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Newsom orders OC beaches closed

GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM on Thursday ordered all Orange County closed, including Huntington Beach and (above) Newport Beach (Wikipedia/Library of Congress).

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered Orange County beaches closed.

Images of large crowds Saturday and Sunday on the strand in Newport Beach – estimated at 80,000 people – prompted the action, according to the Associated Press.

Speaking of hopes to relax some of the restrictions in place to battle the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom said, “The only thing that will delay it is more weekends like last weekend. Let’s not see that happen.”

His declaration, which will also close Huntington Beach, is limited to Orange County. A rumor circulated Wednesday that it would across the state, but it was focused on the OC after the Newport Beach City Council declined to close its beach.

“Governor Newsome just doesn’t seen to get it,” said State Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). “We need to trust people. If our citizens exercise proper social distancing, then we should allow access to the beach.”

Jobless count reaches 3.03 million

The number of new applications for unemployment benefits hit 3.8 million last week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That brings the total number to 30.3 million in the six-week period since the coronavirus became a concern in the nation.

30.3 million people have applied for unemployment benefits (Shutterstock).

That amounts to one out of six workers.

In a related development, Dr. Anthony Fauci, key member of the White House COVID-19 task force and a top expert in infectious diseases, said he expects the new drug Remdesivir to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration “really quickly.”

It is not a vaccine or a cure for coronavirus, but field tests show it does shorten the time of recovery and reduces its severity.

Pelosi defends Biden on assault claims

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defendedß former vice president Joe Biden – the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee – against allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 1993.

Tara Reade, who worked in Biden’s Senate office at the time, claims he pushed her against a wall and touched her genital area.

Biden’s campaign has denied the story, according for Reuters, although Biden has not yet directly addressed the accusation.

Pelosi said “I have complete respect for the whole #MeToo movement,” she said. “There is also due process and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden,” whom she referred to as “a person of great values.”

According to Reuters, Biden will be interviewed Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on the allegations.

Stock market ends April on up note

STOCKS had a good April (Shutterstock).

In a case of good news/bad news, the stock market on Thursday showed some declines as investors took their profits, but overall some exchanges reported the largest monthly percentage gains in years.

The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Average had their best months since January 1987 and Nasdaq had its best month since June 2000, according to Reuters.

The market remains within 20 percent of its all-time highs reached in February despite the dislocations caused by the COVID-19 outbreaks.

U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 60,000

The United States continues its dubious leadership in the coronavirus pandemic, being first in total confirmed cases – 1,046,760 – and in deaths – 60,778 – according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Worldwide, 227,991 people have died out of the 3.21 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The nation with the highest mortality rate – cases per 100,000 people – is Spain with 495 cases. The nation with the lowest is Belgium with 55 deaths.

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