Coronavirus: One Million People Infected Worldwide

Thе tоtаl numbеr оf соrоnаvіruѕ infections wоrldwіdе exceeded оnе million people оn Thurѕdау, according tо the Johns Hорkіnѕ Unіvеrѕіtу website, which provides rеаl-tіmе statistics based оn оffісіаl dаtа from dіffеrеnt соuntrіеѕ. Currently, mоrе thаn 50,000 реорlе have died аѕ a rеѕult оf thе раndеmіс аnd аlmоѕt 210,000 hаvе rесоvеrеd.

Coronavirus: Modi “Living in a Fantasy World,” Says Opposition

In his third address to the nation, Prime Minster Narendra Modi urged Indians to switch off electric lights at 9 PM on Sunday for nine minutes, and light candles, earthen lamps, flash lights or lights from mobile phones while standing at their doorsteps or balconies. Opposition parties have strongly criticized Prime Minister Modi’s statements regarding the Coronavirus.

Israel: Annexation a Key Sticking Point Preventing Unity Government

Israel has had three elections in the past year, and is still waiting for the final decision between Israel Resilience Party leader Benny Gantz and Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu to form a united coalition. They are very close to finalizing the Unified government.  One of the major issues which still needs an agreement from Gantz is the annexation of parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.

Social Security recipients not typically required to file a tax return will not need to take any action to receive Economic Impact Payments

“Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.

For additional information see IR 2020-61, Economic impact payments: What you need to know (Updated April 1, 2020).

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Coronavirus: Two New Cases Brings Tanzanian Total to 20

Tanzania’s Ministry of Health announced a new case of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the number of patients in the country to 20. According to a statement by Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, the patient is a 42-year-old American citizen. The new patient was close to someone who had traveled abroad, Mwalimu says, and was later diagnosed with the virus after returning to Tanzania.

Coronavirus: Turkey to Release 90,000 Prisoners, Excluding Dissidents

Turkey is preparing a new law to reduce the sentences and release about 90,000 prisoners to limit the spread of covid-19 in prisons. The measure is controversial as it excludes journalists and political prisoners. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), in power since 2002, forwarded to Parliament the draft law aimed at reducing prison overcrowding, owing to the danger posed by the covid-19 pandemic.

Israel Roundup: Vaccine to be Tested on Rodents, Citizens Strain Under Restrictions

In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel Institute of Biological Research to join fight against the coronavirus pandemic. They are making “significant progress,” and are now commencing animal trials, using rodents. The laboratory is located in Nes Ziona, in central Israel, and hopefully positive results will come from these tests.

New Wireless Self Charging Technology is Coming

MIT has announced a new technology of supercharging electronic devices directly from a wireless network. The new system will work with the 6G standard. The 6G is expected to be available on the market by 2030. MIT focused on the most energy spent on radiating radio waves by communication systems that are not utilized. However, for current systems operating at frequencies of one gigahertz or less, this power is negligible. Currently, 5G networks designed for tens of gigahertz are already starting to be utilized.

New Poll Shows Trump and Biden in Near Tie

A new Washington Post – ABC News opinion poll shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading by two points, at 49 percent to 47 percent, ahead of US President Donald Trump. The percentage difference is well within the margin of error to indicate a tie. The news comes in the wake of another survey which revealed an uptick in Trump’s approval due to his handling of the current coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: Why Iran Won’t Give Up Its Nuclear Program to Remove Sanctions

Iran has gone to extreme lengths to preserve its nuclear program. Despite a flurry of devastating sanctions designed to cripple its economy, it has refused to abandon this dicey endeavor. Just to get a feel of how badly the sanctions have ravaged the economy, Iranian oil exports have fallen to just under 2.6 million barrels a month, from 4.6 million in 2018.

Coronavirus: Number of Cases Increasing in Kenya

According to Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe, four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Kenya, bringing the total to 42. The first case was reported on March 13. The cases include one Kenyan, one Cameroonian, one American, and one Burkinese. Commenting on the coronavirus epidemic. Mr. Kagwe has urged all Kenyans to work together to prevent coronavirus infections, rather than leaving the burden to the government alone. ​

How Coronavirus is Affecting Mexican Drug Cartels

The coronavirus epidemic is affecting the global economy in the most serious of ways, and the Mexican government is scrambling to contain its spread. Even though the country has yet to implement a full lockdown, the coronavirus epidemic is taking its toll on the economy. Mexican drug trafficking syndicates have not been spared either. Just like legitimate businesses, they are beginning to feel the pinch.

Coronavirus: German Cases Soar, Government Extends Restrictions, Considers Surveillance

Germany has recorded 5,331 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, registering a total of 56,202 in the country. According to Worldometers, 403 people in Germany have died and 6,658 have recovered. The Robert Koch Institute, the entity responsible for disease prevention and control in the country, indicates that the two most-affected states are Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Coronavirus: Over 1,000 Dead in UK, Russia Seals Borders, Finland Blockades Capital

The United Kingdom has so far recorded more than 1,000 deaths due to the new coronavirus pandemic. This represents an increase of 260 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per an official report. The official number of the dead in the UK due to the coronavirus is now at 1,019, and the number of people confirmed to have been infected with the disease is 17,089.