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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top government infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday he disagreed with President Donald Trump’s assessment the United States has “rounded the corner” on the coronavirus pandemic, saying the statistics are disturbing

Fauci, the outspoken director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States was starting the flu season with a high baseline of around 40,000 new cases a day and deaths are averaging around 1,000 daily.

Trump, who has admitted playing down the severity of the virus since it emerged early this presidential election year, said on Thursday he believed the United States was “rounding the corner” on the crisis.

“I have to disagree with that, because, if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics … they are disturbing,” Fauci said on MSNBC.

Fauci said he hoped the country did not see a spike in cases after the Labor Day weekend as it did after other long holiday weekends since May.

It was important to get those infection rates down before the autumn and winter seasons when people will be spending more time indoors. “You don’t want to start off already with a baseline that’s so high,” Fauci said.

Asked about the outdoor campaign rallies Trump has resumed before his Nov. 3 matchup against Democrat Joe Biden, Fauci said they are “absolutely” risky.

“Just because you’re outdoors does not mean that you’re protected, particularly if you’re in a crowd and you’re not wearing masks,” he said.

Fauci, who has contradicted Trump’s statements about the virus, denies the administration is pressuring him to keep quiet.

“Anybody that tries to tell me what to say publicly, if they know anything about me, realizes that’s a fool’s errand,” Fauci said. “No one is ever going to pressure me or muzzle me to say anything publicly.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Marguerita Choy

 

    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11 : President Donald J. Trump with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and US Attorney General William Barr walks out to deliver remarks on citizenship and the census in the rose Garden at the White House on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
    BY: Tara Bahrampour

    A federal court on Thursday blocked a memorandum signed by President Trump seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census for apportionment, saying such action would violate the statute governing congressional apportionment.

    A special three-judge panel out of New York wrote that the president’s argument that undocumented immigrants should not be counted runs afoul of a statute saying apportionment must be based on everyone who is a resident of the United States.

    The judges found that all residents must be counted for apportionment purposes regardless of their legal status.

    The ruling declared the president’s July 21 memorandum to be “an unlawful exercise of the authority granted to the President,” and it blocked the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau from including information about the number of undocumented immigrants in their reports to the president after the count is completed. The ruling is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

    Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, and one of the attorneys who argued the case, called the ruling “a huge victory for voting rights and for immigrants’ rights. President Trump has tried and failed yet again to weaponize the census against immigrant communities. The law is clear — every person counts in the census.”

    The ruling came hours after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to produce internal documents connected to its sudden decision to end the 2020 Census count a month earlier than the Census Bureau had planned.

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh gave the government three days to file all documents and communications between mid-April, when the bureau said it would extend the count to Oct. 31 due to the pandemic, and Aug. 3, when it abruptly said the count would end Sept. 30.

    By law, the state population totals that will be used to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives for the next decade must be delivered to the president by Dec. 31 of the census year.

    The shortened timeline is at odds with statements from senior bureau officials who had said the bureau could no longer provide a complete and accurate count by the end of the year, and it sparked legal challenges. Koh last week temporarily blocked the bureau from winding down the count after the government said it had already started doing so, until a hearing set for Sept. 17.

    Members of Congress have also expressed concern about the change in schedule, saying a rushed count will lead to an inaccurate census, particularly in areas already behind in being counted.

    At a hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Thursday, Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) questioned why the administration initially asked for the Oct. 31 extension and then reversed itself, even as an internal census document showed bureau officials warning that the shortened time would significantly damage the count.

    “We do not have the full story,” she said, adding that statements from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows implied that the administration had reversed its request to try “to control apportionment this year while [Trump] is still in office.” Census data is used to reapportion House seats every 10 years, to guide redistricting and to distribute over $1.5 trillion in federal funding.

    Maloney said an undercount would harm Republican states as well as Democratic ones. Noting that such states as Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah could be harmed by an inaccurate count, she added, “That’s why a number of Republican senators have come out in support of extending the deadlines.”

    A House coronavirus relief package approved the administration’s April request for a later end to the count that would have pushed the reporting deadline for apportionment to April 30. But a draft of a Senate coronavirus package has not included mention of the change. Congressional approval is required to change the reporting date.

    Census experts have noted that the shortened count is only one part of the problem: The administration’s new timeline shortens the period for analyzing and correcting problems with the data from six months to three, and cuts out crucial steps from that stage.

    Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was in response to two consolidated lawsuits over the memo — one filed by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Texas and the law firm Arnold & Porter; and one filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James along with 23 attorneys general and 14 cities and counties across the country.

    Other legal challenges to the memo include one by the government watchdog organization Common Cause and several cities, groups and individuals that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    The judges in New York wrote that Trump’s memo “has created, and is likely to create, widespread confusion among illegal aliens and others as to whether they should participate in the census,” adding that the “chilling effect on census participation will likely also degrade the census data, harming state and local governments that rely on the data to carry out their public functions.”

    Neither the White House nor the Justice and Commerce departments responded to requests for comment. The Census Bureau said it does not comment on ongoing litigation.

    An earlier version of this story said 20 attorneys general had joined a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James in response to the memo signed by President Trump. Twenty-three attorneys general are part of the lawsuit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    James vence a Trump en el censo otra vez: La Corte dictamina que los inmigrantes indocumentados deben ser incluidos en el reparto del Congreso

    NUEVA YORK – La Fiscal General de Nueva York, Letitia James, se anotó hoy otra gran victoria en la lucha por proteger el Censo Decenal de 2020 ante la Administración Trump al detener los intentos del Presidente Donald Trump de excluir a los inmigrantes indocumentados de la base de reparto tras el recuento del censo.

    “Los repetidos intentos del Presidente Trump de obstaculizar, perjudicar y prejuzgar un censo exacto y el subsiguiente prorrateo han fracasado una vez más”, dijo la Fiscal General James. “Los tribunales han dictaminado a nuestro favor en cada asunto del censo en los últimos dos años y han rechazado continuamente los esfuerzos ilegales del presidente Trump para manipular el censo con objetivos políticos. No podemos permitir que el continuo miedo y la xenofobia de la Casa Blanca nos impidan ser contados. Urgimos a todos a que llenen el censo, si es que no lo han hecho ya, y continuaremos tomando todas las acciones legales disponibles para asegurar que todas las comunidades sean contadas, que todas las comunidades estén debidamente representadas, y que todas las comunidades obtengan los fondos federales que necesitan y merecen”.

    En julio, la Fiscal General James encabezó una coalición de estados, ciudades y condados en la presentación de una demanda contra el Presidente Trump, el Secretario de Comercio Wilbur Ross y otros, después de que anunciaran que dejarían ilegalmente a millones de inmigrantes indocumentados fuera de la base de reparto que establece el número de miembros de la Cámara de Representantes que recibe cada estado. La demanda tenía por objeto impedir que la Administración Trump violara el requisito constitucional y estatutario de larga data de contar el “número total de personas” que residen en el país para el reparto, sin tener en cuenta la situación de la inmigración.

    Hoy, un tribunal de tres jueces acordó con la Fiscal General James que el plan del presidente de excluir a los inmigrantes indocumentados de la base de reparto era ilegal. La corte declaró: “Los méritos de la disputa de las partes no son particularmente cercanos o complicados”. En la decisión, la corte sostuvo que el Presidente Trump estaba violando la ley al tratar de cambiar la base de reparto, y que “el Presidente debe actuar de acuerdo con, y dentro de los límites de, la autoridad que el Congreso ha concedido. Por las razones expuestas anteriormente, concluimos que el Presidente no lo hizo en este caso y que el Memorando Presidencial es una violación ‘ultra vires’ de la delegación por el Congreso de su responsabilidad constitucional de contar el número total de personas en cada Estado y de repartir los miembros de la Cámara de Representantes entre los Estados según sus respectivos números”.

    La victoria de hoy es sólo la última de una larga lista de medidas que la Fiscal General James ha tomado para proteger la integridad del Censo Decenal de 2020. En 2018, la Oficina de la Fiscal General presentó una demanda contra la Administración Trump en respuesta a sus esfuerzos por añadir una pregunta de ciudadanía al censo. Esa demanda se abrió paso a través de múltiples tribunales, llegando finalmente a la Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. el año pasado, donde el tribunal dictaminó, el pasado mes de junio, a favor de Nueva York al prohibir a la Administración Trump que añadiera la pregunta de la ciudadanía al censo. En agosto del año pasado, la Fiscal General James intervino en otro caso de censo en Alabama, donde el gobierno federal fue acusado, en un esfuerzo por asegurar que el caso se presente adecuadamente y que cada residente en América – independientemente de su estatus de ciudadanía – sea contado en el censo. Además, a finales del mes pasado, la Fiscal General James encabezó una gran coalición para emprender acciones legales contra los esfuerzos de la Administración Trump por perjudicar el Censo Decenal de 2020 reduciendo -en un mes entero, del 31 de octubre al 30 de septiembre- el tiempo en que se aceptarán los cuestionarios de auto-respuesta y se realizarán seguimientos puerta a puerta por parte de los encuestadores del censo. El pasado fin de semana, un tribunal de distrito emitió una orden de restricción temporal para detener temporalmente el plan del presidente de perjudicar el censo.

    PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young Americans, according to a new poll that finds adults under 35 especially likely to report negative feelings or experience physical or emotional symptoms associated with stress and anxiety.

    A majority of Americans ages 18 through 34 — 56% — say they have at least sometimes felt isolated in the past month, compared with about 4 in 10 older Americans, according to the latest COVID Response Tracking Study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Twenty-five percent of young adults rate their mental health as fair or poor, compared with 13% of older adults, while 56% of older adults say their mental health is excellent or very good, compared with just 39% of young adults.

    In the midst of the pandemic, young adults are navigating life transitions such as starting college and finding jobs, all without being able to experience normal social activities that might be especially essential for people who are less likely to have already married and started their own families. Some young people are just beginning their adult lives amid a recession, and older members of the group are already experiencing their second.

    Christina Torres, 32, a middle school teacher in Honolulu, had to postpone her June wedding and was not able to travel to her grandmother’s funeral in California because of the pandemic. She misses being able to deal with stress by going to the gym and getting together with friends.

    “And so it’s hard to not feel really hopeless sometimes, especially because the numbers keep going up,” she said.

    The study found that younger Americans also consistently show higher rates of psychosomatic symptoms, like having trouble sleeping, getting headaches or crying, compared to other age groups. The likelihood of experiencing such symptoms decreases with age.

    One possible explanation for the age gap could be that young adults have less experience dealing with a public health crisis, said Tom Smith, who has directed NORC’s General Social Survey since 1980. Smith, 71, says he grew up being told not to play in the dirt because of the risk of contracting polio.

    “This experience facing a pandemic is completely new for most younger adults,” he said.

    Torres thought some of the hardship her generation is experiencing now could be attributed to their lack of historical context, compared with her parents’ generation.

    “So it kind of feels like, oh my God, can this get any worse? When is it going to get better?” she said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s going to get better.”

    Young adults also face constant exposure to social media, which could make negative feelings about the virus even worse. The survey found that frequently watching, reading or talking about the virus is consistently linked with higher rates of negative mental health symptoms.

    Wayne Evans, 18, a freshman at North Carolina State University studying remotely after being sent home because of virus cases at the school, said social media provided daily reminders of COVID-19.

    “In some ways social media has added to my stressors, yes. Just the information overload that’s unavoidable on social media platforms can be distracting,” he said.

    The survey found 67% of young adults, but just 50% of those older, say they have at least sometimes felt that they were unable to control the important things in life. And 55% of 18 to 34 year olds say they have felt difficulties piling up too high to overcome, compared with 33% of older adults.

    In Arizona, Desiree Eskridge, 17, decided to study remotely in California for her first year at Northern Arizona University partly because she did not want to risk spreading COVID-19 to her family, which is prone to sickness. She also worried she would get sick and have to pay back a student loan for a semester she could not finish on the campus.

    She did move into her grandparents’ house so she could still be more on her own. She relies on friends who are living on campus and taking the same classes to explain things she did not quite understand during lectures and has to schedule extra Zoom appointments with her professors for additional help.

    “It’s extremely stressful, but me being home makes it a little easier because I can do it all in my own time and my own space and I don’t have to be in this new environment where I have to learn everything all over,” she said.

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    Associated Press writer Colleen Slevin in Wheat Ridge, Colorado contributed to this report. Kelleher reported from Honolulu.

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    The survey of 2,007 adults was conducted July 22-August 10 with funding from the National Science Foundation. It uses a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

     

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