Retail thought it was facing the apocalypse. Then came the coronavirus

The toll of virus-related closures, which for now are temporary, is immense, with at least 600,000 mostly low-wage workers furloughed last week despite President Trump signing a $2-trillion stimulus package that includes billions in loans to damaged industries.

U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic

A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies largely waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers.

Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

The finding raises new questions about transmission of the virus in animals. The 4-year-old tiger — and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill — are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee who wasn’t yet showing symptoms.

States lack key data on virus cases among medical workers

xperts and health officials who are trying to plan a response to the coronavirus outbreak are missing a critical piece of information — the number of health care workers who have tested positive for the disease.

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