NYC Mayor De Blasio: “We are taking serious precautions against the coronavirus.”

Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, concert halls, night clubs, and cafes are closed due to the coronavirus in New York, one of the most crowded cities in the world, and one that’s active 24 hours a day.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that bars, cafes, and restaurants would only sell take-out food and continue to serve homes while banning spending more time in these venues.

De Blasio has also ordered night clubs, movie theaters, concert halls, and small theater halls to close, saying in a written statement:

“This isn’t a decision I make easily. These places are our City’s heart and soul. It’s part of being a New Yorker... However, our city is now facing an unprecedented threat, and we must act with wartime logic.”

The mayor published the notice on Monday, and over 50 thousand restaurants in New York closed starting today. According to the National Restaurant Association, the annual income of New York City restaurants is 51 billion dollars, employing over 800 thousand workers.

Shelves are empty in many markets in the U.S., schools in many states are closed, and there is a great risk of unemployment as many businesses close temporarily.

Latest update on Coronavirus

As of now,there are 463 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City and 7 deaths. The NYC mayor stated in a statement that “we grieve with their families and loved ones.”

NYC'S Guidelines about COVID-19 : https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/coronaviru…

The hardest decline of the last 33 years in the US travel industry

The hardest decline of the last 33 years in the US travel industry
Travel industry forms in the US have experienced the hardest depreciation of the last 33 years. The travel industry and tourism companies suffered sharp declines following President Trump’s announcement last Thursday that European flights were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak for 30 days.

According to the news created by the statistical database Statista on Yahoo Finance data, the travel industry has experienced the most severe decline since 1987. Industries such as airlines, cruise, and online reservation platforms have been badly affected.

The Cruise Companies have losses of over 30%
The top three US cruise companies suffered more than 30% loss in stock market shares. Airlines and online booking companies have also suffered double-digit losses. Cruise companies like Norwegian Cruise Line suffered 35.8% losses in shares. Royal Caribbean experienced a loss of 31.8%, and Carnival suffered a loss of 31.2%.

Status of the Airline Companies

While United Airlines suffered 24.9% losses, Delta Air Lines suffered 21% and American Airlines 17.34%. Online reservation platforms ,such as Expedia (15.2%) and Booking Holdings (11.2%), have also suffered losses in the stock market.

Coronavirus Precautions from Turkish Airlines

Announcement from THY: “As Turkish Airlines, our top priority is the safety and health of our passengers and teams. From the first days of COVID-19 news reports, Turkish Airlines has followed the developments closely, evaluated possible scenarios at the highest level, and took all additional necessary measures. All the cabins in our international flights, the interiors of our passenger buses, our passenger lounges, and ticketing areas are going through a detailed cleaning process. This process includes a disinfectant steaming treatment, which has been proven effective against viruses, including the new coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Additionally, Turkish Airlines has announced that ticket changes will be made free of charge for passengers who have canceled flights departing from Germany, France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.”

 

President Trump: “The worst could be behind us around July or August.”

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at the daily press conference of the Coronavirus Task Force, which has been created to combat the coronavirus. On a question posed as to when the worst would be behind us in the coronavirus crisis, Trump said, “There are those who say July or August, or even later.”

President Trump said, “My son has been asking how bad it is... It’s bad.” and He warned people against getting together in groups of 10 or more.

“Here, I meant that the steps taken by my administration against the virus are under control, not that the virus itself is under control,” said President Trump. “The virus isn't under control anywhere in the world right now.”

Trump, who also stated that the first trial of the vaccine against COVID-19 was being carried out today, said, “This is one of the fastest developed vaccines in history.”

“We may be going towards a recession, but we are faced with an invisible enemy.”

Trump was asked about the fall in the stock market and coronavirus’ impact on the economy as well as concerns regarding a possible recession in the U.S. He said, “We could be heading towards a recession. We are facing an invisible enemy, a problem that no one could know a month ago. Our priority is to eliminate this problem. Then everything will fall into place.”

He said that there could be a major improvement in the economy after the coronavirus crisis and that U.S. airline companies would be supported 100 percent during this process.

Coronavirus Warning from the White House: “Do Your Part”

Following the announcement by President Donald Trump at the press conference of the Task Force established as part of the fight against the coronavirus, the White House issued a series of warnings about measures to prevent the virus from spreading.

The notification, which has been published, contains warnings such as, “Don’t go to work or go out if you are sick,” “Don’t send your children to school if they are sick,” “Don’t go out if anyone from your family has been diagnosed with corona,” and “Don’t go out if you are old aged or have a chronic illness.”

In the statement, the message was given that the public had been advised to do their part in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Measures at the Pentagon

There has been a statement from the office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense regarding the fight against the coronavirus. It was stated that Secretary Mark Esper would be working from a physically different location than his deputy and the rest of his team.

According to the statement made by a Pentagon spokesperson, restrictions have been brought to visits to Secretary Mark Esper, and visitors were being scanned. In the statement, it was said that so far, 18 soldiers had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Yale Academician Kaveh Khoshnood: “Don’t Panic!”

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Kaveh Khoshood, Faculty Director of InnovativeHealth and Program Co-Director of the Global Health Ethics Program at Yale University, spoke to Turk of America on the coronavirus threat. He highlighted that the coronavirus is a brand new virus, and a vaccine license for the coronavirus would take over a year to implement. He also has two recommendations for the public:

a: There is no point to panic or be fearful

b: Don’t ignore the reality

He also stated the following: “U.S. has a lot of resources and can contribute globally. WHO same thing but doesn’t have a position for testing or funding. WHO role to play a source/guidance where it is collecting data from countries. Some countries don’t trust West, however, they trust WHO.”

Latest Developments on Coronavirus(03.17.2020)

Confirmed Cases: 182,100

Death Toll: 7,305

Impacted Countries: 140 countries

Top Leading Countries: China, Italy, Iran

As of today, at least 4,482 people in 49 states, have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 86 people have died.

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo reacts to China

 

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo warned his Chinese counterpart against spreading rumors regarding the coronavirus. U.S. Secretary of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus stated that Secretary Pompeo strongly opposed China’s statement that the coronavirus originated in the United States. 

“The Secretary stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat,” Spokesperson Ortagus said in a readout of the call.

Additionally, before this statement, Secretary Pompeo posted on Twitter that the Chinese government is spreading false information and outlandish rumors.

“Spoke today with Director  Jiechi about disinformation and outlandish rumors that are being spread through official PRC channels,” Secretary Pompeo added.

A diplomatic note to China

State Department official confronts China’s ambassador about disinformation and announced that the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.  was summoned and has been given a diplomatic note. Though he avoided making any comments, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai has met with Deputy Secretary David Stillwell.

In addition, National Security Council Advisor Robert O’Brien claimed that an initial cover-up of the coronavirus in China “cost the world community two months” and exacerbated the global outbreak. A week ago at Heritage Foundation, O’Brien also added, “I think we could have dramatically curtailed what happened in China and what’s now happening across the world.”

Former Air Force General Rob Spalding also had an interview at TRT World and stated that “It is a pattern of propaganda that the Chinese Communist Party executes daily and  Clearly, they know that this was not originated by the U.S. Army. The army was not in Wuhan. The Chinese have pretty strict border control . . . .”

What Happened?

While the coronavirus is assumed to have spread from a wild animal market in Wuhan city of Hubei Province, China, the use of the term “Wuhan virus” by U.S. officials in recent days drew the attention of Chinese officials. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian claimed in a tweet that “the U.S. army could be behind the virus.”

The Chinese Government has started pointing at the U.S. as the cause of the coronavirus outbreak. Chinese authorities have recently protested U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo for calling the virus the “Wuhan virus” and President Trump for claiming the virus is an “outbreak that originated from China.”

Yale University Prof. Forman:"Coronavirus is far from dangerous for the majority of young, healthy individuals."

 Turk of America interviewed Prof.Howard Forman from Yale University regarding coronavirus threat.

How is the coronavirus outbreak going to end?

It is likely that we will see #covid19 as a new seasonal (or not) threat for the foreseeable future.The critical issue, at the moment, is whether it can be contained this year, sufficiently, to spare premature deaths.

In a global world, we are all in a position to advance public health and contain, or failing that, mitigate harm.My guess is that this will appear much worse rather than much better in a month;In 6 months, we will see that we turned the corner.

- Are U.S. and World Health Organization doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

The WHO has limited capacity to prevent spread but they certainly are using their expertise, voice, and resources very prudently. The United States has lagged many peer nations in standing up testing/detection capacity.

It seems that we are still 1 or 2 weeks away from being able to adequately test the entire population. But over the last few days,We are seeing evidence that capacity is rapidly advancing and that our health providers and systems are developing appropriate plans for quarantine, isolation, and compassionate treatment.

-How people to prepare for coronavirus?Do you recommend not to travel globally?

The greatest risk from global travel is quarantine.If you are heading “home,” that is not a great risk.But if you are going on a work-related trip, that may be a greater risk than you are willing to accept.For the foreseeable future,I think that we will see a dramatic reduction in global travel, as many countries will block entry or require 2 weeks of quarantine, upon arrival (which is tantamount to blocking travel, unless you are going home).

This virus is far from dangerous for the majority of young, healthy individuals. unfortunately, it is very dangerous to older and sicker individuals and it is in the public’s interest to prevent further spread precisely to protect the most vulnerable among us.

-When could coronavirus be ready?

i do not have any more info than from what i see reported:It sounds like 12 -18 months if all goes well.thanks for your time.

About Prof. Forman:

Professor Forman is a Professor of Diagnostic Radiology (and faculty director for Finance), Public Health (Health Policy), Economics and Management. Professor Forman directs the Health Care management program in the Yale School of Public Health and teaches healthcare economics in the Yale College Economics Department. He is the faculty founder and director of the MD/MBA program as well as the faculty director of the healthcare focus area in the School of Management’s MBA for Executives program. As a practicing emergency/trauma radiologist, he is actively involved in patient care and issues related to financial administration, healthcare compliance, and contracting. His research has been focused on improving imaging services delivery through better access to information. He has worked as a health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate, on Medicare legislation.

President Trump:The Coronavirus shows need for better flu shot

3,131 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus and deaths worldwide exceed those from SARS.92,312 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with more cases popping up outside China than inside. with the new cases in Iran, Italy, and South Korea. In the last week, the virus has spread faster than it did in China.There are now more than 100 confirmed cases in the U.S., with 18 of those in Washington state, which also has the first related deaths (six).

President Donald Trump held a press conference on COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the White House together with Vice President Mike Pence, Health Secretary Alex Azar, and Health officials.

President Trump who emphasized that his priority was the health and safety of the US public and that the administration had taken the necessary precautions from the very first day, said: “We are ready to do what we need to do if this disease spreads. However, the risk to the people of the US is fairly low.” Stating that he had been working closely with Congress regarding the issue of the virus and that he believed a common ground had been established between the two parties, Trump said, “We asked Congress for a fund of $2.5 billion. We think that is enough. However, the Democrats want much more than that. They want more money; we’re going to do more. We’re going to spend as much money as is appropriate. I hope we don’t have to spend that much money.”

“TREAT COVID-19 LIKE THE FLU”

Trump called on Americans to treat COVID-19 like the flu and said, “Wash your hands, keep yourselves clean. You don’t have to shake hands with everyone. If there are people with signs of the cold or flu around me, I move away immediately. Treat this virus like the flu, too.”

HEALTH SECRETARY AZAR: THE FINAL VACCINE COULD TAKE UP TO 8 MONTHS

“We have to stop any further spread of COVID-19. We can expect more cases in the US. The US is at risk; the coronavirus could spread rapidly within the community.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who is the highest authority in the Trump government who is in charge of the struggle against the coronavirus outbreak, stated that the necessary equipment to detect cases of infection more quickly is being produced and distributed. On the other hand, Pence said, “Apart from the ban on travel to those coming from Iran, no nationals of any other countries who have visited Iran in the last 14 days will be allowed in the US, either.” Pence said, “We are warning Americans against traveling to Italy and South Korea, which are among the places most affected by the coronavirus.”

Concerning the development of a coronavirus vaccine at military laboratories, US Chief of Staff Mark Milley said, “We will look at the developments in the coming months.”

THE SIXTH DEATH IN THE U.S.

The number of deaths due to the new-type Coronavirus (Covid-19) has risen to 6 in the State of Washington, in the USA. Officials have stated that there are 18 cases in Washington State, 14 in King County and 4 in Snohomish County. There have been over 100 cases detected throughout the US until now.

President Trump and other senior officials met with leading executives from the pharmaceutical industry at the White House yesterday.

 

U.S. Officials: We fully support Turkey

Successive messages of support came from the U.S. to Turkey after the treacherous attacks on Idlib by the Assad regime. Kelly Craft, the Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, said, “We support Turkey’s right to retaliate against the illegitimate attacks that resulted in soldiers’ deaths.”

At the emergency meeting organized by the UNSecurity Council, Craft spoke about growing tension in Idlib.

Evaluating the attack against Turkish soldiers in Idlib yesterday, which resulted in 33 martyrs, Kelly Craft stated, “The US strongly condemns the attack on Turkish troops yesterday. These attacks are completely illegitimate, meaningless, and barbaric.”

Craft, who also sent condolences to the families and relatives of the soldiers who were killed in the attack, said, “The US will not hesitate to continue its commitment to its NATO ally Turkey. We support Turkey’s right to retaliate against these illegitimate attacks on the observation posts that resulted in soldiers’ deaths.”

“HOW MANY MORE BABIES MUST FREEZE TO DEATH?”

Kelly Craft called for an urgent, permanent, and verifiable ceasefire in Northwest Syria, stating, “We call on Russia to urgently ground their warplanes. We also invite Syrian forces and their supporter Russia to retreat to the ceasefire borders set in 2018.”

Pointing to the humanitarian situation in Syria, Craft said, “I’m going to ask you again, are we going to sit back and watch? Are we going to remain silent? Or will we deliver? How many more babies have to freeze to death before we raise our voices and say, “Enough!”

“THE ASSAD REGIME, RUSSIA, AND IRAN MUST END THEIR ATTACKS”

Secretary Pompeo issued a written statement about the attack on Turkish soldiers by the Russian-backed Assad regime in Idlib.

Stressing that he is on Turkey’s side, Pompeo described the attacks as “despicable and shameless” and said, “We send our condolences to the Turkish state for the soldiers who lost their lives. The US condemns this attack as strongly as possible.”

"THE ATTACKS MUST END"

Pompeo also called on the Assad regime and its supporters to stop their attacks on Idlib, stating, “these actions by the Assad regime, Russia, the Iranian regime, and Hezbollah directly prevent a ceasefire in Northern Syria. The attacks must end, humanitarian access must be granted, and a political solution must be developed in accordance with UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2254.”

Pompeo also noted that the US is in touch with Turkey for preventing and alleviating the human suffering caused by “the regime and the Russian brutality,” and that they are evaluating possible ways to support Turkey.

Pompeo said that they would do their best to proclaim a truce across Syria, including in Idlib, as well as do their best to prevent the reintegration of the Assad regime into the international community until the regime fully complies with the UNSCR decision.

A SOLIDARITY STATEMENT FROM THE US TO TURKEY REGARDING THE IDLIB ISSUE

The US Department of State has announced that it has evaluated the fastest way to help Turkey regarding the current situation in Idlib.

The spokesperson of the State Department stated that intelligence sharing is currently active between the US and Turkey. It was also stated that they are discussing the fastest way to help Turkey in Idlib.

On the other hand, the spokesperson also noted that the attacks carried out in Idlib was a product of the close relationship between the regime and Russia. It was also noted that the regime couldn’t carry out any airstrikes without the support and approval of Russia.

AMAZON purchases a Turkish company

 Although it did not draw a lot of attention, DataRow, a technology company of Turkish origin, was bought by Amazon. DataRow, which makes it easier for users to work on Amazon Redshift, was founded in 2017 by Eren Baydemir and Can Abacigil and is currently operating from San Francisco. 

DataRow's parent company, TeamSQL, is still operating in Istanbul. Although there was no official announcement of how much was acquired for this company that two young people created and sold to the biggest company in three years, DataRow's team would continue to work within the Amazon family.

In addition to this beautiful success story, the number of big or small Turkish companies working in the start-up field in Silicon Valley is around 100! Likewise, the number of Turks working in technology companies around the world has exceeded 500. Many of our young engineers work in the world's best companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and Twitter. I believe that soon Turkey will make a much larger leap into the IT sector, making us proud.

Belgin Aksoy meets with Oprah in New York

Oprah Winfrey, famous American talk show host, started her 3-month tour - titled "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus" - during which she will be visiting most of the states in the US to talk about the balance between mind,  body, and soul.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was one of the speakers during the Brooklyn leg of her tour - which took place at Barclay's Center and featured the leaders of the wellness industry and changemaker celebrities among the guests. Belgin Aksoy - the person who introduced the "Global Wellness Day" to the world - drew attention by meeting with Oprah.

Belgin Aksoy, who spoke about the sentimental moments of this meeting, said that "While residing among the audience crowd of 15,000,  I smiled to myself when I heard Oprah talking about the Global Wellness Day, and thought about how strong each one of us is." Last year, Winfrey also supported the Global Wellness Day via the congratulatory video, which she shared through all of her social media accounts. Aksoy also noted that the moment she thanked Oprah in person for her support "will always be one of the most unforgettable moments" of her life.

 Aksoy also invited Oprah Winfrey to Turkey by presenting her a special invitation letter for the 8th anniversary of the Global Wellness Day which will be celebrated on June 13th, at more than 7,000 locations and 150 countries with free-to-participate events.

THY EXECUTIVE ILKER AYCI SPEAKS AT UN

Ilker Ayci was among the keynote speakers of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science event which took place at the UN General Assembly Hall and organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) which is being chaired by Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite - a descendent of the Iraqi royal family and a Faysal I of Iraq.

Following the opening speech of Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the 74th session of UN General Assembly, Ayci first noted that Turkey is one of the pioneer countries when it comes to women's rights, and also stated that as a flag carrier THY is proud of Turkish women's role in the aviation sector since 1930s.

Ayci, reminding that the first [female] combat pilot in the history was Sabiha Gokcen from Turkey, made an emphasis on the fact that women were increasingly participating in active roles since the establishment of THY in 1933.

Ayci also noted that 46% of THY's workforce is comprised of women and that they are working to increase this percentage to create full gender equality. He also said that THY, with their 211 female pilots in the workforce, is one of the airlines in Europe with the highest amount of female pilots.

Ayci made the following remarks in his speech:

"Our steadfast support for women is not only in the business sector. As Turkish Airlines, we believe in gender equality in sports as well and as a company that believes in the power of sports, we support certain athletes, teams, and tournaments worldwide with pleasure."

Ayci said that THY supports gender equality, and also talked about the institution's environmental awareness. Aycı said that as Turkish Airlines, they embrace a versatile approach, from developing alternative fuels to zero-waste projects.

During the two day program, Selin Sevimli - youngest female pilot Turkish Airlines -, Captain Pilot Ahu Nur Turkoglu and engineer Elif Ozsoy also spoke and shared their experiences with the audience.

Among the speakers of the event were diplomats, "Fortune 500" company executives, academics from all over the world, and representatives from nongovernmental organizations.

For the last five years on February 11th as a part of the celebrations of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, RASIT is organizing this 2-day meeting in the UN Headquarters for increasing the women's role in science. These meetings are hosted by Malta and serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas on gender equality.
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