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Half-Million Infected Worldwide as Economic Toll Rises


People wait for masks in Italy. (Reuters)

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. The U.S. surpassed the official Chinese government numbers to become the country with most reported infections.

As the number of cases worldwide reached a half-million and deaths climbed past 23,000, the damage to people's livelihoods and their well-being from the effort to flatten the rising curve started to ...


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