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Trump Wants U.S. ‘Opened Up’ By Easter, Despite Health Officials’ Warnings

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The Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering in Baltimore, Maryland says the number of confirmed covid-19 cases in the United States has topped 50,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.  The fresh figures reached 50,206 with 606 deaths.

New York State has become the epicenter of the covid-19 outbreak in the country with 25,665 cases reported.

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The center says New Jersey has reported 2,844 and California 2,267 cases.

To curb the spread of the disease, Washington DC has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses on Tuesday, joining a growing list of states and cities that are tightening restrictions on public gatherings.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted the United States to be “opened up” by Easter, which is just about three weeks away.  There are warnings by medical experts that doing so would risk failing to contain the escalating spread of the coronavirus.

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Officials at the state level have been stressing the urgent need to focus on public health crisis, rather than thinking about prematurely resuming economic activities.

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Belarus President Closes Western Borders, Puts Army On High Alert

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Belarus President Closes Western Borders, Puts Army On High Alert

Protesters in Belarus are still angry in their sixth week of mass protests demanding the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko.

The president has announced, in retaliation, he is putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania.  He also said the Belarusian border with Ukraine would be strengthened.

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Lukashenko insists the six weeks of protests are driven by the west. He faces increasing criticism from the united states and the European Union.

Demonstrations began after the disputed august presidential election official results gave the authoritarian leader a sixth term in office–results opponents say were manipulated.

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Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race

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Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race

Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez has withdrawn from next month’s presidential election, saying she’s withdrawing in the interest of the party.

Anez, a former conservative senator, took office during the power vacuum that followed former president Morales’s departure after allegations of irregularities in last year’s election.  Those allegations fueled violent protests, and army pressure forced the country’s first indigenous president into exile in Mexico.

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Anez says if she does not step down, Morales would possibly return to power.

She declined to name the candidate for whom she will vote.

Next month’s election is the delayed rerun of last year’s ballot.  Anez’s candidacy had sparked controversy after she initially ruled herself out and pledged to guide the country to transparent new elections.

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By pulling out of the race, analysts say Anez could increase chances that the election will be pushed to a second round by consolidating the anti-Arce vote.

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To avoid a second round, the election winner requires at least 40 percent of valid votes in the first round and a 10-point advantage over the closest competitor.

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