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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Chinese police officers from two different forces clashed with each other and members of the public on Friday in a dispute over the reopening of a provincial border, following weeks of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

According to local government reports, the incident happened on the 1st Yangtze River Bridge that separates Huangmei county in Hubei " the province at the epicentre of the initial coronavirus outbreak " with the city of Jiujiang in Jiangxi. In local media reports, witnesses were quoted as saying that police in Jiujiang set up a blockade on the bridge to stop people from Hubei crossing.

Police officers clashed with each other and the public on Friday on a bridge separating the provinces of Hubei and Jiangxi. Video footage shared online showed rows of police armed with riot shields holding back the crowds, while members of the public could be seen damaging and even overturning police vehicles.

Americans are generally positive in their evaluations of how each of nine leaders and institutions has handled the response to the coronavirus situation. Eight of the nine receive majority positive ratings -- led by U.S. hospitals, at 88% approval. Only the news media gets a more negative than positive review.

In addition to partisanship, the lower ratings among Democrats across the board also appear to be a function of higher levels of worry among this group. Only on the news media's handling of the coronavirus are Democrats more approving than Republicans -- 61% vs. 25%, respectively.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has demanded federal troops and nationalization of whole industries. Governor Pritzker of Illinois has demanded that President Trump take charge and lamented that "precious months" were wasted waiting for federal action.

It is the legal version of panic shopping. Politicians and commentators seem to long for federal takeovers, if not martial law. Yet, like all panic shopping, they are buying into far more than they need while not doing as much as they could with what they have.

Even if Trump were inclined to fully nationalize the crisis our Constitution expressly leaves most police powers and public health protection to the states in our system of federalism. States remain in the best position to address emergencies, and the law gives governors ample authority to act.

While many Governors have admirably acted with authority during this crisis, others have fallen far short. read more

Friday, March 27, 2020

As Californians grow accustomed to 6-foot social distancing, the coronavirus could have a chilling effect on the state's efforts to build more apartments near public transportation to solve its housing crisis.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic leaders have championed urban housing as a way to address the ever-rising cost of living in California. The Democrats' argument had been gaining traction, but the coronavirus will likely stand in the way of that momentum. Opponents are blaming population density as a primary factor behind the pandemic's spread in urban areas, largely based on NYC's exponential increase in coronavirus cases and deaths.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo conceded as much this week when explaining why the virus has been found in 15 times as many New Yorkers as Californians so far. "We have one of the most dense, close environments in the country," he said Wednesday. "And that's why the virus communicated the way it did. Our closeness makes us vulnerable."

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Residents in Sonora, south of the US state of Arizona, have promised to block traffic into Mexico for a second day after closing a checkpoint for hours on Wednesday. They wore face masks and held signs telling Americans to "stay at home".

Mexico has fewer than 500 confirmed Covid-19 cases and the US over 65,000. The border is supposed to be closed to all except "essential" business, but protesters said there has been little enforcement and no testing by authorities.

The group has called for enforcement of the crossing ban on all US or Mexican citizens for tourism or medical reasons, including those who cross the border every day to attend school or work in the US.

Authorities must also conduct medical testing on Mexicans deported from the US, they said.


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