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Joaquin Phoenix Slams All-White Lineup In BAFTA Acceptance Speech

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Actor Joaquin Phoenix gratefully accepted his Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sunday night. Then he dressed down the awards system — and the industry — for sending a “clear message to people of color” that they’re “not welcome here.”

He spoke for minutes to a dead-silent audience that included fellow nominees Adam Driver and Saoirse Ronan before listeners erupted in cheers and applause.

“The BAFTAs have already been very supportive of my career and I’m deeply appreciative,” Phoenix began at the awards event at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where he was honored for his leading role in “Joker.”

“But I have to say I also feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege,” he added. “I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here.”

Phoenix said it wasn’t a “self-righteous” criticism. “I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem,” he added, because “I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I work on are inclusive.”

But he also said the problem was more than simply pushing for “multicultural” sets. “I think that we have to really do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism,” Phoenix added.

It’s the “obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it, so that’s on us,” he concluded.

The lack of diversity in the film awards in Britain — and across the pond — is a perennial issue.

The chair of BAFTA’s film committee Marc Samuelson early last month said this year’s lineup of acting award nominees represented an “infuriating lack of diversity.”

Emma Baehr, BAFTA’s director of awards, told The Hollywood Reporter that while the academy would “have liked to have seen more diversity in the nominations, it does continue to be an industry-wide issue.”

Cynthia Erivo, the lone actor of color nominated for the Oscars this year for her leading role as abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the film “Harriet,” refused a request to sing at the BAFTA ceremony because of the lack of diversity.

Her appearance isn’t “something that can be thrown in as a party trick,” she complained in an interview with Extra last month. “I work hard, and every single person of color who is working in these films this year has worked really hard, and there are many of them who deserve to be celebrated,” she emphasized.

The issue is bound to come up again next Sunday at the Oscars, which Phoenix and Erivo will attend as favorites to win the Best Actor and Best Actress awards.

As for the other top BAFTA picks, the Best Actress award went to Renee Zellweger for “Judy.” Brad Pitt won for Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and Laura Dern grabbed the Best Supporting Actress nod for “Marriage Story.” The Best Film award went to “1917.”

Check out Phoenix’s acceptance speech in the video up top.

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Celebrity sightings at Super Bowl LIV

Millions of people watch the Super Bowl each year, and celebrities are no exception.

Like years past, many celebrities have been seen at this year’s big game.

Here are some of the biggest stars at Super Bowl LIV:

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Jay-Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy

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Jay-Z walks with his daughter Blue Ivy Carter. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

One of music’s most famous families was spotted at the game.

Jay-Z‘s entertainment company has a hand in the halftime show, so it’s no surprise that he was there with his family.

Photos of the trio are scarce, but TMZ was able to obtain some of the family staying seated during Demi Lovato’s performance of the national anthem.

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Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Miles Teller

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(Left to right) Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Miles Teller attend Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Cheifs superfan Paul Rudd was spotted at the Super Bowl, and he spent time with a couple of his famous pals.

Rudd’s Marvel co-star Jeremy Renner was seen at the game, as was “Top Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller.

JENNIFER LOPEZ CHASES DOWN MYSTERY THIEF IN BIG GAME COMMERCIAL

DJ Khalid

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DJ Khaled attends Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

The rapper and producer was spotted at Super Bowl LIV.

Khaled, 44, also starred in a commercial with Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and Pitbull.

JASON MOMOA REMOVES MUSCLES IN SUPER BOWL LIV AD

Emily Ratajkowski

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(Left to right) Sebastian Bear-McClard and Emily Ratajkowski at the big game. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Emily Ratajkowski was seen at the big game with her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard.

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Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart at Hard Rock Stadium before Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Funnyman Kevin Hart was spotted speaking with the press outside of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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Cardi B

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Cardi B posted a video of herself singing and dancing along to Jennifer Lopez’s performance at Super Bowl LIV. (Cardi B/Instagram)

Rapper Cardi B shared several videos on Instagram for the big game.

Among the videos she posted were clips from Demi Lovato’s national anthem performance, and Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block.”

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Iowa caucuses: Who is ahead in the polls heading into Monday

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The Democratic race is unusually large heading into Monday’s Iowa caucuses, with four presidential candidates locked in a fight for victory in Iowa and others still in a position to pull off surprisingly strong finishes.

Many campaigns were looking to final weekend polls to provide some measure of clarity.

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Polls show former Vice President Joe Biden in a tight race in Iowa with Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as well as Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and entrepreneur Andrew Yang also are competing aggressively in the state.

An Emerson College poll released Sunday night found Sanders leading with 28 percent support, Biden at 21 percent, Buttigieg at 15 percent, Warren at 14 percent and Klobuchar at 11 percent.

A CBS News poll had Biden and Sanders holding the lead with 25 percent each, Buttigieg with 21 percent, Warren at 16 percent and Klobuchar at 5 percent.

Late Saturday, a final CNN and Des Moines Register poll opted not to release their survey because of concerns that the results may have been compromised.

For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will release three sets of results: who voters align with at the start of the night, who they pick after voters supporting nonviable candidates get to make a second choice, and the number of state delegate equivalents each candidate gets.

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The new rules were mandated by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as part of a package of changes sought by Sanders following his loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primaries. The revisions were designed to make the caucus system more transparent and to make sure that even the lowest-performing candidates get credit for all the votes they receive. But party officials in Iowa and at the DNC have privately expressed concerns that multiple campaigns will spin the results in their favor, potentially creating chaos on caucus night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV, Defeating San Francisco 49ers

The Associated Press contributed reporting. 

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on Sunday, winning Super Bowl LIV and giving the team just its second championship in league history.

The win at Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium was the Chiefs’ first in 50 years and denied the 49ers the chance to win their sixth Super Bowl trophy and first since 1995. 

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Charlie Riedel/ASSOCIATED PRESS Kansas City Chiefs’ Demone Harris plays with the confetti at the end of the Super Bowl.

Momentum appeared to turn against the Chiefs after the team tied with the 49ers going into halftime. The 49ers pulled ahead by more than 10 points in the third quarter, but the Chiefs scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win the game.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City to the win in the final 6:13, and the Chiefs overcame a double-digit deficit for the third postseason game in a row.

The Chiefs (15-4) were playing in the championship game for the first time since 1970, when they won their only previous NFL title. Coach Andy Reid earned his 222nd career victory, and his first in a Super Bowl.

The Chiefs trailed 20-10 and faced a third and 15 when Mahomes threw deep to a wide-open Tyreek Hill for 44 yards. Kansas City scored a touchdown four plays later, and quickly forced a punt.

Mahomes then hit Sammy Watkins for 38 yards to set up a 5-yard scoring reception by Damien Williams that put Kansas City ahead 24-20 with 2:44 to go.

The 49ers reached midfield, but quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked by Frank Clark on fourth down. Williams’ 38-yard touchdown run was icing on the cake for Kansas City.

The 49ers (15-4) fell short in their bid for a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title, even though they dominated for 3 1/2 quarters. Garoppolo threw for 219 yards and kept the Chiefs’ defense guessing by completing passes to eight receivers.

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Candidates make their closing cases on the eve of Iowa’s caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa – On the eve of the Iowa caucusesSen. Bernie Sanders predicted that the first contest in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination will lead to the end of President Trump’s tenure in the White House.

“Tomorrow night is the beginning. It is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” the independent senator from Vermont, who is making his second straight presidential bid, told cheering supporters at a sports pub in Iowa’s capital city.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks to supporters at a Super Bowl watch party at a sports bar in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb. 2, 2020

JOHN KERRY REPORTEDLY WARNS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SANDERS ‘TAKING DOWN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’

And the populist lawmaker once again spotlighted that turnout will be crucial to his success in the caucuses.

“Tomorrow night please do your best not only to come out and caucus, bring your friends, bring your distant cousins, bring those people you haven’t talked to in years, and get them out to the caucus,” the candidate joked as he urged his supporters to convince friends and family to caucus on his behalf.

And Sanders — speaking Sunday what was billed as a Super Bowl watch party — repeated his prediction that “if the turnout tomorrow night is low, we’re going to lose. If the turnout is high, we’re going win. Our job together is to create the highest turnout in the history of the Iowa caucus.”

An average of the latest polls in Iowa’s Democratic presidential caucuses compiled by RealClearPolitics indicates Sanders with a low single-digit edge over former Vice President Joe Biden, with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts a few percentage points back, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of neighboring Minnesota hovering just below double digits.

Warren also wrapped up her final day on the campaign trail in Iowa at a Super Bowl watch party.  The senator arrived at the event, which was hosted by Progress Iowa, carrying a six-pack of beer.

She told the crowd that “you, Iowa, have made me a better candidate, and you will make me a better president.”

Earlier, at a town hall in Iowa State University in Ames, Warren once again emphasized that choosing a female nominee is the best way to defeat the GOP president in November’s general election.

“Right now across in America in competitive races, women are outperforming men. So here’ how I see this — our number one job is to beat Donald Trump. Women win,” she stressed.

Klobuchar joined her fellow senators in ending her day at Super Bowl watch party at Jethro’s BBQ N’ Pork Shop Grill in suburban Des Moines.

A strong finish in Iowa’s caucuses is crucial for Klobuchar’s uphill climb to win the Democratic presidential nomination. And some political pundits have spotlighted that a less than stellar showing in Monday night’s caucuses could spell doom for Klobuchar.

KLOBUCHAR PLEDGES SHE’S MOVING ON TO NEW HAMPSHIRE ‘NO MATTER WHAT’

But in an exclusive interview Sunday on “Fox News Sunday,” the Democratic White House hopeful vowed that “I’m going to New Hampshire no matter what.”

New Hampshire votes eight days after Iowa and holds the first primary in the race for the presidential nominations.

All three senators returned to the nation’s capital on Sunday night in order to attend Monday’s session of the Senate impeachment trial of President. And all three hope to return to Iowa on Monday evening in time for the caucuses.

Buttigieg — pointing to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s historic victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses — asked his supporters at a large rally in Des Moines on Sunday to repeat history.

BUTTIGIEG UNDER HEAVY PRESSURE TO FINISH STRONG IN IOWA

Buttigieg — who would become the nation’s first openly gay president if elected — asked “are you ready to make history one more time tomorrow evening. And make sure that everybody has a voice in this process. I believe you’re going to make me the next president to the United States.”

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Biden wrapped his final day of campaigning ahead of the caucuses by addressing his largest crowd to date in Iowa. Just over 1,100 people showed up to see the former vice president Sunday evening at a middle school on the east side of Des Moines.

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Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV, Defeating San Francisco 49ers

The Associated Press contributed reporting. 

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on Sunday, winning Super Bowl LIV and giving the team just its second championship in league history.

The win at Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium was the Chief’s first in 50 years and denied the 49ers the chance to win their sixth Super Bowl trophy and first since 1995. 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Kansas City Chiefs’ Demone Harris plays with the confetti at the end of the NFL Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Momentum appeared to turn against the Chiefs after the team tied with the 49ers going into halftime. The 49ers pulled ahead by more than 10 points in the third quarter, but the Chiefs scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win the game.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City to the win in the final 6:13, and the Chiefs overcame a double-digit deficit for the third postseason game in a row.

The Chiefs (15-4) were playing in the championship game for the first time since 1970, when they won their only previous NFL title. Coach Andy Reid earned his 222nd career victory, and his first in a Super Bowl.

The Chiefs trailed 20-10 and faced a third and 15 when Mahomes threw deep to a wide-open Tyreek Hill for 44 yards. Kansas City scored a touchdown four plays later, and quickly forced a punt.

Mahomes then hit Sammy Watkins for 38 yards to set up a 5-yard scoring reception by Damien Williams that put Kansas City ahead 24-20 with 2:44 to go.

The 49ers reached midfield, but Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked by Frank Clark on fourth down. Williams’ 38-yard touchdown run was icing on the cake for Kansas City.

The 49ers (15-4) fell short in their bid for a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title, even though they dominated for 3 1/2 quarters. Garoppolo threw for 219 yards and kept the Chiefs’ defense guessing by completing passes to eight receivers.

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Karl Rove’s advice to Trump for SOTU address: ‘The less said about impeachment, the better off’

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Karl Rove told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and the accompanying panelist that President Trump should stray from discussing impeachment during his State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday, and “it is more important to herald achievements.”

“The less said about [impeachment] in the State of the Union address, the better off for President Trump,” Rove said on how he would advise Trump.

The GOP-led Senate may have blocked new witnesses from testifying, but a deal struck with Democrats to delay the ultimate impeachment acquittal vote of President Trump until Wednesday sets up a wild week ahead in politics.

SENATE IMPEACHMENT PUNT SETS UP JAMPACKED, UNPRECEDENTED WEEK IN WASHINGTON

On Monday, the 2020 presidential election kicks off with the first votes cast being cast in the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, the House Democratic impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team will return to the Senate chamber at 11 a.m. to make their closing arguments in the impeachment trial.

The following day, senators will give floor speeches on whether or not Trump should be impeached — just hours before the commander in chief arrives at the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union address.

The White House had wanted a quick acquittal to end what they’ve dubbed a witchhunt. But the administration signaled that the delayed vote won’t stop Trump from delivering an optimistic nationally televised address Tuesday that celebrates his achievements.

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“We’ve heard he’s going to be talking about the blue-collar economic prosperity.”

Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush who served during the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,  also said that Trump should discuss his plan for the remainder of his current term as president and a potential second term in the White House.

“Tomorrow night is a valuable moment for him. It is a moment where he could sort of be dismissive of the impeachment by giving it as little attention and remarks as possible and putting the focus on what he’s done and what he intends to do.”

Fox News’ Marissa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Planters Introduces Baby Nut At Super Bowl And Twitter Goes Into Meltdown

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While some were still rejoicing over the late Mr. Peanut’s death, the spokesnut has been brought back by the gods (of Planters’ marketing department) in the form of the much cuter Baby Nut.

Planters debuted Baby Nut on Sunday in a Super Bowl ad showing Mr. Peanut’s funeral. As mourners reflect on the late nut’s life, a tear drops from Kool-Aid Man and falls to the dirt. A new sprout bursts forth the ground and Baby Nut is born.

A sports business reporter for The Action Network received this “nutty” statement from Planters about the newborn.

Last month, when the snack food brand killed off its 104-year-old legume spokesman in a dramatic ad ― his nutmobile careened off a cliff ― some Twitter users mourned. Others decided he’d likely gone straight to hell for repeatedly betraying his people. 

On Sunday, Planters took no time in discarding Mr. Peanut, changing the name on his former Twitter page to Baby Nut and pushing out content on their new star.

The brand had temporarily suspended the ad campaign last week out of respect for the families of NBA star Kobe Bryant and the others who died in a helicopter crash, but the company said in a statement at the time that it did not plan to change the Super Bowl spot.

The infant peanut drew mixed reactions. Many fawned over the newest addition to the fast-growing family of cartoon babies sparked by Baby Yoda and quick-thinking marketers, while others seemed to hold the newborn accountable for Mr. Peanut’s past atrocities.

Either way, Planters’ strategy apparently worked. #BabyNut trended at No. 5 on Twitter and the brand raked in thousands of tweets for and against the baby spokesnut. 

Here’s what the peanut gallery had to say:

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Stocks Sink as Markets Open in China

Here’s what you need to know:

Stocks in China plunged in early Monday trading as investors returned from a long holiday to the prospect of the world’s No. 2 economy virtually shut down by the coronavirus epidemic.

Stocks in Shanghai opened 8.7 percent lower, while shares in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen fell 9 percent. The markets had been closed since Jan. 23 for the Lunar New Year holiday, and government officials extended that closure until Monday while the authorities dealt with the outbreak.

Other markets in the region, which have already digested much of the impact, opened lower as well. Shares in Tokyo and in Australia were down about 1.5 percent in early Monday trading. Stocks in Hong Kong opened about half a percent lower.

The damage could be confined to Asia. Futures markets that predict the performance of stocks in the next day forecast a positive opening for Wall Street and a mixed day for shares in Europe.

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A 44-year-old man in the Philippines has died of the coronavirus, health officials said on Sunday, making him the first known death outside China. The man, a resident of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus, died on Saturday after developing what officials called “severe pneumonia.”

“This is the first known death of someone with 2019-nCoV outside of China,” the World Health Organization’s office in the Philippines said in a statement, using the technical shorthand for the coronavirus.

Philippine health officials said the man had arrived in the country on Jan. 21 with a 38-year-old woman who remains under observation.

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“In his last few days, the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement,” said the health secretary, Francisco Duque III. “However, the condition of the patient deteriorated within his last 24 hours, resulting in his demise.”

Hours before the death was announced, the Philippines said it was temporarily barring non-Filipino travelers arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Mr. Duque said the Philippines was currently observing 23 people who had been isolated in hospitals with possible coronavirus symptoms.

Chinese officials on Sunday reported a surge in new cases.

◆ The death toll in China rose to at least 360.

◆ More than 2,000 new cases were also recorded in the country in the past 24 hours, raising the worldwide total to nearly 17,205, according to Chinese and World Health Organization data. The vast majority of the cases are inside China; about 150 cases have been confirmed in at least 23 other countries.

◆ All of China’s provinces and territories have now been touched by the outbreak.

◆ Countries and territories that have confirmed cases: Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Macau, Russia, France, the United States, South Korea, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Britain, Vietnam, Italy, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Finland, Sweden and Spain.

◆ Cases recorded in Thailand, Taiwan, Germany, Vietnam, Japan, France and the United States involved patients who had not been to China.

◆ China has asked the European Union for help in buying urgently needed medical supplies from its member countries, China’s official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

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The virus has sickened more than 17,300 people in China and 23 other countries.

Many of the world’s leading infectious disease experts say the outbreak is likely to become a pandemic, defined as an ongoing epidemic on two or more continents.

Scientists do not yet know how lethal the new coronavirus is, but there is a growing consensus that it is readily transmitted. Scientists have found that it is spreading more like influenza than its slow-moving viral cousins, SARS and MERS.

“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

“But will it be catastrophic? I don’t know,” he added.

The effects of a pandemic would likely be harsher in some countries than in others. While wealthier countries can direct their resources toward early detection and treatment, countries with fragile health care systems will not necessarily be able to offer the same level of care.

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China is now dealing with another disease outbreak — this one mostly affecting animals, but also potentially deadly among people.

The Ministry of Agriculture said late Saturday that a fresh outbreak of a lethal form of influenza had been found in poultry in the southern province of Hunan, and that officials had ordered the slaughter of 17,828 chickens.

China has previously dealt with several bird flu outbreaks. In the new case, the H5N1 bird flu virus was found at a farm in the city of Shaoyang. The farm had 7,850 chickens, and more than half have died from the bird flu, the ministry said. It called the strain “highly pathogenic.”

Although bird flu poses more of a danger to poultry than humans — it is not easily transmissible among people — the World Health Organization has called on countries to be on guard.

China is also grappling with an African swine fever epidemic that has infected tens of thousands of pigs and could stoke worries about the food supply.

The Chinese government has delivered on its promise to build a hospital for coronavirus patients at the epicenter of the outbreak within 10 days. About 1,400 military medics will begin working at the hospital in Wuhan on Monday, according to state news media.

Several state outlets streamed footage from the new hospital, which spans roughly 365,000 square feet and has been fitted with 1,000 beds. A second facility in Wuhan, with 1,500 beds, is expected to be completed this week.

An official in Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, said in a news briefing on Sunday that the time required to confirm new cases of the virus had halved to no more than two hours, and that the accuracy of the test kits had improved.

But the situation in Hubei remains “severe and complicated,” Vice Governor Xiao Juhua said.

Since the coronavirus emerged, hospitals in Wuhan have been met with a shortage of masks and basic protective gear for doctors and nurses, and overwhelmed hospitals have had to turn away many people with flulike symptoms.

Eleven days into the lockdown of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the epidemic began, the government there is extending its quarantine in an effort to halt the coronavirus that has killed at least 224 people in the city.

Starting Sunday, the authorities are putting into quarantine people in Wuhan who have had close contact with confirmed carriers of the virus and people with pneumonialike symptoms who may be carriers. Under the new rules, many may face supervised quarantine away from their families.

The government had already ordered residents not to leave the city and to stay indoors as much as possible. Now, people who have had close contact with confirmed carriers of the virus “will be sent to centralized isolation and observation points,” according to the new rule.

The regulation did not specify where people will be kept for observation, but it warned that people would have no choice.

“Those who refuse to cooperate will be compelled under the law by assisting public security offices,” the order said. “During isolation, each district will provide free room and board, as well as medical observation and treatment.”

President Trump’s national security adviser played down the risk of an outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States, saying on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “right now there’s no reason for Americans to panic.”

The national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, said that the United States had offered to send health officials to China to help contain the epidemic, but that officials had not yet received a response from Beijing.

Mr. O’Brien also defended remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who said on Thursday that the United States could benefit economically from the outbreak because it could cause companies to reconsider their global supply chains and ultimately “help to accelerate” the return of jobs to the United States.

“I think what Commerce Secretary Ross is saying is there’s a danger, there’s a risk factor in doing that, and wouldn’t it be better if we had supply chains and factories here in the U.S.?” Mr. O’Brien said.

New Zealand imposed new restrictions on travelers from mainland China, saying it would deny entry to visitors departing from or transiting through the mainland for two weeks starting on Monday.

Citizens and residents will be allowed entry to New Zealand, but will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The government will also send a charter flight to repatriate up to 300 citizens in Wuhan.

“Ultimately, this is a public health decision,” she said.

Many other countries have expanded travel restrictions on noncitizens who had traveled to China, including the Philippines, the United States and Australia. Japan and South Korea are barring noncitizens who have traveled to Hubei. (South Korea also said it would restrict tourism to and from China.)

Vietnam recently barred almost all flights to and from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau until May 1, according to the United States Federal Aviation Administration. But Vietnam then partly eased its ban, allowing flights from Hong Kong and Macau to continue.

Indonesia is suspending visa-free travel for Chinese citizens and barring passengers who have visited mainland China. Like other countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia depends heavily on Chinese tourism. On Thursday alone, 10,000 Chinese tourists canceled their trips to Bali, according to one industry association.

Russia, which shares a 2,600-mile border with China and which had temporarily stopped issuing work visas to Chinese citizens, is also halting visa-free entry for Chinese tour groups, the government said.

Iraq is temporarily barring travelers coming from China. Chinese people working in oil production are allowed to remain, though any who leave will not be able to return for the time being.

Saudi Arabia’s state airline and Oman also suspended flights to China on Sunday, according to Reuters.

A day after New York City’s health authorities said that a woman hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital Center might have the new coronavirus, the authorities on Sunday announced that a second patient might have the virus.

Samples from both patients — the first is a woman under 40, and the other, whose gender is not known, is described as being older than 60 — are being sent for testing to a laboratory in Atlanta that is run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The turnaround time for the results is usually at least 36 hours, but often longer.

For more than a week, New York City has been bracing for the arrival of the new coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, as isolated cases began to appear elsewhere in the country.

In both suspected cases in New York, the individuals had recently been in China and came down with flulike symptoms. Both had been tested for influenza and a number of other common illnesses, and those tests came back negative.

Citing what it called the “apparently inevitable” spread of the coronavirus, Israel’s government on Sunday closed its borders to arrivals from China and said that it would work on producing a vaccine.

Israeli citizens who have traveled to China will be allowed back, officials said. And the Israeli news media reported that the country was expected to extend the work permits of nearly 1,700 Chinese construction workers whose contracts expired. The arrival of the same number of workers from China who were due to replace them has been indefinitely postponed.

Taiwan complained on Sunday that it was being punished because the World Health Organization considers it part of China, which has been subject to travel bans as the coronavirus spreads.

Italy and Vietnam included Taiwan in banning flights from China, a move that they announced after the W.H.O. declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

Vietnam backtracked on Saturday, but the ban from Italy remains, Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign minister, said on Sunday.

He pointed out that Taiwan had 10 confirmed cases, versus more than 14,000 in mainland China.

“The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Taiwan is not higher than in most countries affected,” Mr. Wu said, adding that other than China, “no other country has had its flight banned by Italy.”

China considers self-governed Taiwan to be part of its own territory and has long sought to limit Taiwan’s diplomatic relations and recognition at international bodies.

Taiwan also announced that it would deny entry to Chinese nationals from Guangdong, a coastal province that has been battered by the virus, and travelers who have recently visited the area.

As many as 9,000 medical workers in Hong Kong have pledged to strike this week, a threat that alarmed officials in the territory, which confirmed its 14th coronavirus case late Saturday.

The workers are demanding that Hong Kong close all border checkpoints to visitors from mainland China, saying they represent a threat to health care workers in the city.

Matthew Cheung, Hong Kong’s No. 2 official, appealed to the medical workers to reconsider. “At this critical moment, I believe the general public would count on medical personnel to fight against the epidemic together, in the spirit of professionalism,” he wrote in a blog post on Sunday.

Health officials said it was unclear where the latest coronavirus patient in the territory had developed the disease. The patient, an 80-year-old man, had visited mainland China during a cruise, and later spent several days on a cruise ship in Japan with more than 3,000 passengers and employees.

“We are very worried,” said Chuang Shuk-kwan, a Hong Kong health official. “Everyone should prepare mentally for the possibility that the disease is spreading within the community.”

Hong Kong officials say that the number of visitors from the mainland and other countries has decreased significantly after they closed several border points and cut flight arrivals by half.

But several border points remain open, and many medical workers fear that Hong Kong’s well-regarded health care system will be overwhelmed. They have also voiced frustrations about patients from mainland China hiding their travel and medical history, potentially endangering other patients.

Two of the 120 Germans repatriated from China on Saturday have fallen ill and are being treated for the coronavirus in a university hospital in Frankfurt, the German authorities said.

All of those who were repatriated by the German government are being quarantined for two weeks at army barracks in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Eight cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the southern German state of Bavaria, the state ministry said. All of them are linked to a company in the town of Starnberg that was visited by a Chinese woman who began exhibiting symptoms on her return flight to China.

Eleven British citizens were expected to return from Wuhan on Sunday, raising to 94 the total number of people who have been repatriated, the country’s foreign secretary said.

The group — which traveled on a French flight carrying people from 29 European countries — will be taken to a hospital in northwestern England where a previous batch of repatriated citizens have been staying in isolation, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, told the BBC.

Most of the 64 French citizens on the flight will be quarantined near Aix-en-Provence in southern France or the resort area Carry-Le-Rouet, a spokesman for France’s health ministry said.

In Britain, footage from the facility, Arrowe Park Hospital, showed some of the quarantined people wearing face masks while eating breakfast or playing pool indoors.

Ben Pinkerton, a 23-year-old teacher from Northern Ireland, described the facility as “very comfortable.”

“We have TVs, video games, a nice room and good food,” he said in a Facebook message.

Kharn Lambert, who is also in quarantine at the center, told Sky News on Saturday that those being kept in the facility were in good health and good spirits — “albeit subdued.” He said that they were allowed to go in a courtyard, but an outer perimeter that prevents them from leaving “is patrolled by the police quite regularly.”

Reporting was contributed by Austin Ramzy, Chris Buckley, Tiffany May, Jason Gutierrez, Sui-Lee Wee, Choe Sang-Hun, Tess Felder, Anton Troianovski, Alissa J. Rubin, Isabel Kershner, David Halbfinger, Christopher F. Schuetze, Iliana Magra, Chris Cameron, Donald G. McNeil Jr. and Constant Meheut.

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Emily Compagno: ‘All American citizens lose when Dems refuse to work with Trump’

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Fox News’ contributor Emily Compagno on Sunday raised concern that an ongoing feud between President Trump and House Democrats could be a “disservice” to Americans.

“He’s like, you know what, they’re never going to collaborate and I think he probably knew it in his heart of hearts,” Compagno, one of the hosts of “The Five” Compagno, said, reacting to Trump’s Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity.

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In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity during the Super Bowl LIV pregame show, Trump confirmed that the State of the Union address would go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday — just a day before the Senate is set to overwhelmingly acquit him after a months-long impeachment process.

“Well, it’s been very unfair. From the day I won … from the day I came down from the escalator. … it probably started from there. It’s been a very, very unfair process,” Trump said. “The Mueller Report, Russia, Russia, Russia, as you say, which was total nonsense — it was all nonsense, the whole thing. It was very unfair, and mostly it was unfair to my family. I mean, my family suffered because of all this. And many other families suffered also.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced late Thursday night that he would not support additional witnesses in Trump’s “shallow, hurried and wholly partisan” Senate impeachment trial, seemingly ending Democrats’ hopes of hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton and paving the way for the president’s imminent acquittal as soon as Friday night.

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“The hatred, as he said, is going to be difficult to surmount,” she added.

Compagno went on to say, “It’s to all of our disservice –because it’s all of us [American] citizens that lose when the Democrats refuse to collaborate with him.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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