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One in four Americans face stay-at-home orders as coronavirus spreads

Reuters Saturday, 21 March 2020
Nearly one in four Americans were under orders to close up shop and stay at home on Saturday, as lawmakers in Washington neared a deal that could pump a record $1 trillion into the economy to limit the economic damage from the coronavirus.
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Nearly one in three Americans were under orders on Sunday to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as Ohio, Louisiana and Delaware became the latest states to enact broad restrictions, along with the city of Philadelphia. Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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