13th March 2020 – United Kingdom – 798 Cases ¦ 11 Deaths

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22:23 US House ‘reaches relief package deal’

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, says she has reached an agreement with her Republican opponents on a package of relief for families affected by coronavirus.

It contains provisions on paid time off for people whose lives have been disrupted by the virus as well as widespread testing for Covid-19 at no cost.

22:19 Colorado announces first death

The western US state said a woman in her 80s with underlying health issues had died from the virus, the Reuters news agency reported. It brings the death toll in the US to at least 47.

22:08 Second Trump guest ‘tests positive’

President Trump told a news conference at the White House Rose Garden earlier that he was “likely” to be tested – despite having no symptoms of Covid-19.

Why? Especially as, one, he’s been saying for days that there’s no need as he feels fine and, two, he told the same gathering that authorities were not recommending tests for those without symptoms.

But the urgency of a test for the US leader may have become that more pressing after new US media reports suggesting that a second person who visited President Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago estate last weekend has now tested positive. The first was a Brazilian official. The second has not been identified.

21:59 US summons China envoy over virus tweet

The Trump administration has summoned China’s ambassador in Washington over the promotion of a conspiracy theory that blames the US for the outbreak of coronavirus.

Chinse ambassador Cui Tiankai was hauled before the US State Department on Friday in response to online comments made by Zhao Lijian, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, a day earlier.

A US State Department source told Reuters news agency that Mr Cui was “summoned with regard to what the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said over Covid-19”.

Mr Zhao had tweeted that the US military could have brought the coronavirus to China.

Coronavirus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where it was first detected in December last year.

In Mr Zhao’s tweet, he shared a video clip of Robert Redfield, the director for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaking at a congressional hearing on 11 March.

Interesting article: https://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-19-further-evidence-virus-originated-us/5706078

21:40 Fifa urges internationals for March and April be called off

Fifa has recommended that all international football matches scheduled for March and April be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Football’s governing body suggested delaying matches to avoid “any unnecessary health risks” and “potential sporting unfairness”.

Stopping short of banning matches, Fifa said the final decision on postponement rested with competition organisers such as England’s Premier League and European body Uefa

Fifa rules normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches, but this rule has been temporarily reversed.

Earlier, all Premier League games in England and Uefa competitions, including the Champions League and Europa League matches due to be played next week, were postponed.