Unemployment could top 32% as 47M workers are laid off amid coronavirus

USA TODAY The unemployment rate in the U.S. could reach a staggering 32.1% in the second quarter as 47 million workers are laid off amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to estimates published in a blog by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. That would be the highest jobless rate on records dating to 1948 and easily top the 25% rate during the Great Depression. “These are very large numbers by historical standards, but this is a rather unique shock that is unlike any other experienced by t...
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Effort underway to help homeless self-isolate amid outbreak

KDVR While Coloradans are being told to stay inside, that order is nearly impossible to follow for thousands in the community who live outside. “People experiencing homelessness are not more likely to be carriers of COVID-19. However, if they do contract the virus they are two times more likely to need hospital care,” said Cathy Alderman with Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Two patients at the Stout Street Health Center have tested positive. More than 80 others have been tested. ...
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The qualities that imperil urban places during COVID-19 are also the keys to recovery

FT As the world closes in on itself to contain the coronavirus, people are rightfully worried about how the places where they live are affecting their health and well-being. Is it safer to be in a rural area to avoid the seemingly perilous density of a metropolis? Or in a city where health care and other resources are close at hand? As the pandemic expands nationally—upending life in dense urban areas and remote hamlets alike—there are few satisfying answ...
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Coronavirus: Stalybridge man admits social distancing breach

BBC A man has pleaded guilty to breaching coronavirus social distancing rules by repeatedly approaching people in a supermarket queue. Steven Mackie, 53, was arrested after getting too close to shoppers outside Tesco in Stalybridge on Saturday. He is thought to be the first person to be charged in the UK since the new restrictions came into force. At Stockport Magistrates' Court, Mackie was fined £635 after he admitted failing to maintain public health. Police said Mackie, of Stamford Street,...
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Coronavirus outbreak brings back people who ran away from Facebook

CNET #DeleteFacebook goes out the door when you're social distancing. Fed up with seeing political lies on social media, Scott Erickson deleted his Facebook account last year as the US headed into the presidential primary season. Leaving the world's largest social network, he thought, would help ease his mind. But Erickson's Facebook hiatus came to an end earlier this month when the 47-year-old technical account manager developed a fever and cough, symptoms associated with COVID-19, the respi...
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Google bans Alex Jones ‘InfoWars’ app after coronavirus claims

NEWSWEEK The InfoWars app was removed from the Google Play Store on Friday, in response to a video in which conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Just as on his radio show and other online platforms, Jones published false information via the InfoWars app, which had more than a 100,000 downloads at the time of its removal from the app store. In addition to broadcasting The Alex Jones Show live, products were also sold through the a...
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Texas National Guard unit to base in Dallas

 FOX4NEWS.COM Dallas County leads the state with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. On Friday it reported 64 new cases for a total of 367 cases, including seven deaths so far. State officials also said Friday that one of the three Texas National Guard units that have been activated will be based in the county. The 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is based in the DFW area. Dallas County officials said hospitalizations are increasing from the virus, with 36 per...
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Coloradans adjust to life under stay-at-home order

KDVR If Denver is any indication, it seems most people are obeying Gov. Jared Polis' statewide stay-at-home order. From Interstate 25 to the Denver-Aurora border, Colfax Avenue seems to be a shell of its former, busy self. David Millis rides his bicycle through the heart of Denver. As a cyclist for “Denver Delivery Network,” he says he is noticing fewer cars on the road. “I’m happy the stay-at-home order is in effect,” the lifelong Denver resident said. Citizens with jobs consider...
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

NYTIMES Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later. In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains. In Lombardy, Italy, the authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to determine ...
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Worst-case scenario: 33,200 Coloradans could die from COVID-19

KDVR For the first time since the coronavirus crisis began, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis laid out how much life-saving equipment the state's hospitals have and how much they might need to help COVID-19 patients in a worst-case scenario. Speaking Friday afternoon at the state's Emergency Operations Center in Centennial, Polis said as many has 33,200 people in Colorado could die from the coronavirus if the virus spreads rapidly and people don't follow the state's stay-at-home executive order. ...
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Airport Ghost Town: Many Flights Canceled As California Is Told To Stay Home

CBS LOCAL In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, flights are being canceled left and right, passengers are staying away, and the immediate future of travel is very much up in the air. The red rabbit is lonely at Sacramento International Airport. This place was hardly hoppin’ for a get-a-way Friday. Lenique Glover has had four canceled flights. “I walked in looking around and I was like ‘Dang nobody’s here,'” Glover said. “It’s just crazy, it’s really crazy.” She flew in from San Die...
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Thieves party at closed Bay Area restaurant during shelter in place

La Costanera, an elegant Peruvian restaurant overlooking the water in Montara, has been closed since the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order went into effect, but at least four people broke into the restaurant on March 21, stole cash, smashed cameras and drank sparkling wine — then lingered for 11 hours over the course of two days. That’s according to Jorge Palacios, regional manager for Altamirano Restaurant Group, which runs several Bay Area Peruvian restaurants such as Mochica and Piqueo’s in S...
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Millions of jobless seek help as 1,000 die in U.S.

CBS NEWS The U.S. coronavirus death toll has sailed past 1,000 as the closure of businesses aimed at stemming the spread of the new disease drives an unprecedented number of Americans to apply for unemployment benefits. The number of COVID-19 cases across the country is fast approaching 70,000, forcing leaders to grapple with how much to restrict Americans' lives to slow the spread. Doctors and epidemiologists say the closures and other social distancing measures work, and while President ...
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