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Coronavirus Update: Virus Reached France in December, Norwegian Cruise Line May Fail, Pfizer Begins Vaccine Trial

Coronavirus Update: Virus Reached France in December, Norwegian Cruise Line May Fail, Pfizer Begins Vaccine Trial

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As the death toll across the globe passed the 250,000 mark, doctors in France said they believe a patient had the novel Coronavirus in late December after retesting samples taken at the time. The patient was originally diagnosed with a case of pneumonia.  The diagnosis was days before China reported what was then an unknown ailment to the World Health Organization and a month before the virus was originally …

Coronavirus Update: Georgia Shops Reopen, Worldwide Death Toll Nears 200,000, FDA and Lysol Warn Against Trump Touted Cures

Coronavirus Update: Georgia Shops Reopen, Worldwide Death Toll Nears 200,000, FDA and Lysol Warn Against Trump Touted Cures

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to take hydroxchloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that President Trump repeatedly touted as a cure for the coronavirus outside of a hospital-type setting.  Meanwhile, the manufacturers of Lysol and other such disinfectants issued a warning against using the products improperly after the president touted them as a means of killing the virus.
Meanwhile, Congress passed the $484 billion aid bill and …

Coronavirus Update: Caseload Now 2.5 Million, Trump Wants to Halt Immigration, N.Y. Reports Fewest Cases in a Month

Coronavirus Update: Caseload Now 2.5 Million, Trump Wants to Halt Immigration, N.Y. Reports Fewest Cases in a Month

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President Trump announced he would suspend legal immigration for an unspecified period of time, saying he was taking the drastic move “in light of the Invisible Enemy.
As countries including Austria, Denmark, and Germany began to cautiously relax some restrictions, including the reopening of smaller shops with the proviso that social-distancing is observed, in the United States, the governors of  Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee took steps to broadly reopen their …

Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Volvo to Restart Production in Europe Next Week

Automakers in Europe – which employ some 9% of factory workers in the European Union – said they would cautiously begin to reopen their plants.
Volkswagen will reopen assembly lines in Zwickau, Germany, and Bratislava, Slovakia, on Monday, and Volvo will restart production at its Torslanda factory in Sweden.  Daimler, parent of Mercedes-Benz, said that it will resume production in Berlin, Hamburg, and Untertürkheim, with plants inSindelfingen and Bremen to follow.
BMW …

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll in U.S. Becomes World’s Highest, Russia Reports Largest Daily Increase, U.K. PM Leaves Hospital

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll in U.S. Becomes World’s Highest, Russia Reports Largest Daily Increase, U.K. PM Leaves Hospital

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In the United States, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who has become both a comforting and familiar face of the pandemic there, said that the country should expect what he termed a “rolling re-entry” back to normalcy, one that would vary from region to region.
The word “normalcy” is a neologism credited to President Warren G. Harding, who wanted to return the country to its pre-war mentality. He said: “America’s present …

Virgin Atlantic to Temporarily Suspend All Flights

Virgin Atlantic to Temporarily Suspend All Flights

After cutting back to just three routes last month amidst plummeting demand, Virgin Atlantic Airways announced it plans to suspend all passenger flights for a minimum of one week later this month.
Virgin “has made the decision to move most of its current scheduled services to cargo-only services from 20 April until 26 April,” it said in a statement to FBT.
The British carrier will continue to operate its three routes – …

Coronavirus Update: N.Y. is Only in ‘First Wave,’ ‘Cautious Hope’ in Germany, U.K. PM Still in ICU

Coronavirus Update: N.Y. is Only in ‘First Wave,’ ‘Cautious Hope’ in Germany, U.K. PM Still in ICU

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In his televised briefing, which has become a staple of morning television programming, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state is only in the “first wave” of the pandemic, and people “must be prepared.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the latest infection rate figures “give us reason for cautious hope,” while countries in Europe are preparing for the Easter holiday weekend while stepping up enforcement of social-distancing measures.
U.K. …