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The Spanish Ministry of Health says the country has 47,610 coronavirus cases — and more than 3,400 people have died from COVID-19. Here, a member of the Emergency Military Unit disinfects buildings in Getafe.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:36

Spain is now the second European country with a death toll higher than China's. Spain's health ministry says it is buying more than 5 million coronavirus "quick tests" from China.

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:26

A cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers heads to Florida. Officials aren't sure whether to allow the ship to dock in case the people are infected with the coronavirus.

Flowers are being destroyed at the flower auction in Aalsmeer, Netherlands, on March 16, 2020. The Dutch horticultural sector is sounding the alarm about the effects of the coronavirus crisis. Due to the loss of demand, the auctions are struggling with low prices and the need to destroy the flowers.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 08:47

The Dutch market is a global blossom powerhouse but sales are withering as virus-hit countries hunker down.

It is hoped for that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can get the coronavirus legislation through their respective chambers through unanimous consent.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 08:02

Congressional leaders announced an agreement to fund cash payments to Americans, bailouts for key industries and aid to the health care industry.

Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms. The heir to the British throne is seen here speaking at a large event on March 12, when he attended a dinner at Mansion House in London.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 07:49

Prince Charles is now in isolation in Scotland's Balmoral Castle with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. He is displaying mild symptoms but 'remains in good health,' according to a statement.

Doctors test a hospital staffer Tuesday for coronavirus, in a triage tent that's been set up outside the E.R. at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx. Hospital workers are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, and public health experts fear a staffing shortage in the U.S. is coming.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:03

To stop COVID-19, retired doctors are signing up to take clinical shifts. Specialists, including dentists, could move to front line care. And med students are fielding calls in overwhelmed clinics.

Health care workers from Virginia Hospital Center put on their personal protective equipment before people arrive at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Arlington, Va., on Friday.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:03

The shortage of masks and other protective gear has left medical staff pleading for help. Several pop-up volunteer groups are matching individual donors with local hospitals most in need.

Gov. Andy Beshear discusses developments in Kentucky regarding the new coronavirus in Frankfort, Ky., earlier this month.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:01

Gov. Andy Beshear said he was angry about the case of one young adult who contracted the illness after attending a party designed to flout social distancing guidelines.

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:00

The rival powers are going far beyond public health measures as they dive into a Cold War-like game of move and counter-move even as the global contagion spreads.

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a virtual campaign event on March 13. Since the coronavirus outbreak has grounded campaigning, his staff has spun up a strategy for reaching voters on the internet and TV more aggressively.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:00

Often overshadowed online by his rivals, Joe Biden is holding virtual town halls and fundraisers. He's also trying to compete for TV airtime as the country is consumed by a historic crisis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 00:41

The deal means Congress could be close to passing a deal, and it comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republicans and Democrats had closed the gap on their differences.

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 22:59

In the last days, the VA has put out calls on social media for retired doctors and nurses to return to work.

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 22:48

Warner Brothers is postponing the openings of some of its big summer movies. Some have rescheduled opening dates, others are on hold indefinitely.

An Amazon worker stows packages into special containers at a facility in Arizona. Coronavirus cases have been reported in at least 7 Amazon facilities.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 22:36

The outbreaks at Amazon facilities come as the e-commerce giant plans to hire 100,000 new workers to meet the surge in orders to the company's fulfillment centers

People wait to receive a COVID-19 novel coronavirus test at a testing booth outside the Yangji hospital in Seoul on March 17.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 22:16

A phone call with President Moon was initiated at the "urgent request" of President Trump, according to Seoul. After fast-tracking test kits, South Korea can do 15,000 to 20,000 tests a day.

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