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The first patients just enrolled in a trial testing the arthritis drug Actemra against the coronavirus. Results are expected in early summer.
The first patients just enrolled in a trial testing the arthritis drug Actemra against the coronavirus. Results are expected in early summer.

At least six patients have already been enrolled in the US and Spain for a global trial testing Actemra in COVID-19 patients with severe pneumonia.

Saudi capital, cities get 24-hour curfew, Kuwait isolates two districts over coronavirus
Saudi capital, cities get 24-hour curfew, Kuwait isolates two districts over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia placed its capital Riyadh and other big cities under a 24-hour curfew on Monday, locking down much of the population as the largest Gulf Arab country expanded efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The new curfew applies to the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Damam, Dharan, Hofuf, and the provinces of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar, a statement from the interior ministry said. Saudi Arabia reported four more deaths from the virus on Monday, bringing the total death toll there to 38.

Mexico's Low-Key Stimulus Plan Criticized by Business Groups

(Bloomberg) -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the country's economic answer to the coronavirus outbreak will be limited to public works projects, low-interest loans to the poor and budget tightening, triggering criticism from businesses leaders asking for bigger stimulus measures.In

'OK, boomer!' Supreme Court hands partial victory to federal worker claiming age discrimination

The case won attention at oral argument when Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the phrase "OK, boomer" would qualify as age discrimination.

Pakistan police clash with doctors protesting lack of virus protection gear
Pakistan police clash with doctors protesting lack of virus protection gear

Riot police wielding batons used force to break up a protest by Pakistani doctors and medical staff against a lack of gear to protect against coronavirus, arresting dozens of medics who say the government has failed to deliver promised supplies. Reuters journalists at the scene, in the southwestern city of Quetta, saw hundreds of doctors and paramedics, some in face masks and scrubs, chanting their demands. Pakistan has reported a total of 3,277 cases of the virus, including 50 deaths.

Democrats blast Trump
Democrats blast Trump's 'unconscionable' decision to fire IG who informed Congress about Ukraine whistleblower complaint

President Trump on Friday fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who informed Congress about the whistleblower complaint regarding Trump's communications with Ukraine that eventually led to his impeachment. The president said he "no longer" has the "fullest confidence" in Atkinson.Democrats were not happy with the decision, especially considering it came as the novel coronavirus pandemic intensifies across the United States. "In the midst of a national emergency, it is unconscionable that the president is once again attempting to undermine the integrity of the intelligence community by firing yet another intelligence official simply for...

Report: Federal Agency Shipped Face Masks Overseas as Veterans Affairs Hospital Rationed Them
Report: Federal Agency Shipped Face Masks Overseas as Veterans Affairs Hospital Rationed Them

A federal agency reportedly shipped face masks overseas from a Miami warehouse even as a nearby Veterans Affairs hospital was rationing them due to the coronavirus outbreak.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) had a warehouse of face masks sitting unused in Miami while a Veterans Affairs hospital in the city was telling its health care workers to use the same face mask for an entire week, Fox News reported.Later, USAID exported the masks overseas. Since then, however, the administration has reportedly halted USAID shipments of personal protective equipment out of the country.The administration is also considering cracking down on private companies that persist in...

Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic
Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic

Gabon on Friday banned the sale and eating of bats and pangolins, which are suspected of sparking the novel coronavirus in China where they are highly prized in traditional medicine. President Ali Bongo Ondimba also announced the government was planning to lock down the capital Libreville and unveiled an emergency package for those hard hit by the pandemic. The novel coronavirus is believed to have come from bats, but researchers think it might have spread to humans via another mammal.

Coronavirus: The young doctors being asked to play god
Coronavirus: The young doctors being asked to play god

A harrowing account from a New York hospital which has become the epicentre of the epicentre.

Beyond fever and cough: Coronavirus symptoms take new shape
Beyond fever and cough: Coronavirus symptoms take new shape

Some of the first warning signs can include extreme fatigue, weakness and chills. But other symptoms often follow.

How coronavirus has halted Central American migration to the US
How coronavirus has halted Central American migration to the US

Border closures and strict lockdowns have led to a steep decline in the number of migrants coming from Central AmericaWhen Angelica turned 30, she realized there was no future for her in Honduras.Although she had a college degree, she was still living paycheck to paycheck and was stuck in a neighborhood of the capital Tegucigalpa ruled by violent gangs.So, after years contemplating migration to the US where she has relatives, she finally made arrangements to depart."I didn't want to stay in a neighborhood where there are massacres or where the people lock themselves in their homes at six at night because the gangs impose a curfew," she said. "I realized I was more surviving than...

China Rejects U.S. Intelligence Claim It Hid Virus Numbers
China Rejects U.S. Intelligence Claim It Hid Virus Numbers

(Bloomberg) -- China rejected the American intelligence community's conclusion that Beijing concealed the extent of the coronavirus epidemic, and accused the U.S. of seeking to shift the blame for its own handling of the outbreak.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday defended as "open and transparent" China's response to the virus first identified in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. She was responding to a Bloomberg News report saying that the U.S. intelligence community had concluded in a classified report to the White House that Beijing under-reported both total cases and deaths from the disease."Some U.S. officials just want to shift the blame," Hua told a...

India PM plans staggered exit from vast coronavirus lockdown
India PM plans staggered exit from vast coronavirus lockdown

India will pull out of a three-week lockdown in phases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, as officials battle to contain the country's biggest cluster of coronavirus infections in the capital, New Delhi. Modi ordered India's 1.3 billion people indoors to avert a massive outbreak of coronavirus infections, but the world's biggest shutdown has left millions without jobs and forced migrant workers to flee to their villages for food and shelter. India has had 2,069 confirmed infections, of whom 53 have died, low figures by comparison with the United States, China, Italy and Spain.

Indonesia virus death toll rises to highest in Asia outside China
Indonesia virus death toll rises to highest in Asia outside China

Indonesia's coronavirus death toll rose to 170 on Thursday as the world's fourth most populous nation passed South Korea as the country with the highest number of recorded fatalities in Asia after China. Indonesia reported a further 13 deaths and 113 new cases, taking its total number of infections to 1,790. South Korea has reported 169 deaths and 9,976 infections, according to the latest figures released there.

Half of Iceland
Half of Iceland's COVID-19 spreaders may be asymptomatic, early data suggest

Iceland is giving the world a unique look at how the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading. The Nordic island nation of 360,000 started testing for the virus in early February, and it chose to test both people suspected of having COVID-19 and, notably, people who haven't shown any symptoms. DeCODE, a biotech company working on behalf of Iceland's chief epidemiologist, is testing the general population; so far, it has screened about 9,000 people, or about half of the 17,900 Icelanders tested for the virus, CNN reports.More than 99 percent of deCODE's volunteer subjects tested negative, but of the roughly 1 percent who tested positive, half said they hadn't shown any symptoms...

Over 3 million Americans delinquent on child support could lose stimulus checks
Over 3 million Americans delinquent on child support could lose stimulus checks

The Treasury Department, which has a database of the deadbeats, has the power to intercept the coronavirus cash.

Roadside bombing in Afghanistan kills 8, mostly children
Roadside bombing in Afghanistan kills 8, mostly children

The victims were all from a single family, according to Helmand police spokesman Zaman Hamdard. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State militants are active in the province. On Tuesday, the Taliban sent a three-member technical team to Kabul to monitor the release of Taliban prisoners as part of a peace deal signed by the insurgents and the U.S. at the end of February.

Japan
Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus

Japan will ban entry to foreigners from 73 countries and ask everyone arriving from abroad to quarantine themselves for two weeks as it struggles to contain the coronavirus, with a senior minister warning the country had been pushed "to the brink". Medical experts advising Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference on Wednesday that the rapid spread of contagion was severely straining hospitals in Tokyo, in Osaka and in some other prefectures, and that quick action was vital. "Fundamental responses should be made as early as today or tomorrow," Shigeru Omi, head of the Japan Community Healthcare Organisation, said.

Study shows middle-age COVID-19 mortality risk
Study shows middle-age COVID-19 mortality risk

The findings came in a new comprehensive analysis of virus cases in mainland China. Taking into account estimates of the number of cases that may not have been clinically confirmed -- that is, mild or asymptomatic infections -- the data showed the hospitalisation rate of patients in their fifties was 8.2 percent. The study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, estimated that the mortality rate from confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China was 1.38 percent.

Two Big Pro-Biden Super PACs Join Forces: Campaign Update

(Bloomberg) -- Two of the largest Super PAC's supporting Joe Biden's candidacy announced Monday they would coordinate on a general election partnership with the goal of raising $175 million to support Biden in defeating President Donald Trump.Unite the Country, a political action committee that was formed

U.S. playing dangerous game, China says, after warship sails through Taiwan Strait

China accused the United States on Thursday of playing a dangerous game with its support for Taiwan, after a U.S. warship passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait following heightened military tension between China and Taiwan. China has been angered by the Trump administration's stepped-up support

Three Nuns Left to Handle Nearly 100 Seniors Presumed to Have Coronavirus in NJ Care Home
Three Nuns Left to Handle Nearly 100 Seniors Presumed to Have Coronavirus in NJ Care Home

Nearly 100 residents of a nursing home in New Jersey are presumed to have the novel coronavirus after 24 residents tested positive and many others started exhibiting symptoms. All 94 residents of the St. Joseph's Senior Home in Woodbridge were being transported by bus with the help of workers wearing full-body protective gear to a CareOne home roughly 30 miles away on Wednesday."The hardest part is knowing that they probably don't understand the weight of the problem, so they feel abandoned," Henryka Roman, the daughter of a 94-year-old St. Joseph's resident, told The Daily Beast. Her mother, Maria Zygmaniak, tested positive for the coronavirus after exhibiting symptoms such as a fever...

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I'm a Doctor's Husband, and I'm Begging You to Keep Medical Workers Like Her Safe

A New York-based writer on what his physician wife she needs to do her job and save our lives.

Who should wear a face mask, and do they stop the coronavirus?
Who should wear a face mask, and do they stop the coronavirus?

Many people across Asia wear face masks to try and protect themselves against COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. * Masks work by capturing droplets that are dispersed in coughs, sneezes and breath - these are the main transmission route of the new coronavirus. * There are two main types of mask: surgical masks, which are strips of fabric worn across the nose and mouth and closer-fitting ones sometimes called respirators.

Report: Navy ships need $400K
Report: Navy ships need $400K 'flushes' to unclog toilets

Toilets on two Virginia-based Navy aircraft carriers that have become repeatedly clogged could require treatments costing $400,000 each to get them working properly, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report found. The USS Gerald R. Ford and USS George H.W. Bush were made with sewage systems similar to those used on commercial aircraft, but increased to accommodate more than 4,000 people, The Virginian-Pilot said, citing the report. Navy maintenance crews determined both Norfolk-based aircraft carriers' sewage systems could require costly acid flushes, potentially regularly, to fix the problem, according to the report.

25 killed as Islamic State gunman takes hostages in Kabul Sikh temple
25 killed as Islamic State gunman takes hostages in Kabul Sikh temple

At least 25 worshippers at a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul were shot dead when a lone Islamic State group gunman rampaged through temple. The attacker held hostages and battled Afghan security forces as they tried to clear the building alongside British troops. At one point some 200 people were feared to be trapped and when the incident came to an end the ministry of interior said at least 25 people inside the temple had been killed, including at least one child. The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant postings and groups, said IS claimed responsibility for the attack on the group's Aamaq media arm. At a Kabul hospital, Mohan Singh, who was in the...

Boko Haram attack kills nearly 100 Chadian troops
Boko Haram attack kills nearly 100 Chadian troops

N'Djamena (AFP) - Boko Haram jihadists have killed nearly 100 Chadian soldiers in a seven-hour attack on an island army base, in their deadliest assault yet on the country's armed forces. President Idriss Deby told Chad television he travelled to the scene of the attack on Tuesday to pay tribute to the 92 dead soldiers, saying it was the first time so many troops had been lost. The attack early Monday morning in Boma, Lac province, is part of an expanding jihadist campaign in the vast, marshy Lake Chad area, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria converge.

Scientology Chief David Miscavige Is a Coronavirus Denier, Says Top Critic
Scientology Chief David Miscavige Is a Coronavirus Denier, Says Top Critic

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the planet-with the global toll on Tuesday surpassing 400,000 cases and 18,000 deaths-the Church of Scientology is officially scoffing at the pandemic and encouraging followers to continue normal religious activities while treating traditional science and governmental authority with skepticism.In a March 13 eyes-only memo to his estimated 25,000 to 55,000 members in the United States, Scientology leader David Miscavige called the international public-health crisis "the current hysteria, whether you believe in it or not (and the only thing you can be certain of is that it is hysteria)…"Miscavige-who has led the church since Jan. 24, 1986,...

Healthcare workers are reusing the very few face masks they have left - and they
Healthcare workers are reusing the very few face masks they have left - and they're begging the government to give them the protective equipment they desperately need

Healthcare workers are tagging politicians in the GetMePPE hashtag with examples of their scanty supplies. Five shared their experiences with us.

Coronavirus: Self-employed bailout
Coronavirus: Self-employed bailout 'problematic'

Rishi Sunak refuses to commit to a precise date for help, saying there are issues about the fairness.

Ford says it won
Ford says it won't restart North American factories at the end of March because of the coronavirus outbreak

"Ford's top priority is the health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders," the company said.

People are making DIY masks to fight coronavirus. But do they actually work?
People are making DIY masks to fight coronavirus. But do they actually work?

With a national shortage of N95 and surgical masks, some Americans are sewing homemade masks. Experts advise, though, that they may not be effective.

Saudi reports first coronavirus death, UAE gears up for lockdown
Saudi reports first coronavirus death, UAE gears up for lockdown

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported its first death from the coronavirus, a 51-year-old Afghani resident, while the United Arab Emirates' main airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi said they would suspend all passenger flights from midnight. The kingdom took drastic measures early on to contain the disease, including halting international flights, suspending the Umrah year-round pilgrimage, closing mosques, schools, malls and restaurants, and imposing a nighttime curfew. It recorded 205 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total in the six Gulf Coordination Council states to more than 2,100, mostly in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

U.S. could be next
U.S. could be next 'virus epicenter' as India locks down, global recession looms

GENEVA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as India announced a full 24-hour, nationwide lockdown in the world's second-most populous country. India joined the ranks of Britain and other countries clamping down to hold back the virus as business activity collapsed from Japan to the United States at a record pace in March. The highly contagious coronavirus has caused entire regions to be placed on lockdown.

Burger King boss: We
Burger King boss: We're not going to pay our rent

Hundreds of High Street businesses are set to withhold their quarterly rent payments, due on Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo arrives in Kabul to meet Afghan political rivals
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo arrives in Kabul to meet Afghan political rivals

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Monday in the Afghan capital, on a previously unannounced visit to help salvage a historic deal between Washington and the Taliban, struck in February but marred by a political feud. Pompeo will meet President Ashraf Ghani and longtime rival Abdullah Abdullah, who contests the result of a September presidential vote, raising the prospect of parallel governments that has paralysed selection of negotiating teams for talks. A row over the release of prisoners and the politicians' rivalry have hampered progress in mediation between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which was not a party to the U.S.-Taliban deal, signed in Doha.

Fauci: U.S.
Fauci: U.S. 'looking very closely' at severe coronavirus symptoms in younger Americans

Fauci said experts will have to "really examine" the difference in cases in the U.S. and Europe vs. China.

Rand Paul Becomes the First Senator to Test Positive for the Coronavirus
Rand Paul Becomes the First Senator to Test Positive for the Coronavirus

Paul was the only senator to vote agains a bipartisan $8.3 billion bill intended to help fight the outbreak

American Federation of Teachers backs Biden for president
American Federation of Teachers backs Biden for president

Joe Biden has secured endorsements from both of the nation's major teacher unions after the American Federation of Teachers on Sunday voted to back his presidential campaign. The AFT's executive council voted to support Biden after months of town halls and candidate interviews that drew thousands of its 1.7 million members. Recent polling done for the union found that its members prefer Biden by a wide margin, with 60% favoring the former vice president and 30% favoring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Coronavirus: Florida Keys set to close to visitors beginning Sunday night
Coronavirus: Florida Keys set to close to visitors beginning Sunday night

Effective Sunday, March 22, at 6 p.m., the Florida Keys and all lodging establishments on those islands will close to visitors until further notice.

Shooting at Sri Lanka prison kills 1 inmate, wounds 4

One prisoner was killed and four others wounded Saturday when guards opened fire after tensions flared during a protest by prisoners in a facility in north-central Sri Lanka, police said. Tensions erupted when prison guards tried to control the protest in Anuradhapura prison, police said in a statement

Army joins the production line as ventilator makers scramble to meet demand
Army joins the production line as ventilator makers scramble to meet demand

On March 6, Gianluca Preziosa, the head of an Italian ventilator maker, received an urgent request. The Italian authorities wanted his help for an all-out effort to meet a desperate need for ventilators. Now, his Bologna-based company, Siare Engineering International Group s.r.l., has 25 army technicians working with its production supervisors to manage the expanded production and help assemble machines.

Strangely competent Mike Pence finds his 9/11 moment in coronavirus crisis
Strangely competent Mike Pence finds his 9/11 moment in coronavirus crisis

Critics flagged up his anti-science background and questionable record as governor but the vice-president has won praise as the Covid-19 taskforce head * See all our coronavirus coverageHis past record made him seem an odd choice. He remains as servile to Donald Trump as ever. But Mike Pence, the US vice-president, is said to be having "a good war" against the coronavirus outbreak.The vice-presidency is usually regarded as a thankless task but, like Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pence has found himself elevated by wildly unpredictable events.When Trump named him chair of the White House coronavirus taskforce, it led some to wonder whether the president, facing a tough...

'We're Going to Close the Valve': Cuomo Announces New York Coronavirus Lockdown

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a 100-percent reduction in "nonessential" business operations on Friday, shutting his state down amid the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.> BREAKING: I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.> > This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others.> > -- Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 20, 2020"When I talk about the most drastic action we can take, this is the most drastic action we can take," Cuomo said during a press conference. He urged residents to "remain indoors to protect" their health."We're going to take it to the ultimate step, which is we're...

Republican Sen. Richard Burr calls for an investigation into his own decision to dump stocks after coronavirus briefings
Republican Sen. Richard Burr calls for an investigation into his own decision to dump stocks after coronavirus briefings

Burr asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate his own decision to dump up to $1.72 million in stocks after being briefed on the coronavirus.


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