Mar. 25, 2020

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Life started to return to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak, with traffic controls lifted, construction work resuming and passengers venturing out to catch buses and trains.

U.S. senators will vote on Wednesday on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, hoping it will become law quickly so they can get out of Washington.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday the coronavirus legislation deal agreed to in the Senate includes $130 billion for the U.S. health care system and $150 billion to help state and local governments deal with the pandemic.

Seven in 10 Americans now consider the coronavirus pandemic to be "a serious threat to me and my family," according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll that shows how wide, bipartisan segments of the country feel their lives have been turned upside down by the health crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a televised address to the nation later on Wednesday, the Kremlin said, without providing further details.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the army to carry out drills designed to increase its readiness to fight the novel coronavirus if necessary, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

The foundations of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its co-founder Jack Ma said on Wednesday they had sent medical equipment, including masks and coronavirus tests, to Russia to help it fight an outbreak.

More than 170,000 people have signed up to help Britain's National Health Service tackle the coronavirus outbreak just hours after a request for a quarter of a million volunteers.

Britain toughened its approach to the coronavirus outbreak after estimates of the number of people who would need invasive mechanical ventilation in intensive care doubled, a top epidemiologist who advised the government said on Wednesday.

As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, Chinese students from wealthy families are persuading their parents to pay tens of thousands of dollars for seats on private jets to get home.

U.S. airlines would receive direct grants and would not be able to lay off employees for a set time under the coronavirus relief legislation agreed to by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

Gunmen and suicide bombers raided a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing 25 people before security forces killed all of the attackers.

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At least 25 worshippers at a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul were shot dead when a lone Islamic State group gunman rampaged through temple.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern Pacific on Wednesday and forecasters said tsunami waves were possible for the nearest shores. A brief tsunami watch for Hawaii was cancelled.

A magnitude of 4.6 earthquake that rattled Croatia on Sunday morning.

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hits Carson City, NV area. In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. A magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Saturday. An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes 3.0 to 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wore a hazmat suit and respirator on Tuesday during a visit to a hospital treating coronavirus patients, and the mayor of Moscow said the outbreak in the Russian capital was much worse than official figures showed.

Most Americans (57%) say the nation's efforts to combat the coronavirus are going badly right now, most call it a crisis and see a months-long process before it is contained. But the public is pinning its hopes heavily on the nation's scientists, with eight in 10 optimistic about their ability to eventually find a cure or vaccine, and most are also optimistic that Americans themselves can take steps to slow the spread.

A cargo ship operated by the Russian Navy transited Turkey's Bosphorus strait en route to Syria on Tuesday loaded with ambulances, a Reuters reporter saw.

Anger is rising in Taiwan over China continuing to buzz the island with fighter jets and warships even as they both fight the global coronavirus pandemic.

India's 1.3 billion people were under an immense lockdown on Wednesday to prevent an explosion of coronavirus cases as the government struggled to deliver essential goods and calm nerves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered everyone indoors for the next three weeks, saying this was the only way to avoid a disaster and effectively shutting down Asia's third-largest economy.

Three female inmates who escaped from a South Dakota jail where a prisoner had tested positive for the coronavirus were returned to custody Tuesday, authorities said. They were among nine women who bolted from the minimum-security unit of the Pierre Community Work Center on Monday evening.

Half a dozen inmates were on the loose Tuesday after 14 escaped from a county jail in Washington State the night before, officials said.

BBC

Canada's $57bn relief package to respond to the coronavirus slowdown has passed in the House of Commons.

Jordan has eased an indefinite, round-the-clock curfew imposed to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Ministers had said people would not be permitted to leave their homes at all and that municipalities would deliver supplies of bread and water. But Prime Minister Omar Razzaz has said that they will now be allowed out on foot to go to small local grocery shops, bakeries and pharmacies. The country has so far reported 153 cases of Covid-19 but no deaths.

WND

A physician in New York State claims he has used the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and zinc to treat 350 patients for COVID-19 with 100 percent success.

Public schools in Virginia will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday, making Virginia the second state after Kansas to shut down classes to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Some university professors are expressing fear that as more classes go online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, their lectures will be shared with "right-wing sites."

Since the Trump administration ordered a shutdown of the U.S.-Mexico border, government officials are reporting a roughly 50% drop in illegal alien apprehensions.

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