The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday April 9)

April 9, 2020

Here are some of today’s top stories.

Almost 60% of passengers on board Antarctic cruise ship have coronavirus

Australian and New Zealand passengers will be evacuated from a stricken Antarctic cruise ship Thursday, after almost 60% of those on board tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chaos rocks Trump White House on virus’ most tragic day

The chaos and confusion rocking President Donald Trump’s administration on the most tragic day yet of the coronavirus pandemic was exceptional even by his own standards.

China to release tourist ‘blacklist’ after Great Wall vandalized on re-opening day

Officials in China are hoping the threat of public shaming will prevent tourists from defacing the country’s most famous icon — the (CNN) – Great Wall. The news quickly went viral, enraging Chinese netizens. The hashtag #八达岭长城恢复开放首日被刻字, which translates to “Great Wall vandalized the first day it reopened,” became a trending topic on Weibo, China’s most popular social media platform.

Boris Johnson is ‘stable’ in ICU amid questions about who’s running the UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is receiving “standard oxygen treatment” and is breathing without assistance, his spokesperson said Tuesday, a day after he was transferred to intensive care with coronavirus.

China lifts lockdown on Wuhan as city reemerges from coronavirus crisis

China has ended its lockdown of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, as the city reemerges from a deadly outbreak that is now raging across the globe.

Four famous stores that may not survive because of coronavirus

They were once the giants of American retail, strong enough to survive wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession and the rise of online shopping. But Sears, JCPenney and others may not be able to survive the coronavirus crisis.

French doctors’ proposal to test Covid-19 treatment in Africa slammed as ‘colonial mentality’

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has condemned controversial comments made by French doctors about testing a Covid-19 potential treatment in Africa, calling the remarks a “hangover from a colonial mentality.”

Tesla furloughs staff and slashes salaries as Covid-19 pandemic worsens

Tesla is telling staff to brace for pay cuts and furloughs as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupts operations and cripples demand.

Scientists uncover a 60,000-year-old forest underwater and think its preserved trees may help pioneer new medicines

Nearly 60,000 years ago, as prehistoric humans just started venturing out of Africa, a forest of cypress trees grew on the banks of a river near the Gulf of Mexico. As the trees grew old, they fell and were buried under sediment. When the sea level rose, the remains of the forest were covered once again.

US records highest Covid-19 deaths in single day

The US recorded the most coronavirus deaths in a single day with 1,736 fatalities reported on Tuesday. It brings the total number of deaths in the country to 12,722, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US has more than 398,000 confirmed cases, the highest number in the world.

Nigeria’s mega churches adjust to empty auditoriums

The auditoriums of Nigeria’s mega churches are empty and their gates are shut as they are forced to observe a government ban on large gatherings to halt the spread of coronavirus. But it took not only threats, but force and arrests for the message to get across.

The bishop who admitted to telling a single lie

Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki, who is being buried on Tuesday following his death at the age of 89, admitted to telling one lie in his long and colourful life as a cleric who campaigned for justice and peace in Kenya.

Premier League ‘could lose £1bn’; while football’s ‘clubs and leagues in danger’

The Premier League could lose £1bn if the 2019-2020 season cannot finish – and English football faces “the danger of losing clubs and leagues” amid economic challenges “beyond the wildest imagination”. The season has been halted indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter boss pledges $1bn for coronavirus relief

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and payment app Square, has said he will donate $1bn (£810m) towards efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. According to Mr Dorsey, the donation represented approximately 28% of his wealth. He made the announcement on Twitter, writing that the “needs are increasingly urgent”.

Elon Musk’s Billionaire Brother Told His Workers They Were Family. Until COVID-19 Hit.

At Next Door, the community-oriented, “sustainable” restaurant chain owned by billionaire Kimbal Musk, workers were told they were part of a family. Not a family as wealthy as Musk’s ― the self-proclaimed philanthropist and restaurateur, known for his signature cowboy hat, is the younger brother of multibillionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk.

This viral YouTube video’s title updates itself to reflect the view count

If you make a YouTube video that gets more than 2.5 million views in its first 17 hours, you’re probably going to want to shout about it from the rooftops. But what if the clip itself can do the shouting for you? YouTuber Tom Scott’s latest video does exactly that.

Facebook just dropped a messaging app for couples

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. During a time of social distancing – where every couple is seemingly long distance unless they live together – Facebook launched an app for couples called Tuned.

Jack Dorsey invites you to follow along via Google Docs as he spends $1 billion

Jack Dorsey has officially thrown his hat in the rich-person-fighting-COVID-19 ring. Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and Square, announced on Tuesday that he will transfer a significant portion of his equity in the latter company to an LLC. The stated goal of that LLC, at least initially, will be responding to the havoc wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

12 great book-to-streaming TV adaptations to watch right now

For those who find themselves indoors with more free time than usual in these trying times, though that is certainly not everyone, the issue of finding something to do as the hours pass by may become increasingly pressing.

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