COVID-19 Update: Virus Hits Congress; Russian Disinformation; Gun Sales Soar
by Staff Writer, MedPage Today
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The first members of Congress to announce a positive COVID-19 test: Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Ben McAdams of Utah. (CNN)
U.S. case count as of 8:00 a.m. EDT Thursday: 9,415 (up 45% since Wednesday), and 150 deaths, an increase of 36.
A vaccine developed in China began a phase 1 trial in Wuhan, following the start of dosing for Moderna’s product earlier in the week, FiercePharma reports.
Meanwhile, China appears to have largely stamped out COVID-19 community transmission. (CNN)
GE Healthcare joined the roster of device makers saying they’re stepping up production of ventilators. But will hospitals want to buy new machines that may be needed for only a few months? (Reuters, Washington Post)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is pausing most of its operations and will not be arresting people at healthcare facilities, authorities said. (The Hill)
European officials accused Russia of spreading false information about COVID-19 as part of its broader campaign to destabilize the West. (Reuters)
Reuters explores how the U.S. fell behind South Korea in its response to the pandemic.
Italy announced a 19% surge in COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the biggest single-day jump in any country since the start of the outbreak. (The Independent)
Baltimore residents are advised to stop shooting each other for the sake of opening up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. (CBS Baltimore)
U.S. car manufacturers bring production to a halt as a safety precaution. (Click On Detroit)
Air Canada employees complain that the airline is not doing enough to protect customers and staff. (The Guardian)
Seattle gun stores are seeing gun sales boosted by the apocalyptic interpretation of the pandemic. (KUOW)
Tax returns are still on April 15, though payments are being given a 90-day extension. (CNBC)
Freddie Mac is suspending all foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers living in homes owned by the company.