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 …

China’s Hubei province reports four new coronavirus deaths as of April 2

Mainland China reported 31 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including two locally transmitted infections, the country’s National Health Commission said on Friday. Mainland China also reported four new deaths as of Thursday, all in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak began, the commission said in a statement. The total number of infections now stands at 81,620 …

Wuhan official urges vigilance as China plans to mourn coronavirus ‘martyrs’

The top official in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in China, warned residents to strengthen self-protection measures and avoid going out as Beijing preaches vigilance to avoid a resurgence of infections. FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks check their phones at a residential area blocked by barriers in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre …

Mexican official says no plans for border closures, as death toll rises

Mexico’s deputy health minister said on Thursday there are no plans for border closures even as the country’s death toll from the coronavirus jumped to 50 from 37 a day earlier. “There’s no plan, because there’s no intention to use the border closure mechanism as if it were a useful mechanism for controlling the epidemic,” …

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 …

Oil futures pare record gains as doubts creep in on Trump’s Saudi-Russia output deal

Oil prices fell on Friday, coming off their biggest one-day gains in the previous session after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had brokered a deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut output, but made no offer to reduce U.S. production. FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil pump jack on a …

Oil futures pare record gains as doubts creep in on Trump’s Saudi-Russia output deal

Oil prices fell on Friday, coming off their biggest one-day gains in the previous session after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had brokered a deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut output, but made no offer to reduce U.S. production. Brent crude futures fell 3%, or 9 cents, to $29.05 as of 0127 …

Report: Masters could move to November, U.S. Open could shift west

A tentative plan for a revised professional golf calendar calls for the Masters to be held in November, and the U.S. Open possibly could get moved to California, Golfweek reported Thursday. The report indicated that the release of the new schedule is on hold pending a decision about the fate of The Open Championship. The …

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 …

Wuhan official preaches vigilance as China plans to mourn coronavirus ‘martyrs’

The top official in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in China, warned residents to strengthen self-protection measures and avoid going out as Beijing preaches vigilance to avoid a resurgence of infections. China, which appears to have curbed the epidemic through draconian travel and transport restrictions that paralysed the country and its economy for …