Associated Press

Associated Press 20 May 2020

SpaceX reignites US with 1st crew launch in decade


For the first time in nearly a decade,  U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. (May 21)

A cruise ship with coronavirus patients onboard, including two fatalities docked in Florida on Saturday - the third liner to do so in the last 48 hours. (April 4)
There's been another big rise in the number of people who have died from coronavirus in the UK - 563 in the last 24 hours. The government has said it's the biggest threat to the country in decades and worse is to come. Most of the cases are in London but NHS England says the threat is everywhere and the growing number of hospital admissions in the Midlands is now a cause for concern. Nearly a million people have applied for universal credit benefits in the past fortnight - almost 10 times the usual number.  Meanwhile there's been more criticism that the government hasn't acted fast enough to increase testing for Coronavirus. Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports by Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, Economics Editor Faisal Islam and Health Editor Hugh Pym.
The first launch of a U.S. manned spacecraft since 2011 was postponed minutes before its scheduled launch Wednesday due to bad weather. The joint venture between SpaceX and NASA will be reattempted on Saturday. Elon Musk is hoping to build on his SpaceX's string of 62 successful space missions since the launch pad explosion that marred the company in 2016. The veteran astronauts on the mission, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been best friends for 20 years, and are both married to astronauts.
At least 100 sailors on board a United States aircraft carrier off the coast of Guam have tested positive for the new coronavirus, although none are reported to be in critical condition. But on a Facebook page for the vessel, family members are calling for the navy to release more information on the health of the crew members. Now, plans are under way to evacuate the ship.

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports.

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