Citing “grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies,” hundreds of epidemiologists and public-health scientists are calling on governments the world over to allow their citizens to resume their normal lives while protecting those truly vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Pope Francis issued an encyclical from the Vatican on October 3 entitled Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All). While not considered infallible, encyclicals are the highest authoritative form of Papal writing. The titles of Vatican encyclicals traditionally are taken from the first two words of the document. The phrase “Fratelli Tutti” is a quote from the Admonitions, the compendium of St. Francis’s guidelines from the 12th century.
Voter fraud and dirty politics go hand in hand. Add the element of mail-in voting, and the recipe is complete. And while many have predicted that mail-in voting as a result of COVID-19 will likely be manipulated to benefit Democrats, now there is proof that is already happening. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Harrisburg, the capitol of Pennsylvania, announced on Thursday that it had discovered a small batch of mail-in military ballots that had been thrown out by election officials in Luzerne County.
Capitol Hill Baptist Church has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Washington, D.C.’s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser for the city’s “selective enforcement” of its lockdown orders. “The lawsuit … simply asks that CHBC be permitted to meet in-person, with similar restrictions as area businesses and other gatherings have employed to protect public health,” CHBC Pastor Justin Sok said. “A church is not a building that can be opened and closed. A church is not an event to be watched. A church is a community that gathers regularly and that community should be treated fairly by the District government.”
An opinion piece released Saturday on the Chinese state-controlled media outlet China Global Television Network has come out strongly in favor of the New York Times’ rewriting of U.S. history, the 1619 Project. The 1619 Project is written by journalists — not historians — and posits that the true beginning of America should not be 1776 when the 13 original colonies declared independence from England, but 1619 when the first slaves arrived in Virginia. Some school districts are already incorporating the 1619 Project into their curriculum despite the fact that several historians have warned about factual inaccuracies contained in it.
The Centers for Disease Control continues to take pains to remind Americans to wear their masks when they are out in public. A missive from CDC that encouraged COVID safety during the Labor Day holiday says: “Do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 this Labor Day weekend. If you go to a park, beach, event or gathering, be sure to” do several things, including: “Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.”
Democrats are outpacing Republicans in absentee-ballot requests in key 2020 battleground states as these swing states see a surge in such requests, according to NBC News. North Carolina voters have until the end of October to request a mail-in ballot, but the numbers suggest the COVID-19 situation is affecting voter behavior, with more votes choosing to cast their ballots by mail due to health concerns.
Only six percent of Americans who have died with COVID-19 died strictly from the virus and not from other causes, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s latest COVID-19 provisional counts, covering February 1 through August 22, say that 164,280 Americans have suffered deaths “involving COVID-19.”
If you want to know why some teachers fear how virtual learning allows parents to witness their instruction, you don’t have to look further than an “English” lesson in Tennessee. In fact, one outraged father in the Metro Nashville Public School District is now pulling his seven-year-old daughter out of school because she was being taught that, as he put it, “white people are bad, mean & racist against African-Americans & Mexicans.”
They call it closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. But Chicago has an interesting way of dealing with looters, who ransacked the city Sunday night. Don’t punish the miscreants sufficiently to deter the criminal behavior. Instead, close thruway exits and raise drawbridges — “shut down” the city’s downtown, in other words. Hmm, haven’t we seen a shut-down strategy used to address another problem just recently?
“Freedom Is The Cure.” That’s the simple statement on a set of billboards that have been deemed too “controversial” by “the community,” causing a national advertising agency to take down two of the billboards in Spokane, Washington. The graphic element accompanying the text features a young woman holding up a white surgical mask and displaying a facial expression of contempt toward the object, which “health authorities” in cities, states, and other jurisdictions have ordered inhabitants to wear.
Almost as soon as COVID-19 entered the public conversation, talk of a vaccine began to dominate the conversation. Of course, a vaccine was considered to be a thing of the future — years in the making, perhaps. Fast forward a mere few months — which were spent with the American people being worn down by lockdowns, mandatory masks, social distancing, and an economy severely damaged by government overreach — and the promise of a vaccine has become the threat of what will happen to those who refuse it. This despite the fact that no fully tested vaccine even exists, and no one knows either how effective it might be or what side effects may come along with it.
The Thought Crime Division at social-media behemoth Facebook is hot on the case of yet another conservative offender. Educational non-profit PragerU is reporting that Facebook is threatening to “unpublish” the conservative group's entire page for “repeatedly” violating the platform's community standards.
Once officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health finished “investigating” Grace Church of Sun Valley, California, for holding in-person services in defiance of the state’s mandates limiting such services, they sent a “cease and desist” order to senior pastor John MacArthur. If he continues such defiance, and holds services in the future, he faces a daily fine of $1,000 or arrest.
Our Dr. Anthony Fauci certainly is a well-rounded individual: He has enough positions for any 10 men, changing them like clothes a bit like Superman in the phone booth. Perhaps this is why his latest comforting counsel, that Americans don’t need another COVID-19 lockdown “if,” isn’t really all that comforting after all.
Taiwan News published a statement made by Taiwanese economist Wu Chia-lung on July 24 offering his opinion that the United States has at least 10 ways to counteract China’s aggressive global expansion. Wu’s proposals are:• Jointly demand compensation: The United States can join with other countries to hold China accountable for its responsibility for the global COVID-19 pandemic. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), in an April 28 article, proposed something similar
More than 100 Wisconsin police agencies have backed out of security agreements to assist the Milwaukee police with crowd control at the Democratic National Convention scheduled for August 17-20. The main reason for the pull-out seems to be a directive issued by the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission that the city no longer use tear gas to control unruly crowds.
Dr. Simone Gold, the founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, whose viral press conference claiming the mainstream narrative surrounding the dangers of COVID-19 are based more on fear than on fact, announced on Tuesday that the organization’s website had been taken down by hosting provider and website builder Squarespace.
A Kentucky couple has been placed under house arrest for refusing to sign a document saying they would self-quarantine after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, reports Louisville’s WAVE-TV. Elizabeth Linscott, of Hardin County, Kentucky, was planning to visit her parents in Michigan. Her grandparents also wanted to see her, so she decided to get tested for the virus before making the trip. Her test came back positive.
The biometric digital identity platform Trust Stamp, which claims to “evolve as you evolve,” is to be introduced in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa as part of a partnership between the Bill Gates-supported GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard, and the “identity authentication” firm Trust Stamp.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that government leaders should be “as forceful as possible” in getting Americans to wear face masks in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19, which Fauci asserts is only in the first phase and is “likely” to be followed by more pandemics in the future.
Well, Flippy finally has a new job. It was March when I reported on the burger-flipping kitchen worker, who does his job dutifully, never goes home, doesn’t get sick or take bathroom breaks and won’t unionize — and can be had for $3 an hour. He’s also a non-citizen who doesn’t need a visa and doesn’t care if you have a beef with his taking your job. Flippy, you see, is a robot.
Leftists always want to ration goods and services because they think they are scarce. To the leftist-progressive mind, resources are always finite, and there are never enough to go around. In the year of COVID-19, this is applied to hospitals in general and intensive care units in particular. There aren’t enough to go around, they claim, so we have to devise a way to keep people from using up these scarce resources. Indiscriminate lockdowns are the methods chosen.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday that wholesale prices dropped by 0.2 percent in June. Economists were expecting an increase of 0.4 percent. Confounding those economists further, wholesale prices have dropped by nearly one full percentage point over the last year. Common sense says that when the supply of money and currency increases, price increases are sure to follow.
Despite liberals bashing the Paycheck Protection Program as a handout for the rich, at least 18 progressive groups with ties to billionaire George Soros applied for and were green-lighted for federal loans meant to help small business owners amid the COVID-19 crisis, receiving up to $20 million total in taxpayer dollars.
Get ready for a lot less freedom and prosperity, and a lot more government — at least if the elites get their way. After greatly supporting coronavirus lockdowns that crushed the economy and funding and championing the terrorizing of populations with riots over supposed inequality, Deep State globalists are stepping in to offer their proposed “solution” to the crises they themselves unleashed: A “Great Reset” to transform the world and everything in it, supposedly for the benefit of the masses, but really for the benefit of the ruling classes.
In confronting the spread of SARS-CoV-2, pubic health experts assured policy makers that millions could die. As a result of their terrifying prophecies, governments around the world, and especially Democrat governors in the United States, rushed to institute draconian lockdown measures that crashed business, spiked unemployment, disrupted supply chains, and cratered personal incomes, among other things.
In a wide-ranging interview with Forbes released on Wednesday, music mogul Kanye West had strong words for the Democrat Party. West suggested that the party, and in particular presumptive nominee Joe Biden, are guilty of emotionally blackmailing him and other Blacks into voting Democrat. On July 4, West announced on Twitter that he was running for president as a third-party candidate on the new “Birthday Party” ticket.
“Democrats encourage it because they think it is a distraction, that their agenda can skate by unnoticed — they see it as a supplement to the radical movement in the streets,” he declared. Black Lives Matter-aligned rioters, emboldened by the death of George Floyd and the capitulation of political leaders it has provoked, began by targeting statues linked to the Confederacy. But their attention has now broadened to nearly any historical monument.
In a new set of coronavirus guidelines, the California Department of Public Health requires houses of worship to end singing and chanting — and discourages church attendance in general. The guidelines were released at the beginning of July and warn that “convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death.”
It is becoming increasingly clear that revolutionaries wreaking havoc in the streets and their allies in the Deep State are using old communist tactics to wage war on America. The cure for COVID-19 was apparently — a riot? At least it seemed like it there for a minute. One day, the establishment claimed it was murder to go out in public for anything “non-essential.” The next day, not going out in public and assembling in large crowds was tacit support for “systemic racism” and “white supremacy.” Even leading public officials agreed.
New York officials are issuing subpoenas and threatening fines against a group of partygoers who allegedly refuse to cooperate with contract tracers who want to ask them about their participation at a gathering that is believed to have been a coronavirus cluster. The eight individuals have reportedly dodged communication with tracers after attending a Rockland County party hosted last month in New York City at which the host exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. According to officials, those who refuse to cooperate will be fined $2,000 for every day of noncompliance.
The Food and Drug Administration has reversed course on its Emergency Use Authorization for hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. In a letter discussing the revocation of the EUA for the drug, FDA chief scientist Denise Hinton said the agency no longer found the drug likely to be effective in treating COVID-19.
The decision to move the Republican Party’s National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida, was announced with a flourish on Thursday night. Said Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee : We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great city of Jacksonville. Not only does Florida hold a special place in President Trump’s heart as his home state [he and Melania officially moved there from New York City in November 2019], but it is crucial in the path to victory in 2020...
During a trip to Texas, President Trump announced that the administration will take steps to address perceived racial inequalities and police brutality as the nation continues to reel with protests, riots, looting, and arson over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer.
As many are taking to the streets in America to express their First Amendment rights, a fair number of citizens are quietly engaging in their Second Amendment rights as well. Gun stores nationwide are reporting a sharp upsurge in sales amid first the COVID-19 scare and now the civil unrest occurring due to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
A study that was published to great fanfare in the prestigious journal The Lancet has now been retracted. The retracted study, titled “Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis,” was led by Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra, a cardiologist and medical director of the Brighman and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Boston.
States that have “opened” from coronavirus lockdowns have, as many predicted, generally experienced no appreciable increase in pandemic intensity. Nonetheless, mainstream media have continued portraying every odd COVID-19 “spike” in such states as a dire portent, as CNN did over Memorial Day weekend and NBC did more recently. But as people argue over the data, something is left unsaid: Even when virus cases do increase, it’s irrelevant.
An interesting study on COVID-19 published in the journal Respiratory Medicine suggests that asymptomatic carriers might not spread the disease very effectively after all. Here’s an interesting study on COVID-19 published in the journal Respiratory Medicine. The information comes from Chinese researchers working at institutions including The Second School of Clinical Medicine, the Hospital Infection Control Division, the Department of Infectious Disease, the Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, and the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine — all of these associated with the Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences.
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called out President Donald Trump last week for allegedly frightening illegal immigrants so bad that they're not seeking medical attention. AOC claims that illegals in her district are hesitant to get tested for COVID-19 due to a belief that immigration officials might be lurking in hospitals, ready to pounce and deport them.
Green shoots are appearing as the economy is starting to rebound from the COVID-19 shutdown. On Saturday President Trump’s economic advisor Kevin Hassett told CNN, “It looks like the economy is picking up at a very rapid rate. In which case we could potentially move on to other things that the president has mentioned, like the payroll tax cut and potentially even a capital-gains holiday.”
Doctors at a California hospital say suicide is outpacing COVID-19 as a cause of death in their facility, and their county’s shelter-in-place order is to blame. “We’ve never seen numbers like this in such a short period of time,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, head of the trauma department at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, told KGO. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”
The State of Illinois — a state dominated by left-wing politics — is beginning to stand up against the harsh COVID-19 lock-down measures imposed on it by Governor J.B. Pritzger and the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot. But neither the governor nor the mayor show any signs of easing restrictions at this time.
How could a cheap, effective drug, FDA-approved and in use worldwide since 1955, suddenly be restricted for outpatient use by American physicians? On March 28, 2020, as physicians worldwide were seeing striking success using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, the FDA erected bureaucratic barriers.
If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the United States is overly dependent on other nations — especially China — when it comes to vital pharmaceutical supplies. On Monday, the Trump administration made a bold move to address that issue by signing a $354 million contract with an American pharmaceutical company to create the nation’s first strategic stockpile of key ingredients to make vital medications.
A document titled “Appeal for the Church and the World: to Catholics and all people of good will” — principally written by former apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Viganò and promoted by an ad hoc organization that calls itself Veritas Liberabit Vos (the truth shall set you free) — makes some stark, accusatory statements about the harsh, restrictive abridgement of personal and religious freedoms imposed by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the language used in the document is rarely seen outside of constitutionalist, conservative, or libertarian sources on “the right.”
On Monday came the revelation from President Trump that he had started taking the drug hydroxychloroquine. Speaking at a meeting of restaurant executives, the president said he’d started taking the medication more than a week earlier. “A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it,” Trump said, according to CNN.
“If only the media told the truth” sounds like a wish straight from the Wizard of Oz, desirable but fanciful. Many things would be different if it did, one being that we wouldn’t currently be crashing our economy and perhaps collapsing our civilization with the historic (and hysteric) blunder called “lockdown” policy. So asserted American Thinker’s Jack Hellner on Wednesday in a piece presenting the following startling facts:
Increasingly concerned that he and many fellow officers were being forced to violate their oaths of office in order to enforce COVID-19 stay-at-home edicts, Port of Seattle police officer and Special Forces veteran Greg Anderson posted a video on his Instagram page on March 6 expressing his concern. It runs about eight minutes.
Dr. Vladimir Zelenko M.D., a Board Certified family practitioner from Monroe, New York., discusses protocol of hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and azithromycin in effectively combating COVID-19 among his patients in New York, and in Honduras, Australia, and Israel. Dr. Zelenko also explains what President Trump can and should do to win the global war against in the novel coronavirus in the United States and to reopen the economy today.
Three reports released on Friday give a glimmer of hope that the worst may be behind for the U.S. economy. While the headline from MarketWatch shouted, “Retail Sales Crater 16.4% in April,” the details were far less concerning. Auto dealers reported that April sales of new vehicles were off 12 percent. Translation: Despite nearly complete shutdowns of all economic activity in many states, somehow consumers still bought new vehicles at a rate of 88 percent of normal.
In a tweet on the morning of May 11 and at a new conference that same afternoon, President Trump accused Democratic state leaders of dragging their feet in implementing measures to reopen their states’ commercial activities in the wake of the massive shutdown put in place to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. He suggested that they were dong so to hinder the recovery of the nation’s economy and prolong the economic recession brought about by the cessation in normal business activities, in order to hurt his reelection chances in the November 3 presidential election.
At the Presidential Briefing on Apr 30, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced early results, prior to peer-review, of one clinical trial using remdesivir, an intravenous (IV) experimental antiviral medicine in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. At the “warp speed” currently in vogue for the Fauci-led push to a new vaccine, the very next day the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) for remdesivir to be used in seriously ill hospitalized patients. To announce the emergency approval, President Trump met with the CEO of the drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, in the Oval Office.
On Monday, May 4, retail giant Costco began requiring all employees and customers to wear face masks while inside their stores. Visitors to the Costco website are directed to the company’s COVID update page which states: Face Covering Requirements. To protect our members and employees, effective May 4, all Costco members and guests must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while at Costco.
You may have heard of Professor Neil Ferguson. He’s the expert in the U.K. that predicted COVID-19 would infect and kill everyone and whose doomsday scenarios resulted directly in the lockdown in his own country and contributed to the knife in the the back of freedom that was wielded by mostly liberal-progressive governors and their quisling compatriot technocrats here in the United States.
In yet another blatant example of big-tech censorship, Twitter has suspended conservative commentator and founder of the Blexit movement Candace Owens . Owens was suspended for a Friday tweet criticizing Michigan governor and vice-presidential hopeful Gretchen Whitmer's authoritarian handling of the coronovirus in the state.
As President Trump notches a 50-percent approval rating in his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, Gallup reported on Thursday that “most of the variation in Trump’s recent job approval rating is among independents. In [our] current poll, 47% of independents approve of the job he is doing as president, the highest Gallup has measured for [that] group to date.”
The media have been throwing shade on the Sunshine State’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, but Governor Ron DeSantis will have none of it. Fielding reporters’ questions at President Trump’s side at the White House Tuesday, DeSantis defended his Wuhan Flu approach, pointing out that Florida is doing far better than “locked down” states with draconian policies.
Some medical professionals have begun to wonder if some treatment practices for COVID-19 are correct. An early hint of dissent from prevailing practices, which include placing some patients on ventilators for many days in an attempt to force oxygen into their lungs, came from Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell.
A number of police departments around the country are using drones manufactured by a company with ties to the Chinese government in order to enforce COVID-19-related lockdowns, prompting concerns from experts who say the drones may serve as a way for the east Asian communist regime to spy on the United States.
President Donald Trump told a gathering of governors in Washington on Thursday about his plan to reopen the U.S. economy, calling it “Opening up America Again.” He said, “We are not opening all at once but one careful step at a time.” Based on advice from his advisors, it calls for a three-phase, “science-based” strategy that he is recommending to the states.
Four Michigan residents have mounted a constitutional challenge to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. Their lawsuit contends that Whitmer’s March 23 and April 10 orders, which require “nonessential” businesses to close and residents to stay home except for “essential” activities, violate their rights to property and freedom of association.
A day after securing chief rival Bernie Sanders’ endorsement, presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden has landed an even bigger seal of approval as former President Barack Obama threw his support behind his former vice-president. In an almost 12-minute video released Tuesday, Obama officially endorsed Biden in his run for president of the United States.
The announcement of a massive new oil find on Wednesday couldn’t have come at a better time. The 1.8 billion barrel prospect called Talitha is located next to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline on Alaska’s North Slope, reducing greatly the developer’s transportation costs when the field comes online in the next few years.
Avowed socialist and United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has announced the creation of a global fund meant to address the coronavirus pandemic. He is asking for all nations to contribute the equivalent of 10 percent of all global GDP to fund a gigantic “human-centered, innovative and coordinated stimulus package,” which would be administered by a global authority, presumably the UN itself.
Even the New York Times, in a front-page story — above the fold — has recognized the obvious. “Pandemic tempts leaders to seize sweeping powers,” reads the headline, raising the question of whether many of the increased powers of government, and the corresponding contraction of liberty, will emerge as permanent features of life around the globe.
The pastor of the River at Tampa Bay Church has been arrested for violating a Hillsborough County, Florida, “safer at home” order meant to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself in on Monday after the Hillsborough County sheriff announced that a warrant had been issued.
The Food and Drug Administration has given a limited emergency use for two anti-malarial drugs that President Donald Trump has championed as potentially efficacious against the coronavirus (also called COVID-19), and that some Democratic governors have banned in what many regard as a politicized response. The federal Health and Human Services Department (HHS) made the announcement Sunday night that it was now in possession of 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and a million more doses of chloroquine phosphate.
RICHMOND — Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam held a special press conference at 2 p.m. Monday to announce his executive order requiring Virginians to “shelter in place” except for essential activities. This places the Old Dominion on a growing list of states that have enacted a “soft” form of what amounts to martial law requiring citizens to stay home.
Of all the polls taken in the last couple of weeks over the President’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis the one that stands out is this from Gallup: Americans are generally positive in their evaluations of how each of nine leaders and institutions has handled the response to the coronavirus situation. Eight of the nine receive majority positive ratings….Only the news media gets a more negative than positive review.
Ford is seeking to reopen five North American factories that were closed over coronavirus worries. The automaker put production on hold at its North American plants last week amid pressure from the United Auto Workers union, which raised concerns about the possibility of members spreading the virus by working in close workstations.
Goldman Sachs, the international banking behemoth, said Friday that it was revising downward its best estimate of the impact the COVID-19/coronavirus shutdown was likely to have on the U.S. economy: from a negative five percent in the second quarter (April-May-June) to a breathtaking 24-percent decline. This would be the largest contraction the economy has seen since the first quarter of 1958, when the GDP declined by 10 percent.
In an extraordinary press conference during an early Spring afternoon in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, March 13, President Trump, surrounded by the vice president, federal agency heads, and industry leaders, announced the declaration of a national emergency to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2, the agent that causes the sometimes serious disease COVID-19.
As of today there very few treatment options for those suffering from a severe case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s premier medical institutions, puts it this way: “Currently, no antiviral medication is recommended to treat COVID-19. Treatment is directed at relieving symptoms.”
It appears that leading globalist health NGO’s want to encourage panic over the outbreak of the pandemic novel coronavirus, even as pundits and media organizations in the United States warn people not to hoard supplies. Case in point is the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations a Norwegian NGO launched in 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Estimates from the International Monetary Fund show the impact of measures mandated by the Chinese communist government to staunch the spread of the COVID 19/Coronavirus. In January, the IMF reduced its growth outlook from 6.4 percent for 2020 to 6.1 percent. On Thursday it reduced that outlook further, to 5.6 percent, thanks to what the IMF’s managing director Kristalina Georgieva called the “sheer geographic spread” of the virus.