WNJ Weekly Roundup (4/26 - 5/02)

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  • 1,030 new positive PCR tests

  • 880,307 total positive PCR tests

  • 217 new positive antigen tests

  • 127,248 total positive antigen tests

  • 4 new confirmed deaths

  • 23,151 total confirmed deaths

  • 2,640 probable deaths


  • 7,526,591 total doses have been administered in New Jersey as of 9:30 AM yesterday morning.

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ACLU along with 9 civil liberties & human rights groups (INCLO), from around the world americas call on Pres. Biden to back temporary & limited intellectual property waiver at the WTO to ensure that life-saving COVID-19 vaccine technology is available to all people.


A new study estimates more than 900,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S –– higher than previously reported. The researchers also estimate the worldwide death toll is nearing 7 million.

TRENTON –The Department of Human Services and AARP New Jersey announced that the State has been accepted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities aiming to make communities supportive & accessible places to live for people of all ages.


NEW YORK CITY IS COMING BACK TO LIFE - Broadway is coming back this September. New York City’s neon lights will shine again this September! Get ready!!

Meanwhile, yesterday evening two women (one from New Jersey) and a 4-year-old girl, believed to be innocent bystanders, were wounded in a shooting at New York's Times Square, police say.

MINNESOTA – Defense attorney Eric Nelson filed post-verdict motions Tuesday afternoon seeking a new trial for Derek Chauvin after he was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd.

CONNECTICUT - The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would allow all adoptees in the state access to their original birth certificates. The vote was 115-28. Bill now moves to the state Senate.

IDAHO – A shooting at an Idaho middle school has wounded three people - two students and an educator - and a suspect is in custody.

US LABOR – adds +266K jobs vs. +1M expected [miss by 734K]

U.S. payrolls grew by +266k, which would be great in normal times, but is rather disappointing at a moment where people expected +1 million jobs, still missing millions of pre-pandemic jobs.

Meanwhile, some employers are asking via the chamber of commerce for UI to stop giving eligible people the desperately needed weekly $300 federal money to make ends meet.

The take from all these:

  • These employers along with the commerce of business should not exist, if they are under the impression that people should be forced to take underpaid, abusing employment roles without healthcare amidst a pandemic and end up being homeless with a 40+ work hour week.

  • To all the people who are currently unemployed; Use the time to start your own business.

All this is a big miss that changes how we think about recovery and the modern, fair and equal jobs that all people deserve!!

CYBERATTACK – forced the shutdown of 5,500 miles of a major pipeline that carries 45% (2.5 million barrels/day) of the East Coast’s fuel supplies, taking refined gasoline, diesel fuel & jet fuel from the Gulf Coast up to New Jersey to halt operations.


The Biden administration is preparing to directly confront the rash of anti-LGBT, and specifically anti-trans bills proliferating in state legislatures, according to the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization

The Biden administration will support lifting patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines ––

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today released a statement announcing the Biden-Harris Administration’s support for waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines.

“This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines. We will actively participate in text-based negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) needed to make that happen. Those negotiations will take time given the consensus-based nature of the institution and the complexity of the issues involved.

“The Administration’s aim is to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people as fast as possible. As our vaccine supply for the American people is secured, the Administration will continue to ramp up its efforts – working with the private sector and all possible partners – to expand vaccine manufacturing and distribution. It will also work to increase the raw materials needed to produce those vaccines.”


Japan is still set to hold an Olympics in a global pandemic

MYANMAR –– Internet shutdowns & banned satellite broadcasts in Myanmar, Ethiopia, Kashmir


A giant, 23-ton 'out-of-control' Chinese rocket booster 'landed' Sunday into the Indian Ocean, with most of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the atmosphere, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit.


  • Bill Gates and Melinda Gates say 'have made decision to end' their marriage ––

Bill Gates said in a written statement that ‘We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives’ and ‘asked for space and privacy as they navigate this new life.’

THE ROAD TO ‘NORMAL’ HAS BEGUN, AND IT’S ANYTHING BUT’ NORMAL’ – Gloogle became the latest tech company to implement a 21st century hybrid workweek, giving employees more options on where and how they want to work. Meanwhile, the financial industry was stuck in 1986 transitioning employees back to office.

Hooray to the proactive approaches by big and small companies. Let's not go back to an outdated mentality & embrace a modern way to work in 2021 and after!!

Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Public Schedule

May 9, 2021

No public schedule.


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