The COVID -19 pandemic is driving a wave of fear across the globe with over 2.1 million cases now recorded and more than 142,000 people dead.
Here in the United States, where some 22 million workers have sought unemployment benefits after a month of shutdowns, President Trump is outlining steps to get America working again. Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom more than 13,000 people have died from the virus. We will talk about the situation there later in the show but we begin with CGTN correspondent Nathan King who joins us from the White House.
- Dr. Rima Styra is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto who has studied SARS and the psychological effects of quarantines.
- Dr. Arnold Monto is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
We turn now to the United Kingdom and its battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier I talked with journalist and commentator Mark Seddon. And, Dr. Muhammad Munir, a virologist and lecturer at Lancaster University.
- Dr Muhammad Munir is a Virologist and Lecturer in Biomedicine at Lancaster University
- Mark Seddon is a journalist and former speechwriter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
JUST IN: ABC News has obtained a copy of the Trump administration's plans to reopen the U.S. economy that was shuttered by the coronavirus epidemic.
The president described the guidelines "as a bit of a negotiation," a source says. https://t.co/dbPkRxItIH
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Coronavirus: Mayor Sadiq Khan calls on government to make face masks on London transport compulsory https://t.co/ij86Zzf9BL
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