Short Clips: Drinking a beer on the streets of Madrid could cost 3,000 euros or $3,500 in U.S. dollars
The latest news in the U.S. and other European countries concerning the effects and latest responses to COVID-19. News source: Associated Press
President Trump is promoting hydroxychloroquine again as a possible cure to COVID-19
After returning from a trip to North Carolina yesterday promoting efforts to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the President retweeted a series of tweets advocating for hydroxychloroquine, including video of a doctor claiming to have treated hundreds of patients successfully on the drug and a podcast by Steven Bannon, a former top White House advisor, accusing Fauci of misleading the American public about the efficacy of the drug.
Fauci responded while on Good Morning America that he trusts the science behind the FDA. He said the overwhelming clinical trials on the drug indicate it’s not effective on the coronavirus.
Sweden’s positive cases for COVID-19 is trending down
While coronavirus cases increase in Europe, Sweden continues a downward trend after a much-debated approach kept large parts of society open.
Sweden's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell says "the curves go down, and the curves over the seriously ill begin to be very close to zero. As a whole, it is very positive."
Swedish officials declined to implement strict lock-down measures widely adopted in Europe. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for young children have stayed open. The Swedish government has urged social distancing, and citizens have largely complied.
Sweden on Tuesday reported two new deaths, bringing the confirmed toll to 5,702. There have been nearly 80,000 cases in the country of 10 million people.
Prime Minister of Britain Boris Johnson recommends no travel to Spain and other countries may follow
Fear of a ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus, has European countries limiting travel to countries such as Spain. Britain is the first to recommend all non-essential travel to Spain. Anyone returning from Spain after a vacation, needs to quarantine for 14 days.
Johnson said there could be other travel recommendations put into play with other European countries.
Germany is also making some changes in travel to Spain, though not as severe as Britain. The head of Germany’s CDC says that they are getting worried about a second wave.
Britain has the highest death toll among European countries at 46,000 deaths. The spread is partly to blame from ‘holiday’ spent in other European countries in February, specifically France, Italy, and Spain.
Increased coronavirus outbreaks in Madrid prompt further restrictions
Drinking a beer in the streets of Barcelona or elsewhere in the Catalonia region could result in a fine from 3,000 euros ($US 3,500) to 15,000 (US $17,600).
That is the new maximum fine as authorities crack down on street parties, mostly frequented by young people and widely blamed for a increase of coronavirus outbreaks in the northeastern region of Spain.
Regional government spokesman Meritxell Budó says the measure banning alcohol consumption outside licensed venues takes effect today.
Regional authorities last week shut nightclubs to help stop a spike in outbreaks. Young people subsequently started gathering at night to drink together in squares, parks and on beaches.
.Major League Baseball season could be in trouble
The Miami Marlins have 15 total players test positive for the coronavirus which could affect the MLB season. So far, four games have been postponed.
Nine players on a 30 person roster, two taxi squad players, and two staff members tested positive earlier for the coronavirus. Yesterday, four more tested positive. Fauci said this could mean trouble for MLB. The results will need to be watched closely.
Fauci said it’s tough for the players, owners, and managers of MLB because so many safety measures have been put into play trying to keep the game safe while in the middle of a pandemic.