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Coronavirus restrictions start to loosen in Europe

A municipal police officer gives out free protective face masks at a metro station during the lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, April 13, 2020.
Credit: Juan Medina/Reuters
The death toll and rate of new infections are starting to drop in Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus. While most Spaniards remain in lockdown, the country is beginning to loosen some restrictions, including allowing manufacturing and construction businesses to resume work.
Denmark is also starting to open up. Germany, a leader in coronavirus testing, is working to conduct large-scale antibody testing to help researchers assess infection rates and immunity. And Apple and Google are working to bring contact tracing to their smartphone platforms.  
Africans and Black Americans in the Chinese city of Guangzhou are facing racist mistreatment, including eviction and compulsory quarantine, due to coronavirus fears. African officials have condemned the racism in speaking to Chinese authorities. 

Oil-producing nations agree to 10% cut in output

With a push from US President Donald Trump, oil-rich nations have agreed to cut oil production by nearly 10 million barrels per day in May and June — a drop of nearly 10% that stakeholders hope will stabilize oil prices and global financial markets. The pandemic has drastically reduced demand for oil as global travel has come to a near standstill, causing oil prices to plummet. The agreement, reached on Sunday, is unprecedented in scale and coordination. 

Trump's coronavirus promises largely unfulfilled

One month after Trump declared a national emergency and made sweeping promises of public-private partnerships to address the pandemic in the US, those promises remain largely unfulfilled. Still, Trump hopes to open the economy soon, despite objections from governors and public health experts. The president has also raised speculation he might remove Anthony Fauci after the top infectious disease expert suggested earlier action "could have saved lives."  

Faith leaders consider modifying tradition with technology

The pope, the Vatican — a tiny city-state surrounded by Rome — and the Catholic church in predominantly Catholic Italy have all been forced to modify centuries of tradition because of the coronavirus outbreak. Theologians and scholars of Christianity are observing how this difficult historical moment is fostering a revolution comparable to that which occurred in the 13th century.
And for rabbis trying to connect the faithful, lockdown creates Catch-22s. Some rabbis think videoconferencing technology such as Zoom is a good platform for bridging the gap during the pandemic. Others make the opposite case.

The Number in the News: 2

With much of the world cooped up indoors, trying to prevent getting infected or spreading the coronavirus, an old idea is starting to take root: victory gardens. During WWII, there were shortages of food, so governments campaigned to get people to use their backyards, side yards or any unused plots of land to grow vegetables to share with the community. Amid the coronavirus crisis, author Debi Goodwin suggests we start a garden, with social distancing, to ease some of that anxiety and build community at the same time.
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Mourning in the midst of a pandemic

The coronavirus has fundamentally changed how we live our lives, but perhaps most heartbreakingly, how we deal with death. Around the world, centuries-old burial rituals are being stopped. Gatherings to mourn deaths are limited. Even something as simple as a hug for a grieving friend is now essentially out of bounds. Hear how some families are honoring their loved ones and funeral traditions in the midst of the coronavirus.

Music to soothe the soul: Ludovico Einaudi's 'Elegy for the Arctic'

Ludovico Einaudi plays the piano in front of a glacier in Norway.
Composer and Italian classical piano superstar Ludovico Einaudi teamed up with Greenpeace for a concert in the Arctic Circle in support of a campaign for a marine sanctuary in the North Pole’s international waters and to raise awareness about melting glaciers and rising sea levels.
Einaudi performed “Elegy for the Arctic,” his own composition, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean in front of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, an archipelago in Norway.

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A periodic reminder to maintain at least six feet of social distance — and if you're "born to run," research suggests keeping more than five Springsteens apart while you hit the track. 

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