HEADLINES: • China takes multi-faceted measures to moderate mask prices • Drug cartels in Mexico give out food to people in need during COVID-19 pandemic • Chris Cuomo says he is coronavirus free..
Sky News: Boris Johnson says he will deliver a "comprehensive plan" next week on how the lockdown could be eased..
CNN Business: Kevin Hassett, a senior economic adviser to Trump, warns that the jobless rate in the US could spike to between 16% and 20% by June. That would mark the highest unemployment since the 1930s.
Al Jazeera News: South Africa begins to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown.
CNN: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has drafted a 17-page document giving guidance on how businesses, schools, churches, mass transit and other organizations should handle safely reopening to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Times: China takes multi-faceted measures to moderate mask prices, ensure quality.
CNN: A former neighbor of Tara Reade, a woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, has come forward to say that Reade told her about the alleged assault in the mid-1990s.
ABC News: A novel coronavirus outbreak that has sickened 576 inmates at a Tennessee prison appears to have come from members of the staff, according to the facility's medical director.
Washington Post: After lobbying push, Casinos eligible for small business funds under new stimulus rules..
After lobbying effort, casinos with under 500 employees get access to Small Business Administration funds for first time in 25 years.
AP: Trump urges states to consider opening schools before summer..
President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year. Dozens of states have already said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall.
DW Politics: German chancellor Angela Merkel sees coronavirus pandemic as chance to go green.
MarketWatch: Allianz says first-quarter profit to fall 30%..
Reuters Business: Executives at four cyber-intelligence companies are piloting or in the process of installing repurposed spy and law enforcement tools in more than a dozen countries across Latin America, Europe and Asia
SCMP News: US hits 1 million cases as Europe plans cautious reopening.
DW News: Drug cartels in Mexico have been handing out food to people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
VOA: U.S. Federal Health officials have expanded their list of known coronavirus symptoms. They say chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and the loss of the sense of smell or taste could be signs of a coronavirus infection.
BBC News (UK): Coronavirus tests to be rolled to care homes, more workers and over-65s.
CNN International: Malaysia will allow the majority of businesses to reopen on Monday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced today.
TIME: One of Mexico’s best-known protest singers, Oscar Chávez, died at age 85 after being infected with the coronavirus.
The Times Of India: Delhi govt is sending 40 buses today (Friday) to Kota (Rajasthan) to bring back our students.
Reuters: Japan to decide whether to extend state of emergency as early as Monday: broadcaster NHK.
New York Daily News: Chris Cuomo says he’s coronavirus free, tested positive for antibodies.
“I tested negative. I have both antibodies, the short-term one and the long-term one,” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said on “Cuomo Prime Time” during a segment with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Financial Times: New Zealand and Australia ease coronavirus restrictions..
‘We can say with confidence that we do not have community transmission in New Zealand,’ said prime minister Jacinda Ardern. ‘The trick now is to maintain that.’..
Washington Post: Americans support state restrictions on businesses and halt to immigration during virus outbreak, Post-U. Md. poll finds..
The poll finds that Americans’ concerns about becoming seriously ill from the virus have not eased in the past week and shows that Americans continue to give their governors significantly higher ratings than they offer Trump.