The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday April 2)

April 2, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest headlines.

Asia may have been right about coronavirus and face masks, and the rest of the world is coming around

In the coming weeks, if they have not already, your government is likely to begin advising you to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus.

Iceland lab’s testing suggests 50% of coronavirus cases have no symptoms

There’s a lot about Iceland that other countries could envy: Its spectacular natural surroundings, its place among the world’s happiest countries, and, now, its large-scale testing for the novel coronavirus, which could influence how the world understands the outbreak.

Commander of aircraft carrier hit by coronavirus outbreak warns Navy ‘decisive action’ is needed

The commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a US Navy aircraft carrier where an outbreak of the coronavirus has spread to at least 70 sailors, has warned Navy leadership that decisive action is required to save the lives of the ship’s crew.

Legendary soccer president dies after contracting coronavirus

Former Olympique de Marseille President Pape Diouf has died after contracting coronavirus, according to the French Ligue 1 club.

Panama will separate men and women in public during coronavirus lockdown

Panama is taking a new — if somewhat unorthodox – measure to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus: separation of the sexes.

The world could soon run out of space to store oil. That may plunge prices below zero

The world’s thirst for oil has evaporated.

I moved to Paris during lockdown and couldn’t explore farther than a kilometer. Here’s what I found

(CNN) – The plan to move to France had been in the works for months. We bit the bullet and quit our jobs, packed our poky London flat into boxes, and then watched the world come crashing down around us. When France went into coronavirus “confinement” we decided to move, fast.

Carnival seeks $6 billion as Covid-19 pandemic devastates cruise industry

Carnival Corporation is seeking at least $6 billion to weather an unprecedented crisis that has decimated business, after coronavirus outbreaks aboard its cruise ships killed several passengers and sickened hundreds more.

Coronavirus: Spanish deaths rise as European toll passes 30,000 – BBC News

Starting today, everyone who takes the train or inter-city buses in Taiwan must wear a face mask, according to an order from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. The new requirement comes as the US Centers for Disease Control is reviewing earlier advice, including from the World Health Organization, that people only need to wear a face mask if they are sick or are around sick people.

The fake coronavirus stories spreading in Africa

African countries are experiencing a rise in the number of new coronavirus cases, and many governments there are now enforcing strict social distancing measures. As they prepare for a surge in cases, misleading information has been spreading throughout the continent.

Spain’s deaths soar but infection rate slows

Spain has recorded another 864 deaths related to coronavirus, the highest in one day, as the total number of deaths across Europe has gone beyond 30,000. More than 9,000 people have died in Spain, which is second only to Italy in fatalities caused by the virus.

Zoom under increased scrutiny as popularity soars

The videoconferencing app Zoom has come under fresh high-level scrutiny as its popularity soars during the coronavirus pandemic. New York’s attorney general has written to the firm raising concerns over its ability to cope with the rise in users. Zoom is now being used by millions of people for work and leisure, as lockdowns are imposed in many countries.

Bahariya and Farafra: Egypt’s bizarre, desert landscape

The Bahariya and Farafra depressions have some of the rarest landscapes in Egypt, making one forget, for a moment, that the Pyramids are the country’s biggest attraction.

Zoom security bug lets attackers steal Windows passwords

Zoom, the videoconferencing software that’s skyrocketed in popularity as much of the globe sits at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, is quickly turning into a privacy and security nightmare. BleepingComputer reports about a newly found vulnerability in Zoom that allows an attacker to steal Windows login credentials from other users.

Quarantine streaming is changing the definition of ‘primetime’ TV

People are streaming a lot of movies and TV shows while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, because so much television is being watched during unconventional daytime hours – and streaming services offer viewers the ability to watch whenever they want – traditional “primetime” TV viewing is being completely altered.

Marriott data breach exposes 5 million guests’ information. Again.

Marriott International has announced a massive data breach that exposed over 5 million hotel guests’ information. No, not that breach. It’s a new one this time. “At the end of February 2020, we identified that an unexpected amount of guest information may have been accessed using the login credentials of two employees at a franchise property,” the international hotel chain wrote on Tuesday.

‘Stay the f**k at home’: Samuel L. Jackson reads you a sweary, poetic social distancing PSA

Almost a decade ago, Samuel L. Jackson’s reading of bedtime poem “Go the Fuck to Sleep” captivated the internet. Now the actor has returned to spoken word, presenting author Adam Mansbach’s timely new adaptation of the classic: “Stay the Fuck at Home.”

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