Car rental giant Hertz became the latest corporate casualty of the coronavirus, declaring not only bankruptcy but also that “no business is built for zero revenue” amid crippled global travel and mounting death tolls in the U.S. that are likely to hit 100,000 by early next week.
As the United States heads into Memorial Day weekend, flags around the country will be at half staff for the victims of the virus.
President Donald Trump said he was ordering the flags to be lowered Friday through Sunday “in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus.” Flags will be at half staff Monday “in honor of the men and women in our Military who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Nation,” Trump tweeted.
Meanwhile, Americans itching to get out of the house this weekend “can be outside” if they take proper social distancing precautions, Dr. Deborah Birx advised Friday. “You can play golf. You can play tennis with marked balls. You can go to the beaches” while keeping at least six feet apart, she said.
Roughly 96,000 people have died from the virus in the United States, more than a quarter of the 338,000 deaths worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. There are more than 5.2 million confirmed cases around the globe, with 1.6 million in the United States alone.
NBA legend and Georgetown coach Pat Ewing hospitalized with the virus
Georgetown men’s basketball coach and Hall of Fame player Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Friday evening.
Georgetown said in a news release that Ewing, 57, is isolated and receiving care at a Washington hospital. He chose to announce his diagnosis “to emphasize that this virus can affect anyone,” the school said. He is the only member of the team to test positive.
An 11-time All-Star as a player with the New York Knicks, Ewing transitioned to coaching in 2002, serving as an assistant with several NBA teams before accepting the head coaching job at Georgetown before the 2017-18 season.