Daily LA: PeerStreet Lays Off 50, Bill Gates calls for nationwide shutdown, Mayor Garcetti tells Angelenos to wear homemade masks

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged Angelenos to make their own face masks to wear in public on Wednesday, following similar guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom and county health officials.

Here’s your Daily LA for April 1, 2020.

Happening in LA

The Arboretum Is Open to a Limited Number of Visitors for Social Distancing Strolls

With many parks, trails, and beaches closed to the public, many Angelenos are struggling to find places to stretch their legs, stay active, and shake off the cabin fever. One option that remains available–at least for now–is the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia.

Coronavirus testing: 3rd drive-thru testing site opens in Riverside County

Riverside County Public Health has tested more than 47,000 residents throughout the county for coronavirus with three drive-thru testing sites now open to all county residents, the latest operation is at Harvest Christian Fellowship church on Arlington Avenue in Riverside.

Mayor Garcetti tells Angelenos to wear homemade masks

Garcetti also announced that two dozen farmer’s markets have been given the green light to reopen, while city prosecutors are charging eight businesses that flouted rules under the countywide “safer at home” order.

Overwatch League Tosses In The Towel And Shifts Fully Online

The Overwatch League, the e-sports league run by Blizzard Entertainment based on its popular game, has decided to shift to an entirely online format, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Another 278 die of coronavirus in NYC as cases rise above 45,000

The coronavirus continued to batter New York City on Wednesday, with more than 270 deaths and nearly 4,000 cases reported in 24 hours, according to city-data. The Big Apple’s death toll stood at 1,374 as of 5 p.m., with 278 fatalities since the same time on Tuesday.

China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says

China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.

YouTube reportedly working on TikTok competitor called Shorts

YouTube used to be the cool kid on the block, but then TikTok showed up and everything changed. Now, YouTube is looking to compete directly with the short-form, user-generated content app by reportedly launching its own version called “Shorts.”

Amazon Prime now lets you buy movies on its iOS apps — here’s how

Amazon recently made a much-needed update to its Prime Video apps on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV: you can now purchase and rent videos directly from the app. Given how many people are using their streaming apps — such as Prime Video — to watch movies, this could not have come at a more welcome time. Here’s how it works.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Are Officially Postponed — Here Are Athletes’ Reactions

Due to the continuous spread of the coronavirus worldwide, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), led by President Thomas Bach, and the Tokyo Olympic organizers, led by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have officially decided to postpone the Summer Olympics. The news came on March 24, the day after an Olympic committee member said the postponement had been decided. The Olympics will be postponed until July 23, 2021, making this the first time in history that the start of an Olympic Games has been delayed.

Filing unemployment claims: What you need to know

A recent expansion of unemployment benefits was included in a federal economic relief bill signed into law last week, providing an extra $600 a week on top of the unemployment aid that states provide and extending benefits for 13 weeks beyond the standard six months.

Bill Gates calls for nationwide shutdown to curb coronavirus pandemic

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had already spoken about the coronavirus pandemic in a Reddit AMA in March. In a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday, he offered more details on how the US can better deal with the fight against COVID-19.

Coronavirus Layoffs

British Airway expected to suspend 36,000 staff

The airline, which grounded much of its fleet due to the coronavirus crisis, has been negotiating with the Unite union for more than a week. The two sides have reached a broad deal but are yet to sign on some details.

PeerStreet laid off 51

PeerStreet, a crowdfunding platform for investing in real estate loans, laid off 30% of its staff yesterday.

PatientPop laid off 100 (not verified)

USIM laid off 85 (not verified)

GrayMeta laid off 20 (not verified)

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