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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit Stanford University: report

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have gone back to school.

A palace source confirmed to Today that the duo visited Stanford University on Tuesday to meet with professors and academic professionals.

According to the outlet, the royals flew commercial and were greeted by university president Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

PRINCE HARRY ‘DOESN’T REGRET’ MEGXIT, IS ‘HAPPIER’ IN CANADA: REPORT

The meeting was reportedly held to discuss a new charitable foundation that Markle, 38, and Harry, 35, are developing, as they indicated they would be doing in their announcement to “step back” as senior members of the royal family and move part-time to Canada.

KATE MIDDLETON IS UNDER ‘PRESSURE’ TO MODERNIZE THE MONARCHY FOLLOWING ‘MEGXIT,’ ROYAL EXPERT CLAIMS

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity,” said their statement in January.

The meeting comes just over a month after Harry and Markle’s historic “Megxit” announcement, in which they said they plan to become “financially independent.”

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The couple’s work has not ceased since their announcement, as Markle made appearances at multiple charities in Canda and a partnership with Disney was announced, for which she provided voiceover work on an upcoming project in exchange for a contribution to a wildlife charity.

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Shania Twain on her Lyme disease battle: Never singing again ‘would have killed me’

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Shania Twain is reflecting on her secret battle with Lyme disease.

In 2015, Twain, now 54, concluded her Rock This Country Tour and chose to take some time off to spend with her family. Little did her fans know, there was more to the story.

“I was on a long sabbatical, and my son was getting older. I love being a full-time mom, but I started thinking, ‘What am I going to do when I have an empty nest?’” Twain told People. “I had a problem with my voice; I was avoiding doing something about it.”

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She added: “As my son got more independence, I had more time to start focusing on my voice and I put all my energy into that.”

What the singer discovered was that her vocal problems were being caused by Lyme disease, an infection caused by bites of infected ticks that leaves victims with symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system, the CDC says.

“When I realized that I could barely sing at all anymore, I was like, ‘I’m humiliating myself. I can’t get out there and do this. I have to stop until I figure it out,’” the “Any Man of Mine” singer said. “I thought that it was just fatigue or burnout. But no — Lyme disease commonly affects the nerves. When I discovered a glimpse of hope, I ran with that.”

SHANIA TWAIN CALLS RELATIONSHIP WITH HUSBAND ‘TWISTED’ YEARS AFTER AFFAIR SCANDAL

Seeking treatment led to Twain undergoing open-throat surgery and strengthening her vocal cords before returning to the music scene with her 2017 album “Now,” followed by a tour and a Las Vegas residency.

“Women’s health has become much more of my own priority; you have a lot of realizations as you start getting older,” the singer said. “Awareness is everything. Heart health is something that a lot of women do take for granted. You would never expect the high rate of women that are affected by heart disease — it is the highest killer [of] women, which I would have never guessed.”

Twain’s decades-spanning career could have come to an end because of the disease, but her treatment has helped her gain a new perspective.

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“It would have killed me not to be able to ever sing again,” Twain said. “I wasn’t going to let my life be over if I wasn’t going to be able to sing again, but I would have been very sad and I would have mourned that forever. But it is a great love of mine and a passion — that’s what got me back on stage again, because I could. Now I have more appreciation for it than ever.”

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William Barr and Trump have officially massacred the independence of the Justice Department

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7 historic Supreme Court decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued rulings on some of the most important issues facing Americans.

Some have been widely accepted while others continue to polarize the public. Here is a list of seven historic Supreme Court decisions that have had long-lasting implications, as determined by Fox News after analyzing Library of Congress data.

Brown v. Board of Education, 1954 (9-0 decision)

Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, was historic because it outlawed the segregation of children in public schools. The justices found the practice was unconstitutional even if the schools were considered equal.

The decision ushered in the civil rights movement that eventually abolished segregation in all public spaces in the Jim Crow-era south.

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The exterior of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. The high court has ruled on many cases that have influenced policy on all levels of government. (Library of Congress)

New York Times v. Sullivan, 1964 (9-0 decision)

The case came about after The New York Times published a full-page ad in 1960 paid for by supporters of Martin Luther King Jr. that criticized police in Montgomery, Ala. The ad said the department had unleashed “an unprecedented wave of terror” on peaceful demonstrators.

It also contained several factual errors such as the number of times King had been arrested.

L.B. Sullivan, one of three people in charge of police in Montgomery, sued the newspaper for libel, even though he was not mentioned in the ad. An Alabama court awarded him $500,000 in damages. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Times, saying a public official must prove the newspaper acted with “actual malice.”

The Times argued that the free press would be limited if it had to check the accuracy of every single criticism against a public official.

Miranda v. Arizona, 1966 (5-4 decision)

The decision established that criminal suspects must be advised of their rights. The ruling ushered in a system-wide change to law enforcement by implementing Miranda rights notification, now a familiar part of police procedure.

Loving v. Virginia, 1967 (9-0 decision)

The ruling struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The case involved Richard Loving, a white man, and his African-American wife, Mildred. The couple was married in Washington, D.C., and sentenced to a year in prison when they returned to Virginia.

They were accused of defying Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924 that outlawed marriages between white and black people. A judge agreed to suspend the sentence if the couple agreed to leave the state and not return for at least 25 years.

Several movies and songs have been made in response to the ruling.

Roe v. Wade, 1973 (7-2 decision)

No other SCOTUS decision has been more polarizing than Roe v. Wade. The ruling giving women the right to an abortion is still argued decades later and is often one of the issues presidents consider when nominating judges to the high court.

Several conservative-led states have enacted tough abortion restrictions in recent years and many anti-abortion groups have pushed for the court to overturn the decision.

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The annual March for Life protest in front of the US Supreme Court in 1991. The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally protesting abortion, held in Washington, D.C., on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Lawrence v. Texas, 2003 (6-3 decision)

The court invalidated laws prohibiting sodomy between consenting adults after a gay Texas couple was arrested after engaging in a sexual act. They were initially convicted of a state law forbidding two people of the same sex to engage in certain sexual conduct.

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Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 2010 (5-4 decision)

The Citizen’s United case is still being debated and is mostly shunned throughout the political world. The controversial decision allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts in elections, possibly giving them vast influence over public policy.

The origin of the case begins with Citizens United’s ability to produce a film and run advertisements for a film critical of Hillary Clinton.

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President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the Supreme Court during his 2012 State of the Union speech. 

Former President Barack Obama criticized the court during one of his State of the Union speeches in response to the ruling and many have expressed wishes that it be overturned.

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IMAGES: What New Coronavirus Looks Like Under The Microscope

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The images of the current outbreak of the new coronavirus have so far been very human: air travelers wearing masks, tourists stranded on cruise ships, medical workers wearing protective suits.

But new images of the virus show us what it looks like up close.

These images were made using scanning and transmission electron microscopes at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont. NIAID is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Emmie de Wit, Chief of NIAID’s Molecular Pathogenesis Unit, provided the virus samples. Microscopist Elizabeth Fischer produced the images, and the lab’s visual medical arts office digitally colorized the images.

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NIAID notes that the images look rather similar to previous coronavirus MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, which emerged in 2012) and the original SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, which emerged in 2002).

“That is not surprising: The spikes on the surface of coronaviruses give this virus family its name – corona, which is Latin for ‘crown,’ and most any coronavirus will have a crown-like appearance,” the institute explains in a blog post.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization formally named the disease caused by the new coronavirus: COVID-19.

There have been more than 47,000 laboratory-confirmed cases so far, and more than 1,300 deaths. Cases have been documented in 25 countries, but the vast majority are in China.

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China’s Hubei province expanded its criteria for identifying new coronavirus cases on Thursday, which led to a major spike in reported cases there. The province added a new category to its reporting: “clinical cases.” That means patients will be counted, if they exhibit all the symptoms — which include fever, cough and shortness of breath — but have either not been tested or tested negative for the virus itself.

That sudden spike, caused by the change in reporting, may complicate efforts to track the disease’s progression in China.

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William Barr and Trump have officially massacred the independence of the Justice Department

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Homelessness in San Francisco: Here are the statistics

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San Francisco, Calif., is just one example of what the growing homelessness crisis in America looks like. Drugs, mental illness and a lack of clear countermeasures have exacerbated the problem, generating national concern. Here is the breakdown by numbers.

The most recent homelessness survey for San Francisco happened in January 2019, according to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

It showed 8,035 people were experiencing homelessness in the city, a 17 percent increase from 2017.

The total number of unsheltered individuals was 5,180. Of the 2,855 people in shelters, 84 percent of them were in emergency shelter programs.

The same agency found there to be a 15 percent overall increase in homelessness within the city, from 2013 to 2019.

Persons with families that included minor children made up 8 percent of homeless residents. Five percent of the total population were under the age of 18.

Young adults, 18-24, accounted for 14 percent of the total, while 81 percent were over the age of 25.

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Thomas Wolf, part of the city’s Street-Level Drug Dealing Task Force, told the San Francisco Chronicle that nine out of 10 people he encountered living on the streets — of the Tenderloin and South of Market — were addicted to drugs or alcohol.

He said many people who are homeless choose free meals from soup kitchens, enabling them to spend their government checks on drugs. Wolf also claimed liquor stores in the Tenderloin offer “happy meals,” which consist of a $3 crack pipe and other paraphernalia, kept in brown bags under the counter.

In the summer of 2019, the city announced it was planning to open its first facility to serve those who are living out of their cars and recreational vehicles.

A parking lot was designated as the place for homeless people to park their cars overnight. They could also access bathrooms, showers and services to help them find permanent housing.

In November 2019, San Francisco voters passed Prop A, which allowed the city to issue $600 million in bonds for affordable housing.

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Mental health has also been considered a contributing factor to the homelessness crisis, prompting city lawmakers to vote for a pilot program in June that would force treatment on mentally ill drug addicts.

The city also made headlines for its homeless crisis last week, when it announced it would be opening a center for those experiencing methamphetamine-induced psychosis, The Associated Press reported.

A majority of the city’s 2019 homeless population, 65 percent, had been experiencing homelessness for over a year. That represents an increase of 59 percent from 2015, according to HSH.

A large majority of San Fransisco’s indigent populace, 73 percent, said they were receiving some type of government income.

Over 40 percent reported receiving CalFresh (food stamps) and/or WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). 30 percent of respondents reported receiving County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP) or General Assistance (GA) benefits, and 17 percent reported receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), or SSDI (Disability).

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and Travis Fedschun contributed to this report

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Trump Places Loyalists in Key Jobs Inside the White House While Raging Against Enemies Outside

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WASHINGTON — President Trump made a number of staff moves on Thursday to ensure he will be surrounded by a cadre of loyalists at the White House even as he raged against an ever-growing cast of perceived enemies that included his former chief of staff, an impeachment witness, a juror he accused of bias and a Democratic rival.

The White House announced the return of Hope Hicks, the president’s former communications director and one of his closest advisers. The move consolidated the position of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, and signaled the waning influence of Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff.

Ms. Hicks will serve as a counselor to the president, reporting to Mr. Kushner. Her return to the president’s side after his acquittal in the impeachment inquiry is an indication that Mr. Trump is seeking to reassemble as best he can the small, intensely devoted team of family members and friends who helped guide him to an improbable victory in 2016.

Johnny McEntee, the “body man” who trailed Mr. Trump as a candidate and in the White House, will be elevated to oversee the Presidential Personnel Office, according to four people briefed on the move. Mr. McEntee, who was forced from his job in 2018 over gambling debts that threatened his security clearance, recently returned to his old role as a personal aide to Mr. Trump.

The West Wing changes came just hours before Attorney General William P. Barr issued a remarkable rebuke of Mr. Trump, saying the president’s attacks on the Justice Department over the case of Roger J. Stone Jr. made it “impossible for me to do my job” and asserting that “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”

Earlier Thursday, Mr. Trump engaged in an hourslong series of rants on Twitter and in a radio interview, hurling insults and unproved accusations in a tirade that rivaled his most grievance-filled moments since becoming president.

In rapid-fire fashion, Mr. Trump alleged bias from a juror in the trial of Mr. Stone, his a longtime friend, and belittled John F. Kelly, his former chief of staff, as an ineffective aide who “misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth shut.” In a speech on Wednesday, Mr. Kelly had defended Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the decorated national security official who testified in the impeachment inquiry and was removed from his job last week.

The president said Colonel Vindman’s exit from the White House — he was escorted out by security officers — was applauded by “the whole building.” Moments later, Mr. Trump mocked the physical stature of Michael R. Bloomberg, a Democratic candidate for president and the former mayor of New York.

“Mini Mike is a 5’4” mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians,” Mr. Trump said, sneering at the idea that Mr. Bloomberg might stand on a box during a debate. “No boxes please.” Mr. Bloomberg is actually 5-foot-7.

Mr. Bloomberg, a billionaire who has already spent more than $350 million in his bid for the Democratic nomination, wasted no time returning fire at the man he hopes to face in November’s election.

“We know many of the same people in NY,” he wrote. “Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence. I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will.”

In his speech at Drew University in New Jersey, first reported by The Atlantic, Mr. Kelly said that Colonel Vindman was right to raise questions about a telephone call with the president of Ukraine in which Mr. Trump pressed for investigations into his political rivals.

“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Mr. Kelly said. “He went and told his boss of what he just heard. We teach them: ‘Don’t follow an illegal order. And if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then you’ll tell your boss.’”

The remarks drew a swift response from the president, who tweeted on Thursday morning that Mr. Kelly, who served as the chief of staff for 17 months before resigning early last year, was “way over his head” in the job. He also suggested that Mr. Kelly’s public comments violated a “military and legal obligation” to remain silent.

John R. Bolton, the president’s former national security adviser, who clashed with Mr. Kelly when the two were White House colleagues, came to his defense. Mr. Kelly has “always served his country faithfully,” Mr. Bolton said in a statement, and called on conservatives to “reject baseless attacks upon him.”

In the radio interview with Geraldo Rivera, Mr. Trump also renewed his attacks on Colonel Vindman, describing him as “very insubordinate” and claiming that Colonel Vindman’s colleagues applauded his departure last Friday.

“Vindman was the guy that, when we took him out of the building, the whole building applauded,” Mr. Trump said. A senior National Security Council official said later that Mr. Trump’s description was accurate, but did not say he had firsthand knowledge of it.

David Pressman, a lawyer for Colonel Vindman, did not address a question about the applause, but said in a statement that the “continued public attacks by the president of the United States on an active-duty officer in the military are designed to intimidate and to punish.” He added, “By using the power of his office to repeatedly humiliate and punish those following the law, the president is encouraging breaking the law.”

Mr. Trump also suggested during the radio interview that he could stop the tradition of allowing numerous national security officials to listen to his phone calls with foreign leaders, as Colonel Vindman did with the Ukraine call. “I may end the practice,” Mr. Trump said. “I may end it entirely.”

The changes at the White House will bring familiar faces back to the West Wing. Always obsessed with the threat of leaks, Mr. Trump has become more concerned about loyalty since a whistle-blower came forward last year to express concerns about the Ukraine call.

Ms. Hicks, 31, worked on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign from its inception and followed him to the White House, eventually becoming communications director. Her return will come as his re-election campaign intensifies and as his advisers say the superstitious president has talked about recreating some aspects of that first race.

Ms. Hicks’s title when she left belied her influence with Mr. Trump, who felt more personal comfort with her than with almost any other adviser. A senior administration official said that Ms. Hicks would work on projects that Mr. Kushner oversees, including the re-election campaign. She will not rejoin the communications office.

“There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks,” Mr. Kushner said in a statement. “We are excited to have her back on the team.”

Ms. Hicks’s time with Mr. Trump began when she was working as an aide for his elder daughter, Ivanka Trump, on her fashion brand. He hired her for his skeleton staff when he began his campaign for president in 2015, and because the campaign was so small, Ms. Hicks was constantly at Mr. Trump’s side.

Since last fall, Ms. Hicks had been working as the chief communications officer at Fox.

Eileen Sullivan and Michael Crowley contributed reporting.

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China Expands Chaotic Dragnet in Coronavirus Crackdown

China’s leaders expanded a mass roundup of people possibly sickened with the coronavirus on Thursday, widening their dragnet well beyond the epicenter of the outbreak to at least two more cities in what the government has called a “wartime” campaign to stamp out the epidemic.

But the campaign, first announced last week in the city of Wuhan, already has been marred by chaotic conditions that have isolated vulnerable patients without adequate care and, in some cases, left them alone to die.

The expansion of the decree to “round up everyone who should be rounded up” in the Wuhan area of central China has deepened the nation’s sense of anxiety.

In their zeal to execute the edict, officials in Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 million, have haphazardly seized patients who have not yet tested positive for the coronavirus, in some cases herding them onto buses with no protective measures where they risked infection from others, their relatives said.

After that, patients have been sent to makeshift medical facilities that don’t provide the support they need to recover. With little to no dedicated medical staff on hand to help, some patients die.

One woman was abruptly carted off to a quarantine facility and prohibited from retrieving her supply of heart medication, her daughter-in-law said. A man said he was getting sicker and sicker in his hotel room, but there were no doctors and he was not allowed to leave.

Another man placed in a makeshift shelter fell into a coma for two days, but his family said they couldn’t get him admitted to a hospital. He died.

Despite the upheaval, the mass roundup extended beyond Wuhan to include other cities in central Hubei Province that have been hit hard by the outbreak. The state-run CCTV news broadcaster said the expanded area included the cities of Huanggang and Xiaogan.

A sudden spike in new cases could make the situation worse. Officials in Hubei Province announced on Thursday that they had expanded the criteria for counting new infections to include diagnoses by doctors based on a chest scan and symptoms, rather than a more complicated test. The tally from the outbreak surged as a result, with the province adding nearly 15,000 new cases and 242 new deaths in a single day.

The surge continued on Friday, though not as markedly, when Hubei officials disclosed about 4,800 new cases and 116 additional deaths.

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    • What is a Coronavirus?
      It is a novel virus named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people, and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
    • How contagious is the virus?
      According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, similar to SARS, and is possibly transmitted through the air. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
    • How worried should I be?
      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
    • Who is working to contain the virus?
      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

The rise in confirmed cases, to about 52,000 over all in the province, could overwhelm an already burdened health care system, which faces a shortage of hospital beds and medical supplies. Even before the new numbers were reported, many residents had been slipping through the cracks.

One Wuhan resident, Peng Andong, 59, had been suffering from a persistent fever and lung infection for days when his local neighborhood committee told him to go to a makeshift quarantine site last week.

Mr. Peng and his family were told that there would be doctors at the quarantine site, as well as test kits so he could get the official confirmation needed to receive proper treatment. So on Feb. 5, Mr. Peng boarded a bus full of sick patients — none wearing protective gear — and was driven to a hotel converted into an isolation center.

For several days, Mr. Peng messaged with his relatives regularly, updating them on the tumultuous conditions inside the hotel.

“He said it was really chaotic in the first few days and there was no food or medical staff there,” said Peng Bangze, his son. Others have described similar conditions in interviews and in calls for help posted on social media.

Deng Chao, 30, said that although doctors had told him he almost certainly had the coronavirus, he hadn’t yet received the official results from the test that is needed for hospital admission.

Instead he was sent to a Wuhan hotel where he has been in a government-imposed quarantine for nearly a week. Now, he said, he was getting progressively sicker and finding it more difficult to breathe. He said security guards had been stationed at the hotel entrance to prevent patients from escaping — and there were no doctors or medicine.

“This is really like a prison,” Mr. Deng said.

“Send me to a hospital, please, I need treatment,“ he said, in between bouts of coughing. “There is no one to take care of us here.”

The problems are likely to compound the public outrage over the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, the most serious health crisis to afflict China under President Xi Jinping. Local officials played down the virus in the early days, while the eventual lockdown of Wuhan cut the city off from critical supplies and resources.

In a sign of an aggressive effort by Mr. Xi to contain the political and economic damage of the epidemic, the Chinese Communist Party on Thursday fired the leaders of Hubei Province and Wuhan.

Global reverberations from the coronavirus crisis have shown no sign of slowing.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States said a person under quarantine at a military base in San Antonio had tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the United States to 15.

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The virus has sickened tens of thousands of people in China and a number of other countries.

The Chinese government’s drive to corral people into makeshift medical facilities in Wuhan began earlier this month, as it became clear that patients were infecting family members after being told to quarantine at home. Desperate officials hastily devised plans to convert stadiums, exhibition centers, hotels and schools into temporary medical centers for thousands who could not get admitted to a hospital.

Confirmed coronavirus patients with mild symptoms were put in large converted spaces. Suspected cases went to requisitioned hotels and schools to be isolated. The close contacts of confirmed cases and patients with fevers who could have been infected were also put in separate facilities. Some confirmed cases with serious symptoms have been transferred to two newly built hospitals dedicated to treating coronavirus patients.

Despite some complaints about the scarcity of toilets and concerns among experts about the potential for cross-infections, some patients in such venues say they are mostly satisfied with the conditions, and are relieved to be out of their homes where they were worried about infecting relatives. Images circulated from inside the centers show patients dancing and lying in beds playing on their phones. One patient was even photographed reading Francis Fukuyama’s “The Origins of Political Order.”

But in many cases, the effort appears disjointed and disorganized. A report by the official Xinhua news agency said that because of the “limitations” of some quarantine sites, sometimes two or three patients with suspected cases were housed in the same room.

Another Xinhua report detailed how community workers doing door-to-door checks had to talk to neighbors and check on clues like hanging laundry to ensure every household in Wuhan was counted. Even The Global Times, the nationalistic party newspaper, reported on the frustrations of a public bus driver who tried in the middle of the night to round up people suspected to have infections.

Patients and their relatives have complained about the dismal conditions, particularly in venues where patients need isolation and medical attention.

On Feb. 8, just two days after her husband was admitted to the hospital for coronavirus, doctors told Ma Xilian, 59, she likely had it, too, based on a chest scan and symptoms. She was told to immediately report to a designated quarantine site for isolation. Her requests to go home to retrieve her heart medication were denied.

In the converted hotel where Ms. Ma was sequestered for days before she finally secured a hospital room, there were no doctors, medicine or even water, according to a plea for help posted by her daughter-in-law on Chinese social media, one of many similar calls for assistance that have surfaced online in recent weeks.

“Where have your feelings for the people gone?” she wrote, castigating local government officials. “Where have your governance capabilities gone?”

Some say that the lack of medical care in the makeshift quarantine centers has only made their illnesses worse. For some families, the poor conditions have led to the worst news.

Peng Bangze, whose father was sent on a crowded bus to a converted hotel for isolation, recalled visiting last Saturday, after his father had been unreachable all day.

He found his father in a comatose state alone in his room.

Panicked, he called for help. When the ambulance came, both the driver and the hotel security guard refused to help him move his father, a construction worker, into the vehicle for fear of getting infected, the son said. One hour later, the son was told that the hospital had no bed for his father and that he should go home and wait.

Two days — and many phone calls — later, Mr. Peng’s relatives finally received a call from the local government notifying them that a hospital bed had been arranged. But when Mr. Peng’s son arrived at the hotel to help with the transfer, his father was lying face down on the bed, lifeless, in the same position he had left him.

The workers at the isolation venue had no explanation. They disinfected the room, the father’s body was removed for cremation, and the son collected his belongings.

“I don’t know how this happened,” the son said. “It all happened in a few days. How could he suddenly be gone?”

Albee Zhang and Zoe Mou contributed research from Beijing.

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Trump contradicts past denials, Admits sending Giuliani to Ukraine

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“Here’s my choice: I deal with the Comeys of the world, or I deal with Rudy,” Trump said, referring to former FBI Director James Comey. Trump explained that he has “a very bad taste” of the US intelligence community, because of the Russia investigation, so he turned to Giuliani.

So, the choice between using the existing system with appointed officials who get some sort of vetting, and someone who has no vetting or authority to do work on behalf of the US, he chooses the latter. Because the existing system is all Comeys. Y’know, career officials who try to follow procedure and laws.

If we take this a step further, why not have your own people with guns to do his military bidding? If Trump finds too much resistance in the military to his directions, who is to say he just won’t phone up Erik Prince and get the good ole boys to go somewhere and shoot up some “bad guys”? Sure, the military pretty much does anything that the President orders, but it’s only a matter of Trump deciding to do something unconscionable.

We already see hints of it with the school system. Don’t like what they are teaching? Not enough religion, or maybe they are trying to teach global warming, general history, or empathy? Why not just create some private schools that can teach Jesus rode on dinosaurs and the blacks were happy to be slaves, etc? Fund the private schools, defund the public ones, then when the public one’s quality goes down, blame it on “public” schools and privatize the whole system. “I deal with eggheads of the education system, or I deal with smart people like me, except maybe I’m a little bit smarter.”

Elected officials with accountability? Nah, that’s for weak countries. USA! USA! USA!

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