Tag: USA

Trump ditches hopes of quick virus bounce-back for US

by Ben Sheppard and AFP bureaus President Donald Trump has extended emergency coronavirus restrictions for the United States, where his top scientist warned up to 200,000 people could die, as the Russian capital and Africa's biggest city readied to go into lockdown on Monday. The reassessment by...

Trump says US won’t pay Harry and Meghan security

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay security costs for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, appearing to confirm that the royal couple have moved to live in California. They reportedly flew by private jet from Canada to Los Angeles...

Why the US is leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases

by Issam AHMED From the first known patient in late January to now almost 100,000 infected, the United States has earned the unwanted distinction of leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases. Close to 1,500 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 illness -- though for now...

Trump signs $2 trillion recovery plan as US virus cases skyrocket

by Michael Mathes President Donald Trump signed into law Friday the $2 trillion rescue plan to salvage a US economy crippled by the novel coronavirus, on a day the nation recorded more than 100,000 confirmed cases of virus infections. Hours earlier, the House of Representatives passed...

US tops world in virus cases and logs record unemployment

by Shaun Tandon with Anuj Chopra in Riyadh The United States now has more COVID-19 infections than any other country, and a record number of newly unemployed people, as the coronavirus crisis deepens around the world. Hours after his nation reached the grim milestone, President Donald Trump...

Trump coronavirus briefings become mini election rallies

by Sebastian Smith Forced by the coronavirus pandemic to suspend reelection rallies, President Donald Trump has converted daily White House briefings on the crisis into mini campaign speeches, dominating the airwaves while his main rival sits quarantined in his basement. In a nation paralyzed by fear...

$2 trillion rescue package passes US Senate, heads to House

by Michael Mathes The US Senate unanimously passed the nation's largest-ever rescue package late Wednesday, a $2 trillion lifeline to suffering Americans, critically depleted hospitals and an economy ravaged by a rapidly spreading coronavirus crisis. The measure cleared the Senate 96-0 after days of tumultuous, sometimes...

Don’t call 911 for toilet paper, asks Oregon police

Police in the northwestern US state of Oregon have urged citizens worried about the coronavirus pandemic not to call 911 if they run out of toilet paper. The novel coronavirus has prompted panic buying across much of the US, and overseas, with items including hand...

US, China trade barbs over coronavirus

by Sebastien Ricci with Shaun Tandon in Washington A spat between the US and China over the novel coronavirus escalated on Tuesday as President Donald Trump angered Beijing by referring to the pathogen as the "Chinese Virus." The two countries have sparred over the origin of...

US ramps up virus response with shutdowns, rate cut and a curfew

by Jim Mannion US nightlife capitals New York and Los Angeles ordered bars and restaurants to close or go take-out only as the country scrambled to contain the coronavirus pandemic and the Federal Reserve slashed rates to stem the fallout. The fast-spreading outbreak has claimed almost...