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Russia med workers 16x more likely to die than in other countries

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New analysis by Russian outlet Mediazona found that healthcare workers in the country make up 7% of COVID-19 fatalities, equal to one in every 15 deaths from the virus.
In Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus, the percentage of healthcare workers dying from COVID-19 is about 1.59%.

The study gave two possible reasons for medical workers' high death rate: Either mortality statistics are being underestimated or the risk is unusually high because of insufficient personal protective equipment.

The report was posted on May 19 by Mediazona, an online news outlet that covers human rights, legal news, and prison affairs in Russia.

It found the medical profession's share of total deaths from COVID-19 was nearly 7%, or about one in every 15 fatalities. This was 16 times worse than a half-dozen countries with comparable numbers of COVID-19 cases, according to Mediazona.

Two-thirds of the deaths were in Moscow and the surrounding areas, St. Petersburg, and Dagestan. "About half of the dead are junior and paramedical personnel. Most often in Russia, COVID-19 nurses die," Mediazona reported.

The country has been suspected of underreporting its COVID-19 cases by the international community.
According to Jamaludin Hajiyibragimov, the health minister of Dagestan, coronavirus deaths there are more than 20 times the official count.(60,000 deaths)
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Trump’s struggles to stand during Memorial Day visit; Shaking, swaying uncontrollably

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Oh sway can you see.

President Trump’s struggles to stand still during a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery lit up social media Monday, prompting users to recall past incidents in which the commander in chief, who turns 74 next month, battled to find a balance.

“Is the President having trouble standing up straight as the National Anthem begins at Arlington Cemetary (sic) or am I seeing things?” Joshua Potash from Queens asked on Twitter.

The Trump critic posted that video, along with another clearly showing the president swaying in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Potash wasn’t alone in finding the somber moment moving in a different way.

“I think it’s the bone spurs,” joked tweeter Kimberley Cooke, referring to one of the five draft deferments that got the president out of serving in the military during the Vietnam War.

Some critics wondered about the president’s physical and mental well-being after seeing the bizarre video. Others suggested he may be wearing uncomfortable shoes.

It was also pointed out that the president could be tired from the weekend he spent on the golf course after several months away from the links on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals.

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A former White House aide won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, secured the deal with the Indian Health Service with limited competitive bidding and no prior federal contracting experience.
The IHS told ProPublica it has found that 247,000 of the masks delivered by Fuentes’ company — at a cost of roughly $800,000 — may be unsuitable for medical use. An additional 130,400, worth about $422,000, are not the type specified in the procurement data, the agency said.

What’s more, the masks Fuentes agreed to provide — Chinese-made KN95s — have come under intense scrutiny from U.S. regulators amid concerns that they offered inadequate protection.

“The IHS Navajo Area Office will determine if these masks will be returned,” the agency said in a statement. The agency said it is verifying Fuentes’ company’s April 8 statement to IHS that all the masks were certified by the Food and Drug Administration, and an FDA spokesperson said the agency cannot verify if the products were certified without the name of the manufacturer.
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No coronavirus catastrophes following reopenings of Georgia, Florida and Texas

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Three large Southern states that moved aggressively to reopen amid the coronavirus crisis have seen new cases and deaths largely hold steady since then
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Karens try to shame people having fun

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>Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ocean City, Maryland has lifted its beach and boardwalk restrictions on May 9 and expired its lodging curtailment on May 14. On May 15, the state of Maryland officially switched from a stay-at-home order to a safe-at-home order, which meant the popular eastern coastal town would be able to partially be open for business for Memorial Day Weekend.

>While Maryland continues to limit gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, based on the photos and videos shared on social from the Ocean City boardwalk this weekend, this preventative guideline was disregarded by beachgoers. With the sun out and weather in the high 60s, huge crowds descended upon Ocean City for the holiday weekend.
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Rep McCarthy no fisa reauthorization without reform

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The pandemic is a reminder that many regulations are both costly and unnecessary

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The Pandemic Is a Reminder That Many Regulations Are Both Costly and Unnecessary – -

Pompeo says Hong Kong no longer warrants special U.S. treatment

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WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday China had undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy so fundamentally that the territory no longer warranted special treatment under U.S. law, a potentially big blow to its status as a major financial hub.

Pompeo’s certification to the U.S. Congress follows China’s announcement of a plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, which has triggered fresh unrest in the territory, with police firing tear gas and water cannon.

It now falls to President Donald Trump to decide to end some, all, or none of the U.S. economic privileges which the territory enjoys.

Pompeo made no recommendations in his statement. But people familiar with the matter said the Trump administration was considering suspending Hong Kong’s preferential tariff rates for exports to the United States as part of its response to China’s plan.

Trump could also opt for targeted sanctions against Chinese officials, government entities and businesses involved in enforcing the new legislation, according one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump, already at odds with Beijing over trade and China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, had said on Tuesday Washington was working on a strong response that would be announced before the end of the week.

He offered a muted response to democracy protests in Hong Kong last year while prioritizing a trade deal with China he saw as important for his November re-election bid. But ties with Beijing have since soured considerably and bipartisan pressure has mounted for decisive action.

Pompeo said China’s plan to impose the new legislation was “only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms.