December 5, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: Rental giant Hertz files for bankruptcy; US nears 100,000 deaths; Pat Ewing has the virus

Car rental giant Hertz is 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 victims of the virus.

President Donald Trump said he ordered 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.

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