Tag: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said. Ms. Guilfoyle traveled to South Dakota with Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., […]

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Trump’s Mount Rushmore Trip Highlights Disconnect With Virus’s Surge

WASHINGTON — Health officials across the country are urging Americans to scale back their Fourth of July plans as the coronavirus pandemic makes a frightening resurgence. Most politicians, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee, are forgoing the traditional holiday parades and flag-waving appearances. The vast majority of fireworks displays […]

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Virus Surges in Arizona but the Rodeo Goes on

PHOENIX — As infections surged through Arizona’s desert landscape this week, word spread that the Round Valley Rodeo, a century-old tradition luring calf ropers, youth riders and big crowds to the mountain town of Springerville, might be called off. The fate of the Fourth of July parade in the nearby hamlet of Eagar seemed in […]

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Virus Surges in Arizona but the Rodeo Goes on

PHOENIX — As infections surged through Arizona’s desert landscape this week, word spread that the Round Valley Rodeo, a century-old tradition luring calf ropers, youth riders and big crowds to the mountain town of Springerville, might be called off. The fate of the Fourth of July parade in the nearby hamlet of Eagar seemed in […]

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How Safe Are Outdoor Gatherings?

Is it still safe to socialize outside? As the coronavirus continues to rage throughout the country, public health officials are telling us to stay home this holiday weekend. Beaches in Texas, Florida and California are closed. And now some recent backyard gatherings are being blamed for new cases of Covid-19. The new restrictions and outbreaks […]

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European Workers Draw Paychecks. American Workers Scrounge for Food.

LONDON — In the southeast corner of Ireland, Brian Byrne’s event-planning business was confronting a calamity. It was the middle of March, and the coronavirus pandemic was nearing peak lethality. As the government barred gatherings like music festivals, his revenue disappeared, forcing him to consider laying off his four full-time workers. But a swiftly arranged […]

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Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Sharply, but Deaths Are Still Down

After a minor late-spring lull, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States is once again on the rise. States like Arizona, Florida and Texas are seeing some of their highest numbers to date, and as the nation hurtles further into summer, the surge shows few signs of stopping. And yet the virus […]

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George Floyd’s Killing Prompts Africans to Call for Police Reform at Home

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan and American protesters knelt outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi one morning last month, outraged at George Floyd’s killing and the racism and brutality they saw across the Atlantic. But they were also furious about police abuses at home, in Kenya. Protests sprang up all over town. In the large […]

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Immigration Officers Face Furloughs as Visa Applications Plunge

WASHINGTON — Three years of restrictive and sometimes draconian immigration policies have left families separated, applicants for visas stranded and would-be immigrants looking for alternative destinations. Now a new group is facing uncertainty, driven in part by the coronavirus pandemic and President Trump’s immigration policies: thousands of employees of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. […]

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How the Coronavirus Is Transforming July 4 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Fireworks have been lighting up night skies across America, despite normally being set off almost exclusively on July 4. Red, white, blue and bright, these low-impact pyrotechnics are to “America’s birthday” as quickly melting candles on a cake are to yours or mine. With coronavirus cases steadily climbing in states across the […]

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Critics Fear Amtrak Is Using Pandemic to Cut Service That Won’t Return

WASHINGTON — Amtrak has long wanted to cut back on long-distance train routes that span America’s heartland, but political pressure from Congress made it next to impossible. Then came the coronavirus. Since March, the pandemic has killed over 128,000 Americans and exacted a higher financial toll on the transportation industry than the attacks of Sept. […]

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Beaches Are Open in N.Y.C., but Virus Worries Linger

After more than a month of closed beaches — and pitched battles over access to the ocean — Rachel Thompson, a schoolteacher, finally frolicked in the surf at Rockaway Beach in Queens. “Yay!” she said. “It feels fantastic to have Rockaway open, to have lifeguards so kids can swim safe.” New York, transformed by the […]

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Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’: Inspired Vision or Wishful Thinking?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his pro-Brexit allies have long promised that once Britain broke free of the European Union, it could play a bold new role on the world stage — one they dubbed Global Britain. For a few days this week, it looked as if they were actually making good on […]

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For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season

OFF THE COAST OF MAINE — As he pulled alongside one of his lobster pots, marked by a red and yellow buoy on the Penobscot Bay, Mike Hutchings extracted and measured several of the crustaceans that would contribute to his 130-pound catch that day. It was a decent haul but his assessment of the fishing […]

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The Shaman of Instagram

Shaman Durek was singing in an ancient language into his computer screen. His voice was deep and soothing. “Breathe,” he said slowly, cupping his hands in front of his chest. He was wearing a Japanese kimono, detailed with Guatemalan embroidery. “Expand,” he commanded. Behind the shaman was what looked to be a temple, soft orange […]

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The Mystery of High Stock Prices

From the Department of Curiosities: On Tuesday, as the number of new coronavirus cases continued to spike to record levels, the stock market closed out its strongest quarter in more than two decades. That was just one stop for the equity markets on a spring roller coaster ride, three months that saw the fastest 30 […]

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The Coronavirus Could Destroy Mass Transit. Federal Aid Can Help.

As Congress plans another round of economic rescue, it will have to take a step that lawmakers from both parties have found distasteful for four decades: federal operating aid for mass transit. The pandemic is an existential crisis for transit. Patrick Foye, chairman of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation’s largest provider, said the […]

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Bettors Gamble With Their Money, and the Virus, As Atlantic City Reopens

ImageDancers festooned in sequined masks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., added a festive flair to Thursday’s reopening.Credit…Michelle Gustafson for The New York Times ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Terril Tate left his house an hour before dawn on Thursday to be one of the first players at a craps […]

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A Problem for College in the Fall: Reluctant Professors

College students across the country have been warned that campus life will look drastically different in the fall, with temperature checks at academic buildings, masks in half-empty lecture halls and maybe no football games. What they might not expect: a lack of professors in the classroom. Thousands of instructors at American colleges and universities have […]

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Pence Postponed Arizona Trip After Secret Service Agents Showed Signs of Virus

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence postponed a planned trip this week to Arizona after Secret Service agents set to travel with him tested positive for the coronavirus or showed symptoms, two administration officials said on Thursday. Mr. Pence had been scheduled to visit Arizona on Tuesday, but multiple factors related to the spread of […]

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Pence Postponed Arizona Trip After Secret Service Agents Showed Signs of Virus

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence postponed a planned trip this week to Arizona after Secret Service agents set to travel with him tested positive for the coronavirus or showed symptoms, two administration officials said on Thursday. Mr. Pence had been scheduled to visit Arizona on Tuesday, but multiple factors related to the spread of […]

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Splitting 5-4, Supreme Court Grants Alabama’s Request to Restore Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON — By a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a trial judge’s order that would have made it easier for voters in three Alabama counties to use absentee ballots in this month’s primary runoff election. The court’s brief, unsigned order gave no reasons, which is typical when it rules on emergency applications, […]

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Seriously, Just Wear Your Mask

Wear a mask. Seriously, just wear one. Almost any mask will do, really. N95, surgical, spandex, homespun cotton. For people who aren’t front-line health care workers, what matters is whatever you can get your hands on that fits over your nose and mouth. As the nation plunges for a second time into the depths of […]

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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Judging when to tighten, or loosen, the local economy has become the world’s most consequential guessing game, and each policymaker has his or her own instincts and benchmarks. The point when hospitals reach 70 percent capacity is a red flag, for instance; so are upticks in coronavirus case counts and deaths. But as the governors […]

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