Trump Weighs Banning All Travel From Brazil As COVID Cases Explode: Live Updates

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/19/2020


Azar says stay at home orders could cause “lasting mental damage”
NJ allows car dealerships to reopen, sees number of ICU patients slip below 1,000
New York reports 106 new deaths
Florida deaths cross 2,000
6 Premier League players have tested positive
Spain follows Italy by reporting fewer than 100 deaths
AP report finds Mexico COVID-19 deaths
Oregon Supreme Court rules lockdown, other restrictions can continue
Chinese ambassador in Canberra says notion that WHO investigation satisfies Australia’s call for “independent” probe is “a joke”
Trump threatens to permanently pull funding and end membership of WHO
Brazil overtakes UK to become world’s 3rd-largest outbreak
India’s case total passes 100k
Navajo Nation now home to “biggest outbreak in the US” per CNN
Singapore plans to start phased reopening on June 2
Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque set to reopen after Eid
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Update (1630ET): President Trump just said he’s considering a travel ban on Brazil, as the largest country in Latin American emerges as one of the largest – if not the largest – outbreak in the world (many suspect far more people have been infected with the virus than official numbers show).

Additionally, Roche just said its antibody test has now “gone live” at several US lab sites. States are using the tests to carry out ‘surveillance’ tests to see if people are carrying COVID-19 antibodies, a sign that they were exposed to the virus.

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Update (1558ET): DHHS Secretary Alex Azar warned Tuesday that colonoscopies and mammograms happening across the US are down by ~90%, while also warning that stay at home orders could cause “lasting mental damage.”

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Update (1300ET): New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced that car dealerships and bicycle shops could reopen effective immediately, before delivering the latest stats on the state’s outbreak.

Both the number of new cases (1,055) and deaths (162) showed that – as Gov Murphy put it – the infection “curve continues to move in the right direction.”

The number of patients in critical and intensive care fell below 1,000 in the state for the first time since March.

Jersey is among the four states in the country – NY, NJ, CT & MA – who have taken a notably slower approach to lifting restrictions.

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