Coronavirus Latest: Food Prices Surging, Death Rate Linked to Pollution, ‘Pharma Bro’ Wants to Find a Cure, Colorado County Threatens Tourists & 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 food prices surging around the world, COVID-19 death rate linked to pollution, Pharma Bro want to get out of jail to create a coronavirus cure, Colorado county threatens tourists with fines and jail time and crew member aboard the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort tested positive for the coronavirus.

Key Food Prices Are Surging After Virus Upends Supply Chains

Rice and wheat — crops that account for about a third of the world’s calories — have been making rapid climbs in spot and futures markets. For countries that rely on imports, this is creating an added financial burden just as the pandemic shatters their economies and erodes their purchasing power. In Nigeria, for example, the cost of rice in retail markets soared by more than 30% in the last four days of March alone.

New Study Shows Link Between Air Pollution And COVID-19 Death Rate

Researchers from Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health examined 3,080 counties in the United States and measured the level of dangerous particulate matter in the air known as PM2.5. It found that a small increase in long-term exposure to PM.2.5 leads to a large increase in the COVID-19 death rate.

‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Requests Prison Release to Develop COVID-19 Cure

Shkreli, 37, is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for a securities fraud conviction after scamming investors in hedge funds he ran before entering the pharmaceuticals industry. But in a scientific paper posted on the website of Prospero Pharmaceuticals, Shkreli has requested a “brief” three-month furlough from the federal penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, so he can research potential treatments for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Colorado county threatens tourists with fines, jail time amid coronavirus crisis

A Colorado county is closing its doors to tourists amid the coronavirus outbreak, threatening anyone who violates a new public health order with up 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Crew Member Aboard U.S.N.S. Comfort Is Infected With Coronavirus

A crew member aboard the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort tested positive for the coronavirus, and several others have gone into isolation, the Navy said on Tuesday, the latest setback in the ship’s troubled mission to New York to assist in the response to the pandemic.

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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