SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s top health official has revealed the math behind the state’s calculation that it is safe to lift remaining stay-at-home orders. He responded Tuesday to criticism that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration wasn’t releasing key data affecting people’s lives and livelihoods. Officials used six formulas to project that every part of the state will top 15% capacity in its intensive care units in four weeks. Rajiv Bhatia, an affiliated professor of medicine at Stanford University, was among several infectious disease experts who said the state’s formulas generally appear reasonable but leave out many potential variables.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office is making some new recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The office has continued to report on its ongoing monitoring and oversight efforts related to the pandemic. One recommendation is that the Department of Health and Human Services should create an expert committee that includes knowledgeable health care professionals from the public and private sectors, academia, and nonprofits or use an existing one to systematically review and inform the alignment of ongoing data collection and reporting standards for key health indicators.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president says he has received the final report of an inquiry commission investigating the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks and vowed he will not allow anyone responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people escape justice. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not disclose what’s in the report, saying only that he had already given instructions to implement its recommendations. Two local Muslim groups that had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State were blamed for the coordinated suicide bombings in six places on April 21, 2019. Political infighting leading to a communications breakdown between the then president and prime minister was cited as a cause for the security lapse despite near specific foreign intelligence warnings.