Baltimore County is home to one of 10 ZIP codes in Maryland with the state's highest number of coronavirus cases.
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — Nearly 5,500 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Baltimore County, where almost 300 have died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, officials reported Tuesday.
Baltimore County is now testing residents without a doctor's order; however, people must call the county's COVID-19 hotline at 410-887-3816 to get an appointment.
Data released Tuesday shows that 297 people in Baltimore County have died from the virus, with test results pending for 15 others.
Officials say 5,498 people in Baltimore County have tested positive for the coronavirus.
One area in Baltimore County is on a list of top 10 ZIP...
JERUSALEM (JNS) – Imagine being able to exit Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, hop on a fast train to Jerusalem and within about 45 minutes, stand at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. That day could come soon, but first Jerusalem officials need to clear a few hurdles.
Former Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced in 2017 that he intended to extend Israel’s new fast-rail line, which currently only reaches the entrance to Jerusalem, to Jerusalem’s Old City, and to name the new station after U.S. President Donald Trump in honor of his having recognized Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem.
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, deputy mayor of Jerusalem and in charge of foreign relations, international economic development and tourism, told ...
New Jersey high schools, middle schools and colleges will be allowed to hold in-person graduation ceremonies “unlike any others” beginning July 6, as long as they are outside and comply with social distancing, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday.
The decision, announced via Twitter, comes as Murphy was under intense pressure to allow schools to do more than the virtual ceremonies many had planned to comply with his executive order banning large gatherings.
“To the Class of 2020, I am proud to say that you will have your opportunity to join with your classmates and families to celebrate your graduation,” Murphy said in his daily media briefing.
Read more at NJ.com.
Eight guests who attended an Orthodox Jewish wedding in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires on Monday were arrested for violating coronavirus-related social-distancing regulations.
The six men and two women — who reportedly included the bride and groom — were detained by police who answered an emergency call complaining that the wedding was taking place in apparent contravention of public health guidelines. Other guests were prevented from entering the building where the ceremony took place.
The arrests followed a similar controversy last week, when images of 150 guests at another Orthodox Jewish wedding were widely shared on the internet. The guests were gathered in a relatively small space without wearing masks and without observing the six-feet distancing protocol. Video...
Israel’s economy contracted by around 7.1 percent in the first quarter, the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday.
This was the first quarterly contraction of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) since 2012, according to Reuters.
The contraction is mainly being attributed to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which affected trade, investment, consumer and government spending.
Private spending dropped 20.3 percent and investment in fixed assets fell by 17.3, while exports fell by 5.9 percent from January to March, according to the report. GDP contracted by 4.6 percent without including tax income on exports.
The fourth-quarter GDP growth rate in 2019 was at 4.6 percent as the economy grew 3.5 percent overall last year.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued an implementation order on Tuesday of parliamentary legislation passed last week that bans the use of any Israeli products in the country.
The ban includes technology, such as computer hardware and software, and was passed unanimously by Iranian lawmakers last week, Fars News Agency reported.
The legislation was passed “to confront the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and security,” and considers any cooperation with Israel an “act against god.”
Read more at i24NEWS.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed just under the 25,000 marker Tuesday after earlier crossing the milestone for the first time since March 10.
The Dow closed at 24,995, up 530 points, or 2.2 percent, after earlier touching a session high of 25,176. The average first passed 25,000 in December 2017.
Meanwhile, the S&P 500 similarly crossed 3,000 for the first time since March 5, but closed at 2,991, up 1.2 percent. The S&P, often seen as a better gauge of the market as a whole, first crossed 3,000 last July.
Read more at The Hill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the first time on Tuesday laid out a rough timeline for when he foresees another relief package coming to fruition, predicting Congress will be able to negotiate and pass legislation “in the next month or so.”
However, the Kentucky Republican, who has previously refrained from offering a specific timetable, reiterated the next stimulus will not resemble the “$3 trillion, left-wing wish-list” that the Democratic-led House passed earlier this month. “That ain’t gonna happen,” McConnell said.
Although the Senate leader was sparse with the details when speaking to reporters at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, his public openness to more federal aid comes amid pressure from both sides of the aisle to furth...
China’s “bat woman” researcher warns that the deadly coronavirus surfacing now is “just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of what humans may soon face without a global effort to prevent similar infectious outbreaks, the NY Post reports.
“If we want to prevent human beings from suffering from the next infectious-disease outbreak, we must go in advance to learn of these unknown viruses carried by wild animals in nature and give early warnings,” Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese scientist specializing in viral transmissions from bats, told CGTN in an interview. “If we don’t study [the viruses], there will possibly be another outbreak,” warned Shi, who was dubbed “bat woman” by the press because of her research inv...
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins ‘Fox & Friends.’
Authorities in Wuhan, China say that they have conducted around 6.5 million coronavirus tests among city residents in just over a week as authorities try to prevent a second outbreak from spreading.
Reports on CCTV and news outlet Caixin translated by CNN revealed that authorities said they have begun “pool testing,” or the gathering of multiple samples into the same receptacle for mass-testing with further tests necessary if any positive results are uncovered. The process does not allow for individual results, but does allow authorities to dramatically improve the speed of testing.
“Since the launch of the Wuhan centralized nucleic acid test on May 15, as of May 24, more than 9 million residents have been sampled and more than 6.5 million have been tested,” reads...
The Minneapolis cops involved in the arrest of George Floyd before he died have all been fired, Mayor Jacob Frey said on Twitter.
“Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated,” Frey wrote. “This is the right call.”
Floyd, who is black, was seen on viral video being pinned down by Minneapolis police, yelling, “I cannot breathe” before he died.
A white police officer seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck was identified Tuesday as Derek Chauvin, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The FBI and Minnesota state authorities are investigating the incident.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Frey said in an earlier tweet. “For five minutes, ...
Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau said his government is working toward ramping up the national sick leave program as the country anticipates a second wave of coronavirus infections.
“Nobody should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness or being able to pay their bills. Just like nobody should have to choose between staying home with COVID-19 symptoms or being able to afford rent or groceries,” Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa Monday.
Though sick leave policies are typical decisions of provinces, Trudeau is proposing guaranteeing workers across Canada at least 10 days of sick leave amid the pandemic.
Read more at The Hill.
More genius from Comrade de Blasio.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said President Donald Trump’s announcement that all houses of worship provide “essential services” and should be reopened immediately was a “dangerous” directive and not one that should be followed in the Big Apple.
“With all due respect to the president, the president left the impression on Friday that any and all religious services should start again,” de Blasio said Tuesday during his first press briefing since Trump’s announcement. “I’m saying very clearly that is dangerous. It is not time to restart large gatherings of any kind even though we deeply, deeply value faith,” de Blasio said. “The key faith leaders of this city are saying it’s not time...
Israel’s right-wing Yamina Party announced on Monday that it had submitted a bill aimed at preventing the criminal prosecution of a sitting prime minister.
In a statement released to the press, Yamina leader Naftali Bennett, along with party members Ayelet Shaked and Bezalel Smotrich, explained the impetus for the bill, which is based on the “French law”—an Israeli nickname for legislation in France that grants leaders immunity from investigation, indictment and prosecution until they are out of office.
Referring to criminal trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which began with his arraignment on Sunday, the statement reads:
“As we see these days, investigations and a criminal trial against a sitting prime minister seriously impair his abilit...
One can look in the Torah and find the exact dates on which Rosh Hashana (Vayikra 23:24), Yom Kippur (23:27), Succos (23:34), Shmini Atzeres (23:36) and Pesach (23:5) are to be observed. For Shavuos however, no such Pasuk exists. Rather we are told that starting from the second day of Pesach we are to count 7 weeks and the following day bring the Karban Omer. The next day, after the counting is complete, is the Yom Tov of Shavuos (23:16,21). Most Mepharshim learn that this was deliberately set up to mirror the fact that Bnei Yisroel were told at the time of Yitzias Mitzrayim that fifty days after their departure, they would receive the Torah. Thus, the Yom Tov of Shavuos has come to commemorate Matan Torah, even though the Torah’s reference revolves arou...
Baltimore, MD - May 27, 2020 - The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah issued the following statement today.
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An Urgent Call from the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah:
The Hand of Hashem has struck us twice, with a terrible pandemic and a difficult decree, incomparable to anything in recent memory: a plague in which thousands ofour brethren fell, among whom were great Torah scholars and community leaders; and by being removed from Hashem's Presence by having shuls and batei medrash closed around the world. It is incumbent on us to better our ways and to repent to Hashem, every person and his community, as they recognize their own shortcomings. Specifically, we have to be mindful that the world operat...
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Baltimore, MD - May 26, 2020 — Baltimore City will allow for curbside retail pickup starting Wednesday, Mayor Jack Young announced Tuesday.
Businesses can request temporary pickup zones from the Department of Transportation.
While gyms and fitness centers must remain closed, outdoor fitness classes with up to 10 people can start Wednesday.
Restaurants must remain closed except for carryout and delivery. A restaurant task force has been convened, the mayor said.
Last week, the mayor said the city would maintain its stay-home order.
The coronavirus positivity rate in Baltimore City has declined from 20% to 17% over the last few days, moving closer to rates considered safe for reopening. Read more at WBALTV