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Italy quarantines north in drastic bid to slow virus spread
Italy took a page from China’s playbook Sunday, locking down around 16 million people — more than a quarter of its population — for nearly a month to halt the relentless march of the new coronavirus across Europe.
Keep the faith, lose the germs: Clergy rethink customs in the age of coronavirus
As more cases of coronavirus are confirmed in the U.S., clergy are reconsidering a variety of practices during religious services, from handshakes to close contact. Experts say that's a wise idea.
Minnesota health officials say state's first coronavirus patient had minimal contact with others
"In terms of this patient and the potential impact on Minnesota, we have only positive things to say — and that is that we don't have concerns now about community exposure,” said Kris Ehresmann, director for infectious diseases at the Minnesota Department of Health.
A 90-second video on how to master the 20-second hand-wash
Getting to the 20-second mark is as easy as singing the A-B-C song. But what you do during those 20 seconds of scrubbing up to reduce coronavirus risk does take some training.
Cruise officials, passengers frustrated as coronavirus concerns stall ship
Cruise officials and passengers confined to their rooms on a ship circling international waters off San Francisco voiced mounting frustration as the weekend wore on with zero direction from authorities on where to go after 21 people on board tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Where the $8.3 billion in U.S. coronavirus funding will and won't go
President Trump and Congress on Friday authorized an $8.3 billion package of emergency funding to help and treat and slow the spread of COVID-19. What’s included in that funding package, and what may be missing?
Officials in Texas cancel annual South by Southwest festival
City officials in Austin, Texas, have canceled the annual South by Southwest arts and technology festival. “This situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin's decision,” the organizers said.
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