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Health
2020-04-07T23:40:32+00:00
Amazon testing disinfectant fog at New York warehouse after coronavirus protests

Amazon.com Inc is testing the use of disinfectant fog at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York starting on Tuesday, the company told Reuters, following worker protests over the risk of coronavirus infection at the site. Amazon said it is trying out disinfectant fog as used by airlines and hospitals to further sanitize its facilities. The pilot program follows an announcement last week that the company would check workers' temperature and make masks available at all U.S. and European sites in its operations network.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-04-07T23:39:37+00:00
WeWork sues SoftBank for dropping $3 billion tender offer

A WeWork board committee that negotiated a $3 billion tender offer with SoftBank Group sued the Japanese conglomerate on Tuesday for abandoning the deal, accusing it of succumbing to "buyer's remorse" amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The tender offer was part of a $9.6 billion rescue financing package that SoftBank agreed with WeWork in October that gave it control of the company.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-07T23:38:22+00:00
Boris Johnson, battling coronavirus, set for second night in intensive care

The prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson is receiving oxygen support but is stable, in good spirits and breathing without assistance, said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in Johnson, adding that he had not needed mechanical ventilation.

Politics • Oceanian
2020-04-07T09:20:41+00:00
New Zealand health minister got demoted after breaking lockdown rules

The health minister of New Zealand David Clark has broken the lockdown rules by driving 20km to a beach with his family to go for a walk. The minister has offered his resignation, but the prime minister Jacinda Ardern has stated that her priority "is our collective fight against Covid-19. We cannot afford massive disruption in the health sector or to our response. For that reason, and that reason alone, Dr. Clark will maintain his role". As an immediate reaction the health minister was stripped of his position as associate finance minister and demoted to the bottom of the cabinet rankings.

Health
2020-04-07T08:56:37+00:00
Second potential Covid-19 vaccine has been cleared for human trials in the US

The United States Food and Drug Administration has cleared the INO-4800 DNA vaccine candidate by the company Inovio Pharmaceuticals for human testing. The company has gotten funding from different nonprofits and organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently, the company is preparing to inject the first test subject with the potential vaccine.

Politics • American • South America
2020-04-06T20:23:27+00:00
Brazilian minister starts diplomatic row with China over Coronavirus

After a tweet -- now retracted -- by Brazil’s Education Minister Abraham Weintraub that appeared to mock Chinese accents while insinuating the Asian giant stood to benefit from the coronavirus pandemic, China's embassy in Brasilia demanded a public correction by the Brazilian Government.
This dispute comes just weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sought to pacify a similar dispute sparked by his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro.
China is the biggest destination for Brazilian exports, accounting for 29% of its global total during the first quarter of 2020.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-06T19:27:16+00:00
Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care

After being admitted to a London hospital the prime minister of the United Kingdom has been moved to an intensive care unit as his condition worsens following his infection with the coronavirus.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-04-06T18:57:19+00:00
Actress Honor Blackman dies at age 94

The actress Honor Blackman, best known for playing the Bond girl 'Pussy Galore', has died at age 94 from causes unrelated to coronavirus. Blackman had an acting career spanning for over eighty years. Famous for her parts in 'The Avengers' and the Bond film 'Goldfinger', she was also known for playing the goddess Hera in 'Jason and the Argonauts' as well as Laura West in the 1990s sitcom 'The Upper Hand'. She appeared in theatrical productions of 'The Sound of Music', 'My Fair Lady' and 'Cabaret'.

Climate & Environment
2020-04-06T09:56:34+00:00
Forest fire near Chernobyl nuclear site leads to radiation spikes

Following a forest fire in the restricted zone around Chernobyl, a spike of radiation has been reported by the Ukrainian state ecological inspection service. To combat the fire the government has mobilized around 100 firefighters and uses planes and a helicopter. The emergency service has said that no increase in radiation in the air has been detected, no people are in danger and that the fire was not visibly burning on Sunday morning.

Politics • European
2020-04-06T09:10:02+00:00
Spanish government is working on universal basic income plans

The Spanish deputy prime minister and minister for economy has announced that the government is working on rolling out a version of a universal basic income. The government's social security minister Jose Luis Escriva is working on the project with the aim of rolling the universal basic income out as soon as possible. Furthermore, the income is designed to become "a permanent instrument" that stays after the coronavirus pandemic.

Politics • European
2020-04-06T09:10:34+00:00
Irish Prime Minister goes back to practicing as a doctor amidst coronavirus pandemic

Before his career as a politician, Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister has been practicing as a doctor for seven years. In order to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister has now re-registered as a doctor in the medical register in order to help with "one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice", his office has announced.

Health
2020-04-05T21:15:04+00:00
Germany surpasses 1 million Covid-19 tests

The German Robert Koch Institute has announced that the country has tested 920,000 people alone in March and reaching the 1 million mark in total. In the last week of March alone over 350,000 people were tested.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-04-05T21:14:08+00:00
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over virus symptoms

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature. Johnson tested positive for Coronavirus 10 days ago and has been in self isolation ever since. For the moment, the prime minister will remain in charge of the government, but the foreign secretary is expected to chair a coronavirus meeting on Monday morning.

Business • Real Estate & Housing
2020-04-05T17:01:27+00:00
IKEA announces that 70% of materials during 2018 have been renewable or recycled

The furniture retailer and producer from Sweden has announced that in their pursuit of using 100% materials that are renewable or recycled by 2030, they have reached the milestone of 70% in 2018.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-04-04T21:55:03+00:00
Berlin regional government accused U.S. government of "modern piracy"

German officials said a shipment of 200.000 N95 face masks destined for Berlin was seized at Bangkok airport and diverted to the U.S.
Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel called the incident an act of “modern piracy.” Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, a Social Democrat, said: “the actions of the U.S. president are…inhumane and unacceptable.”

Climate & Environment
2020-04-04T15:50:09+00:00
Germany reaches over 50% of renewable energy in first quarter of 2020 for the first time

The German ZSW and BDEW announced in a press release that their preliminary calculations have come to the conclusion that Germany has used renewable energy for around 52 percent of their gross inland electricity consumption. In the statement, this change was mainly attributed to the industrial slowdown due to the coronavirus and the priority for renewable energy over conventional energy in the electricity network.

Science • Animals
2020-04-04T15:49:34+00:00
After Australian wildfires: first koalas released back into nature

After being rescued from the wildfires that destroyed large parts of nature in Australia, 12 koalas have been released back into nature, their natural habitat in the Blue Mountains. The Taronga Zoo in Sydney had taken care of the animals and "while they have coped well in care, we are delighted to finally send our koalas home", said Dr. Kellie Leigh the executive director of the Science for Wildlife organization.

Science • Animals
2020-04-04T15:49:26+00:00
97 endangered sea turtles hatch on a Brazilian beach

The 91 hawksbill sea turtles have hatched on a beach in Paulista in the state of Pernambuco. Only government workers have witnessed the hatching and successful walk of the endangered seat turtles into the Atlantic ocean.

Science • Nature
2020-04-04T15:49:17+00:00
Scientists discover fossil trace evidence for rain forest in Antarctica

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Germany has discovered fossil traces of a rain forest 90 million years old near the South Pole. The analysis of the findings such as preserved roots, pollen and spores have shown that the world was warmer during that time than previously expected. Professor Ulrich Salzman, a co-author and palaeoecologist at Northumbria University said that “The numerous plant remains indicate that the coast of West Antarctica was, back then, a dense temperate, swampy forest, similar to the forests found in New Zealand today".

Politics • American • US
2020-04-03T19:58:20+00:00
U.S. Navy dismisses Captain who sounded the alarm on Coronavirus

The U.S. Navy relieved Capt. Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt of his command after he wrote a memo sounding the alarm on an exploding coronavirus infection on board the cramped quarters of the aircraft carrier.
Last week, the aircraft carrier was ordered to port in Guam after five sailors tested positive for Covid-19.