The storm leaves at least eight people dead as it hits the US eastern seaboard with strong winds and heavy rain, leaving millions without power, before moving across Canada.
Former US national security adviser John Bolton in his book has accused President Trump of seeking help from China for a win in 2020 presidential elections. The White House asked a federal court for a restraining order against its release.
The nation could face “the darkest winter in modern history” if the virus rebounds, said whistleblower Rick Bright.
Across Europe, half of all virus-related deaths have been linked to nursing homes and in New York it amounts to a quarter of the state’s total fatalities.
An internal report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cited by The New York Times, says new cases are expected to surge from mid-May, hitting 200,000 per day by June 1, with the daily death toll almost doubling to 3,000.
Thousands of people in care are believed to have died but many are not believed to have been included in statistics tallying Covid-19 deaths.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t require N-95 masks for Covid-19 caregivers, but many hospitals are opting for the added protection because the infection has proven to be extremely contagious.
The US death toll was creeping toward the grim milestone of 10,000 as the pandemic's epicentre in New York racked up hundreds of lives lost a day and hospitals girded for an influx of new infected patients.
The pandemic sees no class barriers as it spreads across the world.
Wall Street stocks had their worst day since 1987 on Monday, joining global market carnage as coronavirus outbreak shut down a widening part of US and global economy.
Democrat presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden abruptly cancelled rallies because of worries about the virus, and New York’s governor announced he is sending the National Guard to scrub public places.
The novel coronavirus has reached some 30 US states, with Oregon the latest to declare an emergency, and 60 million people in California and New York are under crisis measures.
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