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Washington DC schools closure extended to April 27.
With new cases of coronavirus in the capital city of America, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the schools of Washington would remain closed until April 27. Moreover, the mass gathering ban has also been extended to April 25. The spike in the cases of coronavirus pandemic has created a threat among people. The government has advised people to maintain a distance of at least six feet.
Currently, seventy-one people have been tested positive with coronavirus outbreak, out of which one 59-year-old man died due to this deadly outbreak. An emergency mass gathering ban was announced in Washington on March 13. But, the current situation is more threatening as the rate of the infected person is increasing day by day. Night clubs are also ordered to close with restrictions in bars and restaurants.
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First confirmed case for coronavirus of State Department in Washington, DC.
The State Department of Washington, D.C., has announced its first confirmed case for coronavirus on Thursday night, March 19. The deadly outbreak of coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the capital city. The Bureau of Medical Sciences is taking all the standards for the precautions against coronavirus. A spokesman from the State Department stated that the Bureau of Medical Sciences is working with D.C. Public Health to tackle the current situation.
The State Department issued level 4-warning of coronavirus in the capital city of America on Thursday. The officials are planning to put travel ban and announce shut down to the town. They have advised people to avoid travel internationally and return to America from overseas immediately. Currently, over 245,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally.
Washington High Closed due to coronavirus infection
A staff member of DC High School has got tested positive for coronavirus due to which the school has been closed for sanitization and testing. He is the second coronavirus patient of the district other than the reverend of Christ Church. He got infected from the COVID-19 after coming from Nigeria. He spends a night with three other people before testing positive for coronavirus. Fortunately, the other three people tested negative for coronavirus.
The officials of D. C. Public School has hired a contractor for proper cleaning and disinfection. A second cleaning and testing were conducted on Monday to avoid any condition of the transmission. Another woman who was with that staff member is in quarantine. That man in his 50s is getting treatment in a hospital in Maryland.
Christ Church Reverend is among one of the coronavirus patients
A popular reverend of Christ Church Georgetown announced his infection of coronavirus on Saturday, March 7. He said, "I am the individual who tested positive for the coronavirus." Rev Timothy Cole, the church rector, gave his statement related to his disease to his congregation on Sunday. He is currently in a stable condition but still living in isolation. This man in his late 50s discontinued all the works related to Christ Church, where he has been working since 2016.
He is among one of the two patients of coronavirus reported in the district. His wife and two children are also living in solitude to avoid transmission. The DC resident reported that he got sick on February 24 after attending a conference in Louisville, Kentucky. He has improved his health a lot by February 29 and how his condition is reliable.
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Research says that hearing aids can improve brain functions.
As per the recent research at the University of Melbourne, it has been found that the use of hearing aids can help in improving the functions of the brain. This research has been tested on 100 adults aged 62 to 82 years with hearing loss. The researchers collected data of people with hearing loss for one and a half years and assessed it. As per the assessment, they discovered cognitive delay decline and improved brain functionalities in those people with hearing aids.
The researchers examined various skills and abilities of the participants, which include speech perception, self-reported listening disability, and quality of life. People with hearing aids were seen with improvements in these tests. Several tasks based on reasoning and decision making were also performed. A major part of the participants showed significant improvement during the research period.
The U.S. accredits Kata'ib Hizbollah's leader.
The United States proclaimed that the country was imposing sanctions on the Secretary-General of Kata'ib Hizbollah, Ahmad al-Hamidawi. Amb. Nathan Sales, the State Department's Counterterrorism Coordinator, and David Schenker, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, shared this information in a press conference conducted in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, February 26.
Kata'in Hizbollah is a notorious Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, who showed his presence against the U.S. in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2009. The U.S. government put light on the situation and held Hizbollah responsible for the terrorist attacks. The country was struck by the U.S. strike, which was against the assault of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and led to the assassination of Qasim Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
2 Men shot on Monday night on 14th Street.
According to the police, two men were shot on Monday night in a busy street in DC. The shooting took place at around 6:30 PM at 14th and V streets NW. Aryan Nourazar, who heard the gunfire, said that those were four or five loud pops. Different witnesses said that they saw people running into busboys and ports to escape the chaos.
They were crying, and some of them were calling 911. Medics sent two men to a hospital. Both of them are conscious and breathing. Authorities have found a gun at the intersection. The incident is under investigation and police have not released any more information.
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All Chicago Parks and Libraries closed from Saturday.
Recently, the governor of Chicago J.B. Pritzker announced a "stay at home" order amidst coronavirus outbreak. Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared the closure of all the parks and libraries in Chicago from Saturday. Mayor took this decision in respect of the "stay at home" order of the governor and to halt the "non-essential" businesses. People can still go to parks for a walk and physical activities, maintaining a safe social distance.
The facilities provided in parks like field houses are shutdown. People will need to maintain 6 feet distance from each other in any public place. The public libraries of Chicago will be entirely cordoned off. Libraries have been shut looking at the threat of COVID-19 among the librarians. The libraries of other cities like New York, Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles have been closed.
Chicago Fire Department battling with COVID-19 outbreak.
The novel coronavirus has increased the concern of the Chicago Fire Department as new cases have been reported every day as the first reporters are becoming infected with this deadly virus. The Fire Department allotted four ambulances to provide emergency services to the coronavirus patients. However, this resulted in four confirmed cases in the department, which has troubled the whole department.
Engine 42, located at Illinois Street and Dearborn Avenue, is one of the busiest firehouses in Chicago. The Local 2 Union Representatives have reported that the Chicago paramedics and firefighters are not getting proper guidelines and actions from the officials of the department. A spokesman from the Fire Department has ensured that they are taking care of all the safety protocols and instructions provided by department-wide directives. The government has asked the firefighters and paramedics to stay at home and take rest if they feel sick.
Trump keeps talking; the economic condition is trembling.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus has smashed the financial markets of the United States. President Donald Trump has continued talking about the impacts of coronavirus and its economic implications. Before the United States witness the closure of the market for a day, Trump put a step forward and has communicated with the governors of the states on March 19, 2020, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Public health officials of the United States published that coronavirus pandemic will increase the unemployment rate to 10% or more in the country. The president has spoken about the economy of the country on the response of this report and stated, "I think the economy is going to be fantastic" in his 77 minutes press conference on Thursday. He took over the stage again at the same place on Friday and talked about the market conditions.
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China may cancel quarantine at the end of the month
In China, the dynamics of corona virus infection decreases every day. If this continues until the end of the month, then quarantine measures may be gradually raised in the country. If quarantine measures are weakened, the authorities will need to exactly implement actions aimed at controlling the virus.
The first town in China to clear the corona virus is most likely the town of Wuhan.
Such a scenario is possible only if within two weeks in Wuhan not a single case of infection has been recorded.
“If for 14 serial days in Wuhan after the last recorded case no new incidents of corona virus were registered, we believe that this will be the time when the block can be little by little removed,” he said.
To contain the outbreak, Wuhan quarantine was introduced on January 23. All public transport was prohibited.
“All cured patients should be isolated for two weeks,” the virologist said.
Libraries closed in Brisbane; online services introduced.
Australia has witnessed several closures and shut down this week. Recently, 33 libraries of Brisbane has been closed to reduce the number of transmitted cases of coronavirus. Online library services have been launched in the city as no library will re-open from Monday until the next announcement. Online resources have been provided to the readers with a spike of items from 20 to 60.
Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that public places have started to shut down in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. The libraries will be closed for the readers, but librarians will work as usual. The online library of Brisbane will offer over 150,000 eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines from Monday with 24/7 availability. It will also provide music and video streaming services to the citizens. The council website will open the digital library for the reader on Monday with the application link.
Coronavirus condition in Brisbane, Queensland.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Queensland is increasing rapidly as 37 new cases were reported on Saturday, making a total of 221 in the state. Queensland ranks the third state with a large number of coronavirus cases after New South Wales and Victoria. The outbreak has created a threat among people with 50 cases on Thursday and 40 cases on Friday.
The first case of coronavirus was reported on January 30, who is a 44-year-old Chinese man. The government is working to create awareness among people through social distancing and announcing the precautions and symptoms of COVID-19. Coronavirus has flu-like symptoms, which include high temperature, cough, difficulty in breathing, and shortness of breath. There has been a total of 306,674 cases reported globally, with 13,036 deaths. Fortunately, 92,362 recovered from coronavirus worldwide.