Donald Trump issued a new travel advisory for the tri-state area. He also announced an extension of the restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, and said that keeping US Covid-19 deaths to 100,000 would be “a very good job.”

Russia closes all border crossings. It is temporarily shutting down all vehicle, rail, and pedestrian checkpoints, plus maritime borders. Last week, it halted all international flights. Officials had until recently claimed Russia didn’t have a coronavirus problem.

Japan is set to expand its restrictions. It’s expected to refuse entry to all foreigners and citizens traveling from the US, China, South Korea, and most of Europe. Meanwhile, carmaker Toyota said it is temporarily shutting all plants in Europe and Russia.

The FDA approved an emergency coronavirus treatment. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, two malaria drugs controversially promoted by President Trump, were authorized for limited use. Scientists prefer clinical trials first, due to a lack of proof over its efficacy.

An F1 team is building a new breathing aid. The device would deliver oxygen to the lungs while cutting the need for ventilators, helping keep patients out of intensive care. If trials go well for Mercedes and the University of London, it may be available in a week’s time.

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The Netherlands recalled defective masks made in China. About 600,000 had already been distributed to local hospitals, the health ministry said. Earlier this month, Spain and Turkey complained of faulty rapid testing kits from China.



This piece was written by Wayne Dupree on March 30, 2020. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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