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COVID-19 two years later: First US case reported in Washington state

WASHINGTON - This week marks two years since COVID-19 changed lives in Washington state, across the country and throughout the world.On Jan. 19, 2020, a Snohomish County man in his 30s went to an urgent care clinic with symptoms of pneumonia and was taken to Everett’s Providence Regional Medical Center to be treated.Two days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it was the first case of coronavirus in the U.S. after deploying a team to the state to help with contact tracing efforts.According to the CDC, the man had returned from a trip to Wuhan, China after visiting family and arrived at Sea-Tac International Airport asymptomatic.

In mid-December 2019, the CDC reported a cluster of patients in Wuhan were experiencing shortness of breath and a fever.After confirming the virus could spread human-to-human, the World Health Organization announced the official name of the disease causing the coronavirus outbreak: COVID-19. It was an abbreviation of coronavirus disease 2019.On Feb. 29, 2020, King County officials announced the first death in the U.S.

from COVID-19. The person who died was a man in his 50s who had underlying health conditions but had no history of travel or contact with a known COVID-19 case.After the first reported death, King County health officials reported a COVID-19 outbreak at a Life Care Center facility in Kirkland, it became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.RELATED: COVID-19 cases continue to climb at Kirkland nursing facilityOn March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Shortly after, former President Donald J.

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WASHINGTON - This week marks two years since COVID-19 changed lives in Washington state, across the country and throughout the world.On Jan. 19, 2020, a Snohomish County man in his 30s went to an urgent care clinic with symptoms of pneumonia and was taken to Everett’s Providence Regional Medical Center to be treated.Two days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it was the first case of coronavirus in the U.S. after deploying a team to the state to help with contact tracing efforts.According to the CDC, the man had returned from a trip to Wuhan, China after visiting family and arrived at Sea-Tac International Airport asymptomatic.
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Sri Lankan Government believes that the consignment of 1 million metric tons of rice from China is produced using organic fertilizer.Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister Dallas Alahapperuma told reporters that it is not possible to give definite answers as to whether the Chinese rice was produced using organic fertilizer or not.“I will inform you after consulting Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena over the matter,” he said during the weekly Cabinet Media Briefing where it was announced that China would deliver 1 million metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka as a grant.Joint Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister (Dr) Ramesh Pathirana told reporters that the consignment will reach Sri Lanka in March 2022.The grant is to mark the 70th anniversary of the Ceylon-China Rubber-Rice Pact, signed between Sri Lanka and the Peoples Republic of China in 1952.

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COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said the Central Bank of Sri Lanka had released US Dollars to the Ministry on Tuesday (18) to secure the delivery from two fuel tankers that were anchored off Colombo.“The consignment contains over 37,000 MT of Diesel and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will deliver 10,000 MT for electricity generation,” he told the weekly Cabinet Media Briefing on Wednesday (19), adding that this stock will be sufficient for a period of 8 days.He also that Sri Lanka’s power generation crisis that should have been solved internally between the Ministries of Power and Energy, has unfortunately spilled into the public domain.“All the allegations and issues could have been raised internally and the solution made public,” said the Minister.He also added that NO proposal was made to change the standards of the fuel delivered to Sri Lanka, adding that these are matters spread across social media platforms by those who wish to generate profits from Diesel.“Some may be mixing other fuel, like Kerosene, to generate more profits,” he said adding that if a person has been victimized via such measures, one must immediately notify the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation over the matter.He said that Sri Lanka’s fuel stocks fluctuate every week, and there will be shipments coming in every week to Sri Lanka, and dismissed claims that Sri Lanka is losing fuel stocks by the day.
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