Local NewsBusiness Pinterest CATONSVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Newly released research from iProov, world leaders in secure biometric authentication technology, highlights that many banks are falling short in delivering digital convenience to their customers. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005528/en/ iProov Research: U.S. Banks Missing Out on Online Growth Opportunities (Graphic: Business Wire) Online Banking in the U.S.: How 20 of America’s Top Banks Are Balancing Security and User Experience For Digital Account Access focuses on the range and usability of online services offered to existing customers. Researchers looked at 39 data points, including how easy it was for a customer to move money, request a new debit card or change personal details online. The first part of the research, which looked at the onboarding process for opening accounts with each of the 20 banks, was released in October. The key findings of the new research include:Banks are missing out on revenues and growth opportunities – many banks are making it difficult for their customers to access additional products and services. Thirty percent of the banks asked the researchers to complete an application process for an additional account completely from scratch, rather than using secure authentication to streamline the process.Secure account processes still require offline intervention – half of the banks did not enable a PIN to be changed online and half did not allow customers to request a new debit card online. Customers were asked to visit a branch, call the bank or use an ATM to complete the request.Customers are being put under pressure to monitor account security – the researchers reported that ‘after-the-fact’ email and text alerts about changes to their account made them uncomfortable. Personal details such as passwords or addresses could readily be changed online, with alerts putting the onus on the customer to report unexpected activity. “Banks no longer need to choose between security and usability when it comes to delivering an impressive online customer experience – the technology now exists to deliver both at once,” said Joe Palmer, President of iProov Inc. “Genuine Presence Assurance technology has changed the game for the financial services sector. It is now possible to verify that an online customer is the right person, a real person and that they are authenticating right now. That assurance, completed with an effortless face authentication, means that even the most secure processes can be completed online, whether it’s requesting a replacement debit card, changing an address or applying for a new credit card.” The researchers noted that face verification is already being used by U.S. consumers to access their accounts. Face ID and Touch ID could be used to access the banks’ mobile apps, if supported by the customer’s device. “Face ID allows the customer to be recognized by the mobile device,” explained Palmer. “The device then populates the password without the customer having to type it in. It’s convenient but it’s not the same as biometric authentication with the bank itself. If the device has been compromised by someone that shouldn’t have access, the bank will still make the transfer or process the request.” Other findings from the report include:Of the two thirds of banks that offered easier access to new services, only 35% made it simple for the customer. The other third required some additional details before the application could be submitted.All of the banks allowed passwords to be reset online but it was a lengthy process in some cases. Two banks asked the customer to supply four or more pieces of security information (for example a Social Security Number) for this to be completed.75% of banks asked for additional security verification if the customer wanted to transfer funds to an external account. Methods varied, from confirming the numbers on a debit card to making a trial deposit to the other account.85% allowed the customer to change their primary email address online and most did not ask for additional information beyond username and password.90% allowed the customer to update a password by confirming their old one. Of the others, one bank required no verification and one sent a one-time passcode.60% allowed a customer to change personal information, such as address and cellphone, without additional verification beyond the initial username and password login. “Challenger banks and other disruptors in the banking sector have recognized that customers want reassuring simplicity,” said Palmer. “They know that customers value convenience and once they’ve experienced it, they won’t go back. With Genuine Presence Assurance, customers get the reassurance of visible authentication along with the effortlessness that they love.” About iProov Founded in 2012, iProov is the world leader in online facial biometric authentication, working with governments, banks and other enterprises to remotely verify customer identity. Used for onboarding and authentication, customers include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the UK Home Office, the UK National Health Service (NHS), GovTech Singapore, Eurostar, Rabobank, ING, and others. iProov’s unique patented technology provides Genuine Presence Assurance, ensuring that an online customer is the right person, a real person, and authenticating right now. This protects against spoof attacks from photos, videos, masks and the emerging threat of deepfakes. iProov was named a Gartner Cool Vendor 2020 in Identity Access Management & Fraud Detection. For more information, please see www.iproov.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005528/en/ CONTACT: Alessandra Nagy, Bospar [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MARYLAND INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY SECURITY HEALTH TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE SOURCE: iProov Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 08:06 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 08:06 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005528/en Facebook Twitter Previous articleHofstede Insights, a Leader in Organizational Culture for Major Multinationals, Enters U.S. Market During Divided Chapter in American HistoryNext articleViaCyte Announces Initiation of Phase 2 Study of Encapsulated Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Patients Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebook WhatsApp TAGS WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 iProov Research: U.S. Banks Missing Out on Online Growth Opportunities
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: CFPB and Justice Department Fine Hudson City Bank $27 Million for Redlining Next: DS News Webcast: Friday 9/25/2015 About Author: Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Despite seeing a slight month-over-month increase, the national delinquency rate on residential single-family homes experienced its largest decline in nearly four years, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ “First Look” at Mortgage Data for August 2015 released Friday.The delinquency rate, which includes residential homes that are 30 days or more overdue on mortgage payments but not in foreclosure, tumbled by 18 percent year-over-year in August down to 4.83 percent, the largest over-the-year decline since May 2011, according to Black Knight. This occurred despite a 2.5 percent uptick over-the-month in the delinquency rate for August 2015.That 4.83 percent of properties in delinquency calculates to about 2.45 million mortgages nationwide, and the over-the-year decline represents about 548,000 properties. Non-current inventory, which includes all properties with loans 30 days or more overdue or in foreclosure, was down by 766,000 year-over-year in August, down to 3.14 million properties. All 50 states saw improvements in their non-current inventory over the previous six months, led by Florida with 18 percent. Wyoming, which already had one of the nation’s lowest non-current inventory rate, saw a 0.7 percent improvement, according to Black Knight.The number of residential mortgage loans in some state of foreclosure as of the end of August 2015 (696,000) was the lowest total since November 2007, according to Black Knight. This represented about 1.37 percent of the residential mortgage market, a decline of nearly 24 percent from August 2014.Foreclosure starts rose by 7 percent over-the-month in August up to 80,500, driven by an increase in repeat foreclosures (borrowers who were in active foreclosure, then shifted back to either current or delinquent status, then returned to being in active foreclosure).Click here to see the complete First Look report for August 2015. The month-end mortgage statistics presented (as of August 31, 2015) are derived from Black Knight’s loan-level database representing approximately two-thirds of the nationwide mortgage market. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: August 2015 First Look at Mortgage Data Black Knight Financial Services Delinquency Rate Foreclosure Starts August 2015 First Look at Mortgage Data Black Knight Financial Services Delinquency Rate Foreclosure Starts 2015-09-25 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago September 25, 2015 1,411 Views Delinquency Rate Experiences Largest Year-Over-Year Decline in Four Years The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Delinquency Rate Experiences Largest Year-Over-Year Decline in Four Years The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago
News Updates’Advocates Who Are Not Computer Savvy Cannot Approach Courts’: Delhi Bar Council Appeals To CJ To Evolve A New System For Hearing During Lockdown Radhika Roy14 April 2020 7:38 AMShare This – xThe BCD has also extended a hand for the building of any App or any other system, as may be suggested by the Court.KC Mittal, Chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, has written to the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to come up with a system of restricted functioning in order to mitigate public suffering in wake of the national lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic.The letter acknowledges the critical phase that the country is passing through as a result of which the courts have restricted their…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginKC Mittal, Chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, has written to the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to come up with a system of restricted functioning in order to mitigate public suffering in wake of the national lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic.The letter acknowledges the critical phase that the country is passing through as a result of which the courts have restricted their functioning by taking up only urgent matters through video-conferencing. It goes on to highlight the difficulties that are being faced by a section of Advocates who are not computer savvy and therefore, are unable to approach the Courts. Additionally, it mentions that, in the case of under trials, while the Delhi HC was kind enough to grant relief, there still exist many who are languishing in jails and are unable to approach the Court for bail. There are also cases wherein applications had been moved prior to lockdown, are pending consideration, but not being listed. Further, there are many applications wherein notices have been issued to the State, but have not been taken up, and consequently the person remains incarcerated. Similar situations are being replicated in other urgent matters. In light of the same, the letter requests the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court to lay down broad parameters and adequate protective measures so that minimum work can be undertaken, by restricting and regulating the entry of Advocates. “No doubt, sitting home idle is a compulsion, but more than that, is injustice to the litigants and somehow, our endeavour is to utilise our resources so that more cases are taken up without compromising with the goal to defeat the Corona Virus”. The letter concludes with a claim of full cooperation from the Bar Council of Delhi with reference to any safeguards and procedures that the Hon’ble Court may devise in order to allow for smooth and protective facilitation of providing justice. The BCD has also extended a hand for the building of any App or any other system, as may be suggested by the Court.Read the LetterHon’ble the Chief JusticeHigh Court of DelhiNew Delhi.Respected Sir,The country is passing through a very critical phase because of spread of Covid-19 and so many deaths have occurred in various developed countries, but due to total lockdown barring some states in India, the grave situation could be averted.The courts also stopped its regular functioning and initially confined to take up extremely urgent matters through videoconferencing, which was later partialy relaxed to increase the number of benches and take up matters of urgent nature.The experience of these days has not been very encouraging, since barring a section of Advocates, majority of Advocates in High Court and District Courts, those who are not computer savvy and could not avail the facility of videoconferencing, failed to approach the Hon’ble Courts. Many Advocates have apprised us that they are not able to approach the Hon’ble Courts even in genuine cases.That this Hon’ble High Court in terms of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in cases of under trials, was kind enough to grant relief, but looking into the overall situation, it may be necessary to evolve a system, where more hearing can take place in matters to obviate public suffering. We know many are languishing in jails. They are not able to approach the Hon’ble Court for bail, and in many cases, where application were moved prior to lockdown, are pending consideration, but not being listed. There are many such applications where notices have been issued to State, but are not being taken up and consequently, the person remains incarcerated.Similarly, in other matters, where urgent hearing is required, in cases of interim relief, matters are not being taken up.In the given situation, if regular hearing is not possible, some broad parameters and adequate protecting measures may be introduced to hold few courts, by restricting and regulating the entry of Advocates through a protective mechanism in the courts so that minimum possible work can be undertaken. Since most of the advocates are not in a position to avail videoconferencing facility fully, it may also be considered to set up App or any mechanism to give effect to hearing in more matters. No doubt, sitting home idle is a compulsion, but more than that, is injustice to the litigants and somehow, our endeavour is to utilise our resources so that more cases are taken up without compromising with the goal to defeat the Corona Virus.Bar Council of Delhi will fully co-operate with the Hon’ble Court and abide by all the necessary safeguards and procedures as may be considered appropriate and would also help for building an App or any other system, as may be suggested by this Hon’ble Court.With regards,(K.C. Mittal)Chairman,Bar Council of Delhi Next Story
News UpdatesNo Prima Facie Case Of Sedition Against Kashmiri Students, Observes Karnataka HC [Read Order] Mustafa Plumber18 April 2020 12:51 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court observed on Friday that no prima facie case of sedition was made out against the three Kashmiri students, who were arrested in Hubli over allegations of raising pro-Pakistan slogans in February.While hearing their bail pleas, Justice G Narendar observed “Prima facie the complaint does not disclose any material which could be considered as an ingredient constituting…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court observed on Friday that no prima facie case of sedition was made out against the three Kashmiri students, who were arrested in Hubli over allegations of raising pro-Pakistan slogans in February.While hearing their bail pleas, Justice G Narendar observed “Prima facie the complaint does not disclose any material which could be considered as an ingredient constituting the offence as against the petitioners.”The judge also observed that the prosecution should have looked at “a larger picture” and at the “attempts being made by the Central Government to ensure the integration of that class of people(Kashmiris) into mainstream”.Justice Narendar said “It is fairly admitted by the high court government pleader that the petitioner – students are sponsored on scholarship by the Central Government. If that be the fact, it is surprising that the said fact has not been appreciated by the trial court in its true perspective. The prosecution has to look at a larger picture and attempts being made by the Central government to ensure integration of that class of people into the mainstream.”The Court also observed that the complainant in the case – the Principal of the Engineering College where the accused are studying – should have made an effort to counsel them.”It is not in dispute that the accused are all in their teens or immediately out of their teens. It would have been a more responsive effort if the complainant had made an effort to counsel the accused and made them realize the purpose for which they are here. That the very fact that the accused have been sponsored on a scholarship by the Central Government, would demonstrate the fact that they are all people with roots and their background is vetted by none else than the Union Government. Merely on account of a perception by a group construing the alleged to be of an offensive nature, it ought not to have negated the efforts being made by the Union Government. It is sad to see that the larger perspective has been lost on account of shortsighted actions”, the Court observed.The case was then posted to April 24 at the request of the prosecution.The three accused -Basit Aashiq Sofi, Talib Majeed, and Amir Mohi Uddin Wani – have been under custody since February 17. The Hubli Bar Association had passed a resolution vowing that none of their members would represent the accused because of their “anti-national activities”.The resolution was challenged in the High Court by a group of other advocates from different parts of the state.On February 24, a bench led by Chief Justice Abhay Oka had directed Hubli Police Commissioner to provide police protection to advocates from Bengaluru, who were desirous of representing the accused. On February 25, the advocates of the accused were assaulted, when they had approached the Dharward court seeking bail for the Kashmiri students.The resolution was later withdrawn after the Karnataka High Court came down heavily on the Association for acting against the professional ethics and constitutional duties of advocates.On March 9, Judge Gangadhara K N of the Additional Sessions Court, Hubli denied them bail observing “The safety and security of this Country gets priority over all. We must allow the investigation agency to do its job without any body’s intervention,by considering the nature of the allegation, until completion of the Investigation, the petitioners are not entitled for the bail as prayed therein, even on any ground they are not made out of the grounds to grant the bail.”Click here to download order Read OrderNext Story
Montgomery County Sheriff(HOUSTON) — A worried ex-wife, a pair of broken bondage cuffs and a girlfriend’s desperate search for help.The story of a mystery woman in Texas who rang a doorbell in the middle of the night and then disappeared last week became even stranger as police revealed more details in the case on Thursday.The woman’s deceased boyfriend was identified as 49-year-old Dennis Ray Collins, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, police said.After the story of the mystery woman became public, Collins’ ex-wife contacted police, saying she recognized the woman in the video and believed it was her ex-husband’s girlfriend, authorities said.The ex-wife told police that Collins had sent her a text message that made her worry that he may hurt himself. She was at the home when police arrived on scene.The girlfriend, who is not being identified because police said she is a domestic violence victim, was confirmed through multiple pieces of evidence as the one who had gone barefoot and semi-dressed from house to house in the neighborhood on that fateful night, ringing doorbells, officials said.The woman told them that the broken restraints that could be seen on her wrists in the video were those commonly used in “private intimate encounters,” police said. It is unclear at this time if the cuffs were used for that purpose.After ringing a number of doorbells in the neighborhood that night, the woman went back to the home she shared with Collins, her boyfriend of at least four months, authorities stated.That same morning, she drove to Dallas and has been with family ever since, police said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
nazarethman/iStock(EL PASO, Texas) — Thousands of Americans and Mexicans united in a torrent of tears in an El Paso, Texas baseball stadium Wednesday for a vigil honoring the 31 victims who perished in back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Just 11 days after a 21-year-old man allegedly opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a Walmart store in El Paso, killing 22 people, including eight Mexican nationals, mourners from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border convened for the shared outpouring of grief and outrage. “The event that brings us together represents the lowest, saddest expression of our times,” Mexican Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for North America Jesus Seade told the crowd that packed the 8,000-seat Southwest University Park baseball stadium Wednesday night in El Paso.The bilingual service featured a mariachi band playing the somber song “Amore Eterno” (“Love Eternal”) and members of the El Paso Firefighters Pipes and Drums group performing the dirge “Amazing Grace.”On the baseball stadium’s infield were votive candles in white paper bags forming 22 stars for those who were killed in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso and nine circles representing those slain the following day in a shooting rampage that occurred in a bustling entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio.The somber event offered a pause from tensions between the two countries over calls by President Donald Trump, who visited El Paso last week, to strengthen the country’s southern border.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, received loud applause in the predominantly Democratic border town as he addressed the crowd, saying his administration is taking action to “dismantle the purveyors of hate.”“As we gather tonight, we still cannot comprehend the evil that struck El Paso 11 days ago, the magnitude of the hate and racism, the sheer evil behind the act that took so many people,” Abbott said. “We may never fully understand the evil in this world or the hatred behind it, but here is what we do know: We know this evil will not overcome us. We will not allow our hearts to be hardened, and we will not allow hatred to stoke more hatred. Instead, we will conquer evil with goodness, and compassion and love for one another.”Earlier Wednesday, Abbott announced he is creating a new domestic terrorism unit to “root out the extremist ideologies that fuel hatred and violence in our state.” He also said the state will pour more resources into investigating white nationalists groups.The alleged El Paso mass shooter, Patrick Crusius, from a Dallas suburb more than 650 miles from El Paso, told investigators he was bent on killing as many Mexicans as he could when he stormed Walmart, where many parents and children had gathered for back-to-school shopping, police officials said.The majority of those killed had Hispanic surnames or were from Mexico, including five from El Paso’s sister city, Ciudad Juarez.Those killed ranged from age 15 to 90.The killing rampage is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism by federal agents and could result in the death penalty if Crusius, who is facing state capital murder charges, is convicted. Investigators said that prior to the attack Crusius posted an anti-immigrant diatribe online.In a speech Wednesday in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he wants the United States to extradite Crusius to face justice south of the border.“Hate will never overcome our love. Hate will never overcome who we are,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said at Wednesday’s vigil.He implored the crowd to forever remember the victims, saying, “It is up to us not to let the world forget who they were.”Among those joining Margo and other leaders on stage where the law enforcement officers who arrested Crucius, detectives who are investigating the shooting and first responders who treated those wounded in the tragedy. Mourners showed them their appreciation by cheering and applauding.In a moving tribute to those slain, a sea of cellphones held up by mourners lit up the stadium as the names of the 22 El Paso victims were read aloud.“They were grandparents, fundraising for their grandchildren’s soccer league; mothers and fathers who cared for their children so much that they used their bodies as shields to protect them; families shopping on a normal Saturday morning; and a son who was getting ready to attend 10th grade at Horizon High School,” Margo said. “They represent generations of El Pasoans and Mexicans that have lived in unison and harmony throughout our 350-year history.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
I am directing flags be flown at half-mast in honor of those we have lost to this vicious virus.They are in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/OT3KCEQkll— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 8, 2020 Cuomo also said all New Yorkers can vote absentee for this primary in June.And as new preliminary data showed the largest percentage of coronavirus deaths in New York City was among Hispanics, the governor called for more testing in minority communities and more data research immediately. 12:15 p.m.: U.K. prime minister remains in intensive care but condition is improvingU.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care at a London hospital with the coronavirus, but his condition is improving, said Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer.Johnson, 55, is sitting up in bed and speaking with doctors, Sunak said Wednesday evening local time.A spokesperson for the prime minister’s office said earlier Wednesday that he was “clinically stable,” was “responding to treatment” and was “in good spirits.”Johnson has been hospitalized since Sunday evening due to “persistent symptoms” of the novel coronavirus. He was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday after his condition “worsened,” according to a statement from his official residence and office, 10 Downing Street.The prime minister has been receiving “standard” oxygen treatment in the ICU and has been breathing without any other assistance.Besides the prime minister, Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, has also tested positive for the virus.Wednesday marked the biggest rise so far in the United Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll, with 938 fatalities in 24 hours.The total number of deaths in the U.K. has now reached 7,097.11:50 a.m.: Mayor tells police to crack down on stay-at-home violators, his wife gets bustedIn Alton, Illinois, amid increased reports of large gatherings, Mayor Brant Walker said on Friday he ordered the local police to “more strictly enforce” the statewide stay-at-home order by using citations.“My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement. She now faces the same consequences for her ill-advised decision as the other individuals who chose to violate the “Stay At Home” order during this incident,” the mayor said in a statement on Monday.“I instructed the Police Chief to treat her as he would any citizen violating the ‘Stay At Home’ order and to ensure that she received no special treatment,” the mayor said. “I am embarrassed by this incident and apologize to the citizens of Alton.”11:20 a.m.: Broadway shows now canceled through June 7Broadway will remain dark in New York City with show closures now extending through June 7.Broadway performances were initially shut down from March 12 to April 12.11:05 a.m.: Nursing home evacuated due to coronavirus outbreak, staff not coming to workEighty-four patients from a Riverside County, California, nursing home will be evacuated to other health care locations Wednesday after employees didn’t come to work for two days amid a coronavirus outbreak there.“For example, one certified nursing assistant of the 13 scheduled showed up to work at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, which prompted Riverside University Health System and Kaiser Permanente to send a total of 33 licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses to care for the residents at the facility,” according to the Riverside University Health System. “Staffing demands, however, require the patients be moved today.”There are 34 known cases of the coronavirus among residents and five cases among employee at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, according to the Riverside University Health System.The number of COVID-19 cases in Riverside County has reached 1,016. At least 28 people in the county have died.10:20 a.m.: NYC’s largest percentage of deaths is among HispanicsIn hard-hit New York City, preliminary data shows the largest percentage of coronavirus deaths is among Hispanics, which New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called “blatant inequality.”Hispanics make up 34% of coronavirus deaths though they make up 29% of the city’s population.Further, African Americans make up 28% of coronavirus deaths, though they make up 22% of the city’s population, the preliminary data shows.“Folks who have struggled before .. are being hit particularly hard,” de Blasio said.Meanwhile, whites make up 27% of deaths and 32% of the population, and Asians make up 7% of deaths and 14% of the population.The breakdown, with 63% reporting, was provided by New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.The mayor said to confront disparities, the city is enacting initiatives including: grassroots outreach such as calling households and robocalls; PSAs focusing on zip codes with the highest positive cases; and PSAs published in 14 different languages.De Blasio also said Wednesday there is an urgent need for surgical gowns. He said New York City has asked the federal government for over 9 million.In better news, the mayor said the city received on Tuesday over 3 million surgical masks, more than 1 million N95 masks and 2 million surgical gloves.And de Blasio said, “for the first time in awhile … we will get through this week” in terms of ventilators. The city has 5,500 ventilators available in hospitals, including 500 received from the state on Tuesday, he said. There are also 135 ventilators in an emergency reserve.9:07 a.m.: UK prime minister remains ‘clinically stable’ in ICUU.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson “remains clinically stable and is responding to treatment,” a spokesperson for his office said Wednesday. “He continues to be cared for in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “He is in good spirits.”Johnson, 55, has been hospitalized at St Thomas’ Hospital in London since Sunday evening due to “persistent symptoms” of the novel coronavirus. He was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday after his condition “worsened,” according to a statement from his official residence and office, 10 Downing Street. The prime minister has been receiving “standard” oxygen treatment in the ICU and has been breathing without any other assistance. “He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support,” Downing Street said.8:20 a.m.: Spain announces plan to gradually ease lockdown measuresSpain reported Wednesday another uptick in infections and fatalities from the novel coronavirus. The Spanish Ministry of Health recorded 757 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 14,555 — a nearly 5.5% jump. There were also 6,180 new diagnosed cases, bringing the national tally to 146,690 — a 4.4% increase.But that hasn’t stopped the Spanish government from announcing plans to gradually lift the lockdown measures across the country. Spain’s finance minister and government spokesperson, Maria Jesus Montero, said at a press conference Tuesday night that “citizens will be able to get back to their normal life” starting April 26. On March 14, Spain formally declared a state of emergency and issued stay-at-home orders to combat the country’s virus outbreak. A group of experts are drawing up clear guidance for the ease of restrictions, which will be made readily accessible to the public and communicated by government officials.7:18 a.m.: US may investigate WHO’s handling of pandemic, official saysDr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, indicated Wednesday that the United States would investigate the World Health Organization’s handling of the pandemic before deciding whether to withhold its funding to the United Nations’ health agency. “We’ve done that before with previous outbreaks and previous issues that have occurred at WHO,” Birx told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.During a press briefing Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump blamed the WHO for getting “every aspect” of the novel coronavirus pandemic wrong and threatened to freeze American funding.The Geneva-based international body started sounding the alarm over the outbreak in China in mid-January and then designated it a global health emergency on Jan. 30. On March 11, the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic after the virus had spread to every continent except Antartica. “In the history of the United States and the World Health Organization, we have had times when we’ve done really in-depth analysis of what has happened. When the president said he was holding funds, he didn’t say he was restricting and keeping funds permanently away, but instead said, let’s investigate what happened,” Birx said. “I think that the president wants to complete an investigation of what happened during this current outbreak.” “Believe me, they already have their continuation funds from last year,” she added. “So this is a year-by-year commitment to the WHO, this is our required commitment. There’s also voluntary commitments that we’ve made to the WHO through history, including over the last couple of years for HIV, malaria, TB, so a whole series of diseases.” The United States is, by far, the single largest financial contributor to the WHO.Birx said the White House coronavirus task force is currently concerned about the metro areas of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. potentially becoming the next hotspots of the country’s outbreak. “All of our previous areas seem to be steady at least,” she added. ” And then certainly we’re looking very carefully at California and Washington [state] to really understand how they’ve been able as a community of Americans to mitigate so well.” Birx said they hope to roll out an antibody test “within the next 10 or 14 days” that can detect how many Americans have already had the virus but were asymptomatic. “This makes a very big difference in really understanding who can go back to work and how they can go back to work,” she said. “So all of those pieces need to come together over the next couple of weeks.”3 a.m.: China lifts lockdown in city where pandemic beganChinese authorities have lifted a months-long lockdown on Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus pandemic began.The very first cases of the novel coronavirus were detected in Wuhan back in December. The city of 11 million people went on lockdown on Jan. 23 in an effort to control the spread of the virus, the first in the world to do so.The bulk of the Chinese mainland’s nearly 82,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 3,300 deaths have been reported in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province. However, the strict travel restrictions in the city have been gradually eased in recent weeks as the number of new infections continuously declined.The final restrictions on outbound travel were lifted Wednesday. Thousands of people streamed out of the city via car, train and plane.China’s National Health Commission on Wednesday reported no new cases in Wuhan nor the greater Hubei province, though questions have been raised over the accuracy of China’s figures. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. jarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed at least 14,739 people in the United States.The U.S. is among the worst affected countries, with over 430,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, more than 1.48 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and over 88,000 of them have died since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Italy has, by far, the world’s highest death toll — over 17,600. Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:6:39 p.m.: 6 VA health care workers die from virusSix health care workers who operated at VA facilities have been killed by the coronavirus, Department of Veterans Affairs press secretary Christina Noel announced.The unidentified employees worked at Ann Arbor, Michigan; Detroit; Indianapolis; Houston; and Reno, Nevada VA Medical Centers. So far, 1,130 VA employees have contracted COVID-19, the agency said.A VA facility in New Orleans has had 92 employees test positive, the highest concentration of infected workers, according to the VA.5:17 p.m.: USDA expands online grocery shopping program for food stamp recipientsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that SNAP recipients in California and Arizona can now shop for groceries online.The agency approved both states’ requests to be added to the USDA’s pilot program that was previously available in six states, including Washington and New York.Participating online retailers include Amazon and Walmart.4:30 p.m.: Detroit ‘seeing the beginning of a glimmer of light’In hard-hit Detroit, the curve is appearing to flatten, Mayor Mike Duggan said, noting that the daily coronavirus-related death count has been dropping and stabilizing over the past few days. “We’re seeing the beginning of a glimmer of light,” Duggan said.Detroit has 5,830 diagnosed cases of coronavirus, including 170 members of the Detroit Police Department.At least 247 people in Detroit have died.But Duggan said Wednesday that hospitals are starting to see an increase in discharges and a slower rate of admissions.Duggan credited social distancing for the apparent flattening of the curve and urged residents to continue the practice.Those riding city buses will now be given masks to wear as they get on, he added.3:52 p.m.: Virginia primary pushed back, governor wants local elections moved to NovemberThe Virginia presidential primary, scheduled for June 9, will be pushed back to June 23, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday.Over 3,600 people in the state have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 75 people have died.Northam also said he’s recommending all local and in-state elections move from May to November — though that must be approved by the state legislator when they return on April 22. 3:30 p.m.: Miami requiring masks to be worn in stores at all timesThe City of Miami is requiring employees and customers to wear masks at all times in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies and convenience stores.Homemade masks, such as scarves and bandannas, are permitted.2:20 p.m.: New Jersey death toll over 1,500In New Jersey, one of the hardest-hit states, 275 more people died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s death total to 1,504.Over 47,000 in the state have been diagnosed.“We’re not at any plateau,” Gov. Phil Murphy warned. “We need to continue to be absolutely vigilant.”“Don’t let the warm weather or the holidays fool us,” Murphy said. “If we open up too soon, I fear we are placing gasoline on the fire.”Murphy said he is signing an executive order moving the state’s primary from June 2 to July 7.He also is signing an executive order to stop nonessential construction across the state.1:40 p.m.: New Jersey death toll over 1,500In New Jersey, one of the hardest-hit states, 275 more people died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s death total to 1,504.While Gov. Phil Murphy said the curve appears to be flattening, he also said New Jersey residents are in the “fight of our lives.”Murphy said he is signing an executive order moving the state’s primary from June 2 to July 7.1 p.m.: Curve is flattening in hard-hit New YorkIn New York — the state hit hardest by the pandemic — the curve has flattened so far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.“What we have done and what we are doing is actually working,” the governor said, but he warned, “if we stop what we are doing, you will see that curve change.”If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing the way it is now, the hospital system should stabilize over the next few weeks, he said.However, the death toll is going steadily up, and on Tuesday the state saw the highest single-day death toll yet, with 779 new fatalities, Cuomo said.The number of deaths may continue to rise as those hospitalized for the longest periods pass away, he said.While New York state lost 2,753 lives at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, now the coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 6,000 people in the state, Cuomo said.Cuomo said he is directing all flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of those lost.