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Indian state authorities warn coronavirus lockdown could be extended

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 23:21

Indian state authorities warn coronavirus lockdown could be extendedAuthorities in some India states warned on Saturday that lockdowns to rein in the coronavirus pandemic could be extended in parts of the nation as the number of domestic coronavirus cases rose above the 3,000 mark. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a three-week lockdown of India's 1.3 billion people on March 24 to avert a massive outbreak of infections. The country has recorded 3,072 coronavirus cases, of which 75 people have died.


U.S. attorney general orders release of more federal inmates due to coronavirus pandemic

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:44

U.S. attorney general orders release of more federal inmates due to coronavirus pandemicU.S. Attorney General William Barr declared on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is facing emergency conditions due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, paving the way for the agency to begin releasing more inmates out of custody and into home confinement. Barr said under his emergency order, priority for releasing vulnerable inmates into home confinement should be given first to those housed in federal prisons that have been hardest hit by COVID-19, including facilities such as Oakdale in Louisiana, Elkton in Ohio and Danbury in Connecticut. Barr's order comes after five inmates at FCI Oakdale 1 and two at FCI Elkton 1 died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.


Coronavirus: Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the world

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:28

 Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the worldThe United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, 1,480 deaths were counted between Thursday morning and Friday morning, and the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in the US is now 7,406. It tops the record set by the US on the previous day with 1,169 deaths. The US also far has more cases than any other country in the world with more than 275,000, at least double that of Italy which has the second highest number. It comes as Donald Trump advised all Americans to wear masks in public to protect against the virus over fears that the illness that has infected more than one million people worldwide may be spreading by normal breathing. Mr Trump said the government recommendation for all 330 million Americans to wear non-medical masks in places such as grocery stores would last "for a period of time", though he said that he would not wear one.


A California ER nurse told her family that if she gets COVID-19 she doesn't want a ventilator and to give it to someone else who needs it more

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:11

A California ER nurse told her family that if she gets COVID-19 she doesn't want a ventilator and to give it to someone else who needs it more"If I were to get really sick, my sisters know I don't want to take a ventilator from someone else who may need it," Paige said.


Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 18:55

Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeupJoe Biden said Friday that he will announce a committee to oversee his vice presidential selection process and is already thinking about whom he’d choose to join his Cabinet. Biden, who holds a significant lead in delegates over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary race but has yet to officially clinch the nomination, also said he’s spoken to Sanders to let him know he’d be proceeding with the vice presidential vetting process. Biden, a former vice president himself, has previously committed to choosing a woman as his running mate.


China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 18:47

China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemicChina on Saturday mourned the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment. The day of mourning coincided with the start of the annual Qingming tomb-sweeping festival, when millions of Chinese families pay respects to their ancestors. At 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) Beijing time, the country observed three minutes of silence to mourn those who died, including frontline medical workers and doctors.


Bolsonaro's disapproval rating rises amid virus havoc

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 18:03

Bolsonaro's disapproval rating rises amid virus havocBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's disapproval rating has surged as the far-right leader has taken a vocal stance against coronavirus containment measures, two polls out Friday found. Bolsonaro, who has compared COVID-19 to a "bit of sniffles" and criticized the "hysteria" around it, has found himself increasingly isolated on the issue as the pandemic advances. Thirty-nine percent of Brazilians disapprove of his handling of the crisis, up six points from two weeks ago, polling firm Datafolha found.


3M pushes back at Trump over order to produce more face masks

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 17:48

3M pushes back at Trump over order to produce more face masksManufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers.


Trump updates guidance on face coverings, says hospitals treating uninsured COVID-19 cases will be reimbursed

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:59

Trump updates guidance on face coverings, says hospitals treating uninsured COVID-19 cases will be reimbursed	President Trump leads the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing.


CDC gives 'voluntary' guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. Trump isn't volunteering.

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:55

CDC gives 'voluntary' guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. Trump isn't volunteering.President Trump said Friday that despite new CDC guidance recommending that American citizens wear masks or facial coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, “I don’t think that I’m going to be doing it.”


Coronavirus: Holland America lets off cruise passengers; 14 critically ill taken to Florida hospitals

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:52

 Holland America lets off cruise passengers; 14 critically ill taken to Florida hospitalsPresident Trump weighed in after passengers from the Holland America Zaandam cruise ship were allowed to touch dry land for the first time in weeks.


Watch sailors cheer Navy captain relieved of command after raising alarm on coronavirus

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:47

Watch sailors cheer Navy captain relieved of command after raising alarm on coronavirusOne Twitter user who uploaded a video captioned it, in part: "Wrongfully relieved of command but did right by the sailors."


FISA court orders FBI to review if wiretaps are invalid after errors found during investigation

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:22

FISA court orders FBI to review if wiretaps are invalid after errors found during investigationThe directive comes just days after an internal Justice Department review found new problems with the FBI's management of wiretap applications.


Over 120,000 sign online petition to reinstate U.S. Navy carrier commander

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:18

Over 120,000 sign online petition to reinstate U.S. Navy carrier commanderMore than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling on the U.S. Navy to reinstate the captain of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier a day after he was relieved of his command for a letter sent to superiors urging stronger measures to halt the outbreak. Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday after a scathing letter in which he called on the Navy to take "decisive action" to halt the spread of the virus aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was leaked to the media. "His actions possibly saved many lives," the online petition said.


Pandemic pushes U.S. gun sales to all-time high

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:11

Pandemic pushes U.S. gun sales to all-time highThe FBI conducted 3.7 million background checks last month, the highest total since the national instant check system was launched in 1998.


VFW Opposes VA Decision to Eliminate Review Period for Claims

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:07

VFW Opposes VA Decision to Eliminate Review Period for ClaimsPreviously, the VA allowed veterans service organizations to double-check vets' claims.


For DIY face masks, some fabrics work better than others

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:03

For DIY face masks, some fabrics work better than othersSome fabrics were found to work better at filtering small particles than medical grade masks.


Trump announces CDC recommendation to wear masks, promptly declares he won't follow it

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:02

Trump announces CDC recommendation to wear masks, promptly declares he won't follow itPresident Trump is admittedly not doing everything he can to stop the spread of COVID-19.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation for all Americans to wear cloth masks when in public around people, Trump announced at Friday's coronavirus task force press conference. Trump then repeatedly clarified that the recommendation is "voluntary," and declared that he won't be wearing a mask at all.Americans are being asked to wear cloth masks when going outside around others. It'll add an extra layer of protection against transmitting COVID-19 even if someone who has the virus is asymptomatic, while saving medical-grade N95 masks for health care workers who desperately need them, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Friday. Los Angeles and New York City recently issued the same recommendation, and a Thursday report indicated the CDC's recommendation was coming.When Trump was asked why he wouldn't wear a mask, he said he was "feeling fine," and then implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" in a mask while meeting "presidents, prime ministers, dictators," and so on. It's unclear which world leaders would be dropping by the Oval Office given the current climate.More stories from theweek.com Social distancing is going to get darker 5 brutally funny cartoons about Trump's TV ratings boast Donald Trump is playing with revolutionary fire


New York City sent out a push alert to all phones asking licensed healthcare workers to volunteer in overburdened facilities

Yahoo News - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 16:00

New York City sent out a push alert to all phones asking licensed healthcare workers to volunteer in overburdened facilitiesNew York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US with more than 57,000 people infected and over 1,500 deaths.


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