The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday March 18)

March 18, 2020

Here are today’s top stories from around the world.

Live updates: Coronavirus cases pass 181,500 as countries go into lockdown – CNN

By Ben Westcott, Helen Regan and Adam Renton, CNN Updated 12:47 a.m. ET, March 17, 2020 As Chinese President Xi Jinping passed an apartment complex last week during his tour of Wuhan, he looked up and waved back at rows of residents who — still under lockdown — greeted him behind masks from their apartment windows.

Coronavirus vaccine trial administers first dose to participant

A novel coronavirus vaccine trial in the US has now given a dose to its first participant, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced Monday.

The global coronavirus recession is beginning

As restaurants, shops, airlines and factories shut down around the world, from New York to Paris and Madrid, economists are warning that a global recession is no longer a looming threat. It’s here.

There’s an unlikely beneficiary of coronavirus: The planet

Factories were shuttered and streets were cleared across China’s Hubei province as authorities ordered residents to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It seems the lockdown had an unintended benefit — blue skies.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson released from the hospital

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been released from a Queensland hospital in Australia and are now in self-quarantine at their home there, a representative for Hanks told CNN on Monday.

Grocery rules for your coronavirus lockdown: Buy beans, freeze milk, don’t hoard, and more

These are the best foods to buy when you know you’re going to be stuck at home for awhile but don’t want to sacrifice a healthy diet.

Venice’s canal water looks clearer as coronavirus keeps visitors away

(CNN) – As the world continues to grapple with coronavirus, the pandemic is having some unexpected side effects. Take Venice, one of Italy’s biggest tourist attractions, which is usually heaving with visitors throughout the year.

Idris Elba says he has coronavirus

Actor Idris Elba said he has tested positive for Covid-19.

Mysterious Ice Age structure made from the bones of 60 mammoths discovered

Around 25,000 years ago, Ice Age hunter-gatherers used the bones from 60 mammoths to build a large circular structure in Russia. Researchers have excavated the site in an attempt to understand it, but they don’t know why the structure was built, according to a new study.

Premier League in limbo as chiefs consider ‘radical solutions’ to finish the season

With the Premier League season already curtailed by the novel coronavirus outbreak, focus has turned to finding a way to conclude the current campaign.

The cult leaders who burnt 700 followers to death

Judith Ariho does not shed any tears as she recalls the church massacre in which her mother, two siblings and four other relatives were among at least 700 people who died. Exactly 20 years ago, in south-western Uganda’s Kanungu district, they were locked inside a church, with the doors and windows nailed shut from the outside.

Europe expands lockdown in battle against virus

Germany and France have imposed stringent new measures to limit social contact as countries across Europe try to stem the spread of the coronavirus. French President Emmanuel Macron announced an enforced lockdown, a step similar to curbs imposed by Italy and Spain, saying: “We’re in a health war”.

Breaking Bad

We followed a trail from the north coast of Scotland to the beaches of India to reveal how wealthy companies profit from an industry which destroys lives and damages the environment.

Roberto Firmino: Liverpool forward’s journey from humble origins to starring Anfield role

With giant palm trees stooping towards turquoise water, high-rise hotels glimmering in the sun, and opulent beachside restaurants selling lobster and expensive liqueurs, it’s easy to see why Maceio, the capital of Alagoas state, is known as Brazil’s Caribbean.

Amazon on hiring spree as coronavirus spurs demand

Amazon has said it will hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the US to deal with a surge in sales during the coronavirus pandemic. The online retail giant also said it would increase pay for its staff in the UK, US and Europe.

Historic Market Plunge Amid Global Scramble To Contain ‘Invisible Enemy’

March 16 (Reuters) – Coronavirus fears led to a historic drop in U.S. stocks, shut borders and disrupted daily life around the world, as governments took increasingly drastic measures to try to reduce the severity of the global outbreak.

Trump On His Response To Coronavirus: ‘I’d Rate It A 10’

President Donald Trump said Monday that on a scale of 1 to 10, he would rate his performance in response to the coronavirus crisis at the top. “I’d rate it a 10,” he said at the White House’s daily coronavirus news briefing. “I think we’ve done a great job.”

Trump Sends Hateful ‘Chinese Virus’ Tweet, But He Praised The Country’s Response For Weeks

President Donald Trump sent a xenophobic Monday evening, noting that he plans to bail out airlines and other industries “that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus.” Only a few hours earlier, Trump held a White House news conference on the emerging coronavirus outbreak and was for finally offering a relatively sober assessment of the emerging disaster.

Healthy Eating Is Key To Well Being. So Why Is Hospital Food Always So Bad?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The terrible food in hospitals has long been one of the greatest contradictions in health care. Over the past few years, several doctors have spoken out about the lack of healthy food options and how frustrating it can be to tell their patients to make dietary changes, only to have that guidance undermined by the very hospital treating their patients.

‘Birds Of Prey’ joins the list of movies coming to VOD early

As major films slated for release over the next few weeks are bumped due to public health concerns around the spread of the novel coronavirus, movies released earlier in the year are coming to VOD earlier than originally planned.

Democratic Party’s donkey symbol replaced by a rat in Google search

As we approach the 2020 U.S. presidential election, more and more Americans are turning to Google with important questions about politicians and policies. And, as of the time of this writing, if one of those questions involves looking up the term “Democratic Party” on the popular search engine, then those Americans would be led to believe that the party’s symbol is that of a rat.

Coronavirus has somehow given us Shakespeare plague memes

William Shakespeare… what a try-hard. With the coronavirus spreading globally, The Atlantic and others have pointed out that the Bard likely churned out King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra while he was quarantined during a plague outbreak. Just a few classic plays that changed theater forever. No big deal.

These images of matches perfectly illustrate how we can help stop coronavirus from spreading

As coronavirus – which results in the respiratory disease COVID-19 – continues to spread around the world, talk of social distancing is dominating the news cycle.

Chris Evans slams Trump’s reaction to coronavirus spread

As the coronavirus continues to spread, more and more world leaders are announcing various measures aimed at delaying the disease. And more and more criticism is being levelled at Donald Trump. The president’s repeated reassurances, coupled with his avoidance of any responsibility (despite his administration getting rid of the U.S.’

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