Trump hopeful for ‘great victory’ over coronavirus

President Trump on Saturday said the private sector was stepping up its efforts and doing its part to help combat the coronavirus spread and expressed hope that several drugs could provide relief to people while scientists work on a vaccine long-term. Mr. Trump spoke as the federal government grapples with …

Will spring breakers become super-spreaders?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida officials move to expel the hundreds of thousands of spring breakers who ignored calls for social distancing, public-health specialists are nervously wondering what will happen once the party’s over. For much of this week, revelers continued to cram four and five to a hotel room, swarm beaches over hundreds of miles of coastline, and then gather shoulder-to-shoulder in bars and clubs – almost a model process for spreading contagious diseases. Now, … Read more

Italy’s Deadliest Day Shows Virus Grip on Europe Amid Lockdown

(Bloomberg) — Italy reported its worst day of coronavirus deaths and Spain’s surged by about a third, accelerating the pandemic’s toll across Europe even as the continent battles to enforce national lockdowns.Italy reported 793 deaths on Saturday, raising the total to 4,825 after the nation — its hospitals overflowing, its health-care workers dying. It overtook China as the most deadly center of the outbreak and is fast running out of solutions — social and economic — … Read more

FDA approves first rapid coronavirus test with 45 minutes detection time

Cepheid said in a statement it had received an emergency use authorization from the FDA for the test, which will be used primarily in hospitals and emergency rooms. The diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19 has been designed to operate on any of Cepheid’s more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert Systems globally, the company said, without giving details.

Testing: Here’s why the US is behind

As the US has lagged behind other advanced nations in testing for the coronavirus, former government officials and public health experts point to a series of policy and procedural decisions that they say hindered the nation’s response to the pandemic.

U.S. ‘Very Close’ on Aid Deal; Europe Cases Surge: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — The White House and Congress may be very close to a deal on an aid package that could boost the virus-battered economy by $2 trillion.Cases surged across Europe, including in the U.K. and France, as Italy’s deaths rose again by a record. Germany plans more than $160 billion in debt spending to help stem the economic fallout.Illinois sought help from retired doctors and nurses. U.K. pubs are closed, and New York City will close … Read more