The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday April 30)

April 30, 2020

Here are today’s top stories.

How does India, a country of 1.3 billion people, have around 1,000 coronavirus deaths?

Less than a month ago, India’s future looked dire. But so far, the world’s second-most populous country appears to have avoided the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A young boy was killed by a police stray bullet during a coronavirus curfew. Now his parents want answers

Perched on his apartment balcony in Nairobi, 13-year-old Yassin Hussein Moyo watched police patrol the streets with his mother and siblings. A coronavirus related curfew had just started when a bullet struck him in the stomach.

Scotland recommends face coverings as cracks emerge in UK-wide approach to coronavirus

The Scottish government has advised people to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces, in a break from the UK-wide approach to tackling the spread of coronavirus.

China’s model of control has been blamed for the coronavirus crisis, but for some it’s looking increasingly attractive

On Sunday, Andrew Adonis, a member of Britain’s House of Lords and onetime cabinet minister, took aim at the idea that the coronavirus pandemic was causing a crisis of capitalism.

Masks on airplanes: Where things stand on personal protection and social distancing

(CNN) – Glimmers of a gradual return to air travel mean airlines are rolling out new policies aimed at protecting passengers and crew from coronavirus transmission and increasing consumer confidence in air travel safety.

This giant asteroid will fly by Earth Wednesday, close enough to see by telescope, but it won’t hit us, experts say

On April 29, an asteroid estimated to be 1.2 miles wide will fly by Earth, but it’s not on a destructive path.

The pandemic is messing with our concept of time

If it feels like your brain is turning into mush, you’re not alone. Experts say it all has to do with how the pandemic is affecting our cognitive health — meaning, our ability to clearly think, learn and remember.

Pence flouts Mayo Clinic policy on masks — which is to wear one

When Vice President Mike Pence walked into the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday, he wasn’t wearing a face mask.

Sweden says its coronavirus approach has worked. The numbers suggest a different story

Sweden has been an outlier during the coronavirus outbreak. The country has not joined many of its European neighbors in imposing strict limits on citizens’ lives, and images of people heading to work in busy streets and chatting at cafes and bars have raised eyebrows.

British Airways may cut 12,000 jobs as coronavirus takes its toll

British Airways may be forced to cut more than a quarter of its workforce as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on one of Europe’s biggest airlines.

Coronavirus updates: US confirms one million cases – BBC News

Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has criticised some Hasidic Jews in the city after hundreds gathered for the funeral of a rabbi who had died with the virus. De Blasio went to the scene to disperse the crowds. Writing on Twitter, he described such gatherings as unacceptable and warned it would only lead to more deaths.

Ligue 1 & 2: France’s top two divisions will not resume this season

The Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons will not resume after France banned all sporting events, including behind closed doors, until September. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the 2019-20 sporting season was over as he announced plans to ease France’s coronavirus lockdown on 11 May.

Africa Live: UN warns on ‘excessive force’ in Covid-19 response – BBC News

Libya’s Gen Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting the UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli, has accepted the “popular mandate” to govern the country, he said in a televised address on Monday. His declaration was dismissed as “the final, desperate act of a defeated man,” by an adviser to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Slumdog Millionaire actor Irrfan Khan dies

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, known internationally for roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic World, has died at the age of 53. Khan died in a hospital in the western city of Mumbai, his agency said. In 2018, the actor posted on Twitter to say that he was diagnosed with an endocrine tumour, a rare illness affecting cells that release hormones into the bloodstream.

Asia’s centuries-old healing technique

It’s early morning in Hong Kong. As the roar of traffic and rush of the commute begin, the city moves to its usual pulsing rhythm. But in the heart of one of the most hectic urban jungles on Earth is an unlikely garden of calm and healing – a little oasis where the pace is decidedly slower.

Sketchy YouTube videos will now come with fact checks

Anyone who has ever fallen into a YouTube conspiracy theory wormhole just got thrown a lifeline. YouTube announced Tuesday that it would begin rolling out “fact check panels” in the U.S. What does that mean?

The Bollywood dance scene in ‘Never Have I Ever’ is a Hollywood milestone

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Never Have I Ever episode 4 was full of firsts.

That UFO footage is the biggest 2020 mood yet

As if everything weren’t strange enough these days, the Pentagon this week released footage of ” unidentified aerial phenomena” – for the laymen, UFOs -and, predictably, the internet lost it. We’ll get to that but first, check out the footage.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ directors mark anniversary with fun behind-the-scenes videos

How has it already been a year since Avengers: Endgame was released? It may feel like the movie came out roughly one decade ago, but this week marks the first anniversary of the box office record-breaker – and the Russo brothers wanted to do something special to mark the occasion.

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