Texas/World – 16 April ’20

U.S. coronavirus deaths increase by record amount for second straight day - Reuters tally

Shop sells 'hundreds' of doughnuts starring Dr. Fauci's face

Rochester, NY (AP) - An upstate NY donut shop is featuring the likeness of the doctor leading the country's battle with coronavirus on its sweet treats.

Flawed tests, scarce supplies and limited access to screening have hurt the U.S.’s ability to monitor Covid-19, governors and health officials warn.

By Abby Goodnough, Katie Thomas and

As President Trump pushes to reopen the economy, most of the country is not conducting nearly enough testing to track the path and penetration of the coronavirus in a way that would allow Americans to safely return to work, public health officials and political leaders say.

Although capacity has improved in recent weeks, supply shortages remain crippling, and many regions are still restricting tests to people who meet specific criteria. Antibody tests, which reveal whether someone has ever been infected with the coronavirus, are just starting to be rolled out, and most have not been vetted by the Food and Drug Administration.


Global stocks mixed after weak US data add to global gloom

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were mixed Thursday after unexpectedly weak U.S. retail and other data added to gloom about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Frankfurt and Shanghai gained while Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. London was little-changed.

The future for Wall Street’s S&P 500 index edged up a day after the benchmark fell 2.2% on news U.S. retail sales and factory output plunged in March. The retail figures hit especially hard because consumer spending is two-thirds of the U.S. economy.

The announcements shook investors who economists have warned are too optimistic about a quick rebound from what is shaping up to be the deepest global slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s.