The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday March 31)

March 31, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest news headlines.

In India, social distancing is a privilege of the middle class

For two days, Jeetender Mahender, a 36-year-old Dalit sanitation worker, has dared not leave his family’s shanty in the Valmiki slum of northern Mumbai, India, except to go to the toilet.

Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30

President Donald Trump said Sunday he would extend nationwide social distancing guidelines for another 30 days, an abrupt back-down from his push to reopen the country as coronavirus continues to spread.

Italy’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000. Many are asking why the fatality rate is so high

When Antonia Mortensen was pulled over by police while driving recently in Milan, the northern Italian city where she is staying, it wasn’t for a traffic offense. It was to instruct her fellow passenger to sit in the back of the car and to check that both were wearing face masks.

Spain is battling the black marketeers and price-gougers of the coronavirus crisis

Spain, one of the countries worst affected by coronavirus, it is fighting smuggling and illegal sales of protective masks and gloves, and the authorities are trying to source sufficient equipment for a health service that is already very stretched.

Hong Kong asked domestic workers to stay in to stop the spread of coronavirus. But some got infected at home by their employers

The Hong Kong government issued guidance on January 30 asking the city’s 390,000 domestic workers to remain at home on their day off, when typically they would congregate in large groups in public spaces.

Opera singer Plácido Domingo hospitalized in Mexico with coronavirus

Domingo’s spokesperson says he’s doing well and responding to treatment.

Trump says US will not pay for Prince Harry and Meghan’s security. They say they don’t need the help

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay to protect Prince Harry and his wife Meghan if they move to the US, but the Duke and Duchess say they’re not asking for any help.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus squad give up $100 million in wages

With football on hold across the world, Juventus’ first-team squad and coach Maurizio Sarri have agreed to give up four months’ wages to help the club manage the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

A police officer is wearing a coronavirus helmet to warn people to stay inside

As India enforces a nationwide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, one police officer has found a creative way to get the message across.

Busch is giving 3 months’ worth of beer to people who adopt or foster a dog during coronavirus crisis

Nothing beats the company of man’s best friend as you self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak. But an ice-cold beer, free at that, comes in at a close second.

F1 team helps to create coronavirus breathing aid

A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week. University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build the device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator.

Trump extends virus restrictions beyond Easter

US President Donald Trump has said coronavirus restrictions such as social distancing will be extended across the country until at least 30 April. “The highest point of the death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” Mr Trump said on Sunday, adding: “Therefore we will be extending our guidelines.”

Turkey’s former goalkeeper Rustu Recber in hospital with coronavirus

Turkey’s most capped player, former goalkeeper Rustu Recber, is in a “critical period” in hospital with coronavirus. The ex-Barcelona and Fenerbahce keeper, 46, won 120 caps and was one of the players of the tournament when Turkey reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.

Harry Kane: End of June the limit for season, says Tottenham striker

England captain Harry Kane says the Premier League season should be scrapped if it cannot be completed by the end of June. All elite football in England is suspended until at least 30 April because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I know the Premier League will do everything it can to finish the season,” said Tottenham striker Kane.

Regional connectivity at risk, says airline boss

The boss of the UK’s largest regional airline has said his firm plans to ask for government help to get through the coronavirus pandemic. After Flybe’s collapse, Loganair is one of only two sizeable British airlines which run mostly domestic routes. The pandemic has had a severe impact on airlines, its boss Jonathan Hinkles told the BBC.

Biden Goes After ‘Reckless’ Trump Claim That Hospitals Are Using Too Many Face Masks

Former Vice President Joe Biden castigated President Donald Trump for questioning how many protective masks hospitals were using amid the spread of COVID-19, calling such statements “among the most reckless and ignorant” he had made during the ongoing pandemic.

Striking photos show empty landmarks around the world

Coronavirus has created a new normal, and it’s quieter and far less crowded. With more than one-third of the world’s population hunkered down indoors, once-bustling international landmarks and attractions are now vacant. The near-total absence of people has allowed for extraordinary photographs that show some of world’s most celebrated places as quiet shadows of their pre-COVID-19 existences.

HQ Trivia is actually back for real, just when we need it most

Remember when the only thing we were all doing online together at the same time, except live-tweeting reality shows, was playing HQ Trivia? The massively popular trivia game announced its return on Sunday night after a year of ups, downs, cancellations, firings, and contradictory statements.

Turn off your Screen Time notifications for your own good

Let me make this incredibly clear * clears throat*: Turn off your iPhone Screen Time notifications. Go ahead, do it. It’s OK. When every day of coronavirus social distancing feels like a Tuesday on repeat, the weekly iPhone Screen Time alert is one way to know it’s actually Sunday.

‘Game of Thrones’ direwolf dog named Odin passes away

Odin, a Northern Inuit Dog who starred in the first episode of Game of Thrones as the direwolf Summer, passed away due to complications from cancer, his family announced on Instagram Thursday. Odin passed away in his sleep shortly after being diagnosed with mouth cancer. He was 10 years old.

‘Tiger King’ producers tease that more could be on the way

As the world has become swept up in the Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, everyone is clamoring for more about the wild characters that make up the colorful world of questionable exotic animal zoos.

Twitter removes Giuliani tweet pushing misinformation about coronavirus

Twitter removed a tweet from Rudy Giuliani on Friday that contained several pieces of misinformation related to coronavirus. The tweet, which quoted another tweet from right-wing personality Charlie Kirk, falsely claimed that the drug hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat lupus, arthritis, and malaria, has “a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19.”

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