IMF CUTS EURO ZONE GROWTH FORECAST TO 1.2% THIS YEAR FROM 1.3% PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED, SEES GDP EXPANDING BY 1.4% IN 2020, 2021 (PREVIOUS ESTIMATE 1.5% IN BOTH YEARS)

IMF CUTS EURO ZONE GROWTH FORECAST TO 1.2% THIS YEAR FROM 1.3% PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED, SEES GDP EXPANDING BY 1.4% IN 2020, 2021 (PREVIOUS ESTIMATE 1.5% IN BOTH YEARS)

  • Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'
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    Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'

    Trump used Monday's briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as “very fair.” After kicking off the briefing by praising his own administration for its response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Trump opened the briefing up to questions, during which he refused to acknowledge any criticism of his handling of the pandemic that has brought the United States to a virtual standstill. One point of contention was a report released today by the inspector general of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

  • 'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.
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    'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.

    In Italy, new data show that 20 percent of health care workers tested positive for COVID-19. In the U.S., people in my age group, 20 to 44, who test positive for coronavirus have a one in five chance of requiring hospitalization, and about a fifth of those end up in an intensive care unit. If I get infected, my chance of dying is one in 500.

  • Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion
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    Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion

    Mohammed al-Dulfi's 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots proposed by the government outside Baghdad for him and seven other coronavirus victims, al-Dulfi said. A fight broke out between the families and the Health Ministry's team.

  • Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods
    BBC

    Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods

    Stark statistics from Chicago health officials have underscored the heavy toll of coronavirus on black Americans. Black Chicagoans account for half of all coronavirus cases in the city and more than 70% of deaths, despite making up 30% of the population. Other cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans and New York, have become coronavirus hotspots.

  • Researchers found the coronavirus lasted on a surgical mask for 7 days, showing how crucial it is to properly remove face coverings after wearing them
    Business Insider

    Researchers found the coronavirus lasted on a surgical mask for 7 days, showing how crucial it is to properly remove face coverings after wearing them

    Researchers have been investigating the stability of the novel coronavirus on different surfaces to try and figure out how it can be transmitted. A new report published in the journal Lancet found the virus lasted on the outside of a surgical mask for 7 days. The study reinforced existing recommendations for people to not touch the outside of their masks after putting them on.

  • Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles
    Architectural Digest

    Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles

    It's all about balanceOriginally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History
    Time

    How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History

    When the White House projected on March 31 that, even with social distancing measures, 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die of COVID-19, the numbers were not necessarily shocking to those who had been paying attention. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had already said he projected between 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. deaths, and estimates by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington are not much different, projecting 81,766 American deaths by Aug. 4, as of Monday afternoon. White House is now setting the goal posts at 100-200K dead as a good job.

  • Scammers try selling world's tallest statue as pandemic boosts India's cyber crime
    Reuters

    Scammers try selling world's tallest statue as pandemic boosts India's cyber crime

    Police in India lodged a case this week against an unknown online fraudster who tried selling the world's largest statue for $4 billion, claiming the proceeds would be used to help the Gujarat state government fund its fight against the coronavirus. With scams ranging from free mobile recharges, to offers of free Netflix subscriptions, federal home ministry officials say there has been 86% percent rise in cyber crime in the past four weeks. Police and internal security officials said scammers have created fake versions of the flagship 'PM CARES Fund' payments interface that look deceptively similar to the original and many Indians and Non-Residents Indians (NRIs) have fallen prey.

  • Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet
    AFP

    Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet

    China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, Education Minister Abraham Weintraub insinuated China was behind the global health crisis. "Geopolitically, who will come out stronger from this global crisis?" he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

  • Sailors reportedly 'livid' with acting Navy secretary after he blasts captain who expressed coronavirus concerns
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    Sailors reportedly 'livid' with acting Navy secretary after he blasts captain who expressed coronavirus concerns

    A speech by acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly to the aircraft carrier crew whose captain he relieved April 2 has exposed him to accusations of hypocrisy and led to calls for him to be fired. Modly said Thursday that he relieved Capt. Brett Crozier for circulating too widely a memo expressing the captain's concerns about how the Navy was handling a COVID-19 outbreak that had forced his ship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, to remain docked in Guam. The acting secretary doubled down on that criticism in his remarks Monday to Crozier's crew, telling them that if the captain hadn't realized that emailing the memo to “over 20” people meant it was likely to go public, then Crozier was either “too naive or too stupid” to be left in command.

  • Spain’s New Virus Infections Fall as Austria Eases Lockdown
    Bloomberg

    Spain’s New Virus Infections Fall as Austria Eases Lockdown

    Spain reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in more than two weeks and German infections were the fewest in six days, tentative signs that the spread of the deadly disease is slowing in Europe's worst-hit countries. The most recent figures from Spain, Italy, Germany and France suggest containment measures that have idled millions of workers are having an effect. While most leaders pleaded for patience, Austria became the first country in Europe to ease restrictions and Denmark may follow later.

  • US sees coronavirus window to push Taiwan's global status
    Associated Press

    US sees coronavirus window to push Taiwan's global status

    The Trump administration is seizing the opportunity of the coronavirus pandemic to push a cause that has long been an irritant in U.S. relations with China: Taiwan. The virus has added yet another dimension to U.S.-China tensions that were already wracked by a trade war and heated discussions over intellectual property, human rights and Chinese policies in Hong Kong and the South China Sea. And, while U.S.-China differences over Taiwan have waxed and waned for decades, they have persisted and are reaching new heights as the world grapples with the exponential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising
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    Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear the Catholic Church's challenge to a local ban on religious advertising. The case, brought by the Archdiocese of Washington against the District of Columbia region's mass transit system, would have been the latest example of religious freedom appeals heard by the conservative-leaning court. The justices already are considering four major religion cases, all brought to them by religious organizations after lower court losses: • School choice: Three Montana women challenged a Montana ban on state funds being used to pay for religious education.

  • As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn’t Provide Care’
    National Review

    As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn’t Provide Care’

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that no victim of the coronavirus has died because the state could not provide health care for them, even as New York posted its highest number of deaths in one day. A record 731 New Yorkers died between Monday and Tuesday, Cuomo reported. The governor warned Thursday that New York state only had enough ventilators for six days and was considering how to increase the supply.

  • Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus
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    Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of 1 billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's official website said on Monday.

  • The Bureau of Prisons just bought $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine, the unproved coronavirus treatment touted by Trump
    INSIDER

    The Bureau of Prisons just bought $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine, the unproved coronavirus treatment touted by Trump

    Associated Press/John Locher The Bureau of Prisons placed an order for $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets in March, federal spending records show. A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson told Insider the drugs were intended to treat COVID-19 patients. The novel coronavirus has been spreading rapidly throughout federal prisons, and the BOP reported Monday that eight inmates have died so far, and at least 195 have tested positive.

  • John Lewis pushes Joe Biden to pick a woman of color for VP
    CBS News

    John Lewis pushes Joe Biden to pick a woman of color for VP

    Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis said Tuesday that former Vice President Joe Biden should pick a woman of color to be his running mate. Lewis made the comments as he announced he's formally endorsing Biden, a shot of energy for the likely Democratic presidential nominee as the primary season is currently on pause due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. "I think Vice President Biden should look around — it would be good to have a woman of color," Lewis told reporters on a call when asked.

  • Boris Johnson's government reportedly believes the coronavirus may have accidentally leaked from a Chinese laboratory
    Business Insider

    Boris Johnson's government reportedly believes the coronavirus may have accidentally leaked from a Chinese laboratory

    The UK government reportedly believes the coronavirus outbreak may have started in a Chinese laboratory. Most experts believe the outbreak began when animals passed COVID-19 onto humans in China. UK officials are not ruling out the possibility that a laboratory close to Wuhan accidentally leaked the virus.

  • Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president
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    Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president

    Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the two leading medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force, said that out of deference to social distancing rules she had stayed away from her daughter's house — despite her 10-month-old granddaughter having registered a fever of 105 degrees over the weekend. Birx said the child, who is recovering, probably had roseola, a common childhood infection, not COVID-19. Birx, who meets daily with President Trump and Vice President Pence, said she has been vigilant about avoiding social contact “because of you two.”

  • Navy captain fired over coronavirus memo is a calm, honorable leader. He's also my friend.
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    Navy captain fired over coronavirus memo is a calm, honorable leader. He's also my friend.

    The acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, last week relieved my Naval Academy classmate and personal friend Brett Crozier from his position as commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. On Monday, the secretary was recorded telling the crew of that ship that Capt. Crozier was either “too naïve or too stupid” to be in command. During his speech on the ship's public address system, he repeated the false narrative that Crozier himself may have leaked a letter he wrote pleading for help amid a wave of coronavirus cases on his vessel.

  • McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Kentucky race
    Associated Press

    McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Kentucky race

    Democrat Amy McGrath raised substantially more campaign cash than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the first three months of 2020, showing her staying power against the Republican lawmaker in setting a blistering fundraising pace in Kentucky. Hours after McConnell's campaign reported raising nearly $7.5 million in the quarter, McGrath upped the ante. She reported taking in $12.8 million during the same period.

  • The Vatican Welcomes Back Cardinal Pell After Stunning Sex Abuse Reversal in Australia
    The Daily Beast

    The Vatican Welcomes Back Cardinal Pell After Stunning Sex Abuse Reversal in Australia

    Many Vatican insiders who felt Pell was a scapegoat convicted for the sins of many others will now feel vindicated, while survivors of clerical sexual abuse feel as if they have been victimized all over again. Pope Francis earlier said he would refrain from commenting until all the Australian court processes played out. But at his televised mass Tuesday morning, he seemed to send a subtle message of support for Pell.

  • Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself
    NBC News

    Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself

    All of the doors and windows were locked from the inside, according to the sheriff's office. Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, were found dead in separate rooms with obvious signs of trauma to their heads, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The couple, who were not married, had been together for eight years, according to Cathy Hoffmeyer, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

  • Saudi Arabia says it could reach 200,000 coronavirus infections
    Reuters

    Saudi Arabia says it could reach 200,000 coronavirus infections

    The new coronavirus could eventually infect between 10,000 and 200,000 people in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's health minister said on Tuesday, urging the public to adhere more closely to state directives against mixing and movement. The country of some 30 million has so far reported 2,795 cases and 41 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), despite halting all passenger flights, suspending most commercial activities and imposing a 24-hour curfew in major cities including the capital Riyadh. "We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic," Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said in a rare televised address.

  • Pelosi reportedly tells Democrats next coronavirus relief package will top $1 trillion
    The Week

    Pelosi reportedly tells Democrats next coronavirus relief package will top $1 trillion

    During a private conference call with Democrats on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at least $1 trillion will be needed for the next coronavirus relief package. Last month, Congress passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package, and Pelosi said the next bill will build onto that, people on the call told Bloomberg News. Pelosi said there will have to be more direct payments to individuals, extended unemployment insurance, and additional funding for food stamps and the Payroll Protection Plan, which provides small business loans. One lawmaker told Bloomberg News Pelosi also said the bill should help state and local governments, particularly in areas with no more than 500,000 residents.