U.S. Poll: Trust Issue For Trump On Coronavirus

FILE - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A new poll finds Americans' trust in the people and institutions giving them information about coronavirus has fallen across the board. The poll USAFacts and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research on where America gets its COVID-19 facts shows that trust of many people and groups is down significantly from what it was in April. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

WASHINGTON — A new poll finds Americans’ trust in the people and institutions giving them information about the coronavirus has fallen across the board.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they don’t trust President Donald Trump much or at all for accurate coronavirus information. That’s according to a poll by USAFacts and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The poll finds that the percentage of people saying they trust COVID-19 information from their state or local governments, the news media, social media and their friends and family has dropped significantly compared to similar questions in April. After Trump, the poll shows only social media has higher distrust levels.

The poll also shows a large chunk of Americans find it hard to know if COVID-19 information is accurate.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Spain to lift state of emergency in Madrid on Saturday

— Britain gives Manchester deadline to OK tighter rules

— Ireland goes into 6-week restrictions until Dec. 1

— U.K. researchers plan to infect healthy volunteers with the virus to speed the development of a vaccine.

— Argentina is 5th nation to surpass 1 million cases; 3 others in Latin America near the milestone.

— World Series opens Tuesday night with Major League Baseball relieved to reach the championship of a pandemic-delayed season.

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

ROME -- Pope Francis is presiding over an interfaith peace prayer in Rome, donning a facemask after shunning them in recent weeks despite a surge in coronavirus infections across Italy.

Francis wore a white mask throughout the service Tuesday, except when he delivered his remarks. At 83 and with part of a lung removed in his 20s due to an illness, the pope is at high-risk for COVID-19 complications.

The pope has drawn criticism from even his ardent followers for shunning facemasks during his recent Wednesday general audiences. In the past week, 11 Swiss Guards and a resident of the hotel where Francis lives have tested positive.

The event brought a host of religious leaders despite the pandemic: the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Patriarch Bartholomew I, was on hand from Istanbul, Turkey. Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu and other Christian leaders traveled from continental Europe and beyond.

All participants wore facemasks and sat apart from one another in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions. Italy recorded 10,874 new cases Tuesday and 89 deaths.

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has reported a single-day record of more than 5,000 coronavirus cases.

Iran’s health ministry reported 322 deaths, pushing the death toll over 31,000. The new cases on Tuesday eclipsed the previous high of 4,830 last week.

Hospitals in the hard-hit capital of Tehran are overflowing. The increase comes after Iranians packed cafes and restaurants at vacation spots during recent national holidays and the re-opening of schools last month.

The government closed museums, libraries, beauty salons, schools and universities in Tehran earlier this month and imposed a mask mandate outdoors.

Iran officials have resisted a total lockdown because they don’t want to further weaken an economy already devastated by unprecedented U.S. sanctions. The Trump administration re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran after withdrawing in 2018 from Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers.

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, a day after claiming the American people are tired of listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci, insists he gets along him.

However, Trump says the nation’s top infectious disease specialist is not a “team player.”

“He’s a nice guy,” Trump said of Fauci in a telephone interview with “Fox & Friends” from the White House. “The only thing I say is he’s a little bit sometimes not a team player.”

Trump denied the two were “at odds.” Fauci appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday and said he was concerned Trump might acquire the coronavirus after attending several events, including one at the Rose Garden, with little mask wearing and social distancing.

Trump’s strained relationship with Fauci has political overtones as the president defends his record on the pandemic just two weeks before Election Day. The president heads to a rally Tuesday evening in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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MADRID — Spain’s health minister says the government won’t extend the state of emergency in the Madrid region when it expires on Saturday but may introduce curfews at coronavirus hotspots around the country.

Health Minister Salvador Illa says the partial lockdown in the Madrid area in recent weeks had helped limit community transmission that made it one of Europe’s most significant coronavirus clusters.

However, he noted Madrid’s number of cases is still high. The region has reported more than 29,000 cases in the past two weeks. It’s tally on Tuesday was 354 new cases in 24 hours — Spain’s fourth-highest rate.

Illa says he’s conferring with Spain’s regional governments about targeted curfews as the country approaches the milestone of 1 million officially recorded cases.

“I want to be very clear,” Illa says. “Some very hard weeks are coming.”

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WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s Health Ministry reported nearly 9,300 new daily coronavirus cases and 107 deaths Tuesday, among the highest daily numbers under the pandemic.

The Health Ministry says 42,000 tests were done in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 4.05 million tests in a nation of 38 million. The ministry says 725 ventilators are in use across the country and nearly 9,000 COVID-19 beds are full out of 15,000.

The ministry is aiming for more ventilators and 10,000 more beds. It’s turning the National Stadium in Warsaw, built for the EURO 2012 soccer championships, into a hospital for some 50 serious COVID-19 cases and 500 mild cases. Other cities are turning conference centers into COVID-19 wards.

Many professionals leave Poland for better paid jobs abroad because of an underfunded health care system. The government is offering bonuses to volunteers for jobs treating coronavirus patients. Warsaw and some other big cities and regions are red zones. All of Poland is a yellow zone, where masks are required.

There’s been nearly 193,000 cases and more than 3,700 deaths in Poland.

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NEW DELHI — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged citizens to remain cautious ahead of the upcoming festival season amid concerns that the pandemic may surge again in the country.

In his televised address to the nation, Modi on Tuesday reiterated that people should continue taking precautions, maintain physical distancing and not lower their guard during the festival season. This was Modi’s seventh address to the nation since the pandemic began.

“If you are negligent, you are putting the lives of others at risk,” said Modi.

Faced with a stalled economy, India is slowly opening ahead of the upcoming festive season. Health experts have warned gatherings during major festivals and in November have the potential to spread the virus.

In the last month, India has had declining cases on a week-to-week basis even though the country’s overall virus caseload has neared 7.6 million, behind only the U.S. On Tuesday, India reported over 46,000 cases of the coronavirus, the lowest in three months. It reported 578 confirmed deaths.

Overall, there’s been 115,000 confirmed deaths in India, third highest in the world.

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STOCKHOLM — A city north of Stockholm became the first in Sweden to introduce local restrictions because of an increase in the coronavirus.

Citizens of Uppsala are urged to avoid physical contact, arranging parties and public transportation.

“It is not a lock down as that would mean that you shut down the whole society,” said Anders Tegnell, who is credited with Sweden’s much-debated COVID-19 approach of keeping open large parts of the society.

He added the restrictions would last two weeks, could be extended and introduced elsewhere in Sweden. He says restaurants and schools in Uppsala, Sweden’s fourth-largest city with 220,000 people, are not affected.

Sweden has 106,380 confirmed cases and 5,922 reported deaths.

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LONDON — London’s Heathrow Airport has launched a rapid coronavirus test service for passengers.

The pre-departure tests, which aim to provide results in an hour, will be offered to those flying to Hong Kong and Italy. The saliva swab costs 80 pounds ($104) and can return results quickly because they don’t need to be sent to a laboratory.

Hong Kong and Italy are among destinations requiring travelers from Britain and other “high risk” countries to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours before their departure.

Aviation services company Collinson and logistics firm Swissport says the pre-departure tests are the “crucial next step toward keeping the travel industry moving while limiting the spread of the virus.”

Heathrow airport’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye says ultimately, the travel industry needs an international standard for pre-departure testing.

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PIRAEUS, Greece -- Greece’s prime minister has reversed a government decision to allow a limited number of fans back into soccer stadiums on the eve of a Champions League match between Greek club Olympiakos and Marseille.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the pilot plan would have “sent the wrong message to members of the public.”

The reversal came after the government announced late Monday that it would begin allowing fans back into stadiums, capping attendance at 10% capacity with a maximum attendance set at 3,500.

The plan was due to start with the Champions League match Wednesday when Olympiakos and Marseille meet in the Group C match at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus, before being extended to other European and domestic matches.

Manchester City and Porto, which also meet Wednesday, are the other teams in the group.

Greece is battling a surge in infections, with Piraeus and greater Athens currently at the second-highest stage of pandemic alert, with capacity restrictions on public transportation and early closing times for bars.

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LONDON — The British government has given the city of Manchester a noon Tuesday deadline to agree to tighter coronavirus measures, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson struggles to impose his plan for localized restrictions on restive regions.

Johnson’s government is resisting a recommendation from its scientific advisory committee for a short “circuit-breaker” lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Instead it has adopted a three-tier system for England, with areas classed as medium, high and very high risk. In the top tier, pubs have to close and people are barred from mixing with members of other households.

So far only the Liverpool and Lancashire regions of northwest England have been placed in the highest tier. Nearby Greater Manchester, with a population of almost 3 million, has been holding out for more support for workers and businesses affected by the restrictions.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said if the government imposed the measures, “we would obviously have to accept that decision ... But I would say to them at this point are they sure that that is a wise thing to do?”

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LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal’s prime minister is backing down from his plan to make the government’s COVID-19 tracing app mandatory.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa said in a television interview that the widely contested move, which was due to be voted on later this week in parliament, required further debate.

Portugal’s Stayaway COVID app has been downloaded 2.3 million times -- just over one third of the government’s target.

Costa’s plan for compulsory use was widely criticized as unworkable. Among other complaints, police said the measure was unenforceable, and legal experts said it was unconstitutional.

Parliament is expected on Friday to make the wearing of face masks mandatory outdoors.

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BERLIN — A district in Germany’s Alpine southeastern corner is going into a de-facto lockdown Tuesday after reporting well above 200 new cases per 100,000 residents in a week, the highest level in a country that is still in better shape than many others in Europe.

Schools, restaurants and other facilities in the Berchtesgaden district, on the border with Austria, are being closed for 14 days. Hotels there are closed to tourists and residents can only leave their homes for good reason.

Other areas across Germany are considering less onerous new restrictions as infections rise. The national disease control center said the country of 83 million people recorded 6,868 new cases over the past day -- below the record of 7,830 on Saturday but considerably more than a week earlier.

Many of Germany’s biggest cities have exceeded the level of 50 new cases per 100,000 residents over a week that is supposed to trigger new local restrictions. As of Tuesday, the entire Ruhr industrial region in western Germany was above that figure.

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LONDON — U.K. researchers are preparing to begin a controversial experiment that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine.

The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents say it may produce results faster than standard research, which waits to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment get sick.

Imperial College London said Tuesday that the study, involving healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30, would be conducted in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and hVivo, a company that has experience conducting testing .

Professor Peter Openshaw, co-investigator on the study, says that “deliberately infecting volunteers with a known human pathogen is never undertaken lightly. However, such studies are enormously informative about a disease, even one so well studied as COVID-19.”

In the first phase, researchers will aim to determine the smallest level of exposure needed to cause the disease. Researchers will then use the same challenge model to study how potential vaccines work in the body, the bodies immune response and potential treatments.

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HELSINKI — The Finnish national carrier Finnair says it will cut 700 jobs — over 10% of its total workforce — by the end of March 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline based at the Helsinki Airport is heavily focused on Europe to Asia flights. It said Tuesday that some 600 of the cuts would be in Finland.

FInnair CEO Topi Manner said the job cuts are “necessary and inevitable. Finnair’s re-build requires us to be competitive when aviation gradually starts to recover. Therefore, in the future, we will have to do many things differently in order to succeed.”

The coronavirus pandemic has forced global airlines to halt most of their flights. Finnair has temporarily laid off a large part of its 6,500 staff and its flight traffic was down 91% in September from the previous year.

 

By The Associated Press - Oct 20. 2020 - 12:04 PM ET

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