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March 30, 2020

First Line News Articles for Monday, March 30 2020

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Trump expands federal coronavirus guidelines through April 30

President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that the White House would extend its guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak through April 30.

Judge says government must justify holding migrant children as coronavirus spreads

A federal judge in California on Saturday found that the Trump administration has not taken sufficient measures to safeguard the health of detained migrant children during the coronavirus pandemic, calling detention facilities “hotbeds of contagion.”

US coronavirus death toll crosses 2,000

The number of confirmed cases worldwide has reached 650,000.

Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Economic-Aid Package into Law

President Trump on Friday signed a $2.2 trillion package meant to offset the effects of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic into law.

LDS News

LDS missionary serving in Mexico City tests positive for COVID-19

A church missionary serving in the Mexico City mission tested positive for COVID-19, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced in a statement Friday.

Food Bank collects large donation from Mormon Church

The Klamath-Lake County Food Bank is receiving a large donation which includes 24 pallets (42,000 lbs.) of assorted canned goods coming from Latter-day Saint Charities, in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to a news release.

Updated General Handbook chapters released for Aaronic Priesthood quorums, Young Women and Primary

Continuing to update the new General Handbook, the Church recently published revisions to chapters concerning Aaronic Priesthood quorums, Young Women and Primary.

Missionary dies, 2 missionaries injured in car crash in the Dominican Republic

A Latter-day Saint missionary died Saturday afternoon in a car crash that injured two other missionaries in the Dominican Republic.

Video: Joy and peace can be found regardless of what is happening, President Nelson teaches

“When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening — or not happening — in our lives,” said President Russell M. Nelson.

National

EPA to limit enforcement of environmental laws during coronavirus emergency, giving companies more flexibility

The environmental agency said companies have complained of staffing shortages.

Police in several cities test positive for coronavirus, stirring fears of spread among first responders

Three Houston police officers were recently in what their chief called a “tussle with a suspect” who was displaying fever-like symptoms: a hallmark of the novel coronavirus.

FDA fast-tracks 15-minute COVID-19 test

The Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked the authorization of a COVID-19 test that could produce results in less than 15 minutes, the maker of the test said.

Trump praises healthcare workers as USNS Comfort deploys

President Donald Trump praised those aboard Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort as it prepared to depart for New York City on Saturday to assist with coronavirus relief in a state that has become the epicenter for the outbreak in the United States.

At least 17 reported tornadoes hit Central US during severe weather outbreak

There have been at least 190 reports of severe weather in the last 24 hours.

Biden consolidates support, but trails badly in enthusiasm: Poll

Strong enthusiasm for Biden among those who back him over Trump is just 24%.

As states crack down on gatherings, some religious exemptions could keep pews full

Some states have not barred churches from gathering despite COVID-19.

After Three Coronavirus Stimulus Packages, Congress Already Prepping No. 4

As lawmakers last week completed a record-shattering economic-rescue package estimated at $2 trillion, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) predicted: “This is certainly not the end of our work here in Congress—rather the end of the beginning.”

CDC issues travel advisories for N.Y., N.J., Conn.; no quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid non-essential travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

White House-led airlift of urgently needed medical supplies arrives in New York

A planeload of desperately needed medical supplies arrived in New York from China on Sunday, the first in a series of flights over the next 30 days organized by the White House to help fight the coronavirus, a White House official said.

World

North Korea launches two projectiles into Sea of Japan

North Korea launched two projectiles into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, military officials said.

Rosneft sells Venezuelan assets to Russia after U.S. sanctions ramp up

Russia’s largest oil producer, Rosneft (ROSN.MM), said on Saturday it had terminated operations in Venezuela and sold the assets linked to its operations in the South American nation to an unnamed company owned by the Russian government.

Moscow initiates coronavirus lockdown, requires ‘special pass’ to leave homes

Moscow has ordered citizens to self-isolate starting Monday, despite the Russian government’s claims that the country is not facing a coronavirus epidemic.

Britons warned some coronavirus lockdown measures could last months

Some lockdown measures to combat coronavirus in Britain could last months and only be gradually lifted, a senior medical official said on Sunday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the situation will get worse before it gets better.

Tokyo Olympics: Signs suggest summer dates for 2021 Olympics

Tokyo Olympic organizers are leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021

Canadian PM’s wife has recovered from coronavirus illness

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife says she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus

US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month

U.S.-led coalition forces have pulled out of an Iraqi military base that nearly brought Washington into an open war with Iran

Coronavirus transmission ‘locally blocked in China;’ Italy’s death rate drops

The original epicenter of the coronavirus, mainland China, is “basically blocked,” according to an official as the outbreak continues to increase worldwide with more than 33,000 deaths reported.

Culture

Ways to volunteer from home and how to help food banks during coronavirus

With the novel coronavirus keeping many at home due to self isolation, many across the country have felt many emotions over the past few days.

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