By New York Intelligencer. In his address to the nation on Wednesday, President Trump announced that in an effort to stop new coronavirus cases from entering the United States all travel from Europe to the United States would be suspended for 30 days, beginning Friday at midnight. The president added that the restrictions would not affect travel from the United Kingdom.
“These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but to various other things as we get approval,” Trump said. “Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing.” Except that was not what the administration was discussing: White House officials later had to clarify that Trump bungled the speech, which Trump read from a teleprompter, and that only travelers, not cargo, would be suspended.
Pres. Trump announces suspension of "all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight.
— The View (@TheView) March 12, 2020
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Mega Actor Tom Hanks and Wife Say They’ve Tested ‘Positive’ for Coronavirus
By Daily Caller. Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced Wednesday that they both have tested “positive” for the coronavirus while in Australia for pre-production on an Elvis Presley film.
“Hello, folks,” the 63-year-old actor tweeted in a lengthy message to his millions of followers about coronavirus. The post was noted by Deadline magazine. “Rita [Wilson] and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches.”
“Rita had some chills that came and went,” he added. “Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 12, 2020
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Coronavirus: Worldwide Peak Will Come Next Winter, Scientific Model Predicts
By Sky News. Scientists are warning that even if coronavirus transmissions dip as we head into the spring and summer, such a reduction shouldn’t be mistaken for an end to the outbreak.
Instead a reduction of cases during the summer should be seen as a precious opportunity to prepare for next winter, when a new model suggests the virus could infect 100 times more people.
In a paper currently undergoing peer-review, research scientists from universities in Basel and Stockholm have modelled the effects of seasonal variation on COVID-19 – the prevalent strain of coronavirus – transmission rates.
Their model suggests we are currently experiencing a “small peak in early 2020 in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere” which will be followed by “a larger peak in winter 2020-21”.
Based on other coronaviruses, the researchers believe the transmission rate will indeed drop as we head into spring and summer but then rise again, infecting as many as a 100 million people in total. (Read more from “Coronavirus: Worldwide Peak Will Come Next Winter, Scientific Model Predicts” HERE)