Overseas Headlines – April 28, 2020

United States:

Texas Is Open, California’s Closed and States Go Their Own Way

“The Trump administration promised Americans that expanded coronavirus testing would give states the information they need to restart their economies, but Texas has already heard enough.Governor Greg Abbott said Monday that malls, restaurants and movie theaters could re-open Friday. “The lives saved are priceless, but the price has been steep,” Abbott said.”



European Nation With Fewest Virus Deaths Proves Speed Is Key

“As the coronavirus continues to kill thousands of people a day across Europe, one country stands out for keeping its death toll low. Slovakia, a landlocked country of 5.5 million, closed its schools, shops and borders earlier than any other country after Italy. Meanwhile, politicians and TV anchors embraced face masks even before the government made them mandatory.”



Singapore Scaling Up Medical Facilities as Virus Cases Climb

“Singapore is in the process of scaling up medical facilities by adding capacity at isolation wards and intensive care units as the confirmed number of virus cases nears 15,000, making it Asia’s most-infected nation after China and India. More than 18,000 beds have been created for isolation and medical care needs, Singapore Armed Forces Director of Joint Operations, Brigadier-General David Neo told reporters at a briefing today. Another 23,000 are in the pipeline.”



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