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Content supplied by the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” and the Associated Press.
Accessed on 21 April 2020, 1525 UTC, Post 20637.
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The U.S. has recorded more than 42,000 deaths — the highest in the world — and nearly 800,000 infections. Read more
CNN cited an anonymous U.S. official who said Kim was in “grave danger” after an unspecified surgery. Read more
The fabric face masks — made in Hawaii by Nani Island — have been available at ABC Stores since late Feburary. They are made of 100% cotton canvas, with poly cotton lining and elastic ear bands for $7.99 each or $14 for two. Read more
The state’s second-largest bank reported that its net income tumbled 40.9% in the first quarter after it set aside $33.6 million to cover potential loan losses tied to the pandemic. The bank also suspended stock buybacks beginning in mid-March. Read more
Despite concerns from health officials, some U.S. states today announced aggressive reopening plans, while Boeing and at least one other U.S. heavy-equipment manufacturer resumed production. Read more
Under the rules by the Department of Liquor Control, it is unlawful to “give any premium or free goods of intoxicating liquor or other merchandise in connection with the sale of any intoxicating liquor or to offer or to provide any premium or free goods of intoxicating liquor in connection with the sale of other merchandise.” Read more
The man has been identified as Bricen “Micah” Bermoy of Kalaheo. Read more
The week will start off with light trades for most Hawaiian isles, with the exception of Hawaii island, but the atmosphere should remain stable, with little rainfall, forecasters said. Read more
The government’s Paycheck Protection Program has been swamped by companies applying for loans and reached its appropriations limit last Thursday. That left thousands of small businesses in limbo as they sought help. Read more
The governors countered that the White House must do more to help states do the testing that’s needed before they can ease up on stay-at-home orders. Read more
VIDEO: Gov. David Ige discusses Hawaii’s coronavirus cases as they rise to 584, the lowest daily increase since March 18
A total 423 patients have recovered since the start of the outbreak, with health officials reporting nine new recoveries today. Read more
After enduring extended trade disputes and worker shortages, U.S. hog farmers were poised to finally hit it big this year with expectations of climbing prices amid soaring domestic and foreign demand. Read more
“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” Read more
Although Hawaii ranked among the top five states with the highest household internet access rate, the state ranked last in highest average retail price of electricity. Read more
Georgia’s timetable, one of the most aggressive in the nation, would allow gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors to reopen as long as owners follow strict social-distancing and hygiene requirements. Read more
Gov. David Ige joins today’s COVID-19 Care Conversation for a live Q&A regarding the coronavirus pandemic in Hawaii. Read more
Maui County announced it has set up checkpoints on Hana Highway and Piilani Highway to restrict road traffic to East Maui. Read more
Hawaii County’s reliance on property taxes for operational funds has protected it from the drastic tax losses experienced at the state level during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Read more
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau implored his nation, which like many others is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, to stand together despite this new trauma, “no matter how evil, how thoughtless or how destructive.” Read more
A 29-year-old man allegedly strangled and abused a 27-year-old woman in their Kalihi home early Sunday. Read more
A leader in the reopening effort, Mark Mugiishi, president and CEO of the Hawaii Medical Service Association, announced the projected timetable today. Read more