Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. TRUMP EXTENDS SOCIAL DISTANCING AS ITALY, SPAIN HOPE FOR RELIEF
Bracing the U.S. for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, the president bows to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding pandemic, while Italy and Spain, which have seen more than half the world’s deaths from the virus, hoped that relief was coming as infection rates drop each day.
2. DESPITE BLOCKADE, VIRUS FINDS ITS WAY INTO GAZA
Fearing a widespread outbreak after nine confirmed cases, Gaza’s Hamas leaders are racing to build two massive quarantine complexes and prepare the overcrowded territory that is not equipped to deal with a new health crisis.
3. AFTER OLYMPICS POSTPONED, TOKYO INFECTIONS SPIKE
The sudden rise in the number of virus cases in Tokyo have raised questions in parliament and among citizens about whether Japan understated the extent of the outbreak in hopes of keeping the Summer Games on the original schedule.
4. WHAT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK MEANS FOR U.S. POLITICAL DIVISIONS IN AN ELECTION YEAR
State and local leaders are struggling to navigate inconsistent federal guidance and fierce political tribalism that is complicating their responses to the coronavirus outbreak.
5. VIRUS TOLL RISES ABOVE 1,000 IN NEW YORK
New York state, a virus hot spot in the U.S., reports at least 1,026 coronavirus-related deaths, with about three-quarters of those in New York City.
6. “LOOKING AT THEM THROUGH THE WINDOW AND NOT BEING ABLE TO HUG THEM, IT’S JUST A DANG KILLER”
For grandparents all over the world, being protected from the coronavirus pandemic has meant a piercing distance from their loved ones.
7. WHERE NEWS OF THE PANDEMIC MAY HAVE NOT YET SPREAD
The crews of nuclear-armed submarines may be among the last pockets of people anywhere who are still unaware of how the pandemic is turning life upside down.
8. VICTIM OF HANUKKAH STABBINGS DIES FROM INJURIES
Three months after a stabbing attack during an Orthodox Jewish community’s Hanukkah celebration that came amid a rash of violence targeting Jews in the New York area, one of the five victims has died from his injuries.
9. WHAT HELPED A WARDEN FIND A MISSING TEEN
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Warden Austin Schumacher is being hailed for using old-school backwoods skills to rescue a boy lost in a freezing swamp.
10. “MUSIC TO FEED AND FUEL YOUR SOUL”
Elton John, Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and many other artists perform in a concert from their homes to raise money for first responders and the families of virus victims.