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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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Pandemic Forces Cancellation of Wimbledon

VOA News The Wimbledon tennis championships in London — widely considered to be the world's premier tennis event — will be canceled this year due the coronavirus ; In statement Wednesday, the All England Tennis Club (AELTC) and the committee of management of the championships said the 2020 Grand Slam tournament — scheduled to be held June 29 through July 11 — will be canceled due to public health concerns. It will be rescheduled for ; It will be the first time since World War II the event has been ; "This is a decision that we have not taken…
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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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Large Cache of Illegal Drugs Seized in Tunnel Stretching Across US-Mexico Border

VOA News federal agents seized a large cache of drugs from a long tunnel used by smugglers to move them across the border. The 600-meter long tunnel, which ran under a series of warehouses from the northern Mexican border town of Tijuana to the southern California city of San Diego, was discovered on March 19 by the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, a special unit made up of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and other ; Among the drugs stashed in the tunnel were nearly 600 kilograms of cocaine, 1,360 kilograms of marijuana, plus smaller amounts of methamphetamine, heroin…
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UN General Assembly to Decide on Rival COVID-19 Resolutions

VOA News By Associated Press UNITED NATIONS - How should the General Assembly and its 193 member states respond to the coronavirus pandemic? Members have been sent two rival resolutions for consideration — and under new voting rules instituted because the global body isn't holding meetings, if a single country objects a resolution is defeated. One resolution, which has more than 135 co-sponsors, calls for "intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, including by exchanging information, scientific knowledge and best practices and by applying the relevant guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization." The other, sponsored by Russia…
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Census Day Arrives With US Almost Paralyzed by Coronavirus

VOA News By Associated Press ORLANDO, FLORIDA - Census Day — the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. The virus's spread has forced the Census Bureau to suspend field operations for a month, from mid-March to mid-April, when the hiring process would be ramping up for up to 500,000 temporary census takers. The bureau also has delayed the start of counts for the homeless and people…
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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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