The Daily Populous

Friday April 17th, 2020 evening edition

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Emmanuel Macron has questioned China‘s version of how it handled the coronavirus outbreak, saying things “happened that we don’t know about”.

His comments came as China revised upwards the number of people killed by the virus there by almost 50 per cent.

“Given … what China is today, which I respect, let’s not be so naive as to say it’s been much better at handling this,” Mr Macron told the Financial Times newspaper.

There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.”.

And he added any suggestion that western democracies should question long-held principles of freedom were misguided.

The comments make Mr Macron only the latest world leader to question China’s handling of the pandemic’s outbreak.

The new number for people killed by the virus was 4,632 — a figure almost 50 per cent higher than previously admitted. »

Legislation proposes paying Americans $2,000 a month

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Even as millions of Americans wait for stimulus checks, a proposal is being floated to pay them even more.

“Americans need sustained cash infusions for the duration of this crisis in order to come out on the other side alive, healthy and ready to get back to work.”.

The $2 trillion measure passed last month contained billions in financial aid for people and businesses hurt by the outbreak. »

Fox News Defends Its COVID Lies, Saying First Amendment Protects “False” Speech

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Fox News has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Washington state group accusing the network of “deceptive” coronavirus coverage by arguing that the First Amendment protects “false” and “outrageous” speech.

“It’s Constitutional Law 101: the First Amendment protects our right to speak openly and freely on matters of public concern,” Fox News Media general counsel Lily Fu Claffee said in a statement.

A letter signed by more than 70 journalism professors around the country criticized Fox News for spreading “misinformation” about the virus. »

Gmail now blocking 18 million Coronavirus scams every day

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According to Google, they’re blocking 18 million phishing emails related to the Coronavirus pandemic every day.

The number of total emails blocked on a daily basis, is over 100 million – with Covid 19 related attacks accounting for almost a fifth.

You can get advice on keeping clear of scams by following the advice from the FTC, Action Fraud and Ofcom. »