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US weekly jobless claims total 3.169 million, bringing seven-week tally to 33.5 million – CNBC

Unemployment rolls continued to swell in the U.S. last week, though jobless claims hit their lowest level since the economy went into lockdown made to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

First-time filings for unemployment insurance hit 3.17 million last week, bringing the total to 33.5 million over the past seven weeks, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The total was slightly higher than the 3.05 million expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones and below the previous week’s 3.846 million, which was revised up by 7,000.

Though the numbers remain stark, it was the lowest total since the second week of March, shortly after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus strain a pandemic.

Stock market futures reacted little to the data and continued to indicate about a 300-point gain at the open for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The four-week moving average, which smooths volatility in the numbers, slid to 4,173,500, a decrease of 861,500 from the previous week’s average and a further indicator that the worst of the jobs news may be over. Numbers not adjusted for seasonality showed a total of 2.85 million claims, a decrease of 646,613, or 18.5%, from the previous week. Some economists think the unadjusted numbers are more relevant for the current unprecedented situation as they are not as affected by seasonal factors.

Florida was most responsible for the big dip in unadjusted numbers, reporting about 260,000 fewer claims over the past week. Maryland reported a jump of 27,337.

At the current pace, the week claims numbers should fall below 1 million by mid-June, according to Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “We’re very hopeful that June will see the beginnings of a rebound as states begin to reopen,” Shepherdson said.

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 2,849,090 in the week that ended Saturday, a decrease of 646,613 (or -18.5 percent) from the previous week. However, continuing claims, or those who have filed within at least the last two weeks and are still on the rolls, rose 4.6 million to 22.6 million.

The jump in continuing claims “is a little disappointing since it suggests few people are being recalled to work,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.

The layoffs associated with social distancing practices have wiped out all of the job gains the economy has seen since the recovery from the Great Recession.

The latest jobless claims numbers come a day before the Labor Department releases its nonfarm payrolls report for April. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expect a plunge of 21.5 million, easily the worst month in U.S. history, with the unemployment rate surging to 16%.

There was another indication Thursday that the jobs picture will remain difficult.

Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that announced layoff intentions from companies in April jumped to 671,129, the highest number since tracking began in January 1993.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: 3.2 Million More Claim Unemployment Benefits in the U.S. – The New York Times

In many states, more than 25 percent of workers are unemployed. President Trump has encouraged governors to relax social-distancing rules, even though most states do not meet the guidelines set forth by the White House because documented cases are still growing.

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An additional 3.2 million people filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total tally over seven weeks to more than 33 million.

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As millions more Americans join the jobless rolls, even more economic pain is in the forecast.

Another 3.2 million people filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, in the latest evidence of the economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. government report released Thursday brings the total tally over seven weeks to more than 33 million. The weekly numbers have declined since reaching a peak of 6.9 million claims in late March. But the data remains shocking: In many states, more than a quarter of the work force is jobless.

Economists expect the monthly jobs report from the Labor Department, due Friday, to show that the unemployment rate in April was 15 percent or higher, a Depression-era level. The figure will almost certainly understate the damage.

The current economic picture is, in a word, bleak. But even in the longer term, many economists warn, the outlook is far from promising, and the quick rebound that President Trump predicts may not materialize.

“We don’t know what normal is going to look like,” said Martha Gimbel, an economist and a labor market expert at Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative.

The decline has been so sudden and so widespread, and consumers are so frightened, that the road back to the economy of 2019 looks more like a slog than a leap.

Europe’s economy will shrink by 7.4 percent this year, according to projections by the European Commission. In the recession of 2009 that followed the global financial crisis, it contracted by 4.5 percent.

A majority of U.S. states don’t meet the White House’s guidelines for reopening.

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More than half of states have begun to reopen their economies or plan to do so soon. But most fail to meet criteria recommended by the Trump administration to resume business and social activities.

The White House’s nonbinding guidelines suggest that states should have a “downward trajectory” of documented cases or of the percentage of tests that come back positive. Public health experts have criticized the metrics because they don’t specify a threshold for case numbers or positive rates and do not define a downward trajectory.

Still, most states that are beginning to open for business fail to adhere to even those recommendations: In more than half of states easing restrictions, case counts are trending upward, positive test results are on the rise, or both, raising concerns among public health experts. Governors in a majority of these states are Republicans.

“With so many places opening up before we see indicators of meaningful, sustained transmission declines, there is substantial risk of resurgence,” said Kimberly Powers, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that a set of detailed documents created by the United States’ top infectious disease experts to give local leaders advice on how to reopen safely had been shelved by the Trump administration.

The 17-page report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,” was supposed to be published last Friday and was more detailed than the guidelines released by the White House, according to The A.P.

Trump wants the nation to move on to the recovery phase despite the risks of a greater death toll.

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Confronted with the worst public health crisis in the United States in generations, President Trump declared himself a wartime president. Now he has begun doing what past commanders have done when a war goes badly: Declare victory and go home.

But Peter Baker writes that Mr. Trump’s cure-can’t-be-worse-than-the-disease logic is clear: As bad as the virus may be, the cost of the virtual national lockdown has grown too high. With at least 30 million people out of work and businesses collapsing by the day, keeping the country at home seems unsustainable. With the virus still spreading and no vaccine available until next year at the earliest, though, the president has decided that for life to resume for many, some may have to die.

“Hopefully that won’t be the case,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday when asked if deaths would rise as a result of reopening, but he added, “It could very well be the case.”

“But we have to get our country open again,” he continued. “People want to go back, and you’re going to have a problem if you don’t do it.”

Most U.S. outbreaks were seeded by travel from New York, researchers find.

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New York City’s coronavirus outbreak grew so large by early March that the city became the primary source of new infections in the United States, new research has revealed, as thousands of infected people traveled from the city and seeded outbreaks around the country.

The research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York through much of the country before the city began setting social-distancing limits. That helped to fuel outbreaks in Arizona, Louisiana, Texas and as far away as the West Coast.

The findings by geneticists were drawn by tracking signature mutations of the virus, travel histories of infected people and models of the outbreak by infectious-disease experts.

The central role of New York’s outbreak shows that decisions made by state and federal officials — including waiting to impose distancing measures and to limit international flights — helped shape the trajectory of the outbreak and allowed it to grow in the rest of the country.

During crucial weeks in March, New York’s political leaders waited to take aggressive action, even after identifying hundreds of cases, giving the virus a head start. And by mid-March, when President Trump restricted travel from Europe, the restrictions were essentially pointless, the data suggest, as the disease was already spreading widely within the country.

Acting earlier would most likely have blunted the virus’s march across the country, researchers say.

“It means that we missed the boat early on, and the vast majority in this country is coming from domestic spread,” said Kristian Andersen, a professor in the department of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research. “I keep hearing that it’s somebody else’s fault. That’s not true. It’s not somebody else’s fault, it’s our own fault.”

Raising ‘the specter of multiple famines,’ the U.N. says humanitarian disaster is looming.

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The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled the size of its humanitarian aid appeal to help the most vulnerable countries threatened by the coronavirus pandemic to $6.7 billion, from the $2 billion initially sought just six weeks ago.

The enormous expansion of the appeal, announced by Mark Lowcock, the top humanitarian aid official at the United Nations, reflected what he described as an updated global plan that includes nine additional countries deemed especially vulnerable: Benin, Djibouti, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Togo and Zimbabwe.

While the peak of the pandemic in the poorest countries is not expected until somewhere between three and six months from now, “there is already evidence of incomes plummeting and jobs disappearing, food supplies failing and prices soaring, and children missing vaccinations and meals,” the United Nations said in a statement.

“Unless we take action now, we should be prepared for a significant rise in conflict, hunger and poverty,” Mr. Lowcock, who heads the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said. He added that “the specter of multiple famines” loomed if the help fell short.

Even as the 193-member organization announced the new target for humanitarian fund-raising, it was still facing challenges in fulfilling the earlier $2 billion goal set by the secretary general, António Guterres, on March 25. About $1 billion has been raised.

That money, the United Nations said, has gone to funding for hand-washing stations in vulnerable locations such as refugee camps, the distribution of gloves and masks, and the training of more than 1.7 million people, including health workers, on virus identification and protection measures.

Mr. Lowcock’s office projected recently that the long-term cost of protecting the most vulnerable 10 percent of people in the world from the worst impacts of the pandemic was approximately $90 billion. That amount is equivalent to about 1 percent of the current economic stimulus packages announced by the world’s most affluent countries.

This is how it looked when New York’s subway system shut down overnight for the first time.

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At midnight, the police began shooing riders out of the sprawling New York City subway system. An hour later, workers locked turnstiles and pulled yellow chains across station entrances. By 2:12 a.m., every passenger train was out of service.

As the subway system ground to a halt early Wednesday morning, it marked a watershed moment in New York City’s history: the first planned overnight shutdown of the subway since the system opened 115 years ago.

With the city still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, the subway will remain closed daily from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. for the foreseeable future to allow more time to disinfect trains, stations and equipment.

The nightly shutdown is the pandemic’s latest blow to New York’s public transit, which is reeling as workers die and fall sick, ridership plummets and revenue evaporates.

But for the city to recover, the system needs to be restored, which means trying to make the subway as safe as possible to lure back leery riders.

New York Times reporters and photographers chronicled the first night the system just … stopped.

As restaurants remain closed, American cities fear the future.

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The nation’s cities are peppered with places just like Botanical Heights, the St. Louis neighborhood once known mostly as a spot to buy illegal drugs but more recently for its restaurant boom.

Earlier this year, you could stand in the parking lot of Olio, the Italian kitchen that came first, and see a French pastry shop, a Mexican place and a new omakase restaurant that has already won national attention.

The businesses are still there today, but now their doors are locked or their hours are slashed. As St. Louis begins cautious discussions about reopening, no one is sure how many of these food businesses will survive the coronavirus pandemic, and what will happen to Botanical Heights if they do not.

“Restaurants are extremely valuable to cities,” said Andrew Salkin, a founding principal of Resilient Cities Catalyst, a nonprofit focused on strengthening cities. “The benefit of having good restaurants outweighs just their tax benefits. They are the anchors of communities.”

The danger facing restaurants, which thrive on crowded rooms and get by on razor-thin margins, poses a special threat to small cities and large towns where a robust food culture plays an outsize role in the economy.

In places that had been hollowed out by poverty and suburban flight, like parts of Indianapolis, Cleveland and Detroit, they are engines of growth. In other cities with a national reputation for good food that is out of proportion to their population, like Providence, R.I., or Asheville, N.C., dining is both a tourist attraction and a key part of their identity.

Already, restaurant closures have damaged urban economies in ways that are still being calculated. Of the 701,000 nonfarm jobs lost in the United States in March, nearly 60 percent came from food services and drinking places, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A test for the coronavirus that could be as simple as a pregnancy test.

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A team of scientists has developed an experimental prototype for a relatively quick, cheap test to diagnose the coronavirus that gives results as simply as a pregnancy test does.

“We’re excited that this could be a solution that people won’t have to rely on a sophisticated and expensive laboratory to run,” said Feng Zhang, a researcher at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., and one of the pioneers of Crispr technology.

On Tuesday, Dr. Zhang and his colleagues posted a description of their device on a website dedicated to their project, but their method has not yet been tested by other scientists, nor have their findings been published by a scientific journal that subjected them to scrutiny by independent experts.

Two other teams of researchers, one in Buenos Aires and the other in San Francisco, are also working to devise new tests to detect the virus using gene-editing technology.

Readers describe a way of finding solace: a daily walk.

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“I miss breathing in the air.” “Sometimes the city is like a dreamy, slowed-down version of itself.” “I close my eyes and listen to the waves.”

They wrote of stepping outside of their homes, outside of their deepening anxieties, outside of the sense that time is now measured against job losses, infections and death. They told us about waving to train conductors, like a child; about a flower’s flash of color and its scent on the breeze, filtered through the fabric of a mask; and about the realization “that there are some things that survive.”

The sports world is slowly rumbling back to life.

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As the United States and other countries start to ease lockdown restrictions, sports are slowly awakening from a two-month hiatus.

Soccer teams in Germany, Italy and Spain have resumed training in the hopes of restarting their seasons, professional golfers are looking at a return to competition soon, and touring tennis pros learned this week that an altered version of a team season is in the works. Professional baseball began again in South Korea on Tuesday, some N.B.A. training facilities may open on Friday, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship and NASCAR plan to hold events this month.

But any return will be uneven. In the United States, 50 states may produce 50 different sets of regulations for what kind of activity is allowed, complicating each athlete’s individual efforts to get back into competitive shape.

Still, the timeout has left fans thirsting for games and athletes desperate to compete.

“Just the very fact that we’re trying to figure out ways for sports to continue without fans shows you how much we deeply want and need sports,” said the sports psychologist Mary Jo Kane. She spoke by telephone after finishing a nine-hole round of golf, a part of her weekly routine that she said she missed when courses near her home in Minnesota were closed.

Bored? Take a craft trip back to the 1800s.

In the midst of quarantine, flower pressing, natural dyeing and other traditional activities have made a comeback. Here are some “new” old-timey projects to try:

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In India, a gas leak that poisoned hundreds may have resulted from the rush to reopen a chemical plant after weeks of lockdown.

Reporting was contributed by Benedict Carey, James Glanz, Keith Collins, Lauren Leatherby, Ben Casselman, Jennifer Steinhauer, Pete Wells, Christina Goldbaum, Marc Santora, Patricia Cohen, Tiffany Hsu, Peter Baker, Carl Zimmer, Rick Gladstone, Karen Crouse, Matthew Futterman, Tariq Panja and Nicholas Fandos.

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    • What should I do if I feel sick?

      If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.

    • When will this end?

      This is a difficult question, because a lot depends on how well the virus is contained. A better question might be: “How will we know when to reopen the country?” In an American Enterprise Institute report, Scott Gottlieb, Caitlin Rivers, Mark B. McClellan, Lauren Silvis and Crystal Watson staked out four goal posts for recovery: Hospitals in the state must be able to safely treat all patients requiring hospitalization, without resorting to crisis standards of care; the state needs to be able to at least test everyone who has symptoms; the state is able to conduct monitoring of confirmed cases and contacts; and there must be a sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days.

    • Should I wear a mask?

      The C.D.C. has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms. Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.

    • How does coronavirus spread?

      It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.

    • Is there a vaccine yet?

      No. Clinical trials are underway in the United States, China and Europe. But American officials and pharmaceutical executives have said that a vaccine remains at least 12 to 18 months away.

    • What makes this outbreak so different?

      Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. It seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions — not just those with respiratory diseases — particularly hard.

    • What if somebody in my family gets sick?

      If the family member doesn’t need hospitalization and can be cared for at home, you should help him or her with basic needs and monitor the symptoms, while also keeping as much distance as possible, according to guidelines issued by the C.D.C. If there’s space, the sick family member should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. If masks are available, both the sick person and the caregiver should wear them when the caregiver enters the room. Make sure not to share any dishes or other household items and to regularly clean surfaces like counters, doorknobs, toilets and tables. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.

    • Should I stock up on groceries?

      Plan two weeks of meals if possible. But people should not hoard food or supplies. Despite the empty shelves, the supply chain remains strong. And remember to wipe the handle of the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

    • Should I pull my money from the markets?

      That’s not a good idea. Even if you’re retired, having a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds so that your money keeps up with inflation, or even grows, makes sense. But retirees may want to think about having enough cash set aside for a year’s worth of living expenses and big payments needed over the next five years.


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Duchess of Cambridgeappears on This Morning after joining forces with National Portrait Gallery – Daily Mail

The Duchess of Cambridge has appeared on ITV’s This Morning today to discuss her new project with the National Portrait Gallery, and gave a glimpse at how George and Charlotte are coping with home schooling.

 Kate Middleton, 38, who has selected some of her favourite photographs that best capture the ‘resilience, bravery and kindness’ of Britons caught in the coronavirus crisis for the new project ‘Hold Still, joked that Prince George, 6, was ‘jealous’ of his five-year-old sister Princess Charlotte’s homework and ‘would rather make spider sandwiches’. 

Appearing live via video link in the same £495 yellow, silk Raey dress she wore during last night’s appearance from Amner Hall, she spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about the inspiration behind the project, and shared some of her own photography tips – including the importance of ‘capturing the moment’ and not ‘making it too set up’.

The royal, sporting her trademark blowdry, also joked that she was glad there were no pictures of how she ended up, after taking the pictures of Prince Louis covered in paint for his birthday portrait, and revealed they FaceTime family members ‘every day’. 

Kate Middleton, 38, who has selected some of her favourite photographs that best capture the ‘resilience, bravery and kindness’ of Britons caught in the coronavirus crisis for the new project ‘Hold Still, joked that Prince George, 6, was ‘jealous’ of his five-year-old sister Princess Charlotte’s homework and ‘would rather make spider sandwiches

Speaking to Holly on how she is coping in these strangest of times, the Duchess responded: ‘Fine, thank you. It’s extraordinary. I’m sure you’re experiencing the same yourselves and your families and things. We’re stuck into homeschooling again. They’re unprecedented times really. But no we’re fine, thank you for asking.’

And talking about homeschooling, Kate revealed: ‘George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects. Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work’.

Addressing the inspiration behind her project, she said: ‘We’ve all seen incredible images and seen uplifting and sad stories, I really hope this project can showcase and document this moment in time that we’re all experiencing.

‘We’ve all been struck by the most amazing images that have come out that we’re going through desperately sad times. Those working on the front line are going through tragedy and hardships, it’s all those in the community and front line showing their amazing dedication.’

She added of an image of a nurse marked by a PPE mask: ‘It’s a really harrowing image, they’re the things that not everyone at home will witness, so it’s important to see what those on the front line are experiencing’.

Appearing via video link in the same floral Raey dress she wore during last night’s appearance, she spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about the inspiration behind the project

The royal, sporting her trademark blowdry, also joked that she was glad there were no pictures of how she ended up, after taking the pictures of Prince Louis covered in paint for his birthday portrait, seen left, and revealed Prince George, 6, was ‘jealous’ of his five-year-old sister Princess Charlotte’s homework and ‘would rather make spider sandwiches (seen right at Christmas)

Speaking about the photo of a little girl named Edith kissing her grandparents through a window pane, she added: ‘Moments like this are so heartwarming to see, it’s different but still a connection. It really resonated with me that photograph.’

And the royal revealed the Cambridges are using FaceTime more than ever, explaining: ‘It’s really hard and we hadn’t done a huge amount of FaceTime but we’re doing that a lot more now.

‘We try to check in daily with family members and speak to them about news so in some way we’ve got a lot more contact than before, but it’s hard to explain to a five and six-year-old whats going on, but we have the support out there from schools’.

She continued of the competition: ‘Small acts of kindness go such a way, so I think it’s great to capture positive stories.

Kate added of an image of a nurse marked by a PPE mask: ‘It’s a really harrowing image, they’re the things that not everyone at home will witness so it’s important to see what those on the front line are experiencing’. ICU nurse Aimee Goold posted a heartbreaking image of her tired and scared face, pleading with people to stay home

A favourite of the Duchess – grandparents greeting their grandchildren from the other side of a window while social distancing 

‘Anyone can enter, schools can take this on as projects , life has changed for everyone and I think it’s important to tell the human side of this, being able to showcase portraits and collate a portrait of the nation on a human level is great.’

The Duchess donned the silk £495 yellow, silk Raey midi dress from the Notting Hill based brand to launch the project yesterday, and recycled it today

Talking about her photography tips she added: ‘I’m very much an amateur photographer but I take a lot of time now to pick up my camera and take pictures of the kids. It’s about not setting it up perfectly or clearing your home for the studio set up, but it’s capturing that moment, feeling or expression to tell that story.’

She went on to joke of Louis’ birthday portrait: ‘I should’ve taken a photograph of what I looked like after taking that picture of Louis, luckily that wasn’t documented.

‘Charlotte’s pictures told our story and hopefully others will do the same. I felt so lucky to be part of the Auschwitz project was such an honour.

‘It’s about taking time to reflect and tell the story for this period in time.  

Kate has joined forces with the National Portrait Gallery to launch a community photography project designed to catch the ‘spirit, mood, hopes and fears’ of the nation.

The project, titled Hold Still, showcases the lives of those who have put everything on hold to help protect our NHS – and the reality of everyday life on the frontline for our helpers and heroes.

Kate, who spearheaded the campaign, is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery and a keen amateur photographer, aims to capture a snapshot of the UK at this time, with the help of the nation.

The Duchess will personally curate 100 photographs for the Hold Still exhibition.

The royal also joked that she was glad there were no picture of how she ended up, after taking the pictures of Prince Louis covered in paint for his birthday portrait, and revealed they FaceTime the rest of the royal family ‘every day’

Appearing via video link in the same £495 yellow, silk Raey dress she wore during last night’s appearance from Amner Hall, she spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about the inspiration behind the project,

She said she had been ‘struck’ by the many ‘incredible’ images seen already, ‘which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people – some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic’.

Others, she said, had been more ‘uplifting’. Among her favourites are a five-year-old girl called Eaddee who wears a painted rainbow face for the NHS, 79-year-old Jack Dodsley dancing with a health worker at Newfield Nursing Home in Sheffield, grandparents greeting their grandchildren from the other side of a window, and Nottingham ICU nurse Aimee Goold. 

The community photography project comes after the UK became the first country in Europe to record 30,000 deaths from the coronavirus yesterday, announcing 649 more victims. Now at a total of 30,076 dead because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UK has hit the grim milestone before either Spain or Italy, which were widely considered to have the worst outbreaks in Europe. Only the US has recorded more fatalities, with 72,000.

People from across the UK are invited to submit a photographic portrait which they have taken during these extraordinary times for the community project. 

Adorable – Here is a five-year-old girl called Eaddee who wears a painted rainbow face in support of the NHS

Pictured: 79-year-old Jack Dodsley dancing with a health worker at Newfield Nursing Home in Sheffield

The Duchess of Cambridge has joined forces with the National Portrait Gallery to launch a community photography project designed to capture the ‘spirit, mood, hopes and fears’ of the nation as it continues to battle coronavirus. Pictured during an interview, which will be broadcast on ITV’s This Morning today

The project – spearheaded by Kate, 38, who is patron of the National Portrait Gallery and a keen amateur photographer – is called Hold Still, and aims to capture a snapshot of the UK at this time, with the help of the nation

Participants are also encouraged to provide a short written submission to outline the experiences and emotions of those depicted in their photograph.  

Hold Still is completely free, open to all ages and abilities, and will focus on three core themes – ‘Helpers and Heroes’, ‘Your New Normal’ and ‘Acts of Kindness’.

The idea is to create a unique photographic portrait of the people of our nation in lockdown as we ‘hold still’ for the good of others, and celebrate those who have continued so we can stay safe.  

It will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope. 

Hold Still will also act as a reminder of the significance of human connection in times of adversity, and that although we were physically apart, as a community and nation, we all faced and rose to the challenge together. 

The Duchess and her love for the lens: How Kate Middleton’s university studies led her to break Royal tradition and take her own family snaps 

As the Duchess of Cambridge releases new photographs to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, it’s evident that her passion for the lens has led her to create some stunning pieces.

Kate Middleton has a clear love for photography and her first major project had been for her parents for their party planning business, Party Pieces in 2008 when she was commissioned to do some work for them.

Kate studied art history at St Andrews which included modules such as Histories of Photography (1835 – 1905). She then went on to produce her thesis on photography of children.

She then went on to break royal tradition, straying away from the favoured royal photographers and herself releasing snaps of her children, including pictures of Prince George before his first day in nursery.

Since then she has gone on to share a host of photos of her children via the Kensington Palace Instagram page. It is also believed that she had taken her own photos for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. 

For her interview today, Kate wore a stunning yellow bracelet-sleeve silk dress by British brand Raey, featuring a pink and green tree print. The dress is currently on sale on Matches Fashion for £148, reduced from £495.

Kate wore her brunette locks in loose waves around her shoulders and opted for her signature natural make-up, with brown eyeshadow and a nude lip. 

On the launch of Hold Still, The Duchess said: ‘We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country. 

‘Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.

‘Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.’ 

Submissions for Hold Still can be made from today (May 7) via www.npg.org.uk. 

The closing date will be June 18, 2020. One hundred shortlisted portraits will then feature in a gallery without walls – a one of a kind digital exhibition open to all. A selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year. 

The images can be captured on phones or cameras, and each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise.

For 164 years, the National Portrait Gallery has existed to tell the stories of the people of Great Britain through the medium of portraits. In these unprecedented times, it is now more important than ever that we find ways to document and share our individual and collective stories of an experience which has impacted everybody’s lives in a multitude of ways.

Speaking about Hold Still, Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery London said: ‘Even if we are alone, we can all create something together. 

‘We are honoured to partner with the Duchess of Cambridge on the Hold Still project, which will provide an inclusive perspective on, and an important historical record of, these unprecedented times, expressed through the faces of the nation. 

In January, Kate took photographs of two Holocaust survivors with their grandchildren as part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. Steven Frank, 84, with his two granddaughters Maggie, 15, and Trixie, 13, was photographed holding a pan his mother used as a boy

Kate invited Steven Frank, 84 and Yvonne Bernstein, 82, pictured, into her home that she shares with Prince William and her family in order to create the images which were inspired by Dutch artist Vermeer

‘The National Portrait Gallery reflects the history of Britain through the personal stories of the people who have helped to shape it. We are now inviting each and every person, across every city, town, village and home in the UK, to share their portraits with us in this unique collective endeavour.’

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012, and has a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society. She has a longstanding interest in photography and its power to capture emotions and stories. 

In January, Kate took photographs of two Holocaust survivors with their grandchildren as part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. 

Kate invited Steven Frank, 84 and Yvonne Bernstein, 82 into her home that she shares with Prince William and her family in order to create the images which were inspired by Dutch artist Vermeer.

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), who is a patron of the Royal Photographic Society, took the photographs which were released to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and will be part of an exhibition later this year

The Duchess of Cambridge has a longstanding interest in photography and its power to capture emotions and stories, and often shares images she has taken of her children. Pictured: Photographs of Princess Charlotte, taken by Kate to mark her fifth birthday last week

One photography expert told MailOnline that it was clear Kate had been influenced by ‘Vermeer’s study of light’.

The Duchess, who said their stories would ‘stay with her forever’, encouraged her subjects to hold ‘deeply personal’ items that reflected their time at Nazi camps. 

Kate is also renowned for capturing enchanting, natural shots of her children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

To mark her youngest two children’s birthdays recently, Kensington Palace released stunning pictures of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by their proud mother. 

Both Kate and Prince William, 37, have continued to support charities and organisations close to their hearts despite the UK’s lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The royal couple have been using video calls to show their support, chatting about mental health, schools and the NHS, and clapping for the NHS every Thursday while isolating at Anmer Hall, their home in Norfolk. 

Last week the Duchess paid a ‘morale-boosting’ virtual visit to a maternity unit in Kingston – where she previously spent two days on a work placement – last week, gushing her congratulations to stunned new mother Rebecca Attwood. 

Rebecca, from Raynes Park in South-West London, said: ‘Having a surprise conversation with the Duchess of Cambridge after two hours’ sleep was particularly surreal.’

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MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) first look – The Verge

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has a Magic Keyboard and the option to get a 10th Gen Intel Core processor. Apple has finally killed the butterfly keyboard. In our early testing it performs way better than expected. This is more than a spec bump.

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Israeli MPs approve formation of Netanyahu-Gantz government – Al Jazeera English

Israeli MPs have approved the formation of a unity government between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz, paving the way to an end to more than a year of deadlock.

Parliament voted by 71 votes to 37 to back the coalition deal that will see Netanyahu and Gantz, a centrist former military leader, share power.

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The two leaders have said they will swear in their new administration on May 13, with Netanyahu remaining leader for 18 months, before handing over to Gantz who will be prime minister for the next 18 months.

The proposed government was challenged in the Supreme Court, with opponents arguing Netanyahu was ineligible to rule due to a series of corruption indictments. They also complained that certain provisions in the coalition deal broke the law.

But the court ruled on Wednesday evening that “there was no legal reason to prevent the formation of a government” led by Netanyahu.

It added that by approving the coalition it “was not seeking to diminish the severity of the charges” against Netanyahu, but concluded that those could be handled in his trial, which is due to begin on May 24.

Israel has been without a stable government since December 2018, with the country seeing three successive elections in which Gantz’s centrist Blue and White and Netanyahu’s Likud were near neck and neck.

During that time Netanyahu has remained in power in a caretaker capacity.

Netanyahu has been charged with accepting improper gifts and illegally trading favours in exchange for positive media coverage.

He denies wrongdoing but if the trial goes ahead as planned, he will become the first serving Israeli leader to be tried.

After the third election in March this year, Gantz broke with large parts of his Blue and White alliance and agreed to form a unity government.

He said it was necessary to provide political stability as the country seeks to repair the economic damage wrought by a coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 16,000 people.

Gantz’s critics, including many former allies, accuse him of betraying his voters after campaigning for cleaner politics and pledging not to serve under an indicted prime minister.

While Israeli law bars ministers from serving while under indictment, there is no such law for prime ministers.

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The Morning After: Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 – Engadget

Need another reason to be skeptical of smart home devices? Last night, Wink emailed customers to inform them its home automation business is changing to a subscription business model. Customers can either sign up for a $5 per month service fee (with no immediate upgrades or features) or lose access to control via apps and all automations. 

And they have one week to decide — the new policy goes into effect May 13th.

The current situation has put a lot of people and companies in difficult straits, but sticking customers with a brand new fee without allowing enough time to feasibly switch to another platform is pretty low. It’s definitely something to think about the next time you’re deciding on a smart light bulb or speaker.

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Microsoft’s new Surface lineup

Some items are available as early as May 12th.

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Microsoft has overhauled its Surface lineup, with two new laptop/tablet combos, new headphones and earbuds, a $260 USB-C desktop dock and even some new keyboard bundles. The Surface Book 3 is the most high-profile device, but the design hasn’t changed noticeably from its last iteration. Inside, however, it’s packing the more powerful 10th-generation Intel Core CPUs along with NVIDIA graphics. The bad news: It’s limited to quad-core CPUs while competitors from Apple and Dell have the option for six-core chips — although, they have to live without its sweet detachable keyboard.

The Surface Go 2 tablet is the same size as its predecessor — your old keyboard case or Type Cover will still work — but smaller bezels give it more screen space this time around, and of course, the internals have had a refresh as well. Prices start at $399, with optional add-ons like LTE or an Intel Core M CPU available for more money.

If you’re into audio then check out the new earbuds and headphones. Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds have a… distinctive look and promise all-day battery life for $199. Meanwhile, the Surface Headphones 2 have a design that’s similar to the original model, but with improved noise cancellation and battery life for a lower starting price of $249.

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Ring’s new entry-level doorbell offers 1080p video and custom motion zones

The $100 doorbell launches June 3rd

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Six years after the original Ring video doorbell debuted, the company is offering a revamped model. Video quality has improved to 1080p from 720p, night vision is better and owners can choose privacy zones to exclude from video recording. Also, in addition to using hardwired power, there are options to run it off a battery or even a $50 solar charger add-on.

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Sonos announces a new soundbar with Dolby Atmos

It’s also updated its sub and the Play:5.

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Say hello to the Sonos Arc, a new high-end soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos and uses the company’s adaptive tuning system to optimize whatever content you’re playing through the speaker. 

The Arc has dedicated center, left and right channels, along with surround left and right and two upwards-firing speakers for height. Sure, plenty of soundbars support Atmos at this point, but Sonos is doing something interesting with how the Arc responds to different audio formats. For example, if you’re watching a movie that doesn’t support Atmos, the Arc will adapt and use the upwards-firing speakers to improve bass performance. 

The Arc will cost $799 when it goes on sale June 10th — that’s $100 more than the Playbar it replaces, but it has enough upgrades to explain the difference.

Meanwhile, Sonos is also making a few internal updates to some other existing products. There is a new Sub that looks identical to its predecessor but has some major internal updates. Sonos says it has increased memory and processing power as well as a new wireless radio. The Sonos Play:5 is also receiving a nearly identical refresh, aimed at extending how long it’ll receive software updates.

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The Switch has now sold more than the N64 and GameCube combined

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ has already sold 11.77 million copies.

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Nintendo sold 3.29 million Switch consoles in the first three months of the year, bringing lifetime sales to 55.77 million. That’s more than the combined lifetime sales of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube, which sold 32.93 million and 21.74 million, respectively. It’s also beyond the SNES — an impressive milestone eclipsed over the holidays — and 6.14 million behind the NES.

When it comes to games, the company released Animal Crossing: New Horizons last quarter, which may be the perfect lockdown distraction from the coronavirus pandemic. The Switch exclusive came out on March 20th — only 10 days before the end of the quarter — and sales already approached 12 million. That’s more than a million copies sold each day.

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Astronomers have discovered closest black hole yet in trinary star system – Ars Technica

And a black hole makes three —

Just 1,000 light years from Earth, its two companion stars are visible to the naked eye.


Artist’s impression showing orbits of the objects in the HR 6819 triple system. There is an inner binary with one star (orbit in blue) and a newly discovered black hole (orbit in red), as well as a third star in a wider orbit (also in blue).

Enlarge / Artist’s impression showing orbits of the objects in the HR 6819 triple system. There is an inner binary with one star (orbit in blue) and a newly discovered black hole (orbit in red), as well as a third star in a wider orbit (also in blue).

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Astronomers with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered a black hole that is the nearest such object yet found, just 1,000 light years away—close enough to be seen with the unaided eye. It is part of a triple star system, dubbed HR 6819, and the ESO scientists believe other members of this class of systems may also harbor black holes that previously were not a high priority for black hole searches. They announced their discovery in a new paper published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Scientists think there are far more black holes in the Universe than we have discovered to date—probably hundreds of millions of them, given the age of our Universe—because we can’t observe them directly; we can merely infer their presence by their effect on surrounding matter. A black hole’s gravitational effects can influence the orbits of nearby stars, for example, or infalling matter can form an accretion disk of hot gas rapidly orbiting the black hole, emitting powerful X-rays. Or an unfortunate star will get too close to a black hole and be torn apart for its trouble, with the infalling remnants also accelerating and heating up to emit X-rays into space.

But the majority of black holes are actually quiet and hence very difficult to detect. This latest discovery offers useful clues about where at least some of the truly dark black holes might be hiding. “One will never get enough telescope time to do a thorough search like that on all objects,” ESO scientist Thomas Rivinius, a co-author on the paper, told Ars. “What you need to do is a staged approach to help you identify candidates, then thin out the candidates list, and only then have a close and detailed look at the remaining ones. Knowing what to look for should put us in a better position to find them.”

The ESO team had been conducting a study of double-star systems, and HR 6819 was included as part of their observational data-gathering since it appeared to be just such a system. But while reviewing their data, the astronomers found clear evidence of an unexpected third object in the system: a black hole that had previously eluded detection.

In a trinary star system, two of the stars orbit each other as a binary pair, while the third star orbits the pair at a greater distance. This ensures that the system is stable, since if the inner and outer orbits were the same size, one of the stars would eventually be ejected from the system. In the case of HR 6819, one of the two visible stars orbits an invisible object every 40 days, while the other visible star orbits farther away. By studying the orbit of the star in the inner pair, the team was able to infer the black hole’s presence and also calculate its mass. “An invisible object with a mass at least four times that of the Sun can only be a black hole,” said Rivinius.

  • Wide field view. While the black hole is invisible, the two stars in HR 6819 can be viewed from the southern hemisphere on a dark, clear night without binoculars or a telescope.


    ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2, with Davide De Martin

  • Chart showing the location of the HR 6819 triple system in the constellation of Telescopium.


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  • Southern sky over La Silla, ESO’s first observatory site, just after sunset.


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“We used to believe that single stars are the most usual ones,” said Rivinius. “In fact, at least for the really massive ones, single stars are probably the rarest.” That’s because the greater a star’s mass, the less likely it is to be alone, and Rivinius points out that even single massive stars could, in fact, be the survivors of multiple star systems that were “disrupted,” or have fainter companion stars we just can’t detect. Trinary systems like HR 6819 are less common, but nor are they extremely rare. Physicists currently believe that the supernovae that give rise to black holes would actually disrupt the structure of multiples. “If a significant number of multiples, however, survive the supernovae, this changes the statistics,” said Rivinius.

“If such a system happens to be in the immediate neighborhood, it is likely common in other regions of the galaxy as well,” said Rivinius. His back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that there could be 2,500 such systems. That’s not going to clear up the large discrepancy between the black holes we’ve discovered and the number astronomers believe could be out there. “But considering so far we were not aware any such triple could exist, it is quite a step,” he added. The ESO team has already identified a second star system that might also be a trinary with a black hole, although more observational data is needed to confirm this.

The discovery that a black hole can be part of a trinary star system is also relevant because astronomers have suggested that such triple systems could be progenitors of binary systems with two black holes, or a black hole/neutron star pairing. When the partners in those binary systems merge, the violent event emits gravitational waves that can be detected by the LIGO collaboration.

“The problem with LIGO detections is that for two black holes in a normal, lonely binary, it takes a very long time to close in to each other, until they finally merge,” said Rivinius. “In fact, it takes longer than the current age of the Universe, and we really shouldn’t see as many mergers as we do, if that was the only mechanism. But the closer they are already, the (much) faster it goes.”

It’s known as the Lidov-Kozai mechanism. It occurs when, for example, a close binary inner pair has a circular orbit, but not in the same plane as the outer orbit. This causes the inner orbit to become more “eccentric,” according to Rivinius. “In short, it means the third body can help the two inner ones get close to each other, at least at times,” he said.

However, that is not going to be the case with the HR 6819 trinary system. “The two stars in HR 6819 are not massive enough to explode as a supernova and form a black hole,” said ESO’s Dietrich Baade, another co-author. “Therefore, HR 6819 will never harbor two black holes, and it will never be a full equivalent of the progenitors of gravitational wave events. But it is a useful nearby proxy to investigate.”

DOI: Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2020. 10.1051/0004-6361/202038020  (About DOIs).

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Should I get a coronavirus antibody test? Experts explain what we know so far – CBS News

The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency authorization to a dozen coronavirus antibody tests, and more than 200 others are currently on the market. One authorized company, Roche, claims its test is 100% accurate at finding coronavirus antibodies in the blood and 99.8% accurate at ruling them out. 

Many people who got sick in recent months but didn’t get tested for COVID-19 have been left wondering whether they had the coronavirus. Many others who didn’t get sick could have also been infected with the virus and not even known it. People in both groups are now looking to antibody tests for possible answers. 

What are antibodies? And how accurate are the tests?

Antibodies are proteins the body makes to attack a virus. If somebody has a certain antibody it could mean that they were infected in the past — whether they knew it or not. Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, an internal medicine physician at Sutter Health in San Francisco told CBSN that having specific antibodies “means you’ve been exposed to that virus, or you’ve had a vaccine for it.” 

However, according to CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus, many antibody tests on the market right now are “advertising claims that make no sense.” He said that too little is known about the coronavirus to rely on the results of most of the current antibody tests.

Tests with higher rates of false positive results could mistakenly lead people to believe they have antibodies when they really don’t. False negatives could lead people to believe they don’t have antibodies when they actually do.

“Aside from this latest FDA-approved antibody test that we’re hearing about that is highly accurate, I should also point out that we don’t even know if most of the other hundred or so tests that are out there on the market are even close to being that accurate,” Underleider said.

The FDA on Monday said it will start requiring companies making coronavirus antibody tests to apply for authorization by the agency within 10 days of releasing their products. 

“We unfortunately see unscrupulous actors marketing fraudulent test kits and using the pandemic as an opportunity to take advantage of Americans’ anxiety,” the FDA said in a statement.

Do antibodies mean you’re immune?

Even if a test can accurately detect antibodies, Agus said people who carry them cannot rest assured they are safe from the virus. That’s because having the antibody does not necessarily mean you are immune to the virus. 

According to Agus, the body creates many antibodies to fight infection, but not all those antibodies will neutralize the virus — some simply “hang on,” he said. “Until we have the immunity component, for the individual person (an antibody test) doesn’t make sense.”

New coronavirus antibody test claims higher accuracy

Agus said cities and companies could use an antibody test to see who has been exposed to the virus in the past, but would not be able to know who is safe from it. 

He said the next step is to take existing tests and add in an “immunity component” — but when that could be ready is unknown.  

White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told CBS News’ Margaret Brennan on April 19 that having the virus and having immunity are two “different question(s).” She said research is underway to determine if the antibodies offer protection. 

“That’s why these studies that are going on with plasma and giving plasma to sick patients to really see if that antibody confers protective immunity and help to the individual who is sick, as well as really doing studies with vaccines and looking, seeing whether the antibodies that are produced are effective,” Birx said. 

“These are questions that we still have scientifically. I will tell you, in most infectious diseases, except for HIV, we know that when you get sick and you recover and you develop antibodies, that that antibody is often confers immunity. We just don’t know if it’s immunity for a month, immunity for six months, immunity for six years,” she said.

Dr. Ungerleider said “we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves” with antibody testing. “I think that the fact remains that we don’t know yet how long these antibodies last, the degree to which people with coronavirus antibodies are actually protected from getting COVID a second or a third time.” 

“We should all remember that the novel coronavirus is only 16 weeks old. So there’s a lot we just don’t know yet,” she said.

Kate Gibson contributed reporting.

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It was really hard to miss the 2020 NFL draft as I recovered from coronavirus, but I am fortunate to be healthy now. I can’t even express in words how much I appreciated all of the support. Thank you so much to everyone who reached out; it really meant a lot. (You can hear more about it on a special edition of The Adam Schefter Podcast.)

But even two weeks later, I do have some lingering thoughts on how the draft unfolded. Better late than never, right? As I watched from afar, a handful of teams really impressed me with what they did, and some Day 3 picks particularly stuck out as excellent fits.

So here are some of my takeaways from the 2020 draft, including five teams that did the best job in immediately upgrading their rosters and five late-rounders who could play key roles right out of the gate as rookies this season.

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FIVE TEAMS THAT IMMEDIATELY IMPROVED

Dallas Cowboys

What a tremendous opening two nights of the draft for Dallas. And it started at No. 17 overall. Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was nothing short of a gift for the Cowboys there. He’s just so good after the catch, and he’s a strong route runner with great instincts. The Cowboys’ offense led the NFL with 431.5 yards per game last season, and now Dak Prescott has Lamb alongside Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Ezekiel Elliott. That’s a nightmare for defensive coordinators.

Then Dallas came back on Friday with cornerback Trevon Diggs out of Alabama, followed by defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, Lamb’s Oklahoma teammate. Diggs brings versatility, ball-hawking and tight press-man coverage skills. He’s likely a starter as a rookie and helps pad the free-agency loss of Byron Jones in a secondary that has struggled. Diggs had three interceptions for the Crimson Tide in 2019, while the Cowboys managed just seven — tied for the lowest total in the NFL. And Gallimore is explosive in the middle of the defensive line. His tape was a bit inconsistent, but the 304-pounder ran a downright silly 4.79 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and flashes the ability to drive offensive linemen back and get off blocks. I expect him to play in some form of rotation and show off his playmaking traits.



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Dozens more children hospitalized in New York with rare symptoms that could be linked to coronavirus – CNN

(CNN)A growing number of children are showing up at New York hospitals with troubling new symptoms that state health officials believe could be linked to coronavirus.

In an advisory to health care providers, state officials said 64 children in New York have been hospitalized with a condition doctors described as “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome.”
New York City had alerted Monday that 15 patients between ages 2 to 15 were hospitalized over the past three weeks with the Covid-related syndrome. Most of them tested positive for coronavirus or had positive antibody tests.

The symptoms to watch for

Some of the children had persistent fever, toxic shock syndrome and features similar to Kawasaki disease, the state health advisory said.
Kawasaki disease causes inflammation in the walls of the arteries and can limit blood flow to the heart. While it’s usually treatable and most children recover without serious problems, it can also be deadly. It mainly affects children under age 5.
Symptoms include a high temperature lasting over five days along with a rash, swollen neck glands, dry cracked lips, swelling of the hands and feet, and redness in both eyes.
Kawasaki is a leading cause of acquired heart disease in the United States, with complications that include coronary artery enlargement and aneurysms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While older adults are mostly at risk for severe coronavirus, children can also get infected, health officials said.
The new syndrome has appeared in children elsewhere. Seattle has also reported a case along with a team at Stanford Children’s Hospital in California.
In the UK, pediatric specialists recently warned that a small number of children was becoming ill with the rare syndrome that could be linked to coronavirus. Experts there said abdominal pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and cardiac inflammation are common in those cases.
Similar cases have been reported in Italy and Spain.

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