China reports over 2K new cases of coronavirus, 143 deaths

A doctor checks the conditions of a patient in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

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UPDATED 1:54 PM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Chinese Health Authority reported more than 2,000 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It has been announced that another 143 people have died from the deadly disease.

Saturday marked the second day the number of new cases fell since a spike in the hardest hit province of Hubei began, including clinical diagnoses in its official count.

Patients at a hospital in Wuhan will receive traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. Some are even being treated using plasma therapy, which many have seen positive results.

A worker prepares medical supplies at the Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

“In our hospital there have been four patients who have received plasma from convalescent patients,” stated Zhang Dingyu, president of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital. “At present, in a short period of time they’ve shown positive signs, their vitals are stable, they are in better condition and their blood oxygen are stabilized.”

Meanwhile, more medical workers and supplies are being deployed to the Hubei province as the epidemic continues.

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Reports: Iowa’s Democrat Party knew of problems with election app one week before caucus date

Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt Hight School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Officials in Iowa reportedly knew there were problems with the mobile app used to tally the results in Monday’s caucus. The state’s Democrat Party released a statement late Monday to announce its decision to delay the release of the official results. They cited “inconsistencies” in the results as the reason for the postponement.

The Democrats went on to specify the delay was not because of a hack in an apparent effort to quell possible theories of election interference. On top of the supposed “inconsistencies,” however, many county chairs in Iowa have said they reported problems with the new app in the week before the caucus date. One chair from Polk County said not only were there unresolved problems with the app, but local Democrat officials weren’t provided any training on how to use it.

There were also reports of the phone lines being backed up for counties to report their results, with some reports suggesting county officials were on-hold for over an hour. Many counties were forced to switch to recording the votes on paper. Despite all this, the state’s Democrat Party has assured voters the underlying reporting was sound, but it would take time to tally the votes.

During the so-called “quality checks,” multiple candidates addressed their supporters with all of them claiming to be doing well in the state.

“Thank you, thank you and let me begin by stating that I imagine, have a strong feeling that at some point, the results will be announced,” said Bernie Sanders. “And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling, we’re going to be doing very well here in Iowa.”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a caucus night campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Elizabeth Warren also expressed hopefulness in Iowa. “This is the moment we have been called to, our moment to make history, our moment to dream big,” she told her supporters. “Fight hard and win.”

Besides being the first state to kick-off the presidential primaries, Iowa’s caucus has also historically been a good predictor of who will go on to win the Democrat primary. Seven of the past 10 Democrat presidential nominees won in Iowa.

Most Democrat contenders headed over to New Hampshire Monday night in anticipation of the state’s primaries, which are scheduled for February 11, 2020.

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Reports: U.S. requesting UN Security Council meeting to address President Trump’s peace plan for Palestine

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China’s United Nations Ambassador Zhang Jun speaks during a press conference Thursday Jan. 30, 2020 at U.N. headquarters. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has spread to more than a dozen countries as a global emergency. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

U.S. diplomats are requesting a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council this week. According to reports Monday, members of the council will address President Trump’s peace plan for Israel and Palestine.

The president’s senior adviser Jared Kushner is expected to attend the gathering to explain the benefits of the plan.

This comes after Palestinian leaders and Iranian-backed terror groups rejected the peace proposals. They are demanding East Jerusalem and a removal of Israeli settlements from the West Bank.

Chinese diplomats have already signaled that they may obstruct the discussions.

“Palestinians should be a part of any negotiation concerning their future and they should be playing a big role in any plan concerning their fundamental rights,” stated Zhang Jun, UN envoy – Mainland China.

U.S. diplomats believe the security council could green-light the plan to end violence at the Israeli-Palestinian border. The meeting is expected to take place this coming Thursday.

A protester covers his face as another waves a Palestinian flag during a protest is held against the proposed peace deal for the Middle East by President Donald Trump, near the U.S. embassy in Aukar, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians demonstrated Sunday near the U.S. embassy in Lebanon in rejection to a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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Reports: Senate Republicans lack votes to block witnesses from testifying in impeachment trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Republicans have reached a roadblock in their efforts to stop witnesses from testifying in the impeachment trial. According to reports Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fears he does not have enough votes to block witnesses, such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton, from taking the stand.

If allowed to testify, Bolton is expected to say the president froze military aid to Ukraine in order to push Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s business ties. With the 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer believes he can attract votes from the other side of the aisle.

“I hope that we have just four Republicans, all we need is four, who rise to the occasion and say we need to find out the truth,” he stated.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to media at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan.28, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is remaining optimistic that Republicans will not vote in favor of witnesses. However, he suggested that he would will call more than just Bolton. Sen. Graham claimed he would also subpoena Hunter Biden and call him to the stand.

The Senate is expected to vote Friday on whether to call witnesses.

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