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TraceTogether's app launch comes as concerns over privacy and intrusive surveillance are rising as governments try to curb the pandemic. LA Times
VOA VIEW: All countries are trying hard to resolve the problem.
Doctors and community leaders in Louisiana fear the state's hospitals will soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. LA Times
VOA VIEW: What will be, will be.
The 2008 financial crisis hit Nevada hard, and the state moved to diversity its economy. The coronavirus pandemic could be a critical stress test. LA Times

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President Trump on Tuesday downplayed any rift with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force who didn’t participate in the administration’s briefing on Monday, saying he and the infectious disease expert are “fine.” “I respect all of these great people,” he told Fox News during a virtual town hall from the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: More fake news made up by the liberal media.
Russian government has told the country's regions to close nightclubs and cinemas to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it said in a statement on Tuesday. Rueters
Senior Pentagon leaders said on Tuesday that the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak that has hit the United States could continue for months and the military would continue to support efforts to counter it for as long as needed. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Hope they are wrong as usual.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan after he failed to convince Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political foe to end a feud that has helped jeopardize a U.S.-led peace effort. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Good!
"There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed," tweeted GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.        USA Today
Donald Trump's administration will for the first time use a 'narrow' provision in the Defense Production Act to get more coronavirus test kits.        USA Today

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A former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump was denied early release from a three-year prison sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said it seemed Michael Cohen's request for ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Tough, but right.
Liquor stores and recreational marijuana dispensaries in Denver were given a reprieve Monday and allowed to stay open contrary to local officials declaring otherwise hours earlier. Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced during an afternoon press conference that non-essential businesses operating in Denver would be required to close by 5 p.m. ... Washington Times
Over 9,000 Americans in 28 countries have been brought back to the U.S. by State Department efforts as of Tuesday amid the coronavirus outbreak that has halted travel around the world. The State Department announced in a statement that "thousands more" U.S. citizens will be returning in the coming days ... Washington Times
U.S. airlines are preparing for the possibility of a shutdown on passenger flights in the U.S. due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, an industry source said. ABC
VOA VIEW: The operative word is possibility.

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Gov. Dan Patrick made the comments while appearing on Fox News. ABC
An intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement around the country warns that domestic and homegrown terrorists may try to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC
VOA VIEW: Those who exploit should get a 20 year minimum sentence.
Spain is the worst hit European nation after Italy with 40,000 cases – 5,400 of them health workers. BBC

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The president said the "cure" of severe economic slowdown is worse than the "problem" of the deadly virus. CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump is right.
Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna and 19 of his colleagues sent a letter​ to the White House on Tuesday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Democrats argue that the bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does more to protect corporations than workers. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems have to give up their sweet gimmicks, before a deal is made.
President Trump said the "cure" should not be worse than the "problem" while lobbying for a swifter end to coronavirus restrictions during a Monday press conference. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the effects of social distancing, including problems that could stem from ending it early. CBS
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are causing the major fear.
Peter Gaynor, FEMA's administrator, told CNN that the administration is using the Defense Production Act to acquire some 60,000 test kits. CNBC

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 200,000 last week. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It is what it is.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized the federal response to coronavirus, saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the state 400 ventilators — but they need 30,000. CNN
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is playing the people.
Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, said on Tuesday that the US must address its health care crisis in order to restore the economy, as some of President Donald Trump's allies push to reopen the country despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fear and the liberal media are worse than the pandemic.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday demanded the federal government take dramatic action to send thousands of stockpiled ventilators immediately to his state first, saying the Empire State's immense coronavirus caseload threatened catastrophe in days without it. CNN
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home, except for “essential activity,” closed all non-essential businesses and banned weddings and funerals as the “tumultuous struggle” to slow the spread of the coronavirus escalates. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Weddings are one thing, funerals are another.
The rise represents almost a 26% increase in 24 hours, including 21 in just one London hospital Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has seen its biggest daily rise in deaths from coronavirus, with a further 87 fatal cases including 21 in one London hospital trust alone.The rise represents an almost 26% increase in 24 hours, taking the UK’s total death toll from 335 to 422. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Sad!
U.S. President Donald Trump pressed his case on Tuesday for a re-opening of the U.S. economy by mid-April despite a surge in coronavirus cases, downplaying the pandemic as he did in its early stages by comparing it to the seasonal flu. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Positive thinking is good.
The United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as India announced a full 24-hour, nationwide lockdown in the world's second-most populous country. Reuters
VOA VIEW: WHO is fear mongering.
Carmaker Ford Motor Co on Tuesday jumped into the emergency push by major U.S. manufacturers to produce thousands of ventilators and respirators needed to help combat the spread of the coronavirus under a partnership code-named "Project Apollo." Reuters
President Donald Trump has extended an October deadline for Americans to obtain driver's licenses or state identification cards that comply with the new Real ID credential for domestic flights because of the coronavirus. UPI
U.S. auto giant General Motors said Tuesday it plans to draw down $16 billion from revolving credit facilities and suspend its 2020 outlook as proactive measures to cushion the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. UPI
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
National store chain Costco on Tuesday joined an expanding list of U.S. retailers that will begin holding shopping hours exclusively for senior Americans during the coronavirus crisis. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The International Monetary Fund said it expects the coronavirus pandemic to cause a global recession this year on par with or worse than the one experienced during the global financial crisis. UPI
VOA VIEW: The world was in a financial crisis before the corona virus.

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