Do social distancing better, White House doctor tells Americans. Trump objects

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House task force on the coronavirus, had a message for Americans on Thursday: do better at social distancing. President Donald Trump didn’t like the message. FILE PHOTO: White House Coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White …

Biden: Trump administration showed ‘poor judgment’ in removing warship commander

Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden said on Thursday that the Trump administration showed “poor judgment” in relieving the commander of an aircraft carrier who sought stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard. “Donald Trump’s Acting Navy Secretary shot the messenger – a commanding officer who was faithful to both his national security mission and …

Americans urged to wear masks outside as coronavirus pandemic worsens

The Trump administration appeared to join local officials on Thursday in advising Americans to wear masks when venturing out during the still-exploding coronavirus pandemic, as the U.S. death toll rose by 1,000 in a single day for the first time. Speaking at a White House briefing, Deborah Birx, a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus …

Trump negative for coronavirus again, says wearing masks okay

U.S. President Donald Trump said he underwent a second coronavirus test on Thursday, using a rapid diagnostic that produced a result in less than 15 minutes, and it determined that he has not been infected. U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question during the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington, …

American Airlines slashes flights but has no plans to halt U.S. service

American Airlines Co said on Thursday it is cutting additional flights this summer as travel demand has drastically shrunk amid the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: American Airlines passenger plane (L) parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. March 23, 2020. …

Rikers Island jail officers union sues New York City over coronavirus

A union representing about 9,000 corrections officers at New York City’s Rikers Island jail sued the city on Thursday, demanding better protections from coronavirus after dozens of infections at the complex. The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association said the city must provide N95 face masks for its members, sanitizers for their personal use, regular testing for …

New York reels at center of pandemic as home-bound Americans feel economic pain

New York City hospitals and morgues bent under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, struggling to treat or bury casualties, as the state’s governor offered a grim prediction that the rest of the country would soon face the same misery. Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths, …

Judge rejects delay of Wisconsin’s presidential primary despite coronavirus fears

A federal judge refused on Thursday to postpone next week’s U.S. presidential primary in Wisconsin, but extended the time for absentee voting amid widespread worries about health risks from the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A sign directs voters towards a polling place near the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Oxford/File …