HEADLINES: • Trump orders plan to help U.S. energy companies • Anti-malarial drug linked to higher rates of death in VA coronavirus patients, study says • CDC director warns of a deadlier 2nd wave..
CNN: New Covid-19 test allows patients to collect samples at home, send to lab for results..
A new test allows for patients to collect their own samples. With a doctor's order, the home collection kits will become available to consumers in most states in the coming weeks, the FDA said.
CGTN: Singapore's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000.
The country recorded 1,016 new infections as of Wednesday noon, of which most are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health said.
AP: Publicly traded firms get $300M in small-business loans..
Congress created an emergency loan program to help small businesses walloped by the coronavirus. But an Associated Press investigation found that at least 75 publicly traded firms — some with large workforces and market values — received a combined $300 million in loans from the program.
Washington Post: Anti-malarial drug Trump touted is linked to higher rates of death in VA coronavirus patients, study says.
Rates of death in the groups treated with the drugs were worse than those who did not receive the drugs, the study found.
Financial Times: France is hoping to lift its nationwide lockdown on May 11. But to do so safely, it will need to reach 500,000 tests per day — from 150,000 now.
Washington Post: CDC director warns of a deadlier second wave in the winter.
Wall Street Journal: The White House is looking into the status of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un amid speculation that the leader has undergone medical care ·
China Daily: World demand for PCs soared in the first quarter of 2020, driven by remote working and learning requirements from strict lockdown measures due to COVID-19.
Washington Post: This year is on track to be Earth’s warmest on record, beating 2016, NOAA says..
There is a 75 percent chance 2020 will set a record for the warmest year since instrument records began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projecting, beating out 2016 for the distinction.
New York Post: Testing shows at least 200K in LA County may have been infected with coronavirus..
Washington Post: As price of oil drops, Trump orders plan to help U.S. energy companies..
Energy secretary says funds from Fed’s Main Street loan program might be needed to help oil companies.
Reuters: Wall Street tumbled for a second straight day as a collapse in U.S. oil prices and glum company forecasts worsened fears of a deep economic downturn.
CNN: Mayor Brenda Bethune of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on a possible second wave of Covid-19: "We thrive on tourism. It is our only industry here. ... Not only can we not afford to have a second wave of this, but we also cannot afford to have another peak later this summer."..
Reuters: U.S. attorney general won't rule out legal action over state coronavirus measures.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr waded further into a debate over governors' stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, saying he would not rule out legal action against states if he thought their actions infringed civil liberties.
Washington Post: Data breach may have exposed personal information of thousands of SBA emergency loan applicants..
The personal identifiable information of thousands of small businesses applying for federal disaster loans was potentially exposed to other applicants, marking the latest glitch in the rollout of government programs designed to help companies crippled by the coronavirus pandemic.
CDC: Cover your cough! COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Additionally, it can also be spread when someone is not showing symptoms. Take everyday precautions to do your part to stop the spread..
Business Insider: Georgia's governor hit with wave of backlash over plans to begin reopening the state's economy on Friday.
CNN: Ken Benbow was surprised when he was given a pillow with his late wife's face on it. An observant care worker gave him the pillow on Saturday after she noticed he took a photo of his wife Ada to bed with him each night.
The Guardian: Australia coronavirus: Bondi beach to reopen as national death toll reaches 72..
Washington Post: Trump suspends U.S. immigration for 60 days, citing coronavirus crisis and jobs shortage.