The US coronavirus death toll exceeded 3,500 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official death count of 3,300.

They’ve done it in London and New York City, and now this Friday one is being organized in Boston: a collective round of applause for workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus battle. Here’s how to participate.

♦ The superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was removed from his duties Monday after the recent deaths of 11 veterans at the home — including five who tested positive for the novel coronavirus and another five whose test results are forthcoming


♦ There are 6,620 known cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, state officials said Tuesday, up 868 from a day earlier. Fatalities associated with the viral outbreak rose by 33, to 89.

A Suffolk/Globe poll has found that Mass. residents are united in their support of coronavirus restrictions. Read the full results here.

♦ Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Tuesday extended the state’s business closures and stay-at-home advisory to Monday, May 4. Schools and non-emergency childcare programs will also remain closed until May 4. Here’s a list of what can stay open, and an FAQ on what you can and can’t do.

♦ Resources: Should I wear a mask? What are the symptoms of coronavirus? If you have a question, ask the Globe here.

A look at all the coronavirus cases in Massachusetts.


Wednesday, April 1, 4:50 a.m.


Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over coronavirus

By Associated Press

A senior Saudi official urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year in comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic.


In February, the kingdom took the extraordinary decision to close off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to foreigners over the virus, a step which wasn’t taken even during the 1918 flu epidemic that killed tens of millions worldwide.

Wednesday, April 1, 3:38 a.m.


Russia sending medical aid to US amid coronavirus pandemic

By Associated Press

Russia has sent a planeload of medical aid to the United States amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

A military aircraft loaded with medical equipment and masks took off from Moscow early on Wednesday morning, according to the Defense Ministry.

Wednesday, April 1, 3:31 a.m.


US stock futures tumble amid worsening coronavirus figures

By Associated Press

U.S. and European stock futures tumbled with Asian shares as investors took in worsening American coronavirus figures and assessed the latest manufacturing data from China. Treasuries climbed.

Futures on the S&P 500 Index slid more than 2.5% after President Donald Trump warned of a “painful” two weeks ahead, with the country grappling to get the outbreak under control and New York City’s death toll now topping 1,000.

Tuesday, March 31, 9:19 p.m.


Shutdowns and stay-at-home orders may be slowing spread of coronavirus, new data show

By Andrew Ryan, Kay Lazar, and Matt Rocheleau, Globe Staff

The dramatic social distancing measures in Massachusetts and beyond have shown the first potential hints of slowing the advance of the novel coronavirus, evidence that public health officials said underscores the importance of keeping people home to blunt the impact of an increasingly deadly pandemic.

Even while the number of positive test results continues to climb in Massachusetts, the pace of the increase has appeared to stabilize. Similarly, while the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital continues to rise, the increase has been more gradual in recent days, although it is too early to be called a trend, according to the chief of infectious disease, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.


Tuesday, March 31, 9:17 p.m.


Louisiana sees largest spike in reported coronavirus cases in 24-hour period

By David Montgomery and Richard A. Webster, Washington Post

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana reported by far its largest number of new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period Tuesday afternoon, with reported infections and deaths each jumping about 30%, as state leaders renewed calls for residents to comply with social distancing rules, and crackdowns on violators continued.

The “very sobering numbers” brought the state’s total number of cases to 5,237, and 239 COVID-19 patients have died, Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said at a news conference. That is an increase of 1,212 cases and 54 deaths over what the state reported Monday. The city of New Orleans had 1,834 total cases and 101 deaths.

Tuesday, March 31, 9:15 p.m.


Zaandam cruise ship still has no guaranteed port for sick passengers as Trump, Florida officials discuss plans

By Hannah Sampson, Washington Post

On Tuesday, authorities in Broward County, Florida - where the cruise ship with four dead and two in dire need of medical attention hopes to dock this week - said a plan presented by owner Carnival Corp. does not yet address all their concerns.

A representative for the U.S. Coast Guard said the Zaandam and an accompanying ship would not be allowed to enter U.S. waters without submitting “a complete plan for self-support of the medical issues occurring on board the vessels.”

Tuesday, March 31, 9:14 p.m.


Faced with a crush of patients, besieged NYC hospitals struggle with life-or-death decisions

By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Lenny Bernstein, Frances Stead Sellers, and Shane Harris, Washington Post

In the chaos of New York City, where coronavirus deaths are mounting so quickly that freezer trucks have been set up as makeshift morgues, several hospitals have taken the unprecedented step of allowing doctors not to resuscitate people with COVID-19 to avoid exposing health-care workers to the highly contagious virus.


The shift is part of a flurry of changes besieged hospitals are making on an almost daily basis, from canceling all but the most urgent surgeries to foregoing isolation rooms and requiring infected health workers to show up to work before the end of the previously recommended 14-day self-isolation period if they no longer have a fever.

Tuesday, March 31, 8:47 p.m.


“Knock it off” T-shirts selling like clam cakes

By Edward Fitzpatrick, Globe Staff

PROVIDENCE -- In just three days, a Rhode Island gift shop has sold 2,722 T-shirts bearing Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s message for residents who blow off her social distancing directives: “Knock it off.

Frog & Toad, in Providence, is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the $22 T-shirts to the Rhode Island Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. So the T-shirts have now provided nearly $12,000 for the fund’s grants to nonprofits such as the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen and Meals on Wheels.

Tuesday, March 31, 8:43 p.m.


Michael Sorkin, who championed social justice via architecture, dies at 71 from COVID-19

By Harrison Smith, Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Michael Sorkin, a fiery champion of social justice and sustainability in architecture and urban planning who emerged as one of his profession’s most incisive public intellectuals over a career as a critic, author, teacher, and designer, died March 26 in Manhattan. He was 71.

The cause was complications from COVID-19, said his wife, film theorist Joan Copjec.


Tuesday, March 31, 8:14 p.m.


SJC hears arguments over releasing some inmates during the pandemic

By Vernal Coleman and Andrea Estes, Globe Staff

Debate over efforts to head off a disastrous coronavirus outbreak inside Massachusetts prisons and jails intensified Tuesday, as several attorneys for and against the wide release of inmates presented arguments in a four-hour telephone hearing, the first in the history of the state’s supreme court.

With the rate of coronavirus infection rising, and most of the state relegated to working in isolation, justices and attorneys appeared via phone to debate a petition, filed last week, for inmates’ release.

Tuesday, March 31, 7:45 p.m.


Thousands of businesses flood Baker administration with inquiries over ‘essential’ list

By Jon Chesto, Globe Staff

Nearly every boss in the state must have expected Governor Charlie Baker to extend his shutdown of nonessential businesses.

But that won’t make it any easier, now that it is here: Baker on Tuesday pushed the closure of nonessential workplaces out to May 4, from the earlier date of April 7 that he established last week, to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Tuesday, March 31, 7:36 p.m.


White House economists warned in 2019 a pandemic could devastate the U.S.

By Jim Tankersley, New York Times

WASHINGTON — White House economists published a study last September that warned a pandemic disease could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy.

It went unheeded inside the administration.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:58 p.m.


NYC reports 1st coronavirus death of a person under 18

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The White House projects that between 100,000 to 240,000 people in the United States will die from the coronavirus pandemic if social distancing measures continue to be followed.

The projections were presented during a White House briefing Tuesday. They suggest that, if no social distancing measures had been put in place across the country, between 1.5 million to 2.2 million people would have died.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:53 p.m.


Community hospitals in Massachusetts particularly hard hit in coronavirus pandemic

By Rebecca Ostriker, Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, and Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff

At North Shore Medical Center in Salem, an influx of 82 patients with coronavirus symptoms has administrators scrambling to make room for more. The ranks of COVID-19 patients at Beverly Hospital swelled after a recent outbreak at a nearby nursing home. And at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton on Tuesday, more than half of the facility’s beds were filled with patients who had confirmed or potential infections.

Though routinely toiling in the shadows of the elite Boston teaching hospitals, the state’s community hospitals are shouldering a heavy load in the effort to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Newly released data reveals that many of their beds are filling up quickly with critically ill COVID-19 patients. In many ways these hospitals are being hit harder than the larger hospitals, with tougher puzzles to solve in managing tight resources and treating severe cases. And as the crisis escalates, some are already feeling the strain.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:51 p.m.


Memos from CDC to White House lay out rationale for possible widespread use of face coverings

By Lena H. Sun and Laurie McGinley, Washington Post

Federal officials debating whether to recommend that face coverings be routinely worn in public are responding to increasing evidence that infected people without symptoms can spread the coronavirus, according to internal memos provided to the White House by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Simple cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose can prevent virus transmission from such individuals when they are out buying groceries or seeking medical care, according to the memos obtained by The Washington Post.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:42 p.m.


Why Asia’s new coronavirus controls should worry the world

By Motoko Rich, New York Times

In China, international flights have been cut back so severely that Chinese students abroad wonder when they will be able to get home. In Singapore, recently returned citizens must share their phones’ location data with authorities each day to prove they are sticking to government-ordered quarantines.

In Taiwan, a man who had traveled to Southeast Asia was fined $33,000 for sneaking out to a club when he was supposed to be on lockdown in his home. In Hong Kong, a 13-year-old girl, who was spotted out at a restaurant wearing a tracking bracelet to monitor those in quarantine, was followed, filmed, and subsequently shamed online.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:35 p.m.


Here’s a snapshot of Rhode Island’s coronavirus cases

By Amanda Milkovits, Globe Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- All but three of the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island have at least one person who has tested positive for coronavirus, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Health.

The small town of New Shoreham, on Block Island, and the rural towns of Richmond and West Greenwich have no recorded cases -- at least, for now. The state is still ramping up its ability to test for the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, and when it reaches the level of 1,000 tests a day, Governor Gina N. Raimondo’s goal, those numbers are expected to rise.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:31 p.m.


White House projects 100,000 to 240,000 US deaths from coronavirus

By Aamer Madhani and Kevin Freking, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US from the coronavirus pandemic if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

President Trump called American efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “a matter of life and death” and urged the public to heed his administration’s social distancing guidelines.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:23 p.m.


31 Boston police officers, 4 civilian employees test positive for coronavirus

By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent

Thirty-one Boston police officers and four civilian employees of the department have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

The officers and staff members work at different sites around the city, and there is no clear connection among the cases, said Sergeant Detective John Boyle, the spokesman.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:21 p.m.


Newton closes city tennis, basketball courts to help combat coronavirus spread

By John Hilliard, Globe Staff

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has closed all of the city’s tennis and basketball courts, and limited access to playground equipment, to help promote social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Fuller also has prohibited people in separate households from playing sports together, according to a statement Monday.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:17 p.m.


Pet owners kept outside of Angell Animal Medical Center to prevent spread of COVID-19

By Caroline Enos, Globe Correspondent

The MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston has taken major steps to protect its staff from COVID-19, including keeping pet owners from going inside the hospital altogether.

Clients must drop their pets off with a staff member outside the hospital and cannot go in with them during the appointment. Once the pet has been assessed, a veterinarian will call the owner’s cell phone and discuss treatment options.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:15 p.m.


Madison Park Technical Vocational HS donates medical supplies

By James Vaznis, Globe Staff

With classes canceled until at least early May, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury packed up boxes of medical supplies on Tuesday and sent them over to Boston Medical Center to help keep front-line health care workers protected amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The donation included about 5,000 gloves, 1,000 gowns, 200 masks, and 200 foot covers, which the school had originally intended to use for its programs in health technology, medical assisting, dental assisting, and cosmotology, said Kevin McCaskill, Madison Park’s executive director.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:11 p.m.


R.I. Governor Raimondo pleads for retired doctors and nurses to help with the state’s coronavirus outbreak

By Amanda Milkovits, Globe Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As the number of Rhode Islanders becoming infected with the coronavirus shot up overnight, Governor Gina M. Raimondo called on all retired and part-time medical professionals to sign up to help the state handle the pandemic.

Rhode Island is in “desperate need” of trained medical and behavioral health professionals, Raimondo said during a news conference Tuesday at the State House.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:05 p.m.


40% of N.Y. tenants may not pay rent this month. What happens then?

By Matthew Haag, New York Times

The true economic toll of all but shutting down New York City to stem the spread of the coronavirus is likely to become clearer on Wednesday when April rent is due.

In just a month’s time, the lives of millions of New Yorkers have been turned upside down, many of them losing their jobs and now worrying about paying their bills.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:02 p.m.


Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy

By Alan Fram, Associated Press

The bipartisan partnership that propelled a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package through Congress just days ago is already showing signs of strain, raising questions about how quickly calls for massive followup legislation may bear fruit.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and fellow Democrats are collecting ideas for the next stab at stabilizing an economy knocked into free fall by the coronavirus outbreak. Their proposals include money for extended unemployment benefits, state and local governments, hospitals and a job-creating infrastructure program, plus expanded job protections and benefits for workers.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:50 p.m.


Revere sets up hotline for residents to seek food assistance, other services during COVID-19 crisis

By John Laidler, Globe Correspondent

Revere officials on March 30 announced the establishment of a new hotline for community members to seek food assistance and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staffed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, the CONNECT hotline (617-712-3487) is equipped to help people apply for federal SNAP food assistance, unemployment benefits, and other services, and to work through technology challenges.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:46 p.m.


Archdiocese of Boston accepts online donations through parish support campaign

By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent

While churches across Massachusetts remain closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, the faithful can support their local parishes through the new “90 Days Now — For Your Parish” online donation campaign, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston said Tuesday.

To support the campaign, the archdiocese established an online payment portal allowing donors to make a gift directly to the parish of their choice, which has enabled online donations to some parishes for the first time, the archdiocese said.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:43 p.m.


What small business owners need to know about the $2 trillion stimulus package

By Sean P. Murphy, Globe Staff

The $2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump strives to keep small businesses and nonprofits afloat, and workers on the job, by making billions of dollars in forgivable loans available to the country’s 30 million small businesses.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:40 p.m.


Toronto cancels city-led and permitted events to June 30

By Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Canada’s largest city, Toronto, announced Tuesday it is canceling all city-led and permitted events through June 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor John Tory said that includes Pride Toronto in late June.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:30 p.m.


Social distancing may already be working, smart thermometer company data suggests

By Globe Staff

The national map is cool blue, as cool as your forehead feels after the fever relents. And that could be good news for a cooped-up country wondering if social distancing really works.

A company that has more than a million smart thermometers in circulation has posted on the Internet interactive maps summarizing the data it’s been collecting from the devices.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:29 p.m.


Citing coronavirus, construction unions urge a statewide halt to building projects

By Tim Logan and Andrea Estes, Globe Staff

Leaders of the state’s largest construction labor group on Tuesday called for a month-long halt to nearly all building projects across Massachusetts.

The executive board of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council — an umbrella group of unions representing about 75,000 construction workers — voted unanimously to call for the suspension of all but emergency construction statewide, according to an e-mail the council sent to union leaders Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:27 p.m.


Nursing home halts residents’ move after a positive COVID-19 test, families say

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff

The central Massachusetts nursing home that was being converted into the state’s first COVID-19 recovery center has halted its hurried relocation of residents after one who was preparing to move tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the adult children of two residents.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that he hoped to open the recovery center at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Worcester within days as part of an ambitious plan to repurpose a dozen nursing homes across the state to handle virus patients who were out of intensive care but still needed oxygen and physical therapy.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:23 p.m.


City councilors, parents, educators blast state overhaul of Boston schools

By James Vaznis, Globe Staff

Educators, families, and elected leaders from Boston pleaded with state education officials on Tuesday to freeze plans for overhauling the Boston Public School system, blasting the effort’s launch amid the coronavirus pandemic as inappropriate and insensitive.

“We are literally trying to keep students fed on a daily basis,” said Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, chiding state officials for moving forward with business as usual amid a global health crisis. "It does smack of racism, it smacks of classism, and it smacks of being completely out of tune with what people of color and low-income individuals need in terms of education.”

Tuesday, March 31, 5:22 p.m.


UN chief says COVID-19 is worst crisis since World War II

By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the world faces the most challenging crisis since World War II, confronting a pandemic threatening people in every country, one that will bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in the recent past.”

There is also a risk that the combination of the disease and its economic impact will contribute to “enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict,” the U.N. chief said at the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:20 p.m.


Newly minted doctors march toward front lines to battle virus

By Thomas Farragher, Globe Columnist

Life has few and precious milestone moments.

High school graduation. Kneeling before the altar of marriage. The birth of a baby.

And, at noontime on Tuesday in Worcester, there was another unforgettable one: a virtual commencement ceremony for 135 medical students, newly minted doctors now ready to join the front lines in a battle against a deadly and historic pandemic — a battle no one signed up for.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:05 p.m.


The month of March, through the pages of The Boston Globe

By Jeremiah Manion and Kim Chapin, Globe Staff

It’s been a month unlike any other. As March roared in, we saw a resurgent Joe Biden fresh off victory in South Carolina, a Dow Jones Industrial Average still above 26,000 -- and some of us warily eyed the first COVID-19 death in the US, 3,000 miles away n Washington state. Voters had yet to cast ballots in Super Tuesday, and life was still normal enough that we ran a front page story on Boston’s problematic wind gusts.

Fast forward 31 days, and we’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has forced us indoors and ground much of the world to a standstill. What a difference a month makes. Below are the front pages from The Boston Globe for March, showing how it all unfolded, day by day.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:05 p.m.


People are hacking together makeshift home offices. The Globe wants to see yours

By Globe Staff

Social distancing has forced an exodus from traditional offices, which means people around Massachusetts and beyond have been finding ways to be productive at home ― occupying spaces and encountering problems they might have never considered before COVID-19.

The Boston Globe is looking for stories and images that show how our readers are making work-from-home work for them. Whether it’s a laptop and phone on your basement workbench or a card table in the backyard shed, we want to see what you’ve done.

You can e-mail business reporter Andy Rosen at andrew.rosen@globe.com with a picture (selfie optional) of your space, and a brief description of how you’ve worked through the challenges involved with moving your professional life into your home. We may include your story in a special “at home” version of our regular Work Space column.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:02 p.m.


Norfolk DA works to reduce number incarcerated at Dedham correctional center

By John Laidler, Globe Correspondent

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said he has been working on several fronts to decrease the number of people incarcerated in the Norfolk County Correctional Center in Dedham to help COVID-19 transmission in the facility.

In a statement reviewing his office’s response to the pandemic, Morrissey said that early on in the crisis, he contacted the county’s 27 police chiefs to request that where possible, “they avoid arresting on new charges and instead summons defendants to court at a future date when the threat of transmission has abated. The result has been a marked decrease in the matters being brought in for arraignment, and I am very thankful to the chiefs for their cooperation.”

Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m.


State Police send troopers to patrol Springfield indefinitely in light of shortages caused by pandemic

By Matt Berg, Globe Correspondent

In an effort to provide local police forces with an adequate number of personnel, State Police deployed 16 troopers into Springfield Monday to indefinitely fill in for city police officers who have quarantined because of the coronavirus.

The purpose of the deployment, led by State Police Colonel Christopher Mason, is to mitigate shortages in the department caused by the virus and help maintain the same presence in the city that the usual police force has, State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:57 p.m.


Airlines refuse to collect passenger data that could aid coronavirus fight

By Natalie Kitroeff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg, New York Times

For 15 years, the U.S. government has been pressing airlines to prepare for a possible pandemic by collecting passengers’ contact information so that public-health authorities could track down people exposed to a contagious virus.

The airlines have repeatedly refused, even this month as the coronavirus proliferated across the United States. Now the country is paying a price.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:46 p.m.


‘Bread fairies’ surprise Braintree seniors with loaves on their doorsteps

By Johanna Seltz, Globe Correspondent

Seniors at two elderly housing complexes in Braintree woke up to fresh loaves on bread on their doorsteps – delivered by the Marge Crispin Center Food Pantry and baked and donated by a local wholesale bread company.

Fireking Baking Company dropped off 340 loaves of fresh bread at the pantry on March 28, part of the two-day food drive that brought in more than three van loads of food donated by residents and businesses, according to pantry director Ann Toland.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:44 p.m.


Trump pushes $2 trillion infrastructure package in next coronavirus bill

By Jeff Stein and Seung Min Kim, Washington Post

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a $2 trillion infrastructure package should be part of Congress' next response to the coronavirus pandemic, reviving a 2016 campaign pledge to ramp up construction projects despite public health guidance that Americans should stay home and isolated to the greatest extent possible.

Citing extraordinarily low interest rates that have reduced the cost of federal borrowing, Trump said on Twitter that now “is the time” to push forward with an infrastructure package in response to the severe economic downturn caused by the coronavirus that causes the disease covid-19. Numerous House Democrats have also discussed in recent weeks advancing infrastructure legislation as part of their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:41 p.m.


Virtual science learning gets a boost from Christa McAuliffe Center

By John Laidler, Globe Correspondent

Framingham State University is offering its help to teachers and parents searching for interactive science content for their students at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the last several weeks, the university’s Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning has been collecting and curating resources for students from prekindergarten through high school on the center’s website, cm-center.org.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:39 p.m.


In Boston, arrests continue to dip as pandemic rages on

By Danny McDonald, Globe Staff

Amid the ongoing coronavirus menace, criminal arrests have continued to dip in Boston, with the number of people taken into custody recently by the city’s police department down by nearly 60 percent compared to last year.

Last week, between March 22 and 28, there 69 arrests by the department, according to Boston police Sergeant Detective John Boyle. Last year for those dates, Boston police arrested 167.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:36 p.m.


Watch live at 5 p.m.: White House officials give coronavirus briefing

By Globe Staff

White House officials are expected to deliver a coronavirus briefing at 5 p.m. Watch it live here.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:06 p.m.


Mass. reports 33 new coronavirus-related deaths, 868 new cases

By Travis Andersen and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

With the coronavirus pandemic still on the rise in the state, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is extending his order to close non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory to May 4.

The latest move came as the total number of Massachusetts deaths from the virus increased to 89 from 56 the day before. The number of positive cases rose by 868 to 6,620, with 46,935 people tested to date.

Tuesday, March 31, 4:05 p.m.


Dow closes slightly down as S&P ends with first-quarter drop of 20%, its worst quarterly performance since 2008

By Stan Choe, Associated Press

Stocks fell Tuesday to close out Wall Street’s worst quarter since the most harrowing days of the 2008 financial crisis.

The S&P 500 dropped a final 1.6%, bringing its loss for the first three months of the year to 20% as predictions for the looming recession caused by the coronavirus outbreak got even more dire. Stocks haven’t had this bad a quarter since the last time economists were talking about the worst downturn since the Great Depression, when the S&P 500 lost 22.6% at the end of 2008.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:58 p.m.


Border wall work in Arizona speeds up, igniting contagion fears

By Simon Romero, New York Times

AJO, Arizona — Motels, mobile home camps and Airbnbs in this small Arizona border town are full up. Work crews stream into eateries for takeout orders. License plates on trucks parked outside the crowded laundromat come from as far away as Alaska.

Around the country, some states have cut back on construction activity to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and hotels and restaurants in many cities have closed. But here in Arizona, the federal government is embarking on a frenetic new phase of construction of the border wall.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:51 p.m.


Trump’s virus defense is often an attack, and the target is often a woman

By Annie Karni, New York Times

WASHINGTON — As he confronts a global pandemic, President Trump’s attention has also been directed at a more familiar foe: those he feels are challenging him, and particularly women.

“Always a mess with Mary B.,” Trump tweeted last week, attacking the female chief executive of General Motors, Mary T. Barra, as he accused the company of dragging its feet on producing ventilators. “As usual with ‘this’ General Motors, things just never seem to work out,” he wrote, “this” GM apparently referring to the one led by the first female chief executive of an American auto manufacturer.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:49 p.m.


Baker says reopening recreational marijuana shops amid coronavirus outbreak is a ‘non-starter’

By Felicia Gans, Globe Staff

Despite pleas from leaders in the cannabis industry to reopen adult-use marijuana stores, Governor Charlie Baker defended his choice Tuesday to keep them closed, despite deeming medical dispensaries “essential" and allowing them to remain open.

Baker has repeatedly said his biggest concern about reopening adult-use stores is attracting hoards of out-of-state customers, which could further spread the coronavirus virus throughout Massachusetts. The governor has already asked anyone traveling to Massachusetts from out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:46 p.m.


From Rockport, Tom Rush reports he’s recovering from coronavirus

By Globe Staff

When folk legend Tom Rush, 79, announced on his Facebook page: “Gang, I have just tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” it felt like fans collectively gasped, as hundreds of well wishes poured in. The Harvard alum, who had been on his “First Annual Farewell Tour,” suspects he contracted the Coronavirus around March 11, while touring through the South.

We reached out to Rush to see how he’s doing. He e-mailed back from his Rockport sick room, and while noting he’s “running on about 25 percent horsepower,” he told us he’s on the mend, writing songs, and working on three different books.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:17 p.m.


Harvard Pilgrim, Blue Cross waiving COVID-19 related patient costs

By Andrew Caffrey, Globe Staff

Two major health insurers based in the state — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts — said they have begun waiving all patient-related costs for treatment of the novel coronavirus, joining several national health insurers that have announced similar breaks for policy-holders.

The moves expand upon a directive from the Massachusetts Division of Insurance earlier in March that health insurers waive copays for any treatment related to COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:14 p.m.


Jacob’s Pillow dance festival canceled for first time in its 88-year history

By Diti Kohli, Globe Correspondent

One of the nation’s premiere dance festivals, held annually at Jacob’s Pillow, has been canceled due to growing COVID-19 concerns.

Since 1933, the Berkshires’ summer festival has gathered more than 50 national and international dance companies for a slew of free and ticketed performances, talks, and tours in Becket, Mass. This year’s event was intended to run from June 24 to Aug. 30. The decision marks the first cancellation in the festival’s 88-year history.

Tuesday, March 31, 3:13 p.m.


A closer look at Governor Baker’s coronavirus extensions

By Jaclyn Reiss, Globe Staff

Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced he would be extending the state’s non-essential businesses closure order and stay-at-home advisory to May 4 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Read the statement sent by the governor’s office following his announcement this afternoon.

Tuesday, March 31, 2:41 p.m.


Kids under threat: Virus hitting juvenile detention centers

By Robin McDowell and Margie Mason, Associated Press

For the tens of thousands of kids locked up in juvenile detention centers and other correctional facilities across America, experts have issued a gloomy warning: The coronavirus is coming.

Already this week, Louisiana confirmed that a staff member and three children in state custody had contracted the virus, including one living in a group home in Baton Rouge. Minnesota, New York, Texas and Connecticut also have reported positive tests among youth or staff.

Tuesday, March 31, 2:37 p.m.


Restrictions are slowing coronavirus infections, new data suggest

By Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times

Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are contributing to rapid drops in the numbers of fevers — a signal symptom of most coronavirus infections — recorded in states across the country, according to intriguing new data produced by a medical technology firm.

At least 248 million Americans in at least 29 states have been told to stay at home. It had seemed nearly impossible for public health officials to know how effective this measure and others have been in slowing the coronavirus.

Tuesday, March 31, 2:34 p.m.


What stimulus? Startups and venture investors hunker down in coronavirus era

By Scott Kirsner, Contributor

Just a month ago, much of the startup world was still fixated on unicorns: fast-growing companies that were shaking up established industries, worth $1 billion or more according to their investors, and on a trajectory to become the next Uber or Facebook. Most were losing money, but no one cared.

Now, of course, the world has changed. The animal to emulate today may be the Galápagos tortoise — thick-shelled, long-lived, and able to survive for six months without venture capital — err, water.

Tuesday, March 31, 2:26 p.m.


Phone call with Trump can open doors for executives, celebrities, and others with coronavirus requests

By James Hohmann, Washington Post

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, called President Donald Trump over the weekend to ask a favor. Battelle, a company headquartered in his state, was struggling to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sterilize face masks in bulk so they can be reused by health workers. So Trump called up FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. “And within a very short period of time,” the president said, “they got the approval.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2:17 p.m.


Baker extends business closures, stay-at-home advisory to May 4

By Travis Andersen and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

With the coronavirus pandemic still on the rise in the state, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is extending his order to close non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory to May 4.

The new order takes effect at noon Wednesday. An order to limit all gatherings to 10 people or less is also being extended to May 4.

Tuesday, March 31, 2:13 p.m.


Former NFL player Kyle Turley under fire for claiming CBD can cure coronavirus

By Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Momen

Former NFL player Kyle Turley believes CBD can prevent and cure coronavirus, and he’s not backing down on the clinically unsubstantiated claim — despite pushback from marijuana legalization supporters and prohibitionists alike.

In fact, he accused advocates of cowardice, saying in an interview with Marijuana Moment that they’re afraid of the consequences of spreading what he claims is the “truth” about cannabis. He also said he would welcome Food and Drug Administration enforcement against his CBD company over his claims and would use such an action as an opportunity to expose the government for covering up the medical potential of the plant.

Tuesday, March 31, 1:50 p.m.


Why Trump’s approval rating has gone up

By James Pindell, Globe Staff

More Americans have died from coronavirus than in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Thousands more are so sick they are in hospitals, which could soon be overwhelmed. The stock market is way down. Millions filed for unemployment in the past few weeks. American life — from schools to workplaces to vacations to churches — are all on pause.

Are most Americans better off than they were 3½ years ago? No. But you want to know who is? President Trump.

Tuesday, March 31, 1:47 p.m.


CDC: Early data shows people with diabetes, heart and lung disease could run higher risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

Early data shows people with diabetes, chronic lung disease and heart disease may run a higher risk of experiencing severe health problems if they contract coronavirus, but the findings could change as researchers gather more information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

The preliminary findings on coronavirus and underlying health conditions were contained in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Tuesday, March 31, 1:45 p.m.


Should we all be wearing masks? The discussion is underway

By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

Are we all going to be wearing masks soon?

Up to now, the advice has been not to wear a mask unless you’re sick or taking care of someone who is sick.

But there’s growing discussion, as the coronavirus epidemic grows, about whether everyone should wear masks in public -- and there are reports that federal officials could soon recommend that everyone cover up with homemade ones.

Tuesday, March 31, 1:44 p.m.


Stay or go home: the snowbird’s agonizing dilemma

By Beth Teitell, Globe Staff

The snowbirds headed from Massachusetts to Florida in early winter, in a different world, before death stalked the nation.

But now, in beachfront condos and golf communities and second homes on man-made lakes, panic is rising, as retirees far from family and their regular doctors try to figure out the unknowable: Is it safer to stay, or to go? Should we cut our time short, or extend it and try to ride this thing out?

Tuesday, March 31, 1:42 p.m.


R.I. Governor Raimondo says four more deaths, another 86 residents testing positive for COVID-19

By Amanda Milkovits, Globe Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced that four more Rhode Islanders died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus, and another 86 residents tested positive for the virus.

That raises Rhode Island’s total to 488 residents with coronavirus, and eight people who’ve died. More alarming is the number of people who are now hospitalized with COVID-19: 59 people, an increase from 41 just on Monday. “By any measure, going from 41 to 59 people in the hospital overnight is a significant and serious jump,” Raimondo said. “We’re in a rapid spread phase of this disease.”

Tuesday, March 31, 1:36 p.m.


Boston Medical Center furloughs 10 percent of its workforce

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, Globe Staff

Boston Medical Center is putting 700 employees on furlough — about 10 percent of its workforce — as it braces for major financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic.

Like other hospitals, it cut elective surgeries and non-urgent medical appointments to slow the spread of the virus and to make space for patients sick with the virus. The top official at the hospital - which serves much of the city’s indigent and minority population - said that sudden and drastic drop in revenue is the reason behind the painful move.

Tuesday, March 31, 1:28 p.m.


Preparing for coronavirus surge, Massachusetts is recruiting retired doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists

By Shirley Leung, Globe Columnist

At 68, Dr. Paula Aucoin is retired and fills in at Berkshire Medical Center a few weeks a year to cover doctors on vacation or at a conference. Now add coronavirus quarantine to the list.

She got the call on March 7 when the Pittsfield hospital recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. She left her daughter’s swim-a-thon and came in to relieve a physician who was exposed and had to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Aucoin, an infectious disease doctor who closed her practice in 2018, recently wrapped up a stint in the hospital testing and treating coronavirus patients. She plans to stay involved and participate in conference calls to help Berkshire Medical navigate the pandemic.

Tuesday, March 31, 1:20 p.m.


Boston Calling canceled

By Diti Kohli, Globe Correspondent

Boston Calling, the three-day Allston music festival to have been held May 22-24, has been canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, festival organizers announced today.

The cancellation is a first in the festival’s eight-year history.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:47 p.m.


Walmart will start checking worker temps, providing masks and gloves

By Taylor Telford, The Washington Post

Walmart will begin checking workers' temperatures and providing them with gloves and masks, the retail giant announced Tuesday, stepping up its safety protocols as it hires roughly 5,000 employees a day to meet heightened demand during the coronavirus crisis.

Most retailers have been pummeled by the coronavirus shutdown - the U.S. had a record 3.3 million jobless claims last week - but not Walmart. The nation’s largest private employer has ramped up hiring and is on track to have 150,000 jobs filled by the end of May, executives announced in a call with reporters Tuesday. It has shortened its hiring process from an average of two weeks to “as little as 24 hours,” HR Dive reported.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:45 p.m.


Holyoke mayor accuses suspended Soldier’s Home director of concealing deaths

By John R. Ellement, Naomi Martin, and Matt Stout, Globe Staff

State and local officials did not learn until the weekend that a coronavirus outbreak at Holyoke Soldier’s Home had taken a deadly turn, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse said Tuesday.

Eleven people have died at the home for veterans since March 1, the state revealed this week, with at least five of them due to COVID-19 complications — the deadliest outbreak announced publicly in Massachusetts so far.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:43 p.m.


Maine death toll rises to 5, coronavirus cases stand at 303

By Matt Berg, Globe Correspondent

Two deaths and 28 additional coronavirus cases were reported in Maine Tuesday morning, bringing the state’s death toll to five and case count to 303.

Both victims were women in their 80s, from York County and Kennebec County, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, at a press conference. Both women were hospitalized at the time of their deaths.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:41 p.m.


A roundup of important dates, regulations related to the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts

By Brittany Bowker, Globe Staff

“What day is it?”

The halfhearted, half-entirely serious question is circling the Internet right now, and it’s laced with all sorts of verities. With news breaking by the hour and local and federal leaders holding press conferences every day, information, dates, rules, and restrictions have never been harder to track. While you still may need to double check the calendar every now and then, here is a roundup of coronavirus-related announcements, dates, and regulations worth noting in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:21 p.m.


Matt Ryan, Luke Kuechly, Doug Flutie, and other BC football greats play social-distance catch

By Julian Benbow, Globe Staff

Spring football may have been canceled, but Boston College managed to put on a clinic in using social media to stay connected in spite of social distancing.

With a 37-second clip, BC athletics social media account breezed through decades of Eagles football with players, past and present, using some phone footage magic to play a game of catch.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:18 p.m.


US death toll from coronavirus eclipses China’s official count

By Colleen Long, Karen Matthews, and David Rising, Associated Press

NEW YORK — The US death toll from the coronavirus has climbed past 3,500, eclipsing China’s official count.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Tuesday that deaths in New York state had risen more than 300 from the day before, reaching about 1,550, mostly in New York City.

That puts the US ahead of China’s official death toll of about 3,300.

Tuesday, March 31, 12:06 p.m.


CNN’s Chris Cuomo tests positive for coronavirus

By Jaclyn Reiss, Globe Staff

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said Tuesday morning that he has tested positive for coronavirus, noting that he was experiencing “fever, chills, and shortness of breath” and is quarantining himself in his home’s basement.

In a Twitter post, Cuomo said he had “been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive,” and said he hoped not to pass the virus along to his family: “That would make me feel worse than this illness!”

Tuesday, March 31, 12:03 p.m.


Elton John-led concert raises $8 million for coronavirus relief; Rihanna donates another $1 million

By The Associated Press

The Elton John-led starry benefit concert that featured Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys on Sunday has raised nearly $8 million to battle the coronavirus.

The musicians performed from their homes for the hourlong event that aired on Fox and iHeartMedia radio stations. The money will go to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Tuesday, March 31, 12 p.m.


Bustling tap rooms replaced with fear and sadness at local breweries

By Gary Dzen, Globe Correspondent

It’s late in the afternoon a couple Saturdays ago, about 24 hours before Governor Charlie Baker will announce the closure of the state’s bars and restaurants, and the Weymouth industrial park that houses breweries Barrel House Z and Vitamin Sea is buzzing with activity.

Cars pack the sides of the road, jamming into spaces between the potholes. It’s chilly, but the sunlight is warm, and the patios at both spots are stuffed with people drinking beers like Banana Cream High and Townie Irish Ale. A home-brew judging competition has just wrapped at Barrel House Z, and patrons are lingering afterward for a few pints.

Tuesday, March 31, 12 p.m.


The year of the pandemic Passover

By Linda Matchan, Globe Correspondent

This is the year of the Pandemic Passover, which has thrown a matzo wrench into their observance along with everyone else’s. For the Zimman family, there will be no multigenerational gathering in the store or anywhere else, and none of the age-old rituals that involve sharing symbolic foods. No passing around a bowl of water to wash hands. No cauldrons of matzo ball soup, no heaping platters of brisket, gefilte fish, and chopped liver. No hiding the afikomen — a broken piece of matzo, the unleavened bread eaten at Passover — and then searching for it under the rugs for sale and behind the wall mirrors.

Tuesday, March 31, 12 p.m.


Connecting the Passover story to the pandemic

By Linda Matchan, Globe Correspondent

“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” says Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton.

Like many in the Jewish community, he sees a rich opportunity to connect the Passover story with the pandemic. “The coronavirus Seders can be beautiful, connecting and compelling if we use the symbols and texts of the Hagaddah (the book that tells the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt) to reflect in real time on the meaning of the health crisis,” he told the Globe.

Tuesday, March 31, 12 p.m.


To Zoom or not to Zoom?

By Linda Matchan, Globe Correspondent

A year ago most of us had never heard of Zoom.

This year the video conferencing tool is a lifeline for many people, including those observing Passover, one of the most celebrated holidays in the Jewish calendar. The essence of Passover is the opposite of social distancing: The Seders, held on the first two nights of the eight-day holiday, are all about squishing many people around not so many tables, reading the Passover story together, sharing food, spilling red wine on the white tablecloth.

Tuesday, March 31, 12 p.m.


‘Without the assistance of the state, we’re not going to survive’

By Kara Baskin, Globe Correspondent

Emma Hollander, 36, is managing partner at Inman Square’s Parlor Sports and Trina’s Starlite Lounge, neighborhood mainstays that are now closed, without takeout or delivery service. After a lifetime of 12-hour days, she’s adjusting to staying home — and worrying about her 37 workers.

Tuesday, March 31, 11:50 a.m.


He served his country on dangerous ground for 40 years. The Holyoke coronavirus outbreak took his life.

By Steve Annear, Emily Sweeney, and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

Ted Monette spent much of his life in dangerous territory.

As a colonel in the Army, Monette served in Vietnam and the Gulf War. As an officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he oversaw operations at Ground Zero after 9/11, and helped people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Early Monday morning, the coronavirus outbreak that has ravaged the Holyoke Soldier’s Home where Monette lived took his life, his son Greg Monette said. He was 74.

Tuesday, March 31, 11:48 a.m.


The chief nurse at the Brigham needs surgery, but it’s the time off that really hurts

By Billy Baker, Globe Staff

On Wednesday, for the first time since all this chaos began, Maddy Pearson, the chief nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will feel overwhelmed when she walks through the doors of the hospital.

For weeks now, Pearson — who has been in charge of the operations for the entire hospital under what is known as an “incident command structure” — has been telling her staff that there’s nothing they can’t do as a team, and she gets choked up talking about how well they’ve responded to that challenge.

But come Wednesday, she will have to leave that team — for a little while at least — and become a patient. She needs to have her gallbladder removed, surgery she has been putting off for too long, and now wants to get done quickly so she can get back in time for the expected surge in patients in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, March 31, 11:48 a.m.


At doctors’ offices, this is the year of the rescheduled appointment

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff

The doctor will not see you now.

A cascade of calendar-clearing appointment delays and cancellations is adding to the anxiety gripping older folks as coronavirus cases surge across Massachusetts.

Thousands of scheduled appointments in March and April ― the physicals, blood work, check-ups with specialists, and colonoscopies that are part of the rhythm of life for many seniors ― have been postponed to the indeterminate future by hospitals, doctors’ offices, or patients suddenly loath to venture into a health care facility where germs might lurk.

Tuesday, March 31, 11:26 a.m.


MLB extends weekly stipends for minor leaguers through May 31

By Michael Silverman, Globe Staff

With the start to their seasons placed on pause, all minor league players will be paid $400 a week through at least May 31, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

For all but Triple A players, the weekly stipend represents a pay bump over the current minimum weekly salary of $290 for Rookie and Single A ball and $350 for Double A.

Tuesday, March 31, 11:25 a.m.


Time to ‘revenge shop’: Wuhan, China’s coronavirus hot spot, reopens for business

By Ng Han Guan and Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

WUHAN, China — The city at the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak was reopening for business Monday after authorities lifted more of the controls that locked downs tens of millions of people for two months. “I want to revenge shop,” declared an excited customer at one of Wuhan’s major shopping streets.

Customers were still scarce. Those who ventured out were greeted by shop employees who wore masks and carried signs that told them to “keep a safe distance.”

Tuesday, March 31, 11:13 a.m.


What the US will be like after we conquer the coronavirus

By Jason Pontin

Sometimes, we’re nowhere. Like millions of Americans, I am on lockdown, lest I spread contagion. I sit in my house in Charlestown and brood over the systemic failures that led to the catastrophe. But when I contemplate life after all of this is over, I find reasons for optimism and even feel a kind of hopefulness I have not experienced in years.

Of course, I’m sick at heart. I lay awake at night, imagining a wave of death that sweeps away the old and the frail. I perseverate about an unprecedented economic collapse of both supply and demand, and worry about what that would mean to my family or to the entrepreneurs I know.

Tuesday, March 31, 11:03 a.m.


Thousands sign online petition to allow only year-round residents and trucks over Cape Cod bridges amid coronavirus pandemic

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the closure of Cape Cod bridges to all motorists except for year-round residents in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The petition, posted to the website change.org, also would allow trucks that deliver “essential supplies.” The appeal had garnered more than 5,800 signatures as of 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 31, 10:36 a.m.


Rob Gronkowski, Camille Kostek donate 10,000 masks to Boston Medical Center

By Nicole Yang, Boston.com Staff

Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and model Camille Kostek have donated 10,000 medical-grade KN95 masks to Boston Medical Center and St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in New Jersey, in an effort to assist with the high demand for medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, March 31, 10:17 a.m.


White House turns to statistical models for coronavirus forecast

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible.

The public could get its first close look at the Trump administration’s own projections Tuesday at the daily briefing.

Tuesday, March 31, 9:50 a.m.


Cambridge biotech seeks OK for coronavirus test that delivers results in 15 minutes

By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff

A Cambridge biotech founded by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University has developed a diagnostic test for COVID-19 that resembles an over-the-counter pregnancy test and delivers results in about 15 minutes.

If the product made by E25Bio is reliable, it could make testing simple and faster, and ease the shortage of tests that public health officials say has accelerated the spread of disease in the United States. With testing so limited and slow, they say, many people unknowingly may have infected others, making containment more difficult.

Tuesday, March 31, 9:41 a.m.


Six-foot rule to protect against coronavirus is questionable, MIT professor says

By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Globe Staff

The oft-repeated guideline to stay six feet away from other people in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission is based on decades-old research that has sorely needed updating for years, according to an MIT professor who studies the issue.

Avoiding people who have the virus — or might have the virus — is indeed an important and probably an effective way to lower the risk of transmission. But six feet could be much too close, said Lydia Bourouiba, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies the fluid dynamics of disease transmission.

Tuesday, March 31, 9:38 a.m.


Should some Mass. inmates be released amid coronavirus? DAs, defense lawyers to argue the matter Tuesday

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

The state’s highest court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to release certain categories of inmates in Massachusetts in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus in prisons and jails.

The telephone hearing before the Supreme Judicial Court began at 10 a.m. The state’s criminal defense bar and civil liberties advocates have said in court papers that they’re seeking “extraordinary relief for extraordinary circumstances."

Tuesday, March 31, 9:05 a.m.


Warren to feds: Why did you take Massachusetts’s medical supplies?

By Matt Stout, Globe Staff

Senator Elizabeth Warren is pressing federal officials for answers on why they seized at least two of Massachusetts’s recent orders for protective equipment, charging that it appears they are still interfering with states’ efforts to track down medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a five-page letter Monday, Warred asked Peter Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, to outline how the agency is ensuring states aren’t outbid for supplies by the federal government, which she called a “new and inexplicable obstacle.”

Tuesday, March 31, 8:20 a.m.


The coronavirus has been devastating for Providence’s pension fund

By Dan McGowan, Globe Staff

Long before a global pandemic struck, Providence officials had deep concerns about the city’s ailing pension fund.

It’s why Mayor Jorge Elorza tried for years to sell or lease the city’s water supply, and then warned that the city could face bankruptcy in the future once he realized his proposal was not going to come to fruition. As recently as last month, he said he was working on a new set of plans to improve the health of the fund.

Then came the coronavirus, and the economic meltdown that followed.

Tuesday, March 31, 8:11 a.m.


Working from home reveals new, not always flattering side of romantic partners

By Kara Baskin, Globe Correspondent

“He’s a heavy breather.”

“She chews with her mouth open.”

“He types … with only two fingers.”

Those are just a sampling of the complaints I’ve received from people venting about their partners — and newfound office mates — as more people work from home during the coronavirus shutdown. People marry for better or worse, but not for conference calls. Now they’re unearthing sides of personalities hitherto confined to board rooms and slide decks. Sometimes these newfound behaviors are funny and even alluring; other times, they can lead to serious rifts.

Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 a.m.


Voting by mail in New England? Coronavirus could lead to the biggest changes in the way Americans vote in more than half a century

By James Pindell, Globe Staff

Coronavirus has already infected hundreds of thousands, rattled markets, and disrupted life as we know it. Soon, it could also lead the most significant changes in how Americans vote in decades, especially in New England, where some towns have been voting the same way for a lifetime.

The traditional way, after all, doesn’t exactly adhere to social distancing. Election Day often involves elderly volunteer poll workers, long lines, voters using the same pens, and touching the same voting equipment.

Tuesday, March 31, 6:17 a.m.


Girl, 12, in Belgium dies from coronavirus

The Associated Press

Belgian authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died of the coronavirus, by far the youngest person among the more than 700 victims in the country.

Announcing the news Tuesday, national crisis-center coronavirus spokesman Emmanuel Andre said it is “an emotionally difficult moment, because it involves a child, and it has also upset the medical and scientific community.”

“We are thinking of her family and friends. It is an event that is very rare, but one which upsets us greatly,” Andre said. No details about the girl were provided.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:54 a.m.


Stranded cruise ship hit by virus begs Florida to dock

The Associated Press

As a cruise ship stranded at sea with dozens sick and four dead makes for Florida, passengers who have been confined to their rooms for more than a week are anxious for relief, hoping Gov. Ron DeSantis will change his mind and allow them to disembark despite confirmed coronavirus cases aboard.

Orlando technical writer Laura Gabaroni and her husband, Juan Huergo, have wanted to explore the southernmost tip of South America for years — to see the penguins on the Falkland Islands and the glacial landscapes of the Strait of Magellan. But their vacation turned harrowing as countries shunned them and people fell ill.