A nearly $500 billion interim coronavirus bill that includes additional money for the small-business loan program, as well as for hospitals and testing, looks set to become law by the end of the week after it was passed by the House. The new legislation comes as the death toll in the U.S. neared 50,000 early Friday, according to NBC News’ tally.
Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser Plc has stated that “under no circumstance” should its disinfectant products be administered into the human body, through injection, ingestion or any other route. On Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump had expressed interest in research presented by Bill Bryan, an undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security on whether exposure to humidity or heat kills the virus at a faster pace. Trump had also mentioned the potential use of disinfectant for the coronavirus.
A plan for injecting billions of euros of emergency aid into Europe’s battered economies has been agreed by EU heads. Meeting via video, they agreed to set up a massive recovery fund, closely tied to the bloc’s seven-year budget. They also confirmed that €540bn (£470bn) of financial support would be released through existing mechanisms from 1 June. The fund would mobilize €1 trillion of investment.
The Taliban have rejected an Afghan government call for a ceasefire for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and to let authorities focus on tackling the coronavirus. Hopes for an end to Afghanistan’s decades of war were raised in late February when the Taliban and the United States struck a deal on the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to listen in to a virtual high court hearing in the first stage of Meghan’s legal action against a British newspaper over its publication of a “private and confidential” letter to her estranged father. Meghan is suing the publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline over an article that reproduced parts of a handwritten letter she sent to Thomas Markle in August 2018.