The number of people traveling by plane has hit a 10-year low

As a result of the drop off in demand, about 20% of the US commercial aviation fleet — or more than 1,200 planes — are sitting idle, meaning they have not been used in the last seven days, according to data from Airlines for America. Some airlines have decided to retire older aircraft ahead of […]

Hamptons rental homes soar from $5,000 a month to $30,000 as NYC’s richest flee the city and flock to the wealthy enclave, almost doubling the town’s numbers, and sending coronavirus cases spiraling to over 7,000

‘Watching people out there playing tennis in [Amagansett] on my way home from my essential job was infuriating. This is not a frikkin’ vacation. All that talk of the us v them and us playing nice, to score the summer bucks … pssh,’ one Facebook user wrote on the official East Hampton page.  

Coronavirus latest: Merkel comes out of quarantine as Germany death toll passes 1,000 mark

01:10 US President Donald Trump has sharply criticized 3M Co in a tweet after earlier announcing he was invoking the Defense Production Act to get the company to produce face masks. ”We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. ‘P Act’ all the way. Big surprise to many in government as […]

Coronavirus latest: Too early to ease restrictions, Merkel says

05:15 New Zealand has begun allowing some 100,000 tourists stranded in the country to fly home, including roughly 12,000 Germans, the largest number of Germans remaining abroad. Tourists had become trapped after the island nation instituted an internal flight ban that prevented travelers from catching international flights. The New Zealand government said Thursday that internal flights would once again […]

Coronavirus live updates: Nearly 500 cases in San Francisco, 3 more dead in San Mateo County

11:15 a.m. Experts, Trump advisers said to doubt COVID-19 deaths estimate: Leading disease forecasters whose research informed the White House conclusion that 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus, say they don’t know how the White House arrived at the numbers, according to sources cited by the Washington Post. White House officials […]

Coronavirus latest: Over 90 countries request emergency funds

11:50 The People’s Bank of China, the nation’s central bank, has said it would slash reserve requirements for smaller banks, releasing around 400 billion yuan ($56.3 billion; €52.2 billion) in liquidity. The freed-up money is aimed at helping ease the impact of the coronavirus on its economy. The bank also said it would cut the interest it […]

Coronavirus: EU internal borders could stay shut

Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism Asia fears dramatic setbacks Sights in Asia are particularly affected by travel restrictions for Chinese tourists. Hotspots such as the Senso-ji temple (picture) in Tokyo and the temple complexes of Angkor Wat in Cambodia are reporting a sharp drop in visitors. On March 9, the Ministry of Tourism in Thailand […]

Europe’s hospitals buckle under the crush of the coronavirus

In Britain, which locked down later than its European neighbors, the infection peak is still ahead, threatening the National Health Service with the biggest test in its 72-year history after austerity cuts that have strained the revered institution and its promise of quality care for all.

As celebs shelter at home, paparazzi hustle to find new angles

With the pandemic threatening to upend life for months to come, Harrison is not sure how much longer many of his fellow paparazzi will be able to hold on. “I truly don’t think it’s long,” he said. “People who have been in this business long enough to make a career of it, luckily like I […]

Coronavirus live updates: Nearly 500 cases in SF

3:25 p.m. SF supervisors push to house homeless in hotel rooms after positive test at shelter: San Francisco had its first person at a homeless shelter test positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and a group of city leaders later gathered to call for sheltering homeless people in hotel rooms. “We have the hotel rooms, we […]