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Cuomo Emerges as Democratic Counter to Trump Virus Response

VOA News By Associated Press NEW YORK - Before President Donald Trump stepped into the White House briefing room to provide an update on the coronavirus, an opening act was broadcast across cable news of another chief executive calmly reciting statistics and safety tips. For the second straight day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's matter-of-fact and slightly scolding demeanor from an epicenter of the pandemic was a stark contrast Thursday to the often haphazard and hyperbolic messages coming from Trump.   "I tell my daughters: Make decisions based on risk versus reward," the Democrat said at his Thursday briefing. "For young…
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Massachusetts Boosts Testing; 2nd Connecticut Resident Dies

Tent set up outside Carney Hospital to test patients for the coronavirus in Dorchester, Massachusetts on march 18, 2020 By Associated Press VOA News Massachusetts    State officials are promising a significant increase in Massachusetts' capacity to test for the coronavirus. Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said Thursday the state aims to administer 3,500 tests a day by the beginning of next week.   Gov. Charlie Baker has said expanding coronavirus testing is among his top priorities as state-run labs can only currently process about 400 tests a day. The top prosecutor for Boston and surrounding communities is…
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Vegas Airport Tower Closes After Controller Gets Virus

VOA News By Associated Press LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas airport was running Thursday with reduced operations after an air traffic controller tested positive for the new coronavirus, temporarily closing the airport's control tower, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Airplanes coming into McCarran International Airport were being guided by by other nearby air traffic controllers, the FAA said in a statement. The closure of the airport's control tower because of the virus was the second of its kind in the , after the FAA on Tuesday closed the control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport after several technicians tested positive.…
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Reporter’s Notebook: Voting in the US Under the COVID-19 Emergency

VOA News By Kane Farabaugh OTTAWA, ILLINOIS - After living in the United States for 15 years, and less than a year after becoming a citizen, my British-born wife, Joanne, was planning to cast her first ballot in a election — the March 17 Illinois primary.  Usually, an exciting time for any had planned for this moment for several months by researching newspaper articles, websites, and assorted campaign literature outlining the positions of not just the presidential candidates, but the local candidates in our talked about including in our experience, our three sons, all of whom are still too young to…
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Office of the Attorney General to remain fully operational; shifts to remote work where possible

While measures are being put in place to protect the health and safety of the public, the Office of the Attorney General remains committed to ensuring that the public will have access to the resources and help they need. “A central part of our mission is and remains public safety,” said Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. “We are taking important steps, in line with recommendations by the CDC and RIDOH, to protect our employees and the members of the public that we serve. We remain fully open and able to respond to the public during this time.” Effective immediately, the…
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Tanzania Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

VOA News By Charles Kombe DAR ES SALAAM - At least 30 countries across Africa have now reported cases of coronavirus, including four that reported their first instances Monday – Benin, Liberia, Somalia and ; Speaking to reporters Monday, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said the coronavirus patient is a 46-year-old Tanzanian woman who arrived in Arusha from Belgium on the afternoon of March ; Mwalimu said the passenger arrived through Kilimanjaro Airport and was checked by the health officials but was not found to have a ;Later, she started feeling unwell while in a hotel and went to the Mount Meru regional hospital, where a sample was taken to the public health laboratory in Dar es Salaam for an investigation. Mwalimu said the laboratory results have confirmed the person has ; The…
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Is it Safe to Eat Out, Grocery Shop in the Age of Coronavirus?

VOA News By Dora Mekouar Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint this page Several ;states are closing dine-in restaurants and bars, limiting the establishments to carry-out or delivery service, in an effort to stem the spread of ; The governors of California, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington State are among those who have ordered the restrictions. Mayors in some towns across the United States are also putting similar measures in ; "These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the virus," Washington state Governor Jay Inslee said. Customers order and wait for…
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Fragile airline sector struggles to beat coronavirus

Airline bookings were already in free fall when Donald Trump announced a travel ban on arrivals from Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several carriers are now demanding state aid and preparing mass layoffs. The true scale of the crisis facing global airlines due to the spread of the new coronavirus can be seen by the number of grounded planes at airports. If that's not proof enough, try their share prices. Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa has lost 41% of its value since the middle of last month, shares in British Airways owner IAG are down by almost half, while Air France-KLM…
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Germany Tries to Stop US From Luring Away Firm Seeking Coronavirus Vaccine

VOA News By Reuters BERLIN - Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine. German government sources told Reuters on Sunday that the administration was looking into how it could gain access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German firm, CureVac. Earlier, the Welt am Sonntag German newspaper reported that President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure CureVac to the United States, and the German government was making…
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La Fed reduce drásticamente tasas de interés en decisión urgente por coronavirus

VOA News by Reuters Con la compra de pánico en las ciudades y las ventas masivas impulsadas por el miedo en Wall Street, la Reserva Federal de redujo las tasas de interés a casi cero el domingo en otro movimiento de emergencia para ayudar a apuntalar la economía nacional en medio de la pandemia mundial de coronavirus que aumenta rápidamente. La Fed ya recortó las tasas de interés en medio punto porcentual el 3 de marzo en una reunión de emergencia, el primer recorte de emergencia desde la crisis financiera en 2008. El banco central dijo que estaba recortando las…
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