The Daily Populous

Saturday March 14th, 2020 day edition

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It began with a parade of corporate CEOs who briefly took the podium to explain efforts their companies would take to improve coronavirus screening.

The United States has tested far fewer people per capita than any of its peer nations, and by a wide margin.

It’s an astonishing claim, and it’s astonishing because Trump has spent the better part of his term dismantling the federal government’s pandemic fighting infrastructure.

In 2018, Trump ordered the White House National Security Council’s (NSC) entire global health security arm shut down.

TRUMP: "I just think it's a nasty question...When you say me, I didn't do it....I don't know anything about it.".

Presumably, the “administration” that Trump referred to here is the Trump administration.

Now that Trump is president, however, anything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault. »

Bill Gates leaves Microsoft board

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Microsoft announced on Friday that Bill Gates is leaving the board, effective Friday.

"With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company," Gates said.

Gates was director of the board at Microsoft until 2014 but began dedicating more of his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2008. »

Trump announcement of Google coronavirus website shocks many, including Google

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President Trump picked a Silicon Valley ally Friday to try to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic: Google.

He said the website would serve to "determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.".

Last week, Pichai said his company was contributing money, time and resources, but he did not foreshadow any announcement with Trump. »

‘Grotesque level of greed’: Jeff Bezos’ Whole Foods wants workers to pay colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus – Raw Story

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But that is exactly what executives with the grocery chain are asking its employers to do, even though Bezos’ could effectively give them unlimited paid sick leave during the current national emergency without barely a scratch in his bank account.

Instead, the company has put the onus back on workers, and they’re not happy about it.”.

“Whole Foods is owned by Amazon whose CEO and biggest shareholder is the world’s richest man,” tweeted progressive media critic and journalist Adam Johnson. »

South Korea reports more recoveries than coronavirus cases for the first time

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The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) recorded 110 new coronavirus cases on Friday compared with 114 a day earlier, taking the national tally to 7,979.

In contrast, 177 patients were released from hospitals where they had been isolated for treatment, the KCDC said.

South Korea said it will subject visitors from France, Germany, Britain, Spain and the Netherlands to reinforced border checks starting Sunday, after imposing similar rules for China, Italy and Iran suffering a major outbreak. »