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Drive-by blessings in virus-hit Philippines

Locals lined up in front of their homes in a district of Manila, which is entering its fourth week of a lockdown that has brought the frenetic metropolis nearly to a halt. "This celebration will continue despite the spread of the virus," said Bong Sosa, who attended wearing a mask crafted from a water cooler bottle. The blessings come as the Philippines recorded a total of 144deaths and 3,094 confirmed virus cases, numbers that are expected to keep rising as the nation ramps up testing.
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Iran's Rouhani says low-risk economic activities to resume from April 11 amid coronavirus

Iran's president said on Sunday "low-risk" economic activities would resume from April 11 in the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the new coronavirus. Iran has been struggling to curb the spread of the highly infectious respiratory disease known as COVID-19 but authorities are also concerned that measures to limit public life to contain the virus could wreck an already sanctions-battered economy. "Under the supervision of the health ministry, all those low-risk economic activities wil...
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Imprisoned Chinese rights lawyer released, his wife says

Wang Quanzhang, a well-known Chinese rights lawyer, was released from prison Sunday after being held for more than four years, his wife said. It was unclear whether he would be allowed to return to Beijing, where he practiced and lived with his wife and young son. Police took him to his house in his hometown of Jinan in eastern China, his wife said in a tweet on her verified Twitter account.
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US braces for more virus deaths; Europe hopes crisis peaking

The U.S. warned of many more coronavirus deaths in the days ahead as the global pandemic muted traditional observances from family grave-cleaning ceremonies in China to Palm Sunday for many Christians. Italy and Spain, the two hardest-hit European nations, expressed hope that the crisis was peaking in their countries, though Italian officials said the emergency is far from over as infections have plateaued but not started to decline. A chaotic scramble for desperately needed medical equipment ...
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What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

The novel coronavirus has put global trade on hold, placed half of the world population in confinement and has the potential to topple governments and reshape diplomatic relations. The United Nations has appealed for ceasefires in all the major conflicts rocking the planet, with its chief Antonio Guterres on Friday warning "the worst is yet to come".
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States lack key data on virus cases among medical workers

Experts and health officials who are trying to plan a response to the coronavirus outbreak are missing a critical piece of information — the number of health care workers who have tested positive for the disease. Washington state faced the first major outbreak of COVID-19 in the nation, but health officials have not kept track of how many doctors and nurses have the disease. New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, also lacks infection figures for medical staff, according to Jill M...
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Search continues for Arkansas woman who vanished from her home in 2016

Mercedes Toliver was last seen leaving her Prescott, Arkansas home on foot just after midnight on December 17, 2016. She was reportedly on her way to her aunt’s house nearby. She never made it. There has been no activity on her social media accounts since. The Prescott Police Department is investigating.
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Japan Won’t Hesitate to Declare Emergency if Needed: Nishimura

(Bloomberg) -- Japan will not hesitate to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic if there is any sign of an explosive spike in infections, Japan’s Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.“We’ve been saying that we are on the brink of the brink, but it’s becoming a very tense situation,” Nishimura said during a Fuji Television broadcast Sunday. “Nationwide rampancy of virus infections is really approaching just right now.”Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come under inc...
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How close are we to finding a solid treatment for COVID-19?

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn joins 'Watters' World' with an update on drug trials.
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At least 19 killed in Mexico gang clash

Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) (AFP) - A gang battle in Mexico has left at least 19 people dead in the northern state of Chihuahua, officials said Saturday. At least five armed clashes have occurred in the Madera community so far this year, local authorities have said. "The state attorney general, in conjunction with the public safety office and Mexican Army, launched an operation to investigate and locate armed groups that staged a confrontation that left 19 people dead yesterday in the town of Mader...
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Trump warns 'there will be a lot of death' and the US could be facing its 'toughest week' yet

The New York, Detroit, and New Orleans areas will all hit the peak of their coronavirus outbreaks in six to seven days, Dr. Deborah Birx said.
Tags: News, US, New Orleans, Trump, New York Detroit, Deborah Birx

Trump defends decision to fire inspector general, calls him a 'disgrace'

“That’s my decision. I have the absolute right,” Trump said about Michael Atkinson's firing, the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint.
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‘My Everything’: Husband of Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter Recounts Tragic Drowning

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s husband has posted a heartbreaking tribute to his wife—the granddaughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy—and the couple’s child, who went missing in the Chesapeake Bay Thursday afternoon.The Kennedy family announced Friday that the Coast Guard suspended the rescue effort for McKean, 40, and son Gideon, 8, who disappeared after paddling a canoe out into the bay. The effort to recover their remains is ongoing.“The search that began yesterday afternoon went on thr...
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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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N.Y. Has Most Deaths in a Day; Italy Has Fewer: 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 Developm...
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For journalists covering Trump, the new reality at the White House

Behind the scenes: Temperature checks, reduced staffing, lots of Purell and coping with grim news.
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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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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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Spain Virus Cases Pass Italy, Where Daily Deaths Are Falling

(Bloomberg) -- Spain’s Covid-19 cases surpassed Italy as Europe’s two main epicenters continue to struggle to curtail the virus, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announcing plans to extend the country’s lockdown until April 25.Spain’s confirmed cases increased by 7,026 to 124,736 over the past 24 hours, while deaths rose by 809 to 11,744. Total cases are now higher than Italy’s 124,632, where the country reported the fewest number of new deaths since March 26. In France, the total number of fat...
Tags: Europe, News, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Bloomberg, European Union, Turkey, Hungary, Paris, Italy, Treasury, Denmark, Norway, Scandinavia

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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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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Gov. Cuomo Says Chinese Government Delivering 1,000 Ventilators to New York

He also announced that the state of Oregon said it will send 140 ventilators
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How China’s fake news machine is rewriting the history of Covid-19, even as the pandemic unfolds

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s retweet of an article blaming the U.S. for infecting Wuhan with coronavirus went viral, viewed 160 million times within hours. But where did the story come from?
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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 ...
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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 ...
Tags: News, Spain, Italy, Reuters, Josh Marshall, Pedro Sanchez, Italy Spain, Maria Jose Sierra

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 Develop...
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Australians have been advised not to wear face masks if they aren't infected by COVID-19

Due to short supply, Australia's deputy chief medical officer said masks should only be worn to stop the spread of COVID-19 from infected people.
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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 ...
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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. Short...
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Canada’s Trudeau to Speak to Trump With Spat Over Masks Brewing

(Bloomberg) -- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will speak to Donald Trump in the coming days as the U.S. president escalates a battle with allies and 3M Co. over exports of medical equipment and N95 masks.Trudeau said he wasn’t looking to retaliate or limit exports to the U.S. as countries race to secure supplies to fight the Covid-19 pandemic but will point out that Canada also sends key equipment across the border.“We have nurses that work on the other side of the border, and in...
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