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Mar 28, 2020

Johnson's War With Coronavirus Is No Joke Anymore
(Bloomberg) -- For Boris Johnson, as for others, it started with a cough and a fever.The British prime minister did what he was told by the most senior medic in the land and took a test. Johnson was in his Downing Street apartment at midnight on Thursday when the result came through: he'd tested positive for coronavirus. It was the moment the pandemic literally hit home. Johnson, 55, is the first world leader to reveal he has Covid-19. His illness graphically illustrates the indiscriminate nature of a disease that has now infected almost 650,000 people around the world and killed 30,000. But as Johnson isolates himself, picking up meals and official papers left outside his door, the infection raises more questions about his attitude to a crisis many medical experts felt he failed to take seriously for too long.For one thing, Johnson is not the only member of the British government to be hit. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Friday that he too had tested positive for the virus. Three hours later, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty revealed he was isolating with symptoms. While all three insist they're still working, one question now dominates the debate in the U.K.: if the officials leading the fight against the virus can't even keep themselves safe, how can they protect the rest of the country and its beloved National Health Service?"Patients will die unnecessarily, NHS staff will die unnecessarily," said Richard Horton, editor of medical journal The Lancet. "The gravity of that scandal has yet to be understood."In the U.K.,

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Mar 28, 2020

Europe virus toll surges, Trump mulls quarantine of New York area
The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 dead in one day, as US President Donald Trump said he is considering putting hard-hit New York and parts of two other states under quarantine. Globally, the death toll has surged past 30,000 -- two-thirds of those in Europe -- and officials in some countries say the worst still lies ahead.

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Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus: India defiant as millions struggle under lockdown
The government defends strict lockdown measures that have left millions stranded and without food.

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Mar 28, 2020

Cuomo responds to idea of an 'enforceable' New York quarantine
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded during a Saturday news conference to President Trump's idea of an "enforceable" quarantine in the New York tri-state area.

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Mar 28, 2020

Ex-Venezuela general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to US
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.

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Mar 28, 2020

Spread of coronavirus accelerates in U.S. jails and prisons
* Oklahoman served in House of Representatives and Senate * Rightwing Republican advocated range of conservative causes * Resigned senate in 2014 after cancer diagnosisThe former Republican senator Tom Coburn has died at 72, according to a newspaper in his native Oklahoma.The Oklahoman published a statement from the senator's family and said he died after "a long fight with prostate cancer". Coburn, the paper said, "served in the Senate from 2005 to 2015 and in the US House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. After leaving the Senate, he pushed for a constitutional convention and advocated for a range of conservative fiscal causes."Mike Pence, the vice-president, wrote on Twitter: "Tom Coburn was a great conservative voice in the United States Congress and American physician whose legacy will live on. Karen and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family during this tough time."Coburn was a doctor who resigned his Senate seat following his cancer diagnosis."This decision isn't about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires," he said then. "As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere."One such effort was in support of rightwing efforts to call a Constitutional Convention, in an attempt to dramatically restrict the powers of the US federal government."We're in a battle for the future of our country," Coburn told the annual convention of the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) in New Orleans in August 2018. "We're either goi

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Mar 28, 2020

Born into a pandemic: A new father missed the birth of his twins; now he and his wife can't visit them
Coronavirus is forcing hospitals to make hard choices in keeping visitors out. A dad in Atlanta missed his twins' birth and their first days of life

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Mar 28, 2020

Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources
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.

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Mar 28, 2020

News Analysis: The new U.S. hope for replacing the president of Venezuela: Coronavirus
Venezuela is woefully unprepared for coronavirus. The Trump administration sees that as another chance to remove President Nicolas Maduro.

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Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus death toll in Italy's Lombardy rises by around 542 in a day: source
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy's contagion, has risen by around 542 in a day to some 5,944, a source familiar with the data said on Saturday. The number of cases in the region, which includes Italy's financial capital Milan, increased by some 2,117 to roughly 39,415 the source said.

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Mar 28, 2020

Former Republican senator Tom Coburn dies aged 72
* Oklahoman served in House of Representatives and Senate * Rightwing Republican advocated range of conservative causes * Resigned senate in 2014 after cancer diagnosisThe former Republican senator Tom Coburn has died at 72, according to a newspaper in his native Oklahoma.The Oklahoman published a statement from the senator's family and said he died after "a long fight with prostate cancer". Coburn, the paper said, "served in the Senate from 2005 to 2015 and in the US House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. After leaving the Senate, he pushed for a constitutional convention and advocated for a range of conservative fiscal causes."Mike Pence, the vice-president, wrote on Twitter: "Tom Coburn was a great conservative voice in the United States Congress and American physician whose legacy will live on. Karen and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family during this tough time."Coburn was a doctor who resigned his Senate seat following his cancer diagnosis."This decision isn't about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires," he said then. "As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere."One such effort was in support of rightwing efforts to call a Constitutional Convention, in an attempt to dramatically restrict the powers of the US federal government."We're in a battle for the future of our country," Coburn told the annual convention of the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) in New Orleans in August 2018. "We're either goi

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Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus lockdowns: These states are ordering residents to stay home or shelter in place
California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey are among the states cracking down on residents' movements amid continued spread of novel coronavirus.

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Mar 28, 2020

South Africa Eases Bank Rules to Free $17 Billion for Loans
With the first made-in-India kits, the country could hugely scale up testing for the coronavirus.

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Mar 28, 2020

Should travelers cancel their vacation to Mexico? Travel experts discuss the options.
Travel agents say tourists should consider rebooking their trips to Mexico for later in the year rather than asking for a refund. Here's why.

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Mar 28, 2020

Tom Coburn, Republican ‘Dr. No' to Senate Democrats, Dies at 72
Singapore's sharp slowdown suggests a major contraction for a world economy battling coronavirus.

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Mar 28, 2020

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Italy on Friday recorded the most daily deaths of any country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and Spain had its deadliest day, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive. Italy reported 969 new deaths, Spain 769 and France 299 as Europe reeled from a crisis that led the United States on Friday to finalise an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package. In other grim milestones, AFP tallies showed more than 26,000 deaths worldwide, and a total of 300,000 cases now recorded in Europe, after the United States overtook China as the country with the most infections.

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Mar 28, 2020

SpaceX wins NASA moon program contract
SpaceX's Dragon XL cargo ships will support NASA's Artemis moonwalkers and allow extended research.

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Mar 28, 2020

June 2 shaping up to be a new Super Tuesday
June 2 has officially become the second-biggest day for allocating delegates of the entire 2020 Democratic primary cycle, behind March 3.

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Mar 28, 2020

The mystery behind Germany's low coronavirus death rate
Experts see a number of possible reasons why Germany has fared better than Italy in the pandemic so far.

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Mar 28, 2020

Germany has a remarkably low coronavirus death rate — thanks largely to mass testing, but also culture, luck, and an impressive healthcare system
Germany's death rate is around 0.74%, after around 53,000 confirmed infections. In Spain and Italy the rate is more than 10 times higher. Here's why.

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Mar 28, 2020

Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa
Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country's first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. Cases across Africa were set to climb above 4,000 late Saturday.

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Mar 28, 2020

Asia virus latest: People return to China epicentre, security talks off
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. AFP saw crowds of passengers arriving at Wuhan railway station on Saturday, most wheeling suitcases alongside them. 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.

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Mar 28, 2020

Unions Seek PIC, State Lender Funds for South Africa Virus Plan
The advice is simple and universal: Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Rev. Roslyn Bouier remembers when children began to show up at the Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry on Detroit's northwest side, clutching empty pitchers. Through the end of 2019, the city has recorded about 127,500 total service cutoffs, according to the water department, though that figure includes households where the water was turned off repeatedly.

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Mar 28, 2020

Why the Strategic National Stockpile isn't meant to solve a crisis like coronavirus
The country's largest repository of drugs and medical equipment is designed to be used as a stopgap — not a solution — during emergencies.

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Mar 28, 2020

S.African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during lockdown
South African police enforcing a coronavirus lockdown on Saturday fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg, an AFP photographer said. Police arrived in 10 patrol vehicles and started firing rubber bullets towards the shoppers.

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Mar 28, 2020

Letters to the Editor: Trump's updates are ridiculous, but they make you wonder: Where is Joe Biden?
Joe Biden should more forcefully rebut President Trump, whose daily updates on the coronavirus give him precious media coverage.

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Mar 28, 2020

China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak
China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies to aid Pakistan in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Iran is battling the worst outbreak in the region. Iranian state TV raised Saturday that the virus death toll by another 139 people, pushing the total fatalities to 2,517 amid 35,408 confirmed cases.

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Mar 28, 2020

China's Wuhan, where the coronavirus emerged, begins to lift its lockdown
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown on Saturday by restarting some metro services and reopening borders, allowing some semblance of normality to return and families to reunite. After being cut-off from the rest of the country for two months, the reopening of Wuhan, where the epidemic first erupted in late December, marks a turning point in China's fight against the virus, though the contagion has since spread to over 200 countries. Among those on the first high-speed trains allowed into the city on Saturday morning was Guo Liangkai, a 19-year-old student whose one-month work stint in Shanghai stretched to three months due to the clamp down on movement.

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Mar 28, 2020

Indian authorities send buses to take unemployed to villages
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.

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Mar 28, 2020

Dozens Clash on Hubei Border After China Lifts Virus Quarantine
Buyers and renters should delay moving while emergency measures are in place, the government says.

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Mar 28, 2020

One Battle Boris Johnson Is Clearly Winning
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- As recently as a few weeks ago, it seemed as though U.K. politics could not possibly talk about anything besides Brexit, even after the country's formal departure from the EU. Business as usual was expected to return at some unspecified point in the future.As elsewhere, the coronavirus has turned British politics on its head. Unlike Brexit, which continues to divide opinion fairly evenly, the coronavirus crisis has prompted an outbreak of recently unfamiliar unity. Number Cruncher polling (excusive to Bloomberg) finds personal ratings for Boris Johnson -- himself now diagnosed with coronavirus -- that have not been seen for a British Prime Minister since the early days of Tony Blair's premiership in 1997.Fully 72% of eligible voters are satisfied with Johnson's performance as Prime Minister, with 25% dissatisfied. Ninety-one per cent of those currently supporting the Conservatives count themselves as satisfied, along with about half of Labour voters and those voting for other parties and a large majority of undecided voters. Johnson's government gets similar approval ratings, both overall (73% to 24%) and on its handling of the Coronavirus outbreak (72% to 25%).The 1,010 interviews were conducted Tuesday through Thursday, following Johnson's televised address on Monday, but completed before Johnson himself revealed that he had tested positive for the virus. There is some evidence in our data to suggest that these figures were higher in the immediate aftermath of the pre-recorded broadcast, which was watched by around half

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Mar 28, 2020

Mexican president toughens stance, urges people to stay home to contain pandemic
Mexico's president on Friday urged people to stay indoors to prevent an "overwhelming" spread of coronavirus, taking his strongest stance yet against the pandemic that has killed over 27,000 worldwide and infected nearly 600,000 so far. "We have to stay in our homes, we have to keep a healthy distance," Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a 14-minute video on YouTube, warning that the health system may not be able to cope with a mass outbreak of cases, although Mexico has so far registered far fewer cases than other countries. "If we don't stay inside our homes the number of infection cases could shoot up, and it would saturate our hospitals," he said.

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Mar 28, 2020

Honeymoon on lockdown: newlyweds' cruise goes awry over coronavirus
Four "older guests" have died on the ship in recent days, cruise operator Holland America Line said without providing details, while more than 130 people aboard are suffering from influenza-like symptoms. "Today I got dressed, I'm not in pyjamas," Garza said.

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Mar 28, 2020

'Off the charts': Virus hotspots grow in middle America
The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States, pummeling major cities like New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago, where an infant that tested positive for the virus died Saturday. It made its way, too, into rural America, where hotspots erupted in ski havens in the Rockies and small towns in the Midwest. Worldwide infections surpassed the 650,000 mark with more than 30,000 deaths as new cases also stacked up quickly in Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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Mar 28, 2020

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

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Mar 28, 2020

Virus coordinator Birx is Trump's data-whisperer
For many in the public health and political worlds, Dr. Deborah Birx is the sober scientist advising an unpredictable president. Others worry that Birx, who stepped away from her job as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator to help lead the White House coronavirus response, may be offering Trump cover to follow some of his worst instincts as he considers whether to have people packing the pews by Easter Sunday. In coming days, immunologist Birx will be front and center in that debate along with the U.S. government's foremost infection disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as Vice President MIke Pence.

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Mar 27, 2020

California Gov. Newsom commutes sentences for 21, including killers
Fourteen of the commuted cases involved murder or related charges.

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Mar 27, 2020

Japan's Abe vows unprecedented stimulus, Tokyo virus cases rise by daily record
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday promised a massive unprecedented package of steps to cushion the economy from the coronavirus pandemic, saying the country was close to a national emergency as infections surged in Tokyo. Abe told a country that is seeing a rising number of deaths and cases from the outbreak that the "huge, powerful" measures would be greater than the response to the global financial crisis of 2008. "Japan is holding up barely, but it would not be strange if there were a rapid spread (of the virus) at any time," Abe told a nationally televised news conference, though he held back from declaring a state of emergency.

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Mar 27, 2020

Tokyo coronavirus cases rise by daily record, residents urged to stay home
Tokyo has confirmed more than 50 new coronavirus infections, a record daily increase, public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday as the governor of Japan's capital urged citizens to stay indoors. Governor Yuriko Koike's plea followed a surge in coronavirus infections this week that she said put Tokyo on the brink of an emergency. Infections in Japan have climbed to more than 1,400, with 47 deaths, excluding those from a cruise ship quarantined last month.

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Mar 27, 2020

273 Americans stuck in Central America flown back to U.S. on ICE deportation flights
Americans were brought back on the return legs of three ICE removal flights to Central America, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

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Mar 27, 2020

Biden leads Trump by nine points in latest Fox News poll
Biden leads Trump by 49% to 40% in a new Fox News poll, which is outside the poll's margin of sampling error.

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Mar 27, 2020

South Korean coronavirus test kit makers win U.S. FDA pre-approval
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 in the world. 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. Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump asked his Korean counterpart to supply the medical devices and promised to help Korean firms gain U.S. regulator approval.

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Mar 27, 2020

Dour Moscow mayor ?omes to fore as 'PM for coronavirus'
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

A coronavirus 'super-spreader' in India who refused to self-isolate sparked an outbreak that left 40,000 people in quarantine, officials say
The man's posthumous diagnosis prompted officials to lockdown 20 neighboring villages in northern India in a bid to contain the spread.

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Mar 27, 2020

Hedge funds are pouncing on companies infected by coronavirus
Hedge funds have lost billions of dollars as coronavirus has stalled the economy and sent Wall Street into a tailspin. US-based hedge funds are aiming to persuade clients that the current economic crisis and the uncertainties in fact present a unique investment opportunity, according to letters sent to clients viewed by AFP. In their discussions with current investors and potential new clients, some of these funds are emphasizing that stocks, corporate bonds and commodities have not been as cheap since the 2008 global financial crisis, according to sources close to the institutions.

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Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Days before closing, Caesars Entertainment said 3,200 workers would lose jobs
Four days before closing Las Vegas locations due to coronavirus concerns, Caesars Entertainment gave notice that 3,200 workers would be laid off.

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Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus: The woman behind India's first testing kit
With the first made-in-India kits, the country could hugely scale up testing for the coronavirus.

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Mar 27, 2020

A Connecticut doctor has been charged after authorities said he deliberately coughed on his coworkers
People across the United States have been arrested and charged in recent days after allegedly violating social distancing measures.

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Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown in India: ‘Beaten and abused for doing my job'
India's last-mile delivery executives are struggling to function as the country goes in lockdown.

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Mar 27, 2020

Turkey replaces transport minister: Official Gazette
Turkish Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan has been removed from his post by President Tayyip Erdogan, according to a decree published on the Official Gazette early on Saturday. Adil Karaismailoglu has been appointed as the new minister, the decree said. Turhan, a former head of Turkey's Railroads Directorate and chief adviser to the president, was appointed minister by Erdogan on in July 2018.

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Mar 27, 2020

Macron says France is there for Italy, Europe must not be 'selfish'
French President Emmanuel Macron sought on Saturday to win over Italians, saying in an interview with Italy's leading newspapers that France was there to help and Italians should be wary of talk about aid from China or Russia to fight the coronavirus. Macron also called for stronger budget solidarity in Europe. "France is alongside Italy," Macron said in a interview to Italian newspapers La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, and La Stampa.

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Mar 27, 2020

How old are coronavirus patients in the US? We looked at hospitalization data from 19 states
A USA TODAY analysis of the age of COVID-19 cases in US shows that the the virus touches all age groups

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Mar 27, 2020

Panama health authorities say Holland America cruise ship cannot pass through canal with cases of COVID-19 onboard
Vessels with "individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 on board" cannot "transit the Canal," the Panama Canal Authority said in a statement.

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Mar 27, 2020

The US's coronavirus death rate is currently 1.6% — one of the lowest of any hard-hit country. Here's how it compares to places like China and Italy.
The US is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. But its death rate from the COVID-19 illness is low: 1.6%.

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Mar 27, 2020

Trump Says He Told Pence to Ignore Governors in Hard-Hit Areas If They Are ‘Not Appreciative'
Shortly after the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 1,500 on Friday, President Donald Trump took to the podium at a White House press briefing and complained that certain state's governors  are not "appreciative" enough of the federal government's help—so much so that he said he'd told Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the coronavirus task force, to skip calling governors of some hard-hit areas.  Trump singled out the Democratic leaders of Washington and Michigan, noting that he had advised Pence not to call them as the healthcare crisis plagues their states and people fall sick and die. "He calls all the governors," Trump said. "I tell him, I mean, I'm a different type of person. I say Mike, don't call the governor of Washington, you're wasting your time with him. Don't call the woman in Michigan." "If they don't treat you right, I don't call," Trump said. Michigan's health department is reporting 3,657 COVID-19 cases and 92 deaths. In Washington, there have been 3,700 cases, according to the state, and 175 deaths. "We have done a hell of a job," Trump said. "The federal government has really stepped up."Trump's message to governors was that he wants "them to be appreciative." The president's comments Friday come as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shut down American life and states across the nation show a lack of uniformity on aggressive public health measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. Earlier this w

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Mar 27, 2020

Trump demands appreciation from governors for coronavirus response
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

Trump criticizes governors who have not been 'appreciative' of the administration's efforts to fight the coronavirus
At a coronavirus task force briefing on Friday, President Trump attacked some governors for their criticism of him, saying, "I want them to be appreciative."

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Mar 27, 2020

This TSA officer has coronavirus symptoms. He can't get tested
TSA officer Brian Shoup's case illustrates the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic across the country: the risk of exposure and lack of testing.

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Mar 27, 2020

4 passengers dead aboard cruise ship anchored off Panama coast
Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship now anchored off the coast of Panama and two people aboard the ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, the cruise line said Friday, with hundreds of passengers unsure how long they will remain at sea.

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Mar 27, 2020

Alabama girl, 4, missing for nearly two days, found safe
Evelyn Vadie Sides and her dog have been reunited with worried loved ones.

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Mar 27, 2020

EXCLUSIVE-Ex-Venezuelan general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to DEA -sources
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

Disney World, Disneyland to stay closed indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic
DIsney is closing its Florida and California parks will remain closed "until further notice" and will pay employees through April 18.

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Mar 27, 2020

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as British PM tests positive
Italy on Friday recorded the most daily deaths of any country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and Spain had its deadliest day, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive. Italy reported 969 new deaths, Spain 769 and France 299 as Europe reeled from a crisis that led the United States on Friday to finalise an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package.

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Mar 27, 2020

‘It's a steep road ahead': Sanders admits it's going to be tough to beat Biden but he won't stop trying
Bernie Sanders is continuing to assess the future of his presidential campaign as he lags behind Joe Biden in delegate count and has to face up to the challenge of running for office during the coronavirus pandemic.Speaking to NPR's Noel King on Morning Edition, Senator Sanders acknowledged that the path ahead would be challenging: "it's going to be a very steep road."

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Mar 27, 2020

A 90-year-old woman in Washington state recovered from the coronavirus, and she credits family, God, and potato soup
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

The stimulus check won't be in the mail for Americans who owe child support
But back taxes or late student loan payments don't disqualify people from getting the full amount they're eligible for.

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Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus unemployment benefits. Here's who qualifies and how much they get.
How long do the payments last? What if you worked part time? You got hired but couldn't start your job — are you eligible? And more.

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Mar 27, 2020

Instacart workers are planning to strike until the company gives them hazard pay and safety gear
Instacart workers are asking for an additional $5 per order, a default 10% tip, and safety supplies like soap and hand sanitizer.

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Mar 27, 2020

Opinion: Trump isn't alone in worrying about closing churches during the pandemic
Christians are debating whether a total shutdown of church services is necessary.

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Mar 27, 2020

Rhode Island State Police are stopping New Yorkers traveling into the state and advising them to quarantine and register with the National Guard
Police are pulling over those with New York license plates "due to New York's high rate of the COVID-19 cases" a trooper told Insider.

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Mar 27, 2020

NOT REAL NEWS: Debunking yet more false coronavirus content
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

Why the US is leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases
From the first known patient in late January to now almost 100,000 infected, the United States has earned the unwanted distinction of leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases. Public health experts say that while we've yet to hit the peak of the US epidemic, there are several reasons why the COVID-19 disease has exploded in America. Early on in the outbreak, President Donald Trump was accused of downplaying its severity, saying that sustained community spread was not "inevitable" even after a senior health official said it was, which could have led to a sense of complacency.

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Mar 27, 2020

Fox Business Ditches Trish Regan After Coronavirus ‘Impeachment Scam' Rant
Fox Business Network announced on Friday that it has officially "parted ways" with anchor Trish Regan following her controversial rant against what she called the "coronavirus impeachment scam" earlier this month. "We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors," the network said in a statement. "We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the Coronavirus crisis.""I have enjoyed my time at FOX and now intend to focus on my family during these troubled times," Regan said in her own statement. "I am grateful to my incredible team at FOX Business and for the many opportunities the network has provided me. I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my career."Regan was previously placed on an indefinite hiatus after she delivered a surreal monologue on Monday, March 9th in which she accused Democrats and the media of perpetuating a coronavirus hoax. With the words "Coronavirus Impeachment Scam" on the screen next to her, Regan told viewers, "We've reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at the president is nearing a crescendo as Democrats blame him and only him for a virus that originated halfway around the world. This is yet another attempt to impeach the president.""Many in the liberal media using, and I mean using, coronavirus in an attempt to demonize and destroy the president," she

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Mar 27, 2020

EXCLUSIVE-Iranian diplomats instigated killing of dissident in Istanbul, Turkish officials say
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

Airline employees are safe from being laid off for now, but United warns that job cuts may be on the horizon if the coronavirus pandemic rages on for as long as expected
"If the recovery is as slow as we fear, it means our airline and our workforce will have to be smaller than it is today," United's CEO said.

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Mar 27, 2020

Coalition Out of Crisis: Why Gantz Threw in with Netanyahu
After more than a year of bitter political dispute and maneuvering, Israel is about to have a coalition government. It took three elections and an unprecedented public-health crisis to get the country to this point.Benny Gantz, a former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces and the leader of the opposition Blue and White Party, was faced with a choice this week. He could join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or he could stick to the commitment he'd made to his supporters to bring Bibi down. As the country dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, Gantz's continued refusal to join a coalition would likely have plunged it into the agony of a fourth election in less than two years. He chose to throw in with Netanyahu.The price of that decision, which Gantz described as a patriotic duty at a time of national distress, was the destruction of the Blue and White. The year-old political alliance had presented the most potent challenge to Netanyahu's grip on power in more than a decade, propelling Gantz to the brink of becoming his successor.In the new coalition, Gantz will reportedly serve as foreign minister, with Netanyahu continuing as prime minister. The agreement calls for him to switch places with Netanyahu after 18 months, ending the latter's run as the country's longest-serving prime minister. But this will not be a broad unity coalition with Netanyahu's Likud and its right-wing and religious-party allies; rather, Gantz will take only part of his faction into the new government.Gantz took his decision in the

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Mar 27, 2020

Chinese arrivals to U.S. plummet in February as coronavirus forces travel curbs
Arrival data from the International Trade Administration (ITA) also said the number of Chinese travelers in the first two months of 2020 fell 35.4% to 353,911 from a year earlier. U.S. airlines started extending China flight cancellations https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-united/u-s-airlines-extend-china-flight-cancelations-into-late-april-idUSKBN20703W early in February after the government placed restrictions on travelers who had visited China. The total number of overseas arrivals through January and February also fell 3.8% to 5.29 million, with Asia accounting for the steepest decline due to the coronavirus outbreak that began in China.

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Mar 27, 2020

'Disgraceful.' 'Irresponsible.' Colleagues slam Rep. Massie for forcing lawmakers back for stimulus vote
GOP Rep. Thomas Massie is facing a deluge of criticism for forcing lawmakers to travel back to Washington for the vote on the $2 trillion stimulus.

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Mar 27, 2020

States impose new restrictions on travelers from New York
States are pulling back the welcome mat for travelers from the New York area, which is the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak, but some say at least one state's measures are unconstitutional. Governors in Texas, Florida, Maryland and South Carolina this week ordered people arriving from the New York area —including New Jersey and Connecticut — and other virus hot spots to self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival. Connecticut officials have also pleaded with New Yorkers and others from out of state to avoid visiting unless absolutely necessary.

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Mar 27, 2020

Erdogan Urges Voluntary Quarantine as Turkey's Virus Deaths Rise
(Bloomberg) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced new measures against the spread of the coronavirus, imposing further restrictions on people's movements and banning large gatherings.Addressing the nation from Istanbul late Friday, Erdogan said everyone must observe "voluntary quarantine" or face more stringent controls.The Turkish leader announced all flights abroad were suspended and that intercity travel was banned unless authorized by authorities. Some public areas such as picnic spots will be closed during weekends and large groups won't be allowed in on weekdays. Governors of Turkey's 30 largest cities, including Istanbul and Ankara, were granted greater powers to implement the limitations, he said.Erdogan's speech followed fresh figures that present a worrisome increase in coronavirus cases. Earlier Friday, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Turkey tested 7,533 people over the last 24 hours, diagnosing 2,069 infections. The total number of cases rose to 5,698, while fatalities reached 92, the minister said."People should meet each other as rarely as possible," Koca said. "Working hours, work days and holidays should be arranged."Turkey had its first coronavirus case March 11, while the first fatality occurred March 17.READ: Turkey's Top Businesses Urge Erdogan to Do More on Virus FalloutFor 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.

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Mar 27, 2020

Without any interventions like social distancing, one model predicts the coronavirus could have killed 40 million people this year
The researchers warned that governments and individuals must take immediate steps like lockdowns and staying home to stem the impacts of the pandemic.

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Mar 27, 2020

The next financial crisis: A collapse of the mortgage system
The mortgage finance system could collapse if the Fed doesn't step in with emergency loans to offset a coming wave of missed payments from borrowers crippled by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mar 27, 2020

As people across the globe are told to stay inside, many are turning to alcohol — but it could be making you sick
A quarantini may be a fun idea, but drinking too many as a coping mechanism during the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to do you any favors.

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Mar 27, 2020

Deadliest Day in Italy, Spain Shows Worst of Virus Not Over
(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, als

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Mar 27, 2020

New York just had its deadliest day since the coronavirus outbreak began
In New York, 134 people died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the deadliest day since the outbreak began, the governor said.

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Mar 27, 2020

Fact check: Did Gates Foundation fund, does Pirbright Institute own coronavirus patent?
Multiple posts on Facebook claim that Pirbright Institute, with ties to the Gates Foundation, owns the patent on the coronavirus. This is false.

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Mar 27, 2020

Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square
Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter's Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. In a historic first, the Argentine performed the rarely recited "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the steps of the basilica to an empty square, addressing those in lockdown across the globe via television, radio and social media.

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Mar 27, 2020

Six positive coronavirus cases in Kentucky linked to St. Patrick's Day party
In total, 44 cases reported so far in Fayette County, in the heart of Bluegrass country.

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Mar 27, 2020

Half the residents who tested positive for the coronavirus in a Washington nursing home did not yet have symptoms, but they were highly contagious
Half of COVID-19 cases at a care home were asymptotic. That may mean up to half of contagious patients may not be caught, per a new CDC report.

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Mar 27, 2020

Trump tells Hannity he doesn't believe New York needs 30,000 ventilators to fight coronavirus
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

Woman who coughed on $35K worth of grocery store food faces felony charges
The store's co-owner said he was "sick to my stomach" about the food loss. "When so many people are worried about the security of our food supply, it is even more disturbing."

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Mar 27, 2020

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

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Mar 27, 2020

GOP's Massie outrages House, Trump by seeking to stall vote
Rep. Thomas Massie has always gone his own way in Congress, ever since he first ran for office inspired by a fellow libertarian-leaning Kentuckian, Rand Paul. Now in his fourth term, the Republican from northern Kentucky has frequently voted no on issues large and small, even against the wishes of GOP leaders. While his effort failed, Massie's action forced hundreds of lawmakers to return to the Capitol after a nearly two-week recess — potentially exposing them to the coronavirus and contradicting the wishes of public health experts who have urged Americans to keep a safe social distance from one another to avoid exacerbating the pandemic.

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Mar 27, 2020

'Choppy waters' await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier
The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon's strategy for deterring war with China and Iran. The Roosevelt and its contingent of warplanes may be sidelined for days, sitting pier side in Guam as the entire crew — more than 5,000 — is tested. "The Navy is headed into choppy waters in terms of readiness in the months ahead," says retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former ship commander who rose to become NATO's top commander in Europe.

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Mar 27, 2020

Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus
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.

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Mar 27, 2020

Bank of America's Race to Avoid Public Shaming Underscores the Perils of the Crisis
(Bloomberg) -- For 93 uncomfortable minutes, Bank of America Corp. rushed to escape infamy this week, before it was saved by the grace of James Corden, the affable talk show host known for crooning in cars with stars.The drama began when California Governor Gavin Newsom called out the bank for not offering 90-day grace periods to mortgage borrowers affected by the coronavirus, despite such pledges by rivals including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. A journalist tweeted the lashing, and then Corden reposted it to his 10.7 million followers. The bank raced to correct what it called the governor's mistake.Just over an hour later, the firm promised Corden it would defer payments on home loans for as long as the crisis requires. He relented, putting the internet's fury to rest:Across the nation, bankers are on edge. Publicly, they're emphasizing that unlike the last downturn in 2008 they aren't the cause of this collapse and they intend to help America get through it. Privately, they worry they're destined to get cast as villains.Once the government enacts its $2 trillion rescue package, banks are going to be the last resort for millions of consumers and businesses needing additional support to weather months of hardship. The nation's eight banking titans have enough excess capital to ramp up lending by $1.6 trillion, but even that probably isn't enough to meet everyone's needs.That means bankers will often decide which borrowers get relief from existing l

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Mar 27, 2020

Anthony Davis to help Staples Center employees, local restaurants and hospital workers
Lakers star Anthony Davis announces a partnership with world's largest cold food storage company to help Staples Center employees find jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mar 27, 2020

Water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak
The advice is simple and universal: Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Rev. Roslyn Bouier remembers when children began to show up at the Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry on Detroit's northwest side, clutching empty pitchers. Through the end of 2019, the city has recorded about 127,500 total service cutoffs, according to the water department, though that figure includes households where the water was turned off repeatedly.

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Mar 27, 2020

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

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Mar 27, 2020

Trump Says He's Doing a Hell of a Job Getting Medical Supplies. Reality Says Otherwise.
After weeks of resisting pleas from governors and healthcare workers to force private companies to ramp up production of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon announced that he had changed his mind.In a public announcement the White House said that President Trump had written a memo to the Department of Health and Human Services directing secretary Alex Azar to "use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators."The news came after a confusing morning in the White House where officials were caught off guard by Trump's mysterious tweets where he demanded General Motors and Ford to make ventilators and hinted that he may use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to enforce his requests.  Three senior Trump administration officials who have worked on these matters each independently told The Daily Beast that they were befuddled by the Friday tweets, and did not know what the president's posts actually meant. Each official said that they were, at the time, still trying to get clarity from Trump or other senior officials on what, if anything, new had just been decreed.Shortly after the tweet rant ended, White House officials told The Daily Beast that the president had yet to implement the DPA—a law that allows him to demand private companies ramp up domestic production of supplies—and that he was still rel

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