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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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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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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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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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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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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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