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Watch Live: White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 16:42

The briefing comes as activists are holding protests over social-distancing restrictions in states across the country with stay-at-home orders, calling for a reopening of the economy.

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Canadian Border Restrictions Have Been Extended For Another 30 Days

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 13:59

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their shared border closed for nonessential travel to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The decision extends a partial ban implemented last month.

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In COVID Briefings, Trump Again Relies On Both Shock And Strategic Retreat

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 10:43

On reopening the economy, defunding the WHO and adjourning Congress, the president's style — aggressive strides forward in rhetoric, then a more realistic step back — was on display.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine: Reopening State Demands A 'Nuanced Balance'

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 10:34

"No one is more anxious to do that than I am," DeWine told NPR, after protesters gathered to demand the state's coronavirus restrictions lifted. "But we also have to do it in a rational way."

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Who's Hit Hardest By COVID-19? Why Obesity, Stress And Race All Matter

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 10:31

Data shows people with certain chronic conditions are more likely to get severe COVID-19 symptoms. Why are they hit harder and what explains the disease's disproportionate affect on African Americans?

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Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Amid Crackdown On Rogue Priests And Congregants

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 10:21

It's a time when churches are full, blood-red eggs are cracked to symbolize Christ's resurrection and lambs are roasted as part of family feasts. But the coronavirus has shut down those celebrations.

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Holy Fire Ceremony To Mark Orthodox Easter Held In Near-Empty Jerusalem Church

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 09:47

The coronavirus did not stop the centuries-old tradition observed annually at the tomb of Jesus. But adjustments were made. It was broadcast live to countless Orthodox Christians around the world.

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Across America, Frustrated Protesters Rally To Reopen The Economy

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

Some businesses and activists want to end prolonged closures that were imposed to block the spread of the coronavirus. Health experts warn a premature opening could create another surge of the virus.

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She Meant To Order 10 Bananas In Her Grocery Delivery. Then 10 Bunches Arrived At Her Door

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

An odd problem for our age: Order one banana for grocery delivery, do you get a one banana or one bunch? And what do you do when you order 10 bananas and get 10 bunches of them? NPR explores.

Louisiana Couple Reunites After He Spent Over 2 Weeks In Hospital With COVID-19

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

Louis Reese, who is undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer, spent 18 days in the hospital with COVID-19. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Louis and his wife, Tara, about being separated during this time.

Mississippi Prison System Faces Investigation, Lawsuits After Rash Of Inmate Deaths

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

At least 30 inmates in Mississippi have died since the end of last year. The state is facing lawsuits and a federal investigation over decrepit conditions and a culture of neglect and corruption.

As Many Americans Stay Home, Factory Workers Continue Production Around The Clock

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

While millions of Americans are out of work or working from home, millions more are working at factories nationwide, and they have some lessons for us on what it means to "reopen" the country.

Researchers Look To New Methods To Create Cheaper, Easier Coronavirus Testing

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

Several new types of tests for coronavirus infection are being developed. One uses the revolutionary gene-editing tool called CRISPR; another measures responses from cells in saliva.

Nursing Homes Hit Hard As Virus Claims Thousands Of Lives Across U.S.

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with WPLN's Blake Farmer from Nashville and KCUR's Peggy Lowe from Kansas City about how nursing homes are dealing with deadly outbreaks of COVID-19.

Immigrant Doctors Face Barriers Trying To Volunteer To Help Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Ram Alur, president of Physicians for American Healthcare Access, about restrictions faced by some immigrant doctors who want to help fight the pandemic.

Reports Of Domestic Violence Rise In Recent Weeks Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

What do stay-at-home orders mean for people in abusive relationships? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Suzanne Dubus, of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, about the additional challenges of these times.

Texas Animal Shelter Sees Bump In Adoptions, Foster Homes Amid Pandemic

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

Luis Quintanilla, director of the Humane Society of Harlingen, Texas, talks about how the pandemic has changed things in the animal shelter.

Clubbing In The Time Of COVID-19: Berlin Clubs Are Closed, So DJs Are Livestreaming

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

People are dancing at home to livestreamed sets. "I think this is probably the most difficult time since World War II," says Lutz Leichsenring of the Berlin Club Commission. "Everything is shut down."

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'I Hear The Agony': Increasing Coronavirus Cases Take Toll On NYC's First Responders

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

Paramedics and EMTs in New York City are struggling to respond to a skyrocketing number of 911 calls during the coronavirus pandemic. More first-responders are getting sick themselves.

Ohio Governor On States Banding Together, Next Steps For Coronavirus Response

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 08:00

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who led Ohio to take precautions against the coronavirus early — and is now facing pressure to fully reopen the state.