LIVE UPDATES: Elizabeth Warren's brother dies from the coronavirus, jobless claims hit 26 million

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks ride a bike during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Milan, Italy April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo/File Photo FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks ride a bike during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Milan, Italy April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo/File Photo
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We'll keep this page updated with the biggest coronavirus headlines of the day. Scroll down for more information on each story and check back for updates.

Here's the latest:

  • Elizabeth Warren's oldest brother dies from the novel coronavirus.
  • US weekly jobless claims hit 4.4 million, bringing the 5-week total to more than 26 million.
  • HHS chief Alex Azar chose a former labradoodle breeder with minimal public health experience to lead the department's coronavirus response.
  • Las Vegas workers say they don't want to be test subjects 'in a petri dish' after the city's mayor offered to be an experiment on reopening businesses and lifting lockdown.
  • Oklahoma's GOP governor plans to reopen the state starting Friday, despite opposition from doctors and Democrats who say it's way too soon.
  • France is banning firms registered in offshore tax havens from its government coronavirus bailout, following similar bans in Denmark and Poland.
  • The CEO of Ryanair, one of the world's biggest airlines, says it won't fly if middle seats have to stay empty for 'idiotic' social distancing rules.
  • Jeff Bezos has returned to day-to-day management of Amazon after years of solely focusing on high-impact projects like Alexa.
  • Advocates of a toxic bleach fake 'miracle cure' are telling desperate people it can cure the coronavirus in thriving groups on Telegram.
  • Today's country-by-country coronavirus stats: The US struggles to get past the peak as Australia and New Zealand approach zero new cases.
  • 'Health comes before politics': Georgia residents told us how they feel about orders to reopen the state this week.
  • John Hopkins University, which has been instrumental in tracking the coronavirus globally, is expecting layoffs and furloughs due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

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Elizabeth Warren's oldest brother dies from the novel coronavirus.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses the crowd at the Massachusetts Democratic Coordinated Campaign Election Night Celebration in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Sen. Warren was re-elected
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's oldest brother, Donald Reed Herring, died this week from the novel coronavirus.

Herring was 86 years old and died in Norman, Oklahoma. He was diagnosed with cancer years ago and underwent treatment. He was also hospitalized for pneumonia in February.

"I'm grateful to the nurses and other front-line staff who took care of my brother, but it is hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say 'I love you' one more time," Warren said in her statement.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门"And now there's no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close. I will miss my brother."

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US weekly jobless claims hit 4.4 million, bringing the 5-week total to more than 26 million.

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Job seekers speak with potential employers at a City of Boston Neighborhood Career Fair on May Day in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., May 1, 2017.
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The Labor Department reported on Thursday that 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the week ending April 18.

That brings the five-week total to roughly 26.5 million.

It's also the fifth week in a row that jobless claims have been in the millions, dwarfing the worst stretch of job losses during the Great Recession.

"It's crushing, it's devastating for the economy," Jason Thomas, chief economist at AssetMark told Business Insider.

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HHS chief Alex Azar chose a former labradoodle breeder with minimal public health experience to lead the department's coronavirus response.

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Brian Harrison (left), chief os staff at the department of Health and Human Services, spent six years as a labradoodle breeder
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Brian Harrison, who was picked as a senior lead on the Health and Human Services (HHS) coronavirus task force, is a former labradoodle breeder with minimal public health experience, according to Reuters.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门He ran Dallas Labradoodles between 2012-2018 before joining the Trump administration as the HHS deputy chief of staff under director Alex Azar, Reuters said.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Harrison previously worked for Azar at HHS for a year in 2006 as an assistant, and has also handled a healthcare portfolio for a PR firm, according to his HHS biography.

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Las Vegas workers say they don't want to be test subjects 'in a petri dish' after the city's mayor offered to be an experiment on reopening businesses and lifting lockdown.

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Las Vegas' mayor called for the city's businesses to reopen, and said it's residents were happy to act as "test subjects" on the effects of lifting lockdown
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The mayor of Las Vegas told CNN on Wednesday that she was willing to lift the city's coronavirus lockdown as part of a national experiment, sparking outrage.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门"We would love to be that placebo side so you have something to measure against," Carolyn Goodman told anchor Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Two unions representing casino and entertainment workers in Vegas have since hit back at Goodman's claim, saying they don't want to be "an experiment in a petri dish" and "like a guinea pig in some wild experiment."

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Thousands of the city's famous bars and casinos have shut in the pandemic.

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Oklahoma's GOP plans to reopen the state starting Friday, despite opposition from doctors and Democrats who say it's way too soon.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.
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2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced plans to start reopening the state on Friday, starting with personal care businesses like hair salons and nail salons.

It's the fourth state to announce reopening plans, following Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association called the reopening plan "hasty at best."

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France is banning firms registered in offshore tax havens from its government coronavirus bailout, following similar bans in Denmark and Poland.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire attends a news conference after the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France April 15, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron announced extension to France's nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 disease until May 11. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Marie.
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2020欧洲杯夺冠热门France will block firms registered in tax havens from accessing the state bailout fund.

"If a company has its tax headquarters or subsidiaries in a tax haven, I want to say with great force, it will not be able to benefit from state financial aid," finance minister Bruno Le Maire told the France Info radio station on Thursday.

Last Saturday, Denmark had enforced a similar measure, following the lead of authorities in Poland in early April.

France has allocated 110 billion euros ($108 billion) to save its businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.

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The CEO of Ryanair, one of the world's biggest airlines, says it won't fly if middle seats have to stay empty for 'idiotic' social distancing rules.

FILE PHOTO: Passengers board a Ryanair flight in Gdansk, Poland, June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Passengers board a Ryanair flight in Gdansk, Poland
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2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Ryanair's CEO said the airline will not fly if it is forced to keep middle seats empty to maintain social distancing to stop the coronavirus spread.

Michael O'Leary  that the idea would be "entirely ineffective," making it impossible for the airline to make money while also not keeping passengers far enough apart anyway.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门"We can't make money on 66% load factors," he said, adding: "The middle seat doesn't deliver any social distancing, so it's kind of an idiotic idea that doesn't achieve anything anyway."

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Some airlines have said they will keep empty seats between passengers, and the EU said social distancing rules will need to be in place. Ryanair is an Irish airline.

Ryanair, like most other airlines, has had to ground most of its flights, but O'Leary said it expects most flights to resume this year if a middle seat rule is not put in place.

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Jeff Bezos has returned to day-to-day management of Amazon after years of solely focusing on high-impact projects like Alexa.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has resumed day-to-day management of the retail giant.

The company told the New York Times that Bezos has "turned back to the here-and-now problems facing Amazon" as it faces multiple pressing problems.

As well as seeing its supply chain disrupted by COVID-19, Amazon is the target of a backlash from workers at its warehouses who are unhappy with their treatment during the pandemic.

Though warehouse workers have reportedly claimed they lack adequate protective equipment and distancing measures, an Amazon spokeswoman described these allegations as "simply unfounded."

Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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Advocates of a toxic bleach fake 'miracle cure' are telling desperate people it can cure the coronavirus in thriving groups on Telegram.

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In a video uploaded onto her Telegram channel, Kerri Rivera advocates taking chlorine dioxide as a cure for the novel coronavirus.
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On the encrypted app Telegram, members of a fringe medical movement are promoting a toxic bleach as a miracle cure in closed and public groups. 

Their operation, active before the coronavirus swept the world, has taken on new urgency as more and more people seek protection from the pandemic. 

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Promoters of the bleach, which some call Miracle Mineral Solution, flourished on Telegram after being ousted from platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

The app has long been favored by terrorists and criminals. Its CEO has resisted clamping down on dangerous material, citing freedom of speech. 

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Today's country-by-country coronavirus stats: The US struggles to get past the peak as Australia and New Zealand approach zero new cases.

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Police in New Zealand during the coronavirus outbreak.
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2020欧洲杯夺冠热门Today's stats show that declines are not coming as fast as the increases in infections were at the beginning of the crisis. It's not going to just "go away" in other words. It's going to take a long time.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门The US is still on its plateau and declines are only slight.

The UK appears to have finally moved past the peak. But too early to say for sure.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门More countries make post-peak progress: France joins the "Italy, Spain, and Germany" club.

2020欧洲杯夺冠热门And down under, they're nearly at zero: Australia reported only four new cases yesterday. New Zealand reported only three.

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'Health comes before politics': Georgia residents told us how they feel about orders to reopen the state this week.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
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While Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp plans to reopen the state's economy on Friday, several residents told Business Insider they still plan to practice social distancing. 

They're worried that the lift could mean Georgia ends up paying a price later on. 

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he disagreed with Kemp's decision to reopen so soon. 

However, a source told  that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence actually praised the governor's decision the day prior.

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John Hopkins University, which has been instrumental in tracking the coronavirus globally, is expecting layoffs and furloughs due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

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2020欧洲杯夺冠热门John Hopkins University announced that it expects furloughs and layoffs will be part of its mitigation strategy, due to the economic impact of the pandemic. 

They will still continue to track coronavirus cases globally. The university expects to lose over $100 million by June.

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