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Al Jazeera 23 Mar 2020

Coronavirus in US: Volunteers deliver meals to poorest students

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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.


Restaurant Medium Rare partnered with volunteer drivers to deliver meals to elderly individuals who were self-isolating due to coronavirus concerns. "I'm not taking any chances. I'm going to stay in my room until this thing abates," said Neil Scott, a 79-year-old Washington, D.C. resident.
As countries grapple with coronavirus infections, it seems to be slowing in China where the illness is believed to have originated.
The World Health Organization says the number of new coronavirus cases outside of China is now 15 times higher than those reported within.
Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports from Beijing.
The World Bank has pledged one billion dollars to India to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic there. The city of Mumbai has some of the highest numbers of cases in India, with many people living in congested slums. Worldwide there are now more than a million confirmed cases of coronavirus. Europe remains at the epicentre of the outbreak. Italy is worst affected with more than 14,000 deaths although the mortality rate is beginning to slow. In France, the number of deaths is continuing to rise. Police in Paris are strictly enforcing tough quarantine measures with railway stations, airports and major roads monitored, to prevent people leaving the city. Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reports from Yogita Limaye in India and Lucy Williamson in Paris.
More than 300 American cruise ship passengers who volunteered to be repatriated are now being quarantined in military bases in California and Texas after flying on charter flights from Japan.

The total amount of passengers include the 14 who tested positive for COVID-19. Japanese authorities released the news of their infection as they were waiting to board the planes.

This meant that the infected passengers were in close proximity to the rest of the other apparently healthy passengers on the planes.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports.

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