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Coronavirus US live: Pelosi says stimulus will pass but Congress is not doing enough

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NY Governor warns on hospitals, federal money

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New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, says the state has received a Major Disaster Declaration, meaning it can receive more federal support during the Covid-19 outbreak. As of Wednesday, New Jersey had the second-most confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US. Murphy, a Democrat, thanked Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their help.

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BREAKING: We’ve received a Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey.

We will now have access to greater essential federal support to help us through the #COVID19 emergency.

I’m grateful to @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and @fema for their support of our response & recovery efforts.

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Today was supposed to be Opening Day in Major League Baseball, and a traditional sign that the winter is over and spring and summer are around the corner. Instead, due to the coronavirus outbreak, players are at home twiddling their thumbs or posting videos to TikTok. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said on Wednesday he hopes preparation for the start of the postponed season can start in May, although that may be a little too upbeat, given that a single positive test from a player during the season could shut a whole team down.

“It’s just such a strange time,” wrote Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo on ESPN. “The more all of us can stay connected to others, the better we all are. Whether you are a professional athlete or a fan, just trying to stay positive right now, it is so important to keep moving any way you can.”

Meanwhile, the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, who broke the rookie record for home runs last year, posted a message to Twitter thanking nurses and doctors for their work during the outbreak.

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Nancy Pelosi ‘certain’ bill will pass but Congress is ‘just not doing enough’

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A New York City health worker who was treating Covid-19 patients has died two weeks after being diagnosed with the virus. The news of Kious Kelly’s death was confirmed by his hospital, Mount Sinai West in Manhattan.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff. The safety of our staff and patients has never been of greater importance and we are taking every precaution possible to protect everyone,” the hospital said in a statement.

Nurses at Mount Sinai West have complained they have been forced to use garbage bags to protect themselves due to a lack of equipment.

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New York City is being hit particularly hard by the virus and the acting navy secretary, Thomas Modly, said hospital ship USNS Comfort will “hopefully” reach the city in the next week to assist with the relief effort. “We had been originally looking at April 3, but in all likelihood, she’s going to be getting underway this weekend,” said Modly on Thursday. “I’m actually going to be going down there to the ship either tomorrow or Saturday. So sometime after that she’ll be leaving.”

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Ford wants to reopen five plants shut down by the Covid-19 outbreak, although the company may well receive pushback from union members. Ford suspended production at the plants a week ago under pressure from the United Auto Workers, who feared its members could fall ill.

The company wants to restart production over the next three weeks at sites in Hermosillo, Mexico; Dearborn, Michigan; Louisville Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio; and Kansas City. Ford says it will introduce new safeguards to protect workers. Donald Trump has already said that he wants America to reopen for business by Easter, despite warnings from medical experts that such a decision could have dire consequences for public health.

“We are reviewing with great concern and caution today’s announcement [from Ford],” the United Auto Workers said in a statement. “Our priority is the health and safety of our members, their families and the American public.”

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Mnuchin: unemployment numbers are ‘not relevant’

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