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595,001,717
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566,461,416
Recovered
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6,454,214
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Updated on August 14, 2022 8:03 pm

Global Statistics

All countries
595,001,717
Confirmed
Updated on August 14, 2022 8:03 pm
All countries
566,461,416
Recovered
Updated on August 14, 2022 8:03 pm
All countries
6,454,214
Deaths
Updated on August 14, 2022 8:03 pm
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Is Covid 19 A Natural Disaster



Are Qualified Sick Leave Wages And Qualified Family Leave Wages Excluded From Gross Income As Qualified Disaster Relief Payments

No.  Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code excludes from a taxpayer’s gross income certain payments to individuals to reimburse or pay for expenses related to a qualified disaster .  Although the COVID-19 outbreak is a “qualified disaster” for purposes of section 139 the Code , qualified leave wages are not excludible qualified disaster relief payments, because qualified leave wages are intended to replace wages or compensation that an individual would otherwise earn, rather than to serve as payments to offset any particular expenses that an individual would incur due to COVID-19.

A Recent Decision From The Highest Court In Pennsylvania Ratifying Government Action In Response To Covid

In mid-April, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected petitioners’ emergency efforts to overturn an executive order from the Pennsylvania governor that closed non-life-sustaining businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The petitioners included a committee formed to assist the candidacy of a state representative, a real estate agent and a golf course/restaurant owner. Each petitioner fell within a “not life sustaining” category of entities adversely affected by the governor’s order, which declared a natural disaster and ordered such entities to shut down and remain closed.

Under Pennsylvania’s Emergency Code, the governor has broad authority to declare a state of emergency arising from a natural disaster, which includes a “catastrophe, which results in substantial damage to property hardship, suffering or possible loss of life.” Upon the declaration of a disaster emergency, the Governor gains broad powers, including, inter alia, controlling the “ingress and egress to and from a disaster area, the movement of persons within the area and the occupancy of premises therein.” 35 Pa.C.S. § 7301. After reviewing the emergency motions, the Supreme Court found the Pennsylvania governor acted within his power to declare a natural disaster and control ingress and egress within the state of Pennsylvania. In particular, when analysing whether COVID-19 was akin to the specific disasters referenced in the Emergency Code, the Court stated,

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Can An Employee Receive Both Qualified Sick Leave Wages And Qualified Family Leave Wages

Yes, but at different times.  Qualified sick leave wages are available for up to 80 hours during which an employee cannot work or telework for any of six reasons related to COVID-19, including because the employee must care for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, for reasons related to COVID-19.  By contrast, qualified family leave wages are available only because the employee must care for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, for reasons related to COVID-19, and only after an employee has been unable to work or telework for this reason for 80 hours.

Example: Your child-care provider is unavailable indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak, leaving you unable to work or telework to care for your child.  For up to the first 80 hours of any period of leave to care for your child, you are eligible for qualified sick leave wages, up to $200 per day and $2,000 in the aggregate.  After that, you are eligible for qualified family leave wages for up to ten weeks of additional leave you need, up to $200 per day and $10,000 in the aggregate.

Are Qualified Sick Leave Wages And Qualified Family Leave Wages Taxable To Employees

Yes, generally.  Under sections 7001 and 7003 of the FFCRA, qualified leave wages are wages of the Internal Revenue Code determined without regard to section 3121- of the Code and without regard to section 7005 of the FFCRA), and compensation of the Code determined without regard to the exclusions under section 3231 of the Code and without regard to section 7005 of the FFCRA), so the employee must pay social security and Medicare taxes , unless the qualified leave wages are subject to an exclusion under section 3121- of the Code or exclusions under section 3231 of the Code.  In addition, wages are generally compensation for services subject to income tax under section 61 of the Code and federal income tax withholding under section 3402 of the Code unless an exception applies.  The FFCRA did not include an exception for qualified leave wages from income.

President Donald J Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For California

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WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of California to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas of the state of California.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures , including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas affected by COVID-19 in the state of California. The federal cost share is 75 percent.

Robert J. Fenton has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Fenton said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments 

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FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters.

Follow FEMA online, on Twitter @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol, on FEMA’s Facebook page or Espanol page and at FEMA’s YouTube account. Also, follow Administrator Pete Gaynor’s activities @FEMA_Pete.

How Is The Qualified Family Leave Equivalent Amount For An Eligible Self

The qualified family leave equivalent amount with respect to an eligible self-employed individual is an amount equal to the number of days during the taxable year that the self-employed individual cannot perform services for which that individual would be entitled to paid family leave ), multiplied by the lesser of two amounts: $200, or 67 percent of the average daily self-employment income of the individual for the taxable year, or the prior taxable year.

How Is The Qualified Sick Leave Equivalent Amount For An Eligible Self

For an eligible self-employed individual who is unable to work or telework because the individual:

  • Is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  • Has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19; or
  • Is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis,
  • the qualified sick leave equivalent amount is equal to the number of days during the taxable year that the individual cannot perform services in any trade or business for one of the three above reasons, multiplied by the lesser of $511 or 100 percent of the “average daily self-employment income” of the individual for the taxable year, or the prior taxable year.

    For an eligible self-employed individual who is unable to work or telework because the individual:

  • Is caring for an individual who is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19, or has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  • Is caring for a child if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions; or
  • Is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor,
  • President Donald J Trump Approve Major Disaster Declaration For Texas

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    FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Texas to supplement the state, tribes and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

    The President’s action makes federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas of the state of Texas.

    Federal funding is also available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures , including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas affected by COVID-19 at a federal cost share of 75 percent.

    George A. Robinson has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments. 

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    FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters.

    Follow FEMA online, on Twitter @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol, on FEMA’s Facebook page or Espanol page and at FEMA’s YouTube account. Also, follow Administrator Pete Gaynor’s activities @FEMA_Pete.

     

    Q And A With The Experts: Managing Natural Disasters During Covid

    As hurricane season is now upon North America, we have many questions about the particular challenges of managing disasters during COVID-19.  How do governments evacuate people safely? How will already scarce PPE supplies be tested?

    We spoke to Professor Jason Thistlethwaite, an expert in strategies to reduce the economic impacts of extreme weather and climate change, to hear his thoughts about managing disasters alongside the pandemic. 

    How does COVID-19 add to the difficulty of managing a natural disaster like a hurricane?

    COVID-19 limits our ability to evacuate by grouping people in spaces we traditionally use for shelters such as community centres, convention centres, schools and sports facilities. Similarly, many families often seek shelter with relatives in other jurisdictions which could increase the spread of COVID-19. 

    COVID-19 also disproportionately affects those who are socio-economically vulnerable or marginalized. Hurricanes increase that burden since unemployment is higher in these communities. Many are unable to financially support their own recovery, can’t take time off work to help clean or re-build, and may subsequently forfeit mortgage payments. 

    Lastly, local governments have lost billions in revenue due to COVID-19 and are unlikely to have the financial and human resources to help prepare and recover from a hurricane. 

    What can governments do to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during a natural disaster?

    Other Decisions Interpreting Natural Disaster To Include Covid

    In addition to the two Pennsylvania decisions cited by Judge Cote, only a handful of other reported decisions have concluded that the pandemic constitutes a natural disaster. See, e.g., Desrosier v. Governor, 486 Mass. 369, 378–79 ; AB Stable VIII LLC v. Maps Hotels and Resorts One LLC, C.A. No. 2020-0310-JTL, 2020 WL 7024929, at *58 that usually results in serious damage and many deaths”); Comm. v. Vila, No. FE-2019-0000939, 2020 WL 1643379, at *4 .

    Coronavirus: What Does It Mean For Natural Disaster Response

    Wildfires and hurricanes are coming this summer. Are emergency services and response agencies ready to tackle those catastrophes amid a pandemic?

    Earlier this month, ice jams caused flood waters to rise in Fort McMurray, forcing some 13,000 people from their homes.

    The northeast Alberta city is no stranger to natural disasters.

    Four years ago a massive wildfire, nicknamed “The Beast”, nearly destroyed the town.

    This time though, city officials and emergency services had something else to be concerned about: the global coronavirus pandemic.

    “We’re as concerned about that issue as we are about the floods,” Mayor Don Scott told journalists.

    Keeping residents safe from the rising waters and from the outbreaks was “two tracks we’re trying to maintain”.

    That meant drive-thru – not in-person – registration for evacuees and getting protective gear for all frontline workers.

    Fort McMurray’s mayor isn’t alone in having to handle the response to a natural disaster while trying to avoid any contagion.

    Officials at federal, provincial, state and municipal levels across North America are grappling with planning for floods, wildfires, hurricanes, severe heat waves and other extreme weather events alongside the pandemic.

    This week, 10,000 residents were evacuated in Michigan after two dams collapsed following days of heavy rain.

    But “coronavirus has not stopped the fire season and it won’t stop the hurricanes from happening”.

    Japan’s Healthcare System In A State Of Emergency As Covid

    Thursday marked a month since an emergency was enacted in Tokyo. – AP

    TOKYO : Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is fighting an uphill battle to win the public’s compliance with Covid-19 measures, even as an expert panel said on Thursday that the spiralling infections in Tokyo were nearly beyond containment.

    “Infections are rampant to the point of being uncontrollable,” said Dr Norio Ohmagari, director of the Disease Control and Prevention Centre and adviser to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. “The public health system is in a serious state of dysfunction.”

    Dr Shigeru Omi, a former World Health Organisation official who leads the central government’s expert panel, said the flow of people in Tokyo must be cut by half, as he described the medical crisis as one of “natural disaster proportions”.

    Thursday marked a month since an emergency was enacted in Tokyo. But the situation is nowhere close to improving: The seven-day rolling case average has soared by five times in the same period.

    There were 4,989 infections in Tokyo on Thursday – the second-highest figure – as the number of patients in serious condition rose to a new peak of 218.

    The Covid-19 woes in Tokyo are just the tip of the iceberg for Suga, who needs to dig deep to regain trust and find the political will to acknowledge expert opinion and impose potentially unpopular measures as a general election looms.

    How Disasters Reshape Supply Chains: Lessons For The Covid

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    Figure 1 shows the average shares of auto and electronics products imported from Japan by a group of importing countries which were large auto producers and electronics exporters. Products in the bottom right quadrant are products where China is the main exporter and production could shift relatively easily to other developing countries. This column examines the long-term impact of the 2011 earthquake in Japan on auto and electronics supply chains using data on imports of Japanese products worldwide. For both auto and electronics, intermediate imports were significantly less affected by the shock than imports of final goods, consistent with work by Martin et al. Apart from the change in imports from Japan, we also investigate whether the 2011 earthquake led to a diversification of imports and to reshoring or nearshoring of production. We perform a difference-in-differences analysis, comparing shifts in trade patterns of high Japan-dependent products with other products, while controlling for importer and product specific time-varying shocks. Large policy shifts or even the threat of them could induce firms to seek other sources in products where national or global dependence is high.

     

    What The Government Is Doing To Protect Your Credit Score

    As coronavirus-related layoffs and closures mount nationwide, efforts are underway to limit homeowner damages and worries.

    • FHA foreclosures & evictions. The President has announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is now “suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April.” This directive applies to properties financed with FHA-mortgages
    • Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae foreclosures and evictions. The Federal Housing Finance Agency , the government regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has directed the two companies to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the coronavirus national emergency. The foreclosure suspension applies to homeowners with single-family mortgages
    • Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae forbearance.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can “provide payment forbearance to borrowers impacted by the coronavirus,” according to FHFA. This lets borrowers suspend their mortgage payments up to 12 months
    • States and cities are stepping in. As an example, in Seattle, the city government has decided that it will not shut off water and electricity for nonpayment. Instead, individuals and companies can set up deferred payment plans

    And while these groups work to find repayment solutions for consumer debt, other agencies are working to make sure those modified payment plans won’t negatively affect U.S. credit scores.

    Banks And Regulators Are Loosening Credit Reporting Rules

    Over the weekend, bank regulators — including the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration , the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency , the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , and state banking authorities — laid down the law to banks.

    Their message? Now is not the time to mess with consumer credit reports.

    “With regard to loans not otherwise reportable as past due,” said the regulators, “financial institutions are not expected to designate loans with deferrals granted due to COVID-19 as past due because of the deferral.

    “…financial institutions are not expected to designate loans with deferrals granted due to COVID-19 as past due because of the deferral.”—Interagency statement, March 22, 2019

    “A loan’s payment date is governed by the due date stipulated in the legal loan documents. If a financial institution agrees to a payment deferral, this may result in no contractual payments being past due, and these loans are not considered past due during the period of the deferral.”

    The bottom line: Don’t let coronavirus get your credit score down. There may be ways within the credit scoring system to eliminate or reduce credit issues by working with lenders.

    Be sure to contact creditors. If you don’t call, the creditor has no way of knowing why a payment is late or missing.

    Record Levels Of Debt Put Us Credit In A Shaky Position

    The coming weeks and months are likely to test virtually every American household.

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has told US senators that the unemployment rate could soar to 20% — more than five times the February level.

    If the Mnuchin prediction is anywhere near correct, we are likely to see credit score declines. How much they will falter is unclear but decline they will.

    Why? Because at the very time incomes are falling, debts are at record levels.

    According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, household debt increased to $14.15 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2019. That’s the 22nd consecutive quarter with an increase.

    Combine falling income with massive debt, and credit issues could easily become a reality.

    Extensions For Employers To File And Pay Payroll Taxes

    Employers directly affected by a disaster may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

    For more information about how to request an extension and other employer assistance available, visit Emergency and Disaster Assistance for Employers.

    You can also learn about assistance available through the Internal Revenue Service’s Help During Disasters web page.

    Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Allocations For Covid

    With the growing climate change crisis facing the nation, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will provide funding to states, tribes, and territories for mitigation planning and projects to reduce its impacts.

    On Aug. 5, 2021, FEMA announced every state, tribe, and territory that received a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive 4% of those disaster costs to invest in mitigation planning and projects that reduce risks from natural disasters.

    The table below provides the total amount allocated to each state, tribe and territory.

    In total, $3,460,620,398 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds have been authorized for the Coronavirus 2019 major disaster declarations.

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    Going To A Public Disaster Shelter During The Covid

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    Emergency managers, shelter managers, and public health professionals are taking measures to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 among people who seek safety in a disaster shelter during severe weather events.

    Here are some tips to help you prepare and lower the risk of infection while staying safe in a shelter.

    How To Defend Your Credit Standing Against Covid

    Until a few days ago, late payments and no payments invariably resulted in lower credit scores and higher borrowing costs.

    But we’re suddenly in new financial territory — and the old rules may not apply.

    Here are three steps you can take to help bolster your credit score if your household has been affected by COVID-19:

    When Natural Disasters Cross The Path Of Covid

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    Natural hazards are intersecting with the coronavirus pandemic in India, and researchers will need to model both to inform the public health response.

    As of late June, India had the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, at more than 525,000. In May and June, the country also was hit by two destructive cyclones, just ahead of the onset of the monsoon season. India now faces the dual challenge of containing a pandemic in the face of natural disasters. Climate changes further complicate the process, as the intensity of natural hazards in general is forecast to increase.

    Researchers say it is time to start a modeling effort that brings together these threats.

    Natural Disasters Are Colliding With The Covid

     

    With a major hurricane hitting Louisiana and Texas and wildfires menacing the western U.S., millions of Americans are facing the complex risks of a natural disaster striking in the middle of a pandemic.

    The steps people normally take to prepare for a severe storm or to evacuate can contradict the public health recommendations for protecting themselves and others from COVID-19. That’s what millions of people were facing as Hurricane Laura intensified to a dangerous Category 4 storm on Aug. 26. More than half a million were under evacuation orders, including the cities GalvestonBeaumont and Port Arthur, Texas.

    My urban resilience lab at Texas A&M University has been examining interactions between urban infrastructure, systems and people in disasters. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched a study into the effect of the pandemic on urban systems during a natural disaster, applying similar methods we used during extensive research on Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Houston in August 2017.

    Our research shows that compound disasters have complex ramifications. At the intersection of a natural hazard and a pandemic is a decision process fraught with contradictions.

    The Dual Risks Of Natural Disasters And Covid

    The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex global crisis without contemporary precedent. In just about every country around the world, the pandemic response is taking up the bulk of resources, expertise, time and effort.

    But, how would people and systems cope if a major natural hazard, like an earthquake or a tropical cyclone, occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues?

    Our new research combines simple epidemiological models with natural hazard curves to investigate potential scenarios that could eventuate in several different countries, if there were to be a natural disaster.

    Importantly, it also outlines several strategic steps that governments and disaster management agencies might consider to minimize risks during the pandemic.

    From bushfires to pandemics

    In January this year, as devastating bushfires drove thousands of Australians to evacuate their homes, China imposed a lockdown in Hubei province to mitigate the outbreak of a novel coronavirus disease we now know as COVID-19.

    A government and agency response to a crisis—whether it’s bushfires or a pandemic—is informed by expert knowledge, data, experience and advice about societal exposure and vulnerability to the hazard.

    Collectively, these, and our recovery, help define resilience.

    But what happens when crises occur simultaneously? Emergency responses for many natural hazards involve evacuation into communal centers, but clearly this poses other risks during a pandemic.

    Double trouble

    The timing of natural hazards

    Waiting Week For Unemployment Benefits Waived

    Generally, there is a one-week waiting period for individuals obtaining UI. Governor’s Emergency Proclamations waive the non-payable one-week waiting period for regular UI benefit payments to eligible individuals affected by current disasters. This means individuals can be paid benefits for the first week they are unemployed due to the disaster.

    The UI program provides partial wage replacement benefits to workers who lose their jobs, or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Learn more about the Unemployment Insurance program and eligibility requirements for collecting benefits.


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