The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday March 11)

March 11, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest news stories from across the world.

Live updates: Coronavirus death toll passes 4,000 worldwide – CNN

Markets in Asia Pacific began to recover Tuesday, and US stock futures jumped more than 800 points a day after novel coronavirus fears and an oil price war sparked a worldwide panic. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 closed up 3.1%, the index’s best day since November 2016.

Trump scare shows no American is immune from coronavirus risk

The White House insists President Donald Trump doesn’t need a coronavirus test, despite several members of his political circle self-quarantining after they came into contact with a man later diagnosed with the disease.

Xi Jinping visits virus-hit Wuhan in major show of confidence

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made his first visit to Wuhan since the novel coronavirus outbreak began more than two months ago, as new cases of the virus slowed to a trickle in the country where the disease first emerged.

Qantas cuts almost a quarter of all flights and says its CEO will stop taking a salary

Qantas has announced sweeping cost-cutting measures in light of the worsening novel coronavirus crisis, including slashing almost a quarter of all flights for the next six months and significantly reducing executive pay.

The psychology behind why toilet paper, of all things, is the latest coronavirus panic buy

Toilet paper does not offer special protection against the virus. It’s not considered a staple of impending emergencies, like milk and bread are. So why are people buying up rolls more quickly than they can be restocked? There are several reasons.

Why Russia and Vladimir Putin are waging an oil war with America

Vladimir Putin knows America’s fragile oil industry is built on a mountain of debt. So when Saudi Arabia called for production cuts to mitigate oversupply, Putin decided to pounce.

To eat, or not to eat breakfast — that is the question

You should start the day with a healthy meal or snack. But there is a way that you can have your breakfast — and your intermittent fast, too.

Italy suspends all domestic sport competitions in bid to curb coronavirus

All domestic sport in Italy has been suspended as the novel coronavirus outbreak shows no signs of abating.

Prisons Are Ripe For Coronavirus Outbreak. They’re Not Ready.

In China, the coronavirus rocketed through five prisons in three provinces, causing over 500 cases. In Iran, 54,000 inmates were temporarily released as the outbreak in that country spurred concerns the illness would rapidly spread in detention facilities.

Trump Has Not Been Tested For Coronavirus, White House Says

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump has not been tested for COVID-19 – even though the 73-year-old leader had direct contact with at least three people who’ve since put themselves under self-quarantine after possibly interacting with an attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trump Campaign Chief Is Funneling Pay To Eric Trump’s Wife, Don Jr.’s Girlfriend: Report

President Donald Trump’s campaign manager is quietly channeling money to Eric Trump’s wife, Lara Trump, and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, The New York Times reported Monday. The payments are hidden from public view because they’re made through campaign manager Brad Parscale’s private company, Parscale Strategy, based in San Antonio, sources told the Times.

Coronavirus: Italy wakes to first day in lockdown – BBC News

This is Mr Xi’s first trip to the city of Wuhan since the outbreak began late last year. He will “visit and express regards to medical workers, military officers and soldiers, patients and residents” amongst others, said state media outlet Xinhua.

Coronavirus: La Liga matches & Barca Champions League game behind closed doors

Matches in Spain’s top two divisions will be played behind closed doors for at least the next two weeks because of coronavirus concerns. The change will take effect from Tuesday, with fans now banned from the game between Eibar and Real Sociedad. La Liga acted on guidance from Spain’s ministry of health and the country’s sports council.

David Rudisha: Olympic 800m champion on personal struggles, and Tokyo comeback

Snoozing in Nairobi airport’s departure lounge in a navy blue suit, David Rudisha looks like just another businessman having a quick power nap. His fellow passengers seem pretty relaxed about being in the presence of Kenyan running royalty. My feelings are a little different.

Italy to suspend mortgage payments amid outbreak

Mortgage payments will be suspended across Italy as part of measures to soften the economic blow of coronavirus on households, a minister has said. Laura Castelli, Italy’s deputy economy minister, told Radio Anch’io: “Yes, that will be the case, for individuals and households.”

Tesla has produced one million cars

In 2008, Tesla started selling its first car, the Roadster. It was a pricy electric sports car with a limited run: only about 2,500 were sold, and it took four years for Tesla to announce its first sedan, the Model S. Now, 12 years later, Tesla has come a long way.

Stop sneeze-shaming. It isn’t even a coronavirus symptom.

Everyone in the path of the novel coronavirus, which at this point is pretty much all of us, should know by now the best advice to avoid catching this highly communicable bug. Wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds at a time, and stop touching your face.

Australia sues Facebook for $529 billion. That’s more than the government makes in a year.

Facebook is being sued by the Australian government for allegedly violating the country’s privacy laws, with requested damages potentially reaching $529 billion. The Cambridge Analytica data scandal may have been years ago now, but its effects still linger on.

Everything coming to Quibi for the streaming service’s April launch

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. Send in the dancing lobsters: Quibi is almost here! Launching April 6, the fledgling streaming service promises “quick bites” to viewers seeking mobile-optimized content lasting less than 10 minutes.

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