Being in the public limelight, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, can be detrimental to one’s health.
No one knows this as well as Dr Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases expert, after receiving less-than-savory messages from critics.
The good doctor made it into the limelight by appearing with President Trump during the Coronavirus briefings. He has since become a permanent face of hope for a country faced with a ruthless enemy.
According to multiple sources, Dr Fauci’s security detail has been expanded.
The doctor has never shied away from gently correcting President’s Trump in public. Though Fauci has received acknowledgement by an array of fans, including pro basketball stars and talk show hosts, there has been a barrage of criticism from critics too.
During the Wednesday Coronavirus briefing at the White House, Fauci refused to say whether the added security claims were valid and deferred the question to the Inspector General of the Health Department.
Interestingly, Trump interrupted, stating that the doctor didn’t need any security because everyone loves him. If anyone attacked Fauci, ‘they’d be in big trouble’ Trump added, maybe referring to Fauci’s lesser known high school basketball career. Apparently Fauci’s team made some serious impressions.
Rise in Gun Sales Alarm the FBI
With the Coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of abating, it seems that people are preparing for the future by arming themselves to the teeth.
With the death toll and infection rates rising unabated and no vaccine yet in sight, the future is bleak and people are growing more paranoid every day.
According to the FBI, who have been monitoring background checks, there have been a whopping 3.7 million requests in March alone – that’s a 41% increase!
US Law requires firearms dealers to run background checks on every potential buyer, whether at a shop or gun show.
The state with the highest number of firearm background checks in March was Illinois with over 500,000 checks, followed by the states of Texas, Kentucky, Florida, and California.
Historically, gun sales have always increased after any national tragedy, so this isn’t too shocking. The rise is attributed to the urge to feel safe.
Philippine President Gives Shoot-to-Kill Order
The Philippine President would rather kill his subjects than have them cause any additional trouble in this coronavirus era!
Addressing the nation on Wednesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte said, ‘I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and military, also the Barangay, that if there is trouble or the situation arises that people fight and your lives are on the line, shoot them dead. Do you understand? Dead! Instead of causing trouble, I’ll send you to the grave.’
Duterte’s violent threats came after 21 protesters were arrested in Metro Manila’s Quezon City while demanding for support from the government.
Many of the 48 million people in the Philippines live an impoverished life and they rely on daily work for survival.
Although the government promised help for around 18 million low-income families, things haven’t been forthcoming due to administrative barriers.
Duterte admonished the nation saying that, ‘Even if it’s delayed, it will arrive and you will not go hungry. You will not die of hunger.’
The coronavirus pandemic has global financial markets in a permanent state of uncertainty. One minute it’s showing signs of recovery; the next, sending market analysts into a somber mood.
To be fair, President Trump’s warning of darker days ahead is not helping the situation either.
Thanks to central banks and governments’ massive financial stimulus efforts , the markets have recovered some ground.
Still, the gloomy reality of the harm that the COVID-19 is wreaking on world economies is constantly on the minds of investors.
In the US, despite people converting their money into the greenback, the dollar held gains over the other currencies. Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans now see cash as the safer haven for their money.
In Japan, the Nikkei fell 0.4%, while the Australian ASX200 benchmark index was off around 2% as some regions consider another three months of lockdown. Some good news though – shares in Korea, Hong Kong, and China went up.
We end by a comment by Chris Rupkey, the Chief Financial Economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York: ‘If America’s optimistic president is warning the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, what factory in their right mind would keep the doors open and workers on the payroll?’
Trump: The US Will Help COVID-19 Stricken Cruise Ships Approaching Florida
Before the Coronavirus pandemic is over, the world will see the other (softer) side of President Donald Trump more than during his entire time in office.
Regarding the case of two cruise liners stranded on the seas with COVID-19 cases, the president showed his compassionate and empathetic nature by saying that the ships will be assisted.
The president made it clear that the US ‘has to help’ the ships off the coast of Florida which have been stricken with the coronavirus. His statement comes amid warnings of additional onboard passenger fatalities if the ships aren’t assisted.
Four people have already died aboard the Zaandam and dozens of other passengers exhibit flu-like symptoms. The liner has been stranded at sea for the second week now and has Australians, Canadians and Britons among the passengers.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has decided to provide National Guard assistance after a discussion with President Trump.