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Pakistan International Airlines passenger flight crashes in Karachi - CNN
A Pakistan International Airlines flight with more than 100 people on board has crashed in the Pakistani city of Karachi, an airline spokesman said Friday.
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)A Pakistan International Airlines flight with more than 100 people on board has crashed in the Pakistani city of Karachi, an airline spokesman said Friday. Pakistan's Aviation Ministry said the flight from Lahore was carrying 99 passengers and 8 crew members. At least 11 bodies from the scene have been brought to Jinnah Hospital, according to hospital spokesperson Seemi Jamali. It is unclear if those fatalities were victims from the ground or the plane. Flight PK 8303 took off from Lahore and was due to land at 2:30 p.m. local time in Karachi but went missing from the radar, Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Khan told CNN. The pilot of the Airbus A320 airliner made a mayday call saying he was experiencing technical problems, Khan told CNN. "He had been told both landing strips were available for his use but he preferred to use the go-around landing route, we are looking into the technical issue. Our prayers for the lives that have been lost," Khan said. An emergency response protocol has been activated, he added. Footage posted from the scene on social media showed flames, plumes of smoke and a street filled with rubble in what appears to be a built-up area. Pakistan's civil aviation authority allowed limited domestic air travel to resume Saturday after a two-month suspension imposed as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. International flights are not expected to resume until June 1. Pakistan started a phased reopening of its nationwide Covid-19 lockdown on May 9. This is a developing story. This story has been updated to correct the plane's flight number.
China's proposed national security law could end Hong Kong as we know it - CNN
China is moving to pass a hugely controversial national security law for Hong Kong, criminalizing "treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion" against the central government, and enabling Chinese national security organs to operate in the city.
- New national security law will criminalize "treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion" against the Chinese government. - It will also permit Chinese security services to operate in Hong Kong "to fulfill relevant duties to safeguard national security in accordance with the law." - Vaguely defined "subversion" laws have long been used to prosecute dissidents and activists in China. - Rules will be imposed via a constitutional backdoor, bypassing city's legislature and damaging Hong Kong's reputation for upholding rule of law. - May spark sanctions from Washington and a loss of Hong Kong's special trading status with the US, potentially devastating the city's economy.
Hang Seng Index drops more than 5% as tensions flare up again between China and the west - CNN
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped more than 5% Friday after news broke that Beijing would move to pass a hugely controversial national security law for the Asian financial hub.
Co-owner of gym that was shut down isn't afraid to get arrested and says he'll reopen Friday - CNN
The co-owner of a New Jersey gym that was shut down by the state health department says he's going to reopen his gym Friday, even if he gets arrested.
(CNN)The co-owner of a New Jersey gym that was shut down by the state health department says he's going to reopen his gym Friday, even if he gets arrested. "If we get arrested, we will be open the next day," Frank Trumbetti told CNN Thursday night. He also questioned how the New Jersey Department of Health could shut the gym down without county officials coming inside his business. He says he came to Atilis Gym in Bellmawr on Thursday morning and there was a note on the door saying the New Jersey Department of Health is shutting it down because of the coronavirus. Gov. Phil Murphy has closed all of the state's indoor gyms, fitness centers and classes. The state's order to close lists indoor gyms and fitness centers as "high-risk settings" for the spread of Covid-19 because of increased respiratory activity, communal equipment and close personal contact. Murphy's office said it had no comment about the gym's plans to reopen at this time, as did the New Jersey Department of Health. Trumbetti said they are adding even more precautions to the gym, including a thermal body scanner and limiting the time members can be in the gym and at certain stations. Trumbetti's attorney Kevin Barry told CNN they will announce their next steps at 8 a.m. Friday when the gym reopens. "I have a feeling NJ will arrest the owners tomorrow, as the Governor is running out of ways to escalate," Barry said in an email. Trumbetti said, "We are sticking to our ground game, that we didn't do anything wrong, were protecting our constitutional right and were willing to fight for that." The gym opened its doors to members multiple days this week and had already received multiple summonses for opening, and this order follows those summonses. "Atilis Gym has continued to operate in non-compliance with Executive Order No. 107, thus posing a threat to the public health by failing to adhere to the measures taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," the health department's order states. It goes on to say that a failure to comply with the order could result in criminal sanctions and/or civil penalties. The order notes that the state's health department has the power "(to) close, direct and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated, any facility of which there is reasonable cause to believe that it may endanger the public health." New Jersey is the second hardest hit state with at least 10,846 deaths from Covid-19. Elizabeth Hartfield and Anna Sturla contributed to this report.
CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms - CNN
A third of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic and 0.4% of those who get sick will die, CDC says.
(CNN)In new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating that about a third of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic. The CDC also says its "best estimate" is that 0.4% of people who show symptoms and have Covid-19 will die, and the agency estimates that 40% of coronavirus transmission is occurring before people feel sick. The agency cautions that those numbers are subject to change as more is learned about Covid-19, and it warns that the information is intended for planning purposes. Still, the agency says its estimates are based on real data collected by the agency before April 29. The numbers are part of five planning scenarios that "are being used by mathematical modelers throughout the federal government," according to the CDC. Four of those scenarios represent "the lower and upper bounds of disease severity and viral transmissibility." The fifth scenario is the CDC's "current best estimate about viral transmission and disease severity in the United States." In that scenario, the agency described its estimate that 0.4% of people who feel sick with Covid-19 will die. For people age 65 and older, the CDC puts that number at 1.3%. For people 49 and under, the agency estimated that 0.05% of symptomatic people will die. Under the most severe of the five scenarios outlined -- not the agency's "best estimate" -- the CDC lists a symptomatic case fatality ratio of 0.01, meaning that 1% of people overall with Covid-19 and symptoms would die. In the least severe scenario, the CDC puts that number at 0.2%. One expert quickly pushed back on the CDC's estimates. "While most of these numbers are reasonable, the mortality rates shade far too low," biologist Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington told CNN. Bergstrom, an expert in modeling and computer simulations, said the numbers seemed inconsistent with real-world findings. "Estimates of the numbers infected in places like NYC are way out of line with these estimates. Let us remember that the number of deaths in NYC right now are far more than we would expect if every adult and child in the city had been infected with a flu-like virus. This is not the flu. It is COVID," Bergstrom said. "As I see it, the 'best estimate' is extremely optimistic, and the 'worst case' scenario is fairly optimistic even as a best estimate. One certainly wants to consider worse scenarios," Bergstrom said of CDC's numbers. "By introducing these as the official parameter sets for modeling efforts, CDC is influencing the models produced by federal agencies, but also the broader scientific discourse because there will be some pressure to use the CDC standard parameter sets in modeling papers going forward," he said. "Given that these parameter sets underestimate fatality by a substantial margin compared to current scientific consensus, this is deeply problematic." Numbers are for planning purposes, CDC says "The scenarios are intended to advance public health preparedness and planning. They are not predictions or estimates of the expected impact of COVID-19," the CDC says. It says the numbers do not "reflect the impact of any behavioral changes, social distancing, or other interventions," which would be relevant for some of the agency's estimates -- such as how many infections stem from each case. Still, the CDC is characterizing the numbers as preliminary estimates from federal agencies, including the CDC and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, that are "designed to help inform decisions by modelers and public health officials who utilize mathematical modeling." Under the best estimate scenario, the guidance says 3.4% of symptomatic people with Covid-19 will require hospitalization, with that number rising to 7.4% in people 65 and older. The CDC also says it assumes that people without symptoms are just as infectious as those with symptoms.
China will not set an economic growth target amid 'great uncertainty' - CNN
China will not set a specific target for economic growth this year — a sign of how much uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic has caused the world's second largest economy.
Trump's China dilemma: how to punish Beijing without hurting the US economy and his own reelection chances - CNN
The Trump administration is looking for ways to punish China for its complacency amid the coronavirus pandemic without burning President Donald Trump's bid for a second term.
A son stabbed and killed his father during a Zoom meeting, police say - CNN
A Long Island man was stabbed and killed by his son during a Zoom video chat with several people Thursday, Suffolk County Police announced.
Doctor in small Georgia city says coronavirus spread through community before hospital staff found out what it was - CNN
Coronavirus spread through a southwest Georgia city for 10 days in March before hospital staff were told what was filling their wards with desperately sick people, a doctor told Congress on Thursday.
(CNN)Coronavirus spread through a southwest Georgia city for 10 days in March before hospital staff were told what was filling their wards with desperately sick people, a doctor told Congress on Thursday. "We were shocked by its abrupt entrance into our lives, and the virus had been spreading quietly for 10 days, and very quickly," Dr. Shanti Akers, a pulmonary critical care physician at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, testified. "What started as one case spread like wildfire," she added. "We filled ward after ward until we had at least five floors dedicated to the care of these patients." The first cases hit the hospital in Albany, a city of about 72,000 people, in the last week of February and the first week of March, but no one knew it, the doctor testified. It wasn't until March 10 that the hospital was informed they had treated a positive coronavirus case, she said. "Those early days were scary and intense. We knew so little about it, and how it was spread or how to treat it," Akers told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The panel heard about the impact of the pandemic on medical workers, first responders, grocery store workers and others. The stress of dealing with the new disease was heightened when they went through six months of personal protective equipment in one week. "We were -- and still are -- forced to make that supply stretch. This time took a toll on all of us," Akers said. The doctor said she spent months not seeing her children awake because of the time required to treat patients. She limited her contact with her husband and kids because she was worried her PPE hadn't fully protected her. "And I updated my will," she said. The crisis in Dougherty County began after two funerals were held in late February and March. There were also a downtown festival, a big road race and religious services that were still crowded. The cluster of cases began emerging shortly after a 67-year-old man tested positive for the virus. The man traveled from Atlanta to attend one of the funerals and was hospitalized in Albany during his trip, Scott Steiner, the chief executive officer of Phoebe Putney Health System, told CNN in April. "The next day, it's when we began seeing people coming to our emergency room who were sick," Steiner said. "Two (people) the first day, six the next day, eight the next day, and it just began to cascade from that point." About 20 people who attended at least one of the funerals contracted the virus Others were members of the same churches, Steiner said. On March 19, local officials declared a state of emergency, banning community gatherings of more than 10 people after four coronavirus-related deaths were reported. A stay-at-home order followed a few days later. Four days later, Gov. Brian Kemp placed a limit on gatherings statewide. He issued a shelter-in-place order on April 2. At that time there were about 4,800 cases In Georgia and 154 deaths, according to the state department of health. Now there are more than 40,400 cases and at least 1,754 deaths. As of Thursday, Dougherty County has had 1,719 coronavirus cases -- 1,912.02 positive tests per 100,000 residents. It's one of the highest rates in the state. The 141 deaths in the county is topped only by Fulton County and the 396 hospitalizations is behind only four more populous counties in the Atlanta area. 'The virus did not discriminate' During the initial days of the outbreak, hospital staff struggled to keep patients alive, with no guidance about therapies that might be helpful, Akers said. There is no cure for Covid-19 and experimental treatments are in the early stages of testing. "Some patients died no matter what we did, and we could not change that outcome," Akers said. "It did not matter if they were young or old. This virus did not discriminate." Workers mourned the loss of patients who took their last breaths without family there. And they cheered for the ones who made it and got to go home, she said. Akers told the committee that they still need more protective equipment and there needs to be more coordination on a state and federal level. Georgia has been criticized for some missteps on its coronavirus website, including being one of at least four states that combined data from different types of tests. CNN's Nicole Chavez, Maggie Fox and Rebecca Grandahl contributed to this report.
Michigan AG: Trump sent 'the worst possible message' by going maskless on camera during tour of Ford plant - CNN
Michigan's attorney general slammed President Donald Trump for "conveying the worst possible message" by refusing to wear a mask in front of cameras during his visit Thursday to a Ford manufacturing plant.
Washington (CNN)Michigan's attorney general slammed President Donald Trump for "conveying the worst possible message" by refusing to wear a mask in front of cameras during his visit Thursday to a Ford manufacturing plant. "I am ashamed to have him be President of the United States of America," Dana Nessel, a Democrat, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" Thursday. "And I hope that the voters of Michigan will remember this when November comes, that he didn't care enough about their safety, he didn't care about their welfare, he didn't respect them enough just to engage in the very simple task, the painless task, the easy task of wearing a mask when he was provided one." "And so I hope that we'll have a new president soon enough who does respect people more than this president does," she continued. Her comments come after the President toured and delivered remarks at the Ford plant in Ypsilanti, which has been repurposed to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment. While at the plant, Trump said he did wear a mask during the tour, but "didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it" when in front of the cameras. He showed off a navy blue mask with the presidential seal on it. An individual from Ford confirmed to reporters that the President had worn the mask. So far, Trump has resisted covering his face in public or being seen wearing a mask, despite the federal government's recommendations to do so in public during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House on Thursday, Trump said "I don't know, we're going to look at it" when asked if he would wear a mask. Earlier Thursday, Nessel had told CNN's Alisyn Camerota if Trump "fails to wear a mask, he's going to be asked not to return to any unclosed facilities inside our state." Asked if that was now the case after his tour, she said pointedly, "I will say speaking on behalf of my department and my office, that's right. That's exactly right. "Today's events were extremely disappointing and yet totally predictable," Nessel told Blitzer. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, recently issued an executive order that includes requiring manufacturing facilities to suspend all tours. Nessel noted that Michigan waived that requirement for Trump's visit to the Ford plant. Another executive order Whitmer signed this week requires anyone who is medically able to wear a facial covering when in an enclosed space. As a result, Nessel has threatened legal action against "any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk." Following Trump's tour, she said, "I think that we're going to have to have a very serious conversation with Ford in the event that they permitted the President to be in publicly enclosed places in violation of the order. "They knew exactly what the order was and if they permitted anyone, even the President of the United States, to defy that order, I think it has serious health consequences potentially to their workers." On Tuesday, Ford said it had shared its safety policies with the White House -- including that everyone wear a mask "in all facilities, at all times" -- but added that "the White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination." Asked Tuesday if he would wear a mask on his visit, Trump had said, "I don't know. I haven't even thought of it." "It depends. In certain areas I would, in certain areas I don't. But I will certainly look at it," he added. Trump recently went maskless during his tour last week of a medical equipment distribution facility in Pennsylvania and his tour earlier this month of a Honeywell plant in Arizona that produces N95 respirator masks. CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.