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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.

Under pressure, UK government promises 100,000 daily coronavirus tests

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:32
Britain's health minister promised a tenfold increase in the number of daily tests for coronavirus by the end of the month after the government faced criticism for failing to roll out mass checks for health workers and the public.

Britain looking at virus immunity certificates but more research needed

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:32
Britain is looking at issuing immunity certificates to people who have developed resistance to the coronavirus, but there needs to be more research into the science behind it, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.

New Irish government will need three parties - Fine Gael's Varadkar

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:15
Ireland's Fianna Fail and Fine Gael will need the support of a third party to form a new government and cannot just rely on a group of independent lawmakers for a majority, Fine Gael leader and acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.

Footballers should take pay cut in coronavirus outbreak - UK minister

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:37
Premier League football players should take a pay cut to play their part in Britain's fight against coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday.

Pelosi announces select committee to oversee U.S. coronavirus relief

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:34
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she will form a bipartisan select committee on the coronavirus crisis to oversee the spending of $2.3 trillion (1.9 trillion pounds) that Congress has approved to respond to the pandemic.

'There may be no more tennis this year', says Wimbledon chief Lewis

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:32
Tennis may not return until 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the entire grasscourt season and most of the claycourt campaign, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis said on Thursday.

BA suspends more than 30,000 staff, owner scraps dividend

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:29
British Airways said on Thursday it has struck a deal with its unions to suspend more than 30,000 cabin crew and ground staff in one of the airline industry's most dramatic moves yet to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain to target 100,000 daily coronavirus tests by month-end

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:10
Britain is aiming for 100,000 daily coronavirus tests by the end of April, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday, an increase of around tenfold from current levels.

UK has fixed swab shortage problem for coronavirus testing- minister

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:10
Britain has fixed the problem it had with a shortage of swabs used in the testing of coronavirus and is resolving an issue in supply of reagents needed in the process, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.

Oil soars over 20% after Trump claims Saudis and Russians to cut output

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:57
Oil prices soared on Thursday after U.S. 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 oil producers to deal with the market turmoil.

Oil surge drags FTSE 100 out of losses amid virus worries

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:53
Oil prices roared back on Thursday, pulling Britain's commodity-heavy FTSE 100 out of early losses sparked by a record surge in U.S. weekly jobless claims.

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

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:51
Spain's death toll from the coronavirus rose above 10,000 on Thursday after a record 950 people died overnight, but health officials saw a glimmer of hope with the epidemic slowing in terms of proportional daily increases in infections and deaths.

U.S. deaths, joblessness mount as coronavirus exacts toll on Americans

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:49
The coronavirus pandemic triggered a record 6.6 million jobless claims in a week and killed nearly 1,000 Americans in a single day, the latest data show, as the crisis led officials to order more than 80% of the U.S. population to stay home.

New York has enough ventilators to last six days - governor

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:49
New York has enough ventilators in stock to last another 6 days at the current rate they are being used in hospitals to treat coronavirus patients, and is working to convert other machines to address any shortage, the governor said on Thursday.

U.S. CDC reports 213,144 coronavirus cases, 4,513 deaths

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:49
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reported 213,144 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 27,043 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 910 to 4,513.

Union says British Airways agrees deal to suspend thousands of staff, owner scraps dividend

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:43
British Airways has struck a deal to suspend thousands of staff in one of the airline industry's most dramatic moves yet to survive the coronavirus pandemic, its union said.