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New Mexico extends lockdown for town that’s a US hot spot

New Mexico extends lockdown for town that’s a US hot spot

Health
A small New Mexico city where rural residents from the largest American Indian reservation come to stock up on supplies is one of the nation’s worst coronavirus hot spotsBy MORGAN LEE Associated PressMay 7, 2020, 10:06 PM4 min read4 min readGALLUP, N.M. -- Traffic was almost nonexistent in this small New Mexico city, and just a handful of people waited their turn to get into grocery stores and other essential businesses. This place where rural residents from the largest American Indian reservation come to stock up on supplies is one of the nation's worst coronavirus hot spots, and the governor extended a lockdown Thursday to try to stem the spread. The emergency declaration for Gallup, a gateway to the Navajo Nation, runs through noon Sunday. Patients have filled intensive care beds as CO
DoD extends travel restrictions for troops, families through June 30

DoD extends travel restrictions for troops, families through June 30

Business
April 18 (UPI) -- Travel restrictions affecting military personnel will be extended to June 30, the Defense Department announced Saturday. Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Mark Milley made the decision "after careful consideration and assessment." "We understand the impact this has on our service members and their families. However, this is a necessary measure to keep our people safe and our military ready," Donovan told reporters. In mid-March Esper ordered restrictions on domestic and international travel for troops and their families which were to last 60 days -- meaning they were set to expire May 11. Esper hinted earlier this week that restrictions could be extended but did n...
Coronavirus: Trump extends US guidelines beyond Easter

Coronavirus: Trump extends US guidelines beyond Easter

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has said federal coronavirus guidelines such as social distancing will be extended across the US until at least 30 April.He had previously suggested that they could be relaxed as early as Easter, which falls in mid-April."The highest point of the death rate is likely to hit in two weeks," Mr Trump said. He appeared to be referring to peak infection rates that experts fear could overwhelm hospitals.White House medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci had earlier warned that the virus could kill up to 200,000 Americans.Dr Fauci said that it was "entirely conceivable" that millions of Americans could eventually be infected. The US now has more than 140,000 confirmed cases.As of Sunday ev...
China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

Health
BEIJING -- China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80. Hong Kong announced it would bar entry to visitors from the province at the center of the outbreak following a warning the virus’s ability to spread was growing. Travel agencies were ordered to cancel group tours nationwide, adding to the rising economic cost. Increasingly drastic anti-disease efforts began with the Jan. 22 suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China where the virus was first detected last month. That lockdown has expanded to a total of 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-contr
Australian fires: Victoria extends state of disaster ahead of worsening weather conditions

Australian fires: Victoria extends state of disaster ahead of worsening weather conditions

World
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Premier Daniel Andrews extended Victoria's first-ever state of disaster on Thursday as worsening weather conditions are forecast to further inflame ongoing bushfires that have ravaged southeastern Australia for months. "We don't lightly extend the state of disaster. We've done it because we believe that it will save lives and that, after all, is the most important thing," Andrews said during a press conference. At least 25 people have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed and some 10 million hectares of land have been scorched this fire season throughout southeastern Australia, and officials in three states on Thursday are bracing for increasing temperatures and strong winds that will continue into the weekend after a short respite of milder weather. "While there's...