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This week I'm Renee montagne it's looking like Wednesday will be the big day two weeks after senators began proceedings in president trump's impeachment trial trial they're set to vote to convict and remove him from office or a quit joining us is NPR congressional reporter cloudy occur solace morning Claudia good morning now a lot of people expected this might be over by now but yesterday was still pretty action packed so walk us through what happened yes it was very action packed we saw a key swing Republican vote Lisa Makowski of Alaska's say she would join Republicans to help block Democrats from calling witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton to testify to that move the chamber to consider this last phase of the trial Republicans largely wanted to rush to an acquittal even if it meant going to two AM three AM this morning but minority leader Chuck Schumer wanted more time let's take a listen we have stood for one thing we do not want this rush through we do not want it in the dark of night members have an obligation to tell the American people and to tell the people of their states why they are voting so then what happens between now and Wednesday this resolution approved by the chamber last night sets out those terms under that plan the legal teams can present their final arguments starting Monday morning at eleven AM and that could last for four hours that would be equally divided between the house impeachment managers and the president's defense team at the conclusion of these final arguments the impeachment trial will resume Wednesday afternoon at four PM when the Senate will take this from attic vote on whether to remove or quit this president and we should note that the end of this trial will overlap to major events next week on Monday democratic presidential candidates will be in Iowa and we know at least four members of the Senate are still running for president so that's a tricky situation for them and then of course on Tuesday evening president trump is slated to deliver his state of the union address so plenty of action ahead in the next few days and just going back to last night's vote for a moment about witnesses there was news even as senators were announcing which way they plan to vote right right this question of witnesses loomed over this entire process with Democrats get at least four Republican senators on their side do you hear from witnesses like John Bolton and others about president trump's conversation with Ukraine's leader instead a simple majority of Republicans successfully thwarted the suffer for example retiring senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee didn't see a need let's take a listen to what he recently told NPR I don't need to hear anymore evidence to decide that the president did what he's charged with doing so if you've got eight witnesses saying that you left the scene of an accident you don't need not as we know trump is denied there was anything wrong with this call he had with Ukraine's leader last summer and we imagine he's very much looking forward to is expected acquittal come Wednesday that's and here's congressional reporter cloudy of course Alice thanks very much Claudia thanks for having me and there are very few confirmed cases of corona virus in the US right now still the White House has declared a public health emergency that means travel to and from China is being sharply restricted American citizens are being told to avoid going there are those who are returning to the state might end up in quarantine and non citizens who recently visited China it will not be allowed to enter the U. 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NPR science correspondent Richard Harris is with us welcome good morning Rene thank you so growing numbers of cases of this corona virus around the world that's we know not many deaths especially when you compare it to the annual flu but bring us up to date on the latest right there now something like ten thousand reported cases and every time you turn around that number grows up Moster in China but the disease has popped up sporadically in more than a dozen countries now the United States we have seven reported cases as a result of all these developments both the World Health Organization and now the US government have declared these public health emergency so what exactly does that mean well first and foremost the US government is adding a significant travel restriction for people attempting to return from China health and Human Services secretary Alex ETS are announced those restrictions at a White House briefing yesterday any US citizen returning to the United States who has been in who they province in the previous fourteen days will be subject to up to fourteen days of mandatory quarantine Americans are permanent residents and their immediate families who are returning from other parts of China will be screen carefully it one of seven airports and monitored closely for fourteen days and most of the travel of non Americans coming from trying to will be just ban also in you remember those hundred and ninety five people who were turned on a charter flight from Wuhan earlier this week well they are now in official quarantine in a military base in riverside county California and corn can is a big word it sounds like an extreme stuff how often does the government impose that well the federal government hasn't and post a quarantine for like fifty years that was back in the days when they were trying to put in into small pox local health officials have the power to quarantine and they have used it on a small scale but this is a big step for the federal government should mention that other nations including France and the UK and Australia have been quarantine their citizens returning from these coronavirus hotspots okay but why use quarantines when we've had just seven cases so far in the United States and public health officials keep telling us that the general public is not at risk this is the really only chance we have to nip this epidemic in the bud it once it gets a foothold outside of China there's really no telling how big it will become so thus far it seems to be much less deadly than other nasty viruses like sars and a bowl of but you know it does spread through the air and we already get enough grief from the annual flu which typically kills tens of thousands of Americans every year nobody wants a second disease like that to take hold so you just said that that this virus spreads through the air but how easy is that to do I mean what a health officials say about how vulnerable people are the short answer is they say we don't know enough with sars noble those viruses don't spread unless the person who has them is actually showing symptoms and you know that made it easier to identify people at risk for spreading the virus Dr Anthony Fauci at the national institutes of health and we are just now learning about the situation for the new corona virus it was not clear whether in a symptomatic person could transmit it to someone while they were a symptomatic now we know from a recent report from Germany that that is absolutely the case so that potentially makes it a lot harder to bottle up thought she also said the test the CDC has developed to diagnose people with this disease isn't a hundred percent effective were reliable so that's another factor that led health officials to push for more aggressive measures such as this quarantine and it Richard you have any idea of how long these measures will be in effect I don't know why don't they say it's temporary but it looks like the situation is likely to get worse before it gets that's NPR science correspondent Richard Harris thanks very much anytime late last night thousands of people poured into parliament square in London to count down to brass after decades of economic.

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