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  • New Yahoo News/YouGov coronavirus poll: 59 percent of Americans say Trump's Easter timeline is 'too soon' to restart economy

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    A large majority of Americans disagree with President Trump that the nation’s battle against the coronavirus is winding down and that normal economic activity should resume sooner rather than later, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:58:38 -0400
  • Americans stranded in India fear for their safety and wonder when they can return home

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    A California couple waiting to adopt a child in India was days away from completion when the country's coronavirus lockdown brought the process to a halt. 

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:04:38 -0400
  • A Wuhan seafood vendor believed to be one of the first coronavirus patients says 'a lot fewer people would have died' if the Chinese government acted sooner

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    Wei Guixian, a 57-year-old seafood vendor in Wuhan, China, was among the first 27 people to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 07:45:43 -0400
  • Bruised Indian economy to be battered further by coronavirus: Reuters poll

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    India's already-slowing economy weakened to at least an eight-year low this quarter and will slow even more sharply in the next six months due to the global coronavirus pandemic, a Reuters poll found. With the virus spreading rapidly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a three-week nationwide lockdown on Tuesday which will have a huge detrimental impact on businesses. India's informal sector, the backbone of the economy, will be hardest hit as economic activity comes to a standstill.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:15:20 -0400
  • Coronavirus Comes to the Kremlin

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    After months of denials, Russia is facing a new reality with respect to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country. Friday’s statistics officially acknowledge 1,036 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, including four deaths. The real numbers are undoubtedly much higher, as testing for the potentially deadly disease is only starting to pick up steam and some coronavirus deaths are being attributed to other causes.The highly contagious virus has already penetrated the walls of the Kremlin. Russian media reported that two Kremlin officials may have tested positive for the coronavirus. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed he was aware of one of those cases, but claimed no knowledge of the second. State media outlet TASS speculated that one of the infected persons may have been a staffer responsible for awards, who traveled to Spain and later attended Putin’s presidential awards ceremony in occupied Crimea.Putin’s own spokesman couldn’t avoid the handshake of the disease, having been present at a star-studded birthday party attended by pop singer Lev Leshchenko, who recently tested positive for coronavirus. Peskov claimed that attendees at the fancy affair maintained proper distancing and “barely even shook hands” in light of the coronavirus advisories. However, video clips aired by the Russian state media TV show 60 Minutes demonstrated that celebrity partiers hugged, kissed and made silly gestures mocking the coronavirus precautions. Peskov denied interacting with the infected singer at the party.Russia Swore It Whipped the Virus, and Fox and CNN Bought ItRussia’s State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia that consists of 450 members, said it will require all of its deputies to take coronavirus tests on Monday.Putin expressed near certainty that Russia could defeat the coronavirus “in two or three months time… maybe even earlier.” Taking an obvious jab at the United States, he added: “In some countries, it is said that the war with the virus (they call it a ‘war’) will be a very long one.”State media outlet RT hinted at the upcoming unrest in the United States: predicting that “a people deprived of their myths will not remain complacent forever.” RT opined: “With no brawls or ballgames to watch, and the fear of potential hunger gnawing at their bloated bellies and brains… Americans will now find it harder and harder to ignore the truth about their country and its deplorably corrupt media, financial, government, education and health care systems… The crisis is going to get worse before it gets better… America, on the other hand, will only get much worse, with no hope that it is ever going to get better.”Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin expressed his hope that Russia’s fight against the coronavirus will be “more smooth and painless than in other countries.” He ordered Moscow’s restaurants and most stores to shut down for eight days and noted: “The restrictions introduced today are unprecedented in the modern history of Moscow and will create many inconveniences for the everyday life of every person,” but argued that “they are absolutely necessary in order to slow the spread of coronavirus infection and reduce the number of cases.”Meanwhile, during his Thursday telephone call with reporters, Peskov insisted that in Russia “there is de facto no epidemic” and the Kremlin hopes “to be able to avoid one.”Kremlin-controlled Russian state media are using the crisis to promote the view that democratic, progressive countries’ inability to curtail the pandemic demonstrated the superiority of Russia’s paternalistic government. Russian state media argued that the failure of the United States to prepare for coronavirus, even with a two-month advance notice, also demonstrates the loss of America’s global leadership.Appearing on The Evening with Vladimir Soloviev, Political scientist Sergey Mikheyev said that he was very happy to report: “Things are better in Russia than in Europe or America.” Mikheyev pointed out that the United States failed to extend a helping hand to Europe, after decades of transatlantic solidarity. He attributed the failure of the Trump administration to help America’s European allies to “stupidity, greed,” or the overt manifestation of total disregard.The host, Vladimir Soloviev, asserted that overcoming the pandemic “with minimal losses” would cement Putin’s success in securing the upcoming nationwide vote on the constitutional amendments designed to maintain the Russian leader’s grip on power. In anticipation of the inevitable suffering, Russian state media have been promoting outlandish conspiracy theories that blame the United States—and even their alleged “secret bio-laboratories in Ukraine”—for the creation of the coronavirus.Fiona Hill: Trump’s Coronavirus Talk Sounds a Lot Like Russia’sThe ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Russia will be accompanied by the inevitable escalation of anti-Western propaganda. When push comes to shove, the Kremlin frequently resorts to its traditional methods of assigning the blame to evil external forces (most frequently, the United States) and portraying Putin as Russia’s only hope and savior of the Motherland.The scope of the pandemic, suddenly extending to the Russian president’s inner circle, caused obvious nervousness on Russian state television. Appearing on Russia’s 60 Minutes, unsettled pundits traded insults and practically screamed at each other. In spite of the Kremlin’s initial claims of successfully controlling the spread of the virus, many are realizing that the worst is yet to come.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 21:04:07 -0400
  • Fact check: Could your December cough actually have been coronavirus? Experts say more research is needed

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    A handful of widely circulated Facebook posts have asserted that people in the United States contracted the coronavirus as early as last fall.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:56:41 -0400
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    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • Deadliest Day in Italy, Spain Shows Worst of Virus Not Over

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    (Bloomberg) -- Italy and Spain suffered their deadliest days yet from the coronavirus outbreak. The government in Madrid warned citizens that the situation will get worse.Italy reported 969 deaths in 24 hours, and Spain 769. Italy now has 86,498 total cases, roughly the same number as the U.S. and more than China, where the disease’s first outbreak occurred. A slowdown in new cases in Italy was the one silver lining.Both countries are in almost complete lockdown, with their governments counting on limited social interactions to help contain the spread of the disease. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez convened an emergency cabinet meeting to try to chart a way out of the crisis rapidly engulfing the nation.“We may be entering a phase of stabilization, but we haven’t reached the peak yet,” Health Minister Salvador Illa said at a news conference in Madrid.With Italy and Spain now reporting the most deaths worldwide, Europe’s outbreak is stretching health-care systems and in some cases forcing doctors to choose who should live or die. The head of the World Health Organization tried to rally support for the battle against the disease on Friday, even as some world leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump question the need for extreme measures.U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was criticized for being slow to react to the epidemic, became the first world leader to say he has tested positive and is self-isolating in his Downing Street offices with “mild symptoms.” Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, also has the virus.U.K. infections are doubling every three to four days, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said. Some 14,543 people in Britain have now tested positive for coronavirus, a 2,885 increase on Thursday’s tally. Apart from Johnson, Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive and the government’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said he had symptoms and would self-isolate for a week.aIn France, cases rose to 32,964 from 29,155, with a total of 1,696 deaths.European Union leaders have largely recognized the danger but struggled to agree at a virtual summit Thursday on a joint strategy to limit the economic impact. They left key details to be hammered out in the weeks ahead.Italian President Sergio Mattarella said in a video statement that while the ECB and the European Commission have taken “important and positive financial and economic decisions” to counter the coronavirus crisis, heads of state so far have failed to act collectively.‘Extraordinary Crisis’In the absence of a shared EU response, national governments have been going it alone. In Germany, the upper house of parliament gave the final green light Friday to a package totaling more than 750 billion euros ($826 billion).While the death toll is still mounting, Italy’s health authorities sounded cautiously optimistic in recent days as new cases appear to be slowing. That was confirmed Friday, as new infections in the country slowed to 5,959, compared with 6,153 the previous day, civil protection authorities said at their daily news conference in Rome.Lombardy Governor Attilio Fontana, who heads the region with the worst outbreak, said before Friday’s death toll was released that a decline in cases may come in days.Even as the spread seems to be slowing, evidence of its impact on the economy is starting to emerge. Confidence among Italian businesses crashed this month across all sectors. Consumer sentiment also deteriorated.Alitalia, Italy’s bankrupt state airline, announced it will lay off almost 7,000 workers, while Arcelor Mittal’s Taranto steel mill, Europe’s largest by capacity, asked to temporarily suspend its whole staff, more than 8,000 people.Italy’s gross domestic product may shrink by 6.5% in 2020, according to research group Prometeia. The government has pledged to launch a second stimulus package worth at least 25 billion euros in April, after approving a similar amount this month.(Updates with French figures in eighth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:45:39 -0400
  • China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

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    China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations. In Iran, which is battling the worst outbreak in the region, state TV said Saturday another 139 people had died from the virus. China has sought to portray itself as a global leader in the fight against the outbreak, which began a few months ago in its Wuhan province.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:51:46 -0400
  • In reversal, Trump uses Defense Production Act to force GM to make ventilators

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    Trump ends vacillating and uses government powers to force GM to make ventilators

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:41:06 -0400
  • China threatens to strike back after Taiwan deal

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    China has denounced a U.S. act that increases American support for Taiwan internationally.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:37:41 -0400
  • Fauci said he's 'willing to bet anything' that people who recover from the new coronavirus are 'really protected from reinfection'

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    "It's never 100%, but I'd be willing to bet anything that people who recover are really protected against reinfection," Fauci said in an interview.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:45:22 -0400
  • Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

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    Pope Francis said the coronavirus had put everyone "in the same boat" as he held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St. Peter's Square on Friday, urging the world to see the crisis as a test of solidarity and a reminder of basic values. "Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities," he said, speaking from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica into an eerily empty and rainy square before delivering an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - something he normally does only twice a year. The Vatican called the service "An Extraordinary Prayer in the Time of Pandemic," a sombre echo of an announcement by Italian officials minutes earlier that the coronavirus death toll in the country had surged past 9,000.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:54:58 -0400
  • Rhode Island Governor Announces National Guard Will Go 'Door-to-Door' to Identify New Yorkers to Slow COVID-19 Spread

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    Rhode Island officials will order anyone coming from New York into quarantine

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:15:16 -0400
  • 'Extraordinary' recovery: 101-year-old Italian man with COVID-19 was released from the hospital

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    "Mr. P." was born during the Spanish flu pandemic. His recovery from COVID-19 gives Italy "hope for the future," Rimini's deputy mayor said.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:53:33 -0400
  • Coronavirus lockdowns: These states are ordering residents to stay home or shelter in place

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    California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey are among the states cracking down on residents' movements amid continued spread of novel coronavirus.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:48:04 -0400
  • The mystery behind Germany's low coronavirus death rate

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    Experts see a number of possible reasons why Germany has fared better than Italy in the pandemic so far.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 02:31:56 -0400
  • Indian authorities send buses to take unemployed to villages

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    Authorities sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India's capital on Saturday to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world's largest coronavirus lockdown. Thousands of people, mostly young male day laborers but also families, fled their New Delhi homes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown that began on Wednesday and effectively put millions of Indians who live off daily earnings out of work. Modi said the extreme measure was needed to halt the spread of the coronavirus in India, which has confirmed 775 cases and 19 deaths, and where millions live in cramped conditions without regular access to clean water.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:16:15 -0400
  • Trump tweets blame in all directions over ventilators for coronavirus, except at himself

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    Hours after a Fox News interview in which he downplayed a national shortage of hospital ventilators to treat patients infected with the coronavirus, President Trump fired off a number of tweets Friday blaming General Motors and its CEO, Mary Barra, for not manufacturing more of them.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:37:54 -0400
  • Dour Moscow mayor сomes to fore as 'PM for coronavirus'

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    At a televised meeting with Vladimir Putin, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin flatly told the President that official figures on COVID-19 cases were far from the reality. After that reality check, the official narrative changed swiftly: Putin, who had called the situation "under control", on Wednesday gave a grim-faced address to the nation. "Putin signed up to Sobyanin's position," opposition politician Vladimir Ryzhkov said on the popular Echo of Moscow radio station.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 21:36:53 -0400
  • Italy again reported the highest single-day death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began: 919 deaths. Its cases have surpassed China's.

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    Italy's coronavirus death toll is the world's highest: More than 9,000 people have died, compared with 1,300 people in the US and 3,300 in China.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:26:00 -0400
  • Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources

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    CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities, three people familiar with the matter said on Saturday, after prosecutors charged him this week with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been in hiding since a Spanish court in November approved his extradition to the United States.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:28:48 -0400
  • Has Joe Biden wrapped up the Democratic presidential contest? Will the November election be canceled?

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has the country's politics in turmoil. Answers to those questions and more.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:13:12 -0400
  • Trump drops idea of New York lockdown as U.S. death count crosses 2,000

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    President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would issue a travel warning for the hard-hit New York area to limit the spread of the coronavirus, backing off from an earlier suggestion that he might try to cut off the region entirely. Trump's announcement came as the U.S. death count crossed 2,100, more than double the level from two days ago. The United States has now recorded more than 122,000 cases of the respiratory virus, the most of any country in the world.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:16:51 -0400
  • Neanderthals didn't just hunt mammoths. They actually knew how to fish, researchers discover.

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    A new study suggests that Neanderthals were skilled fishermen and that seafood was a key ingredient in their diets.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:29:50 -0400
  • Rhode Island officers stopping incoming New Yorkers to force quarantine

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    “I know this is unusual. I know this is extreme. And I know some people don’t agree with it,” Rhode Island's governor said.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:24:33 -0400
  • NOT REAL NEWS: Debunking yet more false coronavirus content

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    None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. CLAIM: Nancy Pelosi snuck $25 million worth of pay raises for Congress into the federal relief bill intended to help Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. THE FACTS: A proposal in the economic rescue package sets aside $25 million for the House of Representatives but “none of those funds will go to member salaries,” Evan Hollander, the communications director for the House Appropriations Committee, told The Associated Press.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:03:57 -0400
  • Trump demands appreciation from governors for coronavirus response

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    President Trump used his daily coronavirus to attack Democratic governors who in his estimation had shown insufficient gratitude for his administration’s response to the pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:31:42 -0400
  • South Korea virus test-kit makers approved to export to US

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    The companies won pre-approval under emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration that allows for the products to be sold in America, South Korea's foreign ministry said, without naming the firms. The US has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than anywhere else in the world. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said earlier this week that his US counterpart Donald Trump had asked for test kits, although the White House has not confirmed the request.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:07:28 -0400
  • Without any interventions like social distancing, one model predicts the coronavirus could have killed 40 million people this year

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    The researchers warned that governments and individuals must take immediate steps like lockdowns and staying home to stem the impacts of the pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:05:17 -0400
  • Rats swarm New Orleans' streets as coronavirus precautions leave them empty

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    With restaurants closed save for take-out service, far less food waste is being discarded in the city's alleyways, driving the local rodent population out into the open to search for scraps.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:52:48 -0400
  • Social Security recipients to get checks under coronavirus stimulus bill. Here’s how

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    People who receive Social Security benefits are still eligible without having filed a tax return.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:43:29 -0400
  • Russia confirms coronavirus case in Putin's administration, tightens curbs

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    The Kremlin confirmed a coronavirus case in President Vladimir Putin's administration on Friday and the government said measures imposed in Moscow to fight the virus should be extended across Russia. The Kremlin said it was taking measures to stop the virus spreading further after a staff member in the presidential administration contracted the virus. It said the person had not come into contact with Putin, but declined to identify them.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 05:42:45 -0400
  • As coronavirus pandemic strains hospitals, many medical school grads can’t get jobs

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    As the need for physicians has increased, each year — and this year is no exception — many qualified medical school seniors fail to acquire a residency position in a hospital, a requirement for beginning a practice.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:34:35 -0400
  • California Gov. Newsom commutes sentences for 21, including killers

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    Fourteen of the commuted cases involved murder or related charges.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:21:00 -0400
  • American Airlines flight attendant dies of coronavirus, elevating fears in the industry

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    Paul Frishkorn, a Philadelphia-based flight attendant, has died from coronavirus, fueling fears in a profession on the front lines of the pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:21:54 -0400
  • The mistakes that turned New York into an epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic

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    Caught between a mayor’s indecision and a president’s inattention, the nation’s largest city was left dangerously exposed to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 05:00:49 -0400
  • 'Off the charts': Virus hotspots grow in middle America

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    The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States with fatalities doubling in two days and authorities saying Saturday that an infant who tested positive had died. It pummeled big cities like New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago, and made its way, too, into rural America as hotspots erupted in small Midwestern towns and Rocky Mountain ski havens. Worldwide infections surpassed the 660,000 mark with more than 30,000 deaths as new cases also stacked up quickly in Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 01:46:19 -0400
  • A US aircraft carrier could be stuck in port for almost a month for coronavirus testing, but the Navy is trying to cut that time down

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    At the current pace, testing the entire crew could leave the carrier stuck in port for nearly a month.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:03:41 -0400
  • Can I walk outside? Is the virus on my shoes? Q&A with experts

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    "CBS This Morning" assembled a panel of experts to answer questions from viewers who want to know how the coronavirus and its economic impact affects them.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 02:46:59 -0400
  • Ex-Venezuela general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to US

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    A retired Venezuelan general has turned himself over to Colombian authorities after the United States charged him with drug-trafficking and offered a reward for his capture, local media said on Saturday. Cliver Alcala turned himself in on Friday to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper said. Washington on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several current and former top government officials for "narco-terrorism" and offered a $15 million reward for information leading to Maduro's capture.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:06:41 -0400
  • South Korean coronavirus test kit makers win U.S. FDA pre-approval

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    Three Korean coronavirus test-kit makers have won preliminary approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), paving the way for kits to be exported to the United States to help it battle the largest outbreak of the virus. South Korea's foreign ministry said that winning the preliminary approval under emergency use authorization will allow the products to be sold in the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump this week asked his Korean counterpart to supply the medical devices and promised to help Korean firms gain U.S. regulator approval.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 21:38:17 -0400
  • A 90-year-old woman in Washington state recovered from the coronavirus, and she credits family, God, and potato soup

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    Family members of 90-year-old COVID-19 patient Geneva Wood were called to the hospital to say their goodbyes. After seeing them, she recovered.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:38:17 -0400
  • Sanders is still running, and he may not stop anytime soon

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    The Vermont independent faces long odds of winning the Democratic nomination, but in the pandemic, allies see a moment for his message.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:10:00 -0400
  • This TSA officer has coronavirus symptoms. He can't get tested

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    TSA officer Brian Shoup's case illustrates the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic across the country: the risk of exposure and lack of testing.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:19:19 -0400
  • Cuomo: Trump New York quarantine would be 'federal declaration of war'

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    * Trump: ‘There’s a possibility we’ll do a quarantine, short-term’ * New York governor points out plan would likely be illegal * Global coronavirus outbreak: live * Read all our coronavirus coverageAndrew Cuomo, the New York governor, warned on Saturday of “chaos and mayhem” if Donald Trump pressed ahead with a proposal for an enforced regional quarantine, saying such a move would be “a federal declaration of war”.“It’s a preposterous idea, frankly,” Cuomo told CNN on Saturday evening, hours after the president floated the idea of locking down parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to try to slow the coronavirus spread.According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, by Saturday night more than 116,000 Covid-19 cases had been recorded across the US with nearly 2,000 deaths. New York is by far the state heaviest hit.“Why you would want to just create total pandemonium on top of a pandemic I have no idea,” Cuomo said.“It’s totally opposite with what the president would want to do, work with the states, get the economy running and get some sense of stability. You wouldn’t at this point literally fracture the entire nation because it’s not just New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, it’s Louisiana and New Orleans. The numbers will continue to rise and every few days it’s going to be another hotspot.”> If we start walling off areas it would be totally bizarre, counterproductive, anti-American, anti-social> > Andrew CuomoHe added: “It would be chaos and mayhem. If we start walling off areas all across the country it would just be totally bizarre, counterproductive, anti-American, anti-social.”Trump suggested imposing a quarantine earlier in the day, as he left the White House for a visit to Norfolk, Virginia.“We’re thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot,” he said.“We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut. This would be an enforceable quarantine. I’d rather not do it, but maybe we need it.”Cuomo said Trump had not mentioned it when they spoke in the morning about a US navy hospital ship being deployed to New York City and four temporary hospital sites.“If the president was considering this, he would have called me,” Cuomo said, adding: “This would be a federal declaration of war on states.”He went on: “This is a civil war kind of discussion. I don’t believe that he could be serious, that any federal administration could be serious about physical lockdowns of states or parts of states. I don’t believe it’s legal, I believe it would be economic chaos, I don’t believe the American people would stand for it.“This is a time when the president says he’s trying to restart the economy. New York is the financial sector. You geographically restrict a state, you would paralyze the financial sector.”In an earlier press conference from Albany, the governor seemed blindsided by the president’s comments and a tweet in which Trump said: “I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing ‘hot spots’, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.”In Norfolk to say farewell to the USNS Comfort, Trump said “this great ship” was “a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York, a place I know very well, a place I love.”But the president added: “We will stop at nothing to protect the health of New Yorkers, and the health of people in our country.”He also said any quarantine would “not apply to people such as truckers from outside the New York area. It won’t affect trade in any way.”Cuomo also continued to weigh the need for ventilators in New York, which with more than 52,000 positive coronavirus tests has more known infections than any other state. Trump this week told Fox News: “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators.”At his Albany press conference, Cuomo held a “bag valve mask”, effectively a manual ventilator.> We will stop at nothing to protect the health of New Yorkers, and the health of people in our country> > Donald Trump“This is the alternative if you don’t have the ventilators,” he said. “We are actually buying these. We bought about 3,000. We’ve ordered an additional 4,000 of these bag valve masks.“We’re even talking about training national guard people to learn how to operate this device, which is relatively simple to operate but you need a lot of people to operate this 24-hours-a day for each patient.“If we have to turn to this device on any large-scale basis that is not an acceptable situation. We’re planning for that worst-case scenario.”The governor said Trump had approved temporary hospitals in the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. He also called for unified purchasing of medical supplies – either federally or a consortium among states.The USNS Comfort is expected in New York harbour on Monday as local medical centers face collapse. On Saturday there were reportedly nearly 27,000 known Covid-19 cases and 450 deaths in New York City. Cuomo said the state death toll had risen close to 800.The ship is the second US navy vessel deployed to a city battling coronavirus: the USNS Mercy docked in Los Angeles on Friday.On Twitter late on Friday, Trump continued to rail against Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, who reportedly claimed medical equipment suppliers were sending products to the federal government first.“I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic,” Trump wrote. “Yet your Governor, Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude!”On Saturday, Whitmer said in a tweet she had “a good call” with Vice-President Mike Pence.“We’ll keep working around the clock with [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and the White House to get more of the personal protective equipment we need to keep Michiganders safe,” she wrote. “Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.”

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:55:29 -0400
  • Pedestrian bridge falls onto Detroit freeway after collision

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    A truck collided with a pedestrian bridge early Friday in Detroit, sending a portion of the span onto a freeway and blocking traffic along part of the heavily traveled thoroughfare, authorities said. No one was injured in the collapse onto westbound Interstate 94, Lt. Mike Shaw, a Michigan State Police spokesman, said in an email. The freeway in both directions was closed after the collapse, which was caused by a truck apparently carrying a large load hitting the bridge at some point after 5 a.m, said Diane Cross, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:34:42 -0400
  • A Connecticut doctor has been charged after authorities said he deliberately coughed on his coworkers

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    People across the United States have been arrested and charged in recent days after allegedly violating social distancing measures.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:59:47 -0400
  • Trump tells Hannity he doesn’t believe New York needs 30,000 ventilators to fight coronavirus

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    In an interview on Fox News, President Trump told host Sean Hannity that he doesn’t believe places like New York need 30,000 ventilators.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:14:44 -0400
  • Asia virus latest: People return to China epicentre, security talks off

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    Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on Saturday after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. A top Asian security conference that gathers defence ministers -- including from the US and China -- and senior military officials was cancelled due to the pandemic. Thousands of migrant workers in India, left jobless and penniless by the full shutdown of the country, are walking long distances back to their home villages after all transport was stopped except for essential services.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:31:09 -0400
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