Coronavirus

India to restart some passenger trains even though coronavirus infections jump

By Sanjeev Miglani

NEW DELHI, May 11 (Reuters) – India announced a limited re-opening of its giant rail network beginning on Tuesday after a nearly seven-week lockdown, despite also reporting its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced increasing calls to end his government’s stringent lockdown of the nation’s 1.3 billion population, with political parties, businesses and citizens saying the containment measures have destroyed the livelihoods of millions that rely on daily wages for sustenance.

The shutdown, which has been repeatedly extended to stave off a surge in infections, is in force until May 17.

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A night at Trump’s D.C. hotel, the GOP hot spot emptied by coronavirus

“Hello, Ms. Weinberger.”

In better times, it might be impressive when a security guard you’ve never met before opens the door of a five-star hotel and greets you by name. It might mean that you’re important, or at least that someone is trying to make you feel important. But during the coronavirus pandemic, this sort of personalized greeting comes with the sinking realization that you may well be the only guest to have checked in that day.

It was just after 5 p.m. at the Trump International Hotel, and in normal times, guests are greeted by white-coated doormen, but this

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When will a second wave of the coronavirus hit, and what will it look like?

Even before the first horrific phase of the COVID-19 pandemic has run its course, scientists are worried about the second wave of the disease.

It could crash worse than the first, killing tens of thousands of people who did such a good job of sheltering in place they remain virgin ground for the virus. Or it could be a mere swell, with so many people having been infected without symptoms that levels of immunity are higher than realized.

There is no crystal ball to look to, because so many crucial pieces of information remain missing. 

Are people who’ve had COVID-19 

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Essential Interior Design Takeaways from the Coronavirus Crisis

We all know about the importance of face masks, social distancing, and germ control in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis — but if we don’t do more to permanently change our cleanliness habits alongside all that, there could easily be several other catastrophes much worse than this one in the future.

An especially topical study was recently conducted by a group of scientists from the National Institute of Health, the CDC, UCLA, and Princeton University. They concentrated on the interaction between COVID-19 and a number of different materials.

Primarily, they determined that the virus remained viable in aerosol

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