CDC quietly revised coronavirus warnings on reopening religious sites


U.S. President Donald Trump gives the podium to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Robert Redfield to address the daily coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. April 22, 2020.

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has quietly removed some of its warnings about the coronavirus pandemic and added new language about the First Amendment to its guidance on reopening houses of worship. 

The agency published guidance last Friday to help religious communities safely reopen for public services with modifications meant to minimize the risk of an outbreak.

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Nissan to close global headquarters, other Japan sites through May 10 due to virus


TOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) said on Tuesday it will shut its global headquarters in Japan for 16 days through early May to contain the spread of the coronavirus, even though the government has permitted keeping workplaces open to get the economy running.

FILE PHOTO: Nissan Motor’s logo is pictured at its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has allowed manufacturing plants to keep operating under a state of emergency that was declared this month and broadened last week, but Nissan and its rivals had already suspended output

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Self-isolating? Take virtual tours through world-famous UNESCO sites


As people self-isolate to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, virtual tours are the only way most of us have to explore the world’s greatest places.

But many of those tours are underwhelming. They don’t work, or it’s simply too hard to locate the 360-degree imagery.

To remedy that, here are five easy-to-navigate tours of inspirational UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

Tiptoe across Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

With China apparently apparently succeeding (for now) at containing Covid-19 by shutting down most of the country earlier this year, locals and tourists have been unable to venture to Zhangjiajie National

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Walgreens to open 15 drive-thru coronavirus testing sites across 7 states


A health care professional swab tests a patient for coronavirus at drive-through testing outside the Emergency Room entrance at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton, MA on March 30, 2020.

Matthew J. Lee | The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Walgreens said Tuesday that it plans to open 15 drive-thru testing locations for the coronavirus across seven states, starting later this week.

The sites will be in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas, the drugstore chain said in a news release. They will use Abbott Laboratories’ rapid COVID-19 test.

Walgreen’s expansion of drive-thru testing marks the acceleration of

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