The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday April 29)

April 29, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest global headlines.

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.

Trump said he takes no responsibility for the spike in people using disinfectants improperly

President Donald Trump said Monday that he takes no responsibility for a spike in people using disinfectants improperly after dangerously suggesting last week that ingesting it could serve as a coronavirus treatment.

Coronavirus could be tied to a rare but serious illness in children, UK doctors say

A small but rising number of children are becoming ill with a rare syndrome that could be linked to coronavirus, with reported cases showing symptoms of abdominal pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and cardiac inflammation, UK health care bosses and pediatrics specialists have warned.

Pentagon officially releases UFO videos

The Pentagon has officially released three short videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena” that had previously been released by a private company.

US oil falls below $11 a barrel as supply concerns keep roiling markets

US oil prices are still plunging as investors continue to fret about an excess supply of crude at a time when no one wants any.

The world’s biggest car factory just reopened. Here’s what Volkswagen had to do

Volkswagen reopened the world’s biggest car factory at Wolfsburg in Germany on Monday after the coronavirus forced it to shut down for the longest period in its 82-year history.

Tennis star rejects plans to help struggling players through coronavirus crisis

World no. 3 Dominic Thiem has rejected the notion that top tennis stars should provide financial support to the game’s lower-ranked players due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus forced a group of teens to sail home across the Atlantic

(CNN) – As journeys home go, it was a particularly long and unusual one. The Covid-19 pandemic forced a group of 24 Dutch teenagers to sail the Atlantic to return to the Netherlands, arriving safely in the port of Harlingen on Sunday after more than five weeks at sea.

The largest-ever Arctic ozone hole developed this spring. Now, scientists say it’s closed.

Scientists say the “rather unusual” hole was caused not by human activity but a particularly strong Arctic polar vortex.

‘Project Restart’: Premier League ramps up plans for resuming season

Plans to resume the Premier League season will step up this week in what has been labelled “Project Restart”. Arsenal, Brighton and West Ham have opened their training grounds to players for individual work on Monday. The league is hopeful of a potential 8 June restart and finishing at the end of July to fit in with Uefa’s European competition plans.

Coronavirus updates: Millions of Australians download virus tracker – BBC News

Thousands of textile workers returned to factories in Bangladesh on Monday. The country is still under lockdown, but some factories, including in the capital Dhaka, opened under pressure to complete outstanding export orders. With the garment sector badly hit by cancellations due to the pandemic, the country is expected to lose export revenue of about $6bn (£4.8bn).

Why do African states differ over lockdowns?

African countries have fewer coronavirus cases than much of the world, but weaker healthcare systems do put the continent at risk. Lockdown measures can help prevent the virus spreading, yet governments have taken very different approaches to imposing restrictions on their populations.

Premier League: How much can you remember about season so far?

It feels like a while since the last match was played in the Premier League doesn’t it? But how much can you remember about the season so far? Below are 15 questions about the top-flight campaign and you have 10 minutes to figure them out. Good luck.

BP profits dive 66% as coronavirus hits oil demand

BP’s first quarter profit has dived by two thirds after the global coronavirus crisis hit demand for oil. The oil giant warned it was facing an “exceptional level of uncertainty” in the near term after a sharp reduction in need for its products. Lockdowns around the world have been keeping people inside, reducing demand for oil.

Netflix released a touching first look at Michelle Obama documentary ‘Becoming’

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. In 2018, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground partnered with Netflix for a series of documentaries, which have included the Oscar-winning American Factory and recent release .

Twitter quietly deletes millions of accounts from the old text message days

It’s the end of the SMS era for Twitter. On Monday, Twitter officially it was turning off its Twitter via SMS service for the majority of its global user base. This recent change affects users who were still receiving tweets from other users via SMS. The social media company had already the ability to tweet via text message after its CEO Jack Dorsey was hacked last year.

Apple to delay iPhone 12 mass production, report says

Apple’s new flagship iPhones might come a little later than usual this year. A Wall Street Journal report claims the company is pushing back mass production of iPhone 12 by about a month. It’s unclear how exactly this delay will affect the new iPhone’s launch.

Australia’s new coronavirus tracking app was downloaded a million times in just 5 hours

The Australian government’s new coronavirus contact tracing app was downloaded one million times within five hours of launch, meaning approximately one out of every 25 Australians is using it. It’s a notable uptake considering some Australians had expressed concerns about privacy issues.

13 movies we’re looking forward to this summer

With the pandemic wreaking havoc on all our plans, this year’s summer movie slate is looking a little different. Gone are many of the season’s biggest titles, shuffled to later months or postponed indefinitely. Some films have pivoted to a straight-to-VOD release, while still others wait with bated breath to see if cinemas will even be open by the time they’re scheduled to debut.

Shaquille O’Neal explains his appearance in Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’

Shaquille O’Neal wants you to know he isn’t friends with Joe Exotic. “Being friendly to somebody doesn’t mean that we’re friends,” the former NBA star explains to Conan O’Brien in the clip above, after the host asks him about his appearance in Netflix’s documentary series .

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