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Coronavirus US: Pennsylvania and Colorado emerge as hotspots

Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington DC are become emerging coronavirus hot spots as the United States enters what officials warn will be the 'hardest' week of the pandemic crisis.  The death toll from coronavirus has been rising in places like Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington DC as the number of deaths nationwide increased to nearly 10,000 and the number of infections rose to 337,000. Those three areas have seen the number of infections and deaths more than double in the past week. 



Dr Marion Koopmans, from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, said the virus is the first which has started to fit into the category of a future dangerous illness which will spread worldwide.

CORONAVIRUS: STORE SHELVES EMPTY AS PANIC BUYING HITS ITALY--Infected victims jump from 3 to 165 in just a few days.


On Sunday, South Korea raised its virus alert to the highest level for the first time since 2009

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Candace Owens: the CT governor lied about an infant dying from the coronavirus

image from pbs.twimg.comCandace Owens is a conservative commentator who is not afraid to say what’s on her mind. Most recently, she has investigated and called out those who have falsely claimed that COVID-19 has claimed the life of children. More specifically, that it claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy in California and an infant in Connecticut. The infant involved seems to have passed away from a “terrible accident at home,” where it was accidentally suffocated by a caretaker. The baby was tested for COVID-19 after already pronounced dead, and when the test was positive, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont took that and ran with it.  MORE

Brit Hume: Deaths Are Being ‘Inflated’ in New York

Fox News analyst Brit Hume raised eyebrows Thursday by circulating a Twitter thread —describes as an

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twitter post claiming New York has “inflated” its death toll from the coronavirus.

“Very informative thread,” Hume replied. “Explains why NY’s Covid 19 fatality numbers are inflated. They dont’t distinguish between those who die with the disease and those who die from it.”

Very informative thread. Explains why NY’s Covid 19 fatality numbers are inflated. They dont’t distinguish between those who die with the disease and those who die from it.

— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 1, 2020

In fact, the report from The New York Cities own report shows only 14 people have dies in the city of coronavirus alone.  All the rest show that the deaths were by patients of many underlying reason, who also tested positive for the disease!   TOTALLY BOGUS.  

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The unemployment rate may hit 30% because of coronavirus Panic

But what will the results be?  How many Non Corona Deaths will this cause???

The unemployment may hit 30% because of coroanvirus with an unprecedented 50% drop in gross domestic product, a Federal Reserve chief has warned. This would outpace the Depression when the highest unemployment rate was:









FDR President


James Bullard, President of the St Louis Fed, said that 'everything is on the table' for lending to replace up to $2.5trillion lost as a result of job losses in the first quarter.   'There is more that we can do if necessary,' Bullard told Bloomberg, 'There is probably much more in the months ahead depending on where Congress wants to go.'

Last night top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House churned over a now nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package as the COVID-19 death toll soared to 414, with more than 35,000 cases.

The Fed last week began drastic measures to breathe life into the economy, cutting interest rates to almost zero and promising to increase its holdings of Treasuries by $500billion and of mortgage securities by $200billion. 

Bullard added: 'This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the U.S. economy in the second quarter ... The overall goal is to keep everyone, households and businesses, whole.' 

As President Donald Trump took to the podium in the White House briefing room and promised to help Americans who feel afraid and isolated as the pandemic spreads, the Senate voted Sunday against advancing the rescue package. But talks continued on Capitol Hill.  'I think you'll get there. To me it's not very complicated: We have to help the worker. We have to save the companies,' Trump said.

The overreaction of government and media spreading undue panic at the same time saying don't panic! Like "calm down," simply saying "don't panic," without providing evidence and facts that is actually available to ease the mind, is largely ineffective.

Abdu Sharkawy, a doctor and expert at the University of Toronto in Canada, wrote late Friday that the disease is indeed dangerous but that the often self-interested measures to contain are in some cases proving worse.

His post, which has been shared around 310,000 times at the time of writing, attacks the "spellbinding spiral of panic" he observes around the world as the number of cases increases.

1"I am not scared of COVID-19," Sharkawy wrote, using the scientific name for the disease caused by the coronavirus.

You can read the full post here.

However, he continued:

"What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world.

"I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they 'probably don't have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…'"

So take the doctors advice DON'T PANIC....  I wish the Media, government and CDC would do the same!



Over and over again, the military has conducted dangerous biowarfare experiments on Americans

If we learn anything from history, it is never trust any government with a free rein. Governments even ours, are dangerous to liberties, life and happiness! We have to ask ourselves some questions. Is Coronavirus 19 a biological weapon being tested by either our side or the Russians or the Chinese or all.  Don't be fooled - read some disturbing history below...


from: Over and over again, the military has conducted dangerous biowarfare experiments on Americans

On September 20, 1950, a US Navy ship just off the coast of San Francisco used a giant hose to spray a cloud of microbes into the air and into the city's famous fog. The military was testing how a biological weapon attack would affect the 800,000 residents of the city.

The people of San Francisco had no idea.

The Navy continued the tests for seven days, potentially causing at least one death. It was one of the first large-scale biological weapon trials that would be conducted under a "germ warfare testing program" that went on for 20 years, from 1949 to 1969. The goal "was to deter [the use of biological weapons] against the United States and its allies and to retaliate if deterrence failed," the government explained later. "Fundamental to the development of a deterrent strategy was the need for a thorough study and analysis of our vulnerability to overt and covert attack."

Of the 239 known tests in that program, San Francisco was notable for two reasons, according to Dr. Leonard Cole, who documented the episode in his book "Clouds of Secrecy: The Army's Germ Warfare Tests Over Populated Areas."

Cole, now the director of the Terror Medicine and Security Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, tells Business Insider that this incident was "notable: first, because it was really early in the program ... but also because of the extraordinary coincidence that took place at Stanford Hospital, beginning days after the Army's tests had taken place."

Hospital staff were so shocked at the appearance of a patient infected with a bacteria, Serratia marcescens, that had never been found in the hospital and was rare in the area, that they published an article about it in a medical journal. The patient, Edward Nevin, died after the infection spread to his heart.

Bacillus subtilis, then known as Bacillus globigii, was one pathogen that was used in testing.
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S. marcescens was one of the two types of bacteria the Navy ship had sprayed over the Bay Area. It wasn't until the 1970s that Americans, as Cole wrote in the book, "learned that for decades they had been serving as experimental animals for agencies of their government."


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LESSON: U.S. Must Never Rely on a Foreign Country

USA in ProphecyPresident Trump is calling for Republicans and Democrats to unite behind his American independence agenda to defeat the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

During a Tuesday press conference, Trump detailed the “critical” need for American independence in manufacturing, the energy sector, and territorially at the nation’s borders to stop the coronavirus crisis:

We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. I think we’ve learned a lot. This crisis has underscored just how critical it is to have strong borders and a robust manufacturing sector. For three years, we’ve embarked on a great national project to secure our immigration system and bring back our manufacturing jobs. We’ve brought back many jobs, record numbers of jobs, and this really shows, this experience shows how important borders are. Without borders, you don’t have a nation. [Emphasis added]


Neo-Leninist governors and gullible Americans

By Mychal Massie

Coronavirus1The media are not reporting the fact they're fearmongering. They're fomenting and spreading exaggerated rumors of impending doom to raise the specter of fear for the express purpose of manipulating the public. And that by definition is fearmongering.

Saturday morning my wife and I stopped by a friend's deli to pick up an item. My friend had CNN on the television that was typically tuned to a food channel. Predictably, listening to the reporting was like being connected intravenously to depressants. By the time we walked out of the shop, I needed a carafe of Valium with a carafe of Xanax for a chaser. The so-called news was that depressing.

People sit glued to their televisions and radios being subjected to endless regurgitation of projections for infection and death. I believe that network, cable news and talk programs should be prosecuted for fomenting panic and fearmongering with forethought and malicious intent.

CNN has an uninterrupted track record of fallacious reporting. CNN's false reporting from Iraq is second in its unadulterated dishonesty only to President Franklin Roosevelt's coercing American newspapers to falsify the horrors Hitler's Germany was perpetrating upon the Jews.

The complicity between the Roosevelt administration and the American newspapers provided a veil of protection that allowed Hitler to inflict unimagined suffering upon the Jews. (See: CNN: All Lies, All The Time,, Sept. 3, 2018.)

Israeli virologist tells world leaders to calm unnecessary panic over 'exaggerated' coronavirus

'Most of those infected won't even know it'

The cases of the coronavirus jumped to 9,225 in the US on Wednesday. The number of deaths blamed on the virus is 150 in the US.

The number of estimated deaths from the flu this year, based on numbers from the CDC is 22,000.

Top Israeli virologist Prof. Jihad Bishara, the director of the Infectious Disease Unit at Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital, said this week most people will recover from the coronavirus without even knowing they were sick.

Dr. Bishara said global leaders and the media need to quit pushing panic and calm people down.

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Ron Paul: “People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus 'pandemic’ could be a big hoax"

DAVID EDWARDS.    This article originally appeared on Raw Story

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul suggested on Monday that Democrats are abusing their power by perpetrating a "coronavirus hoax."

In a column simply titled "The Coronavirus Hoax," Paul warned that fearful people are "willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them."

"It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to impeach President Trump last month for abuse of power demanding that the Administration grab more power and authority in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans," Paul wrote, and added, "State and local authoritarians love panic, as well," he continued before singling out U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci as the "chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration."

Paul continued,

"Fauci is all over the media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic. He testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis," Paul wrote. "Over what? A virus that has thus far killed just over 5,000 worldwide and less than 100 in the United States?"

The former GOP presidential candidate concluded: "People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus 'pandemic' could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit – financially or politically – from the ensuing panic."


This is not the end of the world, according to Christians who study the end of the world

And they are RIGHT!

Are We in the Last Days (Prelim 1985)01Chuck Pierce’s son was concerned, like a lot of other people looking out on a world of ransacked grocery stores and canceled sports seasons and eerie lines of people standing six feet apart from one another. So he asked his dad: “Is this the end of the world?”

It sure might feel apocalyptic. But not if you ask Christian writers and pastors who have spent years focusing their message on the Book of Revelation — the New Testament’s final book. It lays out a lurid, poetic vision of the End Times, in which many evangelical leaders interpret it to mean that Jesus will return to Earth, believers will be raptured to heaven and those left behind will suffer seven dreadful years of calamities. Most of these Revelation-focused prophesiers don’t see coronavirus as heralding the Second Coming and the end of life on Earth as we know it. 

“If a person were just completely ignorant about what the Bible says about the End Times, they may think this right now: This is it,” said Jeff Kinley, a writer of books on biblical prophecy who lives in Harrison, Ark.

Kinley said he understands why Americans might see this time of fast-encroaching disease, isolation from loved ones and crashing stock markets as apocalyptic. Americans are primed to believe the end of the world might arrive any day now. In 2010, 41 percent told Pew Research Center that they expected Jesus to return by 2050.

Kinley pointed to Revelation 6:8, which forecasts deaths all over the globe “by sword, famine and plague,” and Jesus’ words about the events before the end times in Luke 21:11: “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”

“I think he’s referring to a future time,” Kinley said. “I don’t think this is an actual fulfillment of that.” 

The Bible is very specific about what will happen before the End Times, Kinley says, and those events haven’t all unfolded yet. For one major thing, the ancient temple in Jerusalem is supposed to be rebuilt first.

Gary Ray, a writer for the prophecy website Unsealed, agreed: He and his fellow evangelical End-Times writers are focused on what is happening with holy sites in Israel, not disease. “The key focus that we have in our minds is Israel. That’s God’s prophetic clock. As things progress in that country, we get closer to when the rapture of the church will occur, and then the tribulation,” he said.

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'Dishonest bunch of SOBs!' Media scorched for distorting coronavirus threat

The Plain Truth: This is a manufactured crisis - an attempt to get Trump in trouble with the public and make sure he loses the election.  The media, including Fox News is helping the Democrats and the Never Trumper's in fear mongering.  DO NOT FORGET

News outlets hammered for 'burying' most important part of story

Black vultures are roosting in Kentucky and eating animals alive

Contrary what our lying Federal Government claims, BLACK VULTURES KILL animals, not just a scavenger as they claim. As a "part timer" rancher, I can vouch for this and it pisses me off to know I can't kill a predator that kills my livestock, from Chickens, to calves!  The story claims that farmers can get a permit to kill them- GOODS LUCK TRYING!  Read the story- and watch the video in the link!


They'll devour slimy newborn calves, full-grown ewes and lambs alive by pecking them to death.

First the eyes, then the tongue, then every last shred of flesh. 

And there isn't much defense against black vultures and turkey vultures, both of which are federally protected and cannot be killed without a permit. 

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 covers all migratory birds, their nests and their eggs, which means that the birds can't be harmed without federal permission. Their nests can only be disrupted, as a deterrent, if there are no eggs or young in them. 

But as the vultures, which are native to Kentucky, have multiplied in numbers nationally over the last two decades, they have become more of a problem for farmers. Each year, Kentucky farmers lose around $300,000 to $500,000 worth of livestock to these native vultures, according to Joe Cain, commodity division director for the Kentucky Farm Bureau. 

It's not just farm animals. Small pets may be at risk too.   More Plus Video

Economic Bloodbath: Oil- Stocks Crashing - Media Hype is working on destroying Trump economy

Bob Barney

The Fake News about the Coronavirus being the next Black Death has achieved what Russiagate could not do - it has tanked the world's economy and created the greatest threat to Trump's presidency...  Although barley a few hundred have the disease in America, we lose 150 people a day from the FLU! Most people know that the flu can kill. Indeed, the so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million people in 1918 – more than were killed in the first world war. But did you know that the common cold kills many people?  Can you really catch your death?

Rhinovirus causes about half of all colds, but other viruses can cause one or more of the symptoms of a cold, including adenovirus, influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza virus. A cold can also have more severe symptoms in the very young and the very old. Older people are more likely to develop a more serious infection compared with adults or older children. And people who smoke – or who are exposed to second-hand smoke – are also more likely to get a cold and have more severe symptoms.  Sound familiar????

The common cold kills more people each year than we have lost to the Coronavirus, yet no panic!

Oil prices see the biggest plunge since the Gulf War in 1991 as Dow set to open 1,000 points lower

Johns Hopkins Launches Coronavirus Website: 1 Billion Requests a Day

Johns Hopkins Launches Coronavirus Website: More than 1 Billion Requests a Day

Johns Hopkins University experts held a press briefing on Friday on Capitol Hill to discuss efforts to confront coronavirus as it spreads around the globe, including the launch of a website with an interactive dashboard that collects data worldwide about the virus, including data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Bob Barney: How to make your vote work again

This was first published 18 years ago on WND

Posted: December 30, 2002
1:00 am Eastern

By Bob Barney
© 2009

While many Americans believe their elected representatives in Washington are nothing more than a bunch of pickpocketing shysters intoxicated by the influence of powerful lobbyists, the solution – as radical as it might sound – might just be to put more people in office.

I propose we amend the Constitution to add even more members to Congress – and I mean dramatically more.

When our founding fathers built the country on a representative form of government, they intended the masses to have a democratic voice. They sought to make one government body controlled by the majority of voters; hence, the House of Representatives, the people's voice in government.

The sole purpose for this branch of Congress was to ensure that the majority of the voting populace had a say in government actions. That's why House members have the shortest term in office, at two years.

While there's no doubt the framers of the Constitution were brilliant planners, they did not foresee the eventual size and scope of America, especially in terms of population growth. In a way, the population explosion has become the Achilles heel of our republic.

The Encyclopedia of World History states "Following the establishment of the new constitutional order, the U.S. population increased from 3.9 million in 1790 to 9.6 million in 1820. The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 added the nearly 2 million people who occupied the nine new states and three territories west of the Appalachian Mountains. The nation's urban population increased from less than 550,000 in 1820 to 1.8 million in 1840. By 1870, when the U.S. population reached nearly 40 million, about 25 percent of the total lived in cities, as the urban population grew more rapidly than the population as a whole."

When founding fathers originally assigned 435 members for the House, they were delegating one member for roughly every 8,900 people. Of this amount, only 900-1,000 could actually vote. Keep in mind, only land-owning men over 21 had that right – not women, not children, not minorities. No wonder we read about Davy Crockett walking his district to press the flesh with his electorate. He could easily meet every man that voted for him, a far cry from today where the average congressman meets only a small fraction of constituents.

Today, a House member may represent a half-million or more citizens in his district, with another 150,000 eligible to vote. With such a ratio, do you think your congressperson really cares one whit about your personal opinions? If members do their job correctly, they've already neutralized your vote through gerrymandering.

Politicians quickly learn it's not their constituents they need to worry about, but rather, money. And to get that cash, they cozy up to the people and corporations that have it. The result? Taxation without representation for the vast majority of voters! The same issue that helped spark the American Revolution.

If a constitutional amendment were passed to put the House back to the same representation level as in 1789 (one House member per 1,000 voters), we'd actually need 202,000 members. I'm not suggesting we adopt that large a figure, but if we took the population ratio of 1789 – 8,900 per district – we would still need 20,000 House members. Can you start to see how much more important a vote was to Davy Crockett than one is today?

My compromise is that we set up a new Congress based on the idea that a congressperson has districts of only 50,000 registered voters (that would get the voter registration drives up) and that the number of House members are not limited. The 2000 census indicates the U.S. has 130 million registered voters and another 73 million more adults not registered.

To make the math easier, let's assume that we would have 150 million registered voters after the new law goes into effect. That would equate to about 3,000 representatives. Now before you laugh, remember we've had at times ten times that number of people in the Pentagon alone. These 3,000 could meet in a new building, pass laws, do the business of government and then send their bills to the Senate.

It sounds simplistic, but it would put government back into the hands of the common man. Corporations cannot buy 3,000 votes. Citizens would personally know their congressman again, like in olden times. Neighborhood leaders would find themselves elected to Congress. Local issues would have weight again in Washington, and the special-interest groups would be relegated to spending their time and money on senators and the president.

The new system has an added bonus when it comes to presidential elections.

The Electoral College would increase by almost 2,600 voters where suburbs and rural areas would have a greater weight in elections than they do today. You'd find White House wannabes meeting more voters in person. Look at the map of the 2000 presidential contest. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that George W. Bush carried the majority of the land mass of America. Granted, large cities would acquire many more House members, but so would the large suburbs that surround the cities.

Finally, our forefathers never envisioned full-time lobbying, not to mention a full-time Congress.

Lobbyists have had a larger influence on our government than any of the framers ever envisioned. On both the far right and the far left, a few powerful groups have held the vast majority of Americans in bondage. It's especially true in the Senate, where large unpopulated states have far more representation than larger states, and lobbyists have an easier time getting their agendas made into laws. A stronger House would better control a much too-powerful Senate.

So, by shifting the balance of power back to the voters, we'd return our country back to what our founding fathers initially envisioned: a land of free persons who can control their destiny through the ballot box and not the rifle.

Bob Barney is a resident of Chesapeake, Va., and is co-founder of, an auto-racing messageboard, as well as a news and messageboard.


Are dead bodies attracting biblical swarms of crows in China?

Video making its way out of China shows massive murders of crows circling infected cities in the mainland.

Coupled with reports of dead bodies and local folklore about the bird, their appearance is causing a sense of dread for those who see the hordes of feathered beasts.

Many of the videos popping up recently were recorded near the city of Wuhan, where the deadly COVID-19 virus first originated months ago.

Although the clips are taken from all around Hubei province, they all show an unsettling amount of crows ominously wheeling overhead.

One video reportedly from Hanchuan, a city next to Wuhan, shows an entire murder of crows darkening the sky as they fly in all directions. Nearby trees can be seen crowded with the black birds.

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Another video supposedly taken from nearby Jingzhou shows a large group of the birds circling overhead as if waiting for a feast.


Limbaugh's black producer: Racism charge against Rush is 'slanderous'

image from www.wnd.comRush Limbaugh's black producer denounced as "scandalous" CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's claim that the talk-radio icon has a "history" of racist statements, challenging the TV journalist to provide evidence.

James Golden, known on the air as Bo Snerdley, pointed out he's been in the studio with Limbaugh for 30 years.

Acosta was commenting on air after President Trump's State of the Union address, which featured many accomplishments that have helped African Americans. Limbaugh, who announced this week he's been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the speech.

"He was trying to make appeals to the African-American community," Acosta said of the president. "It can't be forgotten he was awarding the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh, who has a history of making derogatory comments about African-Americans. So I think, you know, overall it's a wash."  MORE

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Believe it or NOT--Chinese Scientists Sell Lab Animals as Meat on the Black Market

Expert: Chinese Scientists Sell Lab Animals as Meat on the Black Market

Population Research Institute President Steven W. Mosher wroteat the New York Post on Saturday that China’s coronavirus epidemic could have been unleashed by researchers who sold laboratory animals to the notorious “wet markets” of Wuhan for extra cash.

Mosher is not the first skeptic of Beijing’s official coronavirus narrative to note the presence of an advanced microbiology lab near Wuhan, the city where the epidemic originated. Since the early days of the crisis, theories have suggested everything from the lab accidentally releasing the virus to speculation that the virus might have been deliberately designed as a biological weapon. 

His theory cited as evidence the release of new guidelines from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology calling for “strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.” 

As Mosher pointed out, the facility near Wuhan is the only Level 4 microbiology lab in China, so the new directive was implicitly directed at the Wuhan facility, which further implies the Ministry of Science and Technology has reason to believe its containment procedures need to be strengthened.

He also noted that Maj. Gen. Chen Wei, the Chinese military’s top expert in biological warfare, was dispatched to Wuhan in January to deal with the crisis, and her background includes extensive research on coronaviruses. 

“This would not be her first trip to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, either, since it is one of only two bioweapons research labs in all of China,” he said of Chen’s relationship with the lab.

The novel twist to Mosher’s theory is that Chinese lab technicians have an unfortunate history of selling experimental animals to vendors such as the ones that ply their trade in Wuhan’s wet market:


Iran's deputy HEALTH minister comes down with coronavirus at press

Moment Iran's deputy HEALTH minister comes down with coronavirus at press conference to reassure nation that the country's death toll was lower than feared

Iran's deputy health minister has tested positive for coronavirus a day after insisting that Iran's death toll was lower than feared (he is pictured left sweating at the press conference)

Iraj Harirchi was taken into quarantine just a day after insisting that Iran's death toll was lower than feared in a sweaty appearance at a press conference (pictured left). Harirchi's diagnosis is the latest sign of Tehran's blundering efforts to contain the virus as the official death toll rose to 15 today. The regime has refused to seal off the holy city of Qom (bottom right) at the centre of the crisis even as pilgrims spread the virus around the Middle East and Iranians face shortages of masks and testing kits (some of them are pictured at a pharmacy, top right; an Iranian suspected virus patient is seen in hospital in Iraq, inset). A series of Middle East governments have imposed travel bans after the virus spread across the region and Turkey today ordered a jet to be diverted on its way from Tehran to Ankara.

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Ryan Newman says he suffered a head injury but no organ damage

Ryan Newman is seen above with his daughters, Brooklyn Sage (left) and Ashlyn Olivia (right) at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, in this undated file photo

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has revealed he suffered a head injury in the fiery crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 a week ago. 

In a statement read out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday's race, by Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark, he said that the doctors have so far been pleased with how he is recovering.  

'I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I'm currently being treated,' Newman wrote in his statement. 

There is no timetable for Newman's return to racing, but Roush Fenway Racing said the 42-year-old Indiana native is determined to get back to the track.

'He has expressed unequivocally that this is where he wants to be and he wants to be back in a race car,' said Newmark, adding that once he returns, Newman wants to be the one to address his health personally.