April 6, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would ask Congress for more money to make loans to small businesses struggling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak if the original $349 billion allocated in a fiscal stimulus bill runs out.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was undergoing hospital tests on Monday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms for more than 10 days, but the government said he was in good spirits and still in charge.

U.S. officials on Monday girded the country for a “peak death week” from the coronavirus pandemic as the accelerating American death toll closed the gap with Italy and Spain, the countries with the most fatalities to date.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on Sunday the party may be forced to host a “virtual” nominating convention in August due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Nine Wisconsin mayors, including those representing the state’s five largest cities, on Sunday urged the state’s top public health official to postpone Tuesday’s primary election due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Atkinson, the outgoing top watchdog of the U.S. Intelligence Community, on Sunday said he was fired by President Donald Trump for acting impartially in his handling of the whistleblower complaint that triggered an impeachment probe of the president last year.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday postponed oral arguments scheduled for April as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and is considering alternative options for handling the various outstanding cases.

Spain’s pace of new coronavirus deaths slowed for the fourth day on Monday as the government contemplated a gradual easing of a lockdown in place since mid-March in the nation with the second highest death toll from the global pandemic.

More than 20,000 Pakistani workers stuck in the United Arab Emirates are seeking to return home, as the Gulf Arab state tightens restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Brown-robed Franciscans stride through a shuttered and deserted Jerusalem to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the global focus of the most important festival in the Christian calendar – but in a city bereft of Easter pilgrims.

Germany has drawn up a list of steps, including mandatory mask-wearing in public, limits on gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains, to help enable a phased return to normal life after its coronavirus lockdown is set to end on April 19.

Ivory Coast police on Monday clashed with protesters who had begun dismantling a half-built coronavirus testing centre, afraid that people using the facility would spread the epidemic through their district.

In a survey published in November by non-profit groups Convite and HelpAge, 77% of Venezuelans over 55 said they did not have access to enough food and one in ten said they go to bed hungry. The elderly “have faced a progressive decline in their living conditions: malnutrition, inability to pay for their medicine, lack of access to health, migration of their children and relatives,” said Luis Cabezas, director of Convite, which focuses on human rights. The group estimates that at least 900,000 senior citizens are living by themselves following a migration exodus of nearly 5 million Venezuelans who have fled the economic crisis since 2015.

Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country’s fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual.

U.S. insurer Allstate) said on Monday that it would return more than $600 million in auto insurance premiums to customers as many Americans stay home and drive less due to “shelter-in-place” orders to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Most customers will receive a “payback” of 15% of their monthly premium in April and May, the company said.

The United States is designating a Russia-based ultranationalist group called the Russian Imperial Movement as a terrorist organization, a senior State Department official told Reuters on Monday.

South Korea reported fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases for the first time since its peak in late February, earning the praise of the World Health Organization for combatting the spread in one of the first countries to be hard-hit by the disease.

As Germany rolls out a 750 billion-euro economic stimulus package, officials and experts are discussing whether German lenders, including Deutsche Bank AG and Commerzbank AG, will be able to weather the economic fallout of coronavirus without state help.

AP Top Stories

President Trump said that the United States is approaching a time that will be “very horrendous” for the nation amid the growing coronavirus outbreak across the country.

Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.

Philippine police reportedly killed a man for disobeying President Rodrigo Duterte’s strict quarantine rules, a day after the president ordered the military and police to shoot any lockdown troublemakers dead.

A shootout between suspected drug cartel hitmen has killed 19 people in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, the state government said on Saturday, in one of the country’s worst outbreaks of gang violence this year.

At least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on direct flights from China, including nearly 40,000 in the two months after President Donald Trump imposed restrictions on such travel, according to an analysis of data collected in both countries.

Public health experts and government officials agree that the U.S. government’s coronavirus death toll almost certainly understates how many Americans have actually died from the virus.

The National Rifle Association, the leading gun-rights advocacy group in the US, has filed a lawsuit naming New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — both his capacity as governor and a private citizen — over the closure of gun stores in the state as part of ordered non-essential business closures.

Ventilators will be taken from certain New York hospitals and redistributed to the worst-hit parts of the state under an order to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. New York saw its highest single-day increase in deaths, up by 562 to 2,935 – nearly half of all virus-related US deaths recorded yesterday.

The authorities in Ecuador’s most populous city, Guayaquil, say they are handing out 4,000 cardboard coffins amid a shortage of traditional wooden caskets. Forensic services have struggled to cope with the number of people who have died in the city of three million since the coronavirus pandemic started and funeral directors say they have run out of caskets.

BBC

A cyclone bringing winds of 135mph has arrived in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Cyclone Harold is a category five storm – the most severe – and has already killed 27 people in the neighboring Solomon Islands.
Guatemala has asked the US to limit the number of people it puts on planes for deportation to Central American countries to 25, down from 60 to 90.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that his government will pay peoples’ water bills for the next three months as the country tries to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Rwanda’s cabinet ministers and top officials will donate their April salaries to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic

India is reportedly “considering” a request by Donald Trump to release stocks of a drug the US president has called a “game-changer” in the fight against Covid-19. Mr. Trump called India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, a day after the country
banned the export of hydroxychloroquine, which it manufactures in large quantities.

Saudi Arabia has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. The cities had already been under 15-hour curfews, and the stay-at-home order has now been extended around the clock. Residents are only allowed out to buy food and for medical necessity.

WND

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would sign an executive order Friday allowing the National Guard to take ventilators and personal protective equipment from hospitals that are not in urgent need of the equipment and send the supplies to areas that have been hit harder by the coronavirus.

The U.S. military is “preparing for worst-case scenarios with respect to the potential spread” of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters told reporters Friday. But just what those scenarios are is a military secret.

UK – Mobile phone mast fires are being investigated amid conspiracy theories claiming a link between 5G and coronavirus. There have been fires at masts in Birmingham, Liverpool and Melling in Merseyside.

Abortion is considered an essential service during the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said in a statement Saturday.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 6, 2020

The Foundation

“The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with.” —George Washington (1783)

Carrier Captain Torpedoes National Security

Contrary to Leftmedia handwringing, the Navy had to take this action.


‘Social Justice’ in a Pandemic

Some Democrats are bent on fomenting racial divisions over the spread of COVID-19.


Are Protocols More Important Than Hope?

Many arguably unnecessary things stand in the way of potential COVID-19 treatments.


ICIG Atkinson Deserved to Get the Boot

He played right into Democrats’ hands by helping them launch their impeachment charade.


Essential Healthcare or Exploiting Women?

The debate over abortion rages as usual, except with a coronavirus twist.


NYC Mayor Caves to Rainbow Mafia’s Anti-Christian Bigotry

De Blasio sends officials to “monitor” Samaritan’s Purse medical-relief efforts.


Right to Religious Freedom at Risk?

The debate over closing churches is causing some to lose faith … in government.


Video: Having a Job Is Essential!

When the world’s economic engine is shut down, the economic curve is flattened.


Video: The American Economy Is Crashing

Matt Walsh discusses what this means for the American economy going forward.


Video: CA Gov. Says Coronavirus Proves We Need More Socialism

Never let a crisis go to waste.


Video: Samaritan’s Purse Field Hospital Slammed for Christian Agenda

The Rainbow Mafia is undermining the charity’s disaster relief.



Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
America First
Tony Perkins
Leave Us a Loan: Churches and Businesses Move Toward Relief
Todd Starnes
Anti-Trump School Assignment: ‘Republicans Are Using Misleading Names for the Coronavirus’
Hans von Spakovsky
Vote-by-Mail Makes Fraud and Errors Worse
Guest Commentary
Student-Loan Indebtedness — The Non-Problem
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday News Executive Summary

Light at the end of the tunnel, “most effective” drug, ICIG fired, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Valerie Jarrett, AOC, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

Headlines – 4/6/2020

Likud: No unity government if Left blocks annexation

Blue and White said willing to bend on annexation, but not on judge appointments

Gantz tells Rivlin he’ll likely request extension of mandate to form government

Netanyahu: ‘Deep State’ Controls Israel, There’s No Democracy Here

Cabinet names lockdown committee, with 8 cities, Jerusalem areas in crosshairs

Israeli Police Fight False Coronavirus Information but Could Undermine Freedom of Expression

Israel, Jordan among Mideast countries deploying drones in virus response

Virus carrier nabbed on bus to J’lem, accused of deliberately endangering public

Health Ministry official: Countrywide lockdown likely by Passover

Jews prepare for a pandemic Passover: smaller but no less vital

Passover, Easter and Ramadan Become Virtual Holidays of Renewal

Pope Francis Livestreams Palm Sunday Mass In An Empty St. Peter’s Amid The Pandemic

Panama archbishop delivers Palm Sunday blessing by helicopter

Libya’s former interim Prime Minister dies from coronavirus

Rwanda Finds Genocide Grave That Could Contain 30,000 Bodies

‘Complete collapse of economies’ ahead as Africa faces virus

Spanish Government Aims to Roll Out Basic Income ‘Soon’

Coronavirus: Queen tells UK ‘we will succeed’ in fight

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is taken to hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus

Coronavirus updates: Fauci says social distancing is helping, Europe sees shifts

Journalists threatened and detained as countries on multiple continents restrict coronavirus coverage

Can an ‘immunity passport’ ease coronavirus lockdowns?

Trump says 1.67 million Americans tested for coronavirus and touts drugs to fight disease

White House meeting erupts after Dr. Fauci knocks Trump’s promotion of untested Hydroxychloroquine

Limited Supply of Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine Could Affect COVID-19 Use

It’s stockpiling, but not as you know it. Why coronavirus is making people hoard illegal drugs

Surgeon General: This week will be like a ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘9/11’ moment

Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a ‘nightmare scenario,’ but predicts lower death toll than Trump

Bill Gates: Until coronavirus vaccine, world won’t be ‘truly normal’

Americans are underestimating how long coronavirus disruptions will last, health experts say

Man, 34, takes his own life ‘after being unable to cope with coronavirus self-isolation’

Dow Jones Futures Jump; Why This Stock Market Rally Is More Dangerous Than The Coronavirus Market Crash

Biden says 2020 convention may be ‘virtual,’ will wear mask in public amid COVID-19 outbreak

Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Coronavirus makes it harder to battle swarms of locusts ravaging Africa

Coronavirus Could Trigger Biggest Fall in Carbon Emissions Since World War Two

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft

Lanin volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft


Apostasy Watch

How a Police State is Born

Pastor Jamal Bryant offers 1,000 COVID-19 tests to minorities for $150 each, then postpones event

Kenneth Copeland Blows Virus Away, Says God Told Him To Raise $300 Million Of Income This Year

Rick Warren Hosting Global Prayer Event with Trinity Denying T.D. Jakes

ABC Trashes Pence’s Christian Faith: Do You “Talk to God” About How Many You Let Die From Coronavirus?

Has God given C3 Church Global senior leaders over to a strong delusion?

David Benham arrested for pro-life counseling outside abortion clinic: ‘We maintained our social distance’

Defiant pastors vow to host Palm Sunday mass during coronavirus pandemic

93% of Churches Have Stopped Meeting in Person Following Coronavirus Lockdown

I Attended Rob McCoy’s Palm Sunday Service, and It Was More Socially Distant Than Costco

1,000-bed USNS Mercy in Port of Los Angeles admits total of 15 patients so far

Navy hospital ship deployed to NYC with 1,000 bed capacity is only treating 22 patients


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