The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday April 15)

April 15, 2020

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

Trump rages at criticism while governors craft their own plans to reopen the economy

With 23,000 Americans dead and millions without a paycheck, President Donald Trump dimmed the lights in the White House briefing room, fired up a misleading propaganda video and boiled over.

The world hasn’t seen a recession this bad since the 1930s. The recovery is far from certain

The coronavirus pandemic is plunging the global economy into its deepest slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s and governments and health officials must work together to prevent an even worse outcome.

Hundreds of thousands return to work as Spain relaxes coronavirus lockdown

Around 300,000 non-essential workers are estimated to have gone back to their jobs in Spain on Monday as the country began to lift lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, a spokesperson for Madrid’s regional government told CNN.

Why positioning Covid-19 patients on their stomachs can save lives

Critical care specialists say being on the belly seems help people seriously ill with Covid-19 because it allows oxygen to more easily get to the lungs. “It’s such a simple thing to do, and we’ve seen remarkable improvement,” one doctor said.

Photos show bodies piled up and stored in vacant rooms at Detroit hospital

Photos shared among emergency room staff at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit show bodies being stored in vacant hospital rooms and piled on top of each other inside refrigerated holding units brought into the hospital’s parking lot.

Moscow rolls out digital tracking to enforce lockdown. Critics dub it a ‘cyber Gulag’

Moscow has introduced a digital tracking system to enforce a coronavirus lockdown — but critics say the technology represents an unprecedented threat to privacy.

JPMorgan’s profit plummets 69% because of coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic crushes the global economy, JPMorgan set aside a stunning $6.8 billion worth of reserves to insulate itself from loan defaults.

India’s Modi extends nationwide coronavirus lockdown until May 3

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the country’s nationwide lockdown until May 3 in a bid to contain the continued spread of the coronavirus, but said that some states which have avoided outbreaks may be allowed to resume “important activities.”

A 64-year-old man accidentally ejected himself from a fighter jet at 2,500 feet

A surprise company outing to an air base caused a 64-year-old French man so much stress that he flung himself from a fighter jet in mid-air, grabbing the ejector button in a panic and tumbling through the skies above France before landing in a field.

‘World faces worst decline since 1930s depression’

The global economy will contract by 3% this year as countries around the world shrink at the fastest pace in decades, the International Monetary Fund says. The IMF described the global decline as the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It said the pandemic had plunged the world into a “crisis like no other”.

Coronavirus: Hundreds of extra UK deaths revealed – BBC News

A nurse who died after contracting coronavirus “paid the ultimate price” because of a lack of personal protective equipment, a friend has claimed. Gareth Roberts, 65, worked as a nurse across the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area for more than 40 years and died in hospital in Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday.

Tour de France set to be postponed amid coronavirus pandemic

The Tour de France looks set to be postponed following the French government’s extension of a ban on mass gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that restrictions on public events would continue until mid-July.

Will Covid-19 end the handshake?

The United States has become the hardest-hit country in the global Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 550,000 confirmed cases and 22,000 deaths. People are staying at home to avoid physical contact, and are following advice from public figures such as Anthony Fauci, head of the country’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Softbank fund warns of $16.7bn loss due to virus

SoftBank expects to lose $16.7bn (£13.3bn) on firms it has invested in through its tech start-up fund. The Japanese conglomerate is the world’s biggest technology investor through its $100bn Vision Fund. Some bad investments have seen the fund’s valuation drop substantially leading to Softbank’s first loss in 15 years.

The audacious plan that could save a species

The future of the northern white rhino is looking bleak. Only two are left in the world – both are female. But scientists have an outlandish plan to save them from extinction. When I went to meet the rhinos in Kenya, they began circling the car.

15 inspiring ‘Game of Thrones’ quotes to live by

Regardless of how you feel about the ending of Game of Thrones , it was the world’s favorite TV show for a long, long time. Popular for its twists, intrigue, characters, and great dialogue, Thrones is still endlessly quotable years after any given episode aired.

SpaceX competitor just plucked a rocket out of the sky with a helicopter

Look out, Elon Musk.

TikTok vulnerability lets hackers inject fake coronavirus videos into your account

Picture this: you’re scrolling through your TikTok feed one day and all of a sudden, you notice a video that you did not upload posted to your account. It’s very possible, as a team of software developers discovered a vulnerability on the viral social video platform that allows an attacker to swap videos on any TikTok account.

500,000 Zoom accounts are being sold on the dark web

Hacked Zoom accounts have become merchandise that’s sold en masse on the dark web and through hacker forums, new report claims. According to BleepingComputer, which spoke to cybersecurity company Cyble, there are currently over 500,000 Zoom account credentials being sold, and while most of them seem to stem from earlier, unrelated hacks, some of them are genuine.

Amazon created a waitlist for grocery deliveries because demand is so high

Crushed by the massive increase in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon is making some big changes to its grocery delivery services. In a blog post published over the weekend, Amazon laid out some of the changes it’s making at Whole Foods stores in order to meet increased demand for deliveries and pick-ups while most of America is stuck at home.

LG’s ‘Velvet’ phone is the start to the company’s revamped design strategy

It’s getting tough to tell new smartphones apart from the old ones based solely on the number in their titles. Which is why LG is ditching the concept entirely by naming its latest phone the LG Velvet. In a press release, LG explained the Velvet is the first device that will launch as part of its new branding strategy.

‘Daily Show’ runs compilation of Trump pointing blame for the coronavirus spread

There aren’t many politicians out there who are quick to hold up their hands and admit when they’ve made mistakes, especially in these unprecedented times. But although there’s mounting proof the White House was warned about the threat of a pandemic but did not act, Donald Trump is in a whole other league of pointing the finger.

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