Prized seat at pandemic-era games as longest EPL season ends
A television camera operator is seen during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, July 4, 2020. After the Premier League was brought to a sudden halt in the second week in March, abandoning the season became a very real prospect as the coronavirus pandemic death toll mounted. Signs outside told fans to stay home, with even pubs still closed when the league resumed on June 17. Some medics don't have far to travel to games with Watford's hospital looming over one corner of Vicarage Road. Even the stadium's car park is shared with tents for the town's COVID-19 testing, providing a reminder of the health emergency that made this the longest season.
Americans rush to stock up on essentials as coronavirus spreads
Shelves previously filled with pasta and canned food are seen empty at a Trader Joe's grocery store as shoppers gather supplies with coronavirus fears spreading in Encinitas, California, U.S., March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Mike BlakeThe run on certain goods prompted some retailers to enforce purchase limits as a way to ensure that stores shelves were not stripped bare. Still, worried shoppers cleared out grocery store and drug store shelves from Houston to Los Angeles as the virus spread and the death toll rose to 41. On the West Coast, at the Pavilions grocery store in Marina del Rey, California, high-demand products like Lysol cleaning wipes were sold out. It was insanity, he said about his local grocery stores.feeds.reuters.com
Trump set to declare emergency as coronavirus crisis deepens
The declaration of a national emergency, a rarely used presidential power, would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist state and local governments and coordinate the nations response to the crisis. Earlier on Friday, Boston rescheduled its annual marathon - the worlds most prestigious - for September because of coronavirus. With the national emergency expected to be declared by Trump, an aid package to limit the economic damage from the crisis is hanging in the balance. The potential for the virus to spread at testing sites was another worry. To ease that concern, New York state will begin drive-through testing for coronavirus in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City where authorities have set up a one-mile containment zone around an infection hotspot.feeds.reuters.com
As coronavirus disrupts American life, Congress scrambles to agree on aid plan
The scramble in Washington follows an unprecedented cascade of shutdowns on Thursday, from sports leagues and schools to museums and workplaces. On Friday, Boston suspended its annual marathon - the worlds most prestigious - until September because of the fast-spreading virus. The move came the day after most professional sports leagues in North American announced a suspension of play. New York state will begin drive-through testing for coronavirus in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City where authorities have set up a one-mile containment zone around an infection hotspot. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled there were no immediate plans to close the citys public schools.feeds.reuters.com