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U.K. Prime Minister Johnson in Hospital as Queen Tells Britons to Be Strong

U.K. Prime Minister Johnson in Hospital as Queen Tells Britons to Be Strong

Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation Sunday evening concerning the coronavirus pandemic, her prime minister, Boris Johnson, was admitted to hospital.
Mr. Johnson told the world ten days ago that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
The British government said that Mr. Johnson planned to continue to carry out his duties from his hospital bed and would undergo additional tests.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an …

Coronavirus Update: N.Y. Daily Death Toll Falls, A Plea for ‘Cobalt’ Programmers, Navy Captain Tests Positive

Coronavirus Update: N.Y. Daily Death Toll Falls, A Plea for ‘Cobalt’ Programmers, Navy Captain Tests Positive

IN BRIEF
The global caseload of Covid-19 surpassed 1.2 million, and over half the world’s population has been asked to remain home. The number of cases in the United States is now over 323,000 and over 9,100 deaths have been reported from the virus.
President Trump, who announced the new CDC guidance that people should wear masks even if they present no symptoms and then demurred when asked if he would wear …

Coronavirus Update: Over 500,000 Cases Worldwide, Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Act, Hospitals Running Out of Beds

Coronavirus Update: Over 500,000 Cases Worldwide, Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Act, Hospitals Running Out of Beds

IN BRIEF
The number of confirmed coronavirus casesjumped approximately 25%from the prior day to over 500,000.
Conditions in New York State may be slightly improving thanks to social-distancing measures, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.  American Airlines is implementing social-distancing friendly seating and American and Delta Air Lines both said they were cutting back on in-flight beverage and meal service.
Meanwhile, the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes funding for struggling airlines, with part coming as …

London City Airport Closes as Coronavirus Continues to Wreaks Havoc on Travel Industry

London City Airport Closes as Coronavirus Continues to Wreaks Havoc on Travel Industry

London City Airport, the 12th busiest in Britain, suspended all operations Wednesday night as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to cause a dramatic decline in demand for flights.
The shutdown of the airport, which served 5.1 million passengers last year, is expected to last through at least April.  The airport will continue to pay its employees during the shutdown.
“At this point in this fast-moving and unprecedented situation, we think this is …

Coronavirus Update: Prince Charles Tests Positive, Russia Has More Cases Than Disclosed, Playwright Terrence McNally Dies

Coronavirus Update: Prince Charles Tests Positive, Russia Has More Cases Than Disclosed, Playwright Terrence McNally Dies

IN BRIEF
The world woke up to find out that Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, tested positive to the novel coronavirus. Those people fleeing New York were told to self-quarantine for 14 days as the virus spreads.  President Trump said he wanted the country “opened up” by Easter.
Meanwhile, Moscow’s mayor said that the outbreak in Russia is far greater than official figures indicate and he is introducing sweeping restrictions …

McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC Close in U.K. Amidst Coronavirus Fears

McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC Close in U.K. Amidst Coronavirus Fears

If you are having a Big Mac Attack in the British Isles, you may be out of luck.
Numerous U.S.-based and local fast-food chains including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, and McDonald’s have closed their doors in the United Kingdom amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
The move came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all non-essential shops and food outlets to close as Britain continues to grapple with the pandemic that has resulted …

Coronavirus Update: Number of Cases Now Over 400,000, Olympics Postponed, India and U.K. Under Lockdown

Coronavirus Update: Number of Cases Now Over 400,000, Olympics Postponed, India and U.K. Under Lockdown

IN BRIEF
As the number of coronavirus infections across the globe crossed the 400,000 mark, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed, coronavirus infections are doubling every three days in New York State, and India imposed a lockdown. 
TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 401,976, of which 103,754 have recovered.  The death toll now stands at 17,580.
The number of deaths from the virus …