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As Americans watch governors and city officials plead with the private sector to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers, they must be wondering: Why don’t our hospitals have what they need to confront the coronavirus crisis? Most of the country was woefully unprepared for a pandemic — and pre-crisis federal regulations... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Red tape has been a major problem.
President Trump said he would not impose a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut but would instead issue a travel advisory to be enacted by the states’ governors. Total U.S. cases crossed 119,000. New York Times
Amazon.com Inc is offering higher pay to recruit its own warehouse employees to pick and pack Whole Foods groceries amid rising demand and a worker shortage, according to an internal document reviewed by Reuters. Rueters

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Cases have been reported in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York has reported the most deaths.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Sad, but not very high considering the population of 350M.
NEW ORLEANS — The coronavirus continued its steady march here Saturday, with a total of 3,315 cases in the state and the mayor trying to blame President Trump for not canceling Mardi Gras. As of noon on March 28, the Louisiana Department of Health reported 569 new cases in the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A foolish major, who should be voted out.
Police in North Carolina have arrested a man they accuse of coughing at a customers at a Walmart store and saying he had COVID-19. The Gaston Gazette reports that Robert Eugene Heffner, 26, of Belmont, was arrested on Friday night. The newspaper cites ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Punishment should be very hard.
The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and around the world continues to skyrocket. ABC
VOA VIEW: Wait and see what happens.
Here's the basics about the Individual Ready Reserve forces activated by President Donald Trump to help with the coronavirus pandemic. ABC
VOA VIEW: It is what it is.
Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota have taken steps to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus ABC

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The global airline industry is experiencing unprecedented declines in revenue, worse than what it was after 9/11. Airlines expect to lose a quarter of $1 trillion in revenue this year. Kris Van Cleave reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Many will recover - past profits helps.
"I will turn this state upside down to get the number of beds we need, but we need the staff for those beds," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. CBS
President Donald Trump said he could make the decision Saturday on whether to place a two-week quarantine on New York, New Jersey and certain parts of Connecticut. CNBC
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday he does not believe President Donald Trump has the authority to impose a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to stop the spread of the coronavirus. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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The coronavirus crisis is bringing the United States economy to screeching halt, as satellite imagery shows every sector getting hit. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It is good that Trump was able to expand before this problem.
The Fox Business Network announced on Friday that it had parted ways with Trish Regan, the conservative news host who ignited controversy earlier this month when she dismissed the coronavirus pandemic as a conspiracy to throw President Trump out of office. CNN
VOA VIEW: good-bye!
CNN's Chris Cuomo argues that President Donald Trump's Easter timeline isn't aspirational, it's asinine. CNN
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is a fool.

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During a White House coronavirus task force briefing, President Donald Trump responded to a reporter's question asking for a guarantee on ventilator availability saying "don't be a cutie pie." CNN
VOA VIEW: Good for Trump.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday filed a federal lawsuit against California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alexander Villanueva after the state's order to close nonessential businesses has affected firearms retailers. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
Gov. Newsom builds off of earlier authorizations to enact a statewide ban on evictions as unemployment grows. FOX News
Outbreak will get worse before it gets better, PM tells nation as death toll hits 1,000Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson will warn every household in Britain that the coronavirus outbreak is likely to worsen and that he is prepared to tighten the nation’s lockdown, after the UK suffered the biggest daily increase in its death toll.The country’s 30 million households will receive a letter from the prime minister cautioning them that the worst is still ahead, along with details of the government’s orders on social distancing, symptoms and handwashing, as ministers battle to prepare the NHS for the coming surge in cases. Guardian
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Sunday, military officials in South Korea and Japan said, the latest in an unprecedented flurry of launches this month. Reuters
VOA VIEW: UN is acting like a fool, while the world is fighting a pandemic.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the state will postpone its primary amid growing coronavirus cases. UPI
President Donald Trump praised those aboard Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort as it prepared to depart for New York City on Saturday to assist with coronavirus relief. UPI
South Korean health officials said Saturday that for the first time since the country's first confirmed coronavirus case, there have been more recoveries than active cases. UPI

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The Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked the authorization of a COVID-19 test that could produce results in less than 15 minutes, the maker of the test said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good news.

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     A start and maybe a lesson to consider. The Justice Department late Wednesday filed the first federal criminal charges against a Los Angeles-based actor peddling a fake cure for the coronavirus on social media. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 53, was charged with one count of wire fraud, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Mr. Middlebrook whose credits include small parts in Iron Man 3, Thor and Moneyball, according to the Internet Movie Database, allegedly claimed to have personally developed a “patent pending” cure for the coronavirus.

     In videos posted to his 2.5 million Instagram followers, Mr. Middlebrook pitched small white pills and an unknown liquid that he claimed would offer immunity and a cure for the deadly virus, prosecutors said. There is currently no cure or preventive vaccine for the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Not only did I make the cure, but this pill right here is the prevention,” Mr. Middlebrook said in one Instagram video that was viewed over 1 million times. “Meaning, if I walk into the Staples Center and everyone’s testing coronavirus positive, I can’t contract it. It’s impossible. … I have what makes you immune to the coronavirus.” Mr. Middlebrook was arrested during a meeting at which he delivered pills to an undercover agent posing as an investor. At the time of his arrest, he had been seeking financing for his allegedly fraudulent cure.