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Live updates: Coronavirus cases nearing 1 million worldwide as death toll soars; staggering U.S. employment claims expected

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Italy, France and Spain have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, the White House has issued grim predictions about the U.S. death toll.

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New York is ground zero — again. Why does one city have to suffer so much?
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The virus could have cost Sanders as much as 7 points in some places.
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It could take weeks or more before much-needed money reaches the pockets of cash-strapped gig-economy workers, a series of delays that threatens to put their homes, families and livelihoods in jeopardy amid an historic economic downturn.
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The train landed fewer than 250 meters from the USNS Mercy, stationed at the Port of Los Angeles to ease the burden on local hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.
The novel coronavirus has spawned a new kind of athletic feat that requires intense mental toughness as well as physical endurance.
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Many Syrians won’t be able to take preventive measures – or access healthcare.
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  • Perspective
When you get sick, you need to be able to protect your household — while still getting help.
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Companies are removing gift cards but keeping flights and hotel rooms.
Cuomo's decision to chronicle the misery of being afflicted with a potentially deadly disease, describing his symptoms live and in realtime, appears to be an unprecedented move among network anchors.
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The president was more somber but he still played fast and loose with the facts.
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As other countries limit tests, Iceland has undertaken an ambitious model to test anyone who is willing.
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From Steph Curry to Trevor Noah: Celebs boost Anthony Fauci’s coronavirus messaging
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony S. Fauci has cast a non-traditional net when it comes to his covid-19 messaging.
From Steph Curry to Trevor Noah: Celebs boost Anthony Fauci’s coronavirus messaging
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Why one expert says healthy people should wear DIY face masks
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3-D printing face shields for hospitals in need
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A cab driver in an empty city: ‘Coronavirus just wiped everything out’
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