Coronavirus brief: Life during ‘wartime,’ and other news and perspectives you can use today

  

Record & Landmark–CNN/AP

References to World War II, the last global war, are everywhere in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. But are they merited or just adding to fear?

During World War II, the entire nation was asked to sacrifice for a greater good. People carried ration books that allowed them to purchase meat, sugar, butter and other products.

Among developments overnight and other trends emerging:

  • White House and Senate leaders reached agreement on a massive $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill aimed at alleviating the economic impact of the outbreak.
  • Faced with an infection rate five times that of the rest of the country, New York City health workers have to put themselves at risk to fight a tide of sickness that’s getting worse by the day amid a shortage of needed supplies.
  • Governors of both parties reject President Trump’s timeline for re-opening the U.S. economy by mid-April.
  • As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the globe, so do crimes related to it — transgressions that capitalize on fear, panic and the urge to lay blame.
  • Spain has now the world’s second highest tally of coronavirus deaths after a 738 spike was recorded Wednesday, the highest so far in one day. With 3,434, Spain surpassed China’s 3,285 and has more than half of Italy’s 6,820.
  • Prince Charles, the Queen’s son and first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus. The prince’s Clarence House office says the 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland.
  • India’s colossal passenger railway system, described as the country’s lifeline, has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion.
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