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Trump drops idea of New York lockdown as U.S. death count crosses 2,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would issue a travel warning for the hard-hit New York area to limit the spread of the coronavirus, backing off from an earlier suggestion that he might try to cut off the region entirely. Read More


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Coronavirus-hit ship granted permission to pass through Panama Canal

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A cruise ship stuck off Panama's Pacific coast after four passengers died and more than 130 others developed influenza-like symptoms, including at least two with the coronavirus, will be allowed to proceed through the Panama Canal, the government said on Saturday. More »


Italy coronavirus death toll surges past 10,000; lockdown extension likely

MILAN (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy barrelled past 10,000 on Saturday, a figure that made an extension of a national lockdown almost certain. More »


Trump struggles with tone in virus crisis, aides urge more empathy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic is forcing President Donald Trump to show empathy to console Americans under siege, and it's not easy for a brash leader more accustomed to bellicose politics. More »


With eye on election, Trump in high-stakes balancing act over coronavirus response

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump offered a preview of his re-election campaign playbook last year when he visited the building site of a multi-billion-dollar cracking unit in western Pennsylvania, hailed as one of the largest construction projects in the country. More »


As virus threatens, U.S. embraces big government, for now

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - It may, as House Majority Leader and Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer said on Friday, be out of love that the United States agreed to shut down much of its economy to stop a viral epidemic and save lives. More »


New York's Cuomo postpones primary election as coronavirus cases keep growing

(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday he was postponing the state's April 28 presidential primary to June 23 as its number of coronavirus cases climbed to 52,318 and deaths to 728. More »


North Korea fires more missiles than ever amid coronavirus outbreak

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Sunday, the latest in an unprecedented flurry of launches that South Korea decried as "inappropriate" amid the global coronavirus pandemic. More »


Brazil's Bolsonaro questions coronavirus deaths, says 'sorry, some will die'

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday cast doubt on Sao Paulo's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak and accused the state governor of manipulating the numbers for political ends, without giving evidence for his claims. More »


Exclusive: Amazon entices warehouse employees to grocery unit with higher pay

(Reuters) - 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. More »


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