Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday that the nation's largest school district would not reopen until September. Shortly afterward, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision was not up to him.
The order was announced shortly before it took effect midnight Friday, drawing crowds of last-minute shoppers in cities such as Istanbul. Turkey has reported over 47,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
Under a collaboration between the Trump administration and major corporations, the marketplace and business ties often shape decisions about who gets life-saving equipment, and who has to wait.
The funds aim to help tourism workers pay their rent and buy food, among other things.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's cautiously optimistic that the COVID-19 infection rate is slowing in New York. He called for federal help to ramp up mass scale testing as a step to ease the shutdown.
Otis Knapp Lee made cakes for Bill Clinton's inaugurations and gave away thousands of turkeys every Thanksgiving. But the Detroit deli owner was best known for his heaping corned-beef sandwiches.
"I would say to the rest of the world that there is one thing that we have left when we are in trouble, and that is the hope that we will see tomorrow," Evan Mawarire, a Zimbabwean pastor, tells NPR.
Seven Veterans Affairs staffers have died from the virus, and unions for VA workers have been sounding the alarm about shortages of protective gear and insufficient staffing.