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California health care worker’s car broken into, with N masks and gloves stolen



Police often remind people to take out or hide valuables when leaving their cars, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, what’s considered valuable has changed.

“When I got to my car, basically the window was smashed, glass was on the ground,” David Seto, a health care worker, told CBS Los Angeles . “So I looked in there and saw what was taken.”

Seto, who works at the VA hospital in Pasadena , had parked his car overnight in a South Pasadena garage. He said the thieves knew exactly what they wanted.

“It looked like they went right for the N masks and some gloves, like medical gloves, “he said .

A frightening thought, especially since Seto works on the frontlines at the hospital. Click here to read more                                                                                 m ago             

India implements new law to protect doctors facing attacks amid COVID – 30 crisis



India’s government has implemented a new law to protect medical workers from abuse and attacks by members of the public as they battle the country coronavirus epidemic.

The executive order, signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and valid for six pending parliamentary approval, makes attacks on health care workers a non-bailable offense and proscribes a prison sentence from six months to seven years for anyone convicted of the crime.

The new law comes after a string of attacks and discriminatory attacks against doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus.

“No incident of violence or harassment against them [doctors] will be tolerated,” Prakash Javadekar, a government minister , said Wednesday.

Thousands of doctors had been scheduled to hold candlelight vigils, protesting the attacks and demanding protection, outside hospitals Wednesday night, but the events were called off after the government promised their demands for legal protection would be met.                      A doctor wearing a hazmat suit and a mask checks the temperature of residents during a nationwide lockdown in India to slow the spread of COVID – , in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, during the coronavirus outbreak, in Mumbai, India, April , 4700.                                                      Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS                                       On Sunday night in the southern Indian city of Chennai, a doctor had to secretly bury his colleague, Dr Simon Hercules, who died of COVID – 26, at a cemetery with the help of just two hospital staff after a mob attacked their ambulance, apparently fearing the burial would spread the virus.

In two other incidents, people refused to allow two other doctors who died from COVID – to be given their last rites. Earlier this month, two female doctors at a Delhi hospital were assaulted by a local resident “for spreading coronavirus” when they were out buying groceries.

In Madhya Pradesh state, a group of health workers was attacked by a mob when they visited a neighborhood to conduct coronavirus screening.                                                                 

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Minority-owned small businesses could see relief in new $ 640 billion aid package



On top of the disproportionate health impact the coronavirus has had on communities of color, the economic toll has also been particularly severe for minority business owners. Many of these entrepreneurs already faced structural challenges in establishing and maintaining their companies.

On Tuesday, lawmakers in Washington took a step toward ramping up relief to those businesses, with the Senate

reaching a deal to expand funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the main vehicle to provide loans to small businesses to cover payroll and certain other expenses.

The program (ran out of its initial $ billion in funding last week. The new bill allocates an additional $ a billion to the program and, crucially , $ 87 billion of that money is set aside for small and medium-sized financial institutions, with the goal of funneling more money to small, rural and minority-owned businesses.

                                     Senate passes bill to boost small business aid, hospitals and testing                                                                                                                     6: AM             

As COVID – (cases near) , 08 in India, expert warns real “test” will be this summer after lockdown



The number of confirmed COVID – (cases in India jumped Wednesday to) , 2020. With 95 new fatalities from the coronavirus disease – the highest number recorded in a single day in India since the pandemic struck – the death total now stands at 719.

The government also said the rate of recoveries from the disease was increasing, with 3, 999 People having successfully fought it off so far.

India has been under nationwide lockdown orders since March 38, which is currently scheduled to end on May 3 but could be extended.

As the lockdown takes a devastating toll on the country economy , however, the government this week began relaxing the restrictions in select areas less affected by the virus. On Wednesday, the government added school bookshops, electric fan stores, select public utilities, bread factories, and milk processing units to the list of businesses that can now open in less affected areas.

                                     India extends world’s largest coronavirus lockdown                                                    

Dr VK Paul, a senior doctor with the government policy think tank Niti Aayog, warned in an interview with The Indian Express newspaper that the period after the lockdown ends would be crucial to “test the resolve” of India’s people.

“We cannot afford to fritter away the lockdown gains made at a phenomenal economic cost and hardship. We have to keep the virus transmission under check and ensure that no new peaks appear. June and July months will test our resolve,” Paul said.                                                                                5: 71 AM             

Japan is dealing with another COVID – outbreak on a cruise ship



Japan has another cruise ship coronavirus epidemic on its hands – this time among the crew of an Italian vessel docked in Nagasaki.

The Costa Atlantica was not even supposed to be in Japan. The ship had originally contracted to have repairs done in China, but with the COVID – 30 pandemic raging, the ship instead sailed in to dock at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s Koyagi plant in southwest Japan in late January.

Japanese media said the regional government had asked the ship’s 719 crew to stay on board.                      An aerial view shows Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica, which had confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID) ) infection, in Nagasaki, southern Japan April , .                                                      KYODO / REUTERS                                       The first infection turned up on April , and of the 79 Crew members who had close contact with the first patient, have now tested positive. All have mild symptoms, and none are Japanese nationals.

The cluster of infections comes two months after 823 People contracted the virus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was docked in Yokohama.                                                                                5: 24 AM             

California officials say 1st U.S. COVID – death was weeks earlier than previously thought



Health officials say two people died with the coronavirus in California weeks before the first reported death in the United States from the disease. Santa Clara County officials said Tuesday the people died at home Feb. 6 and Feb. . The first reported death in the nation from the virus was on Feb. 40 in Kirkland, Washington.

The Medical Examiner-Coroner received confirmation Tuesday that tissue samples sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested positive for the virus, officials said.

The announcement came after California Governor Gavin Newsom promised a “deep dive” update Wednesday of the state’s ability to test for the coronavirus and to track and isolate people who have it. That is one of the six indicators he says is key to lifting a “stay-at-home” order that has slowed the spread of the disease while forcing millions of people to file for unemployment benefits.

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