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Trump coronavirus task force 'beginning to see glimmers of progress,' but models still show 100,000 U.S. deaths from virus Click Here to Open in a New Window

Trump coronavirus task force 'beginning to see glimmers of progress,' but models still show 100,000 U.S. deaths from virusThe Trump administration said Sunday that it was “beginning to see the glimmers of progress” in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the United States and across the globe.



Which countries have flattened the curve? Click Here to Open in a New Window

Which countries have flattened the curve?The U.S. has been in social-distancing mode for about three weeks — it also has the most coronavirus cases in the world.



Coronavirus live updates: Boris Johnson in intensive care, U.S. death toll tops 10,000 Click Here to Open in a New Window

Coronavirus live updates: Boris Johnson in intensive care, U.S. death toll tops 10,000Here are the latest coronavirus updates from around the world.



Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising Click Here to Open in a New Window

Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertisingThe case would have been the latest example of religious freedom appeals to be heard by the conservative-leaning court.



New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the ventilators Elon Musk's Tesla factories are making won't be done in time to help during the apex of the coronavirus outbreak Click Here to Open in a New Window

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the ventilators Elon Musk's Tesla factories are making won't be done in time to help during the apex of the coronavirus outbreakElon Musk has asked Tesla engineers to make ventilators out of car parts, though they will likely take weeks to complete.



Iran supreme leader approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus Click Here to Open in a New Window

Iran supreme leader approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirusIran is the Middle Eastern country worst-affected so far by the coronavirus, with 3,739 deaths and 60,500 people infected as of Monday, official data showed. Shut out of international capital markets and facing a further hit to its finances with the collapse in global oil prices coming on top of U.S. sanctions, Iran is struggling to shield its economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Rouhani said in late March that the government was seeking approval for the withdrawal of the money from the sovereign wealth fund.



Asia virus latest: China reports no new deaths, Indonesia issues 'pandemic bonds' Click Here to Open in a New Window

Asia virus latest: China reports no new deaths, Indonesia issues 'pandemic bonds'China reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, just a day before it will lift curbs on travel out of the contagion's epicentre city of Wuhan. Indonesia will issue some $27 billion in so-called "Pandemic bonds" to finance efforts to deal with the health crisis and economic impact. Factory activity in Southeast Asia's biggest economy hit a record low, with Japanese automakers Suzuki and Honda becoming the latest firms to announce temporary production suspensions at their plants in the archipelago.



‘Idiot’ New Zealand Minister Demoted After Driving Family to Beach in Lockdown Click Here to Open in a New Window

‘Idiot’ New Zealand Minister Demoted After Driving Family to Beach in Lockdown(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand’s health minister has been demoted and a star rugby player condemned for breaching strict nationwide lockdown rules aimed at eradicating the coronavirus.Just days after being criticized for going mountain biking during the isolation period, Health Minister David Clark admitted he had also driven 20 kilometers (12 miles) with his family to a beach for a walk. Clark, who labeled himself an “idiot,” was demoted and stripped of his role as associate finance minister.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would have sacked Clark under normal circumstances but needed him during the fight against Covid-19. “I expect better, and so does New Zealand,” Ardern said in a tersely worded statement.N.Z.’s Ardern Says No Early Lockdown Exit, Must Eradicate VirusMeanwhile, All Black Richie Mo’unga was filmed Monday training with some teammates from his Canterbury Crusaders rugby team at a park in Christchurch. The lockdown rules require everyone to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Mark Robinson labeled their actions “unacceptable.”The incidents follow national indignation at a man who was arrested for purposely sneezing and coughing over supermarket shoppers, apparently as an ill-advised prank. New Zealanders have reported thousands of rule breaches to police since the four-week lockdown began on March 25, at one stage crashing the complaints website.New Zealand is not the only country struggling to cope with reduced liberty. Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, resigned for traveling to her second home about 65 kilometers from Edinburgh.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows Click Here to Open in a New Window

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



Tapper Shames Trump on Coronavirus: ‘Not About Winning a News Cycle on Fox’ Click Here to Open in a New Window

Tapper Shames Trump on Coronavirus: ‘Not About Winning a News Cycle on Fox’A day after President Donald Trump spent much of his coronavirus press briefing attacking the press and airing grievances against perceived enemies, CNN anchor Jake Tapper delivered an on-air message to the president: do you have a plan to get the nation back to normal or are you just interested in pleasing your fans and Fox News?At the end of Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s State of the Union, Tapper said he would like to “speak directly to one person known to watch this show or at least clips of the show,” adding that he knows Trump is eager for the country to regain normalcy.The CNN anchor went on to ask the president if he had a plan to combat the pandemic that has now resulted in over 8,500 dead Americans and hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases.“Is there a plan for widespread testing of every American so as to isolate the virus the way other countries have done?” Tapper wondered aloud. “When will there be enough tests for that to happen? How will they be administered? Who will pay for the tests and the results? Who will notify us as to whether we have tested positive or not?”The veteran journalist turned his attention to the shortages of life-saving medical supplies and protective gear that hospitals and medical workers are experiencing nationwide, pointing out that governors and mayors are currently forced to bid against each other to get these supplies.“This is escalating the prices and causing confusion and unnecessary bidding competition,” Tapper declared. “Is there a plan to stop that? What is it? What about ventilators? New York City Mayor de Blasio said today would be the day his city could run out. Governor Edwards said his state could run out Thursday. Is there a plan to expedite the manufacturer of ventilators?”Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly insisted that governors sounding the alarm on their desperate need for ventilators are vastly overestimating, specifically dismissing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for up to 40,000 ventilators.“40,000, think of it,” Trump exclaimed. “40,000. It’s not possible. They won’t need that many.”After questioning whether Trump has fully utilized the Defense Production Act and if the public will have enough masks now that the CDC is recommending people wear them when leaving the house, Tapper told the president that Americans weren’t interested in his personal grievances."Is there a plan? Please, Mr. President, the American people, they need answers to these questions,” he pleaded. “They are less interested in your popularity on Facebook. Thousands of Americans are in mourning. They’re horrified when you make leering illusions to your history with models while discussing projection models of mass American deaths.”“Attacking governors and mayors and journalists for asking questions—that might please your fans, it doesn’t save one life,” Tapper concluded. “This is not about winning a news cycle on Fox, please. The American people right now need someone to explain what is going to be done to get us out of this. It’s a moment that requires leadership, it requires honest information, it requires empathy, and it requires a plan. Do you have one?”‘Inexcusable’: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Goes Off on Georgia Governor’s ‘Stunning’ Coronavirus AdmissionRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



Health experts say official U.S. coronavirus death toll is understated Click Here to Open in a New Window

Health experts say official U.S. coronavirus death toll is understatedPublic health experts and government officials agree that the U.S. government's coronavirus death toll almost certainly understates how many Americans have actually died from the virus.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only counts deaths where the presence of the coronavirus is confirmed in a lab test, The Washington Post reports, and "we know that it is an underestimation," CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said.There are many reasons why the numbers are underreported. Strict criteria in the beginning of the outbreak kept many people from getting tested for coronavirus, and it's still difficult to get tested in some areas, for example. There's also the matter of false negatives, and not all medical examiners have tests or believe they should conduct postmortem testing, even on people who died at home or in nursing homes where there were outbreaks. Experts also believe some February and early March deaths that were attributed to influenza or pneumonia were likely due to coronavirus.The official death count is based on reports sent by states, and as of Sunday night, the CDC reports 304,826 confirmed U.S. cases and 7,616 deaths. The Post, other media outlets, and university researchers update their numbers more frequently, with the Post reporting on Sunday night that 9,633 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S., and at least 337,000 cases have been confirmed.More stories from theweek.com New Zealand PM tells kids the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are both 'essential workers' Trump's fervor for an unproven COVID-19 drug is reportedly fueled by Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Oz The political lessons of the 1918 pandemic



U.S. coronavirus deaths top 10,000 as medical officials warn worst is yet to come Click Here to Open in a New Window

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 10,000 as medical officials warn worst is yet to come"It's going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives," Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on NBC's "Meet the Press."



Zero Infections in China Military Click Here to Open in a New Window

While militaries around the world are seeing their soldiers fall victim to the coronavirus, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), the world's largest standing army, claims it remains virus-free.<


Arvind Kejriwal announces 5-T plan to combat COVID-19 spread in Delhi Click Here to Open in a New Window
New Delhi [India], April 7 (ANI): Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the state government has formed a five-step plan --"5 Ts Plan", after talking to the experts to control the spread
Just how much of the world is staying at home because of Covid-19? Click Here to Open in a New Window

Governments around the world have ordered citizens to stay at home and practice physical distancing to help curb the coronavirus pandemic.

In an attempt to contextualise how people's movement


Turkish World Cup hero out of hospital after coronavirus Click Here to Open in a New Window

Former Turkish national team and ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber was discharged from hospital on Monday after recovering from coronavirus, his wife said.

Recber took on


Covid-19: How South Africa will test for the virus Click Here to Open in a New Window

Testing for Covid-19 in South Africa will, hopefully, be massively increased in the next few weeks. A machine called the GeneXpert, currently used to diagnose tuberculosis (TB), will be used by the


Tottenham's Son Heung-Min to undergo military training Click Here to Open in a New Window
Atlanta [USA], April 6 (ANI): Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min will be undergoing military training in South Korea as football continues its shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Son is curren
Dragons, Spark close out Week 9 with wins Click Here to Open in a New Window
The Shanghai Dragons and Hangzhou Spark closed out Week 10 of the Overwatch League with victories on Monday. The Dragons beat the Chengdu Hunters 3-1 while the Spark rallied to beat the Guangzhou Cha
EU urges lifting sanctions blocking humanitarian assistance Click Here to Open in a New Window

Brussels, SANA_ The European Union has called on other countries to lift sanctions imposed on Syria, Venezuela, Iran and DPRK that prevent medical and humanitarian aid from reaching them amid the c


COVID-19 is war and some countries are starting to win Click Here to Open in a New Window

The latest coronavirus data shows continuing crises in most European countries. But, as Alan Austin reports, there are posit


On This Day, April 7- North Korea's Kim Jong Il re-elected to third term Click Here to Open in a New Window
On This Day: North Korea's Kim Jong Il re-elected to third term UPI.com
N. Korea's National Defense University suffers contaminated water-related outbreak - Daily NK Click Here to Open in a New Window
N. Korea's National Defense University suffers contaminated water-related outbreak - Daily NK DailyNK
US Response to Coronavirus in North Korea Can Save Lives and Lead to Peace - Coronavirus Click Here to Open in a New Window
US Response to Coronavirus in North Korea Can Save Lives and Lead to Peace Anchorage Press





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