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Daily life feels very different now that we are living with the coronavirus. Psychologists offer their advice for learning how to get used to it. LA Times
VOA VIEW: There is a real fixation to make the situation worse than it is.
The administration issued its strongest advisory Thursday on travel overseas, urging Americans not to travel internationally and encouraging those abroad to return home. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A smart idea.
Students who won admission to the city’s hyper-competitive specialized high schools next year are concerned about falling behind due to coronavirus school closures. While the Department of Education is marshaling remote learning to keep kids engaged, students headed to juggernauts like Stuyvesant High School are worried about lags in coursework and preparation for the next... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Students will pass even though they would not have the proper learning.

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Commerce Department employees have been told to stay at home after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19, The Post has learned. Employees of the government agency were warned about the infected staffer in an email circulated on Wednesday evening and told not to enter the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC, unless their work... New York Post
Stocks remained volatile even as governments took steps to offset the sharp decline gripping their economies. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Better than a continued loss.
The lack of proper masks, gowns and eye gear is imperiling the ability of medical workers to fight the coronavirus — and putting their own lives at risk. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The need should be resolved.
The crisis for airlines deepened on Thursday as Lufthansa , which has grounded most of its fleet, warned the industry may not survive coronavirus pandemic without government aid to offset nosediving demand. Rueters
A wave of layoffs at restaurants, bars and hotels, as efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic bring much of everyday American life to a halt, could drive new applications for U.S. unemployment benefits to a record 1.5 million or more next week, economists warned on Thursday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: It is time to face reality.
U.S. Senate Republicans are considering as part of their coronavirus stimulus plan a maximum direct payment of $1,200 to individuals making $75,000 a year or less, Senator Kevin Cramer said on Thursday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: What formula can be used to stop waste and fraud?

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first known COVID-19 case in the NFL.        USA Today
Westfield Malls announced today that it was closing its shopping destinations for all but 'essential' retail outlets.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the GOP's coronavirus phrase three package Thursday afternoon. "As our nation confronts this health crisis and the economic crisis it is spawning, Senate Republicans have prepared a bold legislative proposal," the Kentucky Republican said. "We hope this bold new proposal will find a similar ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Reality must set in.
Iran has granted medical furlough to a former U.S. Navy veteran who had been detained for over 600 days on trumped up charges, according to Pompeo. ABC
VOA VIEW: Iran does not want an American death.

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With two candidates left in the race for the Democratic nomination, voters are eagerly awaiting to see who Sen. Elizabeth Warren will endorse. ABC
VOA VIEW: There is only one guess.
Number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits jumps by 70,000 last week as virus begins to impact labor market ABC
VOA VIEW: Minor, considering the problems.
President Donald Trump prepares to visit FEMA Headquarters Thursday amid reports of equipment shortages while Trump allies enter “phase three” of coronavirus relief. ABC
VOA VIEW: China is the blame.

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The Bank bumps up its measures to support the UK economy. BBC
McConnell explained the "four pillars" of Senate Republicans' approach to the legislation in a speech on the Senate floor. CBS
President Trump has enabled the use of the Defense Production Act to boost the production of medical supplies, but he isn't using it yet. CBS
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
The Hawaii congresswoman endorsed Bernie Sanders in the last election but says Biden will clearly be the nominee. CBS
VOA VIEW: The reality is???
The White House is talking to congressional leaders of both parties about a massive stimulus package to blunt the impact of the coronavirus crisis. CNBC
VOA VIEW: How and who - the issues will produce much waste and fraud.

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President Donald Trump doubled down on blaming China for the coronavirus pandemic and again made a point of referring to the "Chinese virus" at a White House press conference. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China should pay.
Lawyers for high-profile inmates such as Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff and attorneys Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen are now arguing they should be released from custody because of the coronavirus.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Robert Redfield, 68, is the 18th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a position he has held since March 26, 2018. He is also a menber of President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force, which is headed by Vice President Mike Pence. FOX News

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Italy's death toll from the coronavirus hit 3,405 on Thursday, surpassing the total number of deaths reported in the outbreak's epicenter in China, Italian health officials said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad - if China is telling the truth.
A large Muslim gathering in Indonesia, expected to attract thousands of worshipers, was called off Thursday due to the coronavirus outbreak. UPI

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