The Daily Populous

Thursday March 12nd, 2020 night edition

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The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on Wednesday as the new coronavirus, which was unknown to world health officials just three months ago, has rapidly spread to more than 121,000 people from Asia to the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

"We can not say this loudly enough or clearly enough or often enough: All countries can still change the course of this pandemic," he said.

Declaring a pandemic is charged with major political and economic ramifications, global health experts say.

WHO officials had been reluctant to declare a global pandemic, which is generally defined as an illness that spreads far and wide throughout the world.

It "is clear" the new coronavirus has been a pandemic and WHO was "behind the curve," Gostin told CNBC on Tuesday.

The 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, which is also a coronavirus, was contained enough to avoid that classification.

You have a duty to your citizens, you have a duty to the world to be ready," Ryan said on Feb. 28. »

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sex assault in case that sparked 'MeToo' movement

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for a rape and sex assault case that ignited the #MeToo movement in the United States.

The prison term also was far higher than the five years his lawyers requested from Judge James Burke.

Watching in the Manhattan courtroom as Weinstein was sentenced were all of the women who had testified against the once-feared Hollywood mogul. »

Andrew Yang says the coronavirus outbreak shows why we need basic income

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Schools are closing, which means some parents are having to stay home with their kids instead of going to work.

Universal Basic Income (UBI) proponent and recent presidential candidate Andrew Yang is arguing that UBI would be helpful at a time precisely like this one.

"Too many people are heading to work sick because they can’t afford to miss a paycheck," Yang says. »

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

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Harvey Weinstein will spend 23 years in a New York State prison after being sentenced by Supreme Court Judge James Burke on Wednesday morning.

For his conviction on the first-degree count of criminal sexual act, Weinstein was given 20 years in prison plus five years of supervised release.

There are murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will. »

Bernie Sanders says he's staying in race, looks forward to debating Joe Biden

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Bernie Sanders said at a press conference Wednesday that he will not suspend his presidential campaign after a second consecutive week of bruising primary losses to Joe Biden, telling reporters that he looks forward to Sunday's one-on-one debate.

"Poll after poll, including exit polls, show that a strong majority of the American people support our progressive agenda.".

It's more likely that Sanders will use the debate as a last push to define the policy parameters of the race. »