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Royal Caribbean tests passengers for coronavirus after docking in New Jersey: ‘We are closely monitoring developments’

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A number of passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship are being tested for the coronavirus after arriving at a port in Bayonne, N.J., on Friday morning.

The passengers, believed to be Chinese nationals, had been kept in isolation aboard the Anthem of the Seas before docking at the port, according to sources for the New York Post.

As of Friday morning, it was not immediately clear how many passengers reported feeling ill. Some sources have reported that the number may be over a dozen.

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“We are closely monitoring developments regarding coronavirus and have rigorous medical protocols in place onboard our ships,” a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said in a statement provided to the outlet on Friday morning.

“We continue to work in close consultation with the CDC, the WHO, and local health authorities to align with their guidance and ensure the health and wellbeing of our guests and crew,” they added.

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said he believed local officials would be “equipped to address any concerns” that should arise.

“I have been briefed on the RC cruise ship arriving this morning,” Mayor Davis said on Twitter. “I am certain that the NJ [DoH, CDC, and PA NY/NJ are prepared and equipped to address any concerns this morning.”

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The Anthem of the Seas arrived back in New Jersey on Friday morning, following a cruise to the Bahamas.

A representative for the CDC or Royal Caribbean was not immediately available to provide further comment.

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This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Get Set For Another Royal Wedding! Palace Announces Princess Beatrice’s Big Day

Get set for a spring royal wedding!

British Princess Beatrice, 31, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, will tie the knot with her Italian real estate magnate fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, in The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London on Friday, May 29.

Queen Elizabeth II will then host a private reception for the couple in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, according to a statement released by the British Royal Family on Friday.

The couple reportedly started dating in 2018 and got engaged in September.

Princess Eugenie, Beatrice’s sister, confirmed the engagement on Instagram at the time, writing she was “so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo.”

Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married at Windsor Castle in October 2018.

It’s currently unclear what role Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will play during the nuptials. He stepped back from public duties last month following a BBC interview that increased scrutiny over his friendship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The announcement also prompted speculation on social media over the possible attendance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are currently in Canada after their decision in January to leave their roles as “senior” members of the royal family.

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David M. Benett via Getty Images Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will tie the knot in May.

Princes George and Louis, the sons of Prince William and Kate Middleton, were both christened in The Chapel Royal, where Queen Victoria also married Prince Albert in February 1840.

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Trump Impeachment 2.0: Historic fight spurs new probes and clashes even after trial

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The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump may have ended with an acquittal, but ongoing legal battles and talk of future subpoenas hint that the drama between Congress and the White House is far from over.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was dismissive of Trump’s acquittal, calling it “virtually valueless” and the result of “one of the largest cover-ups in the history of our nation.” And remarks from multiple House Democrats show that they are still looking for more information they can use against the president.

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Meanwhile, the president delivered celebratory remarks with supporters on Thursday as his White House declared vindication, maintaining as he did throughout the impeachment inquiry and trial, that he “did nothing wrong.”

But one matter could result in new developments as early as Friday, with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals expected to issue a ruling in the near future regarding whether the House Judiciary Committee can compel the testimony of former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

In a court filing for that case, House Democrats revealed that McGahn’s testimony related to information in the Special Counsel’s Russia report could even be used for new articles of impeachment.

“If McGahn’s testimony produces new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles approved by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly—including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment,” the committee’s December brief stated, noting that they still have “ongoing impeachment investigations.”

According to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Trump had instructed McGahn to relay orders to have Mueller fired, which Trump’s critics have said is enough to justify an obstruction of justice charge, although this was not included in the articles of impeachment that were the subject of Trump’s recent trial.

The D.C. Circuit’s ruling in that case could influence how House Democrats proceed with other avenues of investigation. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned Wednesday that he may issue a subpoena for former national security adviser John Bolton in order to further delve into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

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Rep. Madeline Dean, D-Pa., said Thursday that she spoke to Nadler and that she believes that Democrats “will be doing continuing oversight, including having Mr. Bolton.”

When asked about this, House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., simply said, “Well, that’s a topic we can discuss later,” although days prior to Trump’s acquittal she told Bloomberg, “The investigations and oversight will continue,” and made reference to “several cases.”

Bolton had said he would comply with a Senate subpoena if he received one during Trump’s impeachment trial, but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday that after the Senate voted not to call witnesses, Bolton refused to submit a sworn affidavit.

Bolton has not commented on Schiff’s claim.

The legal battles may not all be waged from the same side of the aisle, however, as Republicans are looking to punch back.

Days before Trump’s acquittal, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that in the coming weeks, Republicans would be investigating the anonymous whistleblower, whose complaint about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led to the impeachment inquiry. Graham also said he wanted to look into Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, and any potential conflict of interest with former Vice President Joe Biden.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., announced in a letter Wednesday they are seeking “records of Hunter Biden’s travel while he was under U.S. Secret Service protection as they continue to investigate potential conflicts of interest to boost his business ventures in Ukraine and China.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also been in the GOP’s crosshairs. House Republicans introduced a resolution Wednesday against Pelosi after she tore up a copy of the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The privileged resolution, introduced by Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, slammed Pelosi’s behavior as “a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House.” The House on Thursday voted to table the measure.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson, Andrew O’Reilly and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Sanders’ ‘Radical Goal’; At Least $60,000/Year for ‘Every Teacher in America’

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As a teacher in America, this is not the next step. This is many steps down the line. I’d love to see this step in my lifetime, but there’s a long road to this being a practical step.

First we need to make it a more desirable profession for those working in it so we don’t keep losing teachers in record numbers. Its not just how much we’re paid, but it’s about getting the respect we deserve as professionals, which includes un-fucking parts of the educational system so that teachers all have planning time which they can use to handle our massive workload. Most teachers have this planning time, but admin often uses our planning time for meetings or other wastes of time, which causes the teachers to have a larger workload that they bring home and is definitely a factor in teacher burnout. This also includes giving teachers more job stability, which is a huge factor for me, as I may be starting a family in the next few years, and teaching does not feel like a stable enough profession for me to raise a family.

Next we need to make it a more desirable profession for people considering going into teaching so that they dont get scared off by all the horror stories. I knew a veteran teacher who didn’t allow her daughter to go to school for teaching because she didn’t want her daughter to have to make her career in a clearly broken system which feels very rigged against impoverished communities. I also knew people that wanted to become teachers until they learned the reality of education through talking with folks working in the field, and decided they would go into a less insane career.

Once we make education MUCH more desirable as a career, once we make it so that people are actually competing to get into schools of education, once we have too many teachers instead of too few, that’s when it’s time to make it harder to become certified as a teacher.

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‘Birds of Prey’ star Margot Robbie on what makes Harley Quinn unique: ‘She defies social norms in every way’

It’s been three and a half years since Margot Robbie made a splash in the world of comic book movies by playing Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad.”

Now, the anti-hero is back and better than ever in “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).”

The character — who now embarks on a journey of her own — stands out for many reasons, but for Robbie, 29, it’s the stereotypes the character breaks that make her special.

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“I think the mere fact that we eliminated a romantic storyline kind of goes against what we’re used to or accustomed to seeing in a film when you have a female protagonist,” Robbie told Fox News. “I think Harley defies expectations in every way, she defies social norms in every way and that’s just part of her [behavior].”

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Margot Robbie in a scene from ‘Birds of Prey.’ (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

As to whether she thinks people will be upset by the progressiveness of the character, Robbie isn’t worried.

“I think people are really responding to something different these days,” she said. “I think any time a movie or TV show is seemingly breaking the mold, people seem to respond extremely positively and I think that will happen in this case.”

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Robbie explained that “Birds of Prey” is “fresh and different,” as well as unlike any other comic book film to date.

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Margot Robbie poses for photographers upon arrival at the world premiere of ‘Birds of Prey’ in London, Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

The two-time Oscar nominee also said that it was “so fun” to play a character as eccentric as Harley Quinn.

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“I mean, there is so much to her and she is so unapologetically herself,” Robbie said. “She does insane things all the time and that is such a gift as an actor because you have many options and you can behave in erratic and unpredictable ways and you can do the things you can’t do in real life.”

“She’s still very human in her vulnerability and her emotions,” the actress said. “That’s a great thing for me to tap into and I think for audiences to tap into.”

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Robbie said her ‘Birds of Prey’ character, Harley Quinn ‘defies social norms in every way.’ (Claudette Barius/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Robbie’s co-star Jurnee Smollett-Bell told Fox News that it was “special” to participate in such a female-centric film.

“I think we all were quite aware of the fact we were part of something that hadn’t been done before to have an R-rated action, comic book, girl gang movie,” said Smollett-Bell, 33. “It felt like: ‘Oh wow, this is new and exciting and refreshing,’ and honestly, just to come to work with these bad–s chicks, it was just so exciting and unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of.”

In the same interview, Rosie Perez, who also stars in the film, said she felt similarly.

“For me personally, I’ve always known women could kick a–. I’ve kicked a few a–es myself in my lifetime,”  said Perez, 55.

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Birds of Prey” opens Friday.

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China Begins Testing an Antiviral Drug in Coronavirus Patients

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China is forging ahead in the search for treatments for people sickened by the new coronavirus that has infected more than 28,000 people in a countrywide epidemic, killed more than 500 and seeded smaller outbreaks in 24 other nations.

The need is urgent: There are no approved treatments for illnesses caused by coronaviruses.

On Thursday, China began enrolling patients in a clinical trial of remdesivir, an antiviral medicine made by Gilead, the American pharmaceutical giant.

The drug has to be given intravenously, is experimental and not yet approved for any use, and has not been studied in patients with any coronavirus disease. But studies of infected mice and monkeys have suggested that remdesivir can fight coronaviruses.

And it appears to be safe. It was tested without ill effects in Ebola patients, although it did not work well against that virus, which is in a different family from coronaviruses.

Doctors in Washington State gave remdesivir to the first coronavirus patient in the United States last week after his condition worsened and pneumonia developed when he’d been in the hospital for a week. His symptoms improved the next day.

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A single case cannot determine whether a drug works, but a report on the Washington patient, in The New England Journal of Medicine, has nonetheless sparked excitement about the drug.

Another report published on Tuesday by scientists in China added to the enthusiasm, showing that remdesivir blocked the new coronavirus, officially known as 2019-nCoV, from infecting cells grown in the lab.

“It is important to keep in mind that this is an experimental medicine that has only been used in a small number of patients with 2019-nCoV to date, so we do not have an appropriately robust understanding of the effect of this drug to warrant broad use at this time,” Ryan McKeel, a Gilead spokesman, said in an email.

Two clinical trials will take place in Wuhan, China, the center of the outbreak; 500 patients will receive the drug, and comparison groups will get a placebo, Mr. McKeel said.

One trial, which began enrolling patients on Thursday, includes people who are severely ill with symptoms such as needing oxygen. The other trial will involve patients who are hospitalized but not as sick.

The patients will be given the drug intravenously for 10 days, and then assessed 28 days after the treatment to see how they fared compared to the placebo groups.

If the drug works, will Gilead be able to provide enough for everyone who needs it?

“There are currently limited available clinical supplies of remdesivir, but we are working to increase our available supply as rapidly as possible,” Mr. McKeel said.

Gilead had stockpiled the drug, as well as the materials used to make it, for use against Ebola. The company is now using that stockpile for the trials in China and for individual patients like the one in Washington State, whose doctors sought special permission from the Food and Drug Administration for “compassionate use” so that they could give him an unapproved drug.

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The company plans to speed production and is looking for “manufacturing partners in multiple geographies,” Mr. McKeel said, adding that Gilead was going ahead with these preparations without knowing yet whether the drug works against the new coronavirus.

In the meantime, the Wuhan Institute of Virology has applied for a patent in China to use remdesivir to treat the coronavirus, according to a statement on the institute’s website.

Gilead already has patents for the drug in China and other parts of the world, and in 2016 filed additional patent applications to use it against coronaviruses. But the company’s application for coronavirus use is still pending, Mr. McKeel said.

“Gilead has no influence over whether a patent office issues a patent to the Chinese researchers,” he added.

In its statement, the virology institute said it would not exercise its patent rights “if relevant foreign companies intend to contribute to the prevention and control of China’s epidemic.”

The report from China published on Tuesday about remdesivir also found that chloroquine, a cheap drug used for decades to treat malaria, could also fight the new coronavirus. Researchers are recommending that it also be studied, along with various antiviral medications, including some of the ones used to treat H.I.V.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Serves Up A Burn To Critics While Bartending

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The congresswoman famously rose from her cocktail gig to become a firebrand progressive in the House of Representatives ― and a target for conservatives. President Donald Trump took a swipe at her work roots, dismissing her Green New Deal as a measure “done by a young bartender.”

In a tour of her native Bronx with Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, Ocasio-Cortez went behind the bar and began making drinks. Asked if she felt dissed when critics tell her to “go back to bartending,” Ocasio-Cortez turned the segment into a happy hour for shading some of her House colleagues.

“It’s not an insult to me and I feel like people are always clowning themselves when they say that, because it’s like, OK, so you think every person you represent as a bartender, a waitress, a working person ― what, that they can’t do this job? Let me tell you, I work with some of these people. And they are not smarter than a bartender.”

Ocasio-Cortez also tended bar briefly last May to promote an increase in the minimum wage, but she probably didn’t serve a “Desus Temple” during that shift.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Praises China’s Response to Outbreak as Death Toll Passes 600

Here’s what you need to know:

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Japanese officials said on Friday that 61 people had tested positive for the coronavirus on a quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama, a steep increase from the 20 confirmed cases on Thursday.

Officials have screened 273 passengers they said were potentially exposed to the virus. The 41 new patients were to be taken off the ship for medical treatment.

More than 2,000 passengers on the Diamond Princess ship have been stuck inside their cabins for days as part of a two-week quarantine. Meals have been irregular, and only on Thursday were small groups finally permitted to go outside and breathe some fresh air.

“I keep hearing painful coughs from a foreigner in a nearby room,” one passenger wrote on Twitter on Thursday, noting with concern that crew members were delivering meals from room to room. “I might get infected today or tomorrow.”

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The virus has sickened more than 31,400 people in China and 24 other countries.

Other passengers who have been whiling away some of the time on social media told of more hopeful signs. One noted that supplies were being moved into the port and that ambulances were in position. Another said that entertainment crews had been visiting guest rooms to cheer people up, and that toilet paper had been distributed.

Of the 41 new cases, 21 were Japanese, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. None of those 41 passengers were in serious condition as of Friday morning.

Separately, a cruise ship with 3,600 people on board remains stranded in Hong Kong. Yu Li, a mother of two infants on the World Dream cruise, said the most difficult part was a lack of clarity from the local authorities about where passengers would be quarantined.

“Most passengers are willing to be isolated whether or not they have symptoms,” she said in an interview. “I hope the government can give us a reply as soon as possible and tell us whether it would take place at home, or on the cruise, or in designated quarantine centers.”

Families with young children are mostly bunkered in their rooms and watching movies that the cruise ship company has distributed to help alleviate boredom, Ms. Li said. Older passengers, she said, were less willing to be confined to their rooms, choosing to play mahjong in communal spaces.

President Trump praised China’s response to the virus outbreak on Friday after speaking by telephone with its leader, Xi Jinping, who he said was leading “what will be a very successful operation.”

“He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus,” Mr. Trump said in a pair of Twitter posts on Friday. “He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days. Nothing is easy, but he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”

Mr. Trump has frequently praised Mr. Xi and spoken warmly of their relationship, even while engaging in a fierce trade war against China.

China’s state television network, CCTV, had reported earlier that the two leaders had spoken by telephone on Friday. It said Mr. Xi had told Mr. Trump that the Chinese government had spared no effort in what he called “a people’s war”on the virus.

In the official account of the conversation, Mr. Xi made no reference to Chinese grievances over the Trump administration’s response to the epidemic, including being the first foreign government to close its consulate in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and order the evacuation of diplomats.

Mr. Xi offered no words of thanks, a stark contrast to messages of gratitude the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been posting for other nations, including Italy, Poland, the Maldives and Pakistan.

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Mr. Xi told Mr. Trump that Beijing’s efforts to control the outbreak were “gradually achieving results.”

“We are fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic,” he said, according to CCTV.

A week ago, the Trump administration announced it would bar entry to any foreign citizens who had traveled to China during the last 14 days, saying the coronavirus constituted a public health emergency even though the United States had relatively few cases. It now has 12 confirmed infections.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, sharply criticized that decision earlier this week, accusing the United States of spreading panic and not doing anything to support China’s fight against the outbreak.

The death toll and the number of infections continued to soar in China, according to official data released early Friday.

Nationwide, more than 70 new deaths and 3,100 new cases emerged in the previous 24 hours, the national health authorities said.

The new figures brought the total number of deaths in China to at least 636. And the total number of confirmed cases rose to 31,161.

Sixty-nine of the newly reported deaths occurred in Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak, the authorities said, but there were also four deaths outside of the province: one each in Jilin, Henan, Guangdong and Hainan Provinces.

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So far, the vast majority of confirmed deaths have been in Hubei, though deaths have also been reported in other Chinese provinces, Hong Kong and the Philippines. More than 200 infections have been reported outside of China.

Many doctors believe that deaths and infections in China are undercounted because hospitals and laboratories are under severe strain to test for the virus. Local officials in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak, have called on health care workers to speed up the process.

Many sick residents in Hubei also say that they have been turned away by overstretched hospitals, which lack test kits and beds.

China’s ruling Communist Party, bending to public pressure, said on Friday that it would send a team from its powerful anticorruption committee to investigate the issues surrounding a whistle-blower doctor who had died hours earlier in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

The doctor, Li Wenliang, who was among the first to warn about the outbreak, only to be silenced by the police, died on Friday after himself becoming infected with the virus, the hospital treating him reported.

The Wuhan City Central Hospital said at 3:48 a.m. on Friday that Dr. Li had just died. “We deeply regret and mourn this,” it said on the Chinese social media site Weibo. Just hours earlier, the hospital had said it was still fighting to save the 34-year-old doctor.

The death of Dr. Li set off an outpouring of grief and anger on social media, with commenters on Weibo, a Twitter-like website, demanding an apology from the authorities to Dr. Li and his family.

The State Supervisory Committee has “decided to send an investigation team to Wuhan, Hubei Province, to conduct a comprehensive investigation on related issues reported by the masses about Dr. Li Wenliang,” it said on Friday in a one-line statement on its website.

It is rare for the Communist Party to react so swiftly to public outrage. Several top officials and state-run media outlets had also joined in the chorus to mourn Dr. Li’s death. In statements online, the National Health Commission and the Wuhan government said they expressed their condolences.

The police and others questioned Dr. Li in early January after he warned a circle of medical school classmates on Dec. 30 about a viral outbreak that he said appeared similar to SARS. The police compelled him to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.

The New York Times wrote about Dr. Li on Feb. 1. “If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier,” he told The Times, “I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”

For many of the Chinese social media users mourning Li Wenliang on Friday, the tragedy was a lesson about the importance of free speech — one that the government didn’t understand.

Beijing has increased its censorship over investigative reports that exposed missteps by officials who underestimated and played down the threat from the coronavirus. China’s top leaders have stepped up efforts to make the news coverage focus more on positive developments in the battle against the epidemic.

The hashtag #wewantfreedomofspeech#, created on the Twitter-like service Weibo at 2 a.m. on Friday, had over two million views and over 5,500 posts by 7 a.m., amid the online outcry over Dr. Li’s death. It was deleted by censors, along with related topics, such as ones saying that the Wuhan government owed Dr. Li an apology.

“I love my country deeply,” read one post under that topic. “But I don’t like the current system and the ruling style of my country. It covered my eyes, my ears and my mouth.”

The writer of the post complained about not being able to gain access to the internet beyond China’s so-called Great Firewall: “I’ve been holding back for a long time. I feel we’ve all been holding back for a long time. It erupted today.”

Talking about freedom of speech on the Chinese internet is taboo, even though it’s written into the Constitution. So it’s a small miracle that the freedom of speech hashtag survived for over five hours.

High-powered executives in China echoed the same sentiments online, if less bluntly.

“It’s time to reflect on the deeply rooted stability-trumps-everything thinking that’s hurt everyone,” Wang Ran, chairman of the investment bank CEC Capital, wrote on Weibo. “We all want stability,” he said. “Will you be more stable if you cover the others’ mouths while walking on a tightrope?

Gao Xiaosong, an Alibaba executive, posted on his Weibo account that he hoped China would enact a whistle-blower protection act, seemingly in reference to the American law, so that more people could speak out like Dr. Li did. “RIP. Our hero. Thank you,” he wrote of Dr. Li.

In Angers, France, a company owned by the medical supply company Kolmi Hopen makes 170 million medical face masks a year. It isn’t enough.

As orders pour in at a staggering rate, Kolmi Hopen is hiring more workers to keep up with demand.

“We’re making masks as fast as we can,” said Guillaume Laverdure, the chief operating officer of Kolmi Hopen’s parent company, Canada-based Medicom.

“But demand is still rising,” he added.

The coronavirus outbreak has set off a run on protective masks across China and in major Asian cities. The Chinese government has ordered citizens to don masks every time they go outside. That has led to shortages. In Hong Kong, for example, long lines form early in the morning in front of pharmacies as people try to buy them before supplies run out.

China produces about half the world’s sanitary face masks. But production had already slowed as Chinese factories wound down for the Lunar New Year holiday in early January. Some sites around Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, have yet to fully revive production, according to the government.

For now, people are rushing to buy them when and where they can.

Ha Fong, 80, stalks the streets of her Hong Kong neighborhood every morning to search for surgical masks, hand sanitizers and detergent.

“I line up wherever people are lining up,” she said, adding that she didn’t feel panicked, believing the shortage to be temporary.

This year’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, one of the most important destinations in the international art market calendar, has been canceled, with organizers citing the “sudden and widespread outbreak” of the coronavirus in China.

The fair was to run March 17 through March 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and feature premier galleries from Asia and beyond.

“The decision to cancel Art Basel Hong Kong was an extremely difficult one for us,” said Bernd Stadlwieser, chief executive of MCH Group, the Swiss company behind the fair. He said organizers had explored “every other possible option, including postponing the fair” before concluding it should be canceled.

MCH cited numerous factors, including the health and safety of workers and visitors, the logistical challenges of mounting the event and the escalating difficulties of travel to Hong Kong. Three American airlines have suspended flights to mainland China.

Last week, as Hong Kong shut down museums and schools, and restricted flights from the mainland, participating dealers called for the closure of the fair.

On Wednesday, the London-based dealer Richard Nagy, one of more than 240 exhibitors at the event, sent an email to the organizers.

“Not one of our foreign clients will be attending, and they are surprised the fair is still on,” Mr. Nagy wrote. “There is absolutely no doubt in our minds that this art fair is now commercially on artificial life support.” The email concluded that the fair was “fatally wounded” and needed to be “put out of its misery.”

A second large planeload of Australian citizens and permanent residents will be evacuated from Wuhan, and this time they will be quarantined at a vacant mining village in Australia’s Northern Territory, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

About 270 Australians who were evacuated from Wuhan on Monday are currently being housed in a former immigration center on Christmas Island, 2,000 miles west of Australia’s mainland.

But with that center at capacity, the government is now preparing the village of Manigurr-ma, near the northern city of Darwin, to house the new planeload of evacuees. The village was formerly used by Inpex, an oil and gas corporation, to house construction workers, and it has a gym, a dining hall and a swimming pool.

The village will be declared an isolation zone and be ready to receive about 280 people on Saturday, when the evacuees’ plane is due to land in Darwin, the Northern Territory government said. None of the evacuees have symptoms of the coronavirus, officials said.

Chinese leaders are seeking to reassure the public that the economic devastation of the coronavirus will be short-lived and controlled. But they are taking steps to weather extended factory shutdowns and store closures.

The deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, Pan Gongsheng, said on Friday that controlling the virus was a “top priority.” This week, the central bank pumped some $175 billion into the financial system, and the government has issued a flurry of financial aid measures at the local level.

The country has been on virtual lockdown for weeks, with major factories and highways closed, trains shut and airplanes grounded. Some of the world’s biggest companies have already felt the impact, including Starbucks, Ikea and Apple.

Toyota on Friday said its non-plant operations would reopen on Feb. 10 but that its production plants would remain closed for at least another week. Uniqlo said it would close 370 of its 750 stores in China because of the outbreak, Reuters reported.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing, Mr. Pan acknowledged that the outbreak had already hurt entire industries like tourism, food and entertainment. But he said the impact would be limited to the first quarter.

“After the epidemic is controlled, the economy will return near the potential output quickly,” he said.

It is the world’s fourth-most-populous country, and it is a popular destination for Chinese tourists, including from Wuhan. But Indonesia still has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, officials there insist.

On Thursday, the health ministry’s director for communicable diseases, said that none of the 243 people evacuated to Indonesia from Wuhan — 238 students and five officials from the Indonesian consulate there — showed signs of illness after being screened and quarantined. And he said until they showed symptoms, there was no need for full testing.

“If they are not well, feverish, coughing and sneezing, then we will swab,” he said, according to Channel News Asia. “If they are fine, why should we swab?”

Last week, Indonesia barred visitors from China, and flights to and from mainland China. But many Chinese tourists remain in Indonesia, including popular spots like Bali, officials say.

Reporting was contributed by Daniel Victor, Eimi Yamamitsu, Steven Lee Myers, Sui-Lee Wee, Li Yuan, Elaine Yu, Elsie Chen, Albee Zhang, Christopher Buckley, Isabella Kwai, Liz Alderman, Denise Grady, Alexandra Stevenson, Scott Reyburn, and Vivian Wang.

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Liz Claman: Coronavirus outbreak already impacting companies, could affect China trade deal

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As China struggles with the coronavirus outbreak and the world prepares to handle a possible epidemic, the “Fox News Rundown” podcast spoke with Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman, who broke down how the virus will impact the China trade deal.

“A lot of people may not realize there’s kind of a pause clause in [the trade agreeement], if you will,” host Lisa Brady asked Claman.

“Oh, yes. The pause clause says pending market conditions or dependent upon market conditions,” Claman responded.

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On Tuesday, President Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow told FBN’s “Mornings with Maria” that exports to China “will take longer” to arrive in Asia “because of the Chinese virus,”

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Huang Ping, China’s consul general in New York, said in response to Kudlow that he hopes the virus will not affect the trade deal but said he did not know if Beijing would use a clause about unforeseeable events in the agreement to help the country meet its commitments.

“So we don’t know what’s going to happen, although China has not yet signified that they would back down from buying the billions [in goods] that they promised to buy from America, whether it was agricultural products or basic materials and other handmade products,” Claman said.

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The Fox Business host added companies are already warning investors of the impact.

“I’m here to tell everybody we are seeing company after company after company already seeing the effect and warning investors about it,” Claman said.

Fox Business’ Evie Fordham contributed to this report.

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Black Workers’ Wages Are Finally Rising. Can Everyone Share in That Climb?

PHILADELPHIA — On a brisk January morning Markus Mitchell arrives at his desk at 8:30, his phone ringing before he can even log in to his computer. An employee at the giant nonprofit where Mr. Mitchell works is locked out of the organization’s network and needs the 24-year-old’s help.

Mr. Mitchell became a full-fledged employee at JEVS Human Services in Philadelphia in October, after a year as an apprentice. Just three years ago, he was making $13,000 working in the kitchen at a Chick-fil-A, feeling unsure about his future. Landing the $38,000-a-year position was the latest step in a rapid career ascent made possible in part by America’s record-long economic expansion and low unemployment rate.

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Mr. Mitchell landed a job at JEVS Human Services, a Philadelphia nonprofit, after earning just $13,000 a year at a Chick-fil-A.

President Trump frequently celebrates the experience of black workers, noting correctly that the group’s unemployment rate is at its lowest on record.

Their wages are also going up — a New York Times analysis of government data found that wage growth for black workers has accelerated recently after lagging for much of the decade-long economic expansion.

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Unemployment rate by race

Seasonally adjusted

DEC. ’19

Blacks

6.4%

Whites

2.9%

RECESSIONS

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Unemployment rate by race

Seasonally adjusted

DEC. ’19

Blacks

6.4%

Whites

2.9%

RECESSIONS

Note: Racial categories exclude Hispanics.

Current Population Survey via IPUMS | By The New York Times

But when Mr. Mitchell looks around his relatively low-income and heavily black neighborhood, he worries that the rising tide of a strong economy has not been equally good for everyone in his community. And when it comes to his own labor market gains, he’s working hard to make sure they do not prove fleeting.

A malignant reality lurks beneath the happy surface as black workers finally make job market progress. Not only did the gains take a decade of steady job growth to materialize, but they could evaporate at the first sign of economic weakness, as they did after previous expansions.

In April 2017, Mr. Mitchell quit his low-paying job, hoping that he could achieve a better life. By June that year, he was in a training program, one that helped connect him to another backed by JEVS. That led to a pre-apprenticeship role in partnership with AmeriCorps, then an apprenticeship and now his full-time job.

He has one certification, is working on another in networking and could even progress to a cybersecurity test down the road. He’s conscious that without a college degree he has challenges, but hopeful that his on-the-job experience and practical training will help him weather future downturns.

“I know that the fact that I don’t have a degree puts me at a disadvantage, over my peers,” he said. “I’ve gained enough knowledge to go and do computer work for people myself, so if that’s what I had to do, I’d do it.”

Mr. Mitchell’s story is, on one level, a lesson in the power of a strong labor market to lift up disadvantaged communities. When workers are scarce, companies are more likely to hire people without much experience or formal education, and to provide training to help those employees succeed. Employers are also more likely to consider candidates with disabilities, criminal records or other barriers to work and to offer other options, like flexible hours, to attract people with caregiving responsibilities.

Companies are also more likely to raise pay. Wage growth, which was sluggish for much of the recovery, has picked up in recent years, with the strongest gains among workers at the bottom of the earnings ladder, in jobs that are often concentrated in the service sector, like fast food and retail.

The Federal Reserve sees the continually expanding work force as a key reason for future patience on interest rates. Mary C. Daly, president of the San Francisco branch, has said Fed officials should see how far the labor expansion can run “experientially.”

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Median wage growth by race

12-month moving average

DEC. ’19

Blacks

+4.3%

Whites

+3.4%

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Median wage growth by race

12-month moving average

DEC. ’19

Blacks

+4.3%

Whites

+3.4%

Note: Wage growth is measured as median change in hourly wages over a year. Workers who enter or leave the labor force are excluded. Methodology based on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s wage tracker. Black and white categories exclude Hispanics.

Source: Current Population Survey via IPUMS | By The New York Times

But tight labor markets alone cannot undo established structural barriers. Even now, the unemployment rate for black Americans is double that of whites — a figure that does not even take into account higher rates of incarceration for black men in particular. The median black worker still makes 78 cents to the median white worker’s $1 each week.

Mr. Mitchell grew up in Grays Ferry, a neighborhood in South Philadelphia where rows of identical low-income housing units sit alongside faded corner bodegas.

He has lived in his home, which is subsidized, since his family ran into hard times around the last recession. His mother, a teacher, had to take time off work after a bad car accident — and then struggled to find new work as the economy reeled. Since she was the primary breadwinner for her five sons, including one with a severe disability, it was a major blow.

The boys were interested in college, but for Mr. Mitchell, high school changed that. He felt that his teachers did not care about him, especially after concerns about the building’s safety forced his high school to shut down before his senior year. Fights plagued the hallways of his new school. There were cages on the windows.

“It was waking up to go to a day care, that was actually a jail, that you could freely walk out of,” he said.

He cut classes, sneaking out a side door to the freedom of the surrounding city. Though an avid reader — his dresser is buried under psychology classics, as varied as Dale Carnegie and Machiavelli — he failed English. He was pushed through graduation anyway.

Early adulthood flowed by in a string of odd jobs.

He worked in poison ivy removal (he stopped getting a rash after the fourth or fifth outbreak) and had a short stint at UPS before starting work at Chick-fil-A, where he made $9.50 an hour. He promised himself the job would be short-lived, and spent his mornings and nights reading computer-related training material.

But more than a year in, as he was cleaning the floors at Chick-fil-A, a moment shook him.

“I was squeegeeing water up, and these guys walked in,” he said. They were technicians, sent there to fix the restaurant’s computer network. They were close to his age, and he couldn’t help comparing their work with his own. “I just told myself: Here’s the risk, here’s the reward. What are you going to do?”

It took a few months to finally quit. He was getting a lot of hours at Chick-fil-A, and helping his mother, who now works at a day care, to pay rent.

“I didn’t want to set myself up for failure long term, but I didn’t want to set myself up for failure short term, either,” he said.

“I knew computers, and people with skills in computers, were in demand. I knew it in my heart,” he said. But at the same time, “who is going to pick this kid up with no college degree, no experience?”

His timing was ideal. The shortage of qualified workers in information technology is prompting employers to cast a wider net, fueling demand for apprenticeship programs like the one he completed.

“We know because of the economy, employers are trying to expand the pipeline of talent that they’re tapping,” said Edison Freire, a former teacher who founded the apprentice program Mr. Mitchell went through.

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Change in employment rate since January 2007

12-month rolling average

Black women

ages 45-54

+4.6%

Black men

ages 25-34

+1.3%

White men

ages 45-54

–1.4%

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Change in employment rate

since January 2007

DEC. ’19

12-month rolling average

Black women

ages 45-54

+4.6%

Black men

ages 25-34

+1.3%

White men

ages 45-54

–1.4%

Note: Employment rates are as a share of the population. Demographic groups represented are black and white men and women, each in 10-year age groups from 25 to 54, for a total of 12 groups.

Source: Current Population Survey via IPUMS | By The New York Times

Mr. Mitchell has made huge gains in the past few years. But his long-term prospects remain uncertain. He still doesn’t have a college degree. He is hoping that his certificate and experience make up for that, but they have yet to be tested in the crucible of a recession.

What happens to Mr. Mitchell and others like him has implications for the broader economy. Historically, the gains made during periods of low unemployment have proved transitory for black workers, who are among the last to benefit from a good economy and among the first to suffer in a downturn.

But there have been few past examples of a labor market as strong and sustained as the current one. Some economists hope that as more workers like Mr. Mitchell get a foothold in the labor market, and even manage to climb a few rungs up the ladder, they will be better positioned to weather an eventual recession. That larger pool of workers would leave the American economy better off in the long run.

Today’s solid labor market comes with costs. A strong economy fuels urbanization and lifts rent, and can make it harder for lower-income minority families like Mr. Mitchell’s to get by. Rent has marched up along with his salary as the family’s housing vouchers have been reduced. Money is manageable, but Mr. Mitchell remains frugal — when he eats a $3 cheesesteak for lunch, he carefully wraps half of it for later.

But Mr. Mitchell has big goals. He is hoping that he and his younger brothers can pull together sufficient savings to move themselves and their mother to another neighborhood. He loves where he grew up, but it’s changing — gentrifying, diversifying. And the bustling local market doesn’t seem to be pulling black workers up with it.

He noted that Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has not increased, and “very seldom do I hear of someone getting a better job.” (Philadelphia last year raised the minimum wage for city employees and contractors, but state law prohibits the city from raising the floor for all workers. Federal efforts have yet to gain traction.)

Philadelphia is a university town, but he worries that it is not focused on educating its native youths, a group that is heavily black. Standing outside his old high school last month, he glumly pointed out the door he used to skip classes. Nobody stopped him, he said. And years later, a steady stream of students — mostly racial or ethnic minorities — are still pouring out.

“I don’t see much of a change, as far as my people elevating economically,” he said. “There’s often a loophole through things, sometimes there’s not. I was lucky enough to be blessed with one.”

Jeanna Smialek reported from Philadelphia, and Ben Casselman from New York.

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