize the Pacific. It would be like, 'well you don't really care.'" Roberts agreed that the bubble would benefit the Pacific, saying that without tourism, their economies are in significant trouble. "In terms of economic aid to our Pacific neighbors, that would be the best thing we could do for them -- as long as we could do it safely." Is this the future of travel? A potential Australia and New Zealand travel bubble may end up being a model for the rest of the world, Roberts and Westaway say. Like other countries around the world, New Zealand and Australia will need to be careful not to move too fast and create a second Covid-19 wave. Moving too fast could also jeopardize their image with international tourists, who view the countries as clean, trustworthy places. But generally, Roberts and Westaway are hopeful. "If (the detail) can be worked out between New Zealand and Australia, then they can be applied to other places as well," Roberts said. "There's quite a lot of attention paid to this part of the world now because of the apparent success of New Zealand and Australia containing the virus outbreak. If we can also then come up with a way to resume travel between countries, I'm sure the rest of the world will be taking a very keen interest to see how that works."
Trump pushes for economic reopening, vaccine by year’s end during televised town hall - AL.com
Anxious to spur an economic recovery without risking lives, President Donald Trump on Sunday insisted that “you can satisfy both."
WASHINGTON (AP) Anxious to spur an economic recovery without risking lives, President Donald Trump on Sunday insisted that "you can satisfy both" see some states gradually lift lockdowns while also protecting people from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 60,000 Americans. The president, fielding questions from Americans in a virtual town hall from the Lincoln Memorial, acknowledged valid fears on both sides of the issue. Some people are worried about getting sick; others are reeling from lost jobs and livelihoods. But while Trump increased his projection for the total U.S. death total to 80,000 or 90,000 up by more than 20,000 fatalities from what he had suggested just a few weeks ago he struck a note of urgency to restart the nation's economy, declaring "we have to reopen our country." "We have to get it back open safely but as quickly as possible," Trump said. After more than a month of being cooped up at the White House, Trump returned from a weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland for the virtual town hall hosted by Fox News Channel. The president said of his backdrop: "We never had a more beautiful set than this." As concerns mount about his reelection bid, Trump stuck to his relentlessly optimistic view of the nation's ability to rebound soon. "It is all working out," Trump said. "It is horrible to go through, but it is working out." Many public health experts believe the nation cannot safely reopen fully until a vaccine is developed. Trump declared Sunday that he believed one could be available by year's end. U.S. public health officials have said a vaccine is probably a year to 18 months away. But Dr. Anthony Fauci said in late April that it is conceivable, if a vaccine is soon developed, that it could be in wide distribution as early as January. Though the administration's handling of the pandemic, particularly its ability to conduct widespread testing, has come under fierce scrutiny, the president defended the response and said the nation was ready to begin reopening. "I'll tell you one thing. We did the right thing and I really believe we saved a million and a half lives," the president said. But he also broke with the assessment of his senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, saying it was "too soon to say" the federal government had overseen a "success story." Trump's impatience also flashed. While noting that states would go at their own pace in returning to normal, with ones harder hit by the coronavirus going slower, he said that "some states, frankly, I think aren't going fast enough." He singled out Virginia, which has a Democratic governor and legislature. And he urged the nation's schools and universities to return to classes this fall. President Donald Trump speaks during a Fox News virtual town hall from the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, co-moderated by FOX News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)AP Federal guidelines that encouraged people to stay at home and practice social distancing expired late last week. Debate continued over moves by governors to start reopening state economies that tanked after shopping malls, salons and other nonessential businesses were ordered closed in attempt to slow a virus that has killed more than 66,000 Americans, according to a tally of reported deaths by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. economy has suffered, shrinking at a 4.8% annual rate from January through March, the government estimated last week. It was the sharpest quarterly drop since the 2008 financial crisis. Roughly 30.3 million people have filed for unemployment aid in the six weeks since the outbreak forced employers to shut down and slash their workforces. It was the worst string of layoffs on record. The president's advisers have nervously watched Trump's support slip in a number of battleground states and he was presented with polls late last month that, if the election were held that day, had him losing to Democrat Joe Biden. The president's aides believe restarting the economy, even with its health risks, is essential to a victory in November and are pushing for him to pivot away from discussions about the pandemic and onto an American comeback story. To that, he will begin traveling again, with a trip to a mask factory in Arizona planned for Tuesday. And the grand setting of Sunday night's town hall was meant to evoke patriotism and overcoming national adversity. Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the administration would "pause" to review the effectiveness of trillions in economic relief spending before making any decision on whether additional aid is needed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that state and local governments are seeking up to $1 trillion for coronavirus costs, The Senate planned to reopen Monday, despite the Washington area's continued status as a virus hot spot and with the region still under stay-at-home orders. The House remains shuttered. The pandemic is forcing big changes at the tradition-bound Supreme Court: The justices will hear arguments, beginning Monday, by telephone for the first time since Alexander Graham Bell patented his invention in 1876. The leaders of California and Michigan are among governors under public pressure over lockdowns still in effect while states such as Florida, Georgia and Ohio are reopening. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said Sunday that the armed protesters who demonstrated inside her state's Capitol "depicted some of the worst racism" and "awful parts" of U.S. history by showing up with Confederate flags, nooses and swastikas. Despite the opposition of Michigan's Republican-controlled Legislature, Whitmer has extended a state of emergency declaration and directed most businesses statewide to remain closed. Trump on Sunday night singled out her and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, also a Democrat, for criticism even as he praised the federal coordination with most governors. Some people participating in other public protests across the U.S. have not kept their distance from one another and have rallied without masks, not heeding public health recommendations. Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, called that behavior "devastatingly worrisome." She said people will feel guilty for the rest of their lives if they end up infected and unwittingly spread the virus to vulnerable family members. By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press
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