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Oscars 2020: Hanks, Fonda and more stars amuse at rehearsals

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are standing on the Oscars stage performing some hilarious material for a few dozen people who are in stitches watching the two comedians. No, the entirety of Hollywood didn’t flake on the 92nd Academy Awards or get stuck in some horrendous traffic jam.

It’s Saturday, the day before the film industry’s biggest night and everything has a stand-in: The Oscars are plastic, the winners are “for this rehearsal only” and the same guy is playing Leonardo DiCaprio and Keanu Reeves.

FAMOUS OSCARS POLITICAL MOMENTS, FROM MARLON BRANDO TO PROTESTING TRUMP

For Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell, both in casual weekend outfits (save for her show-night height satin heels), it’s a chance to run through their lines and possible improvisations even if the room is mostly empty seats with giant place cards showing where nominees and presenters are sitting.

But a limited audience didn’t have the comedians holding back. Louis-Dreyfus even spaced out for a minute laughing, but her co-presenter had her back and gently tapped her to re-focus on the teleprompter. “Oh (expletive),” Louis-Dreyfus said.

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This combination photo shows the presenters announced for the 92nd Academy Awards, top row from left, Mahershala Ali, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, James Corden, Penélope Cruz, Beanie Feldstein, Will Ferrell, Jane Fonda, second row from left, Josh Gad, Gal Gadot, Zack Gottsagen, Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Oscar Isaac, Mindy Kaling, Diane Keaton, Regina King, Shia LaBeouf, third row from left, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George MacKay, Rami Malek, Steve Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Oh, Natalie Portman, Anthony Ramos, and bottom row from left, Keanu Reeves, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Maya Rudolph, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran, Taika Waititi, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig and Rebel Wilson. The Oscars will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell are just a few of the stars who circulated in and out of the Dolby Theatre to rehearse Saturday, including Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda and Mahershala Ali. Fonda found herself a little star-struck and marveled at “all the famous faces” in the crowd, even though she was just looking at pictures of the stars in the seats they’ll be sitting in show night.

Hanks nodded to Brad Pitt’s place card and Hayek was excited to discover that she’d be sitting near “all of her friends,” including fellow presenter Penelope Cruz. She also made sure to note the lighting situation since it would impact the kind of makeup she decides to wear Sunday.

But the stars weren’t always confined to the stage, especially if they arrived a little early. Timothee Chalamet parked himself in the front row and laughed heartily at Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig’s funny bit, while his co-presenter Natalie Portman looked on from a few rows back with a big smile on her face.

The rehearsals are meant to work through quirks and potential issues. They range from the small — like the teleprompter going black for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President David Rubin — to the big, like whether or not a 21-person choir will remain in the background or make their way all the way to the front of the stage by the time a certain nominated song concludes.

When it was Portman’s turn to practice, she asked if there was “any etiquette” when it comes to exiting the stage. Show director Glenn Weiss told her that yes. In fact, it’s advisable to follow behind the winner, he said.

Rehearsals are part of the deal for anyone who accepts the presenter gig, although some acts are kept top secret until Sunday’s show. To preserve the surprise, there are times everyone but the most essential crew have to exit the theater.

It’s a multi-day process in the leadup to the show. On Friday, a handful of the nominated musicians ran through their numbers with the help of the live orchestra, which will be led by a female conductor for the first time ever. Chrissy Metz practiced belting out the nominated song “I’m Standing With You,” from the film “Breakthrough,” while composer and lyricist Diane Warren cheered her on from the audience.

But even with the live broadcast looming, the atmosphere was calm and jovial inside the theater. Some of the stand-ins have been Oscars rehearsals regulars for decades and many put thought and a deep knowledge of the film industry into their acceptance speeches.

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Makeup artists Antonio Rael has been standing in for big stars for 34 years. He’s played Robert De Niro, stood next to Beyoncé and remembers when the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion shook with aftershocks from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. This year he’s playing Adam Driver and Sam Mendes. Still, it can be nerve-wracking even if it’s just rehearsals.

“Some of the new people get so stressed out,” Rael said.

Rael was talking about the stand-ins but that doesn’t mean some of the stars aren’t anxious as well. Chalamet may have already been nominated for an Oscar, but he’s not immune to nerves, especially when he found out who he’d be following. You’ll have to tune in Sunday night to the broadcast, however, to find out just who it is.

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Sanders: ‘Obviously I am not a communist,’ but maybe Trump ‘doesn’t know the difference’

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My mother, who is a huge Trump supporter and Fox News consumer, thinks everything Trump does is patriotism. She’s my mom, but she’s clueless and has been gullible her whole life. She doesn’t understand the difference between patriotism and nationalism, or more simply that Trump is mentally ill and incapable of being a leader. She thinks Bernie would turn our government into the Chinese government. Again, she doesn’t understand oppressive governments around the world (Chinese, Taliban, North Korea) are like Trump and the GOP. Go over there and protest for a $15 minimum wage, women’s rights, the right to vote in fair elections, free speech, a free and open press, a system of checks and balances, etc. You’ll be jailed, beaten, or worse.

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Arnon Mishkin: NH and Iowa matter – here’s why they’re worth keeping but could be endangered

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Here’s the dirty little secret of the New Hampshire primary, as well as the Iowa caucuses. The establishments of both parties really don’t like either. If they had their druthers, they’d quickly replace them with a sequence of regional or large state primaries. The candidates with advantages would be the ones who were best known and had the easiest ability to raise the kind of money required.

In 2016, Bernie Sanders emerged as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination the minute he won Iowa. In 2012, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum emerged as a serious Republican hopeful when he won Iowa. This year, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg may break out of the pack if he does surprisingly well in New Hampshire, after a solid showing in Iowa.

While each of these three candidates clearly have significant political talent, with an appeal to large sections of their party – none is the kind of candidate the parties’ professional leadership – and down ballot candidates for Senate, House of Representatives, and the many statewide offices – really want at the top of their tickets.

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So why do these state contests continue? Why can’t the party – either party – figure out a way to replace them with a process that makes more “sense”?

They continue because hopeful candidates – outside the mainstream – as well as their donors know that they represent ways to make their candidacies known. They’ve seen how George H.W. Bush emerged from nowhere to wind up vice president and then president based on a strong showing in Iowa in 1980. They’ve seen John McCain essentially be given up by donors, fire much of his staff, and emerge as the nominee in 2008 because of his win in New Hampshire.

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They’ve seen Rudy Giuliani, a Republican establishment favorite in 2008, ignore New Hampshire to focus on Super Tueday and Florida – and wind up a punch line on “Saturday Night Live.” And on the Democratic side, they’ve seen how a little known Democratic senator bet everything on Iowa, win and give a great speech to go on to become President Barack Obama.

In other words, the small state early primaries and caucuses persist because they work. It’s a free country, where the belief in states’ rights permeates more than just health care and gun control. The national parties can’t dictate what the state parties will organize, so instead, they seek to shape the calendar around the dictates of some of the small states.

These small state events are the only chance we have to see how candidates compete at the retail level – one-to-one with voters – and it’s the only real chance the candidates have to learn about the massive pitfalls of a national campaign.

While I do think that these small state events – and I’d include South Carolina on the list as well – make a great deal of sense, particularly in a time of the nationalization of all issues, the growth of social media, and the increasing ability of candidates to fund multimillion-dollar war chests. They’re the only chance we have to see how candidates compete at the retail level – one-to-one with voters – and it’s the only real chance the candidates have to learn about the massive pitfalls of a national campaign, with a highly capable national press corps ready to pounce on the slightest gaffe.

But after this year, the pressure on the parties – and even the small states – is going to be massive.

First came the vote count debacle in Iowa. The state party was under pressure from at least one of the campaigns to report more results than they’d ever done in the past – the first alignment, the second alignment and the state delegate equivalents – and they designed a bizarre formula for delegates that some argue was internally inconsistent. In the end, they took four days to generate reports from 1,700 precincts (the kind of information most high school students can ingest into their spreadsheet) – and weren’t able to respond to the many reports that the data may have been wrong.

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Then came the emergence of candidates who may or may not be capable of uniting the Democratic party around an individual who can appeal to a sufficiently large tent to win a general election (and help with the many state and local candidacies).

And there’s a third factor. Two candidates – maybe Tom Steyer and certainly former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg – appear well positioned on Super Tuesday to mount an offensive for the nomination, particularly if a very unpopular non-establishment candidate emerges – or if the field is still muddled after South Carolina.

Unlike Giuliani, Bloomberg in particular is well funded, promising to spend upwards of $1 billion or $2 billion or more. While Bloomberg is barely registering above 10 percent in national polls, he has shown signs of some progress in various states. And he’s garnering some endorsements from the kinds of people who don’t typically endorse “vanity candidates.”

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In other words, after 2020, the parties will likely continue to take the position that the small states don’t do it right for the current era – and this time the likely candidates could easily conclude that the road to Pennsylvania Avenue no longer gets helped by trips to Des Moines and Manchester.

And the power of Iowa or New Hampshire could very easily diminish.

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Oscars 2020: Hanks, Fonda and more stars amuse at rehearsals

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are standing on the Oscars stage performing some hilarious material for a few dozen people who are in stitches watching the two comedians. No, the entirety of Hollywood didn’t flake on the 92nd Academy Awards or get stuck in some horrendous traffic jam.

It’s Saturday, the day before the film industry’s biggest night and everything has a stand-in: The Oscars are plastic, the winners are “for this rehearsal only” and the same guy is playing Leonardo DiCaprio and Keanu Reeves.

FAMOUS OSCARS POLITICAL MOMENTS, FROM MARLON BRANDO TO PROTESTING TRUMP

For Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell, both in casual weekend outfits (save for her show-night height satin heels), it’s a chance to run through their lines and possible improvisations even if the room is mostly empty seats with giant place cards showing where nominees and presenters are sitting.

But a limited audience didn’t have the comedians holding back. Louis-Dreyfus even spaced out for a minute laughing, but her co-presenter had her back and gently tapped her to re-focus on the teleprompter. “Oh (expletive),” Louis-Dreyfus said.

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This combination photo shows the presenters announced for the 92nd Academy Awards, top row from left, Mahershala Ali, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, James Corden, Penélope Cruz, Beanie Feldstein, Will Ferrell, Jane Fonda, second row from left, Josh Gad, Gal Gadot, Zack Gottsagen, Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Oscar Isaac, Mindy Kaling, Diane Keaton, Regina King, Shia LaBeouf, third row from left, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George MacKay, Rami Malek, Steve Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sandra Oh, Natalie Portman, Anthony Ramos, and bottom row from left, Keanu Reeves, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Maya Rudolph, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran, Taika Waititi, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig and Rebel Wilson. The Oscars will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell are just a few of the stars who circulated in and out of the Dolby Theatre to rehearse Saturday, including Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda and Mahershala Ali. Fonda found herself a little star-struck and marveled at “all the famous faces” in the crowd, even though she was just looking at pictures of the stars in the seats they’ll be sitting in show night.

Hanks nodded to Brad Pitt’s place card and Hayek was excited to discover that she’d be sitting near “all of her friends,” including fellow presenter Penelope Cruz. She also made sure to note the lighting situation since it would impact the kind of makeup she decides to wear Sunday.

But the stars weren’t always confined to the stage, especially if they arrived a little early. Timothee Chalamet parked himself in the front row and laughed heartily at Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig’s funny bit, while his co-presenter Natalie Portman looked on from a few rows back with a big smile on her face.

The rehearsals are meant to work through quirks and potential issues. They range from the small — like the teleprompter going black for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President David Rubin — to the big, like whether or not a 21-person choir will remain in the background or make their way all the way to the front of the stage by the time a certain nominated song concludes.

When it was Portman’s turn to practice, she asked if there was “any etiquette” when it comes to exiting the stage. Show director Glenn Weiss told her that yes. In fact, it’s advisable to follow behind the winner, he said.

Rehearsals are part of the deal for anyone who accepts the presenter gig, although some acts are kept top secret until Sunday’s show. To preserve the surprise, there are times everyone but the most essential crew have to exit the theater.

It’s a multi-day process in the leadup to the show. On Friday, a handful of the nominated musicians ran through their numbers with the help of the live orchestra, which will be led by a female conductor for the first time ever. Chrissy Metz practiced belting out the nominated song “I’m Standing With You,” from the film “Breakthrough,” while composer and lyricist Diane Warren cheered her on from the audience.

But even with the live broadcast looming, the atmosphere was calm and jovial inside the theater. Some of the stand-ins have been Oscars rehearsals regulars for decades and many put thought and a deep knowledge of the film industry into their acceptance speeches.

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Makeup artists Antonio Rael has been standing in for big stars for 34 years. He’s played Robert De Niro, stood next to Beyoncé and remembers when the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion shook with aftershocks from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. This year he’s playing Adam Driver and Sam Mendes. Still, it can be nerve-wracking even if it’s just rehearsals.

“Some of the new people get so stressed out,” Rael said.

Rael was talking about the stand-ins but that doesn’t mean some of the stars aren’t anxious as well. Chalamet may have already been nominated for an Oscar, but he’s not immune to nerves, especially when he found out who he’d be following. You’ll have to tune in Sunday night to the broadcast, however, to find out just who it is.

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Moderate Democrats have a duty to consider Sanders. He has a clear path to beating Trump.

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…now that Sanders is leading I’m not seeing any reciprocation for the most progressive candidate in the field.

They don’t want to admit they’ve lost yet.

I can’t believe I’m the one to suggest this because frankly I suck at it, but PATIENCE, guys, just for a little while longer.

The Dem candidates are competing with each other. Several more are probably about to drop out. They don’t want to boost another’s candidacy when they’re competing with them.

Once all the filtering of the list is complete and a nominee is decided upon, most people will rally, even Biden and Bloomberg and Warren and Buttigieg (but probably not all of them, for various reasons).

Most non-right-wing people who aren’t in the Trump Cult just want him gone and will rally around the Dem nominee. Have some faith, people. Temper the idealism with some patience, yes, but also with some pulling of punches: we’re allies, we all want Trump gone.

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Joe Biden: I’ll ‘work like hell’ for Bernie Sanders if he wins nomination, Buttigieg can’t win black vote

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Younger progressives need to give moderates credit for at least toeing the line against what would have been an even faster consolidating of rights and wealth. They should also blame social trends, not politicians for the direction the country went in the 70s and 80s.

In the big picture of things a shift away from decades of Democratic leadership was inevitable, not party is likely to hold power for more than a few decades or basically one or two generations.

My general theory is that people blame leadership for problems, not ideologies. After X amount of decades of having more Dem or more Republican leadership there is no other likely outcome than a flip of majority opinion.

The people in charge get the blame even when it’s not an avoidable problem. Year after year that adds up to society casting blame with simple labels and social trend to change the status quo arises. To some degree no matter how much better one platform is than the other the population will eventually give the other guys a shot, especially because they will blame the dominate party for problems that either party would have, but only one can be seen as the leader/dominate party.

The most dangerous or opportunistic time is as a generation is entering in their 30-40s and their voting rate goes up and they form more solid political views, often ones they keep for decades or life. Trump is helping converting Millennial to liberals, BUT if times only get worse and worse than regardless of who has the better ideas liberals could get blamed by Generation Z just for being in power when things when to shit.

This can happen on a smaller scale like it did to Obama and obviously because Republicans embrace risky de-regulation and tax breaks the negative consequences of their actions are more likely to fall on Dems than the negative actions of Dems falling on Republicans. Another simple reality is that being liberal and thinking up new ideas and embracing change is ALWAYS harder than stick with the same old same old. Liberals always have to work harder because they are selling the new ideas. Unfortunately being human they are prone to apathy at the same level, which means they are more likely to be made apathetic since their goals are always harder.

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2 New York City Police Officers Shot In Separate Targeted Attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — A second New York City police officer was shot early Sunday in the Bronx, hours after a gunman shot and wounded an officer in an unprovoked attack on a patrol van, according to police officials.

The officer was shot Sunday morning at the headquarters of the 41st police precinct, according to NYPD spokesperson Hubert Reyes. He said the injured officer is in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital.

Police officials confirmed a suspect in Sunday’s shooting is in custody.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS New York City police officers work the scene of a police-involved shooting outside the 41st precinct Sunday morning.

It is unclear if the shooting at the precinct is related to Saturday evening’s ambush on a patrol van in the same area.

NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said a man approached the uniformed officers’ van Saturday asking for directions before pulling out a gun “without provocation.” He fired multiple shots, striking the officer in the driver’s seat in the chin and the neck.

Neither officer returned fire.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS An officer shot inside of the precinct is in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital. A suspect in the shooting is in custody, authorities said.

The injured officer is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.

Police are still looking for the suspected gunman, who fled after the shooting. Security video that appeared to capture the shooting shows the van driving quickly away as a man appeared to point something at the fleeing vehicle.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a tweet Sunday he was “horrified by the multiple attacks” on police.

“NY’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These attacks are heinous,” Cuomo wrote.

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2 New York City Police Officers Shot In Separate Targeted Attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — A second New York City police officer was shot early Sunday in the Bronx, hours after a gunman shot and wounded an officer in an unprovoked attack on a patrol van, according to police officials.

The officer was shot Sunday morning at the headquarters of the 41st police precinct, according to NYPD spokesperson Hubert Reyes. He said the injured officer is in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital.

Police officials confirmed a suspect in Sunday’s shooting is in custody.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS New York City police officers work the scene of a police-involved shooting outside the 41st precinct Sunday morning.

It is unclear if the shooting at the precinct is related to Saturday evening’s ambush on a patrol van in the same area.

NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said a man approached the uniformed officers’ van Saturday asking for directions before pulling out a gun “without provocation.” He fired multiple shots, striking the officer in the driver’s seat in the chin and the neck.

Neither officer returned fire.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS An officer shot inside of the precinct is in stable condition at Lincoln Hospital. A suspect in the shooting is in custody, authorities said.

The injured officer is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.

Police are still looking for the suspected gunman, who fled after the shooting. Security video that appeared to capture the shooting shows the van driving quickly away as a man appeared to point something at the fleeing vehicle.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a tweet Sunday he was “horrified by the multiple attacks” on police.

“NY’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These attacks are heinous,” Cuomo wrote.

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Her Grandmother Got the Coronavirus. Then So Did the Whole Family.

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WUHAN, China — Bella Zhang hung an intravenous drip on a spindly tree branch and slumped down on a large stone planter outside the crowded hospital. Her mother and brother sat wearily beside her, their shoulders sagging, both also hooked up to their own drips.

In recent days, Ms. Zhang, 25, had watched helplessly as one by one, her relatives were sickened by the coronavirus that was tearing through her hometown, Wuhan. First, her grandmother got it, then it spread to her grandfather and mother. She and her younger brother were next.

The family had pleaded for help, but the city’s hospitals, faced with an extreme shortage of beds, could not take them. On Feb. 1, Grandfather Zhang died at home.

“They tell us to wait,” thundered Ms. Zhang’s mother, Yang Ling, 48, speaking to reporters from The New York Times who visited the hospital.

She nearly ripped the intravenous needle out of her hand as she waved her arms in frustration. “But wait until when? We’ve already lost one.”

A reporter met the Zhangs when they were getting their IVs outside the hospital, and they relayed their story.

The city of Wuhan, where the new coronavirus originated, is struggling to get the epidemic under control, exacerbated by a lockdown as well as the government’s limited resources and options. Overwhelmed and understaffed, hospitals have turned away many sick residents like the Zhangs, forcing them to go home and quarantine themselves in small apartments where they risk infecting other family members.

Nearly 15,000 people have been sickened in the city, and more than 600 have been killed, accounting for three-quarters of the total deaths in China from the virus. Faced with growing public anger and desperate to stop the spread, the authorities in recent days have been rounding up patients with mild symptoms and putting them into makeshift quarantine centers, which create their own separate challenges for treatment.

Such centers have been set up in sports stadiums and exhibition venues to house several thousand patients in total, with beds arranged close together and in tight rows. The strategy has raised concerns about whether such dormitory-like facilities could inadvertently help spread other infectious diseases among the patients.

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    Updated Feb. 5, 2020

    • Where has the virus spread?
      You can track its movement with this map.
    • How is the United States being affected?
      There have been at least a dozen cases. American citizens and permanent residents who fly to the United States from China are now subject to a two-week quarantine.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      Several countries, including the United States, have discouraged travel to China, and several airlines have canceled flights. Many travelers have been left in limbo while looking to change or cancel bookings.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands is the most important thing you can do.

Ms. Zhang, who was admitted to one of the centers on Thursday with her mother, a retiree, saw it as their only option to keep from infecting her father.

It was cold in the tall, repurposed exhibition center; bathrooms were limited; and there was little privacy. But the beds were heated with electric mattress pads, and medical teams checked their temperatures three times a day and gave out free medicines and meals.

“At least someone cares now,” she said in a telephone call from the quarantine center.

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For Ms. Zhang’s family, the first signs of trouble emerged in the week leading up to the Lunar New Year, when her 70-year-old grandmother, who was in good health, had a fever and started coughing.

By then, the new virus had been percolating in the city for weeks, but officials had mostly played it down. That week, the government finally disclosed that it was spreading among people. Ms. Zhang’s relatives didn’t think they were at risk because they had spent most of their time indoors. They took her grandmother to a clinic, where the doctor prescribed medicine for a cold and sent her home.

To contain the outbreak, the government locked down the city, shut down public transportation and banned most private cars on the roads. Like many of her fellow residents, Ms. Zhang, a perfume saleswoman with tinted blue hair and a love of travel, was at first unworried. She posted memes on social media making light of the lockdown and passed the time by sorting trail mix.

Her grandmother, who was staying with them for the holidays, continued to cough. Her fever would not recede.

Then Ms. Zhang’s grandfather, already weak from lung cancer, suddenly took a turn for the worse. He had been using an oxygen machine to support his breathing for 30 minutes in the morning and again at night. Now he couldn’t breathe at all, and needed to be hooked up to the machine around the clock. He came down with a high fever. For four days he was so uncomfortable that he couldn’t sleep, Ms. Zhang said.

Desperate to find help, Ms. Zhang and her family called everyone they could think of. But the hospitals were all full. Emergency responders told them they needed to secure a hospital bed first before an ambulance could be sent.

Ms. Zhang was devastated to see her grandfather, who had helped raise her, nearing death. Overnight, her social media feed, normally full of food and travel photos, became a flood of urgent cries for help. In a last-ditch effort, she called a hotline for the city’s mayor. But an operator had no answers, and asked her what they planned to do.

“You’re asking me, an ordinary citizen, how to resolve this?” responded Ms. Zhang, incredulous. She hung up.

That afternoon, her grandfather died in the family’s apartment.

Workers from a funeral home arrived to take his body away. They said that because he had possibly been infected with the virus, the family was not allowed to accompany the body and it had to be cremated immediately.

But they had no time to mourn. Ms. Zhang’s grandmother was now deteriorating rapidly. They took her to a hospital, where a doctor said that her lungs appeared on a CT scan as almost entirely white — signs of severe pneumonia. She later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ms. Zhang’s grandmother needed to be admitted to one of the hospitals in the city designated to handle coronavirus patients. There, doctors may be able to monitor their vital signs, treat them with antiviral and anti-H.I.V. drugs and provide them with oxygen support.

But there were still no beds.

By then, doctors had told Ms. Zhang and her mother they were infected. Her younger brother, Allen, also tested positive. They were all told to return home.

Her father, 50, was the only member of the family who had not been infected. He took to sleeping in the living room, away from the rest of them. They wore masks all the time, even as they slept, and took turns caring for Ms. Zhang’s grandmother, who by now was struggling to breathe and could barely get out of bed.

But Ms. Zhang was convinced it was only a matter of time before her father was infected, as well. They did not have any disinfectants or N95 respirators, heavy-duty masks that better protect against the virus.

“Every day you’re living together, drinking and eating together, sitting together and watching the news,” Ms. Zhang said. “No matter how hard you try, of course he’s going to get it.”

For Ms. Zhang, her mother and her brother, their days quickly became a frantic routine.

They would take the grandmother to the hospital to see a doctor around midnight, when the lines were shorter, to get medication. During the day, they returned to the hospital with their mother and waited in line. Ms. Zhang’s mother could barely contain her frustration.

“What kind of government is this?” Ms. Yang said in a rapid-fire local dialect, her voice carrying across the hospital courtyard. “The news is always talking about how good everything is; they don’t even care about the ordinary people.”

It wasn’t just the government’s slow response to the expanding epidemic that infuriated Ms. Yang. It was what felt like the denial of basic dignity. After Grandfather Zhang died, she said, he was taken away “like a dead pig or a dead dog.” They still didn’t know where his ashes were and had no time to think about funeral arrangements.

“I can’t even save the people who are alive,” Ms. Yang said.

“Now, all we can do is beg the heavens,” she said. “Begging anyone else is of no use.”

Elsie Chen contributed research.

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Heavy rain in Australia extinguishes major wildfire, causes flash flooding

After weeks of devastating wildfires, Australia’s east coast is now experiencing major flash flooding caused by downpours across the region.

While the rain is good news for fire-ravaged and drought-stricken areas, a severe weather warning was in effect Sunday along most of the New South Wales coast and parts of Queensland to the north.

Heavy rain, damaging winds, and abnormally high tides are in the forecast.

The New South Wales State Emergency Service reported six flood rescues overnight near Grafton, north of Sydney, amid dozens of calls for help over the past two days. The people who were rescued became stranded while attempting to drive through floodwater.

Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb told Australia’s 7 News that NSW Police were hard-pressed to respond to the emergency Sunday.

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“There are currently hundreds of calls for assistance, including trees, boulders or power poles down onto cars and homes, and across roads, as well as power outages and localized flooding impacting various roads and traffic lights,” Webb told 7 News.

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A woman shelters under an umbrella as rain falls in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, while the Bureau of Meteorology issued severe weather warning along the New South Wales state coast. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Some east coast towns have received in recent days their heaviest rainfall in five decades as Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology warned of “dangerous conditions” this weekend.

The heavy rains have also caused roadways and railways to be flooded. High winds in Sydney caused a tree to fall on a car in the city center Sunday afternoon, injuring four people.

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But the NSW Rural Fire Service said the recent rains put out the Currowan Fire south of Sydney late Saturday after it destroyed 312 homes and blackened 1.2 million acres over 74 days.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said he hoped the heavy rain would move inland from the coast and drench more of the major fires that have been raging for months.

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Fitzsimmons bid farewell at a Sydney airport hotel on Sunday to 21 American and 21 Canadian firefighters who were heading home after their deployment battling the blazes.

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A spot fire burns near Bredbo, south of the Australian capital, Canberra, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

The wildfires have killed at least 33 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes in an unprecedented fire season that began late in a record-dry 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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