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Italy to Nationalize Alitalia in June

Italy to Nationalize Alitalia in June

The Italian government plans to take full control money-losing Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana, the country’s flag carrier.
The news was announced by Industry Minister Stefano Patuanelli at a parliamentary committee for transport meeting on Thursday, who said  that the carrier would have been otherwise forced to shutdown amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Alitalia went into administration in 2017, having already cost Italian taxpayers an estimated €7 billion ($7.6 billion) since an earlier …

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

IN BRIEF
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: N.Y.C. Fireworks Plan Generates Fireworks, First Cases in U.S. Earlier Than Thought

Coronavirus Update: N.Y.C. Fireworks Plan Generates Fireworks, First Cases in U.S. Earlier Than Thought

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Researchers said they found that nine people who were sitting near one another at a restaurant in China were infected by the novel coronavirus and that it likely spread with the help of the restaurant’s air-conditioning system. The findings were published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier this month and they have severe implications for the restaurant and hotel industries.
The first known death from the novel coronavirus was …

Photo Essay: A Surreal Look at New York City in the Age of the Coronavirus

Over the past few weeks, FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira has been photographically documenting New York City.
Most streets are deserted and cultural landmarks have gone dark. Indeed, since mid-March, there has been a 90% decline in subway ridership, a 20% drop in the crime rate, a 60% decrease in traffic at the city’s busiest tunnels and bridges, and a 30% drop in air pollution, according to reports from the National …

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

IN BRIEF
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 …

United Airlines Turns Cargo Facility in Houston into Food Bank

United Airlines Turns Cargo Facility in Houston into Food Bank

United Airlines announced on Monday that it had converted a cargo facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston into a food bank amidst the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
The idea stemmed from a member of the airline’s baggage team there, Mark Zessin.  Mr. Zessin now leads a team of volunteers at what has become a “bustling” food distribution center to support the Houston Food Bank’s efforts to feed local families amidst …

Coronavirus Update: German Shops Reopen, Shake Shack Returns Loan, Oil Prices Tank

Coronavirus Update: German Shops Reopen, Shake Shack Returns Loan, Oil Prices Tank

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For the first time in a month, smaller shops in Germany reopened their doors, while Australia and New Zealand both eased lockdowns there.
Hong Kong reported no new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, the first time since a second wave of infections began in early March.
Meanwhile, authorities in China warned any Chinese citizens who might be trying to flee Russia and return to the Middle Kingdom to stay in …