Abled.ALERT: C19 Case Logs. Text against a 3D model of the COVID-19 virus against a transparent global map.
Abled.ALERT: Photo shows Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE Commanding General and 54th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, looking down on the Jacob Javits Convention Center floor in New York City, where USACE is adapting 160,000 square feet of space over multiple floors to provide 1,000 beds for non-COVID-19 patients.

Brace For Impact 100K+

The number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. has surged past 100 thousand, and as the situation in New York City, considered the country’s epicenter of the pandemic, grows more dire, national, state and local officials are bracing for what’s expected to be an “acceleration phase’ of confirmed cases in growing hotspots.

Seattle, the first American hotspot, has the highest number of cases outside New York City, but there are growing concerns about worsening conditions in New Orleans, Boston and Chicago in the wake of Mardi Gras and students returning from Spring Break.

In fact, Louisiana has experienced the fastest growth of new cases worldwide, and in New Orleans, its huge convention center is being converted into a massive field hospital.

Cases are also spiking in Los Angeles which is expected to match the infection numbers in NYC sometime in the next five days.

The Army Corps of Engineers top brass are looking at potentially converting about 114 facilities across the U.S. into field hospitals – many to treat non-C19 patients to ease the burden on front-line hospitals.

In many cities, medical personnel have been taking to social media to complain about a lack of protective clothing and supplies, and to warn families that they may not be able to save their loved ones because they are running out of ventilators.

 

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Abled.ALERT: Photo of an Apple laptop and iPhone showing the company's COVID-19 Screening tool on the screens.

Apple's C19 Screening Tool

Apple has launched a COVID-19 screening tool  website and app that allow users to screen themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus.

Developed in partnership with the CDC, FEMA, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Apple cautioned that it’s “designed to be a resource for individuals and does not replace instructions from healthcare providers or guidance from state and local health authorities.”

When you visit the website or download the app, the first thing you’re asked is whether you’re screening for yourself or someone else.

After you click your answer, a warning screen appears instructing anyone with constant chest pain or pressure, extreme difficulty breathing, severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness, slurred speech or difficulty waking up to immediately call 911.

If you aren’t experiencing any of those symptoms, you’ll continue to a questionnaire that asks about symptoms, travel, preexisting conditions and contact with other people.

After you submit your answers, the tool shows recommendations from the CDC on how to proceed, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolation, how to monitor symptoms at home, whether to get tested and when to seek advice from a medical professional.

Apple says the screening tool does not require signing in with an Apple ID, and the company says “individual responses will not be sent to Apple or any government organization.”

 

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Abled.ALERT: Photo of Abbott Laboratories' ID Now diagnostic test unit for COVID-19 which is about the size of a small toaster with a sloping front face and a small digital touchscreen.

Emergency OK For New Test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given emergency use authorization (EUA) to Abbott Laboratories for the fastest available molecular point-of-care test for detecting the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Abbott says its “ID Now” unit can deliver positive results in as quickly as five minutes, and negative results in 13 minutes.

The company says it’s ramping up production to deliver 50 thousand “ID Now” tests per day, starting next week.

Because the unit is about the size of a small toaster, it can be used in a variety of locations outside hospitals, such as doctors’ offices and urgent care clinics.

Abbott plans to use “ID Now” in conjunction with another system that received emergency use authorization last week to produce about five million tests in April.

 

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Notable C-19 Deaths

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Date Name Age Occupation Country (City)
January 25 Liang Wudong 60 Doctor, first death due to hospital-acquired infection[1] China (Wuhan)
January 26 Wang Xianliang 62 Former chief of Ethnic and Religious Affairs Commission of Wuhan[2] China (Wuhan)
January 27 Yang Xiaobo 57 Former mayor of Huangshi[3] China (Wuhan)
January 31 Wen Zengxian 68 Former Deputy director-general of the Civil Affairs Department of Hubei Province[4] China (Wuhan)
February 6 Qiu Jun 72 Bodybuilder[5] China (Wuhan)
February 7 Hong Ling 53 Geneticist, professor[6] China (Wuhan)
February 7 Li Wenliang 33 Ophthalmologist, the first person to warn about the COVID-19 outbreak[7] China (Wuhan)
February 10 Lin Zhengbin 62 Organ transplantation expert[8] China (Wuhan)
February 13 Liu Shouxiang 61 Watercolor painter and professor[9] China (Wuhan)
February 14 Liu Fan 59 Deputy Chief Nurse of Wuchang Hospital[10] China (Wuhan)
February 15 Duan Zhengcheng 85 Industrial engineer and inventor[11] China (Wuhan)
February 27 Hadi Khosroshahi 81 Cleric and diplomat, former Ambassador to the Vatican[12] Iran (Tehran)
March 2 Mohammad Mirmohammadi 71 Senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei[13] Iran (Tehran)
March 5 Hossein Sheikholeslam 67 Politician and diplomat[14] Iran (Tehran)
March 7 Reza Mohammadi Langroudi 91 Ayatollah[15] Iran (Langarud)
March 7 Fatemeh Rahbar 55/56 Member of Parliament[16] Iran (Tehran)
March 9 Italo De Zan 94 Cyclist[17] Italy (Treviso)
March 9 Lee Cha-su 62 Politician and activist[18] South Korea (Daegu)
March 9 Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani 67 Member of Parliament[19] Iran (Tehran)
March 10 Mohammad Kiavash 89 Politician[20] Iran (Tehran)
March 10 Marcelo Peralta 59 Argentine-born saxophonist and teacher[21] Spain (Madrid)
March 12 Giovanni Battista Rabino 88 Former member of Parliament[22] Italy (Asti)
March 13 Nasser Shabani 62 General, senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps[23] Iran
March 14 Piero Schlesinger 89 Jurist and banker[24] Italy (Milan)
March 15 Vittorio Gregotti 92 Architect[25] Italy (Milan)
March 15 Aytaç Yalman 79 General, former Commander of the Turkish Army[26] Turkey (Istanbul)
March 16 Nicolas Alfonsi 83 Politician and lawyer, former Member of Senate and Mayor of Piana[27] France (Ajaccio)
March 16 Sergio Bassi 69 Folk singer-songwriter[28] Italy (Crema)
March 16 Hashem Bathaie Golpayegani 78/79 Cleric and Member of Assembly of Experts[29] Iran (Qom)
March 16 Francesco Saverio Pavone 75 Magistrate[30] Italy (Venice)
March 16 Fariborz Raisdana 71/72 Economist and professor[31] Iran (Tehran)
March 17 Stephen Schwartz 78 University of Washington pathology professor[32] United States (Seattle)
March 18 Rose Marie Compaoré 61 2nd Vice President of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso[33] Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)
March 18 Luciano Federici 81 Footballer[34] Italy (Carrara)
March 18 Jean Leber 80/81 Violinist[35] France
March 18 Henri Richelet 75 Painter[36] France (Paris)
March 19 Innocenzo Donina 69 Footballer[37] Italy (Bergamo)
March 19 Hamid Kahram 61/62 Politician and veterinarian[38] Iran (Tehran)
March 19 Aurlus Mabélé 66 Musician and composer originally from the Republic of the Congo [39] France (Paris)
March 19 Antonio Michele Stanca 77 Geneticist[40] Italy (Fidenza)
March 20 Carlos Falcó 83 Grandee of Spain, socialite and entrepreneur[41] Spain (Madrid)
March 20 Jacques Oudin 80 Former senator[42] France (Paris)
March 20 Marino Quaresimin 82 Politician[43] Italy (Vicenza)
March 21 Aileen Baviera 60 Political scientist and sinologist[44] Philippines (Manila)
March 21 Vicenç Capdevila 83 Former Mayor of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and former Deputy[45] Spain
March 21 Marguerite Aucouturier 87 Psychoanalyst[46] France (Paris)
March 21 Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy 68 Madagascar-born doctor[47] France (Lille)
March 21 Lorenzo Sanz 76 Businessman, former president of Real Madrid[48] Spain (Madrid)
March 22 Germà Colón 91 Philologist[49] Spain (Barcelona)
March 22 Benito Joanet 84 Footballer and coach[50] Spain (Alicante)
March 22 José María Loizaga Viguri 83 Businessman[51] Spain (Ciudad Real)
March 22 Mike Longo 83 Jazz pianist, composer, author[52] United States (New York)
March 23 Maurice Berger 63 Art curator and professor[53] United States (Copake)
March 23 Lucia Bosè 89 Italian neorealism actress, Miss Italia 1947[54] Spain (Segovia)
March 23 Brian Crowe 82 British diplomat[55]  
March 23 José Folgado 75 Businessman, economist and politician[56] Spain (Madrid)
March 23 Paul Karslake 65 Artist[57] United Kingdom
March 23 Zororo Makamba 30 Journalist[58] Zimbabwe (Harare)
March 23 Usama Riaz 26 Medical doctor[59] Pakistan (Gilgit)
March 23 Calogero Rizzuto 65 Architect and historic preservationist[60] Italy (Syracuse)
March 23 Walter Robb 91 Engineer, executive, and philanthropist[61] United States (Schenectady)
March 23 Lucien Sève 93 Philosopher and political activist[62] France (Paris)
March 23[a] William Stern 84 Hungarian-born businessman, survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp[63] United Kingdom
March 23 Nashom Wooden 50 Performance artist[64] United States (New York)
March 24 Lorenzo Acquarone 89 Lawyer and politician and MP[65] [66] Italy (Genoa)
March 24 Manu Dibango 86 Saxophonist and songwriter, originally from Cameroon[67] France (Paris)
March 24 Steven Dick 37 British diplomat[68] Hungary (Budapest)
March 24 Mohamed Farah 59 Somali international footballer[69] United Kingdom (London)
March 24 Alan Finder 72 Journalist[70] United States (Ridgewood)
March 24 Terrence McNally 81 Playwright and screenwriter[71] United States (Sarasota)
March 24 John F. Murray 93 American pulmonologist[72] France (Paris)
March 24 Jenny Polanco 62 Fashion designer[73] Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo)
March 25 Harry Aarts 90 Politician, former member of the House of Representatives[74] Netherlands (Tilburg)
March 25 Danilo Barozzi 92 Cyclist[75] Italy (Santa Maria Nuova)
March 25 Mark Blum 69 Actor[76] United States (New York)
March 25 Floyd Cardoz 59 Chef and television personality[77] United States (Montclair)
March 25 Martinho Lutero Galati 66 Conductor[78] Brazil (São Paulo)
March 25 Paul Goma 84 Political dissident and writer, originally Romanian[79] France (Paris)
March 25 Detto Mariano 82 Musician and composer[80] Italy (Milan)
March 25 Angelo Moreschi 67 Missionary bishop, Apostolic Vicar of Gambella[81] Italy (Brescia)
March 26 Menggie Cobarrubias 66 Actor[82] Philippines (Manila)
March 26 Ito Curata 60 Fashion designer[83] Philippines (Muntinlupa)
March 26 Olle Holmquist 83 Trombonist[84] Sweden
March 26 María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma 86 Princess, activist and political sociologist[85] France (Paris)
March 26 Naomi Munakata 64 Conductor[86] Brazil (São Paulo)
March 26 Luigi Roni 78 Singer[87] Italy (Lucca)
March 26 Michael Sorkin 71 Architect, critic[88] United States (New York)
March 26 Hamish Wilson 77 Actor[89] United Kingdom (Rutherglen)
March 27 Daniel Azulay 72 Comic book artist[90] Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
March 27 Jesús Gayoso Rey 48 Civil Guard Lieutenant colonel and head of GAR[91] Spain (Logroño)
March 27 Orlando McDaniel 59 American football player[92] United States (Dallas)
March 27 Michael McKinnell 84 Architect[93] United States (Rockport)
March 28 Fevzi Aksoy 89 Academic, neurologist and sports writer[94] Turkey
March 28 Kerstin Behrendtz 69 Radio broadcaster[95] Sweden (Stockholm)
March 28 Chato Galante 71 Activist and former political prisoner[96] Spain
March 28 Rodolfo González Rissotto 70 Politician[97] Uruguay (Montevideo)
March 28 William B. Helmreich 74 Sociologist, professor[98] United States (Great Neck)
March 28 Pearson Jordan 69 Sprinter, represented Barbados at the 1976 Summer Olympics [99] United States
March 28 Azam Khan 93 Pakistani-born squash player[100] United Kingdom (London)
March 28 Michel Tibon-Cornillot 97 Philosopher and anthropologist[101] France (Paris)
March 28 William Wolf 94 Film and theater critic[102] United States
March 29 Peg Broadbent 56 British-born CFO of Jefferies Group[103] United States (New York)
March 29 José Luis Capón 72 Football player[104] Spain (Madrid)
March 29 Patrick Devedjian 75 President of Hauts-de-Seine, former government minister[105] France (Paris)
March 29 Joe Diffie 61 Country singer[106] United States (Nashville)
March 29 Robert H. Garff 78 Businessman and former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives[107] United States (Salt Lake City)
March 29 Maria Mercader 54 Television news producer and journalist[108] United States (New York)
March 29 Alan Merrill 69 Lead singer of Arrows and songwriter[109] United States (New York)
March 29 Francis Rapp 93 Medievalist historian[110] France (Angers)
March 29 Angelo Rottoli 61 Boxer[111] Italy (Ponte San Pietro)
March 29 Ken Shimura 70 Comedian[112] Japan (Tokyo)
March 29 Henri Tincq 74 Journalist[113] France (Paris)
March 30 Lorena Borjas 59 Mexican American transgender and immigrant rights activist[114] United States (New York)
March 30 James T. Goodrich 73 Neurosurgeon[115] United States (New York)
March 30 David Hodgkiss 71 Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club[116] United Kingdom
March 30 Milutin Knežević 71 Serbian Orthodox bishop, Eparch of Valjevo[117] Serbia (Belgrade)
March 30 Manuel Adolfo Varas 76 Ecuadorian broadcaster, sports journalist and lawyer[118] Ecuador (Guayaquil)
March 30 Joachim Yhombi-Opango 81 Former President and Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo[119] France (Neuilly)
March 31 Julie Bennett 88 Voice actor[120] United States (Los Angeles)
March 31 Wilhelm Burmann 80 German-born ballet master and teacher[121] United States (New York)
March 31 Viktar Dashkevich 75 Stage actor[122] Belarus (Vitebsk)
March 31 Pape Diouf 68 Journalist, former president of Olympique de Marseille[123] Senegal (Dakar)
March 31 Rafael Gómez Nieto 99 Spanish Civil War and World War II veteran, last surviving member of La Nueve.[124] France (Strasbourg)
March 31 James Gordon 83 Businessman and politician, founder of Radio Clyde, member of the House of Lords[125] United Kingdom (Glasgow)
March 31 Andrew Jack 76 Dialect coach and actor[126] United Kingdom (London)
March 31 Cristina Monet-Palaci 64 Musician[127] United States
March 31 Tomas Oneborg 62 Photographer[128] Sweden (Stockholm)
March 31 Sa’ad Galadiman Patigi 67 Nigerian-born medical director[129] United Kingdom (London)
March 31 Gita Ramjee 63 HIV prevention researcher[130] South Africa (Umhlanga)
March 31 Wallace Roney 59 Jazz trumpeter[131] United States (New York)
March 31 Peter J. N. Sinclair 73 Economist[132] United Kingdom
March 31 Daniel Yuste 75 Cyclist[133] Spain
April 1 Branislav Blažić 63 Surgeon and politician, former Minister of Environmental Protection[134] Serbia (Belgrade)
April 1 David Driskell 88 Visual artist and academic[135] United States (Hyattsville)
April 1 Kevin Duffy 87 Former judge for the U.S. District Court for Southern New York[136] United States (Greenwich)
April 1 Bernard Epin 83 French writer and literary critic[137]  
April 1 Nur Hassan Hussein 83 Former Prime Minister of Somalia[138] United Kingdom (London)
April 1 Ellis Marsalis Jr. 85 Jazz pianist[139] United States (New Orleans)
April 1 Bucky Pizzarelli 94 Jazz guitarist[140] United States (Saddle River)
April 1 Adam Schlesinger 52 Songwriter, member of Fountains of Wayne[141] United States (Poughkeepsie)
April 2 Goyo Benito 73 Footballer[142] Spain (Madrid)
April 2 Patricia Bosworth 86 Actress and author[58] United States (New York)
April 2 Bernardita Catalla 62 Philippine ambassador to Lebanon[143] Lebanon (Beirut)
April 2 Zaccaria Cometti 83 Footballer[144] Italy (Romano di Lombardia)
April 2 François de Gaulle 98 Catholic priest and missionary[145] France (Paris)
April 2 William Frankland 108 Allergist and immunologist[146] United Kingdom (London)
April 2 Juan Giménez 76 Comic book artist and illustrator[147] Argentina (Mendoza)
April 2 Anick Jesdanun 51 Technology reporter and editor, first internet writer for the Associated Press[148] United States (New York City)
April 2 Eddie Large 78 Comedian[149] United Kingdom (Bristol)
April 2 Feriha Öz 86–87 Pathologist, academic and medical doctor[150] Turkey
April 2 Aaron Rubashkin 92 Businessman[151] United States
April 2 Nirmal Singh Khalsa 67 Singer, Ragi of Darbar Sahib[152] India (Amritsar)
April 2 Arnold Sowinski 89 Footballer[153] France (Lens)
April 2 Arthur Whistler 75 Ethnobotanist, academic and writer[154] United States (Honolulu)
April 3 Arnold Demain 92 American microbiologist[155]  
April 3 Hilary Dwyer 74 Actress[156] United Kingdom
April 3 Henri Ecochard 96 French military officer[157] France (Paris)
April 3 Bob Glanzer 74 Politician, member of the South Dakota House of Representatives[158] United States (Sioux Falls)
April 3 Francisco Hernando Contreras 74 Housing developer[159] Spain (Madrid)
April 3 Marguerite Lescop 104 Writer[160] Canada (Longueuil)
April 3 Rodrigo Pesántez Rodas 82 Writer and poet[161] Ecuador (Guayaquil)
April 3 Hans Prade 81 Surinamese diplomat[162] Netherlands (Rotterdam)
April 3 Omar Quintana 76 Politician, sports executive, and businessman, former president of the National Congress[163] Ecuador
April 3 Tim Robinson 85 Writer and cartographer[164] United Kingdom (London)
April 3 Sergio Rossi 84 Shoe designer[165] Italy (Cesena)
April 3 Yusuf Kenan Sönmez 71–72 Politician, former member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey[166] Turkey
April 3 Arlene Stringer-Cuevas 86 Former member of the New York City Council[167] United States (New York)
April 4 Jay Benedict 68 American actor, who worked mainly in Britain[168] United Kingdom (London)
April 4 Philippe Bodson 75 Businessman and politician; former Belgian senator[169] Belgium (Brussels)
April 4 Forrest Compton 94 Actor[170] United States (Shelter Island)
April 4 Florindo Corral 70 Businessman[171] Brazil (São Paulo)
April 4 Tom Dempsey 73 American football placekicker[172] United States (New Orleans)
April 4 Xavier Dor 91 Embryologist and anti-abortion activist[173] France (Paris)
April 4 Kenneth Farnum 89 Barbadian-born Jamaican Olympic cyclist[174] United States (New York)
April 4 Muhammad Sirajul Islam 77 Former member of Bangladeshi parliament[175] United States (New York)
April 4 Olan Montgomery 56 Actor and artist[176] United States (New York)
April 4 Marcel Moreau 86 Belgian writer[177] France (Paris)
April 4 Anton Sebastianpillai 75 Author (writing as Anton Sebastian) and consultant geriatrician.[178] United Kingdom (London)
April 4 Alexander Thynn 87 Aristocrat, 7th Marquess of Bath[179] United Kingdom (Bath)
April 4 Frida Wattenberg 95 Member of the French resistance[180] France
April 5 Lee Fierro 91 Actress[181] United States (Akron)
April 5 Mahmoud Jibril 67 Politician, formerly acting Prime Minister of Libya[182] Egypt (Cairo)
April 5 John Laws 74 Former Lord Justice of Appeal[183] United Kingdom (London)
April 5 Michel Parisse 83 French historian[184]  
April 6 Helène Aylon 89 Ecofeminist artist[185] United States
April 6 Josep Maria Benet i Jornet 79 Playwright and screenwriter[186] Spain (Lleida)
April 6 Alfonso Cortina 76 Former President of Repsol YPF[187] Spain (Toledo)
April 6 Jacques Le Brun 88 French historian[188]  
April 6 Mark Steiner 77 American-born mathematician and professor of philosophy[189] Israel (Jerusalem)
April 6 Stephen Sulyk 95 Ukrainian Catholic bishop, Archeparch emeritus of Philadelphia[190] United States (Philadelphia)
April 6 Riay Tatary 72 Muslim religious leader, chairman of the Islamic Commission of Spain[191] Spain (Madrid)
April 7 Roger Chappot 79 Olympic ice hockey player[192] Switzerland
April 7 Robert Chaudenson 82 Linguist[193] France (Aix-en-Provence)
April 7 Jean-Laurent Cochet 85 Actor and director [194] France (Paris)
April 7 Allen Garfield 80 Actor[195] United States (Los Angeles)
April 7 Henry Graff 98 Historian[196] United States (Greenwich)
April 7 Leib Groner 88 Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi[197] United States
April 7 Mishik Kazaryan 72 Armenian-born physicist[198] Russia (Moscow)
April 7 Jan Křen 89 Historian, academic and dissident[199] Czech Republic (Prague)
April 7 Yaakov Perlow 89 Hasidic rabbi[200] United States (New York)
April 7 John Prine 73 Singer and songwriter[201] United States (Nashville)
April 7 Nipper Read 95 Police officer and boxing administrator[202]  
April 7 Donato Sabia 56 Middle-distance runner[203] Italy (Potenza)
April 7 Miguel Ángel Tábet 78 Venezuelan theologian and exegete[204] Italy (Rome)
April 7 Hal Willner 64 Music producer[205] United States (New York)
April 7 Xudeydi 92 Musician in traditional Somali genre[206] United Kingdom (London)
April 8 Leila Benitez-McCollum 89 Filipino-American television and radio host[207] United States (New York)
April 8 Miguel Jones 81 Footballer[208] Spain (Madrid)
April 8 Bernie Juskiewicz 77 Politician, former member of the Vermont House of Representatives (2013–2019)[209] United States (Vermont)
April 8 Francesco La Rosa 93 Footballer[210] Italy (Milan)
April 8 Henri Madelin 83 Jesuit priest, theologian[211] France (Lille)
April 9 Reggie Bagala 54 Politician, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives[212] United States (Raceland)
April 9 Marc Engels 54 Belgian sound engineer[213]  
April 9 Harvey Goldstein 80 British statistician[214]  
April 9 Ho Kam Ming 95 Macanese-born Canadian martial artist[215] Canada (Toronto)
April 9 Lee Nurse 43 Cricketer[216] United Kingdom (Basingstoke)
April 9 Dmitri Smirnov 71 Russian-born British composer[217] United Kingdom (London)
April 10 Rifat Chadirji 93 Iraqi architect, photographer and activist[218] United Kingdom (London)
April 10 Enrique Múgica 88 Former Minister of Justice, Ombudsman and Deputy[219] Spain (Madrid)
April 10 Bas Mulder 88 Dutch-Surinamese priest[220] Netherlands (Boxmeer)
April 10 Iris M. Zavala 83 Puerto Rican author, independence activist and intellectual[221] Spain (Madrid)
April 10 Frits Flinkevleugel 80 Footballer[222] Netherlands (Amsterdam)
April 11 Stanley Chera 77 Real estate executive[223] United States (New York)
April 11 John Horton Conway 82 British mathematician[224][225] United States (Princeton)
April 11 Wynn Handman 97 Artistic director[226] United States (New York)
April 12 Francisco Aritmendi 81 Olympic long-distance runner[227] Spain
April 12 Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron 79 Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel[228] Israel (Jerusalem)
April 12 Maurice Barrier 87 Actor and singer[229] France (Montbard)
April 12 Claude Beauchamp 80 Editor and journalist[230] Canada (Montreal)
April 12 Tim Brooke-Taylor 79 Comedian[231] United Kingdom
April 12 Victor Batista Falla 87 Editor and publisher[232] Cuba (Havana)
April 12 André Manaranche 93 Jesuit priest and theologian[233] France (Lille)
April 12 Joel M. Reed 86 Filmmaker and screenwriter[234] United States (New York)
April 12 Carlos Seco Serrano 96 Historian[235] Spain (Madrid)
April 12 Samuel Wembé 73 Former Deputy[236] Cameroon (Douala)
April 12 Kishen Bholasing 35 Surinamese singer and percussionist[237] Netherlands (Amsterdam)
April 13 Baldiri Alavedra 76 Spanish footballer[238]  
April 13 Gil Bailey 84 Jamaican radio broadcaster[239] United States (New York)
April 13 Juan Cotino 70 Politician, former Director General of the Police and President of the Corts Valencianes[240] Spain (Valencia)
April 13 Thomas Kunz   American biologist[241]  
April 13 Philippe Lécrivain 78 Jesuit priest and historian[242] France (Paris)
April 13 Sarah Maldoror 90 Filmmaker[243] France (Paris)
April 13 Rick May 79 Voice actor and theatre director[244] United States (Seattle)
April 13 Dennis G. Peters 82 Electrochemist[245] United States (Bloomington)
April 13 Avrohom Pinter 71 Rabbi and politician[246] United Kingdom (London)
April 13 Zafar Sarfraz 50 Cricketer[247] Pakistan (Peshawar)
April 13 Bernard Stalter 63 Entrepreneur and politician[248] France (Strasbourg)
April 13 Ann Sullivan 91 Animator[249] United States (Los Angeles)
April 14 Haydar Baş 73 Politician[250] Turkey (Trabzon)
April 14 Aldo di Cillo Pagotto 70 Former archbishop of Paraíba[251] Brazil (Fortaleza)
April 14 Margit Feldman 90 Holocaust survivor[252] United States (New Jersey)
April 14 William H. Gerdts 91 American art historian[253]  
April 14 Michael Gilkes 87 Guyanese writer[254] United Kingdom (London)
April 14 Cyril Lawrence 99 Footballer[255] United Kingdom (Farnworth)
April 14 Maria de Sousa 80 Immunologist[256] Portugal (Lisbon)
April 15 Adam Alsing 51 Radio and television host[257] Sweden (Stockholm)
April 15 Allen Daviau 77 Cinematographer[258] United States (Los Angeles)
April 15 Henry Grimes 84 Jazz bassist[259] United States
April 15 Bruce Myers 78 Actor and comedian[260] Paris (France)
April 15 John T. Houghton 88 Atmospheric physicist[261] United Kingdom (Aberdyfi)
April 15 Lee Konitz 92 Jazz composer and alto saxophonist[262] United States (New York)
April 15 Gérard Mulumba Kalemba 82 Former Bishop of Mweka[263] Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)
April 16 Francesco Di Carlo 79 Italian mobster (Sicilian Mafia) and pentito[264] France (Paris)
April 16 Milena Jelinek 84 Czech-American screenwriter[265] United States (New York)
April 16 Santiago Lanzuela 71 Former President of the Government of Aragon[266] Spain (Madrid)
April 16 Luis Sepúlveda 70 Chilean writer[267] Spain (Oviedo)
April 17 Bennie G. Adkins 86 United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.[268] United States (Opelika)
April 17 Norman Hunter 76 Footballer[269] United Kingdom
April 17 Abba Kyari 67 Chief of Staff to the President, Federal Republic Of Nigeria[270] Nigeria (Lagos)
April 17 Giuseppi Logan 84 Jazz musician[271] United States (New York)
April 17 Lukman Niode 56 Olympic swimmer[272] Indonesia (Jakarta)
April 17 Arlene Saunders 89 American operatic soprano[273]  
April 17 Matthew Seligman 64 Bass guitarist, member of The Soft Boys[274] United Kingdom (London)
April 17 Gene Shay 85 Disc jockey[275] United States (Wynnewood)
April 17 Jesús Vaquero 70 Neurosurgeon and professor[276] Spain
April 18 Erik Belfrage 74 Diplomat and businessman[277] Sweden (Stockholm)
April 18 Bob Lazier 81 Race car driver[278] United States (Denver)
April 19 Philippe Nahon 81 Actor[279]  
April 19 Noach Dear 66 New York Supreme Court judge[280] United States (New York City)

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John Prine 73

Fans of legendary singer-songwriter John Prine had been holding their collective breath since March 29.

On that day, amidst the surging COVID-19 data noise enveloping the world, it was like a hush fell over the audience after his wife and manager, Fiona Whelan Prine, informed those fans that the two-time cancer survivor was hospitalized because of coronavirus infection and was in critical condition.

Nine days later, on April 7, that collective breath became a huge sigh of sadness at his passing.

The next day, Fiona wrote on his website (we quote a portion), “Our beloved John died yesterday evening at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville TN.

I sat with John – who was deeply sedated- in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity.

My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC. We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world.”

The feeling many of us have when someone we know passes is “there are no words”. No words that could possibly articulate the utter depth and mix of emotions at times of loss.

However, in the case of John Prine, there are more words than you can imagine.

Slate.com music critic Carl Wilson articulates many of them in a wonderfully-written, and heartfelt celebration of John Prine’s life and career in “Please Don’t Bury John Prine“.

And we’ve placed a few gems from John Prine’s “Americana” below. In the end, it’s most appropriate for Fiona to have the last words:

We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share.

 

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Abled.ALERT: Photo of famed Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi standing with his arms crossed and smiling in front of an automated rack of shoe forms at a factory in Italy.

Sergio Rossi 84

Iconic Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi has died from COVID-19 infection. He was 84.

He was based in a part of the world hit hardest by the new coronavirus pandemic – the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and had been hospitalized for days in the ICU of the Buffalini Hospital in Cesena.

Learning the craft from his father in the town of San Mauro Pascoli, and taking over his father’s business in 1956, Rossi once said, “I was born among leather . . . watching my father at work, I stole his trade. I have always thought of myself as a calzuler, a cobbler, then I became a ‘creative manager.”

Rossi launched his namesake label in 1968. As Carrie Goldberg writes in Harper’s Bazaar, “Rossi’s innovation in the world of women’s shoes was undisputed; one of his most notable designs, the Opanca sandal, featured a curved sole, which flows seamlessly into the heel.”

At footwear news.com, (FN) where she provides a look back at Sergio Rossi’s most iconic shoes, Shannon Adducci takes the description of the Opanca sandal a step further as “a Slavic-inspired sandal with an insole that curved upwards around the foot. With a kitten heel and thin strips of red leather hugging the top of the foot, it was an early model for the sexy, strappy sandal that is so ubiquitous today (it’s also a shoe that his son Gianvito Rossi is well known for).”

The article provides photos of iconic designs from each decade, and chronicles later partnerships with names like Gianni Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. Rossi revealed his strategy in a 2003 interview: ” I followed designers, rather than advertising.

This way the Sergio Rossi brand travelled and became known by the right circles, press, buyers, thus reaching our customers through the advertising photos of the designers with whom I collaborated.”

In 1999, Rossi sold 70% of his company to Gucci Group (now Kering), and retired several years later. Kering sold the company in 2015 to an Italian private equity firm.

Current CEO Riccardo Sciutto has been meticulous in protecting the integrity of the founder’s legacy and designs. He told FN that he last saw the designer over Christmas when he showed him the Sergio Rossi archive assembled at the brand’s San Mauro Pascoli headquarters.

Sciutto revealed “He was so amazed to see it all in one place. He said to me, ‘I can die here.’” Those words, Sciutto admits, have been haunting him since.

Stephanie Hirschmiller writes, in an FN exclusive, that the CEO now has plans for a museum to honor the late founder.

Closing words we’ll leave to the designer’s son Gianvito Rossi, who created his own namesake luxury shoe label in 2007.

“He has always stood out for his class and his strong, charismatic, generous, courageous character: a natural leader, loved and respected at the same time by his collaborators, with whom, in the long journey of his life he created one big family.

There are those who have had the good fortune to transform their art into a work and those who have the extraordinary talent of transforming their work into a work of art. Sergio Rossi was this man.

A husband, father, grandfather and progenitor of a family that followed his example. The family offers, with love, their last goodbye. With the unquenchable fire of your passion, you taught us that there are no limits for those who love what they do. Goodbye maestro.”

 

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Patricia Bosworth 86

If you wanted to capture the essence of Patricia Bosworth in a paragraph, you’d be hard – pressed to do any better than the opening of an appreciation of her life penned by Mark Rozzo for Vanity Fair, which is how the world learned of her passing:

“Patricia Bosworth, who died this week due to coronavirus complications, at 86, wrote breezily, with a gossamer touch, as if an intimate friend were telling you the latest over a coffee or a martini. Which is very much how she was: a champion chatterbox, charmer, encourager, motivator, and, above all, truth-teller.” 

It is a lovely tribute from the magazine where she wrote for decades. As Rozzo puts it, “Her editors were always delighted to get one of her pieces; they promised to be full of sparkle even as they tangled with dark themes, much like her best-selling books.”

Born into privilege on April 24, 1933 in San Francisco, Patricia Crum was later advised by her lawyer father, Bartley Crum, to take her mother’s maiden name for her acting aspirations to avoid giving future critics the potential ammunition to calm a role a “crummy performance.”

Her father’s defense during the “McCarthy Era” communist witch – hunt, of the members of the “Hollywood Ten“, and his support of left-wing causes put his career into a slow, painful dive. In her first memoir, Patricia revealed her father had informed on two colleagues.

Subsequently labeled as a subversive, Crum lost most of his clients. The subsequent stress of harassment culminated in two suicide attempts – the second one, successful in 1959.

It was the second of two suicides in her family. Six years earlier, her brother, said to be conflicted over his homosexuality, compounded by depression, shot himself in his dorm room at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

The year before, Patricia had graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and auditioned for famed acting coach Lee Strasberg, founding Artistic Director at The Actors Studio where she studied alongside future iconic names such as Brando, McQueen, Monroe, Newman and Fonda. As in Jane, a future subject of her bestselling biographies.

After initial stage works, Patricia starred beside Audrey Hepburn in 1959’s “The Nun’s Story“. Throughout this timeline, she married twice, took up writing pieces for The New York Times and New York magazine, eventually editing at Harper’s Bazaar, McCall’s, Mirabella and Vanity Fair magazines.

Biographies and two powerful memoirs followed. The first project, “Montgomery Clift: A Biography” in 1978, won acclaim in The Times. Patricia first met the subject when he was lounging in the family’s living room as a client of her father. She pilfered one of his cigarette butts from an ashtray and kept it for the rest of her life.

Other biography subjects would be photographer Diane Arbus, and actors Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda. They were either suicides (Arbus), survivors of a relative’s suicide (Jane Fonda) or flamboyantly self-destructive (Clift, Brando).

She explained in an interview that writing these books was “one of the ways I coped with and tried to understand why the two men I loved most in the world had decided to kill themselves.”

The memoirs of Patricia Bosworth, “Anything Your Little Heart Desires” and “The Men in My Life” were written two decades apart. The first, a chronicle of her father’s life – the second, her survival of the two suicides, her sexual awakening and an actor’s life in New York.

In her later years, Patricia taught literary non-fiction at Columbia University and Barnard College and ran the Playwright – Directors Unit at the Actors Studio.

Just before she fell ill, Patricia had returned from doing research for her next book. She had emailed Frank Rozzo about her “incredible trip to the Deep South”, visiting landmarks of the civil rights movement and freedom fighters in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The resulting “Protest Song: Paul Robeson, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Equality,” is to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux next year. 

You can learn more details about this prolific writer in obituaries penned by Elsa Dixler in The New York Times, and Matt Schudel in The Washington Post.

 

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Adam Schlesinger 52

Coronavirus complications have claimed the life of singer – songwriter – producer Adam Schlesinger at the age of 52. The passing of the member of 90s group Fountains of Wayne sadly became one of more frequently  emerging cases that COVID-19 was killing not just the elderly.

Schlesinger, a divorced father of two daughters, had been in a hospital in Poughkeepsie in upstate New York, and was placed on a ventilator for over a week. His lawyer, Josh Grier, said the day before he died, Schlesinger was “very sick and heavily sedated.”

As well as the work with his band, Schlesinger was a prolific composer  in the fields of  music, theater, film and television. He worked as a producer and mixer for others, including The Monkees and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.

His songs have been covered by other artists, including Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers, America, Sara Silverman with will.i.am , Ken Jeong with Nicki Minaj and Pat Monahan and  on “The Billboard Music Awards”, and The Monkees.

Schlesinger’s compositions for TV programs earned three Grammy nominations with one of them winning the 2009 Grammy for Best Comedy Album “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All“, co-written with long-time collaborator David Javerbaum, the executive producer of “The Daily Show”, and co-produced with Steven M. Gold.

He racked-up nine Emmy nominations, winning three – the most recent being the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics award in 2019 for “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal“.

Schlesinger wrote songs for a number of Broadway and off-Broadway theater productions, earning two 2008 Tony nominations with David Javerbaum for the musical adaptation of John Waters’ film Cry-Baby.

At the time of his death, he had been collaborating with Sarah Silverman on a musical adaptation of her book “The Bedwetter“. It was set to begin previews in May, and opening night was set for June 10, 2020.

On the film front, Schlesinger’s music, whether written, scored and/or co-produced, has been featured in live-action and animated movies, including “Shallow Hal“, “Ice Age: Continental Drift“, “There’s Something About Mary“, “Scary Movie” and more.

He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1997 for writing and co-producing the title song for the movie “That Thing You Do.”

It was a fictional story of a one-hit wonder band set in the 1960s and was directed by Tom Hanks, who recently  posted on his social media pages, “There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der.

 Lost him to COVID-19. Terribly sad today.”

 

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Patricia Bosworth Interviewed in 2017

Because of the wide expanse of cultural, personal and political history Patricia Bosworth’s legacy of work covers, we thought we’d feature an interview that provides a great overview of that legacy.

On March 7, 2017, journalist Sheryl McCarthy sat down with Bosworth in the studios at City University of New York.

The introduction for it reads: “Stage and screen actress, Patricia Bosworth, turned to storytelling, authoring biographies of Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, and Diane Arbus. Her earlier memoir “Anything Your Little Heart Desires” is about her fascinating family. In her latest work-“The Men in My Life” we get closer to Bosworth’s life both private and professional.”

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C19 Claims Illinois Infant

Thirteen new deaths have been recorded from COVID-19 in the state of Illinois. One of them was an infant under the age of one.

Illinois Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike says, “There has never been a case of COVID-19 death in an infant. If you haven’t been paying attention, maybe this is your wake-up call.”

At a press conference on Saturday, Governor Jay Pritzker said: ‘Upon hearing it, I admit I was shaken. We should grieve with our family of state employees, with the many people we’ve already lost to this virus, young and old.’

A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Chinese researchers earlier this month reported the death of a 10-month-old with COVID-19. The infant had a bowel blockage and organ failure, and died four weeks after being hospitalized.

Officials in Illinois have not specified the exact age of the infant who died.

Earlier in the week week, a three-week-old infant in New York was identified as the youngest patient in the US to test positive for the new coronavirus.

Fox News reports the baby was treated at NYU Winthrop Hospital on Long Island in Mineola for several days, but has since been released and is now recovering at home.

 

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C19 Ravaging NYPD

The New York Police Department is mourning the loss of three highly respected employees to COVID-19 infection.

In the photo montage above from left to right, 48 year-old Detective Cedric Dixon died Saturday;  Giacomina Barr-Brown, a civilian employee for the NYPD, died of the virus inside her home on Thursday; and 62 year-0ld Dennis Dickson, a custodial assistant, died earlier this week.

Detective Dixon, a 14-year veteran who reportedly had asthma and diabetes, was the first uniformed officer from the force to die from C19. Barr-Brown was a seven-year veteran of the NYPD staff, and Dickson fell ill after he had been disinfecting 1 Police Plaza.

Over 500 NYPD personnel, including 442 officers have contracted C19, according to records obtained by DailyMail.com. In just one day, 4,111 uniformed officers – or more than 10% of the force – called in sick.

 

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Rejected Patients Die

As infection and death rates from C19 continue to rise around the world, more stories are emerging of patients being refused treatment and then subsequently dying of the disease.

A 17 year-old boy in Los Angeles with no pre-existing health conditions, who had developed respiratory problems, died after being turned away from an urgent care facility.

The reason? He didn’t have health insurance and his family was told to take him to a public hospital. The boy went into cardiac arrest on the way, and died  six hours later.

Overseas, 36-year-old Kayla Williams died at her flat in south London of suspected Covid-19 a day after calling 999 and being told to look after herself at home.

The mother of three, died a day after paramedics were called to her home in Peckham, and her husband was told she was not a priority.

This may be a harbinger of things to come as test kits become more available and confirmed C19 cases are expected to spike in the coming weeks.

With hospitals in many countries reporting a shortage of ventilators, there is a fear doctors will have to make tough decisions about who will get treatment and who won’t based on severity of symptoms and age, as well as the availability of both medicine and equipment.

 

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Ellis Marsalis Jr. 85

It was only a matter of time before the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease would be taking a toll on notable pioneers in American culture and life.

Such was the case on April 1 when it claimed Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of New Orleans’ most famous musical family. 

As NPR put it, “Over a lifetime in music, he achieved renown not only as a pianist and composer in his own right, but as one of the most influential music educators in the U.S. — imparting his extensive knowledge to students like pianist and vocalist Harry Connick Jr., trumpeter Terence Blanchard and of course, his four (of six) sons who followed his path into music.”

NPR’s Jazz Profiles provides a 53 minute listen to a detailed overview of Ellis Marsalis’ life and career.

We’ll focus on the tributes from those whose lives he impacted in many ways:

Statement of Branford Marsalis:

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Ellis Marsalis Jr., as a result of complications from the Coronavirus.  He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and died peacefully this evening. My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father.  He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be. And to quote my friend and Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins who just sent me the following text: “We can all marvel at the sheer audacity of a man who believed he could teach his black boys to be excellent in a world that denied that very possibility, and then watch them go on to redefine what excellence means for all time.”

Statement of Harry Connick, Jr.:

among the countless lessons ellis taught me, the most important was the process of discovery. he already knew everything i was trying to learn; but he always made me figure things out for myself. he was a grand master educator, an inimitable pianist, a caring mentor and a dear friend. i wouldn’t be who i am without him. i’ll miss him with all my heart.

Statement of EMCM Leadership:

Our hearts are broken as we mourn the passing of a true legend, Ellis Marsalis, Jr.  A gifted master educator, Ellis enriched the lives of thousands, including in his tireless work as the artistic director of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, established in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Ellis was a deeply kind person of great character who was passionate about education and music. We at EMCM are dedicated to upholding and fulfilling the vision of this great  American and New Orleans treasure. And while the pandemic that took Ellis from us will delay our celebration of his life, we will have a celebration befitting Ellis’s legacy. Stay tuned.

Statement of Michele Brierre, Executive Director:

A true legend has passed but not without enriching  the lives of so many of us whom he touched. Ellis Marsalis was a master educator with a unique ability to share his gifts and wisdom.  As important, Ellis defined character. In how he lived his life, he set a worthy example for us all. It has been my life’s great fortune and pleasure to work under Ellis’s guidance for the past decade as the Executive Director of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.  The Center lives on to fulfill the passion and to uphold the legacy of this great  American treasure.

 

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Julie Bennett 88

Entertainment industry veterans who were part of the indelible sights and sounds etched into the memories of those who are old enough to have lived through the Sixties have now reached the age range that makes them most vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19 disease.

Julie Bennett, best known as the voice of Cindy Bear in “The Yogi Bear Show“, died March 31 at the age of 88 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after testing positive for the new coronavirus the week before.

As well as various incarnations of Cindy Bear, Bennett’s  voice was also cast in Garfield and Friends, Spider-Man: The Animated Series and a Spider-Man video game. She did have some live-action roles in the TV series Moonlighting and Crossings.

Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, she returned to Manhattan after college to appear in soap operas on radio and dramas on TV.

Also a writer, Bennett was known for The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967), Lux Video Theatre (1950) and Mathnet (1987).

In what was referred to as her second act, Julie Bennett became a realtor on the side and also a talent agent, representing clients under the pseudonym Marianne Daniels.

 

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Wallace Roney 59

As the great scourge that is the COVID-19 pandemic blankets more of the world, Twitter has become a moving repository for tributes to “the fallen”.

Jazz bassist Christian McBride tweeted, “Our collective spirits are taking some serious blows these days. Saying goodbye to one my beloved big brothers is especially hard. May the great Wallace Roney RIP.”

Roney, a protege of jazz icon Miles Davis, and a legend in his own right over a four-decade career, died of complications from coronavirus infection at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. He was 59.

Born in Philadelphia, Roney got his early jazz education at home from his father’s love of Miles Davis, and his mother’s appreciation of Thelonious Monk.

Perfect pitch and trumpet lessons from the age of 5 eventually earned him a place as the youngest member of The Philadelphia Brass at 12. A few years later, his family moved to Washington, D.C., and he attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and later earned degrees at Howard University and the Berklee College of Music.

Roney began his career in the early 1980s and was a member of both Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Tony Williams Quintet. Roney studied with Davis from 1985 until the latter’s death in 1991.

Nate Chinen from 88.3fm WBGO.org public radio via NPR, takes us through the finer details of Wallace Roney’s illustrious career and what he describes as the “public benediction by his idol and mentor, Miles Davis, that catapulted him into a rare stratum of jazz celebrity.”

An article at heavy.com provides additional insights and video examples of different stages in Roney’s career, including some poignant words from some young musicians who contributed to what would be his last album.

And among his “last words” in an interview with Glide magazine at the time, Roney said “My music is uncompromising, so I look for musicians who have an expansive understanding of what’s possible and who have the ability to play above that, but who are always cognizant of what’s going on around them.

I tell them ‘be true to who you are. Go all the way in, learn every part of what the masters have done, but let it come out of you’.

 

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Andrew Jack 76

The COVID-19 death of Star Wars actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack became another heartbreaking example of families separated by quarantines.

His representative Jill McCullough told Metro.co.uk: ‘He died this morning of Covid-19  at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.

Andrew lived on one the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife – also a dialect coach – Gabrielle Rogers.

Tragically she is stuck in quarantine in Australia having just flown in from NZ last week. She was unable to see or talk to him at the end of his life and there is a chance a funeral may not be held.”

Andrew played Major Caluan Ematt in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and was actively working until a few weeks ago. His career as a dialect coach is even more prolific, having worked on over 80 films with some of the biggest stars, including Robert Downey Jr. in 1992’s Chaplin and Pierce Brosnan in his first outing as James Bond in 1995’s Goldeneye.

At the time of his passing, Andrew Jack had been working on the upcoming The Batman movie with Robert Pattinson.

Tributes have started to roll in from some of the many stars he’s worked with. Mark Hamill, 68, who originated the role of Luke Skywalker, tweeted “I’m so sorry and saddened to hear we have lost Andrew Jack. He was such a kind gentleman who was deeply gifted & beloved by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to his family.”

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth worked with Andrew on a number of films, starting with 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, 2019’s Men In Black: International, and more recent movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of Andrew: “I lost a dear friend this week to Coronavirus. Andrew Jack was a wonderful, kind, beautiful soul and I and many others will miss him greatly.

I worked on a number of films with him over the years and he was the best dialect/voice coach in the game and was beyond instrumental in helping shape me as an actor. My love and support goes out to his family and to anyone and everyone who is struggling during this time. Sending everyone across the globe love and compassion. Peace.”

 

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Alan Merrill 69

“The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out.”

Mirroring a heartrending trend for spouses and children of hospitalized COVID-19 patients as the pandemic lurched through more and more families, a daughter wrote a heartbreaking goodbye to her father on Facebook.

The father was 70’s rocker Alan Merrill, 69, who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” for his band The Arrows in 1975, which became a rock anthem when Joan Jett covered it in 1982.

The daughter is Lisa Merrill, who posted “He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen. I walked 50 blocks home still with hope in my heart . . . By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he was gone.”

Joan Jett tweeted, “I’ve just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed. My thoughts and love go to his family, friends and music community as a whole.

I can still remember watching the Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me. With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side.”

Merrill is also survived by his wife, Joanna Lisanti, who took to Facebook to share the devastating details of the events leading up to his death.

 

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Joe Diffie 61

Two days after announcing he had tested positive with the C19 virus, country star Joe Diffie died on March 29 of complications from COVID-19 disease. He was 61.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma native was the first country celebrity to go public with a coronavirus diagnosis.

Diffie was a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry for over 25 years, and had a string of hits throughout the 1990s and his albums “Honky Tonk Attitude” and “Third Rock From The Sun” went platinum, spinning off 18 Top 10 singles, with five topping the Billboard record charts.

Married four times, Joe Diffie is survived by his wife Tara Terpening Diffie, and seven children.

 

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First Royal Death 86

Princess Maria Teresa of Spain has died at the age of 86 after testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, marking the first member of any royal household to succumb to the virus.

The Princess was born in Paris, France on July 28, 1933 to parents, Prince Xavier and Madeleine de Bourbon, one of six children.

The royals are members of the House of Bourbon-Parma which is a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family, descended from the French Capetian dynasty. A cadet branch is created when a young member of a Royal Family, who is not the current heir, is granted lands and titles of his own. 

The passing of the Princess comes after new headlines revealed that Prince Charles of the UK and Prince Albert of Monaco have both tested positive for C19 and have now emerged from self-isolating.

 

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Senior EU Politician 75

Former French-Armenian Minister Patrick Devedjian has become one of the first high-profile politicians to die of COVID-19.

The 75 year-old former cabinet minister and former president of the Parisian Haut-de-Seine administrative district tweeted from his hospital bed Thursday morning that he had tested positive for C19.

“I am affected by the epidemic, therefore I am able to bear witness directly to the exceptional work of doctors and nurses. I’m sending them a big thank you for their constant help to all their patients.”

A lawyer by profession, Patrick Devedjian was a deputy for the 13th district of Hauts-de-Seine from 1986 to 2017, mayor of Antony from 1983 to 2002 and elected departmental councilor in 2004. He has chaired the department since 2007.

A close adviser of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy since the 1990s, he was Minister under the Prime Minister in charge of the Implementation of the Recovery Plan, a special ministerial post created for two years after the global financial crisis of 2008, since December 2008.

Armenia’s leaders immediately paid tribute to the late French-Armenian politician.

“It is with great sorrow that I learned of the demise of Patrick Devedjian. He was an exceptional personality, a politician of convictions and principles, faithful fighter for the Armenian cause, an essential figure in French-Armenian friendship,” Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a Twitter post.

“This is a severe blow to the French Armenians, the Armenian people and France,” Pashinyan added.

Your can learn more at MASSISPOST about Devedjian’s involvement as one of the lawyers of four members of the Armenian Secret Army for Liberation of Armenia who had captured the Turkish consulate in 1981, raking 60 hostages.

 

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No Health Issues 21

“My beautiful, kind-hearted 21 year old niece has passed away from Covid-19. She had no underlying health conditions.”

Those sad words were posted on Facebook by Emily Mistry who urged others to “do your bit” to stop the spread of the disease.

Other family members of Chloe Middleton,  of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in the UK, echoed the sentiments.

Her mother Diane said the family was “shattered beyond belief”, adding “the reality of this virus is only unfolding before our eyes. Please, please adhere to the government guidelines.”

 

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Floyd Cardoz 59

Beloved Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on “Top Chef,” and won “Top Chef Masters,” died of complications from COVID-19 He was 59.

A week before his death, Cardoz posted on Instagram that he was “feeling feverish” and “as a precautionary measure” had admitted himself to a New York hospital. He also apologized for “causing undue panic” about an earlier post about his health.

Cardoz, who operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, had traveled from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

He was born in India and moved to New York City to pursue a culinary career. In 1997, he opened his most famous restaurant, Tabla, followed by North End Grill, Paowalla and Bombay Bread Bar. In 2011, he won the third season of “Top Chef Masters.”

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi was one of the first to pay tribute to Cardoz: “I am beyond saddened to wake up today and hear the news of my dear friend @floydcardoz’s passing. Floyd made us all so proud,” she wrote on Instagram. “Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere. My heart goes out to his wife Barkha and their whole family.”

 

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Terrance McNally 81

Terrence McNally, an American playwright whose career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” has died of complications from COVID-19.

He was 81.

McNally was a lung cancer survivor who lived with COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

McNally was the first-ever openly gay playwright and wrote the first play to feature a gay character on Broadway. He met John Steinbeck and traveled the world as a tutor to his children, dated Edward Albee and had his first play on Broadway flop, all before he was 24 year old.

A documentary about him, “Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. Lance Carter reviewed it at dailyactor.com.

 

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Mark Blum 69

Mark Blum, an actor known for his roles in the films “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” as well as the recent TV series “You,” has died of complications from COVID-19.

He was 69 and also had asthma.

Blum was an Obie Award winner, and, as Anita Gates puts it in a detailed obituary in the New York Times, “was an omnipresent figure in the Off-Broadway world for decades.”

At the time of his passing, Blum was an acting teacher at HB Studio in New York City.

 

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Lucia Bosè, the Italian actress, who appeared in more than 50 movies including Fellini’s “Satyricon,” died March 23 at age 89. Spanish reports said she died of pneumonia and was infected with COVID-19.

UK film critic Leonardo Goi tweeted, “I had a chance to revisit Marguerite Duras’ NATHALIE GRANGER not too long ago. Today, Lucia Bosè – who in the film stars opposite Jeanne Moreau and a super young Gérard Depardieu – died of coronavirus.”

Lucia found fame after winning the Miss Italia competition in 1947, at just 16 years of age. Before starting in films in 1950, she worked for several years in her family’s pastry shop, Pasticceria Galli, in Milan.

She known for playing played detached, ethereal beauties in movies such as The Lady Without Camelias (1953), Story of a Love Affair(1950) and Fellini Satyricon (1969). She was married to Luis Miguel Dominguín.

 

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The African jazz-funk saxophone legend died of coronavirus on March 24. He was 86. Manu Dibango was born in Cameroon and moved to Paris at 15.

A pioneer of “world music” in the 70’s, and a leader in the Afro jazz movement, Dibango was best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa.”

It was the B-side of a recording made to support the Cameroon soccer team in the Africa Cup of Nations, but it went on to score radio play by influential New York DJs.

It exploded on the world stage  after being sampled by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin‘,” as well as songs by Will Smith, Kanye West, Rihanna and A Tribe Called Quest.

In the end, the singer and saxophonist died of complications from the coronavirus in a hospital near Paris. 

His Facebook page carried the following announcement: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19. His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible.

If you wish to express your condolences, please write to the following email: [email protected].”

 

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The man known as “Japan’s Robin Williams” (although his style of comedy was closer to Monty Python) has died one week after testing positive for the new coronavirus.

Ken Shimura became the first Japanese celebrity to announce his infection, and the first the die from it.

The beloved comedian was hospitalized on March 20 after developing a fever and being diagnosed with pneumonia.  He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on the 23rd and succumbed to it on March 27.

Shimura’s passing sent a wave of sadness through multiple generations of Japanese society. A representative from Shimura’s agency said, “I am sure he was working hard with a sense of mission to deliver laughter to people. I don’t think he imagined he would die a death like this.”

Shimura was to begin work on a movie in April. He was set to run the Tokyo Olympic torch relay representing his hometown of Higashimurayama in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until they were postponed to 2021.

Tributes poured-in and reflected his cross-generational appeal, especially since some of his classic routines are available to watch on YouTube, including everything from the crude “Fart Duel“, to one of his best-known bits as an English teacher.

Ken Shimura’s foray into comedy came into the public eye in the early 70s as part of a rock band-turned comedy troupe The Drifters. Patrick St. Michel, a contributing writer for “the japan times” has crafted a detailed overview of Shimura’s career progression and the influence of his subsequent entertainment legacy on the people of Japan.

 

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A Musical Tribute To Manu Dibango

We found the beautiful gem below while searching through YouTube to link to the many songs inspired by the rhythms of Manu Dibango.

Angélique Kidjo is a singer-songwriter, actress and activist from Benin. Her full name and the breadth and scope of the languages she speaks, the music she creates and the social advocacy she champions will leave you both truly in awe and truly humbled.

And we feel privileged to share her tribute to Manu Dibango with you:

“Dear Manu Dibango, you’ve always been there for me from my beginnings in Paris to this rehearsal just 2 months ago! You’re the original Giant of African Music and a beautiful human being. This coda of #SoulMakossa is for you!”

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Activism After Recovery

British actor and filmmaker Idris Elba and his wife, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba have recovered from COVID-19 infection, and have been named as U.N. Goodwill Ambassadors for IFAD (the International Fund for Agricultural Development).

The celebrity couple helped to launch a new fundraising appeal set up by the U.N. agency on Monday to help farmers in poorer nations, calling on richer economies to provide aid to prevent “needless hunger and suffering” caused by COVID-19 triggering a global food crisis.

Seeded with an initial $40 million dollars from IFAD, and hoping to raise at least 200 million dollars more from governments, foundations and the private sector, the new fund aims to counter the effects of the pandemic on food production, market access and employment in developing countries.

In December, the Elbas visited rural Sierra Leone, where IFAD provided financial services to communities hit by Ebola.

 

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Tom Hanks' Recovery

From the National Defense Radio Show

The National Defense is thrilled to welcome back to the show, a friend of veterans, soldiers, and their families, Tom Hanks!

In his first public interview since returning home and recovering from the Coronavirus alongside his wife, Rita Wilson, Tom discusses with Randy Miller his experience with the virus, his thoughts on where America will stand in the coming months, and also shares some great stories.

Thanks to Tom Hanks for all he does for veterans and their families. We’re thrilled to have you on the show, back home safe, and healthy!

 

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Recovery Challenges

For many who beat COVID-19, their recovery doesn’t end after leaving the hospital.

NBC News’ Gadi Schwartz hears from coronavirus survivors, including those who are now even more inspired to help others.

 

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UK PM Recovering

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has thanked the NHS “for saving my life” after he was discharged from hospital following treatment in intensive care for Covid-19 infection.

He paid particular tribute to two nurses – one from New Zealand and one from Portugal – “who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way”.

The prime minister added, “the efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it . . . together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. “

Downing Street has said the Prime Minister “continues to make good progress” in his recovery from Covid-19 at PM’s country home Chequers.

 

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P!nk's Recovery

In an exclusive interview, P!nk had a candid conversation with Ellen Degeneres about what it’s been like since both she and her 3-year-old son Jameson contracted COVID-19, and how it’s the scariest thing she’s been through in her life.

The pop star talked about symptoms they had and didn’t have, how we can be superheroes just by staying home and helping others, and using her platform as a public figure not only to donate to funds fighting the pandemic, but by urging people to take the situation seriously and continue to have hope for the future.

 

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Trudeau Thanks Supporters

In a series of videos on Instagram, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister says she has been given a ‘clear bill of health’ from health officials, after having tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

She was diagnosed after returning from the WE charity event that was held in London on March 4. At the time, she posed for a photo with actor Idris Elba (seen in the following column), who has since, also tested positive for C19.

Grégoire Trudeau thanked Canadians for their support and offered encouragement to get through the pandemic.

 

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Elba Refutes Rumors

Days after posing for a photo at the WE charity event in London with Canada’s “First Lady” Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, actor Idris Elba learned the Prime Minister’s wife had tested positive for C19.

While he didn’t show any symptoms, Elba posted a video on Twitter explaining why he decided to get tested, which turned out positive. His wife, Sabrina Dhowre, has also since tested positive for C19 and in a subsequent Twitter post that follows, Elba says they are doing ok.

The 47-year-old actor, also shut down rumors and conspiracy theories claiming that he and other celebrities have been paid to say that they have been infected by the COVID-19 virus.

He also addressed criticism that he got tested even though he didn’t have any symptoms, “I think the debate about rich and poor and who’s getting it and who’s not, I think, is not a healthy debate. It’s like, I got a test but I also got COVID. Does that make me preferential? I don’t understand that . . . I think that the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive.”

 

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COVID-19 Attacking Kids

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Growing clusters of cases are emerging in a number of countries where children are being hospitalized with symptoms of Kawasaki Disease and testing positive for COVID-19. In New York State, 110 such cases have been reported and as many as five children have died. We detail what parents need to know.

Parents Be Vigilant

Case reports are coming in from around the world as more children develop what may be a COVID-19 related illness that shows symptoms common in Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock syndrome.

Three children have died of the illness (test results are awaited from 2 others who died last weekend) in New York State and a total of 73 110 cases have been reported so far.

Doctors in Montreal are studying 20 cases in Canadian children, and scientists are examining a similar number of cases in the U.K., as well as earlier cases in Italy and Spain.

The children are not suffering the respiratory distress that many adult patients develop. They are being ravaged by the so-called “cytokine storm” – the over-reaction of the body’s immune system and it’s triggering a “multi-system inflammatory state” that attacks multiple organs, weakens blood vessels and the lining of the heart.

In all cases, the children have tested positive for SARS CoVid-2 antibodies.

Most of them are toddlers to elementary school age, however a previously healthy 14 year-old boy in the U.K. died of a stroke after being admitted to hospital. And at least seven other cases at the hospital where he was treated involved children who were clinically obese and from minority ethnic backgrounds.

UPDATE: We’ve made this our Featured Story on our Abled.Health page, with more updated information, including an exclusive report from the MailOnline about a UK study that has confirmed the condition, now being called Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS-TS), IS triggered by COVID-19 infection.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following advisory for parents:

Remain Vigilant. Seek care immediately if your child has:

*Prolonged fever (more than 5 days)

*Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids

*Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting

*Change in skin color – becoming pale, patchy and/or blue

*Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly

*Racing heart or chest pain

*Decreased amount or frequency of urine

*Lethargy, irritability or confusion

In the cases in the U.K., all the children had unrelenting fever, rash, vomiting, diarrhea and generalized extremity pain. And there are additional symptoms more specific to Kawasaki disease or Toxic Shock Syndrome that may present, including bloodshot eyes, red hands and feet that were also swollen, a large body rash, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, a “strawberry tongue” and red, cracked lips.

Hospitals are now reporting cases to their respective health departments, and as Governor Cuomo said, “This is the last thing we need at this time.”

For more information about Kawasaki disease you can check out the Kawasaki Disease Foundation and the Kawasaki Kids Foundation.

 

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WHO Pauses Trial

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The World Health Organization is temporarily suspending its trial of Hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns. The announcement comes a day after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he has finished taking his two week prescription of the drug in combination with a zinc supplement.

Higher Mortality Rates

Hydroxychloroquine was first developed to treat malaria and was later approved to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

After seeing a tv report about a politician who beat an almost fatal COVID-19 infection after being administered the drug, , President Donald Trump became its biggest proponent.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just suspended the hydroxychloroquine arm of its Solidarity trial which is examining the efficacy and safety of four potential drugs to fight the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it triggers in the body.

Citing a study published the previous Friday in The Lancet, the WHO said the initial results of the study showed higher mortality rates among COVID-19 patients who were administered the drug.

The decision was announced a day after President Trump announced he had finished a two-week preventative course of the drug combined with a daily zinc supplement.

The study published in The Lancet looked at more than 96,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including those treated with hydroxychloroquine or its analog chloroquine.

Researchers didn’t find any benefit for those patients.

The did find that patients had a higher risk of death and heart arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) than patients who did not receive the drug.

The authors suggested that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine should not be used to treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials until studies confirm their safety and efficacy in such patients. 

It’s not clear if the study used hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc.

In our C19 Video Logs tabs section, under C19 Treatment Updates, Dr. Anthony Cardillo, an ER Specialist and CEO of MEND Urgent Care in Los Angeles, explained to ABC7 news how he was seeing significant success using hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc and explained the “one-two punch of the combo, with the zinc messing up the SARS CoV-2 virus’ ability to replicate itself.

 

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HEROES Act Passes House

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Senate Democrats jettisoned the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act that would have given $2,000 monthly to eligible Americans during the pandemic, and for three months after it’s over. Instead, the House passed the HEROES Act on Friday. How it differs is explained below.

HEROES Act

The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

But it won’t include the monthly checks of $2,000 and up until three months after the pandemic ends that was part of the Democrats’ proposal in the Senate.

The HEROES Act includes another round of one-time, $1,200 stimulus checks, and vows to increase the maximum stimulus amount paid to households with dependent children to $6,000.

The $3 trillion dollar cost means that efforts to get it through the Republican-controlled Senate are set to face stiff GOP opposition.

Indeed, the bill has been described by Republican senators as “dead on arrival” in the upper chamber, while Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has dismissed the package as “another big laundry list of pet priorities”.

The Republican senators take the position that seems to mirror that of the President’s that reopening states for business is the best way to get the economy back on its feet.

 

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