President Donald Trump on Thursday teased a new plan to reopen swaths of the country shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic via a targeted, county-by-county mitigation effort. read more
Microbiology experts in Spain have said that rapid coronavirus tests that the country bought from China are not consistently detecting positive cases. The error was discovered as Spain is in the grip of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, second only to Italy in the number of reported deaths. read more
Nearly one million Canadians applied for jobless claims last week, representing almost 5% of the labor force, according to a senior government official with knowledge of the data. The new figure of 929,000 includes the half-million unemployment applications first reported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a press conference Friday, but also includes claims made over the weekend, the person said on condition they not be identified because the data is not yet public. read more
Governor Andrew Cuomo said New Yorkers should be prepared for widespread business closures and stay-at-home orders to last for months to combat the surge in coronavirus cases. "This is not a short term situation," he said in a Sunday briefing with reporters. "This is not a long weekend. This is not a week." "It is going to be four months, six months, nine months," he continued. Cuomo pointed to modeling from China, which shows that the US is lagging behind being able to curb the rate at which the virus is spreading in hotspots like New York City. "The timeline " nobody can tell you, it depends on how we handle it " but 40%, up to 80% of the population will wind up getting this virus, all we're trying to do is slow the spread," Cuomo said. "But it will spread, it is that contagious."
Cynthia Viteri, the mayor of Guayaquil, confirmed on Wednesday that she supported local officials in blocking off a runway at the Jos Joaqun de Olmedo International Airport, which they accomplished by strategically placing trucks in the path of any incoming aircraft. read more