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What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

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Your daily look at national and world late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about COVID-19 today:

Focus shifts to saving jobs

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating across Latin America, Russia, India and Pakistan while the number of cases are flattening and businesses start to reopen in much of Europe, Asia and the United States.

India saw its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic began, and Pakistan and Russia recorded their highest death tolls. Even so, many governments say they need to shift their focus to saving jobs.

In the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, the unemployment numbers are staggering. The Federal Reserve chairman has estimated that 25% of Americans could be jobless by June, while in China analysts estimate about a third of the urban workforce is unemployed.

Virus fallout dampens

spirits as Muslims mark major holiday

The coronavirus is certain to put a damper on one of the biggest Muslim holidays of the year set to begin this weekend. People usually celebrate the three-day Eid al-Fitr by traveling, visiting family and gathering for lavish meals — all of which will be largely prohibited as authorities try to prevent new outbreaks. The holiday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Pandemic made evacuations harder

The cyclone that battered eastern India’s coastal region has left authorities dealing with both destruction on the ground and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic made evacuations harder since many of the now-crowded cyclone shelters were being used for quarantining virus patients.


leader says

country has defeated the coronavirus through prayar

The leader of Tanzania says his country has defeated the coronavirus through prayer. Meanwhile, the international community openly worries that President John Magufuli is hiding the pandemic’s true scale.

Space debate

NASA and Space X are urging people to stay at home next week for the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years, worried that packing the beaches and roads along the Space Coast may not be safe. However, officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are promoting participation in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard by the coronavirus lockdowns.

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