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Trump vows coronavirus-wrecked economy will 'bounce' back despite record joblessness
President Trump on Thursday predicted a "big bounce" as he argued the U.S. economy will recover quickly from the massive hit it has taken because of the coronavirus pandemic – nearly 17 million Americans losing their jobs in just the last three weeks.
As he teased possible deals to aid the ailing airline and oil industries, Trump said he was confident the flagging U.S. economy would come back from the drubbing it has taken since being effectively shut down as part of efforts to combat the pandemic.
“The economy is just going to do very well,” Trump said at the daily White House news briefing by the coronavirus task force. “I think we’re going to have a big bounce. … We’re going to open up very strong.”
Trump’s optimism was tempered by a third straight week of unemployment numbers as 6.6 million more Americans filed jobless claims. Those numbers now mean about 10 percent of working Americans have lost their job in the last three weeks. Click here for more on our top story.
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Coronavirus now killing more Americans than cancer, heart disease: report
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is now the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. -- killing more people on average per day than cancer or heart disease.
The virus is the cause of 1,970 deaths in the U.S. per day, according to a graph published Tuesday by Dr. Maria Danilychev, based in San Diego, Calif. In comparison, the graph shows 1,774 deaths per day are attributed to heart disease and 1,641 to cancer, according to Newsweek.
The data came as the death toll in the U.S. continued to rise dramatically. Fatalities surpassed 16,600 by the end of Thursday, an increase of more than 12,000 deaths from data posted by Johns Hopkins University just eight days earlier. Click here for more.
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China's wet markets can include these bizarre, unusual items
China’s so-called wet markets have long offered bizarre and unusual items, and have been known to operate in not-very-sanitary conditions.
Rumors have swirled that the coronavirus passed from animals to humans at one such market in the southeastern city of Wuhan, though scientists have not yet determined exactly how that happened.
“You’ve got live animals, so there’s feces everywhere. There’s blood because of people chopping them up,” Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, which works to protect wildlife and public health from emerging diseases, told The Associated Press last month.
“Wet markets,” as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, are places “for the sale of fresh meat, fish, and produce.” They also sell an array of exotic animals. Click here for more.
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