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Federal coronavirus strategy lurches as plans to help states change, then change again Federal coronavirus strategy lurches as plans to help states change, then change again
The nation’s top federal disease agency had just started activating teams in nine states still relatively untouched by coronavirus when new orders came in last week from the White House coronavirus task force: Shift resources to Tennessee and Nebraska, and double down in New Mexico and North Dakota. Then, three days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rolled out yet another pl...
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Trump touts study on sunlight to kill coronavirus, but official warns against Americans changing behavior Trump touts study on sunlight to kill coronavirus, but official warns against Americans changing behavior
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump touted a federal study Thursday that indicates sunlight and humidity can weaken the coronavirus – a finding that prompted the president to float the idea of treating patients with "light inside the body." The Department of Homeland Security study, which the agency described as "emerging," found the lifespan of the virus on a surface or in the air could be sig...
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When will a second wave of the coronavirus hit, and what will it look like? When will a second wave of the coronavirus hit, and what will it look like?
Even before the first horrific phase of the COVID-19 pandemic has run its course, scientists are worried about the second wave of the disease. It could crash worse than the first, killing tens of thousands of people who did such a good job of sheltering in place they remain virgin ground for the virus. Or it could be a mere swell, with so many people having been infected without symptoms that l...
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Donald Trump announces plan to reopen economy; small biz stimulus fund goes bust; optimism from New York Donald Trump announces plan to reopen economy; small biz stimulus fund goes bust; optimism from New York
President Donald Trump announced guidelines for states to start opening their economies that have been largely shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. The "Opening up America Again'' plan, which includes three phases, will give governors the authority to make decisions about how their states proceed in the coming weeks and months. The Labor Department reported more than 5 million new unemploy...
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Trump wants to reopen America in a few weeks. In internal documents, federal health officials warn the bar to do so safely may be too high. Trump wants to reopen America in a few weeks. In internal documents, federal health officials warn the bar to do so safely may be too high.
Federal health officials warned leaders on the White House’s coronavirus task force this week that reopening the nation will require a massive capacity to test, track and treat people for the ongoing threat of the new coronavirus. Their guidance contradicts President Donald Trump’s stance that the country could widely return to normal in a matter of weeks, at least in some states. “It's go...
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Trump taps US companies to advise on reopening economy amid coronavirus pandemic Trump taps US companies to advise on reopening economy amid coronavirus pandemic
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump named dozens of the nation's largest companies to an advisory group Tuesday he said will help him study options for restarting the U.S. economy as conservative groups lobby for a quick reopening. Trump initially said he would name a "task force" to examine whether to extend federal social distancing guidelines currently set to expire May 1. Instead, he named ...
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Coronavirus live updates: Trump to announce new task force as US deaths near 24K; Stimulus money arriving this week Coronavirus live updates: Trump to announce new task force as US deaths near 24K; Stimulus money arriving this week
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide was nearing 2 million early Tuesday as President Donald Trump prepared to announce a new task force that will study whether the administration should extend social distancing guidelines beyond April 30 or reopen parts of the country amid a surge in U.S. unemployment claims. The task force will include "very great doctors," business people and potentiall...
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Trump uses wartime powers to place first order with General Motors for 30,000 ventilators Trump uses wartime powers to place first order with General Motors for 30,000 ventilators
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's administration used its vast wartime powers Wednesday to make its first formal order of equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic, compelling General Motors to deliver 30,000 ventilators by August. The order, announced by the Department of Health and Human Services, will require the Detroit automaker to build more than 6,000 ventilators by June as governors ...
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From Texas to New York, vastly different COVID test rates From Texas to New York, vastly different COVID test rates
Over the entire month of March, while testing at among the lowest rates in the country, Oklahoma officials identified 565 cases of coronavirus. On April 1, following the arrival of enough chemicals to process 10,000 tests, the state changed its approach dramatically. The state went from six test sites to 14. It dropped the requirement that patients be of a “vulnerable population.” No longer di...
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit at a London hospital Monday night after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, his office said in a statement. Johnson, 55, asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab "to deputize for him where necessary," according to a Downing Street statement. "Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of docto...
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