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Coronavirus Update: U.S. Cases Cross 100,000 Mark, U.K. to Roll Out Mass Testing, EasyJet Plans Layoffs

Coronavirus Update: U.S. Cases Cross 100,000 Mark, U.K. to Roll Out Mass Testing, EasyJet Plans Layoffs

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Officials in the United States said that the death toll there had crossed the 100,000 mark on Thursday.
The United Kingdom announced it will start mass coronavirus testing and contact tracing on Thursday.  Individuals with symptoms of Covid-19 who test positive will be asked to provide a list of all individuals with whom they spent a minimum of 15 minutes with.  These people will in turn be contacted and asked …

Coronavirus Update: Memorial Day Marked with Closed Beaches, All 50 States Begin to Reopen, India Restarts Domestic Flights

Coronavirus Update: Memorial Day Marked with Closed Beaches, All 50 States Begin to Reopen, India Restarts Domestic Flights

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The United States reached a milestone over the past week in that all 50 states began to reopen in some fashion, although there are dramatic differences between what measures have been relaxed in one state compared to another.  Scientists and epidemiologists remain cautious, however, and many have warned of the potential for a second wave of novel coronavirus infections.
The Trump Administration released a new testing strategy on Sunday that …

Coronavirus Update: Over 2 Million Have Recovered from Virus, Expect Air Travel to be ‘Somewhat Strange’

Coronavirus Update: Over 2 Million Have Recovered from Virus, Expect Air Travel to be ‘Somewhat Strange’

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Those taking to the skies will find travel somewhat strange this Memorial Day Weekend. They will find signs and floor markings reminding them of the need for social distancing, and everyone will be wearing face coverings.  Airlines will board passengers in smaller groups, many from back to front, and service on board flights will be limited.
New studies show that hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted and taken by President Trump, may …

Coronavirus Update: CDC Releases More Guidelines, N.Y. ‘Back to Where We Started,’ Says Gov. Cuomo

Coronavirus Update: CDC Releases More Guidelines, N.Y. ‘Back to Where We Started,’ Says Gov. Cuomo

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promulgated guidance for schools, businesses, and mass transit systems as opposed to what was released last week, this document provides specific guidance and instructions for different sectors to detect and trace the virus based on exposure and risk after the pandemic.
The language in the document is somewhat watered down from what was in the original document. Language that tells schools to “ensure social …

Britain to Quarantine Most Travelers Arriving by Plane to Combat the Coronavirus

Britain to Quarantine Most Travelers Arriving by Plane to Combat the Coronavirus

Following his evening address to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a document outlining specifics of a new plan to tackle the novel coronavirus.
In addition to advising those who cannot work from home to return to work if possible and to wear face coverings in public, the prime minister introduced a self-quarantine requirement for most visitors.
“The government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions …

Coronavirus Update: New Cases and Deaths Fall in N.Y. and N.J., Johnson’s New Roadmap for U.K.

Coronavirus Update: New Cases and Deaths Fall in N.Y. and N.J., Johnson’s New Roadmap for U.K.

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As the total number of coronavirus infections worldwide surpassed the four million mark and the death toll in the United States hit 80,000, the virus itself is spreading through the top ranks of the White House. Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary and a spokeswoman for the White House coronavirusefforts, tested positive for the virus, as did a valet to President Trump.
Two of the nation’s top public health …

Coronavirus Update: EU Expects Major Contraction, New Infections Rise in Germany, UK Could Lift Some Restrictions

Coronavirus Update: EU Expects Major Contraction, New Infections Rise in Germany, UK Could Lift Some Restrictions

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The European Union’s economy, which had been set to expand by 1.2% this year, will instead shrink by 7.4%, the European Commission said Monday.  During the 2009 recession amidst the financial crisis, the economy shrank by only 4.5%.  “The danger of a deeper and more protracted recession is very real,” wrote Maarten Verwey, who heads commission’s economic unit, in a foreword to its forecast.
In Germany, the number of new …