Sunday, April 5, 2020

US Enters Most Critical Week as COVID-19 Peaks; Surgeon Gen.: It's Worse Than Pearl Harbor, 9/11

The U.S. has entered its most critical week in the coronavirus crisis with the death toll exploding in New York, Michigan, and Louisiana and some governors calling for a national order to stay at home, the Reuters website reports today (April 5, 2020).

New York -- the hardest-hit state -- reported today that there were nearly 600 new deaths for a total of 4,159 deaths and 122,000 total cases.

Bodies of hundreds of victims of COVID-19 were stacked in bags inside a makeshift morgue outside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said today that hard times were ahead but "there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days." He added, "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized. It's going to be happening all over the country."

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Exclusive: COVID-19 May Cause Food Shortages; Begins to Put Strain on Food Growers, Deliverers

The U.S. could begin to see food shortages if the people working on the supply chain lack personal protective equipment (PPE) -- including face masks and gloves --  the Yahoo News website reports exclusively today (April 4, 2020).

Empty supermarket shelves have become one of the most jarring images of the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened 270,000 Americans and killed 7,000. Supermarkets would be wise to limit customers to a maximum of two items of each product in their stores, in order to prevent hoarding and unnecessary over-buying.

An internal Trump administration document, dated April 2, 2020 and obtained by Yahoo News, warns that the task force had completed an analysis and there could be "commodity impacts if current PPE inventory is exhausted."

Although there is no sign of a food shortage across the nation at this time, the coronavirus pandemic is putting a strain on every aspect of the food supply chain, from the people who raise and grow what we eat to the people who deliver it to our supermarkets.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Americans See COVID-19 as Message from God; Poll:A 3rd See It as Last Days Indicated in Bible

A new survey shows that nearly half of American adults believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a "wake-up call" from God, the WND website reports today (April 3, 2020).

More than 186,000 people have been infected by the virus in the U.S. and more than 3,000 have died. The shutdown of the economy in response has cost millions of people their jobs and threatened many businesses.

The survey commissioned by the Joshua Fund found 44 percent believe the crisis is a "wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God" and also "signs of coming judgment."

It found nearly a third see the current crisis as the part of the "last days" predicted in the Bible, and there is a feeling in the country "that Americans need to embrace faith and return to religion."

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Global Deaths from COVID-19 Now Over 50,000; Number of Coronavirus Cases Is Almost 1 Million

Global deaths from COVID-19 passed the 50,000 mark today (April 2, 2020), after Italy announced 760 new fatalities in 24 hours, according to the Euro News website.

The number of coronavirus cases stands 75,000 shy of a million. More than 200,000 have recovered from the disease.

There is a glimmer of hope in Italy that containment measures are paying off. The number of daily new infections now stands at 4,668, down from 6,153 a week ago.

More than 10,000 medical personnel have been infected in Italy and 69 doctors have died, according to the National Institutes of Health and the Italian Association of Doctors.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Trump Gets Plane of Med. Supplies from Russia; Critics: Trump Fell into a Russian Publicity Ploy

Russia claimed today (April 1, 2020) that it sent a plane full of medical supplies to the U.S. -- two days after a secret phone call between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, according to the Daily Beast website.

Footage from the plane  broadcast by Russian state media showed stacks of cardboard boxes in the cargo hold, but it was not known exactly what these hundreds of boxes contained.

Critics have said that, in accepting help from Russia, the White House is falling for a Kremlin public relations ploy.

Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told reporters that Trump "gratefully accepted" the aid during a phone call between the two on March 30.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Easter, Passover, Ramadan Services Being Eased; Rel. Leaders Bend Rules to Cut COVID-19 Deaths

Churches, synagogues, and mosques are closing to contain the coronavirus global pandemic, as religious leaders are bending holy rules while families create new rituals that respect social distancing, the Yahoo News website reports today (March 31, 2020).

Public celebrations for Holy Week festivities -- including Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday -- will pivot to livestream.

And considering the rapidly evolving situation of the pandemic, a Vatican decree called "In time of COVID-19" outlines resources to amend April holidays, including Easter.

Some churches are holding "drive-thru" services and the Catholic Church is permitting the consumption of meat on Fridays during Lent, except on Good Friday.

Tampa, Fla. Pastor Arrested for Holding Services; Broke Stay-at-Home Law to Cut COVID-19 Spread

Law enforcement officials arrested the pastor of a Tampa, Florida megachurch yesterday for violating a safer-at-home order that was in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the CBN website reports today (March 31, 2020).

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself into authorities yesterday afternoon in Hernando County, where he lives.

He was charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order. Bail was set at $500. He was released after posting bond.

Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said, "His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger."