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The latest news and commentary on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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A worker sprays disinfectant at the pedestrian walkway at Senayan Sports Complex amid coronavirus outbreak, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

World leaders to meet virtually to coordinate coronavirus response

- Associated Press

Leaders of the world's most powerful economies will convene virtually on Thursday to try and coordinate a response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has shuttered businesses and forced well over a quarter of the world's population into home isolation.

Health officer check temperature passenger in van at a health check point in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 26, 2020. It is the first day of month long state of emergency enforced in Thailand to allow its government to impose stricter measures to control the coronavirus that has infected hundreds of people in the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Coronavirus infections near 500,000; European health systems buckle

- Associated Press

Worldwide infections from the new coronavirus were set top top half a million people on Thursday as both Italy and the United States appeared poised to surpass China, where the pandemic began. Health care systems in Europe and New York buckled under the weight of caring for seriously ill victims as officials desperately searched for enough ventilators to keep them alive.

Dr. Anna Nguyen uses her smartphone to communicate with a remote patient from her Sacramento, California, home. The medical industry is recommending patients see doctors through video chats for minor problems as the coronavirus crisis continues. (Associated Press)

Telemedicine provides options for patients during coronavirus pandemic

- The Washington Times

Should I visit a doctor's office? Some people might be asking this question as the public navigates social distancing orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus. But many patients can see a physician without leaving the comfort of their homes. Health officials, insurance companies and hospitals are advocating for people to avoid the doctor's office and try telemedicine for minor problems.

Patients wear personal protective equipment while maintaining social distancing as they wait in line for a COVID-19 test at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Uncharted territory: $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus won't stop recession, economists warn

- The Washington Times

The Senate was moving to approve an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package Wednesday night to help workers and businesses shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, as economists warned it won't be enough to prevent a sharp recession and expectations grew that Congress will need to provide a fourth relief plan within a few months.

A view of the nearly deserted scene on Bourbon Street, which is normally bustling with tourists and revelers, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell have ordered all restaurants and bars to close except for takeout, and asked residents to remain home and maintain social distancing from others when outside, due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

'It's eerie': Big Easy sees coronavirus as slow-moving Katrina

- The Washington Times

New Orleans and Louisiana are enduring one of the highest per-capita rates of coronavirus infection since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, late last year and then spread around the globe. As of Wednesday at noon, Louisiana had 1,795 confirmed cases and 65 deaths.

This undated file photo shows the classic World War I recruiting poster created by illustrator James Montgomery Flagg. Thursday, April 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, and some of the innovations that were developed or came into wide use during the conflict are still with us today, including this iconic image of Uncle Sam pointing, with the message "I WANT YOU for the U.S. ARMY." (AP Photo, File)

'New phase': Struggling military recruiters explore virtual options

- The Washington Times

Military recruiting is poised to enter a "new phase" as the COVID-19 pandemic forces the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to shift away from traditional face-to-face outreach in favor of a virtual approach as the services prepare to fall short of their manpower goals this year.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador arrives for his daily news conference at the presidential palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Lopez Obrador's government is reluctant to implement some of the extreme measures and lockdowns seen in Europe or the United States to help stop the worldwide spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Lopez Obrador puts Mexico at risk by failing to take pandemic seriously

After wreaking havoc across Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., China's coronavirus landed in Latin America at end of February. Almost immediately, leaders in the region clamped down, closing borders, shutting down flights and instituting costly yet responsible social distancing procedures to prevent a dangerous outbreak.

Recent Commentary Columns

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives for a meeting of the Environment Council at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys) ** FILE **

Greta Thunberg scowls at smart EPA coronavirus rules

- The Washington Times

The Environmental Protection Agency, addressing the coronavirus outbreak, suspended all of its regulations and standards for companies. The radical environmentalists are up in arms. Greta Thunberg, in particular, is up in arms. But boo freaking hoo.