Daily LA: Most Downloaded Social Video Apps, L.A. County’s COVID-19 Death Toll Now Stands at 21

Welcome to the first edition of our Daily LA – a bite-sized daily recap of happenings around Los Angeles, the web, and the World.

Here’s your Daily LA for March 26, 2020.

Happening in LA

Xencor Licenses Antibody Technology To Vir Biotechnology For COVID-19 Treatment

Xencor, a biopharmaceutical company which develops engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune disease, says it is extending a license for its technology to Vir Biotechnology, in use in developing antibodies to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

L.A. County reports 9 new coronavirus-related deaths as cases explode to more than 1,200

The Los Angeles county’s death toll now stands at 21. Health officials reported 421 more confirmed cases of the virus Thursdays, for a total of 1,229, an increase of 52% over Wednesday.

LAX Is an Eerie Ghost Town as Coronavirus Guts Air Travel

Los Angeles International Airport has seen the number of travelers passing through its vast corridors plummet by 85 percent compared to last year in the wake of the COVID-19 disaster, giving the enormous complex the look of brightly lit, a well-scrubbed nightmare.

Little Tokyo Fights To Preserve Its Soul In Face of Coronavirus

Famed mochi shop Fugetsu-Do has weathered every crisis to hit Little Tokyo over the last 100 years — from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, the 1992 riots to the waves of redevelopment. Now COVID-19 is here. And it feels like the biggest test yet to Brian Kito, the shop’s third-generation owner.

Headlines

U.S. passes Italy, China as a nation with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19

The U.S. surged past China and Italy to become the planet’s most infected nation Thursday, a stark milestone in the coronavirus era – and a reminder of its deadly, culture-changing effects on American life.

Unemployment explodes as U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases

Nationally, a record 3.28 million Americans filed unemployment claims during the week that ended March 21, according to an initial estimate from the U.S. Department of Labor. “Nearly every state providing comments cited the COVID-19 virus impacts,” the federal labor agency said.

Houseparty, Discord, Zoom, and Marco Polo downloads explode amid coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus quarantines have sent downloads soaring for social video apps as millions of people search for ways to connect socially and professionally. As has been widely noted, Zoom’s video conference service has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new isolation regimes. Read on.

Alphabet’s Verily shows how its drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites work

Verily — Alphabet’s healthcare brand — isn’t just creating a website to help northern Californians determine whether they need a test for COVID-19. It’s also piloting drive-thru testing. It has opened two sites, one in Riverside County and another in Sacramento County, and today, it shared a video that shows how the COVID-19 testing works.

Gig workers could get unemployment benefits under $2 trillion Senate stimulus bill

The Senate’s historic $2 trillion stimulus package will make history in one more way: by providing some financial assistance to gig workers.

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