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A gym in Quebec City that has defied lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic has now been linked to hundreds of cases, including one death.
The CBC reports that the Canadian health officials believe the Mega Fitness Gym 24H in Quebec City served as a super-spreader center for the novel coronavirus in the weeks before it was officially shut down for defying pandemic restrictions.
"To date, there have been 224 people infected at the gym, and another 356 related cases involving outbreaks at 49 workplaces," reports the CBC. "A 40-year-old man who trained at the gym has died."
The gym's owner, a man named Dan Marino, has grown notorious in recent months for attacking pandemic restrictions, and has even written social media posts questioning the effectiveness of masks and downplaying the severity of the pandemic.
Before it was shut down, Marino's gym was in violation of multiple health orders, including mandating that patrons maintain social distance and requiring employees to wear protective gear.
Raymond Tellier, an infectious diseases specialist, medical microbiologist and associate medical professor at McGill University, tells CBC that the mass outbreak from one single gym was nothing less than "stunning."
"This is the kind of setting where if you don't have proper ventilation and if you have too much crowding, you could indeed have a superspreading event linked to aerosol," he said. "This one is remarkable."
A new favorite has emerged among possible Republican presidential successors to Donald Trump.
Wealthy GOP donors are lining up behind the 2022 re-election campaign for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is moving past former vice president Mike Pence and other potential contenders should Trump choose to sit out the 2024 presidential race, reported Politico.
"He's in the top tier, should he choose to run for president," said Art Pope, a conservative donor and chair of the influential Bradley Foundation.
Republican donors appreciate DeSantis' refusal to institute strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and they see him as a potentially more attractive version of the last president.
"[He's] a nicer version of Trump," said Joanne Zervos, a New York City donor who specifically mentioned DeSantis' handling of the pandemic.
DeSantis aides insist he's focused on his re-election campaign, but the governor is building a nationwide donor network that resembles the foundation George W. Bush built for his 2000 presidential campaign during his own re-election race for Texas governor two years earlier.
"[He] has a major political future in the Republican Party," said Don Tapia, who served as Trump's ambassador to Jamaica and will host a DeSantis fundraiser at his Arizona home. "[He's a] strong candidate I would truly look at."
Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene face furious backlash for voting against lifesaving bone marrow registry
Controversial GOP House members Lauren Boebert (CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) were buried in criticism on Thursday night after they chose to vote against an important lifesaving bill that would create a registry for bone marrow donors.
According to CNN's Manu, "Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases" before adding, "The bill passed 415-2"
The two conservatives were quickly condemned for their votes in a flood of criticism, as you can see below:
@mkraju What?? What is controversial about donating bone marrow???— wardog (@wardog)1618541676.0
@mkraju I bet they have no idea why they voted no. They just did it because everyone else voted yes.— DeepSeaColin (@DeepSeaColin)1618542246.0
@natsechobbyist @mkraju Do you think they subscribe to the “any publicity is better than no publicity” school of th… https://t.co/Rmhz9ZmB3t— ChristineMoreSo (@ChristineMoreSo)1618543871.0
@mkraju Because they are too stupid to understand it.— crackers28 (@crackers28)1618540832.0
@mkraju I literally cannot imagine why someone would vote against something like this except for some disgusting de… https://t.co/vYfzCk4ObW— MisterJay (@MisterJay)1618540905.0
@mkraju I don’t usually back tag, but WTF is WRONG with @RepBoebert and @mtgreenee? After a while, being the contra… https://t.co/3KGr6E3hrK— Asst. Sec. State Albie Duncan #RIPHalHolbrook (@Asst. Sec. State Albie Duncan #RIPHalHolbrook)1618547854.0
@mkraju "I'm against helping people with cancer" is uhh... quite the strategy— Dad Jokes Panda (@Dad Jokes Panda)1618542586.0
@mkraju @jaketapper Someone should tell these idiots that the purpose of the opposition party is not just to oppose… https://t.co/zBDZJw53dV— Mr. Corona (beer) (@Mr. Corona (beer))1618544952.0
@thegoodfello @mkraju So, why didn’t they ask? Why didn’t they research? They both can read, can’t they? Or, not?— Nebby Beulah (@Nebby Beulah)1618543227.0
@mkraju I am so fucking sick of these two. As a PROUD marrow donor, this is enough.— Matthew R. Coleman (@Matthew R. Coleman)1618542100.0
@mkraju These two just have to be removed. Congress needs competence and Greene and Boebert are not competent.— Charlie Mic (@Charlie Mic)1618541800.0
@chemimommy @mkraju I was thinking the exact same thing...— La Tina Washington (@La Tina Washington)1618541312.0
@mkraju I’m trying to figure out what productive role Marjorie Taylor Greene brings to Congress. Who votes no on this?!?— Becky (@Becky)1618540911.0
@mkraju In their defense, it’s pretty damn hard to understand what’s in a bill if you can’t read.— Matt Sivright (@Matt Sivright)1618540971.0
@mkraju Do they consider it too socialist to save lives because they have quite literally opted for people's death?— Romil Patel (@Romil Patel)1618551904.0
@mkraju Boebert and Greene are wholly unfit and unqualified for office. They depend on spectacle, especially gun im… https://t.co/fbeU6CKgOJ— David Ashlin (@David Ashlin)1618545324.0
@mkraju I was a bone marrow donor in 1991 to an unrelated leukemia patient. I met him, his wife, & 4 year old son i… https://t.co/DLrWkoLSWQ— DudeDad (@DudeDad)1618568362.0
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