Today is April 5, and I am DML; the stories below are catching headlines this morning.
1-WHO DIRECTOR UNDER FIRE
Amid persistent criticism that his organization failed to properly oversee China’s coronavirus response and worked to downplay the communist nation’s responsibility for the pandemic, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is facing growing calls for his resignation from American politicians and others around the world. Calls have been led by Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who last week on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” told host Maria Bartiromo that she has “never trusted a communist” and that the Chinese government’s “cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world… I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down.”
DML: WHO is like the UN, useless.
2-STOCKS SET TO POP UP
U.S. stock futures are posting gains, recovering from last week’s losses and brushing off a drop in oil. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is rising by 3.6 percent, or over 700 points.
President Trump, during the coronavirus task force briefing, noted some areas saw a stabilization of cases. The number of worldwide coronavirus cases now numbers 1.2 million as of Sunday afternoon with fatalities at 68,148. U.S. crude traded down 4.5 percent, trimming early losses of 6 percent on reports OPEC is said to have postponed its Monday emergency meeting, pushed out to mid-April.
DML: I think it’s time to get in.
The Arizona Republic reported that authorities in the city were alerted to a Facebook video on Saturday that showed the incident. The suspect, who was not identified by name, reportedly referenced the coronavirus.
DML: The crazy US just keeps getting crazier.
4- Actress Douglas dead
Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas, known for her work alongside acclaimed directors such as Stanley Kubrick (“Lolita”), David Cronenberg (“Dead Ringers”) and winning a Gemini Award for her performance in the 1999 TV film “Shadow Lake,” has died at age 86.
Her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, announced his mother’s death on Twitter, saying she succumbed to complications surrounding pneumonia. He said it was not related COVID-19.
DML: Someone died and it’s not COVID19, and so yes this is news.
5-We will go over 10,000 today
The death toll will hit 10,000 on Monday from COVID19, and so the worst week is about to hit us with that new milestone.
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