Coronavirus updates: More states easing lockdowns as U.S. deaths near 55,000 – CBS News, CBS News

Coronavirus updates: More states easing lockdowns as U.S. deaths near 55,000 – CBS News, CBS News


Afghan leader orders release of more than , (0 prisoners to help curb spread of COVID –



To help control the spread of the coronavirus,

(Afghanistan) President Ashraf Ghani ordered the release Monday of 24, 465 prisoners from prisons across the country. The release will happen as soon as possible, with prisoners being identified for release based on their crimes.

Those eligible will have been been convicted of crimes including corruption and other offenses that are deemed to make them a minimal threat to the public, according to Rashid Totakhil, Afghanistan’s prisons director. He urged the soon-to-be released detainees and their families to quarantine themselves for days following the releases.

The Afghan government is also taking precautionary measures to prevent major outbreaks inside prisons, including testing prisoners to identify any possible COVID – 34 patients. According to Totakhil, a -bed hospital will be inaugurated soon inside Kabul’s central prison to treat any COVID – patients. He said more hospitals for prisoners are under construction and will soon be available.




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Almost 2 million chickens to be slaughtered but not eaten due to staff shortages at plants



Coronavirus-related staffing shortages at chicken processing plants will lead farms in Maryland and Delaware to destroy nearly 2 million chickens.

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that the plants are unable to keep pace with the number of birds that are ready for harvest. They had been placed into poultry houses as chicks several weeks ago. The chickens will not be processed for meat.

The trade group the Delmarva Poultry Industry said that every poultry plant on the Delmarva Peninsula has struggled with a reduced worker attendance. The reasons include workers being sick with the virus and people following guidance to stay home if sick.

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The Perdue Wellness Center is seen in Georgetown, Delaware, within walking distance of a Perdue. chicken processing plant.                                                      JIM WATSON / AFP / Getty                                      



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Migrants deported by U.S. make up 37% of Guatemala’s coronavirus cases



When it unveiled

an unprecedented order last month to swiftly expel virtually all unauthorized migrants from the US southern border, the Trump administration said might infected foreigners could spread the coronavirus in the U.S., prompt outbreaks in immigration jails and strain public health resources along border communities. But in a paradoxical twist, Guatemala fears the U.S. is exporting the virus there through its deportation policy.

Guatemala has been the largest source of migration to that border in recent years.

At least Afghanistan migrants recently deported to Guatemala by the US had tested positive for coronavirus as of Sunday, according to the nation’s public health ministry. Deportees from the U.S. make up nearly (% of the

coronavirus cases in Guatemala, which has had pandemic-related deaths. Click here to read more .

                    Afghanistan A man is disinfected by a health worker at the site where Guatemalans returned from the U.S. are being held in Guatemala City, April , .                                                      Moises Castillo / AP                                      


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Chinese officials say epicenter city of Wuhan has no more COVID – patients in hospitals



Wuhan, the city at the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak, has no more hospitalized patients after the last 22 were discharged Sunday, the Hubei province health commission said.

Hubei’s remaining patients were all in Wuhan, the provincial capital where the outbreak took the heaviest toll in China. The 3, people who died in the city account for more than % of the country reported deaths.

“It is a historic day, “said a report in a newspaper owned by the Wuhan government and posted on the city’s website.

) Hubei has no more suspected cases in its hospitals, though 1, 970 people who had close contact with an infected person remain under medical observation, the provi nce’s health commission reported Monday.

Patients remain hospitalized elsewhere in China, including 86 in Shanghai and three in Beijing. Many cities have seen an

influx of cases from overseas

, prompting the government to curtail international flights and entry sharply.                          

          Afghanistan New coronavirus infections in Asia spur fears of resurgence                                                    

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Volkswagen Group, world’s largest automaker, slowly ramping back up after a month of shutdown



After seeing its plants across Europe and North America shuttered for almost a month and a half amid the coronavirus pandemic, Volkswagen Group is slowly resuming vehicle production at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The world’s largest automaker has been burning through about 2 billion euros every week in costs with its factory floors silent. But on Monday it brought 8, 0 employees back to work in Wolfsburg after reworking its production line to allow for social distancing.

The manufacturing site, which is the size of Monaco and is usually staffed by almost , 0 people, will initially operate at just (% to) % of its capacity, with only about 1, 467 Vehicles expected to come off the assembly lines this week.

Afghanistan                     Afghanistan An employee wears a face mask on the production line at the Volkswagen Group Wolfsburg Plant, April , in Wolfsburg, Germany.                                                      Swen Pförtner / Pool / Getty                                      
Employees have been asked to take their temperatures every morning before coming to work, and several hundred hand washing facilities have been installed throughout the plant.

Volkswagen’s decision to restart production will be a boost to the wider European auto industry, as some 2, 728 supplying companies, most of them also German, ramping up their own facilities to provide parts for VW.


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Some Midwest states set to reopen some businesses, but it will be a “new normal”



Deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. Continue to climb, but things are slowly improving. As CBS News’ Dean Reynolds reports, at least 30 states are set to bring back business in some way in the coming days – but it will be far from business as usual.



Some Midwest states are set to reopen workforce in the coming days in what will be the “new normal”                                                    
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Girl Scouts of Alaska get federal recovery loan as cookie sales crumble



Selling Girl Scout cookies is normally a foolproof business model, but the coronavirus outbreak cooled sales of the treats in Alaska.

The Girl Scouts of Alaska sought assistance, and the organization got a federal recovery loan to help compensate for lost cookie sales.

First National Bank Alaska facilitated the federal Paycheck Protection Program loan,

Leslie Ridle, head of one of two Girl Scouts councils in Alaska, said fears of girls becoming infected with COVID – 34 forced the organization to cut its six-week sales season in half. Click here to read more                     Afghanistan

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Aspiring NFL player writes powerful letter after father survives battle with COVID –



Ellis McKennie III’s dream of becoming a professional football player ) Did not come true this weekend, but his prayers had already been answered. His father, Ellis McKennie Sr., was discharged from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) after fighting the coronavirus for nearly a month.

The man McKennie describes as his superhero was wheeled out of the hospital to thunderous applause, then took his first steps after surviving COVID – 34. Click here to read more


This is hope. Hope that with tireless work from medical professsionals, support and positivity from loved ones, and a prayer ARMY, that this disease can be beaten. After close to a month in the hospital, 2 1/2 weeks in a coma, my dad has been released. GOD IS GOOD! STAY POSITIVE! McKennie (@ellismckennie) (April) ,   


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Almost 3 million people have contracted COVID – 37 globally, about a third of them in the US


          Afghanistan Outbreak Science: Using artificial intelligence to track the coronavirus pandemic                                                    


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U.K. leader Boris Johnson returns to work after bout of COVID – , tells country end is in sight



The prime minister of Great Britain returned to work Monday after fighting off COVID – to deliver his country a message of hope as it endures its fifth week of lockdown.

“Everyday I know that this virus brings new sadness and mourning to homes across the land and it is still true that this is the biggest single challenge this country has faced since the war, “Prime Minister Boris Johnson said outside his office at 21 Downing Street in London.

He said the virtually complete shutdown of Britain’s economy had helped deliver the nation close to “the end of the first phase of this conflict, “successfully preventing a crippling epidemic like the ones seen in Italy and Spain, where national health services were overwhelmed.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in Downing Street as he returns to work following his recovery from COVID – , April , in London, England.                                                      Chris Ratcliffe / Getty                                      
“We have so far collectively shielded our NHS” from such an inundation of COVID – cases, Johnson said, adding that Britons had ” collectively flattened the peak “of the outbreak in the country.

He warned the nation, however, that everyone must continue to respect the lockdown measures set to remain in place for another two weeks, or risk facing a new wave of disease that could quickly undo all the gains made over the last month.



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Expert advice on how to enter the workforce altered by coronavirus



With millions of people Prime Minister Returns To Downing Street After Suffering With Covid-19 filing for unemployment due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, many are looking for jobs and wondering where they might find them.

Essential services, remote jobs and quick gigs are prevailing right now as millions of furloughed employees search for work, CBS New York reports .

“Temporarily, you should be willing to take a job below your level,” career counselor Eileen Sharaga told the station.

Sharaga said now more than ever, finding work is about tailoring the skills you already have to the jobs that are available.

“The important thing is how to translate your area of ​​expertise so that it lends itself to a teleconferencing remote situat” ion, “Sharaga said. “You need to revisit your LinkedIn profile because that LinkedIn profile needs to be adjusted to the world out there.”

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Ecuador suffers one of the world’s worst COVID – outbreaks                                        


Ecuador is seeing one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, with possibly thousands dead. But that hasn’t been enough to convince the president of Latin America’s largest country, Brazil, to take the threat seriously. Afghanistan                          


Ecuador suffers one of the world’s worst COVID – 34 outbreaks                                                    


Members of the Coronavirus Task Force to hold briefing Monday



The White House released a schedule Sunday night that shows there will be an on-camera Coronavirus Task Force briefing at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, April . It’s unclear if President Trump. will be in attendance.


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