Howard County businesses ordered to stop selling “non-essential” items | WTTV CBS4Indy

On Friday, March 27, the Howard County Board of Commissioners passed a new ordinance ordering any stores that are still open to place signs where non-essential items are stating they can not be purchased.

All businesses are being instructed to follow the new directive no later than noon on Saturday, March 28.

The Board is deeming the following goods or departments non-essential:

  • Jewelry
  • Furniture
  • Home & Lawn Decor
  • Toys or Games
  • Carpet, Rugs, Flooring
  • Non-emergency appliances
  • Music, Books, Magazines
  • Craft & Art supplies
  • Paint
  • Entertainment Electronics

All non-essential businesses have already been shut down due to Governor Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, but these new restrictions go a step further indicating residents would not be able to purchase any of the items the county considers non-essential.

Queensland coronavirus measures to include on-the-spot fines and more telehealth appointments – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: Self-quarantine rules will not be observed by many communities. Current Australia is not the same Australia of WW2. The whole society has drastically changed.

The only method of quarantine is to isolate returners, immediately stamp their both hands with the words “Self Isolation” using Slow fading Ink, then tag them with apps on their smart phones. Escapers from isolation may have to be shot with police taser guns and then with army riffles! (

Queensland will expand its
telehealth system and crack down on people flouting self-isolation orders in a bid to keep coronavirus patients at home, the State Government says.

Queensland police said the community should expect an increased number of officers
checking on people under public health directions and taking action against those who did not comply.

They warned those who failed to abide by quarantine directions would face
penalties of up to $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations.

In a statement, they said that included people “deliberately flouting self-isolation directions, holding unlawful mass gatherings or
conducting non-essential business”.

Victoria has also imposed penalties for those breaching social distancing rules.

Masks Can’t Stop CCP Virus in US, but Hysteria Has Led to Bulk-Buying, Price-Gouging and Serious Fear for the Future – NATION AND STATE

In fact, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warns that face masks might actually increase your risk of infection if they aren’t worn properly.

But medical workers who treat patients with the virus do need them. And, the CDC says, it’s crucial that those supplies don’t run out.

The top-selling mask product, a 100-pack of Universal 4533 sanitary dust masks, started selling at $8. The price eventually rose over $200, Helium 10 said.

And even at that price, the product is selling. Or it was—it’s out of stock as of Friday.

… Christina, who lives near San Jose, California, is an “overseas resource” to her nine immediate family members in Hong Kong…

She ordered 1,800 face masks for $222—”pretty good price”—from Staples in January. A few days later, her sister in Hong Kong called—friends in the United States had had their orders canceled. A few days later, Christina’s order was canceled, too.

… Christina placed orders with five other companies. All of them were eventually canceled or back-ordered. She eventually gave up on online shopping.

“I visited so many stores,” she told CNN. “Walmart, Rite-Aid, Target, even grocery stores and dollar stores. Every place was sold out.”

Over two days, she visited 15 stores and found just one box of 20 masks. So she started getting to stores early. She’d stand outside in
line for 30 minutes or more ahead of opening, when she knew stores were restocking their inventory. In January, she was usually the first in
line. But now that it’s nearly March, the lines are longer and supplies are dwindling.

Inequality during crisis | Ukraine Today .org

In Ukraine, the measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus highlighted the class divide. The well-traveled rich are most likely to bring the disease into the country, yet the poor will suffer most from the restrictions.

Even the key measure, staying home, is problematic for many in Ukraine. A recent survey showed that 57% don’t have funds to live in strict quarantine for more than four weeks. Only 16% can stretch savings for up to two months.

Those who are hit hardest are low-income families, service workers, manual laborers, creative class professionals, the elderly and the disabled.

They can’t afford to stock up. The prospects of getting the next paycheck are uncertain for those who are employed in the sectors greatly damaged already: hospitality, entertainment, retail, services, seasonal work abroad, etc.

For those who stay at home, the quality of their time in quarantine also depends on their financial situation.

United States to Make 100,000 Ventilators in 100 Days: Trump

One reporter asked, “Mr. President, last night you told Sean Hannity you didn’t think that there was a need for 30 or 40 thousand ventilators, yet today you basically federalized General Motors to produce tens of thousands.”

“I think there’s a very good chance we won’t need that many,” Trump responded. “And I think, frankly, there’s a great chance that we’re not going to need that many.”

“But you know what? There are a lot of other people that are going to need them. We have countries all over the world that are friends of ours, and we will help those countries. We are in a position to do things that other countries can’t. So we have sort of an interesting position,” the president added.

“We can make them, because we’re going to be making over one hundred thousand pretty quickly. So we can make them,” Trump continued. “And if we don’t need them, that’s OK, because we can help Italy and we can help the UK. Boris Johnson, specifically, I mean, when I say ‘how you feeling?’ And the first thing Boris said to me is ‘We need ventilators.’”

Trump on Friday authorized the use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to compel General Motors (GM) to move faster on a government contract to produce ventilators that help patients with acute symptoms of the CCP virus to breathe.

California Governor: 5 Big Banks Suspend Mortgage Payments – NATION AND STATE

Five of the nation’s largest banks have agreed to temporarily suspend residential mortgage payments for people whose jobs have been affected by the CCP virus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on March 25.

The announcement came as Newsom provided yet another grim statistic about the economic devastation from the virus: 1 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since March 13 as businesses shut down or dramatically scaled back because of a statewide “stay-at-home” order to prevent virus spread.

Tokyo On Cusp Of Explosive COVID-19 Outbreak: Governor – NATION AND STATE

Meanwhile, residents are already beginning to panic, as empty store shelves have begun to make an appearance.

The Governor has called on residents to share a sense of crisis and act responsibly – noting that Tokyo will work with neighboring prefectures to halt the spread of the disease, according to NHK.

The governor said “non-essential outings” refers to outings that can be delayed. They exclude hospital visits by people with chronic ailments and shopping at supermarkets or convenience stores to buy necessities.

She asked residents to make their own decisions on whether they must go out.

Many people gather at parks and other outdoor locations to enjoy cherry-blossom viewing around this time of year. –NHK

Japan has largely avoided the impact of COVID-19 felt by other nations, with just under 1,400 cases and 47 deaths as of this writing.

Covid-19 numbers from China may be upto 273,593

Covid-19 numbers from China may be upto 273,593

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

As Czechia ( and Spain ( have discovered that their Chinese supplied Covid-19 detection kits only gives 30% of the positive results, the number of confirmed cases in China must be modified.

The reported figures to WHO for 27 Mar 2020 from China is:
China 82078 117 3298 5 Local transmission 0.

If 100% of the infection figure of 82078 has been obtained by those test kits then the real figure would be

(82078)/(30%) = 273,593

If only 50% of the infection figure of 82078 has been obtained by those test kits then the real figure would be

(82078×50%)/(30%) + (82078×50%) = 136,796 + 41,039 = 177,835

If 0% of the infection figure of 82078 has been obtained by those test kits then the real figure would not need this modification.

So the infection figure from China may be up to 273,593 for 27 Mar 2020.

If we take this infection figure then the fatality rate for Covid-19 in China may fall down to 3298/273,593 = 1.2%, a figure which is comparable to European figures.

Coronavirus update Australia: Victoria Police given power to enforce on-the-spot fines |

Comment by tonytran2015: Self isolation rules have been treated like a joke in many community. Fines are essential. Returners from oversea should have been stamped the “In Self-Isolation” on their hands with Slow Fading Unwashable Ink.

Police Minister Lisa
Neville announced the new fines, saying police had conducted about 2,600
spot checks on people supposed to be in self-isolation.

Individuals now face more than $1,600 in fines for breaching self-isolation.

Businesses could be fined $10,000 for facilitating customers if they’re supposed to be closed.