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Monacari wrote:"Thank you," the Sultan says as a adviser takes notes. He takes a sip of tea before responding to the next item on the agenda. "The Islamic Sultanate has long maintained an isolationist policy under my father but I hope to change this. The Islamic Sultanate is willing to waive visas for citizens of Montevento for 30 days, when visiting the four governorate-level cities of Amman, Baghdad, Beirut, and Kuwait City. The visa waiver won't apply to areas outside those cities, including the Jeddah-Mecca exclave, due to security concerns. Would that be acceptable?"

After a few seconds of silence and several glances between the different members of the Monteventani delegation, the Doge answered very calmly: "It's not what we had in mind, but we understand your posture. As a sign of our good intentions and trust with your citizens, we will revoke the need for visas for 30 days to enter any part of our country, however, we will maintain the need to fill out a form with some basic information when arriving to the country in order to have better control and knowledge of who enters our country from yours."

News,CLTV 1,Layton|March 21,2020

The curfew will start today at 8:00 pm to 5:00 am, all persons will be prohibited from moving, while people aged 65 or older will be barred from leaving their homes.Fines and imprisonment of 3 years will be provided for non-compliance.
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10 new cases were registered, 7 in Vasilevgrad and 3 in Jackob City.Two more were released from the hospital for home isolation. There are no fatalities so far.
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As the entire government is quarantined, it will be the responsibility of local authorities to take action, president said.
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The Clarkstan Football Federation has suspended all-league competitions today. The football season is over and the Clarkstan champion is FC Wolf from Layton, the second is their city rival FC Layton, the third FC Victoria from Vasilevgrad and the fourth Sharks from Planton City.There is no intention yet to postpone the Clarkstanian Regional Cup 2020 in Layton, which should be played from July 17 to August 16.

Clarkstan wrote:News,CLTV 1,Layton|March 21,2020

The curfew will start today at 8:00 pm to 5:00 am, all persons will be prohibited from moving, while people aged 65 or older will be barred from leaving their homes.Fines and imprisonment of 3 years will be provided for non-compliance.
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10 new cases were registered, 7 in Vasilevgrad and 3 in Jackob City.Two more were released from the hospital for home isolation. There are no fatalities so far.
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As the entire government is quarantined, it will be the responsibility of local authorities to take action, president said.
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The Clarkstan Football Federation has suspended all-league competitions today. The football season is over and the Clarkstan champion is FC Wolf from Layton, the second is their city rival FC Layton, the third FC Victoria from Vasilevgrad and the fourth Sharks from Planton City.There is no intention yet to postpone the Clarkstanian Regional Cup 2020 in Layton, which should be played from July 17 to August 16.

United States of Calicambria
President Elise Lambert | March 21, 2020

The United States of Calicambria wishes to run three repatriation flight from Layton, Clarkstan to repatriate the 1,182 United States citizens currently in Clarkstan. The three flights will be run between Layton and Denver, CO, Calicambria. All crew members on the flights will be tested for COVID-19 prior to departure and will not exit the gate area of the airport. Each repatriation flight will spend roughly 1 hour on the ground between landing and takeoff.

Citizens of the United States that will board the repatriation flights (if approved) will be tested for COVID-19 at the gate area prior to departure. The planes that will be used are leased from United Airlines (Boeing 757 aircraft).

[OOC: To all: The San Diego COVID-19 Summit is adjourned since it's been inactive so everyone can RP their officials again. IC, the following topics were discussed: identification, treatment, internal efforts to prevent spread, cure/vaccine research, joint cooperation/dialogue.]

Svobodoslaviya

Layton,March 22,2020|President Luka Gavric

The Federal Republic of Clarkstan will allow the citizens of Calicambria to return to their home country.For those outside the capital, a shuttle service will be organized to Layton or Nord Ost Airport (Layton International airport).But it is important that the citizens of Calicambria inform their consular posts of the places they are located, which they will provide to the Clarkstan authorities through the embassy to arrange transportation.

דער פאָרוואָרד -- Der Forvord
COVID-19 update: community transmission inconclusive.

Today we have 27 new cases of COVID-19 infection confirmed by laboratory tests, with a total of 66 cases. Just over 1200 laboratory tests have been conducted, bringing the total number of completed tests to 6000.

"11 of the new cases have a history of international travel," Health Minister Bofstein stated in a public media release. "One is a close contact of a previous confirmed case."

"As of yesterday, we have identified 2 cases in which we cannot rule out community transmission. Our further investigations have not been able to identify a foreign travel link."

"For clarity, a community transmission is a case in which we are unsure of where the infection came from. As we investigate cases, close contact tracing continues to grow our understanding of the infection pathway and we can then communicate with anybody who may have been a close or casual contact and ensure appropriate action is taken. We can also then update local communities about events or situations where contact may have occurred and alter local medical staff."

"I understand the growing concern that people in those areas feel about a risk of transmission, so I ask that you keep up good hygiene practices, social distancing, and most importantly seek advice if you develop any symptoms."

"We have always known cases not apparently linked to foreign travel will appear and we are prepared to deal with such cases."

President Weil made a public address to the nation concerning the novel coronavirus outbreak, announcing the creation of a 4-level COVID19 alert system.

"We are asking that you limit your travel around the country and do everything in your ability to aid the medical investigation teams," the President said.

"Non-essential travel is highly discouraged. If you need to travel, maintain social distancing and wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after."

"This is vital to protecting people's health and ensuring our health system can cope and look after Shtetans who become sick. This is about slowing the spread of the disease, about flattening the curve," she clarified, referring to the Health Ministry's Flatten the Curve campaign aimed at containing infections below the health system's capacity over a longer period of time.

Since the announcement, the government has moved the COVID19 alert level to Level 2 - "Reduce" - in which the disease outbreak is contained but the risk of a community transmission is growing. Border entry measures will be tightened to maximum levels, restrictions on public assemblies will be furthered, and a business continuity plan is being activated.

"Our health system will be moving towards priority investigations," President Weil added. "Those at the highest risk will be contacted and tested first, and cases of low-risk will be de-prioritised. Elderly homes, those with pre-existing health conditions, and people over 70 should contact their GPs and ask for a free COVID19 test. If you're unsure if you should apply, please visit the Health Ministry website or call the COVID19 Healthline."

"I must reiterate that if you're at low-risk, if you're young and healthy or live in a region with no confirmed cases, that you remain vigilant and aid in our efforts."

The government website has published a COVID-19 "civil mutual-aid guide", instructing citizens to call out racism, connect with their neighbours, contact those who are immunocompromised, support small local businesses, and aid food banks and their community through mutual aid and kind respect. The guide also offers some ways to keep busy during self-isolation and quarantine, and how to teach children about the outbreak through games.

Clarkstan wrote:Layton,March 22,2020|President Luka Gavric

The Federal Republic of Clarkstan will allow the citizens of Calicambria to return to their home country.For those outside the capital, a shuttle service will be organized to Layton or Nord Ost Airport (Layton International airport).But it is important that the citizens of Calicambria inform their consular posts of the places they are located, which they will provide to the Clarkstan authorities through the embassy to arrange transportation.

United States of Calicambria
President Elise Lambert | March 21, 2020

At 9:23 A.M. Central Time, the first chartered Boeing 757 landed from Denver Int'l Airport (DEN), followed by two more Boeing 757s at 9:36 A.M. and 9:45 A.M. Crew members and CDC officials quickly deplaned and started boarding passengers. CDC officials took the temperatures of passengers as they boarded. This was repeated for each flight.

The planes took off at 10:18 A.M., 10:34 A.M., and 10:39 A.M. respectively.

Montevento wrote:After a few seconds of silence and several glances between the different members of the Monteventani delegation, the Doge answered very calmly: "It's not what we had in mind, but we understand your posture. As a sign of our good intentions and trust with your citizens, we will revoke the need for visas for 30 days to enter any part of our country, however, we will maintain the need to fill out a form with some basic information when arriving to the country in order to have better control and knowledge of who enters our country from yours."

The Prime Minister notices the nervous glances among the Monteventani delegation and quickly interjects: "Due to isolationism that was practiced by the Islamic Sultanate for multiple generations, there is a significant sector of the population which does not see foreigners traveling to the Islamic Sultanate as favorable and may seek to harm travelers. They are mostly concentrated in the rural areas which have historically not seen many non-Arabs. However our governorate-level cities are burgeoning international tourism hotspots and we have a highly capable security and police force present."

The Sultan adds: "We hope to adjust our policies in the future should our situation change."

Monacari wrote:The Prime Minister notices the nervous glances among the Monteventani delegation and quickly interjects: "Due to isolationism that was practiced by the Islamic Sultanate for multiple generations, there is a significant sector of the population which does not see foreigners traveling to the Islamic Sultanate as favorable and may seek to harm travelers. They are mostly concentrated in the rural areas which have historically not seen many non-Arabs. However our governorate-level cities are burgeoning international tourism hotspots and we have a highly capable security and police force present."

The Sultan adds: "We hope to adjust our policies in the future should our situation change."

"We fully understand your position and it is not our intention to change it. Montevento will firmly respect Monacari's decision and we thank you for opening the doors of your large cities to our citizens and tourists" exclaimed Doge, trying not to jeopardise the agreement previously reached, before turning to the Sultan with a smile on his face "when your country is ready to take a step towards greater openness with foreigners, Montevento will be more than happy to revisit this agreement to expand it."

"We have one more thing related to this that we would like to discuss" said the Doge while drinking a sip of his tea, as one of his assistants gave a folder with several papers to the Monacari delegation, in which a proposal for a student exchange programme between both countries was detailed, in addition to a cooperation agreement in the area of ​​scientific research, where both countries would compromise to share scientific knowledge between them, as long as these do not put the country’s national sovereignty and security in danger.

News headlines,Layton|March 24,2020

Clarkstan introduces mass testing on COVID-19 in 3 to 4 days, said President Luka Gavric.

New 52 cases of coronavirus infection confirmed in Clarkstan.

Layton District suspends public transportation Thursday.

Many public figures have called on Clarkstanian's to stay home.

The end of March and early April is expected to culminate in infection, we must be prepared according to infectologists.

Miracle in Artheria?
Despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases world wide, Artherian numbers have been relatively low. The total number of (known) current COVID-19 cases in Artheria is at 40. The current hotspot is located in Tallinn, around a Russian community. All 40 people have been quarantined. Across the nation, medical supply production has been ramped in case of an explosion of cases. For now, the Kaiser has offered nations thousands of units of PPE and ventilators thanks to the vast production power. In the Baltic Territories, the Regional Governor has announced that citizens will be subject to curfews once cases jump past 100. The Kaiser has also mobilized the Nationale Verteidigungskräfte (the Artherian equivalent of the National Guard) to begin sanitizing public places and checking people for the coronavirus. Reports indicate that there are no plans for martial law at this time.

Eustrastani Covid-19 Update

Today we were informed by the Disease Prevention Center (DPC) that we have 41 new cases of Coronavirus concentrated in Anakan city, with a total of 43 cases of Coronavirus none of them have died or cured yet.

DPC will hold MRT or Mass Rapid Test in Anakan and several provinces bordering them. In the meantime, Anakan City will be closed down public areas and immediately taken several Aggressive Measures to curb down the interaction between people there, Social Distancing and City Lockdown are two of the options.

ABC News
Alexandria Bureau

Final presidential primaries rescheduled for April 7

The final Democratic and Republican presidential primaries that were scheduled to be held yesterday, March 24, have been rescheduled for April 7, 2020. The states of Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) announced that the rescheduled Colorado primary will not affect vote-by-mail ballots that will continue to be accepted if postmarked by April 7. The Governors of Hidalgo, Idaho, Montana, and Sheridan made similar announcements.

The announcement was made in light of the national shelter-in-place order, set to expire on March 31. President Lambert (D) has not indicated if she will renew the order but a spokesperson for 1 Chandler Lane said: "The administration is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 cases nationwide and continually evaluates all possible options. The first priority of President Lambert is to ensure the safety and health of every Calicambrian."

Democratic frontrunner Senator Diego Pietro Gonzalez (D-PO) has not yet announced a vice presidential pick but Republican presumptive nominee Senator Sam Atkins (R-WS) has selected Representative Elisa Contreras, a Republican representing Sheridan's 1st congressional district, as his running mate. In a Gonzalez vs. Atkins general election, Atkins' low name recognition is likely to hurt his chances of votes among independents and unaffiliated voters in swing states like Mojave, Montana, and Washoe.

PureLife
CEO Henry Lawson | Dakotapolis, DA, Calicambria

Addressed to the Government of Montevento

PureLife Inc. is pleased to inform the Government of Montevento that production of COVID-19 virus test kits are meeting and exceeding daily production estimates and are in continuous supply to health authorities around the Republic of Montevento. Other products such as hand sanitizer (hospital-grade and personal use), disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays, and more are also being produced and made available for supply.

Imports of initial hand sanitizers and other products from the United States of Calicambria have been phased out as local production of those products has been made possible.

Agenzia Statale di Stampa | Mercoledì 25 marzo 2020
Città di San Giovanni, Province of Costa Grande

Montevento shows its discontent with the government for "lack of measures" against COVID-19

Various citizens have today decided to demonstrate their discontent with the Government of Montevento participating of what is known in Montevento as a "Casseroulada", consisting on making noise by banging pots, pans, and other metallic utensils from balconies, windows and gardens of houses in order to call for attention or to silence opposing ideas, in addition to turning off all lights inside and outside their homes to simulate a "blackout".

The protest was organised by the Central Union of Workers as they consider that the current measures taken by the government are "insufficient" to combat the virus, demanding that a "mandatory national quarantine" must be declared immediately while taking all necessary precautions to help those who won't be able to keep their jobs and will loose their only source of income due to the pandemic. The Central Union of Workers also heavily criticised the posture of the government of just recommending a voluntary quarantine to all citizens, declaring that "making a voluntary quarantine is elitist and only suitable for those who are well off and can afford not attending to their jobs, risking to loose them".

The "casseroulada" took place at 9:00 pm, at the same time that the Government held the daily press conference in which the new positive cases of the virus and any new measures or decisions regarding the pandemic that Montevento and the rest of the world are going through are publicly announced. This time, the press conference also took longer than expected, as the government went on to list all the measures taken so far, such as the total quarantining of the Province of Nuova Italia, the cancellation of all flights from and to Montevento, the suspension of all public events and classes, the deregulation and encouragement of home-working and the partnership with PureLife from Calicambria to allow Montevento to conduct an extensive testing for positive cases.

The Minister of Economy and Finances also decided to make a declaration during the conference, as the noise made by the banging of pots and pans made a deafening sound in the streets of the country. His intervention was rather short, but very direct: declaring a mandatory national quarantine was just not possible if Montevento wished to come out of the pandemic with a functional economy and stated that the consequences of a collapsed economy for a country like Montevento could be devastating.

However the the supporters of the Central Union of Workers were not the only ones making noise today, as many sided with the government praising its decision to keep a balance between economic stability and virus prevention, and in turn, decided to sing the national anthem of Montevento from the windows of their homes as a gesture of unity and national strength while the protest was happening, finishing with a massive applause when the press conference ended.

דער פאָרוואָרד -- Der Forvord
Have Lockdown, No Travel

With a rapid rise in confirmed cases and an increased risk of community transmission, President Weil announced that the country will be moving up to Alert Level 4. This morning, 78 new cases were confirmed, with 7 individuals under hospital care - none are in ICU and all are reported to be in stable condition. 27 individuals have confirmed full recovery from the virus.

"We are fortunate to still be behind the vast majority of nations in terms of infections and community transmission," stated President Weil during her public address. "But our trajectory is very clear; act now, or let the virus take hold as it has elsewhere. We currently have 183 confirmed cases of infection by the novel coronavirus - but so did many nations, where the virus has no overwhelmed their health systems, and hundreds of people are dying everyday."

"The situation is paced, and so are we. I have always said that we will act decisively."

"The Health Director-General, as well as the Health Ministry, have now confirmed there are 2 cases which we are unable to trace the origin of infection from. As such, we believe that there are community transmission within Shtet. If community transmission takes off in Shtet, the number of cases will quickly grow beyond our capacity to control, and tens of thousands of Shtetans will die. There is no easy way to say that, but it is the reality that we have seen play out in our neighbours and overseas, and one which we must not let get out of control here. Together we must stop that from happening, and we can."

"Right now, we have a window of opportunity to break the chain of community transmission, to contain the virus, and to protect Shtetans from infection. Our plan is simple: stay home, and reduce physical contact. Now is the time to act. That is why my Government have agreed this morning that effective immediately, we will move to Alert Level 3, and after a period of 48 hours - the time to ensure essential services are in place - we will be moving to Alert Level 4."

"This will place the greatest restrictions on Shtetans' movements in modern history - a decision I do not take lightly, but is our best chance at stopping the novel coronavirus from overrunning our nation. This will save lives."

In 48 hours, the nation will go into full lockdown - meaning all residents will have to stay home, schools, universities, and non-essential businesses will be closed, and a major prioritisation of health services and public transport will take place. Public assemblies and events will not proceed, but individuals will be allowed to go shopping, refuel at gas stations, and access medication at pharmacies. All individuals outside have to stay at least 2 metres away from each other.

"I do not underestimate what I am asking Shtetans to do. It is huge, and I know it will feel daunting. But the worst-case scenario here is simply intolerable."

The national election - traditionally scheduled for April 8 (Independence Day) - will be postponed until the alert level is lowered.

"By moving early, we have a chance of minimising the length of time we spend at Level 4."

The number of cases will continue to rise over the next few weeks, but once they begin to fall, the Government will consider dropping the alert levels in select parts of the country. Nationwide, the alert level will remain at the highest rating until the Government becomes fully confident that a widespread community transmission will not occur.

Shtet wrote:דער פאָרוואָרד -- Der Forvord
Have Lockdown, No Travel

Snipped.

SNCF
Rail service for Medoynia

[OOC: Rebranded from SNCM to SNCF.]

Following the announcement from President Weil of the Republic of Shtet, SNCF has made the decision to suspend rail service between Medoynia and Shtet until approved to restart services by all regulatory authorities.

A final trip from Natsbourg, Medoynia to the interchange station for trains to Shtet will depart on March 27, 2020 at 2:15 PM Medoynian Standard Time (MST) for citizens of Shtet only.

A final trip from the interchange station for trains from Shtet will on March 27, 2020 at 4:30 PM Medoynian Standard Time (MST) for citizens and residents of Medoynia.

Travelers traveling in and out of Medoynia using either final SNCF trip will be screened at the station prior to boarding and at the station after arrival. SNCF is working with Ministry of Health officials to ensure the safety and health of all travelers as they return home.

Montevento wrote:"We fully understand your position and it is not our intention to change it. Montevento will firmly respect Monacari's decision and we thank you for opening the doors of your large cities to our citizens and tourists" exclaimed Doge, trying not to jeopardise the agreement previously reached, before turning to the Sultan with a smile on his face "when your country is ready to take a step towards greater openness with foreigners, Montevento will be more than happy to revisit this agreement to expand it."

"We have one more thing related to this that we would like to discuss" said the Doge while drinking a sip of his tea, as one of his assistants gave a folder with several papers to the Monacari delegation, in which a proposal for a student exchange programme between both countries was detailed, in addition to a cooperation agreement in the area of ​​scientific research, where both countries would compromise to share scientific knowledge between them, as long as these do not put the country’s national sovereignty and security in danger.

"Agreed," the Sultan says, nodding.

He and his advisers each review the folders provided by their counterparts representing Montevento. The Sultan nods again: "My government would like to establish such a student exchange program between our nations. We would like to focus the program on university students, particularly students in postgraduate degree programs focusing on science. I am also inclined to accept the scientific cooperation agreement but I will present this to the Royal University of Monacari for their agreement first."

Republic of Medoynia Communiqué
President Sean Renzi | Prime Minister Joseph Caruana

In the first meeting of the Parliament of Medoynia in Roissy, four new measures were adopted by the National Assembly to address the worsening COVID-19 crisis within the country. In addition, 2/3 of the Assembly voted to proceed with regional/provincial government restructuring and to declare German an official language of the Republic, joining English, French, and Italian.

On COVID0-19
i. All residents of the country will now have to adhere to a curfew of 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. except if approved by authorities in their department. Law enforcement will enforce this curfew and violators can be fined up to $500 devises or jail time of up to 3 months.

ii. All residents of the country will no longer be able to undertake any activities that involve leaving one's place of residence beyond essential shopping (e.g. groceries) and access to pharmacies, clinics, and/or hospitals except if approved by authorities in their department. All non-essential government services have been suspended and all local public transportation will shut down. SNCF, Thello, and Italo will all cut rail services by 90% (SNCF), 95% (Thello), and 100% (Italo/operations suspended).

When in public, all are required to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Law enforcement will enforce this regulation and violators can be fined up to $500 devises or jail time of up to 3 months.

iii. All non life-threatening medical procedures will be suspended until further notice, nationwide. Patients in clinics and hospitals who do not require medical care and supervision are to be discharged into the hands of family members unless otherwise not possible. Provincial governments are required to house the homeless population in their jurisdictions appropriately and under health guidelines such as social distancing.

iv. Prices shall be capped at 10% fluctuation at retail price for all essential goods (e.g. groceries, toilet paper, paper towels). Violators shall be fined up to $500 devises per item sold at the illegal price. The government is also banning the sale of surgical masks and N-95 masks to the general public and will purchase aforementioned items at 10% more than their retail price for redistribution to the National Health Service and private medical hospitals/centers.

On regional/provincial government restructuring
i. There shall be three regions established in the Republic of Medoynia, under the authority of the national government and superseding the authority of the provincial governments they are composed of.

ii. The three regions are as follows: France, Italia, and Suisse-land.

iii. Each region shall be composed of a Regional Government (led by a Regional President) and a Regional Parliament (led by a Regional Premier). Elections shall be decided upon by each region in drafting a Regional Constitution but may be no more than 5 calendar years apart. The national government shall devolve powers to all regions as it sees fit and upon agreement of all branches of the national government.

On the German language
i. German is declared the fourth official language of the Republic of Medoynia, with full implementation to be required of all government ministries, departments, and agencies by the year 2022.

ii. German shall be integrated into the national school curriculum beginning in the 2022-23 academic year.

iii. $25 million devises shall be allocated annually to support the implementation of German as an official language. The provinces of Vaud-Est and Vaud-Ouest shall not receive funding per this plan due to the prevalence of German language in all sectors of government, business, education, medicine, and daily life.

Monacari wrote:"Agreed," the Sultan says, nodding.

He and his advisers each review the folders provided by their counterparts representing Montevento. The Sultan nods again: "My government would like to establish such a student exchange program between our nations. We would like to focus the program on university students, particularly students in postgraduate degree programs focusing on science. I am also inclined to accept the scientific cooperation agreement but I will present this to the Royal University of Monacari for their agreement first."

"It will be an honour for the Università Pubblica di Montevento to host students from Monacari in our nation. Technological and scientific development is a priority in our republic, so we will be more than happy to focus our efforts in that area." the Doge explained to the Sultan, rapidly looking at some notes given by the Ministry of Education and Culture to him right before departing to the Sultanate. "The UPM is a pioneer in the region in the area of ​​chemistry and also in computer science, having developed numerous programs to help foreigners"

"According to the proposal of our University, we would be able to receive a maximum of 25 university students from various technological areas in our country" stated the Doge, before beginning to read the Minister's notes: "Your students will be provided with housing, Italian language classes if needed in order to be able to communicate better and allow them to move more freely in our country. They will also be offered a sum of money to cover some basic expenses such as food and study material"

"Regarding the scientific cooperation agreement, we will wait patiently for the response from your university." The Doge concluded, looking at the rest of the members of the Monteventani delegation to make sure that he had not forgotten anything. "Is there anything else Monacari would like us to discuss?"

דער פאָרוואָרד -- Der Forvord
COVID-19 claims its first Shtetan.

The country woke up today to sad news - last night, the first death linked to the novel coronavirus in Shtet took place in Dresden.
The victim, a woman in her late 70s, was initially admitted 4 days ago and was misdiagnosed with influenza complicated by an underlying chronic health condition. As we have seen around the world, COVID-19 can be a deadly disease, particularly to the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.

Our nation's thoughts and prayers are with the woman's family and loved ones at this time. Understandably, the family would like to take this time to grieve, and they have asked our media to respect their privacy. No further information will be published about the woman.

As a result of the initial misdiagnosis, there was a period of time when health staff caring for the woman used protective equipment for influenza, but not COVID-19. Once the diagnosis was confirmed, the staff took a range of measures to protect themselves and their patients. As a precautionary measure, the hospital has placed 21 staff members in self-isolation for 14 days from their last involvement in the patient's care. Family members who do not have symptoms will also be monitored in self-isolation for 14 days.

The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in Shtet is currently 589; 12 individuals are currently under hospital care, 4 of which are expected to be discharged soon. There are 64 reported cases which we can confirm to have fully recovered. The average daily test number is 1728. As usual, people being tested are expected to stay in self-isolation and practice the standard recommended hygiene measures until advised of the result of their test.

The Pandemic Response Commission has stated that "we are seeing a strong link to overseas travel and have tracked infection chains to confirmed cases." More than half of the country's confirmed cases can be linked to overseas travel.
The Pandemic Response Commission - including the President and Prime Minister - will hold a public online forum and discussion about the ongoing crisis later this day. The forum will begin with a minute of silence for those claimed by the virus. The livestream can be watched on The Foreword's site as well as the government's national COVID-19 website.

Agenzia di Stampa Statale | Martedì 31 marzo 2020
Città di San Giovanni, Province of Costa Grande

Government announces new economic measures to fight COVID-19

During a press conference led by the Minister of Economy and Finances, the government has announced today that a new series of measures that will be taken in order to reduce government spending and redirect funds towards the combat of the pandemic, as well as start the creation of a reserve fund to support small and medium-sized companies after the situation is controlled that could have been affected by the paralysis of the Monteventani economy as a result of the current measures to minimise social contact and the agglomerations of people.

Among the announced measures is a wage cut of 10% for all employees of the State, including publicly-owned business and their subsidiaries, who earn more than ƒ 2.000 monthly. This measure will also cover people occupying positions of trust within the government (such as ministers, directors and judges of the Supreme Court of Justice), to which a 15% cut will be applied. Those who occupy elected positions in the government (Doge, Councillors, Governors, Mayors, etc.) will be subject to a 20% decrease in their wages regardless of its amount (as all are higher than ƒ 3.000 monthly). Health and science workers, police officers, firefighters and the army will not be affected by this measure given their special importance during these times.

According to official government sources, it has been decided to cut the salaries of these groups of people since, unlike those working in the private sector, the payment of their salaries is not at risk and their jobs are secured by the government, so they are likely to enjoy greater economic stability than the average citizen during times of crisis.

The measure will be in force for 2 months, but the government does not rule out prolonging this decision if after this time the situation has not improved. It is estimated that this measure will allow the government to save between 20 and 30 million florins, which will be used entirely for the acquisition of medical material, various hygiene products to distribute free of charge to citizens who cannot access them and for the training of new professional staff.

This money will also be used to pay to provide shelter for those people who are living on the street and who for other reasons cannot stay in their homes (situations of domestic violence, evictions, etc.) in order to prevent them from being exposed to the virus. In addition to this, the government has conditioned the Tricentennial Stadium (the largest and most important in San Giovanni) so that it can accommodate more than 100 homeless people for the duration of this situation.

Montevento wrote:"It will be an honour for the Università Pubblica di Montevento to host students from Monacari in our nation. Technological and scientific development is a priority in our republic, so we will be more than happy to focus our efforts in that area." the Doge explained to the Sultan, rapidly looking at some notes given by the Ministry of Education and Culture to him right before departing to the Sultanate. "The UPM is a pioneer in the region in the area of ​​chemistry and also in computer science, having developed numerous programs to help foreigners"

"According to the proposal of our University, we would be able to receive a maximum of 25 university students from various technological areas in our country" stated the Doge, before beginning to read the Minister's notes: "Your students will be provided with housing, Italian language classes if needed in order to be able to communicate better and allow them to move more freely in our country. They will also be offered a sum of money to cover some basic expenses such as food and study material"

"Regarding the scientific cooperation agreement, we will wait patiently for the response from your university." The Doge concluded, looking at the rest of the members of the Monteventani delegation to make sure that he had not forgotten anything. "Is there anything else Monacari would like us to discuss?"

"I'm glad we have come to an agreement," the Sultan says and the Prime Minister nods in agreement. "Let us wrap up this meeting for today and get some rest. My government will notify you as soon as we receive updates."

The Monacari delegation stands up and extends their hands to shake the hands of those of the Montevento delegation sitting across from them.

ABC News
Alexandria Bureau

US Department of Education recommends school closures until end of the school year

In a live stream today, Secretary of Education Deborah Reese recommended school districts nationwide to cancel classes through the end of the spring semester as COVID-19 cases continue to steadily increase daily.

“As a former public school educator with 30 years of experience, I know firsthand the effects that a school closure lasting the rest of the 2019-2020 school year will have on districts, families, and students. I do not make this recommendation lightly. The Lambert administration and the Department of Education will be providing further guidance in the coming days.”

The states of Mojave and Kanassas have already cancelled classes for the remainder of the year and authorities in California, Columbia, Oregon, and Ponoma are considering similar measures.

The National Defender

Chairmen Adisa has announced that he tested positive for coronavirus. After his recent visit to Havana, where he examined and was informed about the inter-island relief efforts, he reported having started "showing mild flu symptoms" and a "low fever" according to his statements. He immediately sought medical advice and was tested for COVID-19 as a cautionary measure.

While he reports his symptoms have since subsided, he has gone into self-isolation "out of caution for his colleagues" and will continue working from his residence in Atlanta. His wife and children are being tested and are likewise in self-isolation with the Chairman.

"Do not worry for me," he said in the statement. "Worry for those vulnerable, your meemaw and your papaw. Call them, make sure they're okay. We're all in this together."

United States of Calicambria
President Elise Lambert | Alexandria

The United States of Calicambria wishes to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Free Land of Befrika and welcomes it to the United Forum of Nations. The U.S. would like to establish an embassy in Atlanta and a consulate-general in New Orleans and invites Befrika to establish an embassy in Alexandria as well as consulates in other U.S. cities.

Due to the nature of the COVID-19 global health crisis, President Lambert will delay the establishment of the abovementioned diplomatic relations until the crisis has subsided.

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