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Trump Considers Halting Airline Flights Between Coronavirus Hot Spots

VOA News By Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE - A national stay-at-home directive was rejected by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, but he said he might order airlines to stop flying between coronavirus hot spots. "It's very tough. You have them going from hot spot to hot spot,” said the president at a briefing for reporters at the White House. ”We are looking at it. Once you do that, you really are clamping down industry that is desperately in need.” Trump said at one point during the news conference, “We do not give in to fear.” The government is projecting that even…
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Reed & Whitehouse Seek Automatic CARES Act Payments for Social Security Recipients Who Don’t File Tax Returns

41 Senators send letter urging Trump Admin to remove needless barriers that could prevent eligible senior citizens and others from getting direct payments from CARES Act Trump Administration should not try to bury seniors in paperwork in order to access the benefits they are entitled to and that IRS & Social Security Administration should already have access to the required information WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help retirees and seniors living on fixed incomes access the direct payments they are eligible for under the new $ trillion emergency coronavirus relief law, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are asking…
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COVID-19 Patients Share Stories of Suffering, Hope and Despair

VOA News By Carolyn Presutti Much has been written of the warning signs, symptoms and dangers of COVID-19. But what is it like to live through an active infection? Several sufferers share their stories, day-by-day medical conditions, thoughts and observations with VOA’s Carolyn Presutti in this second installment of a bi-weekly series chronicling life with the ;   'I’m on the medication, what I call the Trump combo' Carlos Gavidia (Credit: Carlos Gavidia) Carlos Gavidia Age: 53 Occupation: Entrepreneur, retired City: Jupiter, Florida No underlying health issues  After counting days of severe illness, Carlos Gavidia is marking time differently ; “Twenty-two hours without fever, thank God,” says the…
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Most Coronavirus Deaths in US Projected to Occur in Next Few Weeks

VOA News By Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE - The United States should be prepared to endure 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from the #COVID-19 coronavirus over the next two months even if Americans continue to keep their distance from each ; The peak number of deaths will come over the next two to three weeks, according to the White House coronavirus task ;  “Our country is in the midst of a great national trial unlike any we have faced before,” said ;President Donald Trump as the White House on Tuesday formally introduced its extended 30-day social-distancing guidelines based on statistical ;  “This is going to be one of the…
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$2.2T Coronavirus Relief Package Poses Fraud Threat, Experts Warn

VOA News By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - Just days after Congress approved a record $ trillion in emergency economic aid to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration is racing to get the money out to hundreds of millions of Americans and millions of businesses reeling from the ;     The mega relief package is being hailed as a desperately needed measure to steady the teetering economy and to help many of the millions who have lost their ;  But the sheer size of the aid program and the speed with which it is being doled out threatens to…
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New York’s Mayor Appeals to Washington for Medical Personnel

VOA News By Margaret Besheer NEW YORK - New York City’s mayor appealed to Washington on Tuesday to send him nearly 1,500 more medical personnel by Sunday, as coronavirus cases surpass 43,000 and more city landmarks are converted into field ;  “This coming Sunday, April 5, is the demarcation line,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “This is the point at which we must be prepared for next week when we expect a huge increase in the number of cases.”  He said he made the request last week to the White House and Pentagon to deploy 1,000 nurses, 150 doctors and…
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Provide Several COVID-19 Updates

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole, Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) made several announcements about the state's response to COVID-19. State parks and beaches: As of this Friday, April 3rd, state beaches and parks in Rhode Island will be closed. Campground openings will be postponed until at least May 1st. More information about this announcement is available of healthcare workers: All healthcare workers in all hospitals and nursing homes (as well as home health workers) should be wearing masks at all times when engaged in direct patient has been working, and will continue to work,…
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EPA Encourages Americans to Only Flush Toilet Paper

WASHINGTON (March 30,2020) — Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash. Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure that the toilets, plumbing, sewer systems and septic systems will continue working properly to safely manage our nation’s wastewater. While EPA encourages disinfecting your environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19, never flush disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items. These easy steps will keep surfaces disinfected and wastewater management systems working for all Americans. Preventable toilet and sewer backups can pose a…
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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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