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US hits grim milestone as coronavirus deaths hit 3,000, New York remains epicenter

The U.S. is set to surpass China’s toll of 3,300 deaths. New York is currently the U.S. epicenter of the virus and has over 67,000 cases. Over a third of all deaths in the country have occurred in the state. – Trump shows off new rapid coronavirus test kit as HHS says 1 million Americans tested – Dr. Oz calls NYC coronavirus disaster ‘a cautionary tale’: ‘We did our best. We were too late’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an interview on “Hannity” Monday, urged every country to be transparent…

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New abortion laws come into force in NI

Prior to that vote, abortion was only allowed in very limited circumstances. It fell to the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) to come up with a framework to oversee the provision for abortion services. Last week, the regulations were made public for the first time and set out when and where abortions could take place, as well as who could carry them out. Terminations will be legal up to 12 weeks without conditions. Plenty of questions remain In order for an abortion to take place, one medical professional will be required…

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Ford to produce roughly 50,000 ventilators in fight against coronavirus

A Ford logo on the grill of a 2018 Ford Explorer on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show in Feb. 2018. Ford Motor Company has announced plans to make 50,000 ventilators at one of its Michigan plants over the next 100 days in an effort to arm those on the front lines with equipment to fight COVID-19. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) States with strained healthcare workers have requested the Trump administration and manufacturers speed up the production of ventilators to assist a surge in patients, according to Reuters. Hospitals in…

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Federal prisons will confine inmates to cells for 2 weeks due to coronavirus

Washington (CNN)The US federal prison system will move to a heightened state of lockdown as it fights the spread of coronavirus behind bars, the Bureau of Prisons announced. The federal prison system, composed of nearly 150,000 inmates in 122 facilities nationwide, had previously been in a moderate defensive posture, with a mandatory quarantine for new inmates and a ban on most visitation. At the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the Bureau of Prisons has also been taking steps to begin releasing especially vulnerable inmate populations who are nonviolent and…

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Johnson hails return of 20,000 former NHS staff

And last week an organ transplant consultant died after testing positive for the virus. Prof Andrew Goddard, the head of the Royal College of Physicians, said “about one in four” of its workforce was currently off work, either with symptoms or isolating because family members have symptoms. “I’ve got lots of colleagues sitting at home with family members. They themselves don’t have symptoms and are chomping at the bit to try and get back to work,” he said, adding that widespread testing would mean staff who are well can return…

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New York neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of Covid-19

(CNN)Dr. James T. Goodrich, the neurosurgeon who allowed CNN inside a remarkable operation to separate twins Jadon and Anias McDonald, died on Monday after complications related to Covid-19, according to the hospital where he worked. The hospital called Goodrich a pioneer in the field of helping children with complex neurological conditions; he developed a multi-stage approach for separating craniopagus twins, like Jadon and Anias McDonald, who were fused at the brain and skull. Goodrich was thrust into the spotlight in 2004 when he operated on Carl and Clarence Aguirre, twins…

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Cuomo threatens lawsuit over Rhode Island crackdown on virus-fleeing New Yorkers

Andrew Cuomo D-N.Y.,  is threatening to sue Rhode Island after Gov. Gina Raimondo D-R.I., issued the drastic new policies to limit the spread of the virus He added that he believes the two governors could “work it out.” Raimondo said the policies were intended to make sure people from New York would self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island. “I want to be crystal clear about this: If you’re coming to Rhode Island from New York you are ordered into quarantine,” she said. “The reason for that is because more than half…

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Donald Trump’s special day

(CNN)When Donald Trump was growing up in the New York of the 1950s, Easter was a grand civic festival as well as a religious holiday. He was eight in 1955, when a balmy day brought out about two million people for the Easter Parade along and around Fifth Avenue. “Hats were large, small, sensible, silly, be-flowered, tailored, and of virtually every hue ever conceived by nature or man,” wrote Edith Evans Asbury in the New York Times. Jill Filipovic never thought she’d say it: “Thank God for Andrew Cuomo ……

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Cuomo calls Trump ‘incorrect and grossly uninformed’ about New York’s ventilator situation as fight escalates

(CNN)Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for his call to distribute federal ventilators the state had in storage as the two leaders’ war of words over the coronavirus pandemic escalates. “So the point is, ‘well they’re in a stockpile, you must not need them’ is just ignorant — of course you don’t need them today!” Cuomo continued. “You need them when you hit the apex, which is 30,000. We’re not there yet.” Trump had earlier tweeted that New York should distribute the ventilators immediately. That statement…

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Number of UK coronavirus deaths rises above 1,000

In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, health workers are already being tested. How fast is the coronavirus growing in the UK? How to understand the number of coronavirus deaths UK tourists in India complain of being ‘abandoned’ The jump in deaths is the biggest day-on-day increase the UK since the outbreak began. The number of deaths is 34% higher than Friday’s figure. The new figures include a further 246 people in England, with patients aged between 33 and 100 years old. All of them had underlying health conditions except 13…

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An Indiana city is asking its residents to go outside nightly and wave to their neighbors

(CNN)Hi-diddly-ho, neighborino! Nearly a third of the world’s population are living under coronavirus-related restrictions. To stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far topped more than 580,000 cases globally, health officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing. This includes staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from touching other people. As many continue weeks, and possibly months, of socially isolating at home, it can start to feel quite lonely. But the entire world is in this fight together — so go outside and say hello (a…

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Flood-hit families struggle with virus lockdown

What’s it like dealing with floods then coronavirus? Lauren Forward’s business, Little Friends Playgroup, in Taff’s Well, was submerged by the floodwaters in February. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Caroline Jones showed First Minister Mark Drakeford around her flood-damaged home – now she misses her neighbours Caroline Jones, 56, is in rented accommodation in Cardiff after escaping when water poured into her Nantgarw home, in Rhondda Cynon Taff. “It’s quite hard to be in a house with just a TV. It’s quite depressing. I want to be in my…

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