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Cautious hope for pandemic peak as Spain readies to reopen some factories

first_imgThe death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has slowed in some of the worst-hit countries, with Spain readying Monday to reopen parts of its economy as governments grapple with a once-in-a-century recession.Italy, France and the US have all reported a drop in COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours — with Italy, the European nation most afflicted by the disease, reporting its lowest toll in more than three weeks.It came as Pope Francis delivered an unprecedented livestream message to a world under lockdown on Easter Sunday and Britain’s Boris Johnson left hospital, thanking medics for saving his life.  ‘Easter of solitude’ President Donald Trump had previously wanted the US to be back to normal by Easter. But most of the country remained at a standstill and churches took celebrations online.Many of the world’s more than two billion Christians celebrated Easter from the confines of their homes while from a hauntingly empty Vatican, Pope Francis delivered a livestream message.”For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,” he said.One priest in Rio de Janeiro blessed the Brazilian city from a helicopter, while another in Portugal addressed the faithful from the open top of a moving convertible car.In the UK, which has logged more than 10,000 deaths, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday he had been discharged after “a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question”, referring to the country’s state-run National Health Service.Britain is now seeing daily death tolls to match those previously seen in Italy and Spain, after recording nearly 1,000 fatalities on Friday and Saturday. There were 737 new deaths reported Sunday.Johnson, like Trump, had initially resisted stringent measures such as shutting down public places. More than half of the planet’s population is staying home as part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus, which emerged in China late last year and has now killed at least 112,500 people, overwhelming healthcare systems and crippling the world economy.Spain’s death toll has fallen over recent days, but as a small bump in deaths was reported on Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that the locked-down country was “far from victory”.”We are all keen to go back out on the streets… but our desire is even greater to win the war and prevent a relapse,” he said, as some companies were set to resume operations at the end of a two-weeks halt of all non-essential activity.In the US — the world’s worst-hit nation with a fifth of all deaths and more than half a million confirmed cases — the government’s top infectious disease expert added to cautious optimism that the pandemic may have reached its peak. Topics :center_img Spain ends ‘economic hibernation’ Some factory and construction workers in Spain were set to return to work on Monday, with police to hand out face masks at metro and train stations.The fortnight of “economic hibernation” is about to be lifted, drawing criticism from some regional leaders and unions, but the rest of the lockdown restrictions in the nation of around 47 million people will remain in place.Meanwhile there were also worrying signs the virus could be taking hold in new, and vulnerable, parts of the world.Conflict-wracked Yemen reported its first case last week, raising fears of a devastating outbreak in the war-torn country.In Mumbai’s crowded Dharavi slum — one of Asia’s biggest and the inspiration for the 2008 Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” — more than 43 cases have been confirmed.And while sub-Saharan Africa has not been as badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic as some other parts of the world, the economy is being pummeled.Governments are under pressure to keep populations safe while preventing economic collapse, amid warnings of a downturn not seen since the Great Depression.But the World Health Organization has warned countries against lifting lockdown restrictions too early. Anthony Fauci said parts of the country could begin easing restrictions in May, but warned that the world’s biggest economy would not turn back on like a “light switch”.”We are hoping by the end of the month we can look around and say, OK, is there any element here that we can safely and cautiously start pulling back on?” Fauci told CNN.last_img read more

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Anthony D. Prickel

first_imgAnthony D. Prickel, age 76 of Batesville, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born September 19, 1940 in Batesville, he is the son of Alvina (Nee: Wallpe) and Alphons Prickel.  He married Joyce Gindling May 5, 1962 at St. Louis Church and she preceded him in death January 17, 2002.  Tony worked as an inspector for Cummins Engines in Columbus for 33 years before retiring in 1995.  He was a member of the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Batesville Eagles Aerie #1130.For those who knew Tony, he had two passions.  To say he was a huge Notre Dame fan would be an understatement.  A bigger fan would be harder to find.  A close second was his love of golf.  He played as often as he could.  He also followed the Reds and was a casual Bengals fan.  In his earlier years he enjoyed rabbit and squirrel hunting and in later years Tony became an avid Solo player.  He would often stop at the Knights hall mid afternoon to sit in on a game or two.He is survived by his daughter Gayla Prickel of Greensburg; sons Scott and Chris Prickel, both of Batesville; his longtime companion Brenda Gridley; sisters Emma and Katie Prickel, both of Batesville; brother Larry Prickel of Napoleon and seven grandchildren.  In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Pauline Vankirk and brothers Alvin (Buster) and Paul (Pete) Prickel.Visitation is Friday, September 15th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, September 16th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  The family encourages everyone to wear their favorite Fighting Irish attire to the visitation and funeral.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville Knights of Columbus or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.last_img read more

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