16 Apr 2020

China tries to revive economy but consumer engine sputters

The Chinese economy is trying to return to normal levels after the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it has been struggling to recover as millions of workers and consumers are wary of spending too much or going out. Starting in late January, factories and shops were shut down nationwide and millions of

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16 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: 668 infected on French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle

France’s aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been hit with a COVID-19 outbreak, as a third of the sailors aboard the ship contracted the virus. Of the 2,000 sailors, 668 have been infected. The navy stated that an escorting frigate and carrier pilots are also in quarantine, however, nearly all

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15 Apr 2020

China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days

New information shows that Chinese officials secretly determined that the new virus spreading across the country was at the pandemic level, they failed to reveal this to the public for six days as millions traveled for Lunar New Year celebrations. On the seventh day, January 20, President Xi Jinping warned

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15 Apr 2020

Coronavirus takes a serious turn in Russia, and Putin no longer radiates confidence

On Tuesday, Russia’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases spiked by 2,774, bringing the country’s total cases to 21,102 according to an official count. The country has reported 170 deaths, half of which are in Moscow alone. In a Monday videoconference with other officials leading the efforts to halt the spread

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15 Apr 2020

April Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Battles 4 Bugs Under Active Exploit

April’s Patch Tuesday consisted of 113 patches, which was most likely difficult for IT staff under WFH security concerns. This patch Tuesday includes 19 critical vulnerabilities and 94 that are classified as important. Four of the critical vulnerabilities are being exploited in the wild, however, two have previously been publicly

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15 Apr 2020

NIH, FDA and VA 3D-Printing Collaboration Turns to Ventilator Parts

A collaboration between the National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Veterans Affairs Department has already produced 12 different personal protective equipment (PPE) designs that have been approved for clinical use. The 3D printing partnership achieved this in just a matter of weeks, aiding healthcare workers on

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13 Apr 2020

The ‘Red Dawn’ Emails: 8 Key Exchanges on the Faltering Response to the Coronavirus

An email chain dubbed Red Dawn shows how experts inside and outside the government identified the threat of COVID-19 early on, raising alarms that were largely ignored by the administration. An elite group of infectious disease doctors and medical experts in the federal government and academic institutions around the nation

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13 Apr 2020

Apple, Google Team on Coronavirus Tracking – Sparking Privacy Fears

Apple and Google have announced that they are teaming up to launch new COVID-19 tracking technology. Despite claims that privacy and security are important, many experts have expressed concerns around the new tech. The collaboration aims to trace the spread of the coronavirus through iOS and Android apps. The apps

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09 Apr 2020

U.S. Unemployment Claims Total 6.6 Million Last Week

Last week, 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment claims as efforts to halt the Covid-19 spread result in thousands of businesses and workplaces closing, leaving their employees without an income. In the week ending on April 4, 6.6 million unemployment applications were filed, a slight decrease from the previous week

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09 Apr 2020

Half billion more people face poverty due to virus

According to a report based on research from King’s College London and the Australian National University, approximately half a billion people could be pushed under their respective poverty lines due to economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The report states that this will likely occur unless wealthier countries take aggressive

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