3 Things To Know Today

1 Six Dead Following 7.4-Magnitude Quake in Mexico

At least six people are dead after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern and central Mexico. The Governor of the Mexican state of Oaxaca told local media that some buildings collapsed in the area of Crucecita , killing at least one person and injuring another there. A Mexican state-owned petroleum company tweeted that one of their oil refineries burst into flames due to the earthquake, injuring at least one man. And the shaking isn’t over. According to the Mexican National Seismological Service, nearly 500 aftershocks have been recorded. Seismic alarms have sounded off and power has been knocked out in some areas. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated that about two-million people felt strong or moderate shaking and another 49 million felt weak or light shaking.

2 Trump: I Wasn’t Kidding About Slowing Testing

In spite of what his own officials have been saying, President Trump is pushing back on suggestions that he was ‘kidding’ about slowing down coronavirus testing. He made the remark during a rally last weekend and while the White House said he was kidding, Trump says he wasn’t. "I don't kid," he told reporters yesterday . He called coronavirus testing a "double edged sword" and insisted that there are more cases of the virus because there is more testing going on. "Testing is a double edge sword,” he explained, “One way, it shows you have cases and in another way you find out where the cases are and you do a good job." Trump also defended his administration's response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and complained that he has received no credit for a "great job."

3 Top Health Professionals Testify About Coronavirus

President Trump may say he wants a slowing of testing – and even suggested he’s ordered it, but health officials say that’s not the case. Appearing on Capitol Hill in a House hearing, Admiral Brett Giroir said coronavirus testing must continue to be ramped up. That puts him at odds with Trump, who called for reduced testing during a weekend rally. Dr. Anthony Fauci echoed that and cited aggressive, ongoing work on finding treatments and a safe, effective vaccine. The NIH veteran called himself cautiously optimistic. Fauci also said there will be more testing, not less. CDC chief Robert Redfield calls the coronavirus the greatest health crisis the world has faced in modern times. Redfield repeated a call for safe social distancing and face masks as the outbreak continues. He said Americans must remain vigilant. Redfield praised first responders and healthcare professionals and noted their sacrifices.

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