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Today's numbers on COVID-19

Apr 9, 2020
A daily snapshot of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Boston Fed president: "Social distancing is expensive"

"Until we have a vaccine and people are completely comfortable, the duration and severity of this downturn are hard to determine," Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said.
Eric Rosengren thinks it will be "some time" before people are comfortable attending social events in the same way. "And that means it's going to be some time before the economy is fully recovered."
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How to help the poor amid COVID-19? Give them money, says Nobel laureate Esther Duflo

Apr 9, 2020
If a segment of the population stops buying things, it could lead to a much larger economic crisis, Duflo warned.
Nobel laureate Esther Duflo points to direct cash transfers in coronavirus response.
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COVID-19 is not the great equalizer; it's hitting black communities hardest

Apr 8, 2020
"We're talking about some fundamental issues in terms of how our society is ordered and structured," one professor says.
Staff and volunteers hold a drive for personal protective equipment to donate to hospitals in Chicago, where 70% of people who have died from COVID-19 are African American.
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Global trade in goods could fall by as much as 32% this year

Apr 8, 2020
Even a smaller decline is likely to have a knock-on effect.
WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said the amount by which goods being shipped will fall is "ugly".
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During lockdown, packaged comfort foods are back

Apr 8, 2020
Consumers are seeking comfort and convenience in their foods as they endure lock downs.
Craving something salty and familiar during the pandemic? You're not alone.
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Jobless Brits urged to 'pick for Britain' as COVID-19 blocks foreign farmworkers

Apr 8, 2020
Students and the unemployed are asked to help harvest crops that could go to waste.
Dig For Victory, Allotments at Dulwich.
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To house the homeless, agencies turn to vacant hotels

Apr 8, 2020
Homeless people are much more likely to contract COVID-19 — and to die from it — than the general population.
Congress has set aside $4 billion for homeless assistance during COVID-19. Above, a doctor with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic speaks with homeless people about the coronavirus in San Francisco, California on March 17.
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Automakers announce furloughs due to COVID-19 shutdowns

Apr 8, 2020
The auto industry is juggling the need to cut costs while preserving its workforce to ramp up once factories reopen.
Nissan has furloughed about 10,000 employees at plants in Tennessee and Mississippi.
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COVID-19 forces auto industry to adapt

Apr 8, 2020
Dealerships are ramping up online sales and offering deferred payment plans.
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