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South Africa's ruthlessly efficient fight against coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 23:57:05Z

The government seems to have acted faster than many other states to tackle Covid-19, writes Andrew Harding.

Africa
Africa's week in pictures: 27 March-2 April 2020
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  • 2020-04-02 23:54:59Z

A selection of the best photos from across the continent this week.

Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship
Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship
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  • 2020-04-02 21:49:28Z

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the ship's commander, Capt. Brett Crozier "demonstrated extremely poor judgment" in the middle of a crisis. Modly's decision to removeo Crozier as ship commander was immediately condemned by members of the House Armed Services Committee, who called it a "destabilizing move" that will "likely put our service members at greater risk and jeopardize our fleet's readiness."

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You've just lost your job? Here's what you need to know
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  • 2020-04-02 21:35:18Z

Nearly 10 million Americans have lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits in the past two weeks - a stunning record high that reflects the near-complete shutdown of the U.S. economy. Job losses related to the coronavirus are sure to rise further in coming weeks, with economists saying the U.S. unemployment rate could reach as high as 15%, well above the 10% peak during the Great Recession. As recently as February, the unemployment rate was just 3.5%, a 50-year low.

Trump is risking conflict with Iran and hammering it with sanctions as the country is devastated by coronavirus
Trump is risking conflict with Iran and hammering it with sanctions as the country is devastated by coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 21:22:57Z

Not even a pandemic can stop the ongoing hostilities between the US and Iran, and the risk of conflict is still very real.

Central Park houses hospital ward as NY races to add beds
Central Park houses hospital ward as NY races to add beds
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  • 2020-04-02 21:22:32Z

There is a coronavirus ward in tents in Central Park. A makeshift hospital has been set up in a Manhattan convention center. Over the next few weeks, spaces including pro tennis courts, college dorms and a cruise ship terminal are supposed to start housing patients as New York state races to roughly triple its hospital capacity.

States demand ventilators as feds ration limited supply
States demand ventilators as feds ration limited supply
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  • 2020-04-02 20:23:07Z

Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. At FEMA, the agency tasked with coordinating the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak, about 9,000 additional ventilators are also on hold as officials seek to determine where they are needed most urgently. The combination of scarce supply and high need has sent many states onto the open market, where they are bidding for ventilators from private manufacturers.

Oil rockets as Trump signals end to price war
Oil rockets as Trump signals end to price war

Oil prices rocketed Thursday, posting the largeset percent increase ever, after US President Donald Trump said Russia and Saudi Arabia planned to end their price war by slashing output. After Trump tweeted that Saudi and Russia could slash production by up to 15 million barrels, Brent hit $36.29 a barrel, up almost 46 percent, and West Texas Intermediate soared around 35 percent to $27.39.

Trump admin moves toward promoting broader use of face masks
Trump admin moves toward promoting broader use of face masks
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  • 2020-04-02 20:09:04Z

The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many, if not almost all, Americans wear face coverings when leaving home, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. A person familiar with the White House coronavirus task force's discussion said officials would suggest that non-medical masks, T-shirts or bandannas be used to cover the nose and mouth when outside the home - for instance, at the grocery store or pharmacy. Medical-grade masks, particularly short-in-supply N95 masks, would be reserved for those dealing directly with the sick.

Trump Campaign Tells Sessions He's Not an Ally: Campaign Update
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  • 2020-04-02 20:08:01Z

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump's campaign asked former attorney general Jeff Sessions to stop promoting himself as an ally of the president in his U.S. Senate race in Alabama.The Trump campaign, in a March 31 letter seen by Bloomberg News, said Sessions "misleadingly" promoted his connections

In Ecuador, families wait with their dead as bodies pile up
In Ecuador, families wait with their dead as bodies pile up
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  • 2020-04-02 19:59:14Z

Daniel Larrea died Monday after a week of high fever, struggling to breathe and steadily turning blue. Then a new nightmare began for his family. No one in their city on Ecuador's Pacific coast would pick up his body.

Chinese government rejects allegations that its face masks were defective, tells countries to
Chinese government rejects allegations that its face masks were defective, tells countries to 'double check' instructions

The Chinese government told other countries to "double-check" the instructions for using the defective face masks.

Spanish hospital personnel must improvise in a makeshift ICU
Spanish hospital personnel must improvise in a makeshift ICU
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  • 2020-04-02 19:19:11Z

The tension is palpable. An orchestra of medical monitors marks the tempo with an endless series of soft, distinct beeps. Never have so many people been inside the library of the Germans Trias i Pujol hospital in northeastern Spain.

Many Americans may have to wait months for coronavirus relief checks
Many Americans may have to wait months for coronavirus relief checks

The first Americans to get relief payments from the government won't see checks til mid-April and many will have to wait longer.

New York only has enough ventilators for six more days, says Governor Cuomo
New York only has enough ventilators for six more days, says Governor Cuomo

* Number of cases in state rises to 92,381, with 2,373 deaths * Hospitals seeing 350 patients needing breathing help a night * Coronavirus - latest US updates * Coronavirus - latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageNew York has confirmed 92,381 cases of coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily briefing, while warning that the state only has enough ventilators in its stockpile for six more days.Cuomo said he did not think the federal government "is in a position to provide ventilators" across the US to the extent that they are going to be needed in the coming days and weeks.As coronavirus cases continue to rise, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asked New...

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Italy's coronavirus deaths push higher, new cases hold steady

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has climbed by 760 to 13,915, the Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday, slightly higher than the daily rise of 727 registered a day earlier. Italy hit a daily peak of 6,557 new cases on March 21. Italy has registered more deaths than anywhere else in the world and accounts for around 28% of all global fatalities from the virus.

Georgia man accused of triple homicide, kidnapping surrenders after 6 hour standoff
Georgia man accused of triple homicide, kidnapping surrenders after 6 hour standoff

A 29-year-old Georgia man was arrested in Florida Wednesday after allegedly killing three people and kidnapping his 2-year-old son.

Putin prolongs virus work shutdown as cases spike
Putin prolongs virus work shutdown as cases spike
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  • 2020-04-02 18:12:03Z

President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday the extension of a non-working period in Russia to slow the spread of the coronavirus until April 30 as cases spike. "I've taken a decision to extend the period of non-working days until April 30," Putin said in an address broadcast on state television, saying that Russians will still receive their salaries. The president first announced a week-long break from work in a rare televised address last week as part of a series of escalating measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Russia.

Agonizing decisions being made in Spain
Agonizing decisions being made in Spain's virus hot spots
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  • 2020-04-02 17:57:57Z

Raquel Fernández watched as cemetery workers lowered her grandmother's casket into the grave and placed it on top of the coffin of her grandfather, buried just three days earlier. Eusebio Fernández and Rosalía Mascaraque, both 86, are two of Spain's more than 10,000 fatalities from the coronavirus

Twitter deletes 20,000 fake accounts linked to Saudi, Serbian and Egyptian governments
Twitter deletes 20,000 fake accounts linked to Saudi, Serbian and Egyptian governments
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  • 2020-04-02 17:56:46Z

Accounts also linked to Honduras and Indonesia violated policy and were 'targeted attempt to undermine the public conversation'Twitter has deleted 20,000 fake accounts linked to the governments of Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Honduras and Indonesia, saying they violated company policy and were a "targeted attempt to undermine the public conversation".Yoel Roth, the head of site integrity, said the removal of the accounts was part of the company's ongoing "work to detect and investigate state-backed information operations".Of the accounts removed on Thursday, 8,558 were linked to the Serbian Progressive party (SNS) of Aleksandar Vučić, the president. The accounts had posted more than 43m...

Trump's 10 Million Barrel Tweet Is Performance Art
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  • 2020-04-02 17:56:27Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Look, we all know basing anything on a tweet from President Donald Trump is a fraught exercise. But oil prices jumped as much as 24% on the back of this on Thursday, so needs must:Get the obvious out of the way. "I expect & hope," "maybe," and "if it happens" are not caveats to

Judge who presided over terrorism trials dies of coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 16:58:18Z

Kevin Duffy, a longtime judge who presided over three major New York terrorism trials in the 1990s, has died of the coronavirus. Duffy died Wednesday in Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he lived, according to Edward Friedland, the district executive at Manhattan federal court. Duffy

Elderly to be evacuated en masse from ultra-Orthodox Israeli town hit by coronavirus

The Israeli military will evacuate elderly residents en masse from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish town with a disproportionately large outbreak of coronavirus, the government said on Thursday. Some 4,500 people aged 80 and above would be taken out of Bnai Brak, near Tel Aviv, and placed in isolation in hostels

Iran parliament speaker tests positive for COVID-19
Iran parliament speaker tests positive for COVID-19
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  • 2020-04-02 16:42:27Z

Iran's parliament speaker tested positive for COVID-19, state television reported Thursday, becoming the latest official to contract the disease in the hard hit country. Ali Larijani "was tested for coronavirus after showing certain symptoms, and as the result was positive, he is currently in quarantine and undergoing treatment," the report said. Larijani, 62, is close to the Iranian leadership and president and was re-elected in 2016 for a second term as parliament speaker.

New Yorkers Are Right to Be Skeptical of Evangelical-Run Coronavirus Ward in Central Park
New Yorkers Are Right to Be Skeptical of Evangelical-Run Coronavirus Ward in Central Park
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  • 2020-04-02 16:26:23Z

If New York City wasn't under a strict stay-at-home order right now, protesters might be marching along Central Park. That's where an evangelical Christian organization called Samaritan's Purse is preparing to open a makeshift COVID-19 ward. The 60-bed emergency field hospital is comprised largely of tarp-wrapped tents and will function as a respiratory unit servicing overflow patients from Mount Sinai Hospital.Some New York residents have criticized Samaritan's Purse's presence, citing their spotty record in the field and expressing fears that the conservative religious group's beliefs could even open the door to substandard care or discrimination. City Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted he...

American Airlines crammed the only 11 passengers on a flight into 3 rows because they only bought basic economy, report says
American Airlines crammed the only 11 passengers on a flight into 3 rows because they only bought basic economy, report says

American Airlines has risked the health of flight attendants and passengers by enforcing rules about riding in coach, it is alleged.

'Above-average' hurricane season predicted this year, top experts say

An "above-normal" hurricane season, which begins June 1, is expected this year, according to Colorado State forecasters.

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Is coronavirus God's will? Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders debate tough questions amid pandemic

Faith leaders field questions about whether coronavirus is God's will, if God created it and if it's some sort of punishment for sin.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Larijani Quarantined With Coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 16:05:42Z

(Bloomberg) -- The speaker of Iran's parliament, veteran politician Ali Larijani, has tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine, the legislature's public affairs office said Thursday.Larijani is the most senior Iranian official to contract the virus, joining two dozen MPs, a vice president

The US and Iran could bring down tensions if they
The US and Iran could bring down tensions if they're willing to talk about one issue
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  • 2020-04-02 16:02:13Z

While the US and Iran have spent 2020 shooting at each other, one issue could bring them closer, writes Defense Priorities fellow Daniel DePetris.

3 people who survived the coronavirus describe what it
3 people who survived the coronavirus describe what it's like and what they wish they would have known

Three Americans told Insider what it feels like to be diagnosed with the coronavirus and recover. Here's what we can learn from them.

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Nigeria launches 'massive' joint operation against jihadists

Nigeria on Thursday said it had launched a "massive" joint offensive with troops from Chad and Niger against jihadists waging a decade-long insurgency in the region. The announcement comes after Chad's defence minister said Tuesday his country had deployed forces across its neighbours' borders to battle insurgents who killed almost 100 Chadian soldiers last month. Nigeria's military said attacks by fighters from Boko Haram and a splinter group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State group had "necessitated the contiguous nations of the Lake Chad basin to jointly launch this massive onslaught". Details about the operation were sketchy. Nigeria has made repeated claims...

Canada faces
Canada faces 'critical week' in coronavirus crisis, death toll jumps

Canada faces "a critical week" in fighting the coronavirus, a senior official said on Thursday, as the death toll jumped and the most populous province said residents should brace for a stark scenario. Deaths surged to 161 from 105 on Wednesday while positive cases rose to 11,131 from 9,017, according to provincial announcements compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "This is a critical week in our fight against the coronavirus," said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Trump's Sanctions Are Losing Their Bite
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  • 2020-04-02 15:30:50Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In his three years in office, President Donald Trump has placed more people under sanctions than he has insulted on Twitter. But his ready resort to economic punishment has put ever greater strain on a bureaucracy that was overburdened even before he took office - and the more

Trump's Sanctions Are Losing Their Bite
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  • 2020-04-02 15:30:50Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In his three years in office, President Donald Trump has placed more people under sanctions than he has insulted on Twitter. But his ready resort to economic punishment has put ever greater strain on a bureaucracy that was overburdened even before he took office - and the more

'Ventilators' donated by Elon Musk can't be used on coronavirus patients, health officials say

Elon Musk's ventilator giveaway may do more harm than good.After weeks of brushing off the COVID-19 pandemic as "dumb," the billionaire Tesla founder earlier this week announced he had 1,000 "FDA-approved ventilators" and ended up donating 40 to New York City's hospital system. Except the devices Musk gave away aren't powerful enough to use in the ICU, and health officials have actually warned against using them on COVID-19 patients because they could spread the virus further.What Musk purchased and gave to New York's hospitals were BiPAP machines made by ResMed, a photo shared by the hospital system reveals. ResMed CEO Mick Farrell later confirmed Musk's purchase of...

Orban Scrambles as Power Grab Triggers EU Backlash, Sell-Off
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  • 2020-04-02 14:42:15Z

(Bloomberg) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is backpedaling to stanch the sell-off of his virus-battered currency and respond to a rare rebuke from the European Union's most powerful members.After he took total control of his country this week, he's now scrambling to respond to a backlash against

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to 'shoot dead' any 'troublemakers' who break quarantine

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police and military to "shoot dead" any "troublemakers" who cause disturbances during the coronavirus quarantine in the Philippines, The Philippine Star reports. The move comes after protestors staged demonstrations over the lack of food and financial aid they've received from the government since the lockdown began in the country on March 17."I will not hesitate [to tell] my soldiers to shoot you. I will not hesitate to order the police to arrest and detain you," said Duterte in his address, adding: "Instead of causing trouble, I'll send you to the grave." The president is infamous for his alleged...

Putin Keeps Russians at Home Through April 30 as Virus Toll Jumps
Putin Keeps Russians at Home Through April 30 as Virus Toll Jumps
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  • 2020-04-02 14:30:32Z

(Bloomberg) -- President Vladimir Putin extended his order keeping Russians at home until April 30, warning that the spread of coronavirus has yet to reach its peak."The threat remains," Putin said Thursday in his second televised address on Covid-19 in just over a week, announcing that he's extending a national order to work at home from this week to the end of the month. "In the view of virus experts, we haven't yet reached the peak of the epidemic globally, including in our country."The Russian leader said certain parts of Russia, including Moscow, hadn't managed so far to get the situation under control. He said he would give additional authority to regional leaders to determine the...

Virus masks, apps: The race is on to avoid hidden carriers
Virus masks, apps: The race is on to avoid hidden carriers
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  • 2020-04-02 14:26:20Z

The worldwide race to protect people against being infected by unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified Thursday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear masks, get temperature checks or even be permitted to go outside. In the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began in December, a green symbol on residents' smartphones dictates their movements. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free.

McConnell Urges Pelosi to Abandon Effort to Use Coronavirus Relief Bill to Achieve Unrelated Policy Goals
McConnell Urges Pelosi to Abandon Effort to Use Coronavirus Relief Bill to Achieve Unrelated Policy Goals

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed attempts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to spearhead talks about a fourth coronavirus relief bill, saying that she should "stand down" on the proposal."She needs to stand down on the notion that we're going to go along with taking advantage of the crisis to do things that are unrelated to the crisis," McConnell said, calling the speaker's suggestions about fourth relief bill "premature."The Senate majority leader's remarks come a week after Congress passed a massive $2 trillion stimulus package to offset the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to spread across the country, causing businesses to...

Army attack helicopters teamed up with Navy ships to practice holding enemies
Army attack helicopters teamed up with Navy ships to practice holding enemies 'at high risk' in the Middle East

The operations were designed to enhance the capabilities of US forces to respond to surface threats.

Germany Expects Economy to Shrink More Than 5% on Virus Hit
Germany Expects Economy to Shrink More Than 5% on Virus Hit
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  • 2020-04-02 13:23:35Z

(Bloomberg) -- Germany faces a deeper recession than during the financial crisis, as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down large parts of Europe's biggest economy.The impact on 2020 growth from measures to contain the virus could be "as strong, or even stronger" than the 5% contraction caused by the sovereign-debt emergency in 2008 and 2009, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Thursday in Berlin. National output could shrink for some months in the first half by more than 8%, with the biggest slump likely in May, he added."That means that after 10 years of good economic growth we will again experience a recession this year," said Altmaier. "It's the first since 2009, and we want it to be a...

America is battling a pandemic. Why is Trump talking about war with Iran?
America is battling a pandemic. Why is Trump talking about war with Iran?
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  • 2020-04-02 12:57:09Z

Because an economy-wrecking pandemic isn't enough to deal with, the Trump administration is making aggressive noises at Iran."Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq," President Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!"The White House didn't provide any additional information about Trump's tweet or his claim of a "sneak attack" being planned. But it should go without saying that going to war with Iran right now would be a terrible thing.January's near-miss of open war with Iran - triggered when the United States assassinated General Qassem...

Fauci says he feels safe despite threats, is focusing on job
Fauci says he feels safe despite threats, is focusing on job
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  • 2020-04-02 12:57:06Z

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said Thursday he feels safe despite reports he's received online threats and has had uncomfortable personal encounters with admirers that prompted the Trump administration to assign him a security detail. Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force who appears almost daily on televised briefings and news shows, says there are things about his job that are "sometimes disturbing." The Department of Health and Human Services requested the U.S. Marshals Service authorize special agents from the HHS inspector general's office as part of Fauci's security detail, according to a person familiar with the arrangements,...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
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  • 2020-04-02 12:54:45Z

More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week - doubling a record high set just one week earlier - a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus despite his administration's grim projections of tens of thousands dying.

Why undocumented immigrants still fear the 2020 census
Why undocumented immigrants still fear the 2020 census

The United States might not be able to get information about more than 10 million people in the 2020 census. That's the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Another 16.7 million individuals live in a household with an undocumented member and so might also not be counted in this year's census.The primary reason that undocumented immigrants might forego participation in the 2020 census? Fear. Fear of being found by immigration enforcement authorities. Fear of being detained to face a deportation hearing. And, ultimately, fear of being deported. If data is missing from the 2020 census, that will harm national and community planning efforts. Fear of deportationThe...

Spain Deaths Rise; Germany Warns of Deep Recession: Virus Update
Spain Deaths Rise; Germany Warns of Deep Recession: Virus Update
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  • 2020-04-02 12:01:12Z

(Bloomberg) -- Spain reported 950 more deaths from the coronavirus, the most in a single day, taking total fatalities in the country to more than 10,000. There are signs that the worst may soon be over in Italy as growth in new cases there moderates.Earlier, China said the U.S. was trying to shift the blame for its own outbreak after American intelligence officials concluded Beijing concealed infections. A county in central China was locked down again after a flare-up in cases. Presidential hopeful Joe Biden said he expected the Democratic convention to be delayed until August.In Britain, almost one million people have claimed welfare payments in the past two weeks and a financial...

Video journals: Global youth describe life in virus crisis
Video journals: Global youth describe life in virus crisis
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  • 2020-04-02 12:00:13Z

"We're missing out on a lot of things," says Angel Gona, 18. "I feel its been kind of quiet," says Freddie, 16, who lives in Chicago - normally "a violent kind of city," he says, but one where the lockdown has served as a respite from all-too-common gunfire. Ask young people around the globe to record diaries of life in the pandemic, and their video logs will tell of anxiety about the state of the world, worry about family and their studies, a longing for friends - and a reliance on social media to help get them through.

Iran arrested a journalist who criticised its response to the coronavirus outbreak, and forced him to delete his Twitter and Telegram
Iran arrested a journalist who criticised its response to the coronavirus outbreak, and forced him to delete his Twitter and Telegram
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  • 2020-04-02 11:42:57Z

Iran has silenced citizens critical of the government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been accused of lying about the death toll.


Can I see my partner, and can I go for a drive? We've made sense of the latest coronavirus rules for you
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  • 2020-04-02 23:46:27

Wondering if you're allowed to go and see your mum and dad? What about friends and partners, or what will happen if you ignore social distancing rules altogether? We've got some answers.

ASIC warns real estate agents against advising tenants to access super to pay rent
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  • 2020-04-02 22:59:40

The corporate watchdog intervenes to stop real estate agents advising tenants struggling to pay rent to withdraw money from their superannuation, warning those who do so could face hefty fines and jail time for unlicensed financial advice against peoples' best interests.

Scott Morrison says the coronavirus curve is flattening. Are we turning the corner?
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  • 2020-04-02 22:14:57

The Prime Minister says that the epidemiology curve is beginning to flatten. But is it, and how do we know? RMIT ABC Fact Check explores the coronavirus data.

Dow climbs 470 points as oil spikes more than 20%, outweighing record US unemployment filings
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  • 2020-04-02 22:09:06

Dow climbs 470 points as oil spikes more than 20%, outweighing record US unemployment filings

National coronavirus death toll rises to 25 after man dies in Melbourne
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  • 2020-04-02 21:57:12

A man in his 80s dies of coronavirus while in intensive care at a Melbourne hospital, taking the national death toll to 25.

Coronavirus, emergency laws and civil liberties: Are rights at risk?
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  • 2020-04-02 21:35:07

Politicians say extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, but some civil liberties groups are demanding more oversight of coronavirus control measures.

The US Navy fires the captain of the aircraft carrier stricken by a coronavirus outbreak - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 21:06:49

The Navy has removed the commanding officer of carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt amid an effort to move thousands of crewmembers off the deployed ship.

Live: Coronavirus cases pass the 5,000 mark in Australia, with National Cabinet set to meet tonight
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  • 2020-04-02 19:39:10

The country's death toll sits at 24, with more than 5,000 known cases in Australia. National Cabinet will meet this evening, a day after announcing more support for workers and free childcare. Follow live.

Why April is now a 'dangerous' month for hundreds of thousands of households
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  • 2020-04-02 19:36:48

Businesses are looking at ways they can continue to pay staff until the Government's JobKeeper payments arrive in May.

One ventilator, 400 people with respiratory illness. This community is 'incredibly vulnerable'
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  • 2020-04-02 19:35:10

More than 200 people are forced into quarantine in a remote Indigenous community due to a lack of isolation facilities.

How coronavirus travels through the air: risk of droplets and aerosols - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 19:21:00

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus is not airborne. But some research suggests otherwise.

'Get off your high horse': A message from an Australian in hotel quarantine
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  • 2020-04-02 19:18:15

Australians speaking about the challenges of two weeks of forced hotel quarantine are being lambasted online as being spoilt whingers. Fiona Renton has a message for the commenters.

The new coronavirus rules are changing how we all live our day-to-day lives. Here's what you can and can't do
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  • 2020-04-02 19:15:09

Wondering if you're allowed to go and see your mum and dad? What about friends and partners, or what will happen if you ignore social distancing rules altogether? We've got some answers.

Factories pivot to make PPE but decry lack of government direction - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 19:08:33

Factories across the US are pivoting to make medical supplies. But companies are desperate for the federal government to manage a chaotic marketplace.

Arielle Charnas posts tearful apology for fleeing NYC amid coronavirus - Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 18:21:39

Something Navy's Arielle Charnas responded to criticism she faced for fleeing New York City during the coronavirus outbreak.

Tech relies on contractors, gig workers. COVID-19 is showing the cracks. - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 18:17:00

Most tech companies rely on non-standard workers of some sort for tasks ranging from driving or delivery to content moderation or data analysis.

Coronavirus antibody tests to identify immune people are crucial - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 18:11:00

"People who are immune could be the first people to go back to normal life and start everything up again," one expert said.

Can Australia force COVID-19-hit cruise ships to leave our waters?
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  • 2020-04-02 18:10:33

Two situations are developing off the east and west coasts of Australia — both involve cruise ships and coronavirus. But what is and isn't the Federal Government allowed to do?

Sunrun just laid off at least 100 people and furloughed more - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 18:03:00

The company, which sells and leases solar panels for your roof, cited the coronavirus pandemic, which is stunting residential solar sales.

Bill Gates says we need at least 10 more weeks of nationwide shutdown - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 17:48:16

"The window for making important decisions hasn't closed," Bill Gates argued, calling for action informed "science, data and medical professionals."

Coronavirus crisis: UBS warns $5 trillion in corporate credit at risk - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 17:41:53

Risky corners of the corporate credit market that ballooned during the good times are now faced with the coronavirus-led crisis.

Elon Musk criticized over 'ventilator' shipment to New York hospital - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 17:26:15

BiPAP machines were recently allowed by the FDA as a substitute for ventilators, but some medical experts warn they could spread the coronavirus.

Wealthy think the coronavirus has stigma, afraid of social status loss - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 17:25:00

In Westport, the coronavirus began at a lavish party. In Austria, it spread from a ski resort to six other countries. Both had reputations to protect.

Coronavirus investing strategies: Recommendations from 159 pro managers - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 17:03:37

"We are witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in many kinds of asset classes," one fund said.

Coronavirus update: UK death toll nears 3,000 as government faces criticism over low testing rates
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  • 2020-04-02 16:39:51

For the third day straight the United Kingdom records a high in deaths, while Spain also produces a record death toll with 950 people dying to take the nation's tally past 10,000.

Luckin Coffee stock tanks 80% after discovery that COO fabricated about $310 million in sales (LK)
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  • 2020-04-02 16:30:06

Luckin Coffee stock tanks 80% after discovery that COO fabricated about $310 million in sales (LK)

Coronavirus: American forced fliers into 3 rows who didn't buy upgrade - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 15:43:08

American Airlines has risked the health of flight attendants and passengers by enforcing rules about riding in coach, it is alleged.

Record high as 6.6 million Americans claim unemployment in a week
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  • 2020-04-02 14:58:53

Two weeks ago, a record-breaking 3.3 million Americans applied for welfare. Then last week 6.6 million more sent in their applications. Economists say the trend will only continue

Inside a Brooklyn hospital fighting the coronavirus pandemic - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 14:31:00

"Until I saw this, I couldn't believe it." Deaths are mounting at an NYC hospital on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

Stranded Holland America cruise ships, Zaandam and Rotterdam, allowed to dock - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 14:22:17

Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine tweeted that the Unified Command task force and Carnival Corp. had reached an agreement.

spotlight-digital-live-event-buffer-flexjobs-remote-culture - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 13:26:00

For our next Spotlight Digital Live event, we're bringing on two leaders who have spent years mastering remote culture. Your questions are welcome.

US weekly jobless claims hit record 6.6 million as coronavirus spreads - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 12:33:03

"It's remarkable. These are unprecedented numbers," said Bank of America economist Joseph Song. "But we're also facing an unprecedented pandemic."

Trump is blowing the US response to coronavirus because he can't handle bad news - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 12:23:06

Trump spent his business career lying his way through disaster and faking his successes, now he's applying the same instincts to managing a pandemic.

Investing advice, coronavirus volatility tips from Charles Schwab CIO - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 12:10:00

Understanding what other investors are thinking and how you might react in moments of stress can help you succeed and avoid big mistakes.

'Another cataclysmic week': Stocks climb as signs of relief in oil markets outweigh fears of record US jobless claims
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  • 2020-04-02 12:06:04

'Another cataclysmic week': Stocks climb as signs of relief in oil markets outweigh fears of record US jobless claims

SoftBank confirms it's abandoning a $3 billion WeWork deal - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 11:07:33

SoftBank cited investigations into WeWork's financing and it's dealings with Adam Neumann.

$18 billion RingCentral goes after Zoom with video-conferencing - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 11:00:00

RingCentral developed a stand-alone video offering that may challenge Zoom, especially for its customers that previously used Zoom to videoconference.

Charts: Coronavirus is spreading faster in US than in other countries - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 10:50:21

The US has the most coronavirus infections in the world, but is still taking a delayed and piecemeal approach to lockdown.

Coronavirus: Countries rethink advice on masks, facial coverings - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 10:49:04

Health authorities in Europe and the US had said that wearing a mask was not effective protection for most people. Now some may change that guidance.

'Grave concerns' for Kimberley as coronavirus case spike sees tough travel restrictions imposed
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  • 2020-04-02 09:44:17

Shire borders will be closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus amongst 'vulnerable' northern WA Aboriginal communities.

Health Department confirms 17 nursing homes with coronavirus cases
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  • 2020-04-02 09:44:17

Aged care facilities in all Australian states have recorded infections of COVID-19, with four new nursing homes recording cases in the last two days.

'They sustain me': PM reflects on family, admitting it's hard to imagine world on other side of pandemic
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  • 2020-04-02 09:38:46

Scott Morrison said he was drawing inspiration from his grandmother who lived during the Great Depression, and admitted it was hard trying to imagine the world on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I'm a doctor in a Melbourne emergency department. One fear keeps me up at night
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  • 2020-04-02 08:50:22

Ask any emergency worker what worries them the most. It is not the unfathomable numbers of people that are going to need our care, nor is it the guarantee of unrelenting shifts without breaks.

The Government has announced a plan for free childcare. Here's what that means
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  • 2020-04-02 08:25:34

Childcare will be free for families amid the coronavirus pandemic. But what does that really mean, and how will it work?

'It feels like we've been left behind': Meet the workers who can't get the wage subsidy
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  • 2020-04-02 07:19:07

Because Niall Harden and Sarah Wyllie are not permanent residents, they are not entitled to the Government's new JobKeeper payment, which also excludes casuals who have not been with an employer for more than 12 months.

WA to become 'island within an island' as it shuts down borders from midnight on Sunday
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  • 2020-04-02 06:42:30

The WA Government will introduce a temporary closure of its interstate border effective from midnight on Sunday.

'Targeted': Bondi backpacker hostel shuts down after coronavirus outbreak scrutiny
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  • 2020-04-02 06:31:08

Noahs Backpacker Hostel in Bondi shuts down after facing scrutiny earlier this week after people were seen on a balcony ignoring directives to practise physical distancing.

What is the point of pandemic leave if it's unpaid?
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  • 2020-04-02 06:09:49

Employees self-isolating might need to tap into some time off. So how does the new unpaid pandemic leave work, and can you get some cash on it?

Paul Krugman warns of fiscal time bomb if relief is insufficient - Business Insider
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  • 2020-04-02 05:29:30

The current crisis is not a replay of the Great Recession, according to Krugman, but there will be a second wave that will be if we don't act forcefully enough now.

Beware of 'Zoombombing' next time you set up a work conference call
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  • 2020-04-02 05:17:37

It has been a harmless joke for Australian comedian Hamish Blake, but the FBI is warning users to there are serious security concerns with popular videoconferencing app Zoom.

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