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Published 3:34 a.m. ET March 30, 2020 | Updated 6:44 a.m. ET March 30, 2020
Stocks poised to extend losses Monday
Stocks were poised to extend losses Monday as the coronavirus pandemic deepened over the weekend, with the U.S. death total escalating. On Sunday evening, futures for the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 400 points, signaling another volatile week on Wall Street after it tumbled more than 900 points on Friday. Despite Friday’s losses, the Dow still notched its biggest weekly gain since 1938, helped by promises from Congress and the Federal Reserve to provide aid for the economy and markets. But analysts caution that the recent rally could fade until there’s a long-term solution to fight coronavirus infections.
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Amazon workers in New York plan walkout over COVID-19 concerns
Amazon employees at a New York City warehouse are planning to walk off the job Monday as a growing number of delivery and warehouse workers demand better pay and protections in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees at the Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island will strike until the building is sanitized in the wake of several workers testing positive for the coronavirus, says Chris Smalls, a manager assistant who is coordinating the walkout. The action is not the only one planned for Monday: More than 150,000 workers for the online grocery service Instacart are planning a national strike they say will continue until the company offers an additional $5 per order in hazard pay, the provision of supplies like cleansing wipes, and expanded pay for those affected by the coronavirus.
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Hospital ship USNS Comfort heads for New York
Naval hospital ship USNS Comfort is scheduled to arrive in New York Harbor on Monday to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. On Saturday, while speaking as a part of a send-off for the Comfort in Norfolk, Virginia, President Donald Trump called the ship “a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity.” Coronavirus patients won’t be treated on the ship, Trump said. Instead, it will be used to treat New Yorkers who don’t have the virus but still require urgent care. The naval hospital ship has 12 operating rooms, 1,000 hospital beds, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, radiology, CAT-scan equipment, two oxygen-producing plants and a helicopter deck, Trump said.
James Corden to host star-studded ‘Homefest’ from his garage
James Corden is bringing the entertainment and music world to living rooms across the country with the prime-time special “Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special.” The coronavirus-safe show will premiere Monday on CBS at 10 p.m. ET featuring Corden, from his garage, introducing stars from their homes around the world. Performers will include BTS, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish and John Legend. Magician David Blaine, Will Ferrell and others are also expected to make appearances. Corden and his guests will encourage viewers to follow the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the show will raise money for the nonprofit Feed the Children and The CDC Foundation.
ESPN to fill airtime with classic Monday Night Football games
The coronavirus pandemic has brought live sports to a halt, leaving networks to dig into the archives to fill the airtime void. Over the next five weeks, ESPN will fill its Monday prime-time slot with classic offerings from Monday Night Football. Re-airs begin this Monday at 8 p.m. and will continue weekly through April 27. The series kicks off with the Rams’ 54-51 win against the Chiefs in 2018, the highest-scoring contest in Monday Night Football history.
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