Rhode Island Orders Forcible ‘Quarantine’ Of Travelers From NY, 5th Congressman Tests Positive For COVID-19: Live Updates

Friday, March 27, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/27/2020


Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock test positive
US stock futures turn lower after 3-day rebound
Italy reports 919 new deaths
Global case total nears 538k
US case total nears 86k, with ~1300 deaths
Trump signs CARES ACT
China border closure begins
Rhode Islands national guard to round up travelers
1 in 10 Americans say they know somebody with the virus
DC mayor advisor dies
New York death toll spikes
5th Congressman tests positive
South Africa lockdown begins as country confirms first 2 deaths
Netherlands reports ~1k new cases, 112 new deaths
Hong Kong reports 65 new cases, largest daily jump
Singapore makes standing too close to somebody else illegal
Bolivia imposes some of world’s toughest restrictions
North Korea says 2,280 people still in quarantine
All of Russia placed on lockdown
Hungary PM announces lockdown plans
Israel mobilizes army to enforce lockdowns
President Xi, Trump promise to “unite” to fight virus during call
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Update (1640ET): A fifth American Congressman has tested positive for COVID-19: Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Penn.

Kelly is the fourth member of the House, plus Rand Paul in the Senate makes five.

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Update (1620ET): In other news, as NYC’s hospitals fight against a sudden surge in seriously ill COVID-19 patients, Ireland’s intensive care units will be at capacity “in a number of days,” warned Prime Minister (or Taoiseach as the Irish call him) Leo Varadkar.

Meanwhile, the head of the IMF has said the global economy has entered a recession that could be worse than the 2009 downturn. Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the IMF expects a recovery in 2021, saying it could be a “sizeable rebound”, but only if nations succeed in containing the economic fallout.

As more countries impose COVID-19 inspired lockdowns, Bolivia has imposed some of the toughest restrictions in the world. Everyone must stay indoors at all times until April 15, except for one visit a week to the shops between 8 am and noon, with the actual day dependent on the last digit of an individual’s national ID number: Monday is 1 or 2, Tuesday is 3 or 4, for example. On the weekends, no one is allowed out at all.

Here’s some more on what Rhode Island is doing:

Meanwhile, Trump has signed the CARES ACT

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Update (1605ET): The relatively small and mostly low-profile state of Rhode Island has just marked a milestone in the enforcement of quarantines in the US to battle the onslaught of COVID-19. Gov. Gina Raimondo declared on Friday after reporting the largest 24-hour jump in new cases that all bars and restaurants would be closed, and that the national guard deployed in the state must go door to door in “coastal” communities (eg most of the state) checking for travelers from New York.

In other words, the governor is ordering the national guard to round up all the rich New Yorkers (and other out-of-staters) who thought they could ride out the quarantine at their summer villas by the beach.

As she said, the 14-day mandatory quarantines on travelers from other states “will be enforced,” according to Newport Buzz, which quoted Raimondo at her press conference Friday.

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Update (1320ET): As more stories out of New York City about people surviving COVID-19 emerge, of course it’s a city where a significant chunk of the population work in media, or at least hoped to work in media when they first moved to the city and started bartending six nights a week to pay that massive city apartment rent, which they incidentally will no longer be able to afford, it’s becoming increasingly clear: young people can still get really sick from COVID-19.

If you have asthma, COVID-19 can really rock your shit, as one recent NYT personal essay suggested. Now, the WHO is once again hoping to emphasize this fact as it tries to convince the world to follow the lockdowns, even though the organization has in turn said the lockdowns were too much, and not enough, it’s warning that young people get COVID-19 at rates even higher than the old. 10% to 15% of COVID-19 patients under the age of 50 experience severe or moderate COVID-19 symptoms, the WHO said.

While case numbers are rising, the virus can still be controlled through aggressive measures, including testing, said WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove during the organization’s Friday press conference from Geneva. Officials reminded the public that a vaccine is still at least 12-18 months away, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who also chided the US and other countries and individuals and instead advised them all to refrain from using unproven therapies, because they could be harmful and that may cause shortages of the drugs for diseases they were made for Norway and Spain are enrolling patients for Solidarity trials, which now involve more than 45 countries.

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