Even as the virus has slowed its growth in overwhelmed Italy and in China, where it first emerged, hospitals in Spain and France are reaching their breaking points and the U.S. and Britain are bracing for incoming waves of desperately ill people.
The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.
MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press
When 7-year-old Khyla Lanoue celebrated her birthday this week, she couldn’t have a typical party because of social distancing guidelines. The Charleston Police Department then stepped in to plan a parade.
The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.
The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association along with the Scofflaw Brewing Company has launched a relief fund to help those who work in the hospitality industry who have been affected by COVID-19.