NPR News: 04-01-2020 12PM ET
Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Lakshmi Singh. The White House's Corona virus taskforce is warning people across the United States to brace for what's coming over the next two weeks the nation's leading infectious disease expert says the reality. Is that a hundred thousand people or more could lose their lives in the upcoming period of this virus pandemic and that's taking into account the residents in every state and territory fully adopt social distancing measures. Johns Hopkins University researchers tracking the disease. Say the number of confirmed cases is nearing two hundred thousand. This country has already lost more than forty one hundred lives to cove nineteen. Npr's Windsor Johnston has more on the federal response. The trump administration says the latest studies. Show that full. Mitigation measures will drastically reduce the number of eight Taliban from the virus. Going forward Dr Deborah burks coordinator of the White House Corona Virus Task Force says it's crucial for Americans to keep following the recommended social distancing guidelines. There's no magic bullet. There's no magic vaccine or therapy. It's just behaviors each of our behaviors translating into something that changes the course of this viral pandemic over the next thirty days. Dr Burke says she expects the number of infections in the US to peak within the next two weeks Windsor Johnston NPR news. Washington Annetta gas prices which are averaging less than two dollars a gallon in the United States as a cheapest price in four years. According to AAA and Peers Camilla Domino's reports prices at the pump are expected to fall even further gasoline. Prices are low because crude oil. Prices have plummeted. The world just isn't using much oil as people avoid travel because of the corona virus. Meanwhile geopolitical drama has sent production up cheap. Oil means cheap. Gasoline and prices aren't done falling. Says AAA spokeswoman Jennifer Kesse Lonzo? We expect prices to continue to push cheaper. We could see the average hitting a dollar seventy five. Maybe even lower April but many drivers won't feel a benefit if they're sheltering at home instead of driving. If your vehicle is mostly parked these days AAA recommends keeping the tank full and the parking brake disengaged to keep it in good condition. Camille Domino Ski. Npr News in Spain. The number of krona virus cases has surpassed one hundred thousand. The country continues to have the second highest number of deaths after Italy. We have an update from Lucia Benedetti. This Spain has been quarantine for over two weeks now but this is the first week where nonessential businesses have shut down keeping even more people at home on Tuesday. The country's health minister announced a three hundred thirty million dollar payout two autonomous regions Healthcare Systems. Madrid at the Luna the hardest hit will receive the most amount of money. That's Lucia Bellavia. This reporting you're listening to. Npr news the the US military in South Korea has put four thousand Korean employees on unpaid leave. After the two allies. Ron Able to reach a deal on sharing defense costs and PR's Anthony reports from Seoul. That the move is unprecedented in the seventy year. Long Alliance the furloughed employees represented about half of the local workers who keep US military bases in South Korea. Running US Forces Korea Commander General Robert. Abrams said in a statement that the furloughs are not what the US had hoped for. This is an unfortunate day for us. It's unthinkable it's heartbreaking soul says it's narrowed its differences with Washington and a cost. Sharing deal could come soon. A union representing the Korean employees criticized the furloughs which it noted come just days after President Trump urgently requested cove nineteen test kits from South Korea. Anthony Kuhn NPR news soul. Well another presidential nominating contest is being delayed because of the pandemic West Virginia Governor. Jim Justice has he's delaying the states may twelfth primary instead plans to hold it June ninth. Wimbledon's been cancelled. The All England Club is taking the unusual step because of the pandemic. The tennis tournament was scheduled to begin. June twenty ninth in a statement. The club says quote. We believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year's championships and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon's resources to help those in our local communities and beyond end quote the Dow is down seven hundred forty one points or three point three.