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US reports highest single-day coronavirus death toll since outbreak
The US on Saturday reported more than 1,300 coronavirus deaths — the largest daily spike in the country since the health crisis began, according to a report. The grim milestone brought the country’s death toll up to 8,503, with more than 312,000 Americans now confirmed with the virus, according to a CNN report, which cited...
On GPS: Covid-19 threatens Hungary's democracy
Central European University President Michael Ignatieff and FT correspondent Valerie Hopkins examine how Hungary's PM Orban used Covid-19 for a power grab.
Woman in ICE custody pleads for release amid coronavirus pandemic
A student now detained at an ICE detention facility describes the horrifying situation she and other women face amid the coronavirus outbreak: "We know that we can die inside here."
Queen Elizabeth II To Address U.K. In Rare Televised Speech About The Coronavirus
The 93-year-old monarch is expected to urge self-discipline and resolve amid the pandemic. "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge."
Desperate worker at hard-hit NYC hospital looks to heavens for help
A desperate medical worker appeared to beseech God for help during a break from his duties at a city hospital that’s among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The unidentified staffer was clad head-to-toe in personal protective equipment when he walked out of Elmhurst Hospital in Queens with his head bowed. After pausing to...
On GPS: Will Covid-19 shift the geopolitical order?
Fareed, Ian Bremmer, Zanny Minton Beddoes & Paul Krugman break down how the Covid-19 crisis could shape relations between the US and the rest of the world.
Erykah Badu is charging $2 for home concert
Badu and her band have been taking the recommended safety precautions by wearing masks, gloves and washing their hands.
Fauci: It Would Be 'False Statement' to Say We Have Coronavirus Under Control
Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci said that it would be "false" to say the federal government had the coronavirus pandemic under control.
Alleged California Murder Suspect Arrested Boarding Flight from Texas to Mexico
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Mexican man wanted for murder in California as he attempted to board a flight from Dallas to Mexico.
Fox News Anchor Confronts Surgeon General Over Trump Declining to Issue National Lockdown: 'Coronavirus Doesn't Recognize States' Rights'
"The coronavirus is not a state issue. It doesn't follow or respect state borders," Chris Wallace explained.
Ohio: Images of the Buckeye State
The terrain of Ohio ranges from rugged forested hills in the southeast to broad plains in the northwest, home to hundreds of villages, townships, and cities. Some 11,689,000 people live in the Buckeye State, making it the 7th most-populated state in the union. Here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Ohio and some of the animals and people calling it home.This photo story is part of Fifty, a collection of images from each of the United States.
Hero of the Day: Manhattan nurse holds ‘hope huddles’ to combat coronavirus woes
For nearly two weeks, a Manhattan man in his 20s languished on a ventilator at Lenox Hill Hospital as the coronavirus laid siege to his lungs.  But as soon as he woke up, he was asking his ICU nurse out for a date.  That’s just one of the uplifting — and sometimes funny — stories...
New York has first daily drop in coronavirus deaths, Cuomo announces, as military personnel head to NYC
New York state saw its first drop in daily coronavirus deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday -- as U.S. Northern Command announced it would deploy a combined total of 1,000 Air Force and Navy medical providers to the New York City area to support relief efforts in the next three days.
Bill Bratton warns New York could face ‘crime virus’ over bail reform bill
Former NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton warned that New York could face a “crime virus” thanks to the state legislature’s bungled overhaul of the controversial bail reform bill. “They are not doing enough,” Bratton told host John Catsimatidis on his AM-970 radio show “The Cat’s Roundtable” in an interview that aired Sunday. “I’d expressed a...
‘We Are Struggling to Get It Under Control’ Dr. Anthony Fauci Says About the U.S. COVID-19 Outbreak
He said there are signs that mitigation efforts are working
Former NFL kicker Jay Feely and son Jace face coronavirus front lines to help
Fund allows 14-year NFL veteran Jay Feely and his son to purchase meals from restaurants and take them to healthcare workers in suburban Phoenix.        
Michigan ER nurse dies alone at home from coronavirus: reports
A Detroit ER nurse has become one of the first Michigan health care workers known to have died from the coronavirus.
Stelter: Trump is talking more than his experts. That's a problem
CNN's Brian Stelter pushes back on multiple claims made by President Trump during his coronavirus task force briefings.
The CDC has begun testing blood for immunity against coronavirus
A researcher examines blood samples ahead of testing. | David Silverman/Getty Images Antibodies could indicate whether a person was infected by the virus and recovered — and therefore could potentially reenter public life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun conducting blood tests it says will help determine if a person has been exposed to the coronavirus, even without showing symptoms, a CDC spokesperson told Politico. These serological tests, or sero-surveys, are different from the nose swabs used to diagnose active cases of Covid-19. By analyzing blood, researchers will be able to tell if a person developed certain antibodies in the blood, indicating that they were infected by the virus and recovered. If a person can be shown to have developed those protections against reinfection, they could potentially reenter society — and the workforce — during a time when millions of Americans live under orders to stay home to prevent the spread of Covid-19. These tests can also help to retroactively collect data about how widespread the virus has been. In the absence of widespread diagnostic testing, many people who have demonstrated symptoms have simply been told to stay home, without receiving a formal diagnosis, while many more people never display symptoms at all. “We’re just starting to do testing and we’ll report out on these very quickly,” Joe Bresee, deputy incident manager for the CDC’s pandemic response, told reporters. “We think the serum studies will be very important to understand what the true amount of infection is out in the community.” According to reporting by the health journalism outlet Stat, the surveys will target three groups, in three phases: people living in hot spots of the disease, such as New York and Seattle, but who were not diagnosed; a representative sample of people living across the country, in areas with differing rates of infection; and health care workers. The first phase, on people living in hot spots, has already begun, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency authorization for testing kits on April 1. The tests, developed by the company Cellex, involve pricking a finger and can deliver a reading in 15 minutes. Other test manufacturers are working to deploy their own tests in the coming months. The second phase, of the national population, will likely begin this summer, and there is no timeline yet for the third phase of health workers, according to STAT. About 80 percent of confirmed Covid-19 cases correspond with mild to moderate symptoms, including coughing, fever, and exhaustion. Many cases will show no symptoms at all — perhaps 25 percent of cases, according to the CDC — and therefore likely go undiagnosed, but asymptomatic people can still pass the virus on toothers who are more vulnerable to serious complications. But because it has been difficult to procure diagnostic tests, people across the spectrum — those who feel perfectly healthy, those with presumed symptoms, and even some with more serious symptoms — have been encouraged to stay home, away from other people and away from hospitals, where infection can spread even more rapidly. That’s why learning more about the full scope of the disease, including how many people have already experienced it and recovered, and the profile of people who did not become sick from the virus, could help researchers better understand the virus and how it spreads. These tests could also help authorities better prepare for future pandemic response, according to Stat: “If it’s known that a high percentage of people in a community were likely infected when the virus moved through during its first wave of infections, the response to a reappearance later might be tailored to protect only high-risk people, for instance.” Immunity testing is not a panacea At a time when millions of Americans are forced to stay home in order to enact “social distancing” measures, figuring out who is protected against the disease’s spread could be the first step toward getting some people back out into the world. As Vox’s Umair Irfan has written, testing may ”hold the key to a return to normal.” A person who has had the virus, recovered, and developed antibodies — proteins built in the blood that help an immune system identify and neutralize threats — may have some level of protection against future spread. This makes them much less at risk of becoming infected, or spreading infection, when touching a cart at the grocery store, preparing food, or visiting a loved one, to name just some of the quotidian activities currently hampered by the coronavirus. It is not yet known whether antibodies to this virus correlate with immunity, as they do with other viruses, however. But in a recent interview on The Daily Show, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US’s top infectious disease expert, said experts studying the disease feel “really confident” that recovered patients will have immunity against Covid-19. “If this virus acts like every other virus that we know, once you get infected, get better, clear the virus, then you’ll have immunity that will protect you against re-infection,” he said. There are other open questions, such as how long that immunity could last, and whether certain people can be reinfected. It is also not yet known how this virus mutates; if its mutation patterns mirror influenza, there could be a new strain each year, for example. Some early research also indicates repeated or protracted exposure to the virus may cause more severe infections. That opens up the question of whether antibodies can prevent infection from larger “doses” of the virus — say, for hospital workers who are repeatedly exposed to the virus — or whether they are more effective among the general population. Without a clear way of knowing who poses a risk, who is at risk, and who carries immunity, lifting social distancing measures early would prove a “nightmare scenario,” one infectious diseases researcher told Vox. The CDC has given no indication that this round of serological testing is being conducted with an aim toward returning people to the workforce. Still, these antibodies may provide a key clue about who can safely return to work. This may be especially important in freeing up health care workers, at a time that many hospitals and clinics are facing staffing shortages due to coronavirus. The UK has ordered 3.5 million of these tests, and both Italy and Germany are considering using them to provide citizens with “certifications” indicating they can return to the world. As Irfan has written, these tests aren’t perfect: Serological tests use blood serum, the liquid part of blood, excluding cells and clotting proteins. Even though SARS-CoV-2 isn’t typically present in blood, an infection causes white blood cells to make antibody proteins that help the immune system identify viruses and stop them, or mark infected cells for destruction. Although these proteins can be detected in the bloodstream and blood serum, it can take several days for someone to make these antibodies after an infection. So a serological test isn’t always useful for finding an active infection — and can yield a false negative, showing that someone doesn’t have the virus when they actually do. The results of these tests can also be trickier to interpret than results from the more common RT-PCR tests used to diagnose Covid-19, which detect the virus’s genetic material. Instead, these tests can be a screening tool. Researchers are also studying how antibodies could be collected in order to treat current cases of Covid-19; they are looking into how to use blood plasma from recovered patients as a possible emergency treatment of current cases. But there are many caveats, as Irfan points out. There are shortages of necessary testing materials, and of personal protective equipment for medical staff conducting these tests. There are also many unknowns about how immunity to this new virus functions: To safely return to work, a patient would have to ensure that they have immunity and that they are no longer spreading the virus. Since a serological test can only confirm the former, a patient may still need an additional RT-PCR test to establish the latter. That is, they need to test positive for immunity and negative for the virus itself. SARS-CoV-2 is also a new virus, so researchers aren’t certain how long immunity will last. The virus could mutate and render past immunity ineffective, although scientists have found that it is mutating slowly, indicating that the protection from a past infection is likely to be effective for a while. Putting too much stock in immunity, too, could create some kind of incentive for becoming infected in order to develop antibodies, which would be highly irresponsible during an outbreak of an infectious disease about which so much is still unknown. Instead, Irfan argues, “the best strategy remains not getting infected in the first place and buying time until researchers can develop and deploy a vaccine.”
Gottlieb says "aggressive surveillance" needed to track future virus spread
Gottlieb said the nation needs a "better toolbox" and "good medicine cabinet," along with surveillance, to better address future coronavirus outbreaks.
Coronavirus lockdowns have caused the Earth to effectively stop shaking
The coronavirus pandemic has left most of the world's major cities, including London, New York and others, empty. It's also having one surprising effect on the planet as well. The Earth has essentially stopped vibrating.
On GPS: India's titanic Coronavirus lockdown
Washington Post Columnist Barkha Dutt tells Fareed how Indian PM Narendra Modi's decision to lock down India's 1.3 billion inhabitants might play out.
Fauci: US is 'struggling' to get coronavirus under control and to say otherwise would be wrong
The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the United States is "struggling" to get the coronavirus crisis under control and that to say otherwise "would be a false statement."
FDA commissioner Hahn: 'We have been working with vaccine manufacturers for weeks now'
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” that the agency has “been working with vaccine manufacturers for weeks now.”
Over 300 federal health-care workers join NYC’s battle against coronavirus
Hundreds of federal health-care workers are arriving Sunday to reinforce New York City’s coronavirus-battered hospital system, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’re going to deploy all the federal personnel who are coming in today, 325 [workers] to the New York City public hospital system,” said Cuomo in his now daily Albany press briefing. The contingent...
'World on Fire' sets a 'Masterpiece' melodrama against the onset of World War II
For all the movies and TV shows about World War II, "World on Fire" -- an unfortunate title, at this moment of shared suffering across the globe -- feels like a fresh take on the war's beginnings and its impact on ordinary people swept up in it. If not a light escape, it makes for a beautifully made, extremely soapy "Masterpiece" series.
Woman Flying to See Her Dying Mother Gets Upgrade to First Class, Is Only Passenger on Flight
Flight attentdants gave Sheryl Pardo, "the only passenger on the flight," a personal shout-out on the airplane loudspeaker and spent the flight chatting.
Olympian takes on 'Spider-Man' star's challenge
Three-time Olympian Lolo Jones just crushed Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland in their own social media challenge.
Mike Kerrigan: During coronavirus shutdown, the waitress who tipped me – and other Easter miracles
In response to North Carolina’s stay-at-home order, my favorite local diner closed.
PHOTOS: Coronavirus Kept People Out Of Beijing's Parks. Now They're Coming Back
As restrictions are relaxed in parts of China where the coronavirus struck, residents in Beijing are cautiously returning to the public spaces they love.
Transcript: Luana Marques on "Face the Nation"
The following is a transcript of an interview with Dr. Luana Marques that aired Sunday, April 5, 2020, on "Face the Nation."
New changes in law will help those near retirement and others weather coronavirus's financial storm
The government has introduced several temporary changes that could help people shore up their finances and manage their retirement accounts.      
Review: Struggle. Sacrifice. Cooperation. PBS drama 'World on Fire' shows how to win a war
As a World War II drama, 'World on Fire' strikes the familiar notes. In the midst of our coronavirus crisis, that's more reassuring than distressing.
Biden seeks to revive fundraising momentum as coronavirus — and Trump — grab attention
Some of Biden’s allies fret that the pandemic will deepen Trump’s financial advantage over the former vice president.
In coronavirus crisis, our humanity saves us: Mitch Albom
The coronavirus pandemic is a big war. And in war, we cannot sink to the worst version of ourselves.        
Palm Sunday ceremonies in Vatican City, Jerusalem limited over coronavirus fears as Easter restrictions loom
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians. This year, it looks very different across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic.        
Vicki Gunvalson postponing wedding to Steve Lodge due to coronavirus
The pair announced their engagement last spring.
Clyburn: 'Maybe it is' time for remote House voting
Majority Whip James Clyburn suggests it may be time for the House to start voting remotely due to coronavirus concerns.
Scottish medical officer cautioned after breaking her own coronavirus lockdown advice
Scotland's Chief Medical Officer broke her own advice to visit a second home during lockdown.
Coronavirus is closing day cares; child care providers worry they may never reopen
The U.S. child care "system" has long been at a breaking point. Coronavirus could mean providers stay closed forever, which would be a crisis for working parents.        
Man who narrated an expletive-filled video depicting people not social distancing arrested
The man who narrated a video depicting people not social distancing in Friday night was arrested in Ohio Saturday afternoon.       
Coronavirus Live Updates: New Jersey and New Orleans Among New U.S. Hot Spots; Top U.S. Officials Warn of ‘Our Pearl Harbor’
Almost 8,500 of the U.S.’s reported 310,000 coronavirus patients have died, and governors are hunting for scarce ventilators. A carrier captain removed after drawing attention to a shipboard outbreak is infected. In Finland, a stockpile dating to the Cold War proves timely.
Manchester City's Kyle Walker apologizes, could face discipline for allegedly partying with sex workers during lockdown
Manchester City player apologizes "for the choices I made" after tabloid reveals details of alleged party at apartment in violation of shutdown.       
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Coronavirus battle in India includes call to light candles to dispel 'darkness' of pandemic
India's prime minister is looking to boost morale by asking people to switch off their lights on Sunday and light candles as a sign of hope. 
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Disney to stop charging annual passholders after backlash during coronavirus shutdown
Disney continues to change its operations during the coronavirus outbreak.
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CNN's Jake Tapper: 'Mr. President, what's the plan?'
CNN's Jake Tapper said: If I can take a moment, I would like to speak directly to one person known to watch this show, or at least clips of this show, President Trump.
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What Tom Brady saw in the Buccaneers: ‘Chance to be very special’
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaned on a mantra from a classic baseball movie in their quest to land Tom Brady. The Bucs’ front office dubbed their plan “Operation Shoeless Joe Jackson,” ESPN’s Ian O’Connor reported, with player personnel director John Spytek – Brady’s former Michigan teammate – constantly telling GM Jason Licht “if we build...
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LA Gov: Pastor 'grossly irresponsible' to hold service
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards discusses the pastor in his state planning to hold Palm Sunday service despite the stay at home order in place