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The churches in North Carolina were free to perform services without restrictions, and a White House adviser said Sunday that the centers for disease control and prevention “abandoned” the country as the nation began its struggle for life and Coronavirus pandemic death continued.

In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said he would not appeal a federal judge’s decision against Cooper’s edict that churches should be limited to 10 believers.

In New Orleans, dining room service was resumed this weekend with a 25% capacity. In Virginia, Virginia Beach was reopened for fishing and training – but not everyone in the sand followed these rules. Numerous parks and hiking trails have been opened in California.

The United States has by far the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world. According to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard, there are more than 88,000 deaths and nearly 1.5 million confirmed cases. The virus has killed more than 310,000 people worldwide and infected more than 4.6 million.

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Warm weather pulls crowds to the coast, Saturday May 16, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Photo: Kaitlin McKeown, AP)

Here are some highlights you should know on Sunday:

What we are talking about: Canceling courses and degrees is difficult for students. It is devastating for university cities.

Something to smile about: These blue bees are known to bury their heads in pollen. They were spotted in Florida for the first time in years.

Trump advisor: CDC “has really let the country down with the tests”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “really kicked us back” in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak by continuing testing within the bureaucracy and doing a faulty test, White House adviser Peter Navarro said on Sunday.

“The CDC, which really had the most trusted brand in the world in this area, has really let the country down,” Navarro, political coordinator of the National Defense Production Act, told NBC’s Meet the Press.

Navarro also defended President Trump for encouraging states to open up, saying that it was not “life against work”. Unemployment-related depression and other problems, as well as sick people who are unwilling to see a doctor, would cost more lives than would be lost from additional COVID deaths, Navarro said.

The judge blocks the governor’s virus-related instructions to the churches

Churches in North Carolina were able to hold services on Sunday without the strict restrictions that Governor Roy Cooper imposed after a federal judge sided with conservative Christian leaders. Two Baptist congregations, a pastor and a Christian revival group, filed a federal lawsuit claiming the restrictions violated their right to worship and treated churches differently from retailers and other secular activities. The order had limited the services to 10 people, while the companies were limited to 50% capacity and the funeral services to 50 people. Cooper said he would not appeal Saturday’s verdict, but urged religious leaders to voluntarily adhere to the guidelines.

Eric Trump says Biden’s “rave” outbreak stops campaign rallies

President Trump’s son Eric says Democrats and their alleged presidential candidate Joe Biden discourage efforts to reopen the country, as that would allow Trump to hold campaign events. After election day, political enemies will find that the corona virus threat has “magically disappeared,” the younger Trump said in Fox News.

“Biden loves that. Biden cannot go on stage without making a terrible mistake,” Trump said. “They think they are taking away Donald Trump’s greatest tool, which is to go into an arena and fill it with 50,000 people each time.”

“Wet markets” threaten to fuel future pandemics

In the early stages of the corona virus outbreak, the Chinese government acted swiftly to ban the consumption of wild animals and to combat certain “wet markets” where snakes, civets and other exotic animals are sold along with more traditional animals.

Scientists hailed the move as long overdue, but some fear it won’t last – and they argue that much more needs to be done to protect against future diseases that can jump from animal to human.

“These wet markets are really perfect for spillover events,” said George Wittemyer, associate professor of wildlife and conservation biology at Colorado State University. “You have so many different species – you have wild species that interact with native species.

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Obama says the crisis highlights inequalities

Former President Barack Obama made some surprisingly political comments and commented on current events when he talked about “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour live streaming event for historically black colleges and universities.

When he congratulated graduates and complained about the difficult world they face, the former president noted the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February, who was killed while jogging on a residential street in Georgia.

“Let’s face it, a disease like this only highlights the underlying inequalities and additional pressures that black communications have historically struggled with in this country,” Obama said. “We see this in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our communities. The way we see it when a black man goes jogging and some people feel they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning . “

Italy opens its borders in June

The Italian government announced on Saturday that it would open its borders next month, ending Europe’s longest and strictest corona virus blockade as soon as the summer tourism season begins.

Both regional and international borders will open on June 3rd, and the government will lift a 14-day quarantine for anyone from abroad. Many hope that this step will revive a decimated tourism industry that accounts for 13% of Italy’s gross domestic product.

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5 sailors on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt test positive again

Five sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, who were put out of action by the COVID-19 outbreak in Guam, were tested positive for the virus for the second time and, according to the Navy, were taken off the ship.

The resurgence of the virus among the five seafarers underscores the confusing behavior of the highly contagious virus and raises questions about how positive troops, especially on ships, can be reintegrated into the military.

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