'Complete collapse of economies' ahead as Africa faces virus
The global economic crisis linked to the coronavirus could wipe out jobs for millions across the African continent, many who live hand-to-mouth with zero savings
South Sudan has 1st virus case, is 51st country in AfricaOfficials in South Sudan say the country has its first case of COVID-19, making it the 51st of Africa's 54 countries to have the disease
China-to-New York ventilator shipment shows supply scrambleNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the Chinese government was facilitating a shipment of 1,000 donated ventilators to his state, highlighting the extreme measures leaders are taking in what has become a cutthroat scramble to independently secure enough lifesaving devices during the coronavirus pandemic.
Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus growsThere are the new dead. And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible.
Global diplomacy under the gun in the time of coronavirusThe coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered international diplomacy. While the interruptions may seem to many like trivial inconveniences for a well-heeled jet set, they may have significant implications for matters of war and peace, arms control and human rights.
Trump says 'toughest' weeks ahead as coronavirus spreadsWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the county could be headed into its "toughest" weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he's eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy back on track. "There will be a lot of death, unfortunately," Trump said in a somber start to his daily briefing on the pandemic. "There will be death."
Contagious singing as Corona Community Chorus unites voicesAll around the world, linked by video, more than 100 people sing "Come, Come Whoever You Are," lyrics adapted from a poem by Rumi, the 13th century Sufi mystic. Then, laughing together, "Kookaburra," the Australian nursery rhyme. And then, in Hebrew, "Hinei Matov."
China honors virus victims with 3 minutes of reflectionWith air raid sirens wailing and flags at half-staff, China held a three-minute nationwide moment of reflection on Saturday to honor those who have died in the coronavirus outbreak, especially "martyrs" who fell while fighting what has become a global pandemic.
Walmart joins other stores in limiting access to storesWalmart still wants customers, just fewer of them at a time. The nation's largest retailer said it will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly about 20% of the average store's capacity.
Some states receive masks with dry rot, broken ventilatorsSome states and cities that have been shipped masks, gloves, ventilators and other essential equipment from the nation's medical stockpile to fight the coronavirus have gotten an unwelcome surprise: the material is unusable
Cupich lifts Holy Week communion obligation for CatholicsCiting the "impossibility of attendance" at Mass, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on Sunday lifted Holy Communion obligations for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago during Holy Week, including Easter Sunday.
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