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Al Jazeera 25 Mar 2020

Coronavirus in US: Concern for homeless vulnerable to virus

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Hundreds of thousands of homeless people in the United States are at risk of contracting the virus.
Health experts warn if they are infected, the entire healthcare system could be overwhelmed.
Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.


As social distancing measures force homeless shelters to cut their intake, a Seattle religious group is worried about the city's unhoused population. Restrictions on movement are hindering both fundraising and food distribution efforts. Noelle Wiggins from REACH talked to CBSN's Anne-Marie Green.
Nearly 30 million children in the United States are provided with daily free or subsided lunches when they attend school.
But the spread of the coronavirus has forced many schools to close, leaving many pupils short of a daily meal.
But some volunteer groups such as Mobile Hope in Virginia have stepped in to ensure the children get fed.
We follow founder Donna Fortier on her rounds.
US state authorities in the northeast say that in the absence of any leadership from the Trump administration to combat the coronavirus sweeping the country, they have had to step up to the plate.
Governors in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey have shut down many schools and restaurants and banned large gatherings.
But they say the federal government needs to put in place a nationwide, coordinated response.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from New York.
How do you help the homeless population during an outbreak of coronavirus? CEO of Robin Hood, Wes Moore, joins Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the biggest challenges for food kitchens and shelters as coronavirus spreads across the country. Weighing in: Bret Stephens and former Rep. Donna Edwards. Aired on 03/12/20.

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