Coronavirus

Coronavirus: latest global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

– At least 292,000 dead –

At least 292,000 coronavirus deaths have been recorded since the epidemic surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1300 GMT on Wednesday based on official sources.

There have been more than 4,272,880 officially recorded cases around the world.

The United States has recorded most deaths at 82,389. It is followed by Britain (33,186), Italy (30,911), Spain (27,104) and France (26,991).

Lesotho, the last African country to have been unaffected, announces it has detected its first case.

– Europe’s summer holidays –

Desperate to save millions of tourism jobs, the European Union sets out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, with EU border controls eventually lifted and measures to minimise the risks of infection, like wearing facemasks on shared transport.

– Russia: more than 10,000 new cases –

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Arts center in Gold Rush town opens, but coronavirus forces closure two days later. What now?

Interior view of the $6.3-million Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Before the center's multimillion-dollar renovation, the nearest arts venue was a 60-mile drive to Sacramento. <span class="copyright">(Melissa Clark)</span>
Interior view of the $6.3-million Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Before the center’s multimillion-dollar renovation, the nearest arts venue was a 60-mile drive to Sacramento. (Melissa Clark)

In tiny, ravaged Grass Valley, best known as the site of the historic Empire gold mine, the last two years were marked by wildfires that left the town scarred, and dotted by blackouts that closed businesses for 22 days.

Locals worried for the future. But the Gold Rush community had started to feel hopeful while preparing for the planned March 12 soft opening of the town’s $6.3-million Center for the Arts, housed in an Art Deco complex complete with a modern art gallery, theater, commercial kitchen and a 492-seat auditorium.

Culture boosters had booked Arlo Guthrie and Amy Grant as part of the first season, and were working to uplift residents in the devastated area outside Sacramento, after so many

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How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus in an Uber, a Lyft, or a Rental Car

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As parts of the country begin to reopen and more businesses require employees to travel to work, your options remain limited if you don’t have a car of your own: It may be difficult to keep your distance on public transit, which could also be operating at reduced frequencies. And although rental bikes or scooters are a good option as the weather improves, they’re not the right solution for everyone.

Ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, may seem like good alternatives. Along with taxis, they continue to operate where local authorities allow. Those who have a driver’s license and a place to park have even more options, because rental cars and shared vehicles are still available—and may be more affordable than ever.

But shared vehicles present unique risks when it comes to protecting riders and drivers.

Scientists

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Where Can I Buy Paint Online During Coronavirus Lockdown?

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and self-isolation continues at home, a lot of us are looking to update our space as we embark on some painting and decorating projects.

The majority of shops are closed, and even with the exception of hardware stores being listed as ‘essential’, many have remained closed in order to abide by the government’s social distancing guidelines.

Additionally, police guidance has stated that going out to buy paint and brushes simply to redecorate a kitchen, for example, is not a ‘reasonable excuse’ for someone to leave their home during the coronavirus lockdown.

So many of us are left asking the same question, ‘Where can I buy paint online?’

You’ll find some retailers and paint manufacturers are currently experiencing knock-on effects as a result of coronavirus, with issues including limited supplies, logistical issues and increased product demand.

If you’re looking for the best places to

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