United Airlines sent notices to 36,000 employees, 45% of its workforce, that they may be furloughed due to the prolonged industry downturn. Flight attendants may be hardest hit, with notices going to 15,000 of the company’s 25,000 attendants.
WHO acknowledged evidence that COVID-19 could spread through airborne transmission, posing risks of infection beyond 6-foot distancing recommendations.
A U.K. study of COVID-19 patients adds to growing evidence that the virus can cause damage to the brain, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium.
The U.S. administered an average of 600,000 tests per day last month, about half of what health experts say is needed to control the virus. The federal government is setting up temporary testing sites in hard-hit Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
Concerns are growing about another shortage of personal protective equipment at healthcare facilities wrestling with rising COVID-19 infection rates.
Major U.S. airlines, which already received nearly $25 billion in payroll support through the CARES Act, have signed letters of intent to tap another $25 billion in loans under the act as the recovery in air travel stalls.
The global automotive industry is diverging into three trajectories of recovery, with China nearing a full recovery, the U.S. sputtering forward and Europe continuing to struggle.
Automobile dealerships in greater New York report a 38% increase in walk-in leads as people acquire cars for safety and to escape confinement in their city apartments.
Several healthcare organizations are sponsoring an advertising campaign to encourage reluctant patients to resume medical visits as 56% of clinicians report worsening health conditions among their patients.
COVID-19 cases in the U.S. topped 3 million today.
The presidents of Mexico and the U.S. will meet today in Washington to commemorate the new trilateral trade agreement that replaces NAFTA and is known as USMCA in the U.S., CUSMA in Canada, and T-MEC in Mexico. Canada’s president will not attend the meeting due in part to COVID-19 concerns.
Europe’s border ban on U.S. travelers is severely impacting its tourism industry, where Americans account for nearly 30% of visitors.
Cases in Africa surpassed 500,000, but WHO warns that the number is widely understated due to a lack of testing and reliable data.
The Africa Development Bank says the continent’s economy could contract by as much as 3.4% in 2020 with a modest recovery in 2021.
After surviving hurricanes, earthquakes, drought and a fiscal crisis, Puerto Rico may be confronting its toughest challenge yet as the pandemic curtails the tourism and cruise industries and raises the island’s already high unemployment and poverty levels.
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