The White House is expected soon to advise Americans living in coronavirus hotspots to wear cloth masks or scarves in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Residents of New York, the outbreak’s epicenter in the US, have been urged to cover their faces in public, but not to use surgical masks. Both the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are reassessing their guidance on face masks.
The U.S. Navy relieved the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt’s captain of his command on Thursday, punishing him for the leak of a scathing letter he sent to superiors that sought stronger measures for curbing a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship. About 1,000 sailors – a fifth of Crozier’s crew – were taken off the vessel at the Navy base on Guam, and placed in quarantine on Wednesday.
Countries around the world have now reported more than 1 million coronavirus cases, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow. The respiratory disease has killed more than 51,000 people and is found in at least 181 countries and regions. The global case total includes some 209,000 people who have recovered from COVID-19. But the number of new cases has skyrocketed in the U.S., Italy and Spain in recent weeks.
Canada is investigating reports a shipment of medical supplies the country had ordered was diverted to the US. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “very concerned”, adding that “we need to make sure that [coronavirus] equipment that is destined for Canada gets to and stays in Canada. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 125 Canadians, while more than 10,000 have fallen ill.
A pair of cruise ships carrying passengers with flu-like symptoms docked in Florida’s Port Everglades on Thursday evening, ending a nightmarish voyage disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. After days of uncertainty over their final destination, the Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships had passengers disembark Thursday night at the Fort Lauderdale port.