HEADLINES: • Bill Melinda Gates pledges extra $150m to fight COVID-19 • NYC coronavirus deaths soar past 11,000 • Putin warns army could be deployed as Russia’s cases surge • Dogs may detect virus..
New York Daily: MIT researchers says that an immediate end to lockdowns and stay-at-home orders would lead to an “exponential explosion” of coronavirus cases in the U.S.
AP: Health officials say you should be fine opening up letters from your mailbox or packages on your doorstep during the pandemic.
Reuters Business: U.S. stocks rose as Amazon and Netflix surged to record highs, although trading was choppy as investors worried about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on first-quarter earnings.
New York Daily: Melania Trump sent well wishes to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call with his fiancée, Carrie Symonds. Johnson spent three nights in intensive care as he battled COVID-19.
CNN: The cost of personal protective equipment is skyrocketing -- more than 1,000% in some cases -- as the coronavirus pandemic continues
CBS News: Dogs might be able to detect coronavirus in humans, researchers say
9 & 10 News: A Northern Michigan tradition has been called off. Thursday, the National Cherry Festival announced that they’re canceling the event for summer 2020.
New York Post: Accused Sarah Lawrence 's*x cult' leader will stay in jail amid coronavirus outbreak
AP: Doctors fear the focus on the coronavirus could harm efforts to combat other diseases. Resources to fight illnesses like tuberculosis, HIV and cholera that kill millions each year could be depleted by the pandemic's toll on hospitals, workers and supplies.
VOA: Germany’s foreign minister Thursday sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to halt U.S. funding the World Health Organization (WHO) during the coronavirus pandemic, comparing it to throwing a pilot from a plane in mid-flight.
Washington Post: Bailout money for hospitals slow to get out and missing some places that need it most, lawmakers and industry groups say..
Lawmakers and health-care providers are frustrated about the way the $100 billion allocated for hospitals in Congress' $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill is being distributed, missing some areas that need it most.
New York Post: NYC coronavirus deaths soar past 11,000 as confirmed cases rise
Daily Mail: Three percent of the Dutch population has coronavirus antibodies and may have immunity to the infection, study suggests
Channel 4 News: Putin warns army could be deployed as Russia’s coronavirus cases surge, reports
VOA: The White House is targeting nine U.S. states that have recorded the fewest number of confirmed coronavirus cases to be among the first to reopen their economies.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House virus task force coordinator, said Wednesday night that the nine states all have fewer than 1,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and are recording fewer than 30 new cases a day.
AP: Thousands of people with the coronavirus are still streaming into hospitals in New York and its suburbs daily. Hundreds are dying. That harsh reality stands in contrast to hopeful talk about getting people back to work in parts of the U.S.
New York Daily: Georgia senator who’s accused of insider trading on coronavirus info has been named to President Trump’s task force on reopening America.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler says she’s looking forward to pitching in on the panel to help “get Americans back to work safely."
Daily Mail US: Bill and Melinda Gates pledge an extra $150 million to fight coronavirus pandemic
New York Daily: Brits will be at home until at least early May, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced Thursday.
Bloomberg: French President Emmanuel Macron say the richer EU members need to do more to pay for economic rebuilding if the 27-nation bloc is to survive
CNBC: An exclusive look at job losses in America: Michigan and Pennsylvania are getting hit the hardest
ANI: About 67 Indian firms have got approval from Central Drug Standard Controller Organisation (CDSCO) for antibody rapid testing kits for testing COVID-19. Out of 67 companies,5 are indigenous and other 62 are importing antibody rapid testing kits from China, South Korea, UK, France and Israel.
New York Daily: Small business loan program stopped accepting applications Thursday after maxing out $350 billion in coronavirus emergency funding in just two weeks.
The Small Business Administration, which administers the so-called Paycheck Protection Program, said on its website that it couldn’t accept new claims..
Washington Post : Student asks Barack Obama to deliver online national commencement address — and Twitter goes wild
Global Times: Tesla, the US-based electric vehicle giant, opened its first online flagship store in the world on Alibaba’s Tmall.com on Thursday, as it seeks to expand its online business to third-party platforms.
Reuters: Facebook’s rival to Bitcoin, cryptocurrency Libra, is getting a revamp to woo regulators after global backlash..