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New York reels at center of pandemic as home-bound Americans feel economic pain

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 01:23
New York City hospitals and morgues bent under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, struggling to treat or bury casualties, as the state's governor offered a grim prediction that the rest of the country would soon face the same misery.

Asian markets look to follow Wall Street rally as oil surges

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 01:11
Asian markets on Friday looked to latch onto Wall Street's overnight gains after crude prices notched their biggest one-day surge on record, helping offset concerns about the depth of a global recession.

Global coronavirus cases surpass one million

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 00:50
Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths as the pandemic further exploded in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a Reuters tally of official data.

U.S. Navy relieves aircraft carrier commander who wrote letter urging coronavirus action

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 00:46
The U.S. Navy on Thursday relieved the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking for stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard his warship.

Britain to build two further temporary coronavirus hospitals

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 00:27
Britain will build a further two temporary hospitals to treat coronavirus patients, the National Health Service (NHS) said on Friday as its first field hospital prepares to open in London.

UK police warn of heightened sex threat to children online during virus lockdown

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 00:07
British police said on Friday there were at least 300,000 people in the country who posed a sex threat to children, warning that there could be a spike in online offences during the coronavirus lockdown.

UK plugs loan gap for firms teetering under coronavirus strain

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 23:35
British finance minister Rishi Sunak will on Friday address a gap in its support for businesses trying to survive the seismic economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak, by allowing medium-sized companies access to government-backed loans.

Pakistan court set to free four accused in Daniel Pearl killing

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 23:25
A Pakistani court on Thursday commuted the death sentence of the main person accused in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of an American Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, and acquitted three other co-accused in the matter.

Brazil's Bolsonaro isolated, weakened by coronavirus denial

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 23:11
At a tense cabinet meeting on Saturday in the Brazilian president's official residence, Jair Bolsonaro found himself isolated.

U.S. Navy relieves commander of coronavirus-hit aircraft carrier

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 22:31
The U.S. Navy announced on Thursday it had relieved the commander of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking Navy leadership for stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

White House likely to advise people in coronavirus hot spots to wear masks

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 22:10
The White House is expected to issue guidance for people in areas hard hit by the coronavirus to wear face coverings to help stop the spread of the disease, an administration official said on Thursday.

Democrats delay presidential convention until August, citing coronavirus

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 21:50
The Democratic Party on Thursday postponed its U.S. presidential nominating convention by a month until August, citing the coronavirus health crisis that has upended daily life and caused many states to postpone their primaries.

Stocks climb on oil price surge despite grim U.S. jobs data

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 21:40
World equity markets climbed on Thursday on a surge in risky assets like oil, offsetting concerns over an increasing death toll from the coronavirus pandemic that is expected to push the global economy into recession.

Spain's coronavirus deaths rise above 10,000, yet there is 'glimpse of hope'

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 21:35
Spain's death toll from the coronavirus rose above 10,000 on Thursday after a record 950 people died overnight, but health officials were encouraged by a slowdown in daily increases in infections and deaths.

Oil posts biggest one-day gains after Trump touts Saudi-Russia oil deal

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 20:59
Crude prices posted their biggest-one day gains on record on Thursday after President Donald Trump said he expects Russia and Saudi Arabia to announce a major oil production cut, and Saudi state media said the kingdom was calling an emergency meeting of producers to deal with the market turmoil.

Britons reconvene on doorsteps to clap for health workers

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 20:55
Britons stood on doorsteps and leaned out of windows on Thursday for a second national round of applause for doctors, nurses and all other essential workers battling the coronavirus outbreak that is forcing them to stay at home and avoid other people.

New York as U.S. 'microcosm': Body count mounts, medical supplies dwindle

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:49
The coronavirus pandemic's mounting death toll began to overwhelm New York City morgues on Thursday as hospitals struggled to treat thousands of infected patients with a dwindling supply of ventilators and protective equipment.

Florida to allow two cruise ships to dock after impasse

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:49
Florida officials on Thursday said they were prepared to allow two Holland America cruise ships with coronavirus patients aboard dock at a port near Fort Lauderdale, resolving a days-long impasse that drew the attention of President Donald Trump.

Staff at a NY hospital put protective gear in outdoor trash can after handling bodies

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:49
Staff at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York City were seen disposing of their gowns and caps and other protective wear in a sidewalk trash can on Thursday after wheeling bodies out of the hospital and loading them into a refrigerated truck.

Facebook launches fact-checking service on WhatsApp in Italy to fight coronavirus hoaxes

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:44
Facebook Inc. launched a service in Italy to check the accuracy of information on coronavirus circulating on its messaging platform WhatsApp, the U.S. tech firm said on Thursday.