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09
APR
5pm

Unemployed Americans Face Hardship, Uncertainty During Pandemic

The United States has taken a different approach than some European countries in providing relief to workers in industries that have been shutdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. While countries like Germany and France are reimbursing businesses to keep workers on the payroll, VOA’s Brian Padden reports, the U.S. has mostly opted to increase government assistance for millions of workers once they are laid off from their jobs or lose employment entirely. 
07
APR
9pm

Smart Thermometer Shows Fevers Dropping in Areas with Sheltering Measure

There’s a race on to predict where the COVID-19 virus is growing, what social distancing measures are working and when it will be safe to open society again.  But to do that takes data and the ability to detect signals in the noise of information. Governments are turning to tech companies such as Facebook and Google to see if location data might offer help. One unlikely place to turn: A smart thermometer that is connected to the internet. Fever is one of the common symptoms of the novel coronavirus and capturing fever data – in real time – might be an indicator of where the virus is moving.More than 100,000 temperatures are taken each day on a Kinsa smart thermometer, which starts at about $35. A user’s temperature connects via Bluetooth and is uploaded to a central database at Kinsa Health, a San Francisco-based firm. The data is aggregated, and the company looks for patterns such as where the seasonal flu is popping up, often weeks ahead of public health organizations, according to the firm.  Rings of outbreak In mid-March, the company’s data began to see fever clusters in Florida and New York. Kinsa doesn’t know for sure that those were COVID-19 cases, but it’s a signal, said Inder Singh, chief executive of Kinsa Health.  “That’s like a flashlight going off,” he said. “It’s saying, ‘Hey there’s an outbreak. There’s an outbreak here. Come look at it. Send the virologists in. Send the test kits in.’” The firm created its U.S. Health Weather Map, where people can enter their county to see if atypical fever outbreaks are falling or rising.Fevers falling Singh recently looked at his firm’s regional fever data and compared it to places with strict social-distancing measures. His conclusion: social distancing efforts are working.  “It's clear, it's very clear when you start implementing aggressive social distancing activity – stay at home, shelter in place, even bar and restaurant closures – within three to seven days, you see the fever curves level off and start dropping and that’s because you are breaking the chain of infection,” he said.  Leveling off, but still too high But Singh also is seeing something that is worrisome: fevers holding steady – still higher than normal – even in places where fever cases are leveling off.  “The worry is that there’s small groups of people or small communities of people where virus is being passed around. That could act as a reservoir, that could be ...
07
APR
7pm

82,000 COVID-19 Deaths Projected in US by Early August

The White House is projecting close to 82,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States by early August - a slightly less grim figure than earlier outbreak models indicated. Experts say that government transparency is essential in communicating with the public during this health crisis but warn that pandemic modeling is never precise. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this story.
07
APR
3pm

Street Performer Starts Feeding the Homeless Amid COVID-19

Just a few months ago, a woman named Princess Dumebi worked as a street performer on Hollywood Boulevard. However, after the coronavirus pandemic hit California, she – like hundreds of thousands of other people in the country – lost her job. But she refused to stay at home doing nothing – instead, she started cooking to feed the homeless in the area. Angelina Bagdasaryan has the story, narrated by Anna Rice 
07
APR
6am

Trump Continues to Push Malaria Drug Untested for COVID-19

Despite no scientific research showing its effectiveness, President Donald Trump said the U.S. has bought almost 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. Trump continues to push the drug, despite his top health expert warning that the evidence for it is “anecdotal.” White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this story.
06
APR
4pm

Coronavirus Lockdown Empties LA Tourist Hot Spots

Hundreds of coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Los Angeles, California, and as more tests are being done, this number continues to grow while hospitalizations climb sharply. Bars and movie theatres are closed, access to beaches is restricted and Californians have been ordered to stay home to slow the spread of the virus. Khrystyna Shevchenko has more on what life in LA looks like. Anna Rice narrates her story.
06
APR
5am

US Military Helps in Efforts to Fight Coronavirus

The U.S. President expects rough weeks ahead in the fight against the coronavirus as the number of people who die will likely increase. At the same time, White House officials says they are also hopeful that they will start seeing a stabilization of cases across large metropolitan areas where the outbreak began. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the details on what the U.S. military is doing to help fight the disease.
03
APR
10pm

China’s Coronavirus Foreign Aid Expands Influence, Shifts Blame

As Spain and Italy began reeling from rapidly rising coronavirus infections and outbreaks grew in other countries last month, China stepped in with testing kits, protective gear and other medical aid critical for fighting the disease.Several European countries, desperate for help, welcomed the aid, even though some of it turned out to be faulty.Chinese Firm Offers to Replace Faulty Test Kits Sold to SpainFailure sets back Spain’s desperate fight against coronavirus and embarrasses ChinaChina manufactures much of the world’s medical protective gear. That equipment, as well as testing kits and the experience its doctors have had in fighting COVID-19, is desperately appreciated by countries facing their own medical crises, Robert Daly, a China analyst at the Wilson Center, said.China's positive public diplomacy based on public goods, especially in the developing or less developed world, is probably going to accrue to China's soft power benefit, Daly said.U.S. President Donald Trump, asked this week by VOA about the Chinese assistance, said he welcomed it.“We have 151 countries right now that are under siege by the virus,” he told reporters Wednesday. “And if China can help them, I'm all for it. I'm for all of us helping everybody.”But the outreach is also seen as a key part of Beijing’s plan to avoid blame for a pandemic whose origins in China remain unexplained, and where many continue to doubt the official health and economic figures released by the government. China Not Tracking Recovered Coronavirus Patients Who Test Positive AgainAs China releases more patients who have recovered from coronavirus, there are an increasing number who are testing positive for the second timeIn recent weeks, Chinese officials have promoted a false narrative that the U.S. military brought the coronavirus to China.Beijing’s accusations, and China’s lack of transparency about the outbreak, may be starting to carry a political cost with countries now struggling with a health and economic disaster.Dan Runde, a China analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the foreign aid cannot make up for Beijing’s baseless accusations, the outbreak’s murky origins and the government’s continuing unwillingness to explain how bad it has gotten at home.“China is an arsonist who's now trying to turn around and put out the fire that it started. And do we really want them to get the credit for that?” Runde said.China said the outbreak began in a seafood market in Wuhan, probably when the virus jumped ...
03
APR
7am

US Jobless Claims Double, Setting Record

The global impact of the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold as thousands more are becoming infected by the day.  Economies around the world have begun to crumble as businesses shut their doors and commerce all but grinds to a halt. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports that Thursday’s jobless figures in the United States may offer a dark glimpse of what is yet to come.
02
APR
8am

US Somali Deli Delivers Cheer Along with Free Food to Elderly, Disabled

Minneapolis restaurant owner Abdirahman Kahin is keeping his kitchen open to help feed people in need.“We closed most of our restaurants, and the only business we are doing is to-go, and that is not even one-fifth or one-sixth of our business," says Kahin, the owner of Afro Deli. "So therefore, we are helping the community because God, Allah, gave us what we have. So, we have to always try to help the community.” Kahin and his volunteers are helping older members of the Somali community, and their neighbors, along with other elderly and disabled Minnesotans who are stuck at home due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.VOA's Maxamuud Mascadde reports.

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