• Coronavirus live news: US deaths pass 3,000 as study shows higher risk from middle age
    by Helen Sullivan on March 31, 2020 at 1:28 AM

    Global cases pass 750,000; Moscow locks down 12m people; Isis prisoners riot in Syria. Follow the latest updatesCoronavirus latest: at a glanceNew study reveals increased risks from middle ageAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.27am BSTSouth Korea reported 125 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 9,786, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The daily number of new infections in South Korea has been hovering around 100 or less for the past three weeks. 2.15am BSTIn China now, where we understand that today marks a week since a new coronavirus case was reported in Wuhan city, where the outbreak first emerged. There were 48 new confirmed cases in Mainland China on March 30, all of which were imported cases abroad. Continue reading...

  • Amazon workers walk out over lack of protective gear amid coronavirus
    by Kenya Evelyn in Washington on March 31, 2020 at 12:23 AM

    More than 100 workers went on strike at a New York City facility after reports of multiple employees testing positive for Covid-19More than 100 Amazon workers walked out of a New York City facility on Monday, going on strike and demanding increased protective gear and hazard pay as they work through the coronavirus pandemic.“Since the building won’t close by itself, we’re going to have to force their hand,” Chris Smalls, lead organizer of the Staten Island strike, told CNBC. He added that workers “will not return until the building gets sanitized”. Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state
    by Niko Kommenda, Pablo Gutiérrez and Juweek Adolphe on March 30, 2020 at 11:20 PM

    Coronavirus – live updatesFull coronavirus coverageThe number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to grow in the US. Mike Pence, the vice-president, is overseeing the US response to the coronavirus.So far, 80% of patients experience a mild form of the illness, which can include a fever and pneumonia, and many of these cases require little to no medical intervention. That being said, elderly people and those with underlying conditions such as diabetes or heart and lung issues are the most vulnerable. The coronavirus death rate in China for people 80 or over, in the government’s study of more than 72,000 cases, was 14.8%. Continue reading...

  • New blood test can detect 50 types of cancer
    by Nicola Davis on March 30, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    System uses machine learning to offer new way to screen for hard-to-detect cancersA new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer has been revealed by researchers in the latest study to offer hope for early detection.The test is based on DNA that is shed by tumours and found circulating in the blood. More specifically, it focuses on chemical changes to this DNA, known as methylation patterns. Continue reading...

  • Climate-killing products should come with smoking-style warnings
    by Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent on March 30, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Graphic imagery should be used on petrol pumps and air tickets, experts say Cigarette packets with grisly warnings of the consequences of smoking are intended to deter smokers. Now a group of public health experts says similar warnings should appear on high-carbon products, from airline tickets and energy bills to petrol pumps, to show consumers the health impacts of the climate crisis.Warning labels would be a cheap but potentially highly effective intervention that would make consumers aware of the impact of their purchases on climate breakdown, according to the experts. Continue reading...

  • Report reveals ‘massive plastic pollution footprint’ of drinks firms
    by Sandra Laville on March 30, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Report says plastic from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever products could cover 83 football pitches every dayFour global drinks giants are responsible for more than half a million tonnes of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, enough to cover 83 football pitches every day, according to a report.The NGO Tearfund has calculated the greenhouse gas emissions from the open burning of plastic bottles, sachets and cartons produced by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever in developing nations, where waste can be mismanaged because people do not have access to collections. Continue reading...

  • USA Rugby files for bankruptcy as coronavirus takes toll on game
    by PA Media on March 30, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Governing body cites ‘insurmountable financial constraints’Rugby is one of fastest growing sports in the StatesThe board of USA Rugby has voted to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of “insurmountable financial constraints” in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The governing body suspended sanctioned competition and rugby activities indefinitely on 20 March due to the global pandemic.USA Rugby will undergo a restructuring process with input from World Rugby, while the country’s men’s and women’s senior national teams will continue to compete as normal when rugby returns. The governing body described the decision as the best way to “deliver a foundation for future stability”. Continue reading...

  • New York: makeshift hospitals set up as Cuomo warns 'tsunami is coming'
    by Alexandra Villarreal in New York on March 30, 2020 at 8:35 PM

    Huge medical ship docks in New York harbour and medical tents pitched in Central Park as officials scramble to secure suppliesCoronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn New York City on Monday, ghostly white tents were pitched in Central Park, a huge medical ship docked in the harbor and the state’s first temporary 2,500-bed emergency overflow hospital opened, all heralding a new front in the fight against Covid-19 – as the state recorded its first thousand fatalities from the disease. Related: Trump: Pelosi a 'sick puppy' for saying coronavirus failings have cost lives Continue reading...

  • New York governor Andrew Cuomo calls for unity in US coronavirus fight – video
    on March 30, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, has warned that the state’s surge of coronavirus cases and deaths could soon be replicated across the country. He  said he agreed with Donald Trump's description of the fight against the virus as 'a war' and stressed that preparation for the peak of infection was essentialCoronavirus US live: New York governor warns 'no American is immune to this virus'Continue reading...

  • 'Cradle of disease': Asos warehouse staff reveal coronavirus fears
    by Sarah Butler on March 30, 2020 at 7:02 PM

    Online fashion chain hits back at staff claims of safety issues at Barnsley distribution centreCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAsos has been criticised by staff who say they are scared to come to work at its distribution centre because they are not being sufficiently protected during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 98% of more than 460 workers who took part in a survey carried out by the GMB union said they felt unsafe at the group’s warehouse in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, even after new safety measures were introduced last week. About 4,000 people are employed at the warehouse with an average 500 working each shift. Continue reading...

  • The Latest: UK supermarkets record busiest month in history
    on March 31, 2020 at 9:06 AM

    The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can … Click to Continue »

  • Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent
    on March 31, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And … Click to Continue »

  • US nears China’s virus death toll as New York calls for help
    on March 31, 2020 at 6:44 AM

    The mounting death toll from the virus outbreak in the United States had it poised Tuesday to overtake China's grim toll of 3,300 deaths, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo … Click to Continue »

  • North Carolinians urged not to have hairdressers visit homes
    on March 31, 2020 at 6:42 AM

    North Carolina residents are being urged by officials not to set up house calls for hairdressers and massage therapists during the stay-at-home order for the coronavirus outbreak, saying such arrangements … Click to Continue »

  • Online voter registration options expanded in North Carolina
    on March 31, 2020 at 6:35 AM

    North Carolina is making it easier to register online to vote or to make registration changes through the Division of Motor Vehicles. The State Board of Elections and the DMV … Click to Continue »

  • Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus
    on March 31, 2020 at 6:30 AM

    Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across … Click to Continue »

  • Crammed in filthy cells, political prisoners fear infection
    on March 31, 2020 at 6:05 AM

    Reza Khandan got the word from friends locked away in Iran’s most feared prison, Evin. A prisoner and a guard in their cell block had been removed because they were … Click to Continue »

  • Stranded cruise ship hit by virus begs Florida to dock
    on March 31, 2020 at 5:19 AM

    As a cruise ship stranded at sea with dozens sick and four dead makes for Florida, passengers who have been confined to their rooms for more than a week are … Click to Continue »

  • LA County sheriff abandons effort to close gun stores
    on March 31, 2020 at 5:14 AM

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday that he is … Click to Continue »

  • Brazilian pews become trenches in fight against quarantine
    on March 31, 2020 at 5:10 AM

    Like every Sunday, Brazilian Pastor Silas Malafaia took the stage of his Pentecostal temple in a middle-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. But this week, he wore a T-shirt instead of … Click to Continue »

  • Two Top Democratic Super PACs Pair Up to Support Biden
    on March 31, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    Unite the Country, a super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and American Bridge, a progressive group also spending money to defeat President Donald Trump, on Monday said they would partner up to support Biden in his bid ...

  • US Extends Iran Nuclear Sanctions Waivers
    on March 31, 2020 at 12:39 AM

    The Trump administration on Monday renewed several waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iran, allowing Russian, European and Chinese companies to continue to work on Iran's civilian nuclear facilities without drawing American penalties. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off...

  • Fed Judge Nixes Texas' Pandemic Abortion Curbs; More Challenges Loom
    on March 30, 2020 at 11:00 PM

    A U.S. judge on Monday blocked Texas officials from banning most abortions in the state as part of their order to postpone surgeries and other procedures deemed not medically necessary during the coronavirus crisis. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin was...

  • Joe diGenova to Newsmax TV: Not Worried Virus Will Delay Durham Probe
    on March 30, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    The coronavirus outbreak should not have any effect in delaying U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the origins of the probe into Russian collusion and President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Joe diGenova, ...

  • FBI Reaches Out to Sen. Burr Over Stock Sales Tied to Virus
    on March 30, 2020 at 10:43 PM

    FBI Reaches Out to Sen. Burr Over Stock Sales Tied to Virus

  • Remembering John P. Sears: Political Savvy and Stormy Petrol Wherever He Went
    on March 31, 2020 at 1:11 AM

    When I heard Monday morning that John Sears died at age 79, I recalled the last time I spoke to the veteran Republican strategist. It was September of 2015, and we were discussing whether Joe Biden would make a bid for president the following year....

  • Two Top Democratic Super PACs Pair Up to Support Biden
    on March 31, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    Unite the Country, a super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and American Bridge, a progressive group also spending money to defeat President Donald Trump, on Monday said they would partner up to support Biden in his bid ...

  • Trump: 1 Million Tests Already, Rapid Tester on Its Way
    on March 31, 2020 at 12:43 AM

    Announcing the U.S. has conducted a world-leading 1 million tests for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump showed off the world class Abbott Laboratories' rapid testing device Monday in the White House Rose Garden.

  • Pelosi, Dems Moving Quickly to Construct Fourth Coronavirus Relief Bill
    on March 31, 2020 at 12:23 AM

    House Speaker Leader Nancy Pelosi is moving quickly to construct a fourth coronavirus relief package, though she needs buy-in from Republicans and the Trump administration who are reluctant to spend much more at the moment, reports CNN....

  • Rep. Mike Gallagher to Newsmax TV: US Medical Supply Chain Too Tied With China
    on March 30, 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Most Americans are not aware of how dependent the United States is on China for its medical equipment and pharmaceutical supply chain, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., who has teamed up with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on legislation to protect the supply chain...

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