Thursday, March 12, 2020

#coronavirus updates: Basically everything is shutting down



















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Overregulation of diagnostic testing has played a major role in delaying the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak. The existing rules have created a bottleneck in delivery of testing kits, slowing the process of detection of cases in Washington state for weeks, said a health policy expert.⠀ ⠀ “The problem is a holdover from the Obama administration,” Roger Klein, a physician, attorney, and health policy expert, told The Epoch Times.⠀ ⠀ “It’s not a rule. It’s not written down anywhere,” he said. “I don’t know if anybody in the Obama administration was even aware of it. This is a pretty obscure area.”⠀ ⠀ Get one month FREE FULL ACCESS to Epoch Digital.⠀ Sign up here: https://ept.ms/FreeMonth (no credit card needed)⠀ ⠀ Read this article: https://ept.ms/3aS7cXE⠀ ⠀ GET THE APP:⠀ iPhone - https://ept.ms/ETAppiPhone⠀ Android - https://ept.ms/ETAppAndroid

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New York's governor ordered all Broadway theaters to shut their doors in the face of ongoing coronavirus concerns, plunging into darkness one of the city's most popular tourist attractions and causing turmoil in the run-up to the Tony Awards. ⁣ ⁣Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday banned gatherings of 500 or more in the city, effectively forcing the hand of Broadway producers who had previously said that Broadway would be “open for business” unless advised not to by the government." Shows will resume April 13. ⁣ ⁣The pressure on Broadway to go dark steadily increased as other entertainment hubs shuttered, including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the NBA, NHL, CinemaCon, Coachella and Major League Soccer.

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Major League Baseball joined several other U.S. sports leagues in suspending operations on Thursday due to the coronavirus outbreak, announcing that it will delay the start of its 2020 season by at least two weeks. ⁣ ⁣“Following a call with the 30 Clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic,” MLB said in a statement. “This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans.” ⁣ ⁣MLB said its suspension of spring training operations is effective at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The league will announce any further changes to its schedule as the situation develops. ⁣ ⁣The decisions came as U.S. sports leagues throughout the professional and collegiate ranks enacted similar measures. The NBA suspended its season indefinitely on Wednesday after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Earlier Thursday, fellow Jazz player Donovan Mitchell was also diagnosed with the illness. The NHL also suspended its season. Major League Soccer postponed its season by at least 30 days.

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The National Hockey League joined several other U.S. sports leagues in suspending operations on Thursday due to the coronavirus outbreak. ⁣ ⁣"The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "However, following last night's news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus – and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point – it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time."

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