No chance of UK lockdown being lifted after three weeks

UK - The government will not be lifting the coronavirus lockdown imminently - meaning it will stretch beyond the initial three week period, it has been confirmed. This evening Dominic Raab - who is deputising for Boris Johnson while the PM is in intensive care - said the worst thing the country could do would be to “take its foot off the pedal”. He said it is too early to consider lifting the restrictions - which state Brits can only leave their homes for essential trips and exercise. When the lockdown was announced on March 23, Mr Johnson said the unprecedented measure would be reviewed after three weeks - meaning it could have been lifted at the start of next week. But the UK is not in a position where it is safe to change the rules, Mr Raab said. Nevertheless the government’s chief scientific officer, Sir Patrick Vallance, said there were encouraging signs that the lockdown was working.

Food Banks Warn They Will Soon Run Out Of Food

USA - What are hungry Americans going to do when the food banks don’t have any more food for them? Over the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed the largest spike in unemployment in all of US history. Since most of those workers did not have any sort of a cushion to fall back on, a lot of them have been forced to seek out emergency assistance for themselves and their families almost immediately. Of course our national network of food banks was not built to handle this sort of a scenario, and as you will see below, many of them are already starting to run out of food. But if things are this bad at the very beginning of this new economic downturn, what are things going to look like a few months from now? It is imperative for people to understand that we are now in uncharted territory. At this point, even the head of the IMF is warning that this new economic crisis will be “way worse” that the last recession…

Farmers destroy crops grown for restaurants, hotels

USA - US farmers have destroyed millions of pounds of perishable food like tomatoes, lettuce and green beans because growers lost a vast number of customers after the coronavirus pandemic struck. "It's a catastrophe, it really is," said Tony DiMare, a long-time tomato grower based in Palm Beach County, Florida. DiMare said he let 10 million pounds of tomatoes rot on the farm in a region south of Miami because no market existed for them. "It's been a disaster at every level - lost crops, lost sales, lost packing inventory," DiMare said.

Animals Invade Cities

USA - As we've seen already, animals seem to be pouring into the city streets as people retreat to their shelters amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. And while at first it was only deer, boars, horses, and sheep taking over the civilized world, now it seems like countless others have joined the cause all around the world. And this time, even dangerous predators like bears, mountain lions, and wild pumas are prowling in the streets.

Netanyahu Considers Pascal Lamb Sacrifice on Temple

ISRAEL - The Sanhedrin tasked Shimshon Elboim, head of the Temple Mount Organizations, with submitting a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu to perform the ritual korban Pesach (Passover sacrifice) in its proper place, the Temple Mount, and in its Biblically mandated time, Wednesday afternoon, the eve of the Passover feast. “God forbid we should allow the coronavirus to strike His children with rising up to bring about the solution given in the Torah for epidemics,” the letter read.

America Entering Great Depression!

USA - Unemployment apocalypse, business collapse & dollar collapse. The US economy has been a debt driven economy for many years. At the moment we have a global economic collapse and the US economy has been hit very hard. This economic crisis is differentiating the real from the fake. Bubbles are popping up all over and this is leaving a very big hole in the economy.

Coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 in USA

USA - The new coronavirus pandemic has surpassed another startling threshold in the US. As of Monday, the US has officially seen more than 10,000 people die after testing positive for the new coronavirus. Nearly half of those deaths have happened in New York, with the state's total hitting 4,758 deaths on Monday. The US had already surpassed every other country's coronavirus case count, though a lack of testing makes it hard to certify counts in any country. As such, it's very likely there are many more people who have died after contracting the disease in the US and worldwide, but they can't be counted in the official death toll because they hadn't been tested. New York has been the hardest hit state when it comes to COVID-19 case counts, followed by New Jersey, Michigan, and then California.

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms 'worsen'

UK - A Number 10 statement read: "Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas' Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

"Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital."

Coronavirus to spark 'brutal' economic meltdown

USA - Coronavirus could result in a brutal global economic crash that strong economies like the UK, US and Canada struggle to recover from. Angel Gurría of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development explained that many countries will see no growth or negative growth for 2020. He added the job losses caused by coronavirus will result in many economies struggling after the pandemic has been resolved. While speaking to BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Mr Gurría noted small, and medium businesses would be struck hard from the swing in the economy and even large global economies like the UK, US and Canada will struggle in the future. Mr Gurría said: "Coronavirus is going to affect us very seriously. It affects the social, human, the health side and it will leave very big wounds and eventually scars on the economic side. This is because of the unemployment impact, the tens of thousands perhaps hundreds of thousands small to medium enterprises (SME) livelihoods will be at stake."

Passover, Easter and Ramadan Become Virtual Holidays of Renewal

USA - In this dark year of Covid-19, an influential group of rabbis in Israel ruled that Passover could be shared with extended family and friends –- not in person but over Zoom. Given the rigid restrictions among devout Jews about what’s permitted on holy days, it was almost shocking. Plenty of other rabbis condemned the move. But as Jews, Muslims and Christians enter one of the holiest times of the year, with Easter, Ramadan and Passover all celebrated this month, leaders of these religions with ancient roots find themselves giving thanks to the internet. With roughly half the world locked down, keeping the holidays communally will be a struggle. “Almost normal would still be a stretch,” said Zainab Gulamali, spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain, where more than 4,300 people have died from the virus. “But we can do our best to host a remote Ramadan that is still spiritually uplifting.”

Africa: ‘Complete collapse of economies’

AFRICA - More than half of Africa’s 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other measures in a bid to prevent local transmission of the virus. They range from South Africa, where inequality and crime plague Africa’s most developed country, to places like Uganda, where the informal sector accounts for more than 50% of the country’s gross domestic product. Unless the virus’ spread can be controlled, up to 50% of all projected job growth in Africa will be lost as aviation, services, exports, mining, agriculture and the informal sector all take a hit, Ahunna Eziakonwa, the United Nations Development Program regional director for Africa, told The Associated Press. “We will see a complete collapse of economies and livelihoods. Livelihoods will be wiped out in a way we have never seen before,” she warned.

Some good news!

USA - Perhaps the most under-reported statistic in the entire coronavirus pandemic passed an important milestone on Sunday as 250,000 were marked as having recovered from the illness. The onward march of the death toll and number of confirmed cases has prompted countless hours of media coverage, as the virus spread around the globe. However, the number of people who are officially recorded as having recovered from the disease receives far less attention. The important stat climbed past the quarter of a million barrier (to 252,478) on Sunday, as more than 20 percent of confirmed carriers of the virus have officially overcome the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

PM admitted to hospital over virus symptoms

UK - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

He was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with "persistent symptoms".

It is said to be a "precautionary step" taken on the advice of his doctor.

Retailers Prepare For Civil Unrest

USA - High-end stores across the country have been boarding up their stores in anticipation of civil unrest due to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. In Beverly Hills, the Pottery Barn and West Elm stores near Rodeo Drive were spotted with boards across the windows according to TMZ. The “Magnificent Mile” in Chicago today looks like Chile in November. All fancy stores boarded up. Are they afraid of #Covid19 or of something else? San Francisco looks like a town expecting a hurricane, with storefronts boarded up, and people lining up at stores, while others wander around without any apparent destination or plan, as if propelled by Brownian motion. Everyone is waiting for Hurricane Covid-19 to crest.

Coronavirus could lead to the breakup of their union

EUROPE - The coronavirus pandemic, with its simultaneous health and economic crises, is deepening fault lines within Europe in a way some leaders fear could prove to be a final reckoning. The cohesion of the European Union had been battered by Brexit, bruised by the political fallout from the 2015 migration surge and the 2008 financial crisis, and challenged by rising autocracy in the east that runs contrary to the professed ideals of the European project. Now, if Europe’s leaders cannot chart a more united course, the project lies in what one of its architects described this week as “mortal danger.”

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Today we find the Church of God in a “wilderness of religious confusion!”

The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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