Trump’s personal fortune plunges by $1B due to coronavirus shutdowns
President Donald Trump’s personal fortune has fallen by around $1 billion after social distancing lockdowns forced the closure of several of his properties, including golf courses, hotels, and other real estate holdings.
Trump’s net worth slumped from an estimated $3.1 billion to $2.1 billion in the month of March, according to data compiled by Forbes as part of its annual billionaires list.
Around 1,500 Trump Organization employees have been laid off or furloughed, The Washington Post reported last week.
Trump continues to push for a reopening of the economy as soon as possible, telling Fox News on Tuesday, “We’re looking at the concept where we you open up everything.”
Los Angeles to require face masks at grocery stores
41 MTA workers have died from coronavirus, chairman says
Among the more than 5,000 people who have died from the coronavirus in New York state are 41 MTA workers, according to chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye.
“We mourn the loss of every one of our 41 colleagues,” he said on the radio station WCBS 880.
About 1,500 employees, including Foye himself, have tested positive for the virus.
“I happen to be one of those, but the real loss is the grieving that we’re doing at the MTA and the families of the 41 MTA colleagues who have been killed by the virus,” he said.
Since March 1, the MTA has distributed 300,000 N95 respiratory masks and an additional 160,000 surgical masks to employees, Foye told radio host Steve Scott. More than two million gloves have also been provided to workers.
“We’re going to continue to do that, we’ve got enough supplies to do that on a daily and weekly basis as long as the pandemic continues, and I think that has been an important thing and protecting the health of our colleagues at the MTA,” Foye said.
Russia’s Putin understands ‘fatigue’ of self-isolation
President Vladimir Putin urged Russians to keep up with self-isolation on Wednesday, saying that he understood the usual rhythm of daily life had been “disrupted” but that the strain of coping with the coronavirus outbreak would pass.
“I understand that we all have already accumulated fatigue…For most people, being constantly within four walls is, as they say, dreary and nauseating. But there is no choice now,” he said on state television, ahead of a teleconference with regional leaders.
Some 68 people have died so far in Russia, according to an NBC News tally. Putin also called for more financial measures to support businesses during the crisis.
U.S. and U.K. warn about coronavirus-based hacking efforts
“The techniques used by attackers prey on people’s appetite for information and curiosity towards the outbreak, with phishing emails and SMS messages using the virus as a lure to trick people into revealing credentials or downloading malicious software,” Homeland Security warned in an emailed statement.
Hackers from the Chinese, Iranian and Russian governments began using coronavirus-themed emails to break into their targets from the onset of the pandemic, analysts have said. But this is the first major, formal warning from the U.S. and U.K. governments that their residents are regularly targeted with coronavirus-themed phishing attempts, both by foreign governments and criminal hackers.
Common subject lines for phishing emails include “2020 Coronavirus Updates” and “2019-nCov: New confirmed cases in your City.” The US compiled a list of more than 2,500 coronavirus-themed URLs that are potentially dangerous, with names like covid19statistics.com and iamacoronavirussurvivorof2020.info.
CDC weighs loosening guidelines for some exposed to virus
WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing its guidelines for self-isolation to make it easier for those who have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus to return to work if they are asymptomatic.
The public health agency, in conjunction with the White House coronavirus task force, is considering an announcement as soon as Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence said.
NBC’s Willem Marx gives a global update on the coronavirus pandemic
U.K. PM Boris Johnson ‘responding to treatment’
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “responding to treatment” and he remains in a stable condition in the intensive care unit where he is being treated for coronavirus, a spokesperson said Wednesday.
Johnson continued to be in “good spirits” after spending his third night in St Thomas’s Hospital in London, the spokesperson said, adding that the prime minister was not working on the advice of his doctors and receiving just the “standard oxygen treatment.”
Aside from that they said, Johnson was “breathing without any other assistance.”
Tested positive for coronavirus? Health workers may share your address with police
In a growing number of cities and states, local governments are collecting the addresses of people who test positive for the coronavirus and sharing the lists with police and first responders.
Law enforcement officials say this information sharing — which is underway in Massachusetts, Alabama and Florida, and in select areas of North Carolina — will help keep officers and EMTs safe as they respond to calls at the homes of people who have been infected.
But some public health experts and privacy advocates have raised concerns about police departments maintaining a list of addresses of confirmed coronavirus cases. They say that it could make people reluctant to seek medical care or get tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, because of a fear of profiling by law enforcement.
White House coronavirus coordinator sees ‘early signs of hope,’ but warns of second wave if Americans start going out
WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, said Wednesday that there are encouraging signs that parts of the U.S. may be flattening their curves but she warned that people shouldn’t start going out and socially interacting.
In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the “TODAY” show, Birx said that California and Washington state began social distancing very early and said their curves are “persistently flat and that’s very encouraging.”
Birx acknowledged a rising death toll, however, but said that those numbers reflect the people who were infected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, two to three weeks ago, before some of the strict guidelines were implemented.