US virus testing faces new headwind: Lab supply shortages

WASHINGTON (AP) — First, some of the coronavirus tests didn’t work. Then there weren’t enough to go around. Now, just as the federal government tries to ramp up nationwide screening, laboratory workers are warning of a new roadblock: dire shortages of testing supplies. The shortages are the latest stumble in a botched effort to track the spread of coronavirus that has left the U.S. weeks behind many other developed countries. Dwindling supplies include both chemical components and basic swabs needed to collect patient samples.
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Italy's virus epicenter grapples with huge toll, some hidden

BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — The priest gave a final benediction. There were no flowers, no embraces. Francesca Steffanoni and her mother hurried away from Bergamo’s main cemetery, their furtive farewell lasting no more than 5 minutes. Bergamo is the epicenter of the hardest-hit province of Italy’s hardest-hit region, Lombardy, the site of hundreds of coronavirus deaths. Families here are deprived of a bedside farewell with virus-stricken loved ones, or even a traditional funeral, and the cemetery is so overwhelmed by the number of dead that military trucks transported 65 bodies to a neighboring region for cremation this week.
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Sex workers face ruin amid virus fears, brothel closures

BERLIN (AP) — It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday night, a time when Aurel Johannes Marx’s three-room brothel on the edge of Berlin would normally be preparing for its first customers. Sex for sale has long been a staple part of the German capital’s freewheeling nightlife. But amid concerns over the new coronavirus, even the world’s supposedly oldest profession is suffering a sudden slump. At the “Lankwitzer 7” brothel, with its soft red light and bawdy paintings on the wall, disinfectant dispensers have been installed next to the washbasins.
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Virus fears fuel spike in sales of guns and ammunition

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The world’s largest gun store, in metro Atlanta, has had lines that are six and eight people deep. A gun store in Los Angeles had lines that stretched down the block. And at least one store in Idaho put limits on sales after its shelves were nearly cleared out. Just as grocery stores have been stripped bare by Americans panicked by coronavirus, guns and ammunition have started flying off the shelves.
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Virus toll in Iran climbs as lockdowns deepen across Mideast

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran reported another 129 fatalities from the new coronavirus on Monday, the largest one-day rise in deaths since it began battling the Middle East’s worst outbreak, which has claimed more than 850 lives and infected a number of senior officials in the country. Businesses in Iran’s capital remained open, however, even as other countries in the region moved toward full lockdowns, with Lebanon largely shutting down and Iraqis racing to prepare for a curfew set to begin later this week.
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Despite virus risk, 2020 hopefuls keep up campaigns for now

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — As the coronavirus hits more states, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday his campaign is gauging when it may become necessary to cancel the large campaign rallies that public health experts say could be breeding grounds to spread the potentially deadly illness. “Obviously what is most important to us is to protect the health of the American people,” Sanders said as he appeared in a series of TV interviews.
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Virus halts pilgrimages to Mecca, Friday prayers in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak disrupted Islamic treasure in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia on Wednesday banned its voters and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, whereas Iran canceled Friday prayers in principal cities. The choices in Riyadh and Tehran affected each and each Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike. The Saudi transfer expands a ban final week on foreigners visiting Mecca and Medina, residence to the holiest sites in Islam.
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Virus spread prompts Fed to slash rates in surprise move

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a shock switch, the Federal Reserve slash its benchmark hobby rate by a good half-percentage point Tuesday as a ability to beef up the financial system within the face of the spreading coronavirus. Chairman Jerome Powell mentioned at a news conference that the virus “will absolutely weigh on financial drawl every right here and in a foreign nation for some time.” It became the Fed’s first switch since final twelve months, when it reduced its key brief-duration of time rate three times.
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Virus alarms sound worldwide, but China sees crisis ebbing

BEIJING (AP) — Iranians hoarded medical gives, Italians entreated medical doctors out of retirement and South Koreans ready to pump billions into reduction efforts Tuesday because the virus epidemic firmed its lend a hand all the absolute best method by method of the globe. Mushrooming outbreaks within the Mideast, Europe and South Korea contrasted with optimism in China, the build hundreds of recovered sufferers were going dwelling. A rising outbreak within the United States led faculties and subways to sanitize, a detect for a vaccine to be pushed, and fears of vulnerability for nursing dwelling residents unfold.
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Virus kills member of council advising Iran's supreme leader

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died Monday after falling unwell from the fresh coronavirus, dispute radio reported, turning into the first high first rate to succumb to the sickness that has effects on members of the Islamic Republic’s management. The loss of life of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi got here as Iran launched the virus had killed 66 folks amongst 1,501 confirmed circumstances within the nation.
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