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Apr 08, 2020

Costa Cruise passengers file class-action lawsuit alleging mishandling of coronavirus crisis
A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against Costa Cruises, a Carnival subsidiary. Such a lawsuit likely won't gain much traction.

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Apr 08, 2020

White House coronavirus coordinator warns people of second wave if they start going out
"What's really important is that people don't turn these early signs of hope into releasing from the 30 days to stop the spread — it's really critical," she warned.

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Apr 08, 2020

Tour More of the Toronto Home of Superstar Recording Artist Drake
Sweden urged people to practice social distancing but left shops and restaurants open, contrasting with many countries across Europe and the world.

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Apr 08, 2020

China's Wuhan couples were so eager to marry after lockdown ended that they crashed the marriage application system
Traffic to the marriage application app on the Alipay platform surged 300%.

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Apr 08, 2020

China investigates party member critical of government's handling of coronavirus outbreak
China is investigating a prominent Communist Party member who criticized leader Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Apr 08, 2020

Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat
The Philippines on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested what it said was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard ship in the disputed South China Sea. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila expressed deep concern over the reported April 3 sinking of the boat carrying eight fishermen off the Paracel Islands. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and has built several islands equipped with military installations in the area, one of world's busiest shipping lanes.

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Apr 08, 2020

Donations pour in but India's 'PM CARES' coronavirus fund faces criticism
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for creating a new coronavirus relief fund when about $500 million was lying unspent in an older fund, even as top businesses and celebrities pledge millions of dollars in new donations. Modi launched the "PM CARES" fund to provide relief to those affected by the coronavirus that has infected more than 5,000 people in India, and killed 149. The fund is expected to help millions of day labourers, many of whose lives were devastated by a nationwide lockdown ordered by Modi to stem the epidemic.

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Apr 08, 2020

Jakarta coffin maker faces gruelling days as coronavirus death toll climbs
As debate rages about the true death toll caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia, Jakarta coffin maker Sahroni has been too busy to pay the issue much attention. "Usually we sell between five to seven coffins a day, but now it is up to 20 to 30 coffins a day," said Sahroni, 38, as he applied base coat onto a wooden coffin. The warehouse where Sahroni works normally specialises in coffins for Indonesia's Christian minority, but now they are providing coffins for all denominations, including Muslims who would usually be buried in a shroud.

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Apr 08, 2020

India's financial hub Mumbai set to extend coronavirus lockdown: sources
India's financial hub Mumbai is set to extend lockdown measures until at least April 30 as authorities race to expand testing to stem the spread of coronavirus cases in the city, three senior officials said. A 21-day nationwide lockdown that Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in late March to fight the epidemic is officially set to end on April 14. The Mumbai municipal authority and the state government in the western state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, both declined to comment.

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Apr 08, 2020

Japan to Fund Firms to Shift Production Out of China
(Bloomberg) -- Japan has earmarked $2.2 billion of its record economic stimulus package to help its manufacturers shift production out of China as the coronavirus disrupts supply chains between the major trading partners.The extra budget, compiled to try to offset the devastating effects of the pandemic, includes 220 billion yen ($2 billion) for companies shifting production back to Japan and 23.5 billion yen for those seeking to move production to other countries, according to details of the plan posted online.The move coincides with what should have been a celebration of friendlier ties between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping was supposed to be on a state visit to Japan early this month. But what would have been the first visit of its sort in a decade was postponed a month ago amid the spread of the virus and no new date has been set.China is Japan's biggest trading partner under normal circumstances, but imports from China slumped by almost half in February as the disease shuttered factories, in turn starving Japanese manufacturers of necessary components.That has renewed talk of Japanese firms reducing their reliance on China as a manufacturing base. The government's panel on future investment last month discussed the need for manufacturing of high-added value products to be shifted back to Japan, and for production of other goods to be diversified across Southeast Asia.Japan exports a far larger share of parts and partially finished goods to China than other major industrial nations, according to data compi

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Apr 08, 2020

Virus-hit Iran urges IMF to approve its loan request
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani appealed to the International Monetary Fund Wednesday to approve a $5 billion emergency loan request to combat its novel coronavirus outbreak. "I urge all international organisations to fulfil their duties," Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting. "We are a member of the IMF... if there's going to be any discrimination between Iran and others in giving loans, neither us nor world opinion will tolerate it," he said in televised remarks.

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Apr 08, 2020

Iran says US oil production must be known before OPEC call
Iran demanded on Wednesday that U.S. oil production levels must be known before an upcoming OPEC meeting with Russia and others seeking to boost global energy prices. The meeting of the so-called OPEC is scheduled to be held Thursday after officials delayed it following Saudi Arabia criticizing Russia over its comments about the price collapse. A meeting in March saw OPEC and other nations led by Russia fail to agree to a production cut as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has drastically cut demand for oil.

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Apr 08, 2020

EU Nations Upgrade Trade Arsenal to Offset U.S. Attack on WTO
A gun attack in a mining area in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed three Chinese nationals, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Chinese embassy in the mineral-rich central African country.

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Apr 08, 2020

Trump news - live: President threatens to stop funding WHO for ‘missing' pandemic and claims ‘desperate' UK requested 200 ventilators
Donald Trump has threatened to stop US funding to the World Health Organisation as he seeks to shift the blame for the disaster wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, saying the body had "missed the call" - despite himself ignoring a memo from trade adviser Peter Navarro in February warning of the coming storm.With the US now suffering almost 396,000 cases of the virus and recording nearly 13,000 casualties, the president has said he is sending 200 ventilators to the UK to assist with the British recovery.

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Apr 08, 2020

Czech coronavirus cases top 5,000 but growth slows
The number of cases of the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic has risen past 5,000, although a slower growth rate allowed the health minister to say he was confident the state had prevented an uncontrolled spread as it starts easing lockdown measures. The Health Ministry on Wednesday said 195 new cases had been detected the previous day to bring the total to 5,017. The Czech Republic was one of the swiftest countries in Europe to take action against the virus's spread in March when cases start appearing throughout the continent.

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Apr 08, 2020

Tokyo sees biggest daily jump in infections as coronavirus emergency begins
Tokyo recorded 144 coronavirus infections on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump since the start of the pandemic, the city's governor Yuriko Koike said, on the first day of a state of emergency aimed at containing the outbreak. Total infections in the Japanese capital stand at 1,339, said Koike, a rise that helped carry the nationwide tally to 4,768, according to an evening report by public broadcaster NHK. Deaths in Japan as of Wednesday morning stood at 98, said the NHK.

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Apr 08, 2020

Joy, relief as exodus from Wuhan begins
Voicing joy and excitement from behind face masks, tens of thousands of people fled Wuhan on Wednesday after a 76-day travel ban was lifted on the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged. Hao Mei, a single parent from the nearby city of Enshi, said her two children had been home alone since she got stuck in Wuhan, where she works in a school kitchen. Up to 55,000 people are expected to leave Wuhan on Wednesday just by train, according to government estimates.

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Apr 08, 2020

27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?
The leader of the remote Solomon Islands said Wednesday that 27 people had died after being washed overboard from a crowded ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation. The ship MV Taimareho left Honiara on the evening of April 2 as a tropical cyclone was approaching. In the Solomon Islands, crews recovered seven bodies of those washed overboard.

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Apr 08, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci cautiously predicts kids will return to school next fall, 'but it's going to be different'
A reporter at Tuesday's White House coronavirus press briefing raised the question many, many parents want answered: How soon will the kids be going back to school? This school year is probably out in most of the country, but what about summer school? In the fall?Vice President Mike Pence, who was at the lectern, thanked America's teachers for adjusting to remote learning. The coronavirus task force will work on "guidance going forward, whether it be summer school or whether it be returning to school next fall," he said, "but the most important thing we can do is put this epidemic behind us as quickly as possible."Pence turned the stage over to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "Well, my daughter is a school teacher, so she asked me the same question," Fauci said. "I fully expect -- though I'm humble enough to know that I can't accurately predict -- that by the time we get to the fall, that we will have this under control enough that it certainly will not be the way it is now, where people are shutting schools. My optimistic side tells me that we'll be able to renew, to a certain extent -- but it's going to be different, remember now, because this is not going to disappear."Assuming the U.S. has the ability to widely test for the disease, determine how many people have built up antibodies after surviving the virus, and trace the contacts of newly infected people, U.S.

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Apr 08, 2020

Chinese property tycoon and Xi critic under investigation
An outspoken Chinese Communist Party critic and millionaire property tycoon, Ren Zhiqiang, has been placed under investigation for "serious violations of discipline and law", an anti-graft watchdog said. The Beijing Commission for Discipline Inspection announced late on Tuesday that the 69-year-old former chairman of the state-owned real estate developer Beijing Huayuan Group was under investigation. Rights campaigners accuse President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of using charges such as "disciplinary violations" -- often considered to refer to corruption -- as a way to silence dissent.

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Apr 08, 2020

New York's virus toll tops 9/11, while Wuhan ends lockdown
As New York City faced one of its darkest days with the death toll from the coronavirus surging past 4,000 — more than the number killed on 9/11 — the Chinese city where the global pandemic began lifted its final restrictions on movement Wednesday as deaths there plummeted. The tale of two cities came as the coronavirus crisis continued to strain health care systems from Europe to North America, roil global stock markets, and strand international travelers behind closed borders. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in intensive care, the first major world leader confirmed to have COVID-19.

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Apr 08, 2020

Europe Struggles to Agree on a Plan to Stem Virus Recession
(Bloomberg) -- Divisions among the European Union's finance ministers threatened to derail, or at least delay, the bloc's attempt to put forward a bold strategy aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the global pandemic.An emergency teleconference that started Tuesday dragged on until Wednesday morning, as the region's finance chiefs struggled to reconcile their contrasting visions, forcing negotiations to continue through the night. A press conference was tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Brussels time.France and Europe's hardest-hit southern countries are pushing for a firm commitment to a recovery fund financed by jointly issued bonds, a proposal that's anathema to nations like Germany and the Netherlands that have strict red lines regarding the mutualization of debt. Ministers are also at loggerheads over the wording of a joint statement on the conditions for using the firepower of credit lines from the euro area's bailout fund.The ministers had been tasked by EU leaders to come up with a toolkit of measures to address the economic impact of the outbreak by the end of this week. But even as the virus continued to engulf their economies and medical systems, governments have struggled to move past traditional dividing lines.And the stakes couldn't be higher. Last week, IHS Markit said its monthly measure of services and manufacturing in the euro area points to an annualized economic contraction of about 10%. And that's on top of job losses that are mounting across Europe, with Spain showing a record jobless-c

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Apr 08, 2020

From Pyongyang to Gangnam: the ex-N. Korean diplomat on the ballot in Seoul
For decades, Thae Yong Ho served the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, rising to become Pyongyang's deputy ambassador to London before defecting. Now he is standing for election in South Korea's multi-party democracy. If he wins his constituency in Gangnam, the wealthy Seoul district made famous by rapper Psy, Thae will become the first former Northern official ever to be directly elected to South Korea's parliament.

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Apr 07, 2020

China investigates party member critical of Xi over outbreak
Julie Maa says her father died of coronavirus after a disembarking delay on the Coral Princess, while her mother is still aboard with symptoms.

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Apr 07, 2020

Korean Air puts 70 percent of staff on leave
Korean Air is the flagship of the Hanjin group, one of the multifaceted, family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebols that dominate business in South Korea and played a key part in its rise to become the world's 12th-largest economy. Most of its staff will go on leave from April 16 for six months in response to "deteriorating business circumstances", Korean Air said in a statement. Korean Air's labour union agreed to participate as part of a "burden-sharing" initiative, the company said -- executives have also agreed to take pay cuts.

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Apr 07, 2020

In California: Cases slow, but there's still a lot of social distancing to do
Coronavirus will peak in the Golden State on April 17, when an estimated 70 people will die, new modeling predicts. And a USA TODAY investigation shows health officials sounded the alarm on the virus long before action was taken. Plus: If you must grocery shop, read on for tips to do it safely.

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Apr 07, 2020

Wisconsin voting mess sends a message for November
You shouldn't have to risk your life, or wait hours in line, to exercise your constitutional rights: Our view

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Apr 07, 2020

Illinois mayor's wife found at bar violating stay-at-home order
"My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement," Mayor Brant Walker of Alton, Illinois, wrote on Facebook.

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Apr 07, 2020

Acting Navy secretary resigns amid uproar over leaked speech
Modly harshly criticized the former commanding officer of an aircraft carrier dealing with a coronavirus outbreak.

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump says he never saw a January WH memo warning of the impact from coronavirus
At Tuesday's coronavirus task force briefing, President Trump said he never saw a memo written in late January by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro warning about the possible effects of coronavirus in the United States. The memo warned that the illness could endanger the lives of millions of Americans.

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Apr 07, 2020

U.S. immigration officials evaluate vulnerable detainees for possible release amid pandemic
U.S. immigration officials said on Tuesday they are considering releasing some detainees at high risk for coronavirus infection as detainees and workers have tested positive for the resulting COVID-19 illness. In an email sent to lawmakers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that it had instructed its offices around the country to consider the release of detainees with an increased risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease. Among those whose cases are being reviewed are pregnant women and detainees ages 60 and older, according to the agency.

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump says he never saw aide's memos that warned coronavirus could endanger millions of Americans
President Donald Trump says he has not seen top aide Peter Navarro's memos warning that coronavirus could endanger millions of Americans.

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Apr 07, 2020

Photos show how China's novel coronavirus outbreak unfolded as Wuhan's 76-day lockdown ends
Wuhan's 76-day lockdown has ended. Photos show how China's novel coronavirus outbreak unfolded from the start.

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Apr 07, 2020

What We Really Want to Know When Wuhan Reopens
Black Chicagoans account for 70% of coronavirus deaths, despite making up 30% of the population.

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Apr 07, 2020

Chinese Official Tries to Walk Back Claim U.S. Military Brought Virus to Wuhan
China Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian held his first press conference in several weeks on Tuesday, attempting to walk back his earlier claim that the U.S. military had brought the novel coronavirus to the city of Wuhan."The virus [is] a scientific question that requires scientific opinions," Zhao told reporters. He was then asked if he stood behind a March 12 tweet in which he wrote that, "It might be the U.S. Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.""The questions raised on my personal Twitter account are a response to U.S. politicians' stigmatization of China, which also reflects the righteous anger of many Chinese people over these stigmatizing acts," Zhao responded.China blocks Twitter within its borders, although certain citizens and companies may use the app with government approval. Twitter has said that using the platform to claim that the U.S. brought coronavirus to Wuhan does not violate its rules and terms of service.The Chinese government and state-owned media outlets have repeatedly tried to portray President Trump's use of the term "Chinese virus" as stigmatizing. On March 17, Trump was asked during a White House press conference whether he thought calling the coronavirus the "Chinese virus" created a "stigma.""No, I don't think so. I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma," Trump replied.The coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan has now claimed over 81,000 lives and seen 1,400,000 people infected.

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Apr 07, 2020

People of color are worried they'll be racially profiled if they wear homemade face masks
Activists and academics have voiced concern over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to make cloth face masks at home.

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Apr 07, 2020

In El Salvador, gangs are enforcing the coronavirus lockdown with baseball bats
Street gangs in El Salvador have turned from extortion and killing to enforcing social distancing restrictions, often with threats and baseball bats.

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Apr 07, 2020

86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19
The mother and three sons all died within days of each other, the New Orleans Coroner's Office confirmed.

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods
Black Chicagoans account for 70% of coronavirus deaths, despite making up 30% of the population.

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Apr 07, 2020

China lifts Wuhan travel ban, Britain, NY report record deaths
China lifted a travel ban on Tuesday on residents of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic began last year, and reported no new deaths, but the situation remained grim elsewhere as Britain and New York State recorded their highest number of fatalities yet. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in intensive care, meanwhile, after being admitted to a London hospital on Monday evening, 10 days after being diagnosed with the virus. The shocking hospitalization of a major world leader underscored the global reach of COVID-19, which has put more than four billion people -- over half of the planet -- on some form of lockdown, upended societies and battered economies worldwide.

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Apr 07, 2020

Texas' coronavirus abortion ban can continue, appeals court rules
Abortion in Texas has been unavailable for more than two weeks, the first time the procedure has not been accessible in a state since Roe v. Wade.

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Apr 07, 2020

The Supreme Court's Misunderstood Ruling on Wisconsin's Coronavirus Primary
There seems to be some confusion about the Supreme Court's ruling on Monday in connection with Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. This owes to reporting that suggests, or at least could lead its audience to believe, that the Court's five conservative-leaning, Republican-appointed justices, over the strident objection of its four left-leaning, Democratic-appointed justices, directed that the primary proceed with in-person voting, despite the coronavirus threat.That is not what happened.The state government of Wisconsin, led by Governor Anthony Steven Evers, a Democrat, made the decision to go forward with the primary, and with in-person voting. As the Court's majority emphasizes, that was not the Court's call, nor is it the Court's place to opine on the wisdom of the state government's decision.The majority's unsigned opinion explains that the issue the Court was called upon to decide was a narrow one, pertaining to absentee ballots. Specifically, at the urging of Democratic Party organizations concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on voting, federal district judge William Conley (an Obama appointee) extended the deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots from Tuesday April 7 (the primary-election day) to Monday afternoon, April 13. That aspect of the district court's ruling was not in dispute. Judge Conley, however, directed that that absentee ballots were eligible to be counted regardless of when they were mailed in or otherwise delivered, as long as they came in by

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'
Trump used Monday's briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as "very fair." 

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Apr 07, 2020

U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown
Nation's top infectious diseases expert said he is "cautiously optimistic" that worst projections may be avoided "if we keep our foot on the accelerator."

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Apr 07, 2020

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Apr 07, 2020

Turkey plans prisoner release, excluding those jailed on post-coup terrorism charges
Turkey's parliament discussed a prisoner release law on Tuesday which aims to ease overcrowding in jails and protect detainees from the coronavirus, but which critics slam for excluding people jailed on terrorism charges in a post-coup crackdown. The bill, proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, would temporarily free around 45,000 prisoners to address the immediate threat of coronavirus spreading in jails. A similar number would be released permanently under plans prepared last year to reduce chronic prison overcrowding.

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Apr 07, 2020

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Apr 07, 2020

Why Army Helicopters Are Launching From a Navy Ship
The USS Puller is acting as a floating base for Army attack helicopters.

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Apr 07, 2020

Boris Johnson is in intensive care with COVID-19. Here's what research shows so far about outcomes in severe coronavirus cases.
One study found that 15% of patients admitted to the ICU in the UK died. Here's what we know about what happens to the hardest-hit COVID-19 patients.

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Apr 07, 2020

Boris Johnson's government reportedly believes the coronavirus may have accidentally leaked from a Chinese laboratory
"Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan," one UK government official told the Mail on Sunday.

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Apr 07, 2020

Brazil's Health Minister Won't Quit After Clash With Bolsonaro
(Bloomberg) -- Brazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said he will stay put in his job for now, despite coming under fire from President Jair Bolsonaro for his handling of the coronavirus crisis."I'm not bothered by the criticism," he told reporters on Monday evening outside the health ministry in Brasilia. "But I'm bothered when the criticism is intended to make the work environment more difficult."His remarks capped a dramatic few days during which pressure mounted for the minister to step down. Earlier on Monday, O Globo newspaper reported that Bolsonaro had decided to fire him, and would publish his decision in the official gazette by the end of the day.While Mandetta has encouraged Brazilians to adopt the World Health Organization's guidance on social distancing and self-quarantining, Bolsonaro has said such a response will destroy the economy and do more harm to the population than the virus itself. The president has repeatedly mingled with crowds while expressing his discontent about his minister's guidance, telling one radio show last week that he had "gone too far" and "lacked humility."The relationship between the two has deteriorated just as the pandemic heads toward a peak in Brazil. Mandetta's departure would allow Bolsonaro to select a more like-minded minister who could reduce social distancing measures in Brazil at a critical moment."A doctor doesn't abandon the patient," Mandetta said, "and I won't abandon the country right now."For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.

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Apr 07, 2020

A virus expert who studies how infections spread through the air shares his tips for staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic
Washing groceries is "super overkill," but keeping as much distance as possible between people until we know more is a good idea, Don Milton said.

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Apr 07, 2020

An airport fire in Florida destroyed over 3,500 rental cars that were stored in a field
The fire at Southwest Florida International Airport spread over 15 acres, destroying over 3,500 rental cars.

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Apr 07, 2020

'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus response
Peter Navarro has a Harvard degree, and he isn't shy about letting it be known. "You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much," Navarro joked after President Trump introduced him last week as director of supply-chain issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus treatments: A list of the most promising medical treatments for COVID-19
There is no medical treatment for patients with COVID-19, but there are over half a dozen drug candidates that world-leading drugmakers are testing.

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows
China has claimed its first day without a virus death, but faces lingering scepticism over its data.

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Apr 07, 2020

Climate change: UK forests 'could do more harm than good'
Mass tree planting could harm the environment if badly planned, a report warns.

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus 'could wipe out Brazil's indigenous people'
Respiratory illnesses are already the main cause of death for the country's native communities.

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus is revealing how broken America's economy really is
We are told by everyone from the United Nations to Donald Trump that the US is a ‘developed' economy. The statistics suggest otherwiseWhen Susan Finley developed flu-like symptoms, she didn't go to the doctor because she was frightened about the cost. Finley's grandparents later found her dead in her apartment. She was 53.Finley did not die as a result of Covid-19. She died in 2016 as a result of America's healthcare system - a system that led her to avoid treatment for the common flu in order to avoid debt. It is that same system that is currently creaking under the pressure of a pandemic that experts warned was coming but governments failed to prepare for. It is a system that does not qualify for the term "developed".The United States of America, we are told by everyone from the president to the United Nations, is a developed economy. That term, "developed economy", sounds like an endpoint, like man standing upright after a series of hunched and hairy iterations. It's the contrast that makes the definition - developed economies can only really exist if they are compared to their poorer "developing" counterparts. Covid-19 has merely shown the cracks in a very successful marketing campaign about which category the US falls into.There are 2.9 hospital beds for every 1,000 people in the United States. That's fewer than Turkmenistan (7.4 beds per 1,000), Mongolia (7.0), Argentina (5.0) and Libya (3.7). In fact, the US ranks 69th out of 182 countries analyzed by the World Health Organization. This lack

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state
* Coronavirus: world map of deaths and cases * Coronavirus - latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageThe number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to grow in the US. Mike Pence, the vice-president, is overseeing the US response to the coronavirus.So far, 80% of patients experience a mild form of the illness, which can include a fever and pneumonia, and many of these cases require little to no medical intervention. That being said, elderly people and those with underlying conditions such as diabetes or heart and lung issues are the most vulnerable. The coronavirus death rate in China for people 80 or over, in the government's study of more than 72,000 cases, was 14.8%.default default default * Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

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Apr 07, 2020

Exodus begins as virus-hit Wuhan lifts ban on outbound travel
Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan early Wednesday as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. As the ban expired on schedule at midnight (1600 GMT Tuesday), passengers -- many in hazmat suits -- expressed joy and relief as they filed into Wuhan's Wuchang station to catch the first overnight trains out of town. "Wuhan has lost a lot in this epidemic, and Wuhan people have paid a big price," said a 21-year-old man surnamed Yao, who was heading back to his restaurant job in Shanghai.

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Apr 07, 2020

DIY T-Shirt Masks and Balaclavas: Military Services Release Face-Covering Guidance
The military branches are requiring troops to make their own cloth face masks after the Pentagon's latest policy.

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Apr 07, 2020

Doctor develops process for identifying extreme COVID-19 cases and how to treat them
Dr. Tom Yadegar, pulmonologist and medical director of the intensive care unit at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, explains.

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Apr 07, 2020

Japan Virus Emergency Counts on Citizens to Lock Themselves Down


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Apr 07, 2020

Letters to the Editor: If a federal stockpile isn't for states, then what is it for, President Trump?
In a war, are the states supposed to buy their own weapons? Similarly, in a national emergency, they should expect help from a federal stockpile.

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Apr 07, 2020

Local Leaders: DNC Sprung Convention Delay On Us
The Democratic National Convention's decision to move its marquee event from July to August was intended to help mitigate public health concerns around COVID-19. But several DNC members told The Daily Beast that the advance notice they received from officials at the national headquarters about the new calendar date ranged from essentially non-existent to just a few hours before the information was pushed out publicly. One DNC member learned about the scheduling change by reading about it in the news. Another received a call from a party official just as stories started to surface online. A third got more lag time: "a couple hours in advance" of the official statement. The DNC said the organization notified congressional leadership, campaigns, DNC members, state party chairs, and other Democratic stakeholders the day of the announcement and before the story broke. "We spoke to hundreds of people that day and since, and have received positive feedback," Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement. Local Dems to DNC: WTF Is Happening With Convention?But behind closed doors, the apparent communication breakdown over logistics has created a tense and confusing situation for some party officials who said they felt increasingly isolated from the broader convention conversation."The phone call that I got was at the same time that the story broke," Andrew Werthmann, a DNC member from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, told The Daily Beast when asked about timing. "It was very short notice."Werthmann said he had been pushing for the date to be postpo

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Apr 07, 2020

McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Kentucky race
Democrat Amy McGrath raised substantially more campaign cash than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the first three months of 2020, showing her staying power against the Republican lawmaker in setting a blistering fundraising pace in Kentucky. Hours after McConnell's campaign reported raising nearly $7.5 million in the quarter, McGrath upped the ante.

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Apr 07, 2020

Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself
The sheriff's office said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of service calls involve domestic disputes and crisis intervention.

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Apr 07, 2020

Is Trump leading a 'war' against the coronavirus?
While the term "warfare" is a useful metaphor for the kind of mobilization necessary to save lives in this crisis, it's not a useful way to think about the primary responsibility of ordinary citizens right now, which is to stay at home.

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Apr 07, 2020

Scammers try selling world's tallest statue as pandemic boosts India's cyber crime
Police in India lodged a case this week against an unknown online fraudster who tried selling the world's largest statue for $4 billion, claiming the proceeds would be used to help the Gujarat state government fund its fight against the coronavirus. While the plot to sell the "Statue of Unity", a monument that is nearly twice the height of New York's Statue of Liberty, is among the most brazen cases, police say cybercrimes have surged since the health scare gripped the country. With scams ranging from free mobile recharges, to offers of free Netflix subscriptions, federal home ministry officials say there has been 86% percent rise in cyber crime in the past four weeks.

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Apr 07, 2020

South African Political Divisions Extend to Virus Response


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Apr 07, 2020

Supreme Court rejects church challenge to ban on bus ads
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., that sought to place religious-themed ads on public buses. The justices are leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling that found no fault with the Washington transit agency policy that banned all issue-oriented advertisements on the region's rail and bus system. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sought to place an ad on the outside of public buses in the fall of 2017.

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Apr 07, 2020

Sweden, which refused to implement a coronavirus lockdown, has so far avoided a mass outbreak. Now it's bracing for a potential surge in deaths.
Sweden urged people to practice social distancing but left shops and restaurants open, contrasting with many countries across Europe and the world.

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Apr 07, 2020

Pompeo to Afghan leaders: Make a deal with the Taliban or risk full U.S. troop pullout
The stern message, delivered two weeks ago, underscores Trump's concern that the absence of a unified government in Kabul threatens to unravel his tenuous Taliban peace deal.

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Apr 07, 2020

Surgeon general: Coronavirus death toll can come in under projections if we 'continue to do our part'
Surgeon General Jerome Adams and the director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention are both voicing optimism that the United States' coronavirus death toll can end up lower than the projection previously shared by the White House.CDC director Robert Redfield in a Monday interview with KVOI Radio said the "large majority of the American public" is following social distancing guidelines, and he therefore anticipates "the numbers are going to be much, much, much, much lower than would have been predicted by the models," per Politico. The White House recently shared a forecast suggesting the U.S. coronavirus death toll could be between 100,000 and 240,000.In a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, the surgeon general was asked about Redfield's comments and whether it's his expectation that the country's death toll will come in below the White House projection."That's absolutely my expectation, and I feel a lot more optimistic because I'm seeing mitigation work," Adams said."I really do believe that we will come in under those protections as long as we can continue to do our part for 30 days," Adams continued, referring to the federal social distancing guidelines that were recently extended until the end of April.Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force's response coordinator, previously said the United States could be facing up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths even in a scenario where Americans do everything

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Apr 07, 2020

'I can't take it back': Trump's Navy secretary resigns and apologizes after he described a fired carrier captain as 'too naïve or too stupid'
The Navy official, who once served as a helicopter pilot, described Capt. Brett Crozier's warning about a coronavirus outbreak as "a betrayal."

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump's Navy secretary resigns a day after he described a fired carrier captain as 'too naïve or too stupid'
The Navy official, who once served as a helicopter pilot, described Capt. Brett Crozier's warning about a coronavirus outbreak as "a betrayal."

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Apr 07, 2020

Asia virus latest: Wuhan travel ban lifted, Japan under state of emergency
Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic:

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Apr 07, 2020

3rd Guatemalan tests positive for virus after US deportation
Guatemala said Tuesday that a third deportee has tested positive for the coronavirus after being flown home by the United States. The report came a day after authorities announced they were suspending deportation flights from the U.S. over concerns about spreading the virus. The Health Ministry said the latest positive case was a 37-year-old man who was deported March 26 from Mesa, Arizona, and had been in quarantine since his return.

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Apr 07, 2020

The Army Plans to Issue 'Black or Camouflage' Face Masks to Soldiers
The U.S. Army's top enlisted soldier said Tuesday that the service plans to issue some type of non-surgical mask to troops.

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Apr 07, 2020

Wisconsin Republicans' deadly power grab
Monday night, there was a brief but furious political struggle over the Wisconsin election planned for Tuesday. Democratic Governor Tony Evers ordered that the election be delayed until June 9, so as to allow time for the novel coronavirus pandemic to pass, and so the state could set up universal vote-by-mail systems. Several other states have already taken similar steps.Right-wing Republican justices, who control the state Supreme Court by a 4-2 margin, including one of whom faces a liberal challenger in this very election (though he did recuse himself on this vote), immediately overturned his order. The U.S. Supreme Court also issued another 5-4 ruling on partisan lines forbidding the state from extending the deadline for mailing an absentee ballot. Many more Wisconsin voters had requested absentee ballots compared to previous elections (for obvious reasons), which led to major delays in sending them out. Now, anyone who wanted their vote counted and hadn't yet gotten a ballot was abruptly forced to go vote in person.Evers backed down, and the election did indeed proceed Tuesday. But the results cannot possibly be considered legitimate. This is a fraudulent election, a power grab forced through by a minority party whose own control of the Wisconsin legislature is the result of cheating.To begin with, no doubt tens or even hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents are rightly too frightened to vote. At time of writing turnout figures were not available, but it simply beggars belief to think that turnout would not have been higher if it weren't for th

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Apr 07, 2020

Surgeon General says he's 'optimistic' the coronavirus impact can be slowed if US keeps up social distancing for 30 days
The US is not in the clear: More than 378,200 coronavirus cases and 11,800 deaths have been reported as of Tuesday.

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Apr 07, 2020

If you sailed on these cruise ships, you may have been exposed to coronavirus
We are told by everyone from the United Nations to Donald Trump that the US is a ‘developed' economy. The statistics suggest otherwiseWhen Susan Finley developed flu-like symptoms, she didn't go to the doctor because she was frightened about the cost. Finley's grandparents later found her dead in her apartment. She was 53.Finley did not die as a result of Covid-19. She died in 2016 as a result of America's healthcare system - a system that led her to avoid treatment for the common flu in order to avoid debt. It is that same system that is currently creaking under the pressure of a pandemic that experts warned was coming but governments failed to prepare for. It is a system that does not qualify for the term "developed".The United States of America, we are told by everyone from the president to the United Nations, is a developed economy. That term, "developed economy", sounds like an endpoint, like man standing upright after a series of hunched and hairy iterations. It's the contrast that makes the definition - developed economies can only really exist if they are compared to their poorer "developing" counterparts. Covid-19 has merely shown the cracks in a very successful marketing campaign about which category the US falls into.There are 2.9 hospital beds for every 1,000 people in the United States. That's fewer than Turkmenistan (7.4 beds per 1,000), Mongolia (7.0), Argentina (5.0) and Libya (3.7). In fact, the US ranks 69th out of 182 countries analyzed by the World Health Organization. This lack

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak delayed his liver transplant. Then doctors found a solution.
Rapid coronavirus testing allowed doctors to give Zach Branson the liver he needed. The pandemic has led many hospitals to postpone transplant operations.

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Apr 07, 2020

As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn't Provide Care'
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that no victim of the coronavirus has died because the state could not provide health care for them, even as New York posted its highest number of deaths in one day."You can't save everyone. This virus is very good at what it does, and it kills vulnerable people," Cuomo said at his daily briefing providing updates on the outbreak. "The question is, are you saving everyone you can save? And there the answer is yes, and I take some solace in that fact.""Our health care system is operating. I don't believe we've lost a single person because we couldn't provide care," the Democratic governor continued. "People we lost we couldn't save despite our best efforts."A record 731 New Yorkers died between Monday and Tuesday, Cuomo reported. He cautioned that the death rate is a "lagging indicator," meaning that those who died are often sick for weeks before they pass. More than 138,000 people in the state have been infected with the respiratory illness, with 8,157 new positive cases on Tuesday, the lowest rate in a week. The number of patients being hospitalized and moved to intensive care has dropped as well.The governor warned Thursday that New York state only had enough ventilators for six days and was considering how to increase the supply. The state released 400 ventilators to New York City a day earlier. Cuomo has worked to get as many ventilators as possible to the city, which has emerg

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Apr 07, 2020

Germany caught up in mask fraud scheme
Authorities in Germany have fallen victim to a multi-million-euro fraud involving masks much needed in the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors said Tuesday. The German managing director of two distribution companies based in Zurich and Hamburg raised the alarm after realising he had been tricked. According to the man's police report, he received an offer from companies allegedly based in Asia in mid-March to supply the masks and subsequently attracted the large order from North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Apr 07, 2020

Coronavirus: Four out of five people's jobs hit by pandemic
The global economic impact of coronavirus could leave nearly 200 million people jobless, a UN agency says.

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Apr 07, 2020

U.K. Records Highest Daily Deaths With Johnson in Intensive Care
(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson was still being monitored in a critical care unit as the U.K.'s coronavirus crisis deepened, with the highest daily rise in deaths so far.After he was taken into intensive care on Monday, Johnson, 55, remained in a stable condition receiving oxygen treatment, and has not been diagnosed with pneumonia or put on a ventilator, his officials said.But the prime minister's personal struggle to recover from Covid-19 leaves the U.K. without its leader at a critical time as the country prepares for cases to increase over the next 10 days. The death toll rose by 786, the Department for Health said Tuesday, bringing the total to 6,159.Asked why the U.K.'s death rates were so much higher than Germany's, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty appeared to blame the British government's lack of wide testing for the virus. There were hints of better news elsewhere in the U.K. data, according to a televised briefing shortly after the death figures were published. There is no acceleration in the number of new cases, and it is "possible" that the infection curve is starting to flatten, said Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser. The trend won't be clear for about another week, he said.With Johnson out of action, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is deputizing at the head of the government, with the peak of the outbreak expected in the days ahead. "I'm confident he'll pull through because if there's one thing I know about the prime minister, he's a fighter," Ra

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Apr 07, 2020

Researchers found the coronavirus lasted on a surgical mask for 7 days, showing how crucial it is to properly remove face coverings after wearing them
Given their findings, researchers urged people to avoid touching the outside of the masks, where the coronavirus particles could last up to a week.

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Apr 07, 2020

New coronavirus cases in Italy fall to 25-day low, deaths rise by 604
Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 604 on Tuesday, a lower daily tally than the 636 seen the day before, while the number of new cases posted the smallest increase since March 13. The total death toll in the world's hardest-hit country since its outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 rose to 17,127, the Civil Protection Agency said. The total of confirmed cases increased by 3,039 on Tuesday to 135,586, the second successive daily decline, underscoring growing confidence that the illness is on the retreat thanks to a nationwide lockdown introduced on March 9.

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump removes top coronavirus watchdog, widens attack on inspectors general
President Donald Trump removed the inspector general who was to oversee the government's $2.3 trillion coronavirus response, a spokeswoman for the official's office said on Tuesday, fueling concerns in Congress about oversight of the relief package. It was the Republican president's most recent broadside against the federal watchdogs who seek to root out government waste, fraud and abuse following his removal on Friday of the intelligence community's IG and his sharp criticism of the one who oversees the Department of Health and Human Services. Glenn Fine, acting Defense Department inspector general, was named last week to chair a committee acting as a sort of uber-watchdog over the federal government's response to the new coronavirus, including health policy and the largest economic relief package in U.S. history.

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Apr 07, 2020

Azul Rojas Marín: Peru found responsible for torture of LGBT person
Azul Rojas Marín was beaten and raped in custody in Peru, a top human rights court rules.

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Apr 07, 2020

New York state overtakes Italy, has coronavirus cases second only to Spain: Reuters tally
The U.S. state has 138,836 reported cases compared with Italy at 135,586. Spain has the most cases at 140,510. New York state reported its deadliest day, with 731 new coronavirus deaths for a total of 5,489 fatalities, even as Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that hospitalizations appeared to be reaching a plateau.

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Apr 07, 2020

The Bureau of Prisons just bought $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine, the unproved coronavirus treatment touted by Trump
The novel coronavirus has been spreading rapidly throughout federal prisons, and the BOP reported Monday that eight inmates have died so far.

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Apr 07, 2020

Most people on Antarctica cruise ship have the coronavirus
China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, Education Minister Abraham Weintraub insinuated China was behind the global health crisis. "Geopolitically, who will come out stronger from this global crisis?" he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

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Apr 07, 2020

New York registers record 731 virus deaths in 24 hours
New York state has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday, adding though that hospitalizations appeared to be "plateauing." Cuomo said 731 people succumbed to the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the state's total death toll to 5,489. New York has borne the brunt of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic, accounting for around half the number of deaths across the country.

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Apr 07, 2020

Trump Claims ‘China-Centric' WHO ‘Really Blew It' When Faced With Coronavirus Threat
President Trump hammered the World Health Organization on Tuesday over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing it of being partial to China and endangering countries by recommending borders be kept open."The W.H.O. really blew it," Trump wrote on Twitter. "For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?"The WHO recommended in January that countries keep borders and trade open even as it dubbed the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency. In March, the WHO upgraded the outbreak to pandemic status.Several Republican senators have eviscerated the WHO for its handling of the pandemic. Senator Martha McSally last week called on WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to step down. McSally called the director a "communist" and accused him of helping China conceal its underreporting of coronavirus case numbers.Another Republican senator, Rick Scott of Florida, called for a congressional investigation into the WHO and questioned whether the organization should continue to be funded since it engaged in "helping Communist China cover up" the seriousness of the virus and "willfully parroted propaganda" from China's Communist Party.During an interview last month, WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward appeared to dodge a question about whether the WHO will

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Apr 07, 2020

Israeli security agency says it arrested alleged Iran spy
The fire at Southwest Florida International Airport spread over 15 acres, destroying over 3,500 rental cars.

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Apr 07, 2020

Senate Democrats Propose Hazard Pay for Essential Workers
"Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan," one UK government official told the Mail on Sunday.

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Apr 07, 2020

'Stunning lack of judgment': An Illinois mayor apologized after his wife was found partying at an illegally open bar and violating the state's stay-at-home order
Mayor Brant Walker said his wife would be treated like any other citizen violating the stay-at-home order and faces a complaint of reckless conduct.

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