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Top Story: Eleven new cases of coronavirus in Hawaii include a child.
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Accessed on 21 March 2020, 1610 UTC, Post 20464.
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Hawaii health officials said Friday that community transmission of the new coronavirus is occurring on Oahu. Read more
Federal loans available to Hawaii small businesses suffering from coronavirus crisis, Gov. David Ige says
Loans of up to $2 million can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll and other bills that can’t be paid because of a disaster’s impact. Read more
Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV died tonight. Read more
Police arrested a 48-year-old man who entered a Chinatown restaurant and allegedly swung a wine bottle and smashed a woman’s cellphone Thurs Read more
The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii asked Gov. David Ige today to take more aggressive action and to provide a unified message in assisting Hawaii’s many small businesses “struggling to keep the lights on due to COVID-19 impacts.” Read more
Kaiser said it will reevaluate surgeries and procedures on an ongoing basis. Read more
Here’s the latest info about which events in Hawaii have been affected by the coronavirus. Read more
A protester in the convoy, using a bullhorn in the back of a pickup in Waikiki, said: “Hawaii is not your quarantine. Please return to your homes immediately!” Read more
Senate President Ron Kouchi urged Gov. David Ige today to order all Hawaii residents to shelter in place for two weeks. Read more
Google launched a website dedicated to information about COVID-19 a week after U.S. President Donald Trump touted the company’s help in the fight against the pandemic. Read more
Party officials plan to add a new round of mail-in balloting to the party-run presidential primary so that people who had planned to vote in person on April 4 can still participate in the polling. Read more
The plan will involve hiring or reassigning roughly 500 people and cost about $1 million per month, according to the state Senate’s special committee on COVID-19. Read more
In an extraordinary exchange, President Donald Trump and the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, publicly sparred today on whether a malaria drug would work to treat people with coronavirus disease. Read more
The critical shortage of medical supplies across the U.S., including testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, can be tied to a sudden drop in imports, mostly from China, The Associated Press has found. Read more
With nearly all of the nation’s movie theaters shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, some drive-in owners think they’re in a unique position to give moviegoers a chance to do something out of the house while keeping distance from others. Read more
All nine members of the Honolulu City Council signed a letter urging Gov. David Ige to take stronger steps to isolate the state from outsiders during the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Read more
Negotiators from Congress and the White House, narrowing differences on a sweeping $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package, were set to resume top-level talks Saturday after President Donald Trump unleashed fury on those questioning his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more
The property is part of the Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) Resorts, which serve current and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families and other authorized users. Read more
South Korea: North Korea launches 2 presumed missiles into sea amid world’s crippling coronavirus crisis
North Korea on Saturday fired two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea’s military said, as it continues to expand military capabilities amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration and a crippling global health crisis. Read more
The soldiers posted notes on social media about the poor conditions. Their complaints got quick attention from senior Army and Pentagon leaders. Read more
Linda Scruggs and Mike Rustici trained for months to hike the winding trails leading to Machu Picchu’s complex of Inca ruins. So they were thrilled when their flight landed last Friday in the Peruvian capital. Read more