The white house has ramped up COVID-19 testing for people around President Donald Trump. This comes after a staffer who might have interacted daily with Trump tested positive.
The personal valet, who is a member of the US Navy, started showing symptoms on Wednesday.
According to Hogan Gidley, the deputy White House press secretary, ‘The President and the Vice President have since tested negative, and they remain in perfect health.’
This development is cause for alarm, keeping in mind that this is the second person to test positive while working in the White House. If you recall, a staffer close to Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for the coronavirus back in March.
From this incident, do you think that safety protocols around the White House should be reviewed?
WHO: COVID-19 Could Fester in Africa for Several Years
The warning that COVID-19 could ‘fester’ in Africa for some years is bad news to a continent that has so far escaped the worst of the pandemic.
According to the World Health Organization, Africa should expect 190,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the next year.
With more than 51,000 confirmed infections and slightly over 2,000 mortalities, Africa hasn’t been hit as hard as the other continents. But after a recent study by the WHO, the continent could experience between 29 million and 44 million infections in 12 months. In case containment measures don’t work.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, director of WHO for Africa, stated that although the virus wouldn’t spread as fast in Africa as in other areas, it would probably ‘smolder’ in transmission hotspots.
With only nine ICU unit beds per one million people, do you think Africa has what it takes to deal with a pandemic of that magnitude? If not, what could be done to help them?
Indian Train Kills 14 Migrant Workers Who Fell Asleep on the Rails
It seems India is in the news for all the saddest reasons recently.
Just days after a gas leak at an LG plant in India killed at least 11 people, there’s been another horrific tragedy.
Fourteen migrant workers who fell asleep on the rail tracks were killed by a train on Friday and five others were injured.
Ironically, they were on their way home after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Public transport was suspended after the lockdown forcing migrant workers to walk home long distances.
According to the
police, the laborers worked at a steel plant and they were on their way to the neighboring
state of Madhya Pradesh.
‘They had been walking all night; they were exhausted and fell asleep on the tracks. Because of the lockdown, they were probably not expecting any trains to be moving,’ the police continued to say.
Most of the 33 Million Americans Who Lost Their Jobs Believe They’ll Get Them Back
If there is one thing that Americans are not in short supply of, it is faith.
According to a nationwide Washington Post Ipsos poll, 77% (or 6 in 10 workers) of the workers who were furloughed or laid off are optimistic about resuming work once the lockdown is lifted. Meaning that more than 30 million Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic believe that they will get their old jobs back.
The poll, which ran from April 27 to May 4, involved 928 workers.
With lots of uncertainty about the business environment in the coming months, do you think that these workers are overly optimistic about being recalled to work?
Neiman Marcus Files for Bankruptcy Protection
The 112 year old luxury department store, Neiman Marcus has filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is the first major retail store chain to be crashed by COVID 19.
The announcement comes a few days after J. Crew became the first established retailer to reshuffle in the coronavirus era. According to experts, the worst is yet to come as plans to reopen businesses in states like Florida and Texas take shape. Far too many people believe that normal shopping habits will not be resumed.
Neiman Marcus Group’s CEO Mr Geoffroy van Raemdonck says that it was on the right track, making solid progress before the onset of corona virus. If nothing else, this shows that no one is safe.