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Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hasn't personally briefed President Trump on the coronavirus in two months.

Dr. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says he hasn't seen Trump in person since June 2 and had not briefed him since May.

Fauci told the Financial Times he's passed notes on the pandemic to Trump's staff and he's sure the president receives his messages.

President Trump has been critical of Dr. Fauci's opinions on the coronavirus.

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump said suggested he'd lost confidence in Dr. Fauci because he "made a lot of mistakes".

Dr. Fauci is on record saying Americans should not wear face masks because masks do not prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

"There's no reason for people to be walking around with a mask," Fauci said back in March.

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Dr. Fauci criticized Trump for saying 99% of people in the world who are infected with the virus "automatically get better."

Fauci said the president was incorrect in claiming 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless.

"I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case."

The fatality rate, or deaths divided by confirmed cases, is about 4.3%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

But Johns Hopkins didn't take into account the millions of Americans who are infected with the virus but have not been tested yet.

According to USA Today, the death toll could be much lower if cases are undercounted because of lack of testing.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to stop calling the coronavirus an epidemic because of a major drop in deaths.

The death rate has fallen so low that "the percentage is currently at the epidemic threshold."

"Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC," the CDC wrote on its website.

In a leaked memo in April, the CDC urged doctors to classify "probable" deaths as COVID-19-related.

The memo stated tests were not necessary to confirm COVID-related death. Doctors complained that the COVID-19 death rate was artificially inflated.

As a result of the CDC's memo, many family members were denied insurance payouts since insurance companies do not cover pandemic-related illnesses.

Families filed lawsuits against doctors and hospitals which effectively ended the false diagnoses and the COVID-19 death rate tumbled.
 

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Kanye West is done with President Trump. In an interview with Forbes magazine to promote his campaign for president, Kanye revealed he was "severely ill" with COVID-19 in February.

"I am taking the red hat off with this interview," said the father-of-4, referring to the red MAGA hat he wore during his trips to visit Trump at the White House.

Kanye, 43, is confident his name will be on the ballots as an independent this fall, even though he's missed the filing deadline in most states.

"I'm speaking with experts, I'm going to speak with Jared Kushner, the White House, with Biden," he says.

Referring to former friend, Trump, Kanye said he's lost confidence in the president. "It looks like one big mess to me. I don't like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker."

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He dismissed rumors that he is running to help re-elect Trump by siphoning Democratic votes from Biden. Kanye said he isn't worried about Biden, who reportedly suffers from senile dementia.

"I'm not saying Trump's in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama's special. Trump's special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special."

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As for the platform he plans to run on, Kanye said he wants to bring Wakanda to the United States. Wakanda is the fictional technologically advanced kingdom in the film Black Panther.

"A lot of Africans do not like the movie and representation of themselves in...Wakanda," he says. "But I'm gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it's the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House..."

"Let's get back to Wakanda," he continued. "Like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine-like big pharma-we are going to work, innovate, together."

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Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a stern warning to Black people about the vaccine being developed for the COVID-19 virus.

Normally it takes several years of animal and human clinical trials before a vaccine is brought to market. But the COVID-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked to hit the market within months - despite the low death toll.

In a speech titled "The Criterion," Farrakhan urged Africans to be skeptical of the vaccine, citing the country's troublesome medical history of experimenting on Black people.

"I say to my brothers and sisters in Africa... if they come up with a vaccine, be careful," Farrakhan said before also warning Black people in America.

"Do not take their medications. We need to call a meeting of our skilled virologists, epidemiologists, and students of biology and chemistry," Farrakhan said. "We need to give ourselves something better. There are 14 therapies we can treat it with. The virus is a pestilence from Heaven. The only way to stop it is going to heaven."
 

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Governor Brian Kemp ordered 1,000 members of the National Guard to deploy to Atlanta, citing the mayor's failure "to quell ongoing violence with armed individuals threatening citizens".

Atlanta has seen over 75 shootings in the past few weeks.

Kemp, who is Republican, declared a state of emergency in Atlanta on Monday after 8-year-old Secoreia Turner was fatally shot while riding in a car with her mother and a friend near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month.

Mayor Bottoms was accused of ignoring the armed Black Lives Matter protesters guarding the burned out Wendy's where Brooks died.
 

In an emotional press conference on Monday, Mayor Bottoms blamed Black Lives Matter activists for the little girl's death.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

On ABC's Good Morning America, Mayor Bottoms was asked if she requested the National Guard to control the protests which turned violent.

"No. An irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no," she said. "But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.

"So, I understand if he wants to protect state buildings. We have been coordinating with the Georgia State Patrol -- which we do on any number of occasions... But at no time was it mentioned that anyone felt that there was the need for the National Guard to come in.”

On Monday afternoon Bottoms tweeted that she and her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. She said she had no symptoms.

Gov. Kemp does not plan to mandate mask-wearing in the state of Georgia.

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Despite wearing a face mask, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she has tested positive for COVID-19.

The mayor is pictured comforting Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks who was killed by police last month.

Bottoms tweeted her positive test result on Monday evening. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

She told reporters she didn't know how she contracted the virus. Mayor Bottoms has repeatedly urged Atlantans to wear face masks in public. She diligently wears a face mask and maintains social distancing.

It isn't clear if Mayor Bottoms will self-quarantine for 14 days.

She is among the 99 percentile of people with COVID-19 who show no symptoms or mild symptoms.

COVID-19 cases are up 134% nationwide but fatalities are down 34%.

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Rapper DaBaby and organizers behind his Saturday night concert near Atlanta have come under fire on social media for failing to protect concertgoers against the coronavirus.

Several fans took to social media to say they tested positive after attending his rap concert in Georgia, where organizers failed to enforce social distancing measures.

The "Suge" star ignored coronavirus concerns and pressed ahead with his Fourth of July celebration at the Cosmopolitan Premier Lounge in Decatur, even though positive tests across the state have spiked in recent days.

Prior to the gig, promoter MyDJDre told TMZ the venue would only be at 40 per cent capacity to allow for attendees to socially distance while inside the club.

Organizers said they would turn away fans at the door if they failed to wear a mask or refused to have their temperature checked upon entry.

But concertgoers did not socially distance or wear masks as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder inside the packed club which has room for 4,000 people.

DaBaby was also supposed to be limited to having a three-person entourage with him during his performance, but he arrived at the venue with a bus load of people and brought a crowd up on the stage too.

After the footage began circulating on social media, many concerned users shared their disapproval at the apparent lack of concern for public safety.

Responding to the club's DJ, who boasted about DaBaby's gig attracting "the whole city" in an Instagram post, one person remarked, "I wouldn't be bragging that 'the whole city came out' in the middle of a pandemic."

"This is so irresponsible. You should be ashamed," read another comment.

Another user tweeted: "I absolutely love Dababy and his music but this is such an awful idea. Risking thousands of lives for a silly a** concert is so foolish. Cancel this ridiculousness."

A third user wrote: "For god's sake man America stay home do you not fear death at this point? Who's going to a dababy concert to just see this guy lip sync all of his songs that sound the same anyway."

DaBaby and MyDJDre have yet to respond to the latest backlash.

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The iconic Friday the 13th villain Jason Vorhees is being featured in a public service announcement urging Americans to wear face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bosses at ad agency Ogilvy created a viral video featuring an actor dressed up as the horror slasher character out and about in New York, wearing his iconic white mask.

"The masked killer from Friday the 13th is taking a machete to the city's epidemic with a PSA (public service announcement) on the importance of preventative face wear," the caption alongside the video reads.

"It's not easy - the mask makes people uncomfortable," a narrator says over the video, which features bystanders fleeing from Jason. "I know, the whole chainsaw thing, I get it. But the thing is, behind the mask, I'm a regular guy."

The post concludes with, "Wearing a mask can be scary. Not wearing one can be deadly."

The ad campaign comes as stars like Tom Hanks and Jennifer Aniston take to social media to urge followers to wear masks in public.

But many Americans are reluctant to wear masks due to what they say is the politicization of the coronavirus.

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Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is hospitalized with the coronavirus, his team announced on Twitter.com Thursday.

"Dan here: Herman has just begun the process of kicking COVID-19's ass," tweeted columnist Dan Calabrese who got the news from Cain's executive assistant Lisa Lisa.

"If you wouldn't mind, pray for our boss; Covid-19 doesn't know who it's messing with," Calabrese wrote in a post on Hermancain.com.

"His executive assistant Lisa Lisa gave the news that he’d been taken to the hospital and that he was having trouble breathing. We all prayed for him, right then, right there. And we continued to do so throughout the evening.

In the morning we started getting better news, particularly the fact that he hadn’t required a respirator. That was probably the one detail we were praying about the most, and God was gracious."

Cain had appeared at President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week. Cain's team said he was informed that he had tested positive on June 29. He was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, but he did not require a ventilator.

The team added: "There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.

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Vanilla Ice is going forward with his decision to perform live in concert this Saturday, July 4, in Texas.

The news has drawn criticism online over the rising number of Covid-19 cases among young people in Texas.

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The 52-year-old rap musician, real name Robert Van Winkle, recently announced he will be performing live at a gig titled the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party, which will take place at the Emerald Point Bar & Grill in Austin.

And despite the fact that all bars in the state were closed down earlier this week due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the concert will go on as planned thanks to a legal loophole: the venue is classified as a restaurant - not a bar.

The Austin health department is urging fans not to go to the concert due to the ongoing COVID-19 hysteria.

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Vanilla Ice is excited to hit the stage after a three-month forced quarantine for a virus that causes no symptoms or mild symptoms in people under 60. Ice and his fans are eager to get on with their lives.

"I can't wait to get back to this," the "Ice Ice Baby" rapper wrote on Instagram promoting the gig.

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"The 90s were the best. We didn't have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers. We had 5.0's, blockbuster, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne's World, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan … Mortal Kombat is still better than Fortnight (video game) … the last of the great decades."

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But Instagram users were quick to slam the rapper for being "irresponsible" in staging the gig amid the pandemic.

"When you get to heaven and Jesus asks you how you ended up in Heaven he gonna send you right on down to hell with a head slap when you tell him you was at a Vanilla Ice show and caught the virus," on pirate user wrote.

"If you get COVID because you went to the Vanilla Ice concert that somehow is the exception to closure rules, frankly, you deserve that," another user wrote.

The criticism comes after country singer Chase Rice was slammed online for hosting a concert which didn't adhere to social distancing guidelines amid the pandemic.
 

Update: Rapper Vanilla Ice has backed out of plans to perform at an Independence Day party after confessing he "didn't know" how bad the coronavirus spike was in Austin, Texas.
 

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Joe Biden held his first press conference in 89 days in a gymnasium in his hometown on Tuesday.

The former vice president walked gingerly to the podium, wearing a black face mask which he removed before speaking to the half dozen journalists in attendance.

Biden, 77, immediately attacked President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus, saying Trump is "waving the white flag" and refusing to lead the country by mandating that everyone wear a mask or face covering.

Biden, who says he has not been tested for the virus, said, if he wins the election, he would ask Dr. Anthony Fauci to continue serving as the lead expert on the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden accused Trump of losing the war against the coronavirus.

"What happened? Now it's almost July, and it seems like our wartime president has surrendered -- ramped, er, waved the white flag and left the battlefield."

At the conclusion of his speech, Biden took a few questions from reporters, including one question about increasing his public appearances, declaring he "can hardly wait" to debate Trump.

The Democratic nominee slammed Trump's "cognitive capability," saying, "This president is um -- he talks about cognitive capability - he doesn't seem to be cognitively aware of what's going on."

"You know the steps you've taken so far haven't gotten the job done, Mr. President. Fix the shortage of PPE for our health care workers before you tee off another round of golf," Biden said.

Biden slurred many words and seemed to lose his train of thought multiple times during the hour-long presser.

Still, his campaign says Biden is not suffering from senile dementia or mental decline.
 

 

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Two weeks ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said if teams are interested in signing Colin Kaepernick, they would have his blessings.

Earlier this week, Mike Silver of NFL Network said multiple teams have shown interest in signing the free agent quarterback. He said interested teams planned to contact Kaepernick.

So far, that hasn't happened. Despite the encouraging words expressed by former and present NFL players in his favor, not a single team has contacted the social activist.

NBC's Pro Football Talk thinks it's possible that teams are waiting for training camps to reopen after the coronavirus hysteria dies down.

Regardless, it's one thing to express interest to a reporter or to anyone else who, you know, isn't the person in whom a team has interest. It's quite another to actually express the interest to the person in whom the interest exists. If/when that ever happens, that will be significant.

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Bill and Melinda Gates hope to deliver their COVID-19 vaccines to Black Americans first. In an interview with Forbes magazine, the philanthropic billionaire couple said they want to distribute their vaccines based on racial groups first.

Melinda said "Black people" and "indigenous people" should receive their vaccines first, particularly if they work in the health field.

"One of the reasons we are so involved in this is that you don't want the first vaccines to go to the highest-bidding countries," Melinda Gates said. "There are 60 million healthcare workers. They deserve to get the vaccine first, they're the ones dealing with this on the front lines, trying to keep us all safe."

Melinda went on to say Black people in America should receive the vaccines next.

"Then you have to start to tier from there, based on the countries and the populations. Here in the United States, it's going to be black people who really should get it first and many indigenous people, as well as people with underlying symptoms, and then elderly people."

According to some reports, 1 in 4 Black people in America have been impacted by the virus.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has lent financial support to finding a vaccine for COVID-19 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

They have donated to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which the foundation claims will work to pay for and distribute doses of the vaccine to low-income countries.

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This was the scene in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC on Wednesday, as hundreds of mask-free rap fans danced in the streets and blocked traffic to shoot a music video by rapper Casanova.

Judging by this scene - and other scenes like it on social media - you wouldn't know the United States in the midst of a record 45,000 jump in COVID-19 cases this week as the global total of coronavirus cases nears 10 million.

Health officials say the spike in the number of cases is thanks to the "complacency" of young people across the south and the west.

The 45,000 cases reported on Wednesday tops the late April record of 36,000 cases in a single day.

The news comes as many states are reopening and allowing salons, barbershops, restaurants and bars to resume operations.

Seven states, including California, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas saw record spikes in confirmed cases, but the coronavirus death rate has plummeted nationwide.

New York, NJ and Connecticut have all said they will be reinforcing quarantine orders and targeting travelers from out-of-state.

Out-of-state travelers will be fined as much as $10,000 if they don't agree to quarantine for 14 days.

People I spoke with online believe the virus is being weaponized for political purposes. Others who once were afraid have moved on with their lives, saying the coronavirus is just another flu.

The Trump administration vows there will not be another nationwide lockdown like the one that crippled the U.S. economy and led to a record number of job losses.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa made it clear he will not wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Y'all can have them masks fam," Wiz tweeted on Tuesday, just days after Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order requiring all residents to wear face masks in public and indoor public spaces.

A source close to the "Black and Yellow" hitmaker says Wiz is "suspicious" of the California government forcing people to wear face masks. The 32-year-old rapper believes wearing masks should be an individual choice.

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99% of those infected with COVID-19 will recover from the disease and less than 1% of people infected with the coronavirus have died.

The COVID-19 death toll is the same if not slightly higher than the influenza virus.

The penalty for ignoring Gov. Newsom's order is a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

Calif. counties that refuse to comply with the governor's COVID-19 rules will lose up to $1 billion in government funding, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The funding is contingent on counties following the state's stay-at-home order.


 

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