Cop drags man off bus in US
Viral videos are showing police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania telling people to wear masks on public transportation to help stop the spread of Covid-19, and harshly enforcing this rule with non-complying passengers.
The Philadelphia Police Department released a statement saying the passenger was asked to remove himself from the bus several times by the driver, but refused. Police then answered a call reporting a “disturbance.”
The first video, posted by the Philly Transit Riders Union on Friday, shows an official informing transit riders that they are not allowed to be on board if they are not wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
He says all of this while he himself is not wearing a mask. A rider also not wearing a mask is then told to exit the vehicle.
Australian cruise ship stranded
Montevideo PTI Apr 11
An Australian cruise ship stranded off the coast of Uruguay for two weeks with more than 100 people aboard infected with the new coronavirus arrived at the port of Montevideo on Friday. Around 110 Australians and New Zealanders are due to be evacuated from the Greg Mortimer and taken along a “sanitary corridor” to Montevideo’s international airport, where they will take a medically equipped charter flight to Melbourne in Australia.
Trump threatens visa embargoUS President Donald Trump has signed an order envisioning penalties for foreign nations that are reluctant to take back their citizens or residents as the coronavirus ravages the US, citing “public health risks.”
“Countries that deny or unreasonably delay the acceptance of their citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents from the United States during the ongoing pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 create unacceptable public health risks for Americans,” the memo released by the White House late on Friday states.The sanctions could be lifted if a foreign country, penalized for refusing to accept its citizens from the US, which has emerged as the new global hotbed of the disease with over 500,000 confirmed cases, changes its heart and resumes taking back its citizens, nationals or residents.
California power substation explodes
The city of Burbank in California was rocked by a huge blast on Friday, when a power substation exploded and emitted a huge ball of flames into the skies above.
Eyewitness footage captured the moment the stunning fireball bloomed over the site.There were no immediate reports of injuries, and firefighters have brought the blaze under control. Local reports say the area nearby is suffering power outages.
Moscow , Apr 11:
The mayor of Russia’s capital on Friday said the acceleration of coronavirus infections calls for tighter restrictions, as clinics in Moscow were approaching their limits.
The capital has been under lockdown since March 30, but is struggling to cope with the influx of new patients, as some doctors began to question the reliability of testing methods.
In a video address, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that “the work of most city organisations will be limited or stopped” at least for the next week, including building construction.
He added that the city will phase in a “permit system” next week, primarily for people still going to work, but eventually for any movement even in the neighbourhood, if needed.
The densely populated capital with more than 12 million residents has the largest outbreak in Russia, with 7,822 confirmed coronavirus cases out of a national total of almost 12,000.
The number in Moscow’s hospitals has doubled since last week and more than 85 per cent of these patients have pneumonia, deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova was quoted as saying on the city virus task force’s Telegram account.
Those who test positive but have mild symptoms are monitored through online video consultations. Moscow’s lockdown has allowed people to leave their homes for essential work, to buy food and medicine or to walk dogs within a radius of 100 metres. Driving private cars is permitted, however.
Sobyanin warned that the epidemic was not even close to its peak.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has broken the 10,000 barrier in Russia, with 1,459 more people testing positive in the past 24 hours, the national disease response team revealed yesterday.
President Vladimir Putin previously extended the nationwide paid holiday to April 30 in an effort to incentivize Russians to stay indoors.