Coronavirus

Latest Updates & U.S. Response

  1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday made an extensive pitch for Americans to don face masks as a means to begin returning the country to normalcy while the coronavirus remains a threat.

    “There’s no stigma attached to wearing a mask. There’s no stigma attached to staying six feet apart,” the Kentucky Republican said at an event back in his home state, referencing social distancing guidelines recommended to stem the transmission of the coronavirus.

    Read More »

  2. Coronavirus

    U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 100,000 as Trump pushes to reopen

    The tragic milestone revives debate over the handling of the pandemic.

    Updated

    U.S. coronavirus deaths surged past 100,000 Wednesday, even as President Donald Trump continues urging states across the country to reopen.

    The U.S. leads the world in reported confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 1.6 million American cases since January, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

    Read More »

  3. Transportation

    Boeing laying off 6,770 employees, with more to come

    The numbers publicized Wednesday "represent the largest segment of layoffs" that are expected, a Boeing spokesperson said.

    Updated

    Boeing said Wednesday that nearly 7,000 of its U.S. employees will be involuntarily laid off, a bloodletting that is part of a plan for the aerospace giant to shrink its overall workforce by 10 percent amid the new aviation landscape created by Covid-19.

    In addition, about 5,500 U.S. workers are being laid off voluntarily.

    Read More »

  4. coronavirus

    Fauci says he wears mask as ‘symbol’ of good behavior

    The remarks from America’s top infectious disease expert come as the president refuses to yield to pressure to cover his face at public events.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, revealed Wednesday he wears a mask while in public partly as a “symbol” of best practices during the coronavirus pandemic — breaking with President Donald Trump, who has resisted criticism that he should model similar behavior for Americans.

    “I wear it for the reason that I believe it is effective,” Fauci told CNN. “It’s not 100 percent effective. I mean, it’s sort of respect for another person, and have that other person respect you. You wear a mask, they wear a mask, you protect each other.”

    Read More »

  5. health care

    Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine not effective against coronavirus

    However, Fauci stopped short of calling for an outright ban of the drug.

    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci on Wednesday became the first Trump administration official to say definitively that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment for the coronavirus, based on the available data.

    "The scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy," Fauci — the U.S. government's top infectious disease expert — said on CNN.

    Read More »

  6. Europe

    France bans use of hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment

    The country’s public health agency advised against use outside of clinical trials.

    The French health ministry is banning the use of hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus, according to a decree published Wednesday morning.

    "Whether [in doctors offices] in the cities or in the hospital, this ... should not be prescribed for patients with COVID-19," the ministry said in a statement.

    Read More »

  7. white House

    Trump and Musk unite over Twitter, the moon and sticking it to the establishment

    The Silicon Valley environmentalist and the U.S. president who shunned the Paris climate agreement are forming a bond through Covid-19 and outer space.

    Updated

    He’s questioned mainstream scientific research and reporting on Covid-19. He promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine to fight it. He’s attacked state and local virus lockdowns, asserting they violate Americans’ constitutional rights.

    These days, Elon Musk has a lot in common with Donald Trump.

    Read More »

  8. politico/morning consult

    Poll: Despite Trump's endorsement, few voters support use of hydroxycholoroquine

    Fewer than 1-in-4 voters support using the drug to treat the coronavirus, and only 11 percent say they’re likely to take it themselves.

    President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement last week that he’d been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a safeguard against contracting Covid-19 spurred alarm in the medical community, where scientists have cast doubt on the drug’s ability to treat coronavirus and raised warnings about its safety.

    But despite weeks in which Trump has fervently pushed hydroxychloroquine as a potential miracle drug, a new poll found that more voters came down on the side of scientists.

    Read More »

  9. 2020 elections

    Biden: Trump's 'an absolute fool' for stoking face mask controversy

    The president retweeted an image that appeared to mock Biden wearing a mask in his first public appearance in months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden amped up their ongoing spat over wearing face masks in public on Tuesday with Biden calling the president an “absolute fool” for stoking controversy around the use of masks.

    The beef began Monday evening, when the president retweeted an image that appeared to mock Biden wearing a mask in his first public appearance in months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Read More »

  10. 2020 elections

    North Carolina throws convention threat back at Trump and GOP

    The state’s health department is asking the Republican Party for a plan on how it can pull off a 50,000-person event safely.

    Updated

    President Donald Trump threatened Monday to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if state officials don’t roll out the red carpet soon.

    On Tuesday, those officials put the onus on national Republicans to show they can pull off a 50,000-person event safely.

    Read More »

  11. Canada

    Canadian military details horrific conditions in nursing homes battling Covid-19

    Ontario Premier Doug Ford: "The reports they provided us were heartbreaking. They were horrific."

    OTTAWA — A disturbing new report from the Canadian military paints a picture of severe neglect inside several of Ontario’s long-term care homes struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, including observations of insect infestations, staffing shortages and patients being underfed and left in soiled diapers.

    The report details insufficient staff training and inadequate protocols to stop the spread of the virus, with employees reusing personal protective equipment between residents and, in one home, residents with Covid-19 being allowed to wander through the facility.

    Read More »

  12. coronavirus

    D.C.-area lawmakers warn White House against July 4th celebration amid pandemic

    The nation's capital and surrounding areas have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic and are still largely under stay-at-home orders.

    Updated

    Democrats representing the Washington, D.C., area are warning the Trump administration against holding another July Fourth celebration on the National Mall as the region battles the spread of the coronavirus.

    Ten Democrats from the District, Maryland and Virginia wrote Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Tuesday, urging the administration to "immediately suspend any plans" for a second July Fourth event, known as the "Salute to America."

    Read More »

  13. Europe

    Germany extends social distancing rules until June 29

    Regions can allow up to 10 people, or members of two households, to meet in public.

    BERLIN — Germany on Tuesday extended its social distancing measures until June 29 as part of efforts to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, according to a deal between the federal government and regional authorities.

    Under the extension, the governments of Germany's 16 federal states can allow up to 10 people, or members of two households, to meet.

    Read More »

  14. congress

    Schumer blasts SBA's 'ideological' attacks on Planned Parenthood loans

    The SBA's position has been that individual locations of the nonprofit organization may have violated size limits on the loans.

    Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are pressing the Trump administration to stop targeting Planned Parenthood affiliates that got emergency small business loans designed to keep workers employed during the pandemic.

    Forty-one members of the Senate Democratic Caucus sent a warning to the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration after it was revealed last week that the SBA told Planned Parenthood centers they were ineligible for the Paycheck Protection Program loans they had received.

    Read More »

  15. Health Care

    HHS watchdog vows independence amid Trump actions

    Christi Grimm detailed 14 different projects underway to track the Trump administration's response to the pandemic.

    The health department's top watchdog vowed to Congress on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's moves to fire or replace inspectors general — including his recent effort to effectively oust her — would not affect more than a dozen ongoing probes into the administration’s Covid-19 response.

    "I personally and professionally cannot let the idea of providing unpopular information drive decision-making in the work that we do," Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm told the House Oversight Committee in a video briefing. "We are plowing ahead."

    Read More »

  16. Congress

    House Republicans plan to sue Pelosi over proxy voting

    Republicans claim proxy voting, which the House will use this week, is unconstitutional.

    House Republicans are planning to file a lawsuit against Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a bid to block a new proxy voting system, which will allow lawmakers to cast their first remote votes on the floor this week amid the global pandemic.

    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), along with 20 other GOP lawmakers, will file a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the voting method, calling it unconstitutional. Four constituents are also signing on to the lawsuit, claiming their representation in Congress is at risk of being diluted.

    Read More »

  17. White House

    Kudlow: Trump admin ‘may well’ support back-to-work bonus

    Republicans are aiming to offer an alternative to Democrats’ push to continue $600 weekly federal unemployment payments.

    Updated

    Larry Kudlow said Tuesday the Trump administration “may well” get behind the idea of a back-to-work bonus for workers in the next coronavirus aid package, a proposal that’s starting to gain momentum among some GOP senators.

    One proposal from Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) would provide unemployed workers an extra $450 weekly bonus for a limited time, in addition to wages, if they go back to work.

    Read More »

  18. coronavirus

    Holiday revelers flouted social distancing. Now, Missouri officials are urging them to quarantine.

    A county official called the behavior “reckless” and dangerous for others.

    Local officials in major Missouri metro areas are imploring residents to self-quarantine for two weeks if they took part in Memorial Day weekend festivities that were anything but 6 feet apart.

    As reports emerged nationwide of Americans ignoring public health guidelines to live it up over the holiday weekend, footage of major crowds at Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri triggered fears in other parts of the state.

    Read More »