The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday April 1)

April 1, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines.

Coronavirus: American Airlines to seek $12bn in government aid – BBC News

One of the major developments in the last few hours is that the world’s biggest carrier in terms of passengers, American Airlines, is now seeking $12bn (£9.7bn) in support from the US government to help it through the crisis. The funds were allocated to the company in the $2.2tn economic stimulus package approved by the US government last week.

Lagos lockdown: ‘How will my children survive?’

As more than 25 million people are placed on a two-week lockdown in parts of Nigeria in a bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus, poor people in congested neighbourhoods are worried about how they will cope, writes the BBC’s Nduka Orjinmo from the commercial capital Lagos.

Coronavirus lessons from president who led Ebola fight

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who made history as Africa’s first elected female president, led Liberia for 12 years including during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 5,000 people in her country. The BBC asked the Nobel Peace Laureate for her reflections on the current coronavirus crisis.

Three out of four Americans under virus lockdown

About three out of four Americans are now, or about to be, under some form of lockdown, as more states tighten measures to fight the coronavirus. Maryland, Virginia, Arizona and Tennessee became the latest states to order citizens to stay at home, meaning 32 of 50 states have taken such steps.

Love knows no borders for elderly couple

An elderly couple have become local celebrities amid the coronavirus outbreak for their daily cross-border meeting. Inga Rasmussen, 85, from Denmark and Karsten Tüchsen Hansen, 89, from Germany meet near the town of Aventoft to chat and share a drink, sitting at the recommended safe distance.

Didier Drogba: How Ivory Coast striker helped to halt civil war in his home nation

Al-Merrikh Stadium, in Sudan’s second largest city of Omdurman, is not one of the world’s great gladiatorial arenas. Yet this small ground – known as the Red Castle – became the setting for one of football’s most extraordinary tales. The date was 8 October 2005. The mathematics of qualification for World Cup 2006 were simple.

Amazon workers threaten strikes over virus gear

Pressure is building on Amazon and other delivery firms to improve protections for workers worried about getting infected with coronavirus. Some US workers at Amazon and US food delivery firm Instacart are threatening strikes, and have accused the firms of not providing proper protections.

Model cited by White House says 82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August, even with social distancing

As of Monday morning, a model estimates that more than 2,000 people could die each day in the United States in mid-April, when the coronavirus is predicted to hit the country hardest.

WHO stands by recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick

World Health Organization officials Monday said they still recommend people not wear face masks unless they are sick with Covid-19 or caring for someone who is sick.

Migrant workers sprayed with disinfectant in one Indian state

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has sparked controversy after migrant workers, returning home during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, were doused in bleach disinfectant used to sanitize buses.

Harry and Meghan officially transition to non-royal life. Here’s what that looks like

The couple have relinquished their royal duties as of March 31. What comes next is reinvention.

Coronavirus threatens other areas of scientific progress, researchers fear

The coronavirus pandemic has forced scientists to halt their experiments. Only time will tell what affect this will have on scientific progress in the US.

Portugal gives migrants full citizenship rights during coronavirus outbreak

Portugal has given all migrants and asylum seekers full citizenship rights, granting them full access to the country’s healthcare as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus escalates in the country.

Oil crashes to fresh 18-year low as demand suffers unprecedented drop

US crude oil plunged nearly 7% and finished at an 18-year low of $20.09 a barrel Monday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to deal a devastating blow to energy demand.

This sweet photo of health care workers flying to New York is what we need right now

As New York City struggles to keep up with the spread of coronavirus, dozens of health care workers from Atlanta boarded a plane to answer the call for help.

Hackers are exploiting Zoom’s newfound popularity amid coronavirus pandemic

With so many people working from home or looking to connect with family and friends amid the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing platform Zoom is having a big moment. So of course, this makes Zoom a prime target for hackers looking to take advantage of the service’s newfound popularity.

Apple’s iPhone 12 still scheduled for a fall launch, report says

Apple still plans to launch new iPhones in the fall, in line with its typical yearly schedule, a new report from Bloomberg claims. This is despite the coronavirus outbreak which has slowed down manufacturing across the globe and forced Apple to temporarily shut down all its retail stores outside of China.

Instagram meme account with 14 million followers banned for coronavirus scam

A hugely popular Instagram account with millions of followers was banned for spreading a coronavirus scam. Instagram account @bestmemes was banned from the platform on Monday morning after posting misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the weekend, according to , the account posted fake tweets that were made to look like they were from the official Barack Obama and Donald Trump Twitter accounts.

What it’s like to live with someone who still doesn’t take coronavirus seriously

Over the past few weeks, Carlos Martinez has been eyeing the news for coronavirus coverage. All the while, his partner shrugs off his concerns. “[She] would dismiss it every time she saw me watching the news,” Martinez told me.

Zoom’s iOS app no longer sends data to Facebook

Zoom’s iOS app is no longer sending your private data to Facebook. The videoconferencing software recently saw its usage spike as more and more people spend time at home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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