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Apr 04, 2020

President Trump says US to deploy 1,000 military personnel to New York City to battle coronavirus
President Donald Trump says the U.S. will send 1,000 military personnel to New York City to help battle the coronavirus epidemic.

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Apr 04, 2020

Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?
During the presidency of Barack Obama, the national stockpile was seriously taxed as the administration addressed multiple crises over eight years.

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Apr 04, 2020

New York state virus toll spikes as officials plea for medical volunteers
New York state's coronavirus toll continued rising at a devastating pace Saturday, as authorities issued an emergency plea for volunteers to assist in the crisis plaguing the US pandemic's epicenter. With already strained hospitals scrambling to prepare for a growing influx of patients, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the worst was yet to come. The death toll in the state was up from 2,935 the previous day; the additional 630 deaths represented the largest 24-hour spike recorded there.

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Apr 04, 2020

Mexican tequila makers, unlike brewers, plan to keep up production, exports
Mexican tequila makers have sought to dispel concerns that their exports to the United States will dry up, after two large brewers in the country suspended production to comply with government rules put in place due to the new coronavirus. "Neither in the United States nor in Canada are there restrictions on manufacturing and selling alcoholic beverages," the president of the Mexican tequila chamber, Rodolfo Gonzalez, said in an interview. Mexican tequila makers, however, interpret the newly imposed rules differently.

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Apr 04, 2020

New York Gov. Cuomo says he expects the peak of the coronavirus outbreak to hit in the 'seven-day' range as cases skyrocket
New York has 11,000 new cases and China's donating 1,000 ventilators: Here are all the key takeaways from Gov. Cuomo's coronavirus press conference.

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Apr 04, 2020

N.Y. Has Most Deaths in a Day; Italy's Toll Falls: Virus Update
(Bloomberg) -- New York State reported the most deaths in a single day while Italy, the nation with the most fatalities in the world, had the fewest since March 26. Spain plans to extend its lockdown.U.S. deaths rose to more than 7,500 and the global tally exceeds 62,000. At least a half-dozen cruise ships remain at sea with passengers and crew as companies navigate long trips and struggle to find ports willing to let them dock. The big question remains: When, and how, will this end?Key Developments:Global cases top 1.1 million; deaths exceed 62,000: Johns HopkinsBread lines are forming in Mar-a-Lago's shadowThe virus is destroying ed jobs around the worldLandlords in peril as retailers withhold rentCruise ships, linked to the early spread, are still sailingThe maker of Purell gets tariff exclusionsNew York's Deadliest Day (2 p.m. NY)New York, the worst-hit U.S. state, recorded the biggest daily death toll yet, adding 630 fatalities for a total of 3,565, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. One thousand ventilators are due to arrive from China on Saturday. "This is a big deal and it's going to make a significant difference for us," Cuomo said. Oregon donated another 140. "We're not at the apex," Cuomo told reporters. New York City's total rose to 63,306 cases and 2,624 deaths.Read the full story here.Trudeau Plans Trump Call Amid Spat (1 p.m. NY)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will speak to Donald Trump soon as the U.S. president escalates a battle with allies and 3M Co. over exports of medical equipment and N

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Apr 04, 2020

Italy, Spain showing signs of downward coronavirus trends
Both countries are far from out of the woods, but Italy and Spain have reported some encouraging novel coronavirus trends over the last few days.Italy continues to see daily increases in new COVID-19 infections and fatalities, but the rate is slowing. While there was a slight uptick in new cases Saturday from the day before, the daily average appears to have mostly plateaued, signaling the country's lockdown which started on March 9 has been at least somewhat effective. The number of deaths also dropped from previous days, though the total — 681 — was again quite high. Deaths will continue to lag behind the infection rate, so another spike remains possible, but the country may be past its peak. New data from Italy - daily cases and fatalities. pic.twitter.com/mCTu4uyAMW — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 4, 2020Perhaps the most positive news from Italy is the announcement that the number of patients in intensive care throughout the country's health care system declined for the first time since the outbreak began in February.Spain, for the first time, overtook Italy as the European country with the highest number of new cases Friday, and it is still overwhelmed by new infections and deaths. Yet Maria Jose Sierra, the deputy head of Spain's health agency, said the figures "confirm the downward trend we have seen in the last few days." Two weeks ago, Spain saw a 20 percent increase in daily deaths, while on Saturday the amount rose by just 7 percent from the previous day. But with the understanding that there's still a long wa

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Apr 04, 2020

Spain to extend lockdown, as deaths down for second day
Spain's prime minister announced Saturday an extension of the country's lockdown to combat the coronavirus, saying the measures are "bearing fruit" as the number of deaths fell for a second day in a row. "The cabinet on Tuesday will again ask for authorisation from parliament to extend for a second time the state of alert until Saturday April 25 at midnight," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised speech. Hospitals, in particular the intensive care units, have been overwhelmed by an influx of coronavirus patients.

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Apr 04, 2020

North Korea's official coronavirus count: Zero. Why that claim is hard to believe
Experts are skeptical of the no-coronavirus claim from the tightly controlled country so desperate to maintain the status of its border with China.

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Apr 04, 2020

The NRA is suing Gov. Cuomo after New York closed gun shops as non-essential businesses
Under Cuomo's "PAUSE" order, which is in effect until at least April 15, gun stores were deemed non-essential and ordered to close.

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Apr 04, 2020

Amazon is turning away employees with temperatures over than 100.4 degrees and slashing up to half their pay
Amazon employees say the new policy could be a devastating blow to many workers who live paycheck to paycheck.

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Apr 04, 2020

Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds suffers coronavirus symptoms
Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds has revealed she has "spent the past week in bed" after suffering coronavirus symptoms but is now recovering. The 32-year-old, who is expecting the couple's baby in early summer, falls into the group of vulnerable people urged to avoid contact with those with symptoms of Covid-19. Prime Minister Mr Johnson said last week that he had tested positive for coronavirus and has now spent more than a week in self-isolation in Downing Street. Shortly after his announcement, Ms Symonds - who usually lives with the Prime Minister in the Number 11 flat - shared a photograph of herself self-isolating in Camberwell, south London, with the couple's dog Dilyn. But on Saturday evening she revealed she too has suffered coronavirus symptoms. She tweeted: "I've spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven't needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I'm on the mend. "Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously worrying. To other pregnant women, please do read and follow the most up to date guidance which I found to be v reassuring."

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Apr 04, 2020

Number of coronavirus intensive care patients in Italy drops for first time
Italy reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths for nearly two weeks on Saturday and said the number of patients in intensive care had fallen for the first time. The Civil Protection department reported 681 deaths, bringing the total to 15,632 since the outbreak of the new coronavirus epidemic in northern Italy on Feb. 21. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 124,632 from 119,827 reported on Friday but for the first time, the number of patients in badly stretched intensive care units fell, with 3,994 patients being treated, down 74 from 4,068 on Friday.

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Apr 04, 2020

Death Toll Passes 60,000; N.Y. Has Deadliest Day: Virus Update
(Bloomberg) -- The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 60,000 worldwide and New York State reported its deadliest day. Spain will extend its state of emergency after cases surpassed those in Italy.U.S. deaths rose to more than 7,000 as health officials recommended wearing cloth masks to prevent the virus's spread. At least a half-dozen cruise ships remain at sea with passengers and crew as companies navigate long trips and struggle to find ports willing to let them dock.Key Developments:Global cases top 1.1 million; deaths exceed 60,000: Johns HopkinsBread lines are forming in Mar-a-Lago's shadowJobs destroyed worldwide as virus sparks recessionLandlords in peril as retailers withhold rentWhy the Fate of Milan Will Be the Fate of ItalyCruise ships, linked to the early spread, are still sailingNew York's Deadliest Day (11:40 a.m. NY)New York, the worst-hit U.S. state, recorded its deadliest day as the toll rose to 3,565, including 2,624 deaths in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters. A shipment of 1,000 ventilators from China is arriving the city on Saturday. "This is a big deal and it's going to make a significant difference for us," Cuomo said.A Quarter of French Workers on Benefits (11:30 a.m. NY)French Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud said on BFM TV that 5 million workers, about a quarter of the nation's people on payrolls, have been granted temporary unemployment benefits, a system put in place to help companies reduce operations without laying off staff.NYC Seeks U.S. Doctors, Nurses (1

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Apr 04, 2020

Have I already had coronavirus? How would I know and what should I do?
Covid-19 symptoms, when they occur, vary widely and undertesting means many people have probably been unwittingly infected * Coronavirus - latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 symptoms vary widely, and undertesting in many countries means that many people may have already had the coronavirus without having received a positive diagnosis. Is it possible to find out, and how should you behave if you think you may have been infected? Is there any way to know whether someone has had Covid-19 in the past?Dr William Hillmann: At this point, we don't have a test to tell that. We are developing antibody tests to check for a prior infection, but those aren't ready for clinical use yet. The only definitive way to know that you've had it is to get tested while you have it and to have that test be positive. Could I have had it and been asymptomatic? Hillmann: Coronavirus is actually quite a significant spectrum of symptoms, from people who are entirely asymptomatic and would have no idea that they have it to people with very mild, cold-like symptoms - runny nose, congestion, sore throat - to people with more flu-like symptoms - high fevers, muscle aches, shortness of breath and cough. All the way up to people with severe illness, who we're seeing in the hospital with respiratory failure, requiring ICU care. (Editor's note: recent reports suggest that loss of smell and taste are also signs of Covid-19 infection.) What percentage of carriers are asymptomatic?Dr David Buchholz: Right now in

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Apr 04, 2020

Where to buy the materials to make masks at home
Some experts are recommending wearing masks out in public during the coronavirus outbreak. Here's where you can get materials to make them.

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Apr 04, 2020

The search for 2 Kennedy family members has been called off, turning 'from rescue to recovery' a day after they went missing in a canoe
Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her 8-year-old son Gideon disappeared from a family gathering in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Apr 04, 2020

Coronavirus kills some people and hardly affects others: How is that possible?
How can the new coronavirus affect people so differently — killing some while leaving others blissfully unaware that they have been infected at all?

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Apr 04, 2020

Photos show China coming to a standstill to mourn everyone who died of coronavirus, including whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang
All of China observed a three-minute silence on Saturday, which coincided with Qingming Festival, when people traditionally visit ancestors' graves.

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Apr 04, 2020

We all want to know how the coronavirus pandemic ends. So how do we cope with uncertainty?
Uncertainty during the pandemic is unsettling because people need predictability to feel safe, experts say. So how do we cope when we don't have it?

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump contradicted governors and himself in statements about coronavirus this week
This week Trump said states "got off to a very late start" on coronavirus response. But many have criticized him as doing the same.

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Apr 04, 2020

Coronavirus: Germany and France accuse US of taking face masks as international tensions rise
Germany and France have accused the US of taking face masks already ordered by Europe as the coronavirus pandemic continued to cause rising international tensions.Politicians in Berlin and Paris both said America had been using unfair means to undermine their own attempts to secure personal protective equipment.

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Apr 04, 2020

Democrats blast Trump's 'unconscionable' decision to fire IG who informed Congress about Ukraine whistleblower complaint
President Trump on Friday fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who informed Congress about the whistleblower complaint regarding Trump's communications with Ukraine that eventually led to his impeachment. The president said he "no longer" has the "fullest confidence" in Atkinson.Democrats were not happy with the decision, especially considering it came as the novel coronavirus pandemic intensifies across the United States. "In the midst of a national emergency, it is unconscionable that the president is once again attempting to undermine the integrity of the intelligence community by firing yet another intelligence official simply for doing his job," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.The Trump administration has already removed numerous officials from their posts involved with Trump's impeachment proceedings, including Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a former National Security Council official, and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Others, like former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, resigned.Atkinson won't be immediately removed — the statute for the intelligence community inspector general requires both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees be informed of a dismissal with 30 days notice, so there won't be an official change until next month. Read more at The Guardian a

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Apr 04, 2020

The noble lie about masks and coronavirus should never have been told
Those of you of a certain age will doubtless remember a time when it was universally acknowledged that wearing masks would not protect you or anyone else from the coronavirus pandemic. By "certain age" here I mean all living Americans born on or before April 1, 2020, which according to my notes is when it became possible to express a contrary position in polite society.This was always nonsense. The White House is now suggesting that all of us should wear masks whenever we leave our houses. We are even stealing vast stockpiles of them from the Germans, who have been wearing them in public for around a month on the rather more numerous occasions when their leaders exempt them from house arrest. People who can't get proper masks (apparently the kind people wear when they spray for bugs) are being encouraged to make their own. If nothing else, this has given tedious DIY addicts something else to be self satisfied about. No one cares how quaint and interesting you think the piece of cloth meant to protect you from a disease is, okay?Whether the journalists and other apparent experts who enthusiastically spread this apparent lie about masks knew it was false is very much an open question. Some of us found it odd that the same people were also saying that masks should be reserved for use by medical professionals. If masks don't do anything, why do doctors and nurses need them? Are they an ornamental part of a dress uniform? The mind reels.Regardless of the personal honesty of those involved in it, this propagan

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Apr 04, 2020

China's Wuhan marks quiet Tomb-Sweeping Festival
China's ancient tomb-sweeping day festival has changed this year, especially in Wuhan.

As Chinese authorities discourage the practice under lockdown.

Normally, millions of families go to ancestral graves to offer flowers and burn incense for the day also known as Qingming.

Prevented from traveling, this couple burned joss paper on the sidewalk within their housing compound.

To commemorate health workers who gave their lives in Wuhan, where the outbreak began, as well as their ancestors.

(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) LOCAL RESIDENT, MR. XIA, SAYING:

"We commemorate the white shirts, the white shirts who were fighting at the frontline. It's an honourable courtesy. There was a nurse who died and she was quite young, she was 29 years old. We should commemorate her. When we commemorate her I need to pray twice. This is what I did. "

Chinese authorities have told residents to watch cemetery staff perform rites via online streaming.

China also observed three minutes of silence Saturday, to mourn the thousands who died fighting the epidemic.





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Apr 04, 2020

Airline refutes Mexican authority's account of spring break coronavirus outbreak
College students from Texas who tested positive for the novel coronavirus after spring break in Los Cabos traveled to the Mexican beach resort on Viva Aerobus, the airline said, and were there a week later than reported by the local tourist board. At least part of the Texas group stayed at the luxury Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos hotel, two people familiar with the arrangements told Reuters.

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Apr 04, 2020

Indonesia coronavirus cases top 2,000 amid concerns over data
Indonesia said on Saturday that coronavirus cases had topped 2,000 and deaths risen to 191, but doubts have been raised over official figures by data showing a big jump in funerals last month in the capital Jakarta. Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto said there had been 106 new confirmed infections, taking the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,092, with 10 new deaths. "We are still on high alert over infections that are taking place in the community that are caused by positive cases among people who are not showing symptoms," said Yurianto.

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Apr 04, 2020

BA cabin crew virus fears after long-haul flights
Pilots and cabin crew say the airline was slow to take action to protect them from the coronavirus.

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump Sent the Guard to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Military Care
Thousands of National Guardsmen around the country are in contact with people who've contracted COVID-19. But while the federal government has called on them for frontline assistance in battling the pandemic, it's not giving them what they need to protect themselves: access to the military's health insurance.The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what's called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs. But according to the National Guard's advocates and the U.S. governors' association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE—think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform—to cover them. Military Times first reported the eligibility shortfall. It's an urgent problem for guardsmen now that the pandemic-spurred economic collapse has exposed the folly of the current system of employer-provided health insurance. Some proportion of the guardsmen who may expose themselves to COVID-19 will have lost their jobs, and more surely will in the weeks to come.If their jobs came with health insurance, they would be qualified to shop on the Obamacare exchanges. But that process can be cumbersome and expensive at a moment when they face unemployment. If they never had job-bas

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Apr 04, 2020

Trump Sent Them to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Health Care
Thousands of National Guardsmen around the country are in contact with people who've contracted COVID-19. But while the federal government has called on them for frontline assistance in battling the pandemic, it's not giving them what they need to protect themselves: access to the military's health insurance.The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what's called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs. But according to the National Guard's advocates and the U.S. governors' association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE—think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform—to cover them. Military Times first reported the eligibility shortfall. It's an urgent problem for guardsmen now that the pandemic-spurred economic collapse has exposed the folly of the current system of employer-provided health insurance. Some proportion of the guardsmen who may expose themselves to COVID-19 will have lost their jobs, and more surely will in the weeks to come.If their jobs came with health insurance, they would be qualified to shop on the Obamacare exchanges. But that process can be cumbersome and expensive at a moment when they face unemployment. If they never had job-based insurance,

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Apr 04, 2020

Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases topping 100 for first time: NHK
Some 118 people were newly infected with the novel coronavirus in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, NHK public broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing metropolitan government officials. It marked the first time that daily confirmed cases exceeded 100 in the Tokyo area, bringing the number of confirmed cases there to 891, NHK said. Tokyo's metropolitan government has strongly urged people to stay at home at the weekend as the mega-city faces a rising number of cases and as speculation simmers that Japan may declare a state of emergency, leading to lockdown.

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Apr 04, 2020

Vietnam lodges protest against Beijing after fishing boat sunk in South China Sea
* March sees 2,585 homicides - highest monthly figure on record * Mexico tries to pour resources into containing coronavirusMexico's homicide rate raced to a new record in March, as violence raged even as Covid-19 spread across the country and authorities urged the population to stay home and practise social distancing.Mexico registered 2,585 homicides in March - the highest monthly figure since records began in 1997 - putting 2020 on track to break last year's record total for murders.The surge in killings comes as federal and state officials put resources into containing the Covid-19 crisis and confront the prospect of an already sluggish economy falling even further - potentially deepening the misery for the more than 40% of the population living in poverty."It's business as usual [for drug cartels] with a risk of further escalation, especially if at some point the armed forces are called away for pandemic control," said Falko Ernst, senior Mexico analyst at the International Crisis Group.Violence has flared throughout the country, but it has been especially intense in the central state of Guanajuato, where criminal groups have battled over lucrative territories rife with theft from pipelines.The bloodshed has hit shocking levels in the city of Ceyala - home to a major automotive manufacturing plant - with gunmen engaging security forces in shootouts, blockading streets and torching businesses.Francisco Rivas, director of the National Citizen Observatory, which monitors security issues

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Apr 04, 2020

Asia virus latest: China mourns dead, S. Korea extends social distancing
China came to a standstill to mourn the patients and medical staff who died because of the coronavirus outbreak, with the country observing a nationwide three-minute silence. At 10 am Saturday, Citizens paused as cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens rang out in memory of the more than 3,000 lives lost to the virus in mainland China. In Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the national flag flew at half-mast, and state media showed President Xi Jinping and other officials standing outside a government compound wearing white flowers.

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Apr 04, 2020

Vietnam protests Beijing's sinking of South China Sea boat
Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci left the hosts of Fox & Friends disappointed and frustrated Friday when he threw cold water on their insistence that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine is a game-changing cure for the coronavirus.Citing a recent poll showing that 37 percent of doctors around the world feel the drug is currently the most effective treatment of COVID-19, co-host Steve Doocy added that frequent Fox News guest Dr. Mehmet Oz recently touted a small Chinese study that found the drug had some efficacy in treating the virus.Doocy went on to play a clip of Dr. Oz wondering whether Fauci was impressed with the results of that study. The Fox host asked the top physician to respond to the TV doctor."That was not a very robust study," replied Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force. He also pointed out that while there's still a possibility of a "beneficial effect," the scale and strength of the evidence is not "overwhelmingly strong.""But getting back to what you said just a moment ago that ‘X percent'—I think you said 37 percent—of doctors feel that it's beneficial. We don't operate on how you feel. We operate on what evidence is, and data is," he continued. "So although there is some suggestion with the study that was just mentioned by Dr. Oz—granted that there is a suggestion that there is a benefit there—I think we've got to be careful that we don't make that majestic leap to assume that this is a kno

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Apr 04, 2020

Indian state authorities warn coronavirus lockdown could be extended
Authorities in some India states warned on Saturday that lockdowns to rein in the coronavirus pandemic could be extended in parts of the nation as the number of domestic coronavirus cases rose above the 3,000 mark. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a three-week lockdown of India's 1.3 billion people on March 24 to avert a massive outbreak of infections. The country has recorded 3,072 coronavirus cases, of which 75 people have died.

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Apr 03, 2020

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers announce potential coronavirus vaccine breakthrough
Dr. Lou Falo, professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, joins Shannon Bream on 'Fox News @ Night' to explain.

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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: Cloth masks in public now recommended; US death toll passes 7,100; nation lost 701K jobs in March
New research has prompted authorities to change their position Friday on the widespread use of non-medical masks in public.

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Apr 03, 2020

A Kentucky resident who was potentially exposed to the coronavirus and refused to self-isolate was forced to wear an ankle monitor
One man who tested positive for the coronavirus was put under house arrest after he went out shopping and violated his quarantine.

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Apr 03, 2020

RFK's granddaughter and her young son missing, family says
The two were last seen struggling to paddle a canoe, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

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Apr 03, 2020

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint
President Donald Trump abruptly fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, sidelining an independent watchdog who played a pivotal role in his impeachment even as his White House struggles with the deepening coronavirus pandemic. Trump informed the House and Senate intelligence committees late Friday of his decision to fire Michael Atkinson, according to letters obtained by The Associated Press. Atkinson handled the anonymous whistleblower complaint that triggered Trump's impeachment last year.

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Apr 03, 2020

'Nasty': Trump rails against reporter who asked about national stockpile
CBS News' Weijia Jiang pressed Trump to clarify adviser Jared Kushner's comments. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself," Trump said at one point.

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Apr 03, 2020

U.S. attorney general orders release of more federal inmates due to coronavirus pandemic
U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is facing emergency conditions due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, paving the way for the agency to begin releasing more inmates out of custody and into home confinement. Barr said under his emergency order, priority for releasing vulnerable inmates into home confinement should be given first to those housed in federal prisons that have been hardest hit by COVID-19, including facilities such as Oakdale in Louisiana, Elkton in Ohio and Danbury in Connecticut. Barr's order comes after five inmates at FCI Oakdale 1 and two at FCI Elkton 1 died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the world
The United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, 1,480 deaths were counted between Thursday morning and Friday morning, and the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in the US is now 7,406. It tops the record set by the US on the previous day with 1,169 deaths. The US also far has more cases than any other country in the world with more than 275,000, at least double that of Italy which has the second highest number. It comes as Donald Trump advised all Americans to wear masks in public to protect against the virus over fears that the illness that has infected more than one million people worldwide may be spreading by normal breathing. Mr Trump said the government recommendation for all 330 million Americans to wear non-medical masks in places such as grocery stores would last "for a period of time", though he said that he would not wear one.

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Apr 03, 2020

A California ER nurse told her family that if she gets COVID-19 she doesn't want a ventilator and to give it to someone else who needs it more
"If I were to get really sick, my sisters know I don't want to take a ventilator from someone else who may need it," Paige said.

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Apr 03, 2020

Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup
Joe Biden said Friday that he will announce a committee to oversee his vice presidential selection process and is already thinking about whom he'd choose to join his Cabinet. Biden, who holds a significant lead in delegates over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary race but has yet to officially clinch the nomination, also said he's spoken to Sanders to let him know he'd be proceeding with the vice presidential vetting process. Biden, a former vice president himself, has previously committed to choosing a woman as his running mate.

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Apr 03, 2020

China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic
China on Saturday mourned the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment. The day of mourning coincided with the start of the annual Qingming tomb-sweeping festival, when millions of Chinese families pay respects to their ancestors. At 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) Beijing time, the country observed three minutes of silence to mourn those who died, including frontline medical workers and doctors.

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Apr 03, 2020

Biden Says He Spoke to Sanders to Discuss Running Mate Process
Coronavirus unemployment could dwarf the Great Depression. As painful and unsettling as what's happened so far, there's no sugar coating what's ahead.

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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: Cloth masks in public now recommended; US death toll tops 7,000; nation lost 701K jobs in March
New research has prompted authorities to change their position Friday on the widespread use of non-medical masks in public.

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Apr 03, 2020

Putin says Russia ready to cooperate on cutting oil production
Russia is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and the United States to cut oil production, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Putin said Russia was willing to make agreements within the framework of the OPEC group and that "we are ready for cooperation with the United States of America on this issue," according to a statement published by the Kremlin. Oil prices have tumbled in recent weeks in the face of a drop in demand and global economic uncertainty over the new coronavirus pandemic.

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Apr 03, 2020

3M pushes back at Trump over order to produce more face masks
Manufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers.

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Apr 03, 2020

CDC gives 'voluntary' guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. Trump isn't volunteering.
President Trump said Friday that despite new CDC guidance recommending that American citizens wear masks or facial coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, "I don't think that I'm going to be doing it."

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Apr 03, 2020

U.S. airports close gates and runways as travel declines due to coronavirus
Airports are consolidating terminals and closing runways to cope with airline flight cuts and fewer travelers.

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Apr 03, 2020

Watch sailors cheer Navy captain relieved of command after raising alarm on coronavirus
One Twitter user who uploaded a video captioned it, in part: "Wrongfully relieved of command but did right by the sailors."

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Apr 03, 2020

FISA court orders FBI to review if wiretaps are invalid after errors found during investigation
The directive comes just days after an internal Justice Department review found new problems with the FBI's management of wiretap applications.

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Apr 03, 2020

Leaders back Navy firing of ship captain; sailors cheer him
Sweden has had some of the least strict social distancing guidelines in Europe. The country released new rules Wednesday, but they're still loose.

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Apr 03, 2020

Over 120,000 sign online petition to reinstate U.S. Navy carrier commander
More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling on the U.S. Navy to reinstate the captain of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier a day after he was relieved of his command for a letter sent to superiors urging stronger measures to halt the outbreak. Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday after a scathing letter in which he called on the Navy to take "decisive action" to halt the spread of the virus aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was leaked to the media. "His actions possibly saved many lives," the online petition said.

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Apr 03, 2020

Pandemic pushes U.S. gun sales to all-time high
The FBI conducted 3.7 million background checks last month, the highest total since the national instant check system was launched in 1998.

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Apr 03, 2020

VFW Opposes VA Decision to Eliminate Review Period for Claims
Previously, the VA allowed veterans service organizations to double-check vets' claims.

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Apr 03, 2020

Making your own face mask? Some fabrics work better than others, study finds
Some fabrics were found to work better at filtering small particles than medical grade masks.

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Apr 03, 2020

For DIY face masks, some fabrics work better than others
Some fabrics were found to work better at filtering small particles than medical grade masks.

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Apr 03, 2020

New York City sent out a push alert to all phones asking licensed healthcare workers to volunteer in overburdened facilities
New York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US with more than 57,000 people infected and over 1,500 deaths.

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Apr 03, 2020

McGrath offers quick response to McConnell virus-related ad
Democrat Amy McGrath has punched back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of seeking a political windfall from an economic aid package while the coronavirus crisis worsens. McGrath's campaign released a TV ad Friday lambasting the Kentucky Republican for "taking a victory lap against the coronavirus." It's a quick response by his most well-funded Democratic challenger to a McConnell commercial in which he trumpeted his key role in passing the $2.2 trillion rescue package.

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Apr 03, 2020

27 Best Home Office Decor Ideas to Keep You in the Zone
The Chinese city of Shenzhen has banned the eating of dogs and cats as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the emergence of the new coronavirus. Scientists suspect the coronavirus passed to humans from animals. Authorities in the southern Chinese technology hub said the ban on eating dogs and cats would come into force on May 1.

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Apr 03, 2020

It Was Already Dangerous To Be Muslim in India. Then Came the Coronavirus
Some Indian Muslims have been accused without evidence of purposefully spreading the coronavirus as a kind of "biological Jihad"

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Apr 03, 2020

How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping
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Apr 03, 2020

Fact check: No, coronavirus did not lower the death rate in Chicago
A widely shared Facebook post claims COVID-19 has lowered the death rate in Chicago. But that's not what the data show.

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Apr 03, 2020

Bernie Sanders calls for guaranteed paid medical leave, $2,000 monthly checks in new coronavirus relief proposal
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is looking ahead to the next few steps in the coronavirus pandemic response.On Friday, Sanders unveiled his "Priorities for the Next Coronavirus Relief Package," proposing a number of relief measures from guaranteeing paid medical and sick leave to all workers to expanding food programs like Meals on Wheels.The proposal unsurprisingly includes a major expansion of Medicare. "We were facing a catastrophic health care crisis before the pandemic, and now that crisis has become much, much worse," writes Sanders. The legislation would use Medicare to cover all health care expenses, notably including anyone who is sick, "regardless of immigration status." In addition to further invoking the Defense Production Act, Sanders says payment on all rent, mortgage payments, and forms of debt should be suspended entirely, not just deferred during the pandemic only to cause "financial ruin" once they become due. Building on the one-time $1,200 payments, Sanders calls for monthly $2,000 payments.The entire plan fits alongside policy ideas Sanders has touted throughout his presidential bid, but are ramped up in both scale and urgency now that the COVID-19 pandemic has quickly exploded to affect millions of Americans both medically and economically. This week's jobs reports showed that likely 3.5 million Americans have lost employer-provided health insurance since the pandemic began.Bloomberg's Joe Weisenth

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Apr 03, 2020

Fact check: Does New York have a stockpile of thousands of unneeded ventilators?
While it is true that New York maintains a stockpile of ventilators not in use, it is incorrect that these machines are unneeded.

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Apr 03, 2020

AP Sources: Shipping tycoon helps Venezuela in quest for gas
With gas lines across Venezuela growing, a controversial shipping magnate has stepped in to prevent the country from running out of fuel amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press has learned. The fuel shortage, in the nation that sits atop the world largest crude reserves, is the latest threat to Nicolas Maduro's rule at a time he is under intense U.S. pressure to resign. Wilmer Ruperti's Maroil Trading Inc. billed state-owned oil monopoly PDVSA 12 million euros last month for the purchase of up to 250,000 barrels of 95-octane gasoline, according to a copy of the invoice obtained by AP.

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Apr 03, 2020

Report: Federal Agency Shipped Face Masks Overseas as Veterans Affairs Hospital Rationed Them
A federal agency reportedly shipped face masks overseas from a Miami warehouse even as a nearby Veterans Affairs hospital was rationing them due to the coronavirus outbreak.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) had a warehouse of face masks sitting unused in Miami while a Veterans Affairs hospital in the city was telling its health care workers to use the same face mask for an entire week, Fox News reported.Later, USAID exported the masks overseas. Since then, however, the administration has reportedly halted USAID shipments of personal protective equipment out of the country.The administration is also considering cracking down on private companies that persist in shipping supplies out of the country even as U.S. states grapple with a shortage of the life-saving supplies, potentially increasing the death toll from the coronavirus. The restrictions will likely come in an order President Trump intends to sign Friday targeting American "shady brokers," who sell masks and ventilators to foreign countries at high prices.Governor Cuomo of New York, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak with more than 92,000 cases, said Thursday that the state only has enough ventilators to last six more days. On Friday, Cuomo signed an order allowing the state National Guard to appropriate ventilators and personal protective equipment from hospitals and medical institutions and transfer them where they are most needed. Ventilators are despera

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Apr 03, 2020

As coronavirus ravages Spain, doctors get a grim order on 'futility of care' for the very old and very sick
A document circulated by the health department of Catalonia recommends that emergency teams and health care workers stop using ventilators for patients older than 80, and further recommends that extremely ill victims of COVID-19 be allowed to die at home rather than being taken to the hospital.

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Apr 03, 2020

Attempts for Middle East ceasefires amid the coronavirus crisis have not stopped the fighting
Calls for coronavirus ceasefires have not halted Middle East battles

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Apr 03, 2020

Two cats have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but experts still don't think pets infect humans
Cats have tested positive for coronavirus and shown symptoms, but experts say there's not reason to think pets can infect owners with the coronavirus.

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Apr 03, 2020

Students who canceled ill-fated spring break trip say they aren't getting refunds
The trip was arranged by JusCollege, which reassured students they would be safe on the trip despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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Apr 03, 2020

Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic
Gabon on Friday banned the sale and eating of bats and pangolins, which are suspected of sparking the novel coronavirus in China where they are highly prized in traditional medicine. President Ali Bongo Ondimba also announced the government was planning to lock down the capital Libreville and unveiled an emergency package for those hard hit by the pandemic. The novel coronavirus is believed to have come from bats, but researchers think it might have spread to humans via another mammal.

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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: New York forced to redistribute ventilators
New York state - the centre of the US outbreak - had its largest single-day jump in virus deaths.

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Apr 03, 2020

'Never say never': Mark Cuban considering 2020 presidential run
Billionaire Shark Tank investor and basketball team owner Mark Cuban hasn't ruled out running for president in 2020 after claiming that the coronavirus pandemic has created a "reset" that could open the field for his campaign.He said he "doubts" he would make a legitimate run this late in the race, with a Democratic field that has whittled down to former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders seeking the party's nomination to face Donald Trump in the general election, but "you never say never," he said, adding that it's doubtful he'll actually join the fray.

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Apr 03, 2020

Why airlines are required to keep flying 'ghost planes' under the terms of the coronavirus bailout package
The bailout requires airlines to continue flying, even though, without full passenger loads, they're flying mostly empty. Two experts explain why.

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Apr 03, 2020

Here's how to safely reopen America when coronavirus pandemic wanes
It's important that we assess the threat of the virus region by region and consider reopening in phases or by industry.

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Apr 03, 2020

IMF has $1tn war chest for fighting the coronavirus
Speaking at a World Health Organisation briefing in Geneva, the IMF's Kristalina Georgieva said that vulnerable economies were most at risk in the crisis and urged countries to prioritise health spending as a means to protecting their economies.

Georgieva also emphasised the risk of bankruptcies and layoffs which could follow the initial wave of the crisis if not managed correctly, and which would make economic recovery even harder.

The spread of COVID-19 has already had significant economic impact, ending the United States' record job growth and causing stocks to fall across the world as economies grind to a halt.



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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: Chinese explorers start Everest climb amid pandemic
China has limited climbs to its nationals while Nepal has cancelled all expeditions.

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Apr 03, 2020

Iraq suspends, fines Reuters news agency over virus report
During appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore a "That Woman from Michigan" T-shirt.

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Apr 03, 2020

Thailand suspends incoming passenger flights to fight coronavirus
Thailand will temporarily ban all passenger flights from landing in the country to curb the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the country's aviation agency said on Friday. The ban on incoming flights will come into effect on Saturday morning and run until the end of Monday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said in an order published late on Friday. Anyone arriving on a flight that took off before the order came into effect will need to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand, the order said.

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Apr 03, 2020

Mormons hold signature conference virtually due to pandemic
For the first time in more than 70 years, top leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will deliver speeches at the faith's signature conference this weekend without an in-person audience in the latest illustration of how the coronavirus pandemic is altering worship practices around the world. The twice-yearly conference normally brings some 100,000 people to the church conference center in Salt Lake City to attend five sessions over two days. Leaders from the Utah-based faith that counts 16 million members worldwide utilize the conference to provide spiritual guidance, underscore the religion's key beliefs and, sometimes, announce new initiatives or rules.

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Apr 03, 2020

France Has Deadliest Virus Day as Infection Rate Slows in Spain
(Bloomberg) -- France reported its deadliest day from the coronavirus amid tentative signs that the pandemic may be easing in Spain and Italy.The health ministry in Paris reported 588 hospital deaths, the most yet, bringing the figure to 5,091 since the beginning of the outbreak. In contrast, new infections slowed and fatalities declined in Spain for the first time in four days, as infections stabilized in Italy. Together, the three countries account for more than half the deaths worldwide in the pandemic.Austria could become one of the first in the region to loosen restrictions that have shut down much of public life. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's government will review data and consider a plan in coming days to gradually restart the economy, the Austrian leader told parliament in Vienna on Friday."Let's not jump to conclusions because there are some positive signals," Kurz said. "I can promise you, if the numbers support it, we'll do what we can to return to normality step by step."Despite the pockets of improvement, governments have little leeway to unwind lockdowns that have devasted the region's economy. IHS Markit said its monthly measure of services and manufacturing in the euro area points to an annualized contraction of about 10%. With new business, confidence and employment all down, there is "worse inevitably to come in the near future," it said.Signs emerged that squabbling national leaders are coalescing around an aid package. Euro-area finance ministers are set to agree on a coronavirus

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Apr 03, 2020

French Coronavirus Fatalities Hit 6,507 in Deadliest Day
The speaker said with coronavirus moving quickly across the U.S. communities "can't afford to wait"

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Apr 03, 2020

3M denies German officials' allegations that a mask shipment was diverted to the US in 'an act of modern piracy'
The reported diversion of 200,000 protective masks intended for healthcare workers and emergency staff in Berlin was called "an act of modern piracy."

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Apr 03, 2020

'An act of modern piracy': A mask shipment from 3M bound for Germany was reportedly diverted to the US
The reported diversion of 200,000 protective masks intended for healthcare workers and emergency staff in Berlin was called "an act of modern piracy."

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Apr 03, 2020

Pelosi eyes another round of checks to families before tackling infrastructure
The speaker said with coronavirus moving quickly across the U.S. communities "can't afford to wait"

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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: US death toll tops 6,000; 701K jobs lost in March; NY sending National Guard to seize ventilators
Friday's news includes expected guidance from the White House on face masks, a dismal jobs report and the US surpassing 6,000 coronavirus deaths.

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Apr 03, 2020

Senators urge formal probe of Navy carrier commander's firing over coronavirus plea
A group of prominent Democratic senators formally requested on Friday that the Pentagon's independent Inspector General investigate the Navy's firing of the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who called for stronger measures to halt a coronavirus outbreak on board. Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his command on Thursday after his scathing letter was leaked to the media. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland led the push and were joined by 15 other U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris.

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Apr 03, 2020

Driver who said woman coughed on his bus has died of coronavirus
Bus drivers in Detroit shut down public transportation last month, fearful of the coronavirus. News of the driver's death has reignited those fears.

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Apr 03, 2020

Turkey Quarantines Largest Cities to Slow Coronavirus Outbreak
(Bloomberg) -- Turkey imposed stricter measures to slow the spread of the country's coronavirus outbreak by placing 31 cities under quarantine and banning people under the age of 20 from leaving their homes nationwide.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the measures -- which prohibits entries into and exit from Turkey's largest cities, including the commercial hub Istanbul for 15 days -- in a televised address on Friday after the death toll from the disease rose 19% to 425 and the number of confirmed cases rose 15% to 20,921.Turks over the age of 65 have been told not to venture out since March 22 as authorities seek to protect some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens. A board of top scientists urged the government to broaden those restrictions to younger people, whose mobility has emerged as a key weakness in the strategy against the virus, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.Below is a brief summary of the Turkish president's speech:The quarantine initially holds for 15 days and applies to Turkey's major cities such as Istanbul, where a bulk of the cases have been identified. The province of Zonguldak, where respiratory illnesses are more common than elsewhere, is also includedWearing a mask in public places and crowded factories is now mandatory for everyoneThe government's strategy is to make sure that people leave their homes only for work or to meet basic needsTurkey Imposes Curfew for People Over 65 as Virus Toll Rises The quarantine marks a possible turning point for Turkey, which

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Apr 03, 2020

Trump news - live: President sparks mask feud with Trudeau as White House edits stockpile language after backlash at Jared Kushner claim
Americans are expected to be advised to wear cloth masks in public, after the US reported more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the highest single day death toll in the world.The Trump administration is formalising new guidance which will advise citizens to use non-medical masks, T-shirts or scarves over their mouths and noses while outdoors - although the president said it would not be mandatory.

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Apr 03, 2020

Trump Orders VA to Stop Withholding Money from Veterans
The president has directed the Department of Veterans Affairs to suspend debt collections immediately.

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Apr 03, 2020

The family of a 34-year-old father in a 2-week coma with COVID-19 says a 'bureaucratic glitch' has kept him from accessing potentially life-saving treatment
Michael Goldsmith is unconscious as his family fights for access to a drug, remdesivir, that he's been promised — twice.

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Apr 03, 2020

Before Demanding Every Member Cast a COVID-19 Vote, Tom Massie Skipped a COVID-19 Vote For a Fundraiser
As Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) explained it, his decision to try and force every last member of the House of Representatives back to Washington, D.C. in the middle of a pandemic to get their votes on a massive coronavirus relief bill was a matter of pure principle, the type of act that those truly wedded to the ideals of a constitutional republic would gladly perform. "I thought I might be signing my political death sentence," the Kentucky Republican would say later, reflecting on the procedural maneuver he pulled that angered nearly all of his colleagues and drew the rebuke of President Donald Trump as well. "But I did it for principled reasons."But two weeks earlier, when Congress voted on a $850 billion coronavirus response bill, Massie didn't bother to go to Washington, D.C at all. In fact, he scoffed at the idea that he'd even show up to put himself on the record. While his colleagues filed into the House chamber around midnight on March 14 to vote on that legislation—known as Phase 2 of the coronavirus response—Massie was back home in Kentucky, having just headlined a fundraiser for his reelection campaign and gearing up to reorganize his home pantry."I would be a no on that bill anyway," he told a local talk radio show, "and I'm not going to sit up there in D.C. to wait for four people in a back room to cook something up that I know I'm not going to vote for."Massie's campaign did not respond to a request for comment as to

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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus: Delta waives change fee for two years for passengers due to fly in April, May
Delta Air Lines is is allowing travelers who planned to fly in April and May the ability to re-book or change until May 31, 2022. See who's eligible.

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Apr 03, 2020

Israel sends army to ultra-Orthodox city over coronavirus
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday gave the green light for soldiers to be deployed in a mostly ultra-Orthodox Jewish city considered the centre of Israel's novel coronavirus outbreak. "In light of the special situation in Bnei Brak following the restrictions due to the coronavirus, the IDF (army) will immediately present the necessary civil assistance to Bnei Brak municipality in fulfilling its responsibilities," Netanyahu's office said after talks with security and health officials. Authorities have enforced restrictions on access to Bnei Brak, a majority ultra-Orthodox city near Tel Aviv that is home to around 200,000 people.

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Apr 03, 2020

Trump nominates McConnell ally to powerful appeals court
President Donald Trump is nominating a 37-year-old judge and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Walker drew a "Not Qualified" rating from the American Bar Association when Trump nominated him last year to be a federal judge in Kentucky.

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