HEADLINES: • World leaders launch WHO COVID-19 plan, but U.S. not involved • U.S. coronavirus death toll surpasses 50,000 • Black leaders say reopening Georgia is an attack on people of color..
9&10 News: Michigan now has 36,641 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,085 COVID-19 deaths.
Business Insider: Trump suggests the US could buy plane tickets and fuel in advance as a way to help struggling airlines and oil companies.
Washington Post: U.S. coronavirus death toll surpasses 50,000.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll has surpassed 50,000, according to state figures compiled by The Post.
CNBC: Facebook is taking on Zoom and Houseparty with its new video-calling service, Messenger Rooms.
The Independent: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donate £90,000 to hunger charity amid pandemic.
Daily Caller: Michigan Gov. Whitmer: "I'm not going to sign any bill that takes authority away from me..."
CBS News: Cuomo says President Trump is "right" to question World Health Organization's early handling of the coronavirus outbreak: "This was too little, too late, and let's find out what happened so it does not happen again. And it will happen again. Bank on it."
Financial Times: Russia cuts lending rates in effort to stem economic hit from coronavirus.
Bloomberg: The U.K. government was told by intelligence agencies last week not to use Zoom for confidential business, over concerns it may be vulnerable to Chinese surveillance, The Guardian reports..
CNN: Nearly all coronavirus patients who needed ventilators in New York's largest health system to help them breathe died, a study has found.
Sky News: The Metropolitan Police says officers across London have made over 4,000 arrests for domestic abuse offences in the past six weeks which is a nine per cent increase on the same period in 2019.
New York Times: U.S. Navy recommends reinstating Capt. Brett E. Crozier, who was fired as captain of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt after requesting help with a coronavirus outbreak on board. The defense secretary is considering..
ABC News: The U.S. will provide a $12 million aid package to Greenland for economic development—raising eyebrows in Denmark, and firing off a volley in the emerging competition with Russia and China for power in the Arctic.
Daily Mail: Bill Gates warns the US isn't even halfway through the coronavirus pandemic
CNN: Black leaders say reopening Georgia is an attack on people of color..
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s order permits the opening of hair salons, barbershops and churches -- important gathering spots to the black community at a time when African Americans have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus. One Atlanta pastor says Kemp’s decision is like leading black people in Georgia "to the slaughter.”
Reuters: World leaders launch WHO COVID-19 plan, but U.S. not involved..
Global leaders joined the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday to launch an initiative to accelerate work on drugs, tests and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the world.
AP: Don't inject disinfectants, Lysol warns as Trump raises idea..
Lysol's parent company warned that their products shouldn't be used as internal treatment for the coronavirus after President Trump wondered aloud if disinfectants could be injected into people. Researchers are examining disinfectants' effect on the virus but aren't looking into injections, a Trump administration official says.
Washington Post: An ER nurse survived covid-19 at her own hospital. Now she wants to get back to treating coronavirus patients.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, she added, “When I get back to work, I’m going to make sure I take care of everyone the same way.”..
Fox News: Divided Supreme Court rules for Trump administration in requiring immigrant's removal..
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court's decision that an immigrant with lawful permanent resident status cannot fight deportation due to a previous offense, even though that crime was not grounds for his removal.
MSNBC: Cuomo blasts McConnell for calling COVID-19 aid 'blue state bailouts'..
Gov. Cuomo: "To say that reimbursing states for coronavirus costs is a bailout of the blue states, these are states that lost thousands of people, it's not red or blue. Is there ever a moment in this country, in Washington, when these guys are going to stop playing politics?"..
Reuters: Australia will make it a crime for non-health officials to access data collected on smartphone software to trace the spread of the coronavirus, amid privacy concerns raised by the measure..
VOA: 86-year-old brother of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has died from COVID-19..
Warren, a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who has been a vocal critic of U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, confirmed on her Twitter account Thursday..
CNN: South Africa will begin easing restrictions after its nationwide lockdown comes to an end on April 30, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced..