What Happened Today: Another Unprecedented Jump In Unemployment – North Country Public Radio

At a White House briefing Thursday, officials vowed that some of the first systems for loans or payments would be up and running as soon as Friday.

NPR reached out to the public health departments serving some of the largest cities in the U.S. Most did not have their most current pandemic response plan posted publicly and many were out of date.

Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier after a highly critical letter he wrote to his superiors went public.

“This virus, which was unknown to us three months ago, has exposed the weaknesses and inequities in our health systems and societies,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.

Henry Paulson, who served during the 2008 financial crisis, says sending money rapidly to people and businesses will be the key to limiting damage to the economy.

The staggering number of people claiming jobless benefits set a new record for the second week in a row. Much of the country has been ordered to stay at home, bringing the economy to a lurching halt.

“People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will,” the engineer allegedly told a California Highway Patrol officer who apprehended him immediately after the incident.

Florida relents and will allow a Carnival cruise ship with sick passengers and crew to dock in Fort Lauderdale. The Zaandam has been at sea for weeks after leaving Argentina.

Federal rules had made such donors wait 12 months before donating. That wait is now three months. The coronavirus outbreak has caused donor centers to be closed and blood drives canceled.

While limited in-person voting will take place on April 7, absentee ballots won’t be due to election offices until April 13.

The coronavirus has hit restaurants hard, but President Trump’s proposal to let businesses write off meals is not the answer, critics say. Plus, Trump’s own tax law eliminated the tax break.

President Trump floated ordering a quarantine in the Northeast, and there are calls for a national stay-at-home order. But the president’s powers are limited.

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