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Tokyo Olympics Organizers Announce New Date

By VOA News Organizers for Tokyo’s rescheduled Olympics have announced that the new dates for the Summer Games will be July 23, 2021, to Aug. 8, 2021. The head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, announced the decision Monday, after consultations with the International Olympic Committee. The IOC announced last week the decision to delay the games due to the said the Paralympic Games would run from Aug. 24, 2021, to Sept. 5, 2021.
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Confesiones “drive-thru”: la nueva moda de la Iglesia en época de coronavirus

VOA News by Antoni Belchi Una iglesia de Miami ofrece a sus feligreses la posibilidad de confesarse desde el auto, una fórmula para evitar los contagios del coronavirus ante la grave crisis de salud en Estados , FLORIDA —  La crisis sanitaria a raíz del brote del coronavirus ha despertado el ingenio de muchos para seguir intentando llevar una vida más o menos normal y siempre respetando las indicaciones de los funcionarios de salud. Las iglesias no se han quedado atrás. Las misas están suspendidas hasta nuevo aviso y algunos sacramentos, como la comunión o la confesión, tampoco se realizan.…
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25 COVID-19 Contract COVID-19

VOA News Twenty-five members of an Indian family from Sangli in Maharashtra have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Press Trust of India ;  The account said four family members who had been in Saudi Arabia tested positive for the virus on March ;   A week later, 21 more family members, including a two-year-old boy also tested ;  India officials blame the quick transmission of the virus on the family’s tight living ;  Collector Abhijeet Chaudhari told PTI, “These 25 patients belong to a big family living in a congested housing set up and because of that, they got infected.”   Local authorities say there was no community transmission of the ;  Officials say the…
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Coronavirus Lockdowns Extended as Governments Hope for Progress

By VOA News The state of New York has passed the somber milestone of 1,000 coronavirus deaths, while governments across the world instituted or extended new lockdowns to try to blunt the effects of the ; Hospitals in New York City are set to get some relief with Monday’s arrival of the Navy’s USNS Comfort hospital ship, which will clear space for coronavirus patients by taking those in need of other ; Its sister ship, the USNS Mercy, began taking patients Sunday at the port of Long Beach, outside Los ;  President Donald Trump announced ;guidelines on social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading would be extended from…
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US Health Expert: Coronavirus Could Kill 100,000 in US

VOA News By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - The top government infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, predicted Sunday that 100,000 or more Americans could die from the coronavirus pandemic, 50 times the current death ; Fauci told CNN that the could have “millions of cases” of COVID-19, a vast spread of the pandemic in the country, where officials now officially count 124,000 confirmed cases and 2,100 deaths, although both figures are rapidly increasing by the ; Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Thomas Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, both rebuffed suggestions by President Donald Trump that the…
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New York City’s Central Park Getting Coronavirus Field Hospital

By VOA News New York City’s strained health system is about to get some help with the arrival of a Navy hospital ship to care for general patients and a new field hospital to handle those infected with the novel ; The 68-bed field hospital is going up in the city’s iconic Central ; Governor Andrew Cuomo said it is expected to open Tuesday. A 68-bed field hospital is under construction in New York's Central Park to handle those infected with the novel coronavirus. (VOA/Vladimir Badikov) The Christian global relief group Samaritan’s Purse is behind the ; The group says a team…
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Country Singer Joe Diffie Dies of Coronavirus Complications

VOA News By Associated Press NEW YORK - Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.   Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie's publicist Scott Adkins said the singer died Sunday due to complications from the virus.   Diffie, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits…
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Trump Extends US Coronavirus Social-distance Guidelines 30 More Days

VOA News By Ken Schwartz WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has extended social distancing and other coronavirus-fighting guidelines through April 30, saying what has been done so far is saving lives.   “The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said Sunday moving the daily coronavirus briefing from the White House press room outside to the Rose Garden. “I want our life back again,” he said. The initial two-week period of government-recommended mitigation was set to expire Monday. Trump predicted that the death rate will peak in two weeks and said the country will be “well on…
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Pope Backs UN Chief’s Call for Global Cease-Fire to Focus on Coronavirus

VOA News by Reuters VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter's Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres made in a virtual news conference on Monday. Saying the disease knows no borders, Francis appealed to everyone to "stop every form of bellicose hostility and to favor the creation of corridors for humanitarian help, diplomatic efforts and…
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Maine Sail-Maintenance Shop Turns to Sewing Medical Masks

VOA News By Associated Press NEW YORK - On the coast of the Northeastern state of Maine, Eric Baldwin and his staff of two usually spend their days selling, repairing and washing sails for boats. They transform their surplus sailcloth into tote bags to bring in extra ; But when the coronavirus outbreak slowed business, they turned their industrial sewing machines to a new task: making cotton masks for caregivers and others who need protection from the ; "We wanted to do something to give back," Baldwin said from his North Sails workshop in the small village of South Freeport, about 20 miles…
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