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Iran supreme leader approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus
Iran supreme leader approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

Iran 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.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the ventilators Elon Musk
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

Elon Musk has asked Tesla engineers to make ventilators out of car parts, though they will likely take weeks to complete.

A Tiger at the Bronx Zoo Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus
A Tiger at the Bronx Zoo Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

The tiger was tested for the virus after several of the zoo's lions and tigers started showing signs of respiratory illness

430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced
430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced

Since Chinese officials disclosed the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonialike illness to international health officials on New Year's Eve, at least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on direct flights from China, including nearly 40,000 in the two months after President Donald Trump imposed restrictions on such travel, according to an analysis of data collected in both countries.The bulk of the passengers, who were of multiple nationalities, arrived in January, at airports in Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York; Chicago; Seattle; Newark, New Jersey; and Detroit. Thousands of them flew directly from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, as American public health...

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Trump's Deadly Weeks Become 21st Century 'Pearl Harbor Moment'

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump warned that deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. will escalate over the next one to two weeks, and could be on par with the number of fatalities seen in world wars."There's going to be a very, very deadly period, unfortunately," Trump told reporters at the White House on Saturday.The president said that as the number of deaths peak, "I really believe we probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers, maybe during the war -- a world war. A World War I or II or something.""The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, it's going to be our 9/11 moment, it's going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives,"...

'We Didn't Know That Until the Last 24 Hours': Georgia Gov. Says He Just Found Out People Without Symptoms Can Spread Coronavirus

While announcing a statewide shelter-in-place order on Wednesday, Georgia governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, said that he had just been informed that asymptomatic individuals could spread the coronavirus.The illness "is now transmitting before people see signs….Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt [symptoms]," Kemp said at a press conference. "We didn't know that until the last 24 hours."It has been widely known for months that the coronavirus can spread through asymptomatic transmission. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidelines for outbreak mitigation regarding asymptomatic...

Los Angeles mayor tells 4 million to wear masks
Los Angeles mayor tells 4 million to wear masks

The mayor of Los Angeles urged 4 million residents to wear masks to combat the coronavirus when they walk out in public, even as state health officials shied away from requiring a coverup. Homemade cloth masks, or even a "tucked-in bandanna," will help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the nation's second-largest city and remind people to practice safe social distancing, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday as he donned a black cloth mask to make his point. Garcetti also said people should only use masks when they are going out to shop for food or perform other essential tasks.

Trump sounds like he could make a move that would make the coronavirus pandemic even worse
Trump sounds like he could make a move that would make the coronavirus pandemic even worse

Some of Trump's advisors and allies are talking about barring coronavirus fighting equipment from international trade. That could start a trade war.

Pope backs U.N. chief
Pope backs U.N. chief's call for global ceasefire to focus on coronavirus

Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter's Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres made in a virtual news conference on Monday. Saying the disease knows no borders, Francis appealed to everyone to "stop every form of bellicose hostility and to favor the creation of corridors for humanitarian help, diplomatic efforts and attention to those who find themselves in situations of great vulnerability".

Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

(Bloomberg) -- Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine."Right now we have a pinpointed risk," Governor Gina Raimondo

Opinion: Trump isn
Opinion: Trump isn't alone in worrying about closing churches during the pandemic

Christians are debating whether a total shutdown of church services is necessary.

Rhode Island State Police are stopping New Yorkers traveling into the state and advising them to quarantine and register with the National Guard
Rhode Island State Police are stopping New Yorkers traveling into the state and advising them to quarantine and register with the National Guard

Police are pulling over those with New York license plates "due to New York's high rate of the COVID-19 cases" a trooper told Insider.

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Oprah on coronavirus: 'Playing it as safe as I possibly can'

Oprah Winfrey says she's playing it safe when it comes to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The 66-year-old entertainment icon told The Associated Press on Friday that she has been quarantining and practicing social distancing at her home - even if that means longtime partner Stedman Graham has to stay in the guest house. Earlier this week Winfrey posted a video of her talking to Graham as he poked his head outside of the guest house window.

Airlines owe you a refund when they cancel a flight. So why is United balking during coronavirus crisis?
Airlines owe you a refund when they cancel a flight. So why is United balking during coronavirus crisis?

Airlines are supposed to refund flyers' money if they cancel a flight. United has introduced more restrictive policies during the coronavirus crisis.

New York City hospital at
New York City hospital at 'center of this crisis' sees 13 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

The deaths occurred Tuesday to Wednesday at the Queens hospital as New York continues to battle COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Rockets hit Iraq
Rockets hit Iraq's Green Zone, US-led coalition leaves base

Two rockets slammed into the Iraqi capital's high-security Green Zone early Thursday, hours before US-led forces were set to pull out of a second base in the country. Some 7,500 troops are in Iraq as part of the US-led coalition helping local troops fight jihadist remnants, but those numbers are being significantly drawn down this month. Before dawn on Thursday, two rockets punched into an empty square near an Iraqi security headquarters in the Green Zone, where government buildings and foreign embassies are based, the Iraqi security forces said in a statement.

The Senate's Stimulus Bill Is Full of Disappointments for Climate Advocates

(Bloomberg) -- There was hope among climate activists in the U.S. that the federal stimulus to address Covid-19 might be the moment to both heal the economy and advance a long-overdue transition to clean energy.Whatever they'd envisioned, the $2 trillion bill agreed to by the Senate in the wee hours

COVID-19 symptoms: How can I tell if I
COVID-19 symptoms: How can I tell if I've got the coronavirus?

When is a cough and a slight fever more than just a cough and a slight fever? When we're in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic. Here's what you should do next.

'So many things are falling apart': An Italian doctor and her husband say the coronavirus lockdown has brought their relationship and parenting issues into sharp focus

The couple talked about how they previously ignored child-rearing and intimacy problems, which came to the surface during the coronavirus lockdown.

Hubei residents rush to leave China virus epicentre as lockdown lifts
Hubei residents rush to leave China virus epicentre as lockdown lifts

Huge crowds jammed trains and buses in Hubei province on Wednesday as people seized their first chance to travel after two months under lockdown at the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak. At a railway station in the city of Macheng, AFP reporters saw long lines of people lugging suitcases in the rain as they queued for trains. Footage from state news agency Xinhua showed migrant workers in Huanggang -- one of the cities worst-hit by the coronavirus outbreak -- queuing for long-distance coaches lugging bags and suitcases.

Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began
Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began

Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after Wall Street gained as U.S. lawmakers wrangled over a proposed $2 trillion virus aid package. Australia and Southeast Asian markets gained. On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P 500 index rose 1.2% on Wednesday but is down nearly 27% from its peak a month ago.

South Korea investigates chatroom sex abuse allegations
South Korea investigates chatroom sex abuse allegations

South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday began reviewing whether to formally charge a man arrested last week on allegations that he operated secret chatrooms where he posted sexually abusive videos of blackmailed women in return for cryptocurrency payments. The allegations have triggered intense public uproar and soul-searching over a culture that critics say is lenient about sexual violence and continuously fails the victims, prompting President Moon Jae-in to call for thorough investigation and stern punishment for operators of such chatrooms and their users. Wearing a neck brace and handcuffed to his waist, the suspect, Cho Ju-bin, 24, was paraded before journalists at the Jongno Police...

What to do if you are (or know) an alcoholic in quarantine
What to do if you are (or know) an alcoholic in quarantine

Experts and recovering alcoholics offer advice on how people who are fighting addiction can still get help in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

New York governor issues dire warning as coronavirus rates rise faster than expected
New York governor issues dire warning as coronavirus rates rise faster than expected

Andrew Cuomo said hospitals are unequipped for deluge and called on Trump for federal help * Coronavirus - latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageNew York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, has issued his most dire statement yet about the coronavirus pandemic, warning that coronavirus infection rates are rising much faster than expected and the state's hospitals are woefully unequipped for the deluge."The inescapable conclusion is that the rate of infection is going up," Cuomo said at a press conference on Tuesday morning. "It is spiking. The apex is higher than we thought, and the apex is sooner than we thought. That is a bad combination of facts."In New York state, 25,665 cases of...

One Amazon customer explains how he got a one-month refund on his Prime membership, now that deliveries are often five days to a month, even on essentials
One Amazon customer explains how he got a one-month refund on his Prime membership, now that deliveries are often five days to a month, even on essentials

Shipping delays from Amazon even for Prime members are becoming common, customers complain, and they want the company to reimburse them for Prime.

The coronavirus outbreak could shut down the post office in less than 3 months, lawmakers say
The coronavirus outbreak could shut down the post office in less than 3 months, lawmakers say

Any disruption to the US Postal Service could also hamper efforts for Americans to vote by mail in the November election.

Stocks fall as nations take coronavirus action
Stocks fall as nations take coronavirus action

Shares in Asia slide on Monday as more drastic action is taken by governments to stop virus spreading.

Trump weighs release of some federal prisoners after inmate tests positive for coronavirus
Trump weighs release of some federal prisoners after inmate tests positive for coronavirus

The Trump administration is considering the release of some federal prisoners to reduce the risk of a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. prison system.

A human behavior expert explains 4 psychological reasons why people are panic buying items in bulk during the coronavirus pandemic
A human behavior expert explains 4 psychological reasons why people are panic buying items in bulk during the coronavirus pandemic

Panic buying behavior occurs when the brain's survival mode overrides any rational decision making, according to human behavior expert Ali Fenwick.

Philippines gives foreigners days to leave virus-hit region
Philippines gives foreigners days to leave virus-hit region

Thousands of foreign travelers need to leave the northern Philippines by Friday or they will be stranded in the region, which has been placed under quarantine because of a growing number of coronavirus infections, officials said Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte declared an "enhanced community quarantine" on the main island of Luzon that requires millions of people to stay mostly at home and restricts land, air and sea travel to fight the COVID-19 disease. The monthlong containment, which took effect Tuesday, suspended school classes and most office work, including trading at the stock exchange, and cleared Manila's main roads of their notorious traffic jams.

Chinese Authorities Gagged Laboratories in December over Coronavirus-SARS Connection
Chinese Authorities Gagged Laboratories in December over Coronavirus-SARS Connection

China's top medical authority issued a gag order after Wuhan labs sequencing coronavirus found it resembled the SARS virus that killed nearly 800 people in 2002-2003 back in late December, according to Chinese media.Caixin Global, a respected independent publication, reported that genomics laboratories sequenced the coronavirus by December 27, but were ordered by local and national officials to hand over or destroy the samples and not release their findings.Additionally, Wuhan officials deliberately did not inform a health team from Beijing during a January 8 visit that local medical staff had already been infected by patients, in an attempt to keep its contagiousness under wraps. The...

Macron says French must stay at home for 15 days amid coronavirus pandemic:
Macron says French must stay at home for 15 days amid coronavirus pandemic: 'We are at war'

French President Emmanuel Macron is ordering citizens to stay at home for at least 15 days amid the coronavirus pandemic, declaring the country to be "at war."In an address on Monday, Macron said that beginning at noon on Tuesday, French citizens must remain in their homes except for essential activities, including shopping for groceries, The New York Times reports."We are at war," he said. "The enemy is invisible and it requires our general mobilization."During this time, Macron said people should only make necessary trips outside in a "disciplined fashion" while keeping their distance from others, per The Hill."We must all limit the number of...

Chinese citizens who conceal any coronavirus history are being punished using the country
Chinese citizens who conceal any coronavirus history are being punished using the country's dystopian social credit system

A woman in Beijing being investigated for returning to the city after developing a cough and fever.

Bloomberg gives $2 million to grassroots organization Swing Left
Bloomberg gives $2 million to grassroots organization Swing Left

Swing Left will be focusing its efforts on a dozen battleground states in the 2020 elections, CBS News exclusively reports.

Biden gets full Secret Service protection
Biden gets full Secret Service protection

Protesters rushed the stage at a Biden event earlier this month, leading to concerns about his safety.

NYC, Los Angeles, and Washington state have announced a shutdown of bars and restaurants. Here are all the places taking drastic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
NYC, Los Angeles, and Washington state have announced a shutdown of bars and restaurants. Here are all the places taking drastic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Several US cities and states have shut down nightclubs, banned dining out, and even imposed a curfew to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.


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