Coronavirus Latest: Singapore ‘Floating Hotels’, Northeast Talks Reopening, Amazon to Hire 75K, Debt/Deficit Soar & More

Coronavirus Latest News

Coronavirus Latest News

Instead of blasting you with coronavirus (COVID-19) news every hour, I’m putting together a roundup of news that I come across during the day. Here you can read about Singapore prepares ‘floating hotels’, Northeast talking reopening, Amazon to add 75,000 jobs, debt at deficit to hit WWII levels, Brazil likely has 12 times more coronavirus cases, airlines ask DOT to suspend flights to more US airports and latest COVID-19 numbers.

Singapore prepares ‘floating hotels’ for foreign workers

Singapore is preparing to house hundreds of foreign workers in accommodation vessels typically used for offshore and marine industry staff as it races to find alternatives to dormitories where the novel coronavirus has been spreading rapidly.

Northeast U.S. Governors Will Coordinate Reopenings

A coalition of northeast governors will announce a plan on Monday afternoon for how they will coordinate the reopening of schools and businesses after the coronavirus outbreak subsides, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Amazon to add 75,000 jobs as online orders surge during lockdowns

Amazon said on Monday it would hire 75,000 more people for jobs ranging from warehouse staff to delivery drivers as the coronavirus epidemic keeps Americans locked in their homes and demand for online orders surge.

U.S. Debt and Deficit Forecast to Hit Levels Not Seen Since WWII

The U.S. federal budget deficit is on track to exceed $3.8 trillion this year even if Congress doesn’t enact any more stimulus spending, and the nation’s debt will rise to levels not seen since the country emerged from World War II, a non-partisan budget watchdog estimated Monday.

Airlines ask DOT to suspend flights to more US airports

U.S. airlines have jumped en mass for a slice of the $25 billion in grants available to cover staff compensation during the novel coronavirus pandemic even as the strings to taking the funds continue to be ironed out. One of those strings is a requirement that recipients continue air service to all of the U.S. destinations on their maps.

Brazil likely has 12 times more coronavirus cases than official count

Researchers at a consortium of Brazilian universities and institutes examined the ratio of cases resulting in deaths through April 10, considering cases ending in recovery or death while excluding patients still fighting the virus. They then compared that ratio with the expected death rates based on age of patients from the World Health Organizations.

Latest Coronavirus Numbers

And here is a screenshot of the latest numbers in the United States and how it compares to other countries around the world.

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