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China delayed virus reporting

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/30/20, 11:52 am

The COVID-19 crisis continues to wane in China, but new details suggest early failures worsened what would become a pandemic. Officials in Wuhan tried to resolve problems internally rather than use the national digital reporting system when the first cases of the new coronavirus emerged in the city, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

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Coronavirus batters New York

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/30/20, 11:34 am

Nearly 800 people in New York City have died of COVID-19 since the first infection showed up a month ago. Ambulances have to delay responding to less urgent requests as a record number of 911 calls come in, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said hospitals would run out of masks, gowns, and other supplies in a week, but officials don’t expect the outbreak to peak in the city for two or three more weeks. The mayor asked the federal government to deliver 400 more ventilators by Wednesday.

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Delivery workers threaten to strike

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/30/20, 11:20 am

Workers for Amazon and the grocery delivery service Instacart plan to walk out on Monday because they say the companies aren’t protecting them from COVID-19 exposure. Instacart announced Sunday it would make hand sanitizer spray available to employees and update its tip feature, a measure some are calling too little, too late. Both Amazon and Instacart have announced plans to hire tens of thousands of new workers to meet the skyrocketing demand for home delivery of food and other supplies due to stay-at-home orders.

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