The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday March 12)

March 12, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest global news headlines.

Live updates: Coronavirus cases pass 115,000 worldwide – CNN

By Joshua Berlinger, Jessie Yeung and Adam Renton, CNN Updated 2:30 a.m. ET, March 11, 2020 A doctor in Seattle studying influenza hypothesized that the coronavirus had been spreading in Washington for days before anyone realized it, according to a New York Times report yesterday.

Is it allergies, the flu or the coronavirus? How to tell the difference

It’s all about where it hurts — and where you’ve been lately.

Biden tests role as empathetic answer to Trump during coronavirus crisis

Joe Biden presented himself as a president-in-waiting in America’s hour of need.

‘How freedom from child marriage meant I could get an education’

In Faith Cherop’s community in rural Kenya it was common for young girls to get married. But she convinced her father to instead let her go to school, and demonstrate the power of education.

Patient who ‘absconded’ Zimbabwe hospital tests negative for coronavirus

A 26-year-old man who authorities say fled a Zimbabwe hospital before he could be tested for coronavirus turned himself in for the test Tuesday, Zimbabwe’s information ministry said.

Man City vs. Arsenal postponed amid coronavirus as Gunners players isolated

The Premier League has entered new territory as the game between Manchester City and Arsenal was postponed to become the first-top flight English fixture to be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Global travel slowdown means lots of deals

(CNN) – Coronavirus has no doubt put the travel industry into a tailspin. Hotels, too — both big brands like Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels as well as small family-run properties — are hurting as reserved guests cancel their stays for fear of traveling and don’t rebook.

Rare white giraffes killed by poachers at Kenyan wildlife sanctuary

Community members found two white giraffes in a skeletal state in Garissa County, Kenya, after poachers killed the mother and her calf, Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy rangers confirmed this morning.

Coronavirus latest: Virus cases rise rapidly in Europe and US – BBC News

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country in the capital, Kinsasha. The patient is a Belgian citizen who has been in the country for several days, Health Minister Eteni Longondo said.

‘Will my Asian family accept my black boyfriend?’

Since the end of apartheid – and even for some years before that – young South Africans have been free to date whoever they want. But relationships between black people and the country’s Asian population remain quite rare – and the approval of parents, and grandparents, is not a given.

Health minister tests positive for coronavirus

Health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says she has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Ms Dorries, the first MP to test positive, said she had taken all the advised precautions after finding out and had been self-isolating at home. It comes as a sixth person died from the virus in the UK, which has a total of 382 cases.

Google tells staff to work home due to coronavirus

Google’s parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus. Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home.

Tinder pulls global launch of apocalypse show Swipe Night, which is a little too real right now

As I walk into an inner Sydney gallery space, I’m greeted by a member of Tinder’s local PR team; we introduce ourselves, and swap a brief, wry smile in the moment where we’d usually shake hands. Another sticks her hand out blithely, and we make small talk about whether people are freaking out too much or not enough.

Emily Blunt is a scary flight attendant in this ‘A Quiet Plane’ parody

Fed up with small-talkers and chattering children on your flights? Emily Blunt has a solution. During her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the star of A Quiet Place debuted an idea for a new noise-free airline called – you guessed it – “A Quiet Plane.”

It looks more likely that Apple will cancel WWDC

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, numerous tech events were canceled (or went virtual) in 2020, including MWC, Facebook’s F8, Google I/O and SXSW. Now, it’s getting increasingly likely that Apple’s WWDC 2020 conference isn’t going to happen – at least not at its usual time, or in its regular format.

Elon Musk says college is ‘for fun,’ addresses Starlink criticism

Despite having a BS in economics and a BA in physics, Elon Musk doesn’t think going to college is a very good way to learn things. During a fireside chat at the Satellite 2020 conference Monday, Musk shared his view that “you don’t need college to learn stuff.”

‘Game of Thrones’ actor Max von Sydow dies

Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who played the Three-Eyed Raven on Game of Thrones, has died at 90. Von Sydow played Father Merrin in The Exorcist and was nominated for two Oscars during his career (the only Swedish actor to be nominated), for Pelle the Conqueror in 1987 and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in 2011.

Inside the red zone: Photos show dramatic impact of Italy’s coronavirus lockdown

Approximately 60 million people in Italy are now under total lockdown in a desperate bid from the country’s government to halt the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). On Monday night, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced severe measures for the entire nation, enforcing something he’s calling the “I Stay Home” decree.

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