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‘It’s not a political statement’

first_imgU.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters about efforts to confront the coronavirus diisease (COVID-19) pandemic after meeting with members of his “Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board” in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 9, 2020.- Advertisement – “I want to be very clear: The goal of mask wearing is not to make your life less comfortable, or to take something away from you,” Biden said Monday. “It is to give something back to all of us, a normal life.”Biden also said he will ramp up the availability of rapid diagnostic testing across the country. The Trump administration has substantially increased testing since the beginning of the outbreak, but some public health specialists say the administration should have invested more in testing. Proponents of more widespread testing say that it helps identify infectious people, who can then quarantine and cut off chains of transmission before they balloon into outbreaks.In addition to testing, Biden said he is “building a corps of contact tracers who will track and curb this disease.”Contact tracing is the process whereby trained personnel contact people who have tested positive for the virus and identify others who might have been exposed and infected. It’s long been used to contain infectious diseases like tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases, but it’s never been implemented on the scale demanded by the pandemic.World Health Organization officials have repeatedly called on countries to scale up their contact-tracing infrastructure along with the ability to test broadly for the coronavirus.Infectious disease specialists from Johns Hopkins University and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials proposed a plan in early April to ramp up a national test and trace effort. It would require a workforce of 100,000 people, the proposal said, and cost $3.6 billion. This is breaking news. Check back here for updates. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday urged Americans to wear a mask to help the country bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, to save lives and to enable communities to reopen schools and businesses.“It doesn’t matter who you voted for, where you stood before election day. It doesn’t matter your party or your point of view,” he said. “We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.”- Advertisement – Biden’s comments come as the coronavirus is surging across the country. Epidemiologists and medical experts are warning that the worst days of the pandemic are still ahead. The country reported more than 105,900 new cases on Sunday, bringing the seven-day average up over 108,700, an increase of more than 33% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.“Please, I implore you, wear a mask,” Biden said. “Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together.” Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Biden’s remarks stand in stark contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who resisted wearing a mask in public for months at the start of the pandemic.Top health officials, including Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have said masks are one of the best ways currently available to control the spread of the virus. But the wearing of masks has become a political flashpoint across much of the U.S., with debate raging over local and state mandates to wear a mask in public.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Heineken Champions Cup 20/21: Exeter Chiefs begin defence against Glasgow Warriors | Rugby Union News

first_imgOrganisers announced in September that the Heineken Champions Cup would be expanded to 24 teams in the 2020/21 season to offset the impact of Covid-19.European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) agreed to add four teams to the competition and alter the format for one season to cut one match from the campaign.The new-look Champions Cup will be split into four pool-stage matches, a two-legged quarter-final, a one-off semi-final and the final in Marseille on May 22, 2021. Exeter will begin their European Cup title defence at home to Glasgow Warriors – Advertisement – The 24 clubs have been split into two pools of 12, and teams from the same country will not face each other in the group stage.The Premiership, France’s Top 14 and the PRO14 will each provide eight teams to the tournament.Heineken Champions Cup fixture dates 2020/21Round 1Friday, December 11Northampton Saints vs Bordeaux-Begles, 5.30pmUlster vs Toulouse, 8pmSaturday, December 12 Bristol Bears vs Clermont Auvergne, 1pmRC Toulon vs Sale Sharks, 3.15pmBath Rugby vs Scarlets, 3.15pm Dragons vs Wasps, 5.30pm Montpellier vs Leinster, 5.30pm Edinburgh Rugby vs La Rochelle, 8pmSunday, December 13 Lyon vs Gloucester Rugby, 1pm Racing 92 vs Connacht Rugby, 3.15pm Exeter Chiefs vs Glasgow Warriors, 3.15pm Munster vs Harlequins, 5.30pmRound 2 Friday, December 18Scarlets vs RC Toulon, 5.30pm Wasps vs Montpellier, 8pm Saturday, December 19 Leinster vs Northampton Saints, 1pmGlasgow Warriors vs Lyon, 1pm La Rochelle vs Bath, 3.15pm Gloucester vs Ulster, 3.15pm Clermont Auvergne vs Munster, 5.30pm Sale Sharks vs Edinburgh, 8pmBordeaux Begles vs Dragons, 8pm Sunday, December 20Harlequins vs Racing 92, 1pmToulouse vs Exeter Chiefs, 3.15pmConnacht vs Bristol Bears, 5.30pm Round 3Friday, January 15 Northampton Saints vs Leinster, 5.30pm RC Toulon vs Scarlets, 8pmSaturday, January 16 Lyon vs Glasgow Warriors, 1pmUlster vs Gloucester, 3.15pm Exeter Chiefs vs Toulouse, 3.15pm Edinburgh vs Sale Sharks, 5pm Munster vs Clermont Auvergne, 5.30pm Montpellier vs Wasps, 5.30pm Sunday, January 17Bath Rugby vs La Rochelle, 1pm Raincg 92 vs Harlequins, 3.15pmDragons vs Bordeuax Begles, 3.15pm Bristol Bears vs Connacht, 5.30pm Round 4Friday, January 22 Leinster vs Montpellier, 5.30pm Sale Sharks vs RC Toulon, 8pm Saturday, January 23Bordeaux Begles vs Northampton Saints, 1pm Scarlets vs Bath, 1pm Clermont vs Bristol, 3.15pm La Rochelle vs Edinburgh, 3.15pm Harlequins vs Munster, 5.30pm Wasps vs Dragons, 8pm Connacht vs Racing 92, 8pm Sunday, January 23 Gloucester vs Lyon, 1pmToulouse vs Ulster, 3.15pm Glasgow Warriors vs Exeter, 5.30pm The Champions Cup format for 2020/21 has been altered for one season only, due to Covid-19 The Champions Cup format for 2020/21 has been altered for one season only, due to Covid-19

Tipp boss laments loss of U21 stars

first_imgThe Premier County open their Munster Championship campaign against Waterford on Sunday.Tipp comfortably defeated them in the provincial quarter-finals last year.Liam says the side chosen to face the Déise will be very different from the one that lined out 12 months ago… Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the match, which gets underway at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, at 3.30pm on Sundaylast_img