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U.S. Approaches 400,000 Coronavirus Infections

U.S. Approaches 400,000 Coronavirus Infections

China lifted its lockdown on the city that was the original center of the coronavirus pandemic, even as more countries extended clampdowns and tightened restrictions. Trains and flights began leaving Wuhan early Wednesday for major destinations across China. Locked down since Jan. 23, its 11 million residents may now leave their apartments for longer periods…

To Curb the Coronavirus, Hong Kong Shows the World Masks Work

To Curb the Coronavirus, Hong Kong Shows the World Masks Work

HONG KONG—With the U.S. government recommending Americans wear facial coverings to curb the new coronavirus, this mask-obsessed city directly in the path of the pandemic’s first wave is an example of a community that started early—and remains convinced that masks helped slow the contagion. Hong Kong should have been slammed by Covid-19. The city of…

Coronavirus Has Shut Stores, and Retailers Are Running Out of Time

Coronavirus Has Shut Stores, and Retailers Are Running Out of Time

First, the store doors shut. Now, the walls are closing in. Retailers have furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers, cut executive pay and stopped paying rent, all to conserve cash. For the most indebted retailers, particularly those already struggling before the crisis began, those measures may not be enough. Neiman Marcus Group Inc. and…

Instagram Faces Surge in Sale of Coronavirus Face Masks With Potential Risks

Instagram Faces Surge in Sale of Coronavirus Face Masks With Potential Risks

Thousands of Instagram accounts are hawking medical face masks that could be fraudulent or pose a safety risk, according to a report by an independent research group, a sign of Facebook Inc.’s struggles to police users who appear to be taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers found at least 10,450 accounts on Instagram that…

Coronavirus Updates: U.S. Death Toll Rises Sharply; Wuhan Lifts Lockdown

Coronavirus Updates: U.S. Death Toll Rises Sharply; Wuhan Lifts Lockdown

11 minutes agoFoxconn Teams Up With Medtronic to Produce VentilatorsFoxconn Technology Group—best known for assembling Apple Inc.’s iPhones in China—is working with medical device maker Medtronic PLC to develop and produce ventilators, the Taiwanese contract assembly giant said today. The move comes as the U.S. and other countries scramble to secure enough ventilators, which help…

U.S. Stock Futures Inch Higher After Bout of Volatility

U.S. Stock Futures Inch Higher After Bout of Volatility

U.S. stock futures wavered on Wednesday, following a roller-coaster session on Wall Street that saw a strong rally in the major benchmark indexes ending abruptly with a precipitous drop. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average drifted between gains and losses a day after the blue-chips index gave up a 4.1% gain to close…

Fear Lingers in Wuhan as China Eases Lockdown

Fear Lingers in Wuhan as China Eases Lockdown

WUHAN—Chinese leaders and many medical experts have held up this city as an example of what can be achieved through extreme efforts to contain the coronavirus. It’s now becoming clear the battle in Wuhan is far from over—and the human cost much higher than officially acknowledged. The city has announced only three new confirmed cases…

At FEMA, Companies Offer Critical Coronavirus Supplies the Government Can’t Buy

At FEMA, Companies Offer Critical Coronavirus Supplies the Government Can’t Buy

More than 1,000 companies responded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s call about two weeks ago to provide needed supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic, according to a person familiar with the matter. As of early Monday, only three companies had supplies the agency could actually buy. Many of the offers, for items ranging from…