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Total coronavirus cases:
• 78,819 in California, including 3,208 deaths.
• 10,718 in the Bay Area, including 390 deaths.
• More than 1.4 million in the U.S., including 88,761 deaths. The five states with the highest death tolls are New York with 28,049; New Jersey with 10,261; Massachusetts with 5,705; Michigan with 4,881; and Pennsylvania with 4,480. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and coronavirus case counts.
• More than 4.6 million in the world, with more than 312,000 deaths. More than 1.7 million people have recovered.
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Latest updates from today:
7:59 a.m. Marin health director’s own illness changes his view of COVID-19: The top public health officer in Marin County could hardly breathe, oxygen levels in his body had hit rock bottom and, he admitted, he was scared because “this is the sickest I’ve ever been.” The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite writes about how the coronavirus infections affected Dr. Matt Willis’ view of the virus.
7:54 a.m. Australian opera singer to perform for quarantined people: Australian opera singer Jane Ede will perform Monday, May 18, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of live shows, but in an unusual location. Ede, Opera Australia’s principal soprano, will join several other musicians for about 450 guests who have spent two weeks in government-ordered hotel quarantine after returning from overseas locations.
7:47 a.m. South Korea hopes nightclub outbreak is waning: South Korea has reported 13 new cases of the coronavirus over a 24-hour period, raising hopes that a new outbreak linked to nightclubs in Seoul may be waning. The additional figures released Sunday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the national tally to 11,050 with 262 deaths.
7:40 Tesla says it will re-open in the ‘upcoming week’: Tesla told employees it has been cleared to continue operations at its Fremont factory in the coming week, Bloomberg reported Sunday. In an email obtained by Bloomberg, Tesla’s vice president for environmental, health, and safety, Laurie Shelby, told employees “we have local support to get back to full production at the factory starting this upcoming week” after a visit by Alameda County officials. It follows threats by CEO Elon Musk to move the company headquarters out of state after the county blocked Tesla’s re-opening.
7:34 a.m. The best pandemic film of 2020 is almost a decade old: The 2011 pandemic film “Contagion” covered Potrero Hill in garbage, rolled a few military vehicles in front of San Francisco’s City Hall and had characters passing judgment on teens sneaking outside their pods like the people. The Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub writes how, despite being 9 years old, “Contagion” feels like the film of 2020.
7:26 a.m. Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery to close: Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, a chain cafe headquartered in Pleasanton, announced its closing Tuesday after 33 years in business. “Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues,” the company said on its website. It’s last day of operations is Tuesday, May 19.
7:22 a.m. UN warns of increasing issues againt queer cultures: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning of the increasing vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people during the COVID-19 pandemic on the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Guterres said many LGBTI people who already face bias, attacks and murder “simply for who they are or whom they love … are experiencing heightened stigma as a result of the virus, as well as new obstacles when seeking health care.”
7:15 a.m. Bay Area counties take divergent paths toward reopening: Bay Area counties mostly have been in lockstep in their response to the coronavirus since the first shelter-in-place orders took effect two months ago, but as outbreaks begin to subside, counties are starting down divergent paths, and that parting of ways is causing some confusion and impatience across the region. Erin Allday writes about the differences for The Chronicle.
7:08 a.m. Greece allows church services for first time in two months: Even though they limited the number of congregants and dispensed disinfectant outside, churches throughout Greece have opened their doors to the faithful after two months. Congregants sat three chairs apart and observed social distancing of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) from each other. The number of people attending was limited to 1 per 10 square meters (108 sq ft). Many were left outside, but avoided crowding, and churches used loudspeakers to broadcast Mass.
7:04 a.m. British PM says a virus vaccine may never come: The British government is giving 93 million pounds ($110 million) in funding to speed up the opening of the new Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Center, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there might never be a vaccine for COVID-19 despite the huge global effort to develop one. He wrote in the Mail on Sunday newspaper “there remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition.”
7 a.m. Newsom says government has ‘obligation’ to help states: The federal government has an “ethical obligation” to help states and counties during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom told CNN Sunday. “We have an obligation, a moral, an ethical obligation to American citizens across this country to help support cities, states and counties,” Newsom said on Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union.” California had been “managing our budget effectively” before the pandemic, Newsom said.
6:51 a.m. In SF, used face masks pile up on dirty streets: San Francisco has a new problem with its already dirty streets — people tossing their used masks and gloves onto the sidewalks. “We don’t keep numbers, but cleanup crews are reporting masks and gloves showing up in all parts of the city,” Public Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said. The Chronicle’s Phil Matier writes about this pandemic fallout.
6:47 a.m. Great Britain continues to hire contact tracers: Britain has hired most of the 18,000 contact tracers it needs for a testing and tracking program it plans to roll out next month when lockdown restrictions are eased further. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told the BBC on Sunday that 17,200 people had been recruited, allowing the government to meet its hiring goal by next week.
6:43 a.m. Spain could make face masks mandatory: The health minister of Spain says the European nation will consider making the use of face masks required when its citizens are in public spaces. Health Minister Salvador Illa said Sunday that “there is a wide consensus (among Spain’s regional governors) to reinforce the obligation to wear masks.”
Latest updates from May 16:
11:55 p.m. Pediatric hospitals enduring financial pain: Children have largely escaped the ravages of COVID-19, but children’s hospitals have not eluded pandemic-related financial pain. Pediatric hospitals, like Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, suspended nonemergency surgeries and stockpiled protective gear and virus test kits for a surge that did not come. Read more.
11:43 p.m. Top medical official warns China vulnerable to 2nd wave: China’s senior medical adviser Zhong Nanshan told CNN that the country, experiencing a reprieve from the coronavirus, is still vulnerable to a second wave. The majority of Chinese “are still susceptible of the Covid-19 infection, because (of) a lack of immunity,” Zhong said.
11:22 p.m. Federal government to collect data on nursing home infections: Nursing homes have been directed to report their numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths to the federal government by midnight Sunday, the Washington Post reports. Federal officials said they will collect the data weekly and publish it online, along with the names of nursing homes, by the end of May.
11:11 pm. Back to the shore in Greece, with distancing rules: Greece reopened beaches Saturday under strict social distancing measures during a heat wave. Residents flocked to the shore while temperatures reached 98 degrees. Businesses faced fines of more than 21,000 for any violation of restrictions.
11:03 p.m. Vegas allows sidewalk commerce: The city of Las Vegas announced that restaurants and businesses operating under the first two phases of state reopening orders can extend operations to the sidewalk during regular business hours. Each business must continue social distancing measures by keeping tables and chairs6 feet from pedestrian paths.
10:55 p.m. New Orleans starts to come back: The city of New Orleans, which was slammed by the coronavirus, took its first steps Saturday to loosen restrictions that have been in place for two months. The rest of Louisiana took that step Friday as many businesses and houses of worship were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. Casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars are still closed.
10:48 p.m. Lifeline remittances sent to Latin America plummet: With millions of Central American immigrants out of work in the U.S. along with the rest of the newly unemployed, the remittances they send to their home countries are projected to fall nearly 20% this year, making life even harder for relatives back home, the BBC reports.
10:34 p.m. Central Valley city declares itself ‘sanctuary’ for businesses: The Merced County city of Atwater proclaimed itself a “sanctuary city” for businesses and churches that want to reopen in defiance of the California shelter-in-place policy. The City Council took the step Friday after hearing from local businesses about the hardships of the coronavirus shutdown.
10:17 p.m. Cases declining nationwide: The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States has steadily declined in recent days — dropping in New York over the past month and plunging in hard-hit Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska, are reporting few new cases at all. But that progress is tenuous and uncertain as the nation reaches a perious time, the New York Times reports.
10:13 p.m. Santa Clara County cases climb: Public health officials reported 15 new coronavirus cases on Saturday in Santa Clara County, bringing the county’s case total to 2,418. The county’s COVID-19 data dashboard reported no additional deaths.
10:08 p.m. Livermore ‘reopen’ demonstration draws mayor’s rebuke: A downtown demonstration in Livermore calling on authorities to let businesses reopen, prompted a stern rebuke from Mayor John Marchand, who said organizers did not communicate with city officials ahead of time, and many were not wearing face coverings or following social distancing guidelines. Read The Chronicle’s story.
10:00 p.m. Mendocino County reports 14th case: Dr. Noemi Doohan, Mendocino County’s health officer, confirmed the county’s 14th coronavirus case on Saturday. The case is a “close contact of a known case from Lake County and does not indicate community spread,” county officials said.
6:38 p.m. Livermore ‘reopen’ rally flouts social distancing: A “reopen” rally in downtown Livermore on Saturday featured numerous demonstrators carrying signs with messages including “Small business is essential,” “Open Our Town,” and “Reopen and Save Downtown.” Photos of the rally posted online show some wearing face masks but many without, and clumps of people standing closer than 6 feet apart.
6:19 p.m. In TV commencement speech, Obama tells high school graduates to change the world: Former President Barack Obama in a televised speech to the nation’s class of 2020 Saturday told them not to fear navigating the coronavirus pandemic, but to “ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others.” Issuing a call for community over today’s divisiveness, he said that to build opportunity for all, “We’re gonna have to do it together.” He urged them to “be alive to one another’s struggles, stand up for one another’s rights, leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us: sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed. And set the world on a different path.”
6:07 p.m. Mar-a-Lago quietly reopens: President Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Fla., the Mar-a-Lago Club, partially reopened this weekend after closing because of the coronavirus. But much was different. A grassy croquet area sat empty, and tennis courts remained off-limits. At the entrance of The Beach Club, with access to the shoreline, a sign asked guests to use a provided bottle of hand sanitizer.
6:00 p.m. Cuomo says new cases due to people going out: New York’s new confirmed COVID-19 cases are predominantly coming from people who left their homes to shop, exercise or socialize, rather than from essential workers, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.
5:42 p.m. Oakland police patrol Lake Merritt: A cool breeze and tightened parking restrictions kept the masses away from Lake Merritt on Saturday, as Oakland city officials worked to limit festive crowds that challenge physical distancing. Police were instructing people not to park along Lakeshore Avenue, but they were not issuing tickets or towing cars. Residents had removed many of the no-parking signs.
5:32 p.m. Class of 2020 honored in CNN tribute: Graduates across the U.S., robbed of their in-person commencements by the coronavirus pandemic, were honored Saturday in a televised tribute: “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” Musician Bad Bunny, comedian and actor Kevin Hart, actors Zendaya, Kumail Nanjiani and Timothée Chalamet, and activist Malala were among those who delivered encouragement and performances for students. President Barack Obama also planned an address.
5:19 p.m. FDA gives go-ahead to home test kit: The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday granted emergency clearance for a coronavirus testing kit made by Everlywell that enables people to take a nasal sample at home and send it to a lab for diagnostic testing, the second such FDA approval. Some public health researchers have warned that at-home nasal swab tests can be less accurate than those performed by health care providers.
4:57 p.m. Marin County cases climb: Public health officials in Marin County reported 12 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the county’s confirmed coronavirus case total to 299. Marin Health & Human Services officials reported no additional deaths.
4:49 p.m. Big scam effort to defraud U.S. unemployment systems: A vast attack has flooded unemployment agencies with fraudulent claims, and appears to have siphoned millions of dollars in payments, using information such as stolen Social Security numbers.. The Secret Service has implicated a Nigerian fraud ring, the New York Times reports, with most of the fraud centered in Washington State, and some in a handful of other states.
4:42 p.m. Santa Rita Jail reports 14 active infections: Santa Rita Jail in Dublin reported 14 active coronavirus cases among inmates on Saturday. Two others have recovered and are no longer in custody, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said, while 33 who recovered remain in jail. Four who tested positive were released from custody.
4:31 p.m. Obama blasts administration over COVID-19 response: Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation’s response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Obama spoke in an event for graduates from historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
4:22 p.m. North Carolina churches win ruling allowing indoor services: Worshippers in North Carolina can temporarily meet inside their churches after a federal judge ruled Saturday the governor’s pandemic restrictions violated First Amendment religious expression. Judge James C. Dever III issued a provisional restraining order on Saturday allowing religious groups to assembly for services inside for the next 14 days.
4:10 p.m. Former Washington football star Dexter Manley infected, in hospital: Football great Dexter Manley has been hospitalized in the Washington area since Friday, and is receiving oxygen for breathing issues related to the coronavirus, his daughter said Saturday. She said Manley, 61, had had persistent fever and shortness of breath. He was not on a ventilator as of Saturday afternoon.
3:56 p.m. Pelosi calls on Veritas to return $3.6 million PPP loan: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on Veritas Investments, one of San Francisco’s biggest apartment landlords, to return its $3.6 million loan from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. She noted the program is meant to help small businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic, not corporate landlords “controlling more than $3 billion in assets.” Veritas did not immediately reply to an email Saturday. It previously defended taking the loan.
3:48 p.m. Navy ship Roosevelt has another 8 sailors infected anew: Eight more sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive again for the coronavirus, raising to 13 the number who appear to have become infected a second time while serving on the sidelined aircraft carrier, the Navy confirmed Saturday. All had finished two-week isolation after their first positive test, and had to test negative twice before going back on the ship.
3:04 p.m. Another drop for Bay Area hospital numbers: The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the nine-county Bay Area has been falling fairly steadily in recent weeks — and it fell again on Friday to 251, down from 265 on Thursday, according to state data analyzed by The Chronicle. Hospitalizations reached a peak of 471 on April 7.
2:17 p.m. Pedestrian safety activists in San Francisco warn of ‘imminent threat’ if vehicle traffic increases: In a letter to San Francisco transportation chief Jeffrey Tumlin, advocates from the group Walk SF called for a series of measures to prevent traffic deaths as counties start to ease their shelter-in-place restrictions. Their demands and suggestions include a “no turn on red” policy for many streets, rubber barriers to slow cars down when they make left-hand turns, red light cameras, speed radar signs, and crosswalk redesigns to create better sightlines for drivers.
2:11 p.m. Signs of easing in hard-hit Italy: The country registered 153 coronavirus deaths Saturday, the fewest since March 9, Reuters reported.
1:54 p.m. Northern California rescue flying 1,000 Iowa hens to sanctuary: A Grass Valley (Nevada County) farm animal sanctuary is spending tens of thousands of dollars to send two cargo planes to Iowa to rescue 1,000 chickens that were to be euthanized at a struggling egg farm.
1:45 p.m. Napa County coronavirus infections up to 90: Napa County confirmed three additional cases of the coronavirus on Friday, raising its total to 90. The death toll was unchanged at three.
1:38 p.m. Sequoia Parks Conservancy to close cave, cancel festival amid coronavirus concerns: Managers of the western Sierra Nevada park closed Crystal Cave — California’s fourth-largest cave, a 3-mile labyrinth of stone and marble — because its sensitive ecosystem prohibits staff from doing the required sanitation for visitors. The conservancy also canceled its Dark Sky Festival, the largest astronomy event in Central California which normally draws large crowds to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.
1:31 p.m. Where to get outside in the Bay Area: The Chronicle has compiled an interactive map of all the beaches, trails and parks you can visit now.
1:23 p.m. Infections rise among California health care workers: The state’s health department recorded 134 new cases of the coronavirus among California’s health care workers Friday, after an increase of 225 the previous day. The total of 8,111 included 47 deaths, a one-day increase of three. The cases are related to on-the-job exposures but also other exposures, such as close family contact.
1:15 p.m. San Francisco registers 28 new cases of the coronavirus: The city counted 28 new cases on Friday, raising the city’s total to 2,054. No new deaths were reported. The death toll stood at 36.
1:09 p.m. Alameda County reports 50 new cases: Alameda County logged 50 new cases of the coronavirus by the end of the day on Friday, bringing the total number to 2,351. Two additional deaths raised the total to 83.
1:01 p.m. Contra Costa confirms 21 new coronavirus cases: Officials in Contra Costa County reported 21 new cases Friday, bringing the total there to 1,121 with 33 deaths. No new deaths were reported.
12:56 p.m. Trump’s emergency powers worry some senators, legal experts: Dozens of statutory authorities become available to any president when national emergencies are declared. They are rarely used, but President Trump last month stunned legal experts and others when he claimed — mistakenly — that he has “total” authority over governors in easing COVID-19 guidelines. That prompted 10 senators to look into how sweeping Trump believes his emergency powers are.
12:19 p.m. Mexican soccer players stuck between two countries: Mexican players are stuck in the United States, where they signed to play in Major League Soccer before the pandemic shut down the league. Now they must contend with many unknowns about the coronavirus crisis back home. Nick Eilerson reports the full story here.
12:12 p.m. Slightly fewer coronavirus patients in California hospitals: The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in California dropped to 3,126 on Friday, 31 fewer than on Thursday. Those in ICUs totaled 1,079, a one-day increase of 12, according to the California Department of Public Health.
11:44 a.m. Oakland to open drive-through coronavirus test center at church: A drive-through testing site for the coronavirus will open Monday at Allen Temple Baptist Church in East Oakland, a community with high rates of coronavirus cases. The site on International Boulevard is in a working-class, predominantly African American and Latino neighborhood — notable because African Americans and Latinos have suffered higher death and hospitalization rates from COVID-19 than other racial groups. Tests will be available to all community members by appointment, at no charge regardless of insurance or immigration status, the city said Saturday.
11:24 a.m. More than 100 new deaths confirmed in California: The Chronicle’s review of reported coronavirus cases statewide finds that 106 deaths were confirmed Friday, the third-highest daily total to date. There were 107 confirmed deaths on April 18 and 117 on April 22. Local health departments reported 1,990 new cases Friday, which also ranks among the worst days.
11:10 a.m. Coronavirus detectives in training: On the Fifth & Mission podcast, Aidin Vaziri, the Chronicle music critic who’s playing out of position to cover the coronavirus pandemic, talks about yet another potential gig: contact tracer. Thousands of them are needed, and Vaziri looked into the process of training them. Click here to listen.
10:42 a.m. Making the best of it on once-vibrant Valencia Street: Coronavirus restrictions were a body blow to the vibrant street life in San Francisco’s Mission District. A lot of storefronts are boarded up, some businesses have closed for the duration and some have given up entirely. Read more from columnist Carl Nolte.
10:19 a.m. Food bank adds drive-through site in Milpitas: Second Harvest Food Bank partnered with the city of Milpitas to open a drive-through site Saturday at Milpitas High School. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month through July. Up to 700 local families could be helped each day.
10:10 a.m. LA offers coronavirus tests to all, still has unused kits: Despite overbooking to compensate for a third of the people who didn’t show up, Los Angeles still has thousands of tests that aren’t being used each week. Expanded testing is a cornerstone of the state’s plan to ease its stay-at-home order, but Los Angeles County hasn’t made the progress the rest of the state has shown.
10:04 a.m. Why outbreak has been much worse in New York: San Francisco’s mayor and California’s governor worked together to take early actions to combat the coronavirus, but it was a much different story in New York, ProPublica reported.
9:51 a.m. Live golf returns to TV with a different look: Live golf returns to television on Sunday, and it will be different. Among the safety precautions: There won’t be any caddies and broadcasters will work from home. The four players — Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff — will carry their own bags in the charity event.
9:43 a.m. Doctors fear losing practices over coronavirus: More than a third of primary care doctors in California surveyed this month worried they will be forced to close their practice or clinic because of financial impacts from the pandemic. Mallory Moench reports the story here.
9:39 a.m. Piedmont cancels July Fourth celebration: For the first time since it began in 1965, the East Bay city’s Fourth of July parade and “party in the park” will not be held because of the coronavirus pandemic.
8:57 a.m. Masking the rage — how to talk to people who don’t cover faces: In spite of health officials’ recommendation to wear a face mask in public settings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, tensions over the subject have reached a breaking point in some places. Read the full story from Tony Bravo.
8:39 a.m. Students at UC Berkeley get virtual graduation on Minecraft: UC Berkeley students who despaired of missing their graduation will get a virtual one today on the video game Minecraft, where students and alumni have built a replica campus with all the telltale landmarks: Sather Gate, Campanile Tower and Doe Library, its sweeping manicured lawn depicted as a green computerized blur. Chancellor Carol Christ and Vice Chancellor Marc Fisher will speak at the commencement, which will be live-streamed on Twitch.tv at 2 p.m. The celebration will continue with a virtual music festival featuring a bevy of artists, including Infected Mushroom, Sihk, RayRay, and Bay Area rappers IamSu and Lil B.
8:23 a.m. Germany’s Bundesliga soccer resumes: The German professional men’s soccer league, one of the world’s top leagues, has resumed play after a two-month break. It’s the first major European league to return. Fans will not be allowed in stadiums, players can’t spit or hug and they must wear masks and stay 2 meters apart when not playing.
7:52 a.m. Tourist arrested after posting Hawaii beach photos: A tourist from New York was arrested and accused of violating Hawaii’s traveler quarantine after he posted on Instagram photos of himself sunbathing and carrying a surfboard, state officials said. Hawaii authorities have been cracking down on travelers who defy a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people arriving in the islands, a rule put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
7:42 a.m. Pelosi to speak at college’s virtual commencement: Seniors at Smith College will get words of wisdom Sunday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will address nearly 700 students at the prestigious women’s college in Northampton, Mass., during a virtual commencement ceremony.
7:36 a.m. Italy to welcome tourists starting June 3: The Italian government announced that it will throw open its borders next month, effectively ending Europe’s longest and strictest coronavirus lockdown just as the summer tourism season begins. Those arriving from abroad will no longer be required to quarantine for two weeks.
7:21 a.m. Coronavirus strands two female explorers in Arctic: Scientists Hilde Fålun, of Norway, and Strøm Sunniva Sorby, of Canada, set off for the Arctic in August to study climate change and the changing seasons for nine months, expecting to return May 8. But after the coronavirus restricted global travel — and canceled a vessel that was supposed to retrieve them, NBC News reported — they are marooned in a remote trappers cabin until at least September. The two women write about life in a polar desert at the top of the world on their blog.
7:07 a.m. Wildlife enjoys more open spaces — for now: With many parks and streets empty during the state’s stay-at-home order, wild animals are entering places where they were once rare. How will wildlife respond when people return? Tom Stienstra reports on what experts expect.
6:37 a.m. Parts of shelter-in-place should stay forever: Closed roads. Shared golf courses. Computers for kids. The bright spots of San Francisco’s shelter-in-place should last forever, columnist Heather Knight writes here.
6:31 a.m. NFL to begin reopening facilities: NFL teams can reopen their facilities Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it, the league announced.
6:11 a.m. Coronavirus masks a boon for crooks who hide faces: Masks that have made criminals stand apart long before bandanna-wearing robbers knocked over stagecoaches in the Old West and ski-masked bandits held up banks now allow them to blend in like concerned accountants, nurses and store clerks trying to avoid a deadly virus.
5:38 a.m. Britain launches sniffer dog trial: British researchers are launching a trial to see whether dogs can use their noses to detect whether humans have the coronavirus before they show symptoms. Britain’s health department said Saturday that disease control experts are looking into whether dogs which have been trained to sniff out certain cancers and malaria can potentially be used as a “non-invasive, early warning measure” to identify the coronavirus.
See previous updates in The Chronicle’s comprehensive timeline of the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area.
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