Efforts to push a further $250 billion of coronavirus aid for small
businesses through the U.S. Congress were stalling on Wednesday as top
Democrats said they would back the measure only if it was coupled with a
similar amount for hospitals and local governments.
U.S. Senate Republicans and Democrats said they planned on Thursday to
offer competing plans to beef up emergency loans to small businesses
struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, with neither
likely to clear an initial procedural hurdle.
The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday rolled out a broad, $2.3 trillion
effort to bolster local governments and small and mid-sized businesses in
its latest move to keep the U.S. economy intact as the country battles the
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits in the last three
weeks has blown past 15 million, with weekly new claims topping 6 million
for the second straight time last week amid tough measures to control the
novel coronavirus outbreak that have abruptly ground the country to halt.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 261,000 to a
seasonally adjusted 6.606 million for the week ended April 4.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a good night and is getting better four
days after being admitted to hospital with COVID-19, but he remains in
intensive care as his government reviews the most stringent shutdown in
Britain’s peacetime history.
Hungry, scared and tired, scores of sex workers in Mexico City have been
forced to live on the streets as fear of contracting the coronavirus keeps
clients away and the government shuttered the hotels where many of them
lived and worked.
The Canadian death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is likely to be
between 11,000 and 22,000 by the end of the pandemic, health officials said
on Thursday, outlining the two most likely scenarios.
Greece will transfer about 60 unaccompanied children from overcrowded
migrant camps to Luxembourg and Germany next week as worries mount about
the coronavirus pandemic.
Oil prices rose on Thursday on expectations the world’s leading crude
producers will at a meeting later in the day overcome obstacles that have
so far prevented a deal to cut output in response to a collapse in global
demand. Brent crude LCOc1 futures were up 2%, or 65 cents, at $33.49 a
barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures were up 3%,
or 76 cents, at $25.85 a barrel.
The impact of the novel coronavirus on Hong Kong’s tourism sector is
unprecedented and the city can hope to start seeing things returning to
normal by July, in part by trying to develop new markets.
U.S. producer prices fell in March, with the cost of goods dropping by the
most since 2015, and further declines are likely as the novel coronavirus
weighs on demand for energy products.
OPEC and Russia will discuss record oil output cuts on Thursday to support
prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis but talks are complicated by
internal disagreements and the reluctance of the United States to join any
China took new measures on Wednesday to try to prevent asymptomatic “silent
carriers” of the new coronavirus from causing a second wave of infections,
as the country reported another modest rise in confirmed cases.
France’s competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay
French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content.
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New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New
York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that
travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia.
Pakistan’s army said Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance
drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in
the disputed territory.
The former wife of Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut, was charged with making
false statements to federal authorities, the Justice Department said. In
her initial complaint, Summer Worden claimed that McClain, whom she married
in 2014 and later filed for divorced, had improperly accessed her bank
A proposed emergency ordinance introduced by San Francisco’s Board of
Supervisors would require the city to house its entire homeless population
in 7,000 hotel rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for
hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish
hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday that is aimed at giving
Americans more recreational access on public lands.
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading an effort to develop a
national coronavirus surveillance system in order to track patient data
almost in real time, Politico reported on Tuesday based on conversations
with four people involved in the ongoing effort.
The coronavirus death count in New York City, already unfathomable, is
expected to surge in the coming days as officials begin including people
who have been dropping dead at home without an official diagnosis. On
Tuesday alone, 256 people were pronounced dead at home across the five
In an unprecedented move, the Italian government has declared its seaports
“unsafe” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will not authorize the
landing of migrant rescue boats until the end of the emergency.
Jews marked the start of a “strange” Passover holiday on Wednesday as the
coronavirus pandemic prevented the large family gatherings usually
organized for the traditional Seder meal.
Disney’s new video streaming service has reached more than 50 million
subscribers since its launch five months ago. When Disney Plus last
announced viewing figures in February it had reached 26.5 million
subscribers. Since then, this has almost doubled as more people are online
and stuck at home due to virus clampdowns.
Sub-Saharan Africa will this year suffer its first recession for 25 years
as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak, a World Bank report predicts.
The bank says that the region’s economy could shrink by as much as 5.1%.
Europe’s Christians are facing an extraordinary Easter under lockdown, with
traditionally large congregations replaced by livestreamed services.
Dozens of patients from a nursing home in Southern California were
evacuated to other centers Wednesday after employees stopped showing up for
work, officials say.
After he announced he was suspending his presidential campaign, Bernie
Sanders’ press secretary expressed relief that she could finally drop the
word “democratic” from the term “democratic socialism.” The mask comes off.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has put out a call for volunteers who know
how to code the decades-old computer programming language called COBOL
because many of the state’s systems still run on older mainframes. In
Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state’s Departments of Labor was in the
process of modernizing from COBOL but then the virus interfered. “So
they’re operating on really old stuff,” she said.
Some universities are not only packing up students’ belongings without
telling them first, but demanding that students pay them to get their own
stuff back following short-notice evictions that were portrayed as
Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 9, 2020
Headlines – 4/9/2020
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