NPR News: 04-06-2020 7AM ET

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Live from NPR news in Washington. Line Korva Coleman President trump sought to deliver an optimistic message on Sunday claiming that Americans are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel but NPR's Franko Donetsk reports that message from his public health. Experts is very different. President trump express hope that the United States was seeing a leveling off of corona virus cases in hot spot even while some of his top health officials warn the next two weeks ahead would rival some of America's most trying times in modern history. We see light at the end of the tunnel. Things are happening. These are happening. We're starting to see light at the end of the tunnel earlier. Surgeon General Jerome. Adam said on Fox News Sunday that Americans should be ready for a tragedy compared to the September eleventh terrorist attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor the administration estimates as many as two hundred forty thousand people in the United States could die from the virus. Franko or Donas. Npr news the number of current. A virus infections in the United States climbed over the weekend to three hundred thirty seven thousand according to Johns Hopkins University researchers so of the deaths more than ninety six hundred people have died here of covert nineteen about a third of the deaths are in New York City alone. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in the hospital this morning after being admitted last night for tests as NPR's Frank Langfitt reports. Johnson has suffered from a persistent fever and cough after testing positive for the virus late last month. Number ten Downing Street said the admission was precautionary in the Johnson. Fifty five remains in charge of the government with Johnson laid up though foreign secretary. Dominic Robb is chairing the government's cove in nineteen meeting today. Meanwhile the Queen gave a rare speech last night designed to reassure the nation. We should take comfort that well. We may have more still to in deal. Better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with families again. We will meet again and again that last line a reference to a famous World War Two song Frank Langfitt. Npr news officials at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Say that four year old. Malayan Tiger has been infected with corona virus. Dr Paul Callan is the Bronx Zoo's chief veterinarian. He says the four year old female likely got it from zoo. Caretaker leeward surprised of course because this is the first time a person has naturally infected an animal. An animal has gotten sick. Six other big cats at the Bronx Zoo also got dry coughs but officials say they're all expected to recover. They say the virus tests performed on the tiger is not the same test that is used for people and it was done in a veterinary school laboratory. You're listening to NPR news. The pandemic continues to afflict Italy. Where nearly sixteen thousand people have died in their latest daily report. Italian officials say the number of deaths is lower compared to previous days. They say the latest daily report of deaths in Italy is the lowest since March eighteenth health. Experts are cautious. They say even with fewer people dying Italy must continue. Its shelter in place. Orders and practice social distancing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the sharp cutback in airline flights across the US due to the pandemic he's making weather forecasting more challenging NPR's Lawrence Summers says meteorologists rely on real time weather data from flights commercial planes measure temperature and wind speed millions of times every year. And send that information to Noah forecasters feed that INFO into computer models which gives us weather reports but those readings have dropped by half in the last month. As flights have been grounded the World Meteorological Organization warns that could make weather forecasts less accurate. Noah says it's looking for ways to make up for lost data with cargo aircraft satellites and other sources lauren summer. Npr News Response Teams in Ukraine. Are Battling a forest fire in the contaminated area surrounding the damaged. Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The plant was sealed after an explosion in nineteen eighty. Six firefighters say one smaller fire continues to burn over about fifty acres. Authorities say radiation levels in. The area are far above normal levels. I'm Korva Coleman. Npr News in Washington.

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