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US designates Russian white supremacist group as terrorists for the first time
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US designates Russian white supremacist group as terrorists for the first time

The United States designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), a Russian nationalist group, as a foreign terrorist organization. The announcement came from the White House on April 6, wherein the US Counter-Terrorism said that this is the first time the country has ever designated supremacist terrorists. Blacklisting the Russian Imperial Movement, Nathan Sales, coordinator for the state department counter-terrorism, also maintained that the Trump administration takes such threats very seriously. In his statement on the matter, Sales said that the group has “innocent blood on its hands”.

Along with the group, the United States has also labelled three of its top leaders (Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev, and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov) as specially designated global terrorists which will ensure that they separate sanctions.

As per the provision of the terror designation, the members of the group will not be allowed to enter the United States and all their assets in the country will be frozen. Furthermore, the Trump administration will be authorized to block the Americans from involving in any financial transactions with the members of the group.

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Reportedly, the Russian Imperial Movement is an ultra-nationalist paramilitary group based in St Petersburg. The group is believed to have neo-Nazi militants training camps in Western Europe and has aided election interference in the US. The group has alleged involvement in the neo-Nazi string of bombing in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in 2016 and 2017 which targeted the immigrants in the European country. The bombings were carried out by two attackers who received training from RIM. They were later arrested, tried and convicted by the Swedish authorities.

The decision to designate the group as a terrorist organization came by the White House owing to the executive order signed by Donald Trump in 2019 which gave the right to sanction foreign organizations based on their participation in terror activities. The US President has been facing criticism over his failure to take action against the violence propagated by the white supremacy groups in the US. He has also been called out by many for extending support to European nationalist politicians.
In 2019, the US President designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.

USA: Trump’s administration under close surveillance.
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USA: Trump’s administration under close surveillance.

After President Donald Trump fires the US intelligence inspector general late on Friday night. The top US federal regulatory body vowed to continue to pursue “strict” independent oversight of government agencies.

“Michael Atkinson, who was fired by Trump, was known for his “integrity, professionalism, and adherence to the law and independent oversight.” Michael Horowitz, Justice Department’s General Inspector, said in a statement.

In a letter to Congress on Thursday, Trump said he would fire the US intelligence chief, who had a role in conducting the president’s accountability investigation last year within 30 days.

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The dismissal came at a time when the general inspectors responsible for independent federal bodies’ oversight were recently tasked with extensive oversight of the Corona pandemic plan, including spending the historic financial budget of 2.3 trillion dollars to reduce the epidemic’s economic impact.

“The general inspectors will continue to carry out strict independent oversight of the bodies we monitor,” Horowitz said in a statement, Atkinson said that the report which disclosed the secrets in achieving Trump’s accountability was credible concerning Trump’s misuse of his position in an attempt to seek Ukraine’s interference in the2020’s US elections for his personal benefit.

The Democrat-led Representatives’ House voted after controversial party hearings, to approve Trump’s accountability as a prelude to his removal, but the Republican-led Senate cleared these charges in early February.

“We will ask the President to authorize four coronavirus emergency hospitals,” says New York Gov. Cuomo
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“We will ask the President to authorize four coronavirus emergency hospitals,” says New York Gov. Cuomo

On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that he would ask the president to permit the construction of four more hospitals as the state battles a rising number of coronavirus cases.

“We’re going to seek to construct four more temporary hospitals, which would provide us extra 4,000 beds,” he explained.

The call from New York’s governor came as the city has reported around 44,635 affirmed cases and 519 deaths from covid-19, according to reports. He said that right now, the state has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 ICU beds. At this testing time, New York would require an estimated 140,000 beds and 40,000 ICU beds.

Cuomo stated in a public interview from the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan that one of four temporary hospitals that he has already ordered and the others will be built in Westchester, Stony Brook, and Old Westbury on Long Island. We are still short of beds, so we are moving on plan B.

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Plan B means having a temporary hospital in each borough of New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. According to Cuomo, the sites have been selected, Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the New York Expo Center in the Bronx, and the City University of New York-College of Staten Island.

Cuomo rehashed earlier projections that virus spread in the NY could reach its peak in around 21 days.

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‘I’d love to have it open by Easter’: Trump says he wants to restart economy by mid-April
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‘I’d love to have it open by Easter’: Trump says he wants to restart economy by mid-April

Despite health experts’ warnings, the president has signaled an eagerness to end the strict preventative measures his administration imposed last week.

Top Trump administration officials on Tuesday signaled that they were already laying the groundwork to restart the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic — a tremendous task that President Donald Trump revealed he would like to accomplish by mid-April.

“I’d love to have it open by Easter, OK? I would love to have it open by Easter. I will tell you that right now,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden, where he and members of the administration’s coronavirus task force participated in a virtual town hall.

“It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this, too,” he added. “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Trump’s remarks came just hours after Vice President Mike Pence told conservative leaders on a private call that White House aides were discussing ways to encourage businesses to reopen and healthy Americans to return to work at the end of the current 15-day period of recommended social distancing, during which administration officials have asked Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and stay home as much as possible.

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The shifting message could set Trump on a collision course with health officials inside his administration, who have warned that resuming business as usual could worsen conditions by accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. Those experts are still searching for answers regarding the severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, as well as whether patients who recover from it become immune.

Senior administration officials, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, have shared concerns about the urgency of reopening the economy after hearing from a number of industry executives in recent days, while officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and some Republican lawmakers have advised the president to keep his focus on containing the threat — a mission that becomes more difficult if Americans return to work, they say.

Pence said on Tuesday that the president had no plans to overrule social-distancing guidance that state and local officials have issued to their residents, but that he was interested in softening federal guidelines in order to recharge the economy, according to five participants on the call.

“The vice president was clear in this call they’re not going to undermine governors and the decisions they are making, but he said the president wants to get the country back to work,” said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and one of more than two dozen conservative leaders who spoke with Pence on Tuesday morning.

Trump’s eagerness to bring an end to strict preventative measures he imposed last Monday bubbled up over the weekend as he consulted with outside allies and top economic aides, many of whom warned him that the unemployment rate could reach 30 percent in the second quarter of 2020 if businesses remain shuttered.

CDC guidelines and more severe directives from state and local authorities have already thrust the U.S. economy into a severe recession as Americans remain largely confined to their homes and large corporations and small businesses shed employees.

Governor Cuomo urged the President, ‘NY needs 30,000 ventilators’ as the virus is spreading rapidly
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Governor Cuomo urged the President, ‘NY needs 30,000 ventilators’ as the virus is spreading rapidly

On Tuesday, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked President Trump for more ventilators, alerting that coronavirus could hit the state and reach its peak in 14 days.

Cuomo said at a press conference on Tuesday, “There is no other path for us to get these ventilators,” “We’ve have tried everything. The only way that we can get theses ventilators is by the federal government. That is all.”

The state needs around 30,000 of the ventilators to take care of the influx of coronavirus patients, which is expected to reach its peak in New York in about fourteen days. Up until this point, the state has 7,000; however, it has recently received 400 from the government, Cuomo expressed.

The infection is spreading rapidly in New York, with the case tally multiplying at a fast pace. There are 25,000 cases in New York. Cuomo said that he needs more ventilators quickly as it prepares for the worst-case scenario. Sooner than initial projections had assessed, he included.

Many other governors have likewise begged Trump for more ventilators from the national reserve of clinical supplies. There are around 12,700 ventilators in reserve. However, Cuomo stated concerns that the administration has just sent 400 to New York.

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Cuomo stated angrily at a press meet on Tuesday, “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die since you just sent 400 ventilators.” “What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I require 30,000?”.

In a Tuesday meeting on Fox News, Mike Pence said that the national government is planning to send 4,000 to New York in the following two days.

There is a short supply of ventilators in the U.S. and all around the globe as the coronavirus pandemic increases. Since the coronavirus attacks the lungs, the machines are vital to helping critical patients fight the disease.

The Governor said in a press meet that the new projection recommends that we need around one hundred and forty thousand beds in hospitals. We haven’t flattened the curve; it’s increasing.”

Trump wants to remove the restrictions on economy and communications by April 12
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Trump wants to remove the restrictions on economy and communications by April 12

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would like to remove restrictions on United States communications with the outside world imposed to combat the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 by April 12.

“I would like the country to be open and” torn into battle by Easter”, he said.

Earlier, Trump announced that the United States and Canada agreed to temporarily close the border between the two states. In addition, the United States closed the border with Mexico. Also, travel from Europe to the country is prohibited from March 13 for a period of 30 days due to the spread of coronavirus. Restrictions apply to other countries.

Americans should get back to work despite coronavirus – Trump

In addition, in an interview, the American president expressed the opinion that citizens should return to work, despite the coronavirus.

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“Thousands of people die because of the flu. And we never“ cut off ”the country because of this. We lose even more people in accidents. And we don’t ask automakers to stop making cars,” he said.

Trump emphasized that people are dying of the flu, but even more people can be lost if “the country finds itself in a vast recession or depression.”

According to Trump, the US “was not created to remain without work.” “People don’t want to be locked in a house or apartment,” he said.

“You know, you can destroy a country in this way by stopping work in it. We had the best economic indicators in the history of the country three weeks ago, and then all of a sudden we had to stop,” the president added.

As of March 24, over 49.5 thousand infections were diagnosed in the USA, 622 people died with coronavirus. Meanwhile, 361 patients recovered.

Trump affirms that the First Lady Melania Trump is tested negative for Covid-19
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Trump affirms that the First Lady Melania Trump is tested negative for Covid-19

On Monday, Trump said to the reporters in a White House press meeting when addressed concerning the principal woman; he affirmed, “she’s fine.” Melania Trump was tested for the novel coronavirus, and the reports came out negative.

President Trump was also tested negative seven days back after he interacted with two people at his Mar-a-Lago beach club resort in Florida. The president insisted that he got tested due to questions by media about his contact with the individuals who were tested positive.

Among the many people who were tested recently in the White House, Vice President Mike Pence, and the second lady Karen Pence both reports came negative for the coronavirus.

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The president’s daughter and a White House senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, too, was tested negative to the infection a week ago. She had met with an Australian official at the beginning of March, who was tested positive for COVID-19. For a prudent step, she worked from home for seven days and later resumed office.

In the Congress, two confirmed cases in the House and one in the Senate were reported; lately, Sen. Rand Paul’s covid-19 test report came out positive on Sunday. Many Congress members have self-quarantined themselves in the wake of interacting with the official who was tested positive.

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Self-swab corona testing to reach American households soon
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Self-swab corona testing to reach American households soon

On Monday evening, the White House coordinator for coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, told reporters that self-swabbing for corona testing would be available for US citizens by this week.

At the news briefing, making the major announcement over self testing, Dr. Birx said that the new ‘self-swab’ technique would make it much easier for people to collect their own samples to test for the coronavirus. She added that it would speed up the virus detection process in a possibly safer manner. The slow tracing process has posed a major challenge in winning this battle against the new virus.

Besides, self-testing takes the burden off public health institutions and officials as they face dearth of both testing kits and manpower to identify and stamp out outbreaks quickly. The collection of samples also puts the medical personal at risk and with shortage of the protective gear to shield the medical staff against the virus, this comes up as a ‘breakthrough’ solution.

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Kelly Wroblewski of the Association of Public Health Laboratories told NPR over an email, “They would be nasal swab, which are different than nasopharyngeal swabs,” That would also help “somewhat with the swab shortage.” She added, “It also keeps people at home instead of going out to get a test with mild symptoms and potentially infecting people.”
But she noted that “it doesn’t help and could exacerbate other supply chain issues, if there are many more specimens coming in for testing.”

To conduct the self-swab testing, individuals still need to follow the FDA guidelines i.e. they would have to deposit their samples to the government authorised clinical or drive-through testing sites, and would have to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s screening requirements in order to obtain the test results in the first place.

New York state coronavirus infected cases rise to 15,168, today’s analysis says
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New York state coronavirus infected cases rise to 15,168, today’s analysis says

Coronavirus outbreak is the most awful in New York state across the United States. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo requested Trump to nationalize the efforts to obtain clinical supplies as state leaders are been compelled to contend with each other for basic medical gear. There is a major need to address the lack protective masks and respirators as an estimated 40% to 80% of residents could get infected over the period of time, he added, CNBC reported.

As indicated by the new data published by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Sunday, New York state presently has more coronavirus cases than South Korea or France as the quantity of affirmed cases rose to 15,168.

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“New York is testing maximum people in comparison to other state in the nation and, per capita, more than any nation in the globe,” Cuomo expressed. New York has tested 61,000 individuals, and 4,800 new cases yesterday, Cuomo included, CNBC published.

He also requested the federal government to help assembled transitory hospitals to nationalize purchasing of medical supplies in order to give good care to patients suffering with COVID-19.

He said that the Army Corps of Engineers will construct makeshift hospitals in Stony Brook, Westbury, Westchester and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, which will contain 4 federal hospitals with 250 beds respectively.

According to CNBC news, Cuomo said, “This will be an impossible situation to handle, if we don’t obtain the required equippments, we could lose lives that we could some way or another save, if we get the medical gear.”

President Trump stated on Sunday that the administration has initiated US National Guard units for three of the states New York, California and Washington state which are hardest hit by the novel COVID-19, CNN reported.

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An anti-malaria drug used to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19), the testimony of the healed
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An anti-malaria drug used to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19), the testimony of the healed

“It has been around for a long time – said the US president – so we know that if things do not go as planned it will not kill anyone”. Trump added that it is a common drug and that it will soon be available on “prescription”, calling it a “turning point”. He also announced the reduction of “bureaucracy to develop vaccines and therapies as quickly as possible”. Rio Giardinieri, a Florida man 52 years old resulted positive to COVID-19 tests, confirms today he was saved from certain death by the anti-malarial drug touted as a possible treatment by President Trump. After attended a conference in New York, where he was probably infected, he said had started showing typical symptoms of the new coronavirus, such as back pain, headaches, cough and fatigue for five days. When the doctors at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida get the positive result to COVID-19 test, with a severe form of pneumonia, have put him on oxygen in the ICU.

After more than a week, doctors told him there was nothing more they could do and, on Friday evening, Giardinieri said goodbye to his wife and three children. The Florida man told to local media he was at the point where he was “barely able to speak and breathing was very challenging,” adding that he thought that his end was there”. But the situation completely changed when a friend sent him an article about hydroxychloroquine, the prescription drug that’s been used to treat malaria for decades and auto-immune diseases like lupus. Although doctors had doubts about the effectiveness of the treatment, given his so critical condition and the few possibilities to survive, they decided to give him Benadryl and some other drugs. “When I woke up around 4:45 a.m., it was like nothing ever happened”. Giardinieri claims, adding that fever and pain were disappeared and that he was able to breathe normally again.

The Florida man, so far, would not be the only case. Also, the Actor Daniel Dae Kim affirms that a medication commonly used to treat malaria was “crucial” in his recovery from coronavirus. Kim, 51 years-old, described the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as the “secret weapon” in his hospitalization in a new video on Instagram. The “Lost” actor stressed that he’s not a doctor or lawyer, and that his comments should not be taken as though he’s a medical professional, but he wanted to share his own personal experience with his fans and followers. Also, in his case, the Hydroxychloroquine was one of several medications, included Tamiflu and the antibiotic widely known as Zpack, in addition to using an inhaler to help with breathing and inflammation, that made up a “drug cocktail” of treatment to win against the new COVID-19. If those stories confirm what Trump said about malaria medication that could be a “game changer” in the fight against coronavirus, Dr. Antony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert in the USA, said a definitive statement cannot be made about it in terms of treating COVID-19.

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