Watch Live: White House Task Force Warns Of Deadly Week Ahead

With over 347,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States and more than 10,000 deaths , the Trump administration is bracing the public for a dire week ahead. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Fox News Sunday the week will be "the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives." "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized. It's going to be happening all over the country," Adams said. The White House...

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For First Responders, Lack Of PPE Renews Memories Of 9/11

Police and emergency services on Long Island say they need more protective gear like masks and gloves to handle the coronavirus crisis. They see a strong comparison between their needs in facing the pandemic and their rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after 9/11.

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Bond Commission Meeting To Expedite Infrastructure Funding To Connecticut Towns

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A 250-bed FEMA mobile hospital has been set up on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. It’s part of the state’s effort to increase hospital bed capacity in anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 admissions.  

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A Connecticut nonprofit that helps people who are homeless says it’s facing unprecedented challenges in the COVID-19 era.  

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The number of new people claiming unemployment benefits totaled a staggering 6.648 million last week — doubling the record set a week earlier, the Labor Department said Thursday.

In the prior week, ending March 21, a revised 3.307 million initial claims were filed.

In just two weeks, nearly all of the jobs gained in the last five years have been lost.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he struggles to find new ways to convince young people to socially distance themselves. Cuomo suggested enacting a law to fine people who don’t follow the guidelines.

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Here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has closed playgrounds in New York City in order to eliminate crowds of young people from gathering. Connecticut has prohibited walk-in visitors at its state parks. Officials have also limited parking capacity as some parks have been overcrowded.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he told President Trump on Wednesday that the United States should grant hazard pay — additional pay for hazardous duty — to frontline federal employees responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy is extending its coronavirus lockdown to April 13, as the country's death toll from COVID-19 now tops 13,000 people. The death toll rose by the smallest amount in days, but officials say it's too soon to declare the epidemic over. The number of new cases, which had been declining, was higher than the previous day.

News of the continued lockdown in Italy comes after members of the White House's coronavirus task force referred to Italy as an example of how the coronavirus could play out in the U.S.

Some devout Orthodox Jewish communities have been slow to follow lockdown orders in Israel, helping drive a surge in coronavirus cases that officials are struggling to contain.

Known in Israel as Haredim, or those who tremble in awe before God, ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 12% of Israel's population — but they account for as much as 60% of Israel's COVID-19 cases in major hospitals, according to estimates. More than 6,000 Israelis have been infected and at least 31 have died.

Two years ago, science writer Ed Yong wrote an article for The Atlantic in which he warned that a new global pandemic was inevitable — and that the world would be unprepared for it when it arrived.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said legalizing recreational marijuana is not going to be part of the state budget this year.

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