Trump Administration Suspends Entry of Migrants From Mexico and Canada Amid Coronavirus

Jonathan Ernst/ReutersThe Trump administration has suspended the entry of all migrants coming across the Mexico and Canada borders in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had ordered the ban on all those “seeking to enter the U.S. without proper travel documentation,” Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said during a Friday briefing by the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force.Asylum seekers would be sent back … Read more

The Quarantined Celebrities Have Lost Their Minds

This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Apparently, it’s also soundtracked by the doomsday warblings of very famous people singing “Imagine.” It’s becoming increasingly clear that celebrities, a breed for whom attention is as essential for survival … Read more

Amazon Web Services offers $20 million worth of credits and technical support for customers working on faster COVID-19 testing (AMZN)

Amazon Web Services will offer $20 million work of credits and technical support to customers who are working to develop faster COVID-19 testing. The initiative will at first focus on COVID-19 – the illness caused by the novel coronavirus – and could expand to other infectious diseases. Visit Business Insider’s home page for more stories. Amazon Web Services on Friday said it will offer $20 million worth of credits and technical support to customers who … Read more

Fed begins pumping municipal bonds…

Fed begins pumping municipal bonds… (Top headline, 1st story, link) Related stories:CALIFORNIA: MORE THAN HALF WILL BE INFECTED…STATE-WIDE LOCKDOWN…TESTING CHAOS CONTINUES…Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded…Jobless claims may reach over 2 MILLION next week!Newly unemployed grapple with fallout…Virus killing far more men than women…More survivors speak out on illness…NETFLIX, YOUTUBE reduce resolution…Internet Traffic Surging But Pipes Aren’t Bursting Yet…Power industry may ask staff to LIVE on site…NBCNEWS Staffer Dead…AMERICAN AIRLINES grounds 55,000 flights…DELTA, … Read more

Peloton is temporarily halting sales and deliveries of its $4,295 treadmill because of the coronavirus, just as people are looking for new ways to work out at home

Peloton is temporarily suspending deliveries of its Tread treadmill because of coronavirus containment measures. The company implemented threshold delivery for its bikes, but because of the treadmill’s size and weight it cannot offer the same service. Impacted customers will be refunded over the next seven to 10 days. The temporary halt comes as people are looking for more ways to work out from home as the coronavirus pandemic has prompted people to remain indoors. Visit … Read more

As pressure builds, Trump says he is using Defense Production Act to increase supply of masks

President Trump said Friday the federal government has begun to use the Defense Production Act to direct U.S. companies to produce emergency supplies of protective masks for health workers dealing with coronavirus patients, but is not using it to procure ventilators. “We are using it … for certain things that we need,” Trump said under questioning from reporters at the White House. “We have millions more masks that are coming,” Trump said.

Amazon sellers are confused by the new policy banning non-essential shipments to its warehouses — Here’s how sellers can find out if their products are still accepted (AMZN)

Amazon announced on Tuesday that it would stop accepting non-essential products at its warehouses until April 5 to make room for products more in-demand, like medical supplies and household staples. Only products in the following six categories are accepted: baby products; health and household (including personal care appliances); beauty and personal care; grocery; industrial and scientific; pet supplies. But Amazon sellers and experts told Business Insider they’re still confused by the lack of clarity, as … Read more

Cannes Jury President Spike Lee Addresses Festival’s Postponement: ‘Pray We Get Out of This’

Spike Lee is all for prioritizing safety during the global coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Cannes Film Festival announced that it wouldn’t be taking place this May in Cannes, France, due to growing concerns about COVID-19. Lee was set to be the festival’s first-ever black jury president. The BlacKkKlansman director, who turned 63 on Friday, said he agrees “100 percent” with the decision to postpone the event. “The world has changed and it’s changing every day,” … Read more

Between 5 and 7 million US restaurant workers could lose their jobs in the next 3 months because of the coronavirus pandemic

Between 5 and 7 million restaurant workers could lose their jobs in the next three months, according to The National Restaurant Association. The association estimates that the industry will sustain a $225 billion loss in that time period. Mass layoffs, furloughs, and schedule cuts have already begun in restaurants across the US. Closures and restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic have debilitated the restaurant industry, which employs 15.6 million people in America. … Read more

Kristen Bell and Her Kids Throw a Dance Party For Dax Shepard While He’s in Isolation

View this post on Instagram A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Mar 19, 2020 at 8:31pm PDT If there’s one family I’d love to self-isolate with besides my own, I got dibs on Kristen Bell‘s. In a sweet Instagram post, she revealed that husband Dax Shepard had been traveling and just returned to Los Angeles on Monday. In an abundance of safety amid the coronavirus outbreak, he didn’t rush home. “To be cautious,” … Read more

Little Free Libraries Converted to Food Banks During Coronavirus Pandemic: ‘Take What You Need’

“Take what you need, share what you can,” reads one sign taped to a local Little Free Library, now converted into a mini food bank. This is the sentiment driving people across the country to fill their mini libraries with necessary supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As news of fights over toilet paper and empty grocery store shelves heightens panic, people in different towns and cities have decided to share instead. Normally, Little … Read more

Where Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Staying Amid Coronavirus

Queen Elizabeth has left London amid the coronavirus outbreak — and other members of the royal are following her lead in self-isolating. Kate Middleton, Prince William and their three children — Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, who turns 2 in April, are believed to be staying at their Sandringham country estate, Anmer Hall, which is about 110 miles north of London in Norfolk. The family of five is based at Kensington … Read more

China Says There Are No New Domestic Cases of Coronavirus

After more than a month of strict quarantine measures, new cases of the coronavirus have slowed in China in recent days. For the first time since the outbreak began, China announced Thursday that there had been no new cases of domestic coronavirus in the country recorded on the previous day, according to The Washington Post. While there were 34 people diagnosed Wednesday, the National Health Commission shared that they were cases of people coming into … Read more

Access to House office buildings limited as return from recess is delayed, staff work from home

Doors and entrances to House office buildings will be limited starting March 23, according to a House sergeant-at-arms memo obtained by CQ Roll Call. Capitol Police will reduce the number of entrances open even to members and staff . Visitors with official business in any of the House office buildings will have to enter through the Longworth South Capitol Street door and must be greeted outside this entrance by staff and escorted to their appointment. … Read more

The Safe Hands Challenge Will Teach You to Scrub Places You Might Have Missed

To help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s important to practice “respiratory etiquette,” as one World Health Organization (WHO) doctor calls it – covering up when you sneeze and cough. It’s also imperative to keep physical distance from people and do your best job at washing your hands. WHO came up with the Safe Hands Challenge, in which the organization is calling for people to post videos on social media of themselves … Read more

Ivanka Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus and Returns to White House After Working from Home

Ivanka Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus and returned to work at the White House after “social distancing” over the last week as a precautionary move, PEOPLE confirms. The White House announced the results on Friday. President Donald Trump‘s oldest daughter, who is one of his senior aides, previously came into contact with an Australian official before he tested positive for the respiratory virus that has infected more than 15,000 people in America … Read more

A San Francisco startup is shipping coronavirus home test kits to sick Californians for $167

San Francisco-based healthcare startup Carbon Health is offering $167 home test kits for the coronavirus disease for patients in California. Californians who qualify are those who feel sick and are recommended by healthcare providers to stay home. Carbon Health is one of a few companies developing at-home test kits for COVID-19 as the US grapples with a shortage of tests. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Carbon Health, a healthcare startup based in San … Read more

‘If that disease is anywhere, it’s in that cash drawer’: Workers are begging customers not to pay in cash at fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Starbucks

Fast-food workers worry than they could catch the coronavirus — or spread it to others — by handling cash at work as chains remain open.  The World Health Organization said that cash could be spreading the coronavirus, and advised people to wash their hands after handling money.  Fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Starbucks have announced new cleaning and sanitizing policies, with McDonald’s soap allocation projected to be five times the usual for March. While … Read more

Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Reimagine Zombie Classic as a Coronavirus PSA

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have some advice for weathering the novel coronavirus, and thankfully it’s a bit different from how their characters handle the zombie apocalypse in Shaun of the Dead. The stars of the 2004 British cult classic created a coronavirus PSA that repurposes a scene from Shaun of the Dead in which Pegg and Frost figure out how they will get through the apocalypse (a scenario where millions have been told to … Read more

Buy a 4K TV to quarantine with all of the movies being released early

No one knows what day it is during quarantine. We’re all just keeping track of time by how many episodes or movies we’ve crossed off the list. Hollywood studios are starting to feel sorry for us: Universal Pictures announced Monday that current in-theaters or about-to-be-in-theaters releases like The Invisible Man, The Hunt, Emma, and Trolls World Tour III will all be available on demand starting on March 20. Disney did the same by releasing Frozen … Read more