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Schools, offices, bars, restaurants and many stores remain closed across major U.S. and European cities, and dozens of countries are shutting their borders or implementing mandatory self-isolation for travelers arriving from abroad.
Here are some other significant developments:
- Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is urging states to adopt vote-by-mail, no-excuse absentee voting and expanded polling place hours to prevent more delays in the primary calendar.
- Calls have intensified for social distancing as one of the only measures that could prevent the United States from facing a situation as dire as Italy’s, where more than 2,500 people have died of the coronavirus.
- Americans could get a check for $1,000 or more in the coming weeks, as political leaders coalesce around a dramatic plan to try to prevent a worse recession and protect people from going bankrupt.
- Kansas became the first state to close K-12 schools for the rest of the academic year, in a drastic step to combat the coronavirus that will upend life for hundreds of thousands of families.
- The New York mayor said city officials are “absolutely considering” a shelter-at-home order similar to the one that took effect Monday in the San Francisco Bay area, where six counties are almost completely shut down.
- China’s Foreign Ministry hit back at Trump’s description of the pandemic as a “Chinese virus,” accusing him of insulting China and saying the United States “should first take care of its own business.”
- Attorney General William P. Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that there would be swift and “severe” action if a foreign government was behind a disinformation campaign undertaken Sunday to cause fear in the United States over the coronavirus pandemic.
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