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Japan Declares Emergency For Tokyo, Osaka as Hospitals Fill Up

(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that hospitals were reaching capacity and Japan was making plans to house the mildly sick in unused Olympic facilities as he declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and its surrounding regions.In what Abe said was the country's greatest crisis since the

U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown
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."

George Pell: Court quashes cardinal
George Pell: Court quashes cardinal's sexual abuse conviction

Australia's High Court overturns a verdict that the ex-Vatican treasurer sexually abused two boys.

U.S. Supreme Court sides with GOP on Wisconsin election, apparently rewrites state election law
U.S. Supreme Court sides with GOP on Wisconsin election, apparently rewrites state election law

Wisconsin's local elections and presidential primaries will likely proceed on Tuesday after the conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down an executive order Monday from Gov. Tony Evers (D) to delay the election to June 9 due to the coronavirus outbreak. There are open questions about how many polling places will be open and how many people will be able to vote by absentee ballot. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday night that Wisconsin voters must hand-deliver their absentee ballots by Tuesday evening or have them postmarked April 7, overruling a lower court that had extended absentee voting for six days.The U.S. Supreme Court, like the state court, split...

How long will we be working from home? What we know - and what we don
How long will we be working from home? What we know - and what we don't

When can we go back to work? No one knows. Until then, try to be good to yourself.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin's governor puts a stop to Tuesday's primary vote

Wisconsin Governor Evers puts a last-minute stop to Tuesday's primary vote; Peter Doocy reports.

Top Trump aide says Fauci
Top Trump aide says Fauci's caution on possible coronavirus treatment warrants a 'second opinion'

Trade aide Peter Navarro has discussed his disagreement with Dr. Anthony Fauci publicly after the two got into what sources say was a heated exchange about the drug.

Kenya bans travel in and out of Nairobi to fight coronavirus
Kenya bans travel in and out of Nairobi to fight coronavirus

Kenya increased its restrictions to combat the coronavirus on Monday, announcing travel bans into and out of the capital city, Nairobi, the port of Mombasa and two counties. Forty-three of Africa's 54 countries have closed their borders, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of Africa's 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other restrictions to try to contain the spread of COVID-19.

South Korea reports fewer than 50 new infections, earning WHO praise
South Korea reports fewer than 50 new infections, earning WHO praise

South Korea reported fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases for the first time since its peak in late February, earning the praise of the World Health Organization for combatting the spread in one of the first countries to be hard-hit by the disease. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said there were 47 new infections as of midnight on Sunday compared with 81 recorded a day earlier, taking the national tally to 10,284. In February, South Korea uncovered what was believed to be the biggest outbreak outside of China.

COVID-19: Does blood type have any relevance regarding infection or recovery?
COVID-19: Does blood type have any relevance regarding infection or recovery?

Infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja and emergency medicine physician Dr. Jeremy Faust answer you coronavirus questions on 'America's News HQ.'

Scots
Scots' medical chief resigns after flouting own coronavirus rules

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood resigned on Sunday after she broke her own advice to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by visiting her second home this weekend and last. Calderwood said that during discussions with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday evening they agreed her actions risked distracting from the "hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic". Police had earlier issued a warning to Calderwood about her behaviour and Sturgeon had removed her as the public face of the campaign to tackle the coronavirus.

Israel's Gantz May Need Extension on Mandate to Form Government

(Bloomberg) -- Israeli lawmaker Benny Gantz, who was granted a mandate to form Israel's next government, told President Reuven Rivlin that he may need extra time to build a coalition, Gantz's Blue and White party said in written comments.Gantz, who is in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's

1st federal inmate to die of coronavirus wrote heartbreaking letter to judge
1st federal inmate to die of coronavirus wrote heartbreaking letter to judge

Patrick Jones "spent the last 12 years contesting a sentence that ultimately killed him," one of his former lawyers said.

How the coronavirus pandemic might be affecting your periods
How the coronavirus pandemic might be affecting your periods

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can lead to abnormal ovulation, which can disrupt your periods.

Search continues for Arkansas woman who vanished from her home in 2016
Search continues for Arkansas woman who vanished from her home in 2016

Mercedes Toliver was last seen leaving her Prescott, Arkansas home on foot just after midnight on December 17, 2016. She was reportedly on her way to her aunt's house nearby. She never made it. There has been no activity on her social media accounts since. The Prescott Police Department is investigating.

How close are we to finding a solid treatment for COVID-19?
How close are we to finding a solid treatment for COVID-19?

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn joins 'Watters' World' with an update on drug trials.

At least 19 killed in Mexico gang clash
At least 19 killed in Mexico gang clash

Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) (AFP) - A gang battle in Mexico has left at least 19 people dead in the northern state of Chihuahua, officials said Saturday. At least five armed clashes have occurred in the Madera community so far this year, local authorities have said. "The state attorney general, in conjunction with the public safety office and Mexican Army, launched an operation to investigate and locate armed groups that staged a confrontation that left 19 people dead yesterday in the town of Madera," authorities said.

Trump warns
Trump warns 'there will be a lot of death' and the US could be facing its 'toughest week' yet

The New York, Detroit, and New Orleans areas will all hit the peak of their coronavirus outbreaks in six to seven days, Dr. Deborah Birx said.

'My Everything': Husband of Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter Recounts Tragic Drowning

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's husband has posted a heartbreaking tribute to his wife-the granddaughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy-and the couple's child, who went missing in the Chesapeake Bay Thursday afternoon.The Kennedy family announced Friday that the Coast Guard suspended the rescue effort for McKean, 40, and son Gideon, 8, who disappeared after paddling a canoe out into the bay. The effort to recover their remains is ongoing."The search that began yesterday afternoon went on throughout the night and continued all day today," McKean's husband, David McKean, wrote in a Facebook post late Friday. "It is now dark again. It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they...

Florida emergency management official on 3M pushing back against Trump over distribution of masks
Florida emergency management official on 3M pushing back against Trump over distribution of masks

Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, joins 'America's News HQ.'

130 Hong Kong police to be quarantined after colleagues infected with COVID-19
130 Hong Kong police to be quarantined after colleagues infected with COVID-19

About 130 of Hong Kong's frontline riot police officers will be sent to quarantine camp after two of their colleagues were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, a police source told AFP late Saturday. Another officer, 31, from the same police tactical unit was also infected to COVID-19 last Sunday after going to a bar, which was linked to a cluster infection. A police source said that the shared facilities in the regional police base are believed to be the source of infection.

Experts are questioning China
Experts are questioning China's reported coronavirus case and death counts. Here's why it's so important to get the data right.

Case counts and death tolls are "often misleading," one epidemiologist said, but China's informed early perceptions of the coronavirus.

USPS employees are demanding hazard pay
USPS employees are demanding hazard pay

A petition says postal employees carry "blood, sweat, and tears" every day at the expense of their health and time with families.

Trump Sent Them to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Health Care
Trump Sent Them to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Health Care

Thousands of National Guardsmen around the country are in contact with people who've contracted COVID-19. But while the federal government has called on them for frontline assistance in battling the pandemic, it's not giving them what they need to protect themselves: access to the military's health insurance.The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what's called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs. But according to the National Guard's advocates and the U.S. governors' association, the guardsmen...

Women in ICE custody plead for release amid pandemic
Women in ICE custody plead for release amid pandemic

Immigrant women detained in rural Louisiana feel powerless to shield themselves from the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. They're asking the U.S. not to forget about them.

Hannity: Andrew Cuomo failed the people of New York
Hannity: Andrew Cuomo failed the people of New York

As New York faces ventilator shortages, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no one to blame but himself.

Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter and her son presumed dead after canoeing accident in Maryland

The pair went missing Thursday after their canoe apparently capsized in the Chesapeake Bay.

Coronavirus: Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the world
Coronavirus: Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the world

The United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, 1,480 deaths were counted between Thursday morning and Friday morning, and the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in the US is now 7,406. It tops the record set by the US on the previous day with 1,169 deaths. The US also far has more cases than any other country in the world with more than 275,000, at least double that of Italy which has the second highest number. It comes as Donald Trump advised all Americans to wear masks in public to protect against...

Bolsonaro
Bolsonaro's disapproval rating rises amid virus havoc

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's disapproval rating has surged as the far-right leader has taken a vocal stance against coronavirus containment measures, two polls out Friday found. Bolsonaro, who has compared COVID-19 to a "bit of sniffles" and criticized the "hysteria" around it, has found himself increasingly isolated on the issue as the pandemic advances. Thirty-nine percent of Brazilians disapprove of his handling of the crisis, up six points from two weeks ago, polling firm Datafolha found.

New York City sent out a push alert to all phones asking licensed healthcare workers to volunteer in overburdened facilities
New York City sent out a push alert to all phones asking licensed healthcare workers to volunteer in overburdened facilities

New York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US with more than 57,000 people infected and over 1,500 deaths.

Can homemade face masks help limit the spread of the coronavirus? Scientists can
Can homemade face masks help limit the spread of the coronavirus? Scientists can't agree, but here's what you need to know.

The White House is now recommending that people wear face masks. Research suggests DIY cloth masks aren't as effective as surgical masks or N95.

'From Russia with love' mission to Italy hit by press row

Russian criticism of an Italian newspaper was "inappropriate", Italy's foreign and defence ministries said on Friday, in a case that has cast a cloud over Moscow's efforts to help Rome cope with the coronavirus crisis. Russia has sent doctors, nurses and medical equipment to disease-stricken

New York reports more than 500 coronavirus deaths in 1 day
New York reports more than 500 coronavirus deaths in 1 day

New York on Friday reported 562 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state's coronavirus death toll to nearly 3,000.Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in his daily briefing on Friday said the number of deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus in New York has reached 2,935, an increase from 2,373 the day before. This is the highest single-day increase in deaths so far in the state, which just passed 500 total deaths last week. The number of new hospitalizations, 1,427, also reached a new high."Daily ICU admissions is down a little bit, but you had more deaths, you had more people coming into hospitals, than any other night," Cuomo said.The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York has...

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Coronavirus: 'Not smart' memo shows Amazon's union stance

The firm's lawyer says his comments were personal, spoken out of emotional frustration.

Trump campaign kicks off Catholic voter outreach project
Trump campaign kicks off Catholic voter outreach project

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is ramping up its courtship of Catholic voters ahead of a likely November matchup against a devout Catholic Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden. The campaign previewed its message at a Thursday night launch of a "Catholics for Trump" coalition, touting the president's religious freedom record and anti-abortion policies. In a sign of how significantly the coronavirus has upended the presidential race, the event also featured Trump backers promoting his response to the pandemic - with one describing it as aligned with Catholic teaching about solidarity.

Oil price barrels ahead as OPEC flags meeting
Oil price barrels ahead as OPEC flags meeting

The price of crude oil surged again Friday after OPEC said it would talk to non-members, notably Russia, giving investors hope that they will stop a price war which has created market chaos along with crushed demand because of the coronavirus.

Suspect in deaths of Wisconsin doctor, husband known to them
Suspect in deaths of Wisconsin doctor, husband known to them

The 18-year-old man arrested in the slayings of a University of Wisconsin physician and her husband is known to the family, police said Friday. University of Wisconsin Police Chief Kristen Roman said in a statement Friday that Khari Sanford has been booked into the Dane County Jail on two counts of party to the crime of first-degree intentional homicide. The bodies of Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, were found Tuesday in the university's arboretum, which is several miles from the Madison campus.

Coronavirus:
Coronavirus: 'Tiger King' star now in virus isolation, says husband

Joe 'Exotic' is among the 146,000 federal inmates the US prisons bureau is placing in quarantine.

Here
Here's how to safely reopen America when coronavirus pandemic wanes

It's important that we assess the threat of the virus region by region and consider reopening in phases or by industry.

China declared whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang a
China declared whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang a 'martyr' following a local campaign to silence him for speaking out about the coronavirus

Li Wenliang sounded the alarm about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan on December 30. He died of the virus on February 7.

'Act as though it's going to be a lot longer': American in Wuhan warns U.S. over lockdowns

"No one would have anticipated that it would be this long," said American Benjamin Wilson, who has been in lockdown in Wuhan for more than two months.

Pakistan, Bangladesh try to stop Friday prayers to avert coronavirus spike
Pakistan, Bangladesh try to stop Friday prayers to avert coronavirus spike

Police in Pakistan will enforce a strict lockdown to prevent people from going to mosques to offer Friday prayers and fuel a rise in coronavirus infection, officials said, after failing to prevent large congregations last week. Health experts have warned of an epidemic in South Asia, home to a fifth of the world's population, that could easily overwhelm its weak public health systems. The government in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh, home to the country's largest city, Karachi, will enforce a "curfew-like" lockdown for three hours beginning 12 noon Friday to deter people from coming out of their homes for prayers, officials said.

Jared Kushner suggests voters
Jared Kushner suggests voters 'think about who will be a competent manager during the time of crisis'

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, made his debut at Trump's daily coronavirus briefing Thursday night. Kushner, recently put in charge of a parallel coronavirus panel working on supply lines, criticized governors who don't know how many masks and ventilators they have in store."What a lot of the voters are seeing now is that when you elect somebody to be a mayor or governor or president, you're trying think about who will be a competent manager during the time of crisis," Kushner said. "This is a time of crisis, and you're seeing certain people are better managers than others."> "The states should know how many ventilators they...

U.S. sounds alarm on coronavirus in Japan, Tokyo pushes for state of emergency
U.S. sounds alarm on coronavirus in Japan, Tokyo pushes for state of emergency

The U.S. government on Friday sounded alarm about the surge in coronavirus cases in Japan, adding to a chorus of prominent domestic voices - including the governor of Tokyo - who have called for decisive action to avoid an explosive outbreak. Amid growing clamour for tighter curbs on people's movements to stem a rising tide of infections, the government has so far been reluctant to pull the trigger, warning of the heavy damage that could ensue in the world's third-biggest economy, already close to recession. Instead, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged school closures and called on citizens to avoid unnecessary and non-urgent gatherings and outings while preparing to roll out an...

Former FDA commissioner doubts effectiveness of hydroxycholorquine on coronavirus
Former FDA commissioner doubts effectiveness of hydroxycholorquine on coronavirus

Reaction from Laura Ingraham's 'Medicine Cabinet': Dr. Stephen Smith, founder of the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases and Urban Health, and Dr. William Grace, former chief of medical oncology and cancer research at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York.

BofA Prepares for Deluge of Small-Business Loan Applications

(Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp. is preparing for a flood of applications from U.S. small businesses seeking government relief to weather the impact of the coronavirus outbreak."We know for these businesses speed is of the essence," the bank said in a statement. "We can move fastest with our nearly

Passover on Zoom: Jewish leaders split on digital Seders
Passover on Zoom: Jewish leaders split on digital Seders

The Jewish holiday of Passover has long inspired intense debate, with favourite topics including whether Moses actually parted the Red Sea or if the Ten Plagues were an ethical response to enslavement. The videoconferencing application has emerged as an essential tool during a crisis that has confined people across the globe in their homes. Passover, an eight-day holiday that marks the Jewish people's biblical exodus from Egypt, begins Wednesday evening with a Seder, one of the most important events of the year for Jews.

Navy fires USS Theodore Roosevelt captain days after he pleaded for help for sailors with coronavirus
Navy fires USS Theodore Roosevelt captain days after he pleaded for help for sailors with coronavirus

Capt. Brett Crozier sent an urgent letter to the Navy, seeking to evacuate his crew as cases of coronavirus infection increased on the vessel.

Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses
Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses

The program had worked with labs in Wuhan, China, and around the world to detect deadly viruses that could jump from animals to humans.

Holland America ships caught in COVID-19 pandemic dock in Florida; here
Holland America ships caught in COVID-19 pandemic dock in Florida; here's how disembarkation will work

Holland America said that passengers who are fit to travel will go through health screenings and customs Thursday. Most will fly home Friday.


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