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A woman wearing a mask walks through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Aragaw Beyene, center, of Washington, plays with his cousins' children, Eldana Tilahune, 6, left, and Meklit Tilahune, 2, Monday, March 16, 2020, at a public park in northwest Washington. Beyene and his extended family are taking turns watching each other's children so the others can work while schools are closed due to coronavirus precautions. "I normally drive an Uber," says Beyene, "but it's scary to drive an Uber right now with the coronavirus. I haven't gone to work since Friday. Although I hear there is not much work." The family says they may stop taking the children to parks outside due to coronavirus fears. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Friends, from left, Erin Carroll of Severna Park, Md., Clay Colehouse of Crownsville, Md., Jessica Goblin of Severna Park, Md., Travis Victorio of Millersville, Md., Mary Fitzell of Millersville, Md., and dog Marty, enjoy lunch during a visit to Annapolis, Monday, March 16, 2020. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters across the state in response to coronavirus beginning at 5 p.m. Monday. Drive-thru, carryout and delivery service will still be allowed. The friends gathered for lunch because they are home from college. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

People walk in Union Station's Main Hall in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A bicyclist moves through Gravelly Point as planes arrive and depart at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A person stands near empty seats at Stadium Grill, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. The restaurant, which is across the street from Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the spring training baseball home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins, is normally full with customers on game day. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Shelves are nearly empty at a supermarket in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, March 17, 2019. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

A man wearing a face mask walks past advertisement boards at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Indonesia's capital city announced a lockdown of all tourist destinations and entertainment as well as the closing all of its public schools for 14 days amid the global coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

A security official checks the temperature of a visitor as a precaution against the new coronavirus at the Parliament House in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

In this Monday, March 16, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a medical mask with her child shops in a food mall in Chechen province capital Grozny, Russia. The Russian government says that it has decided to bar entry to all foreigners starting Wednesday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

A streetcar conductor wears a mask on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Saturday, March 14, 2020, amid an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

Train commuters hold on to the side of an overcrowded passenger train in Soweto, South Africa, Monday, March 16, 2020. South Africa will revoke nearly 10,000 visas issued this year to people from China and Iran, and visas will now be required for other high-risk countries that had been visa-free, including Italy and the United States. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Elderly Thai people, some wearing protective masks practice Tai Chi at Lumpini park in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, travelers wait to check in their luggage at the Los Angeles International Airport. The coronavirus pandemic that's caused many Americans to avoid airports has others booking spur-of-the moment trips at dirt-cheap ticket prices. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement about a coronavirus aid package, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

People wearing a masks walk through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

People walk in Union Station in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A delivery worker rides his electric bicycle past the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A COVID-19 test being processed at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories in Lansing, Mich.

A woman wearing a mask walks goes through security at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Custodian Joan Garner washes the floor in the pool locker room at Orange High School, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday ordered every school in Ohio to close for three weeks beginning at day's end Monday. DeWine says it's possible Ohio schools may be closed for the rest of the academic year. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Darcy Coleman locks the door to Rebelle Artisan Bagels after handing an online order to a customer outside as the restaurant closed its doors to dine-in service Monday, March 16, 2020, in Providence, R.I. State officials on Monday ordered restaurants and bars to end dine-in service as the total number of cases of the new coronavirus in the state has risen to 21. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A cyclist wears a mask as he crosses the Brooklyn Bridge, Monday, March 16, 2020 in New York. The bridge's pedestrian and bicycle path is normally crowded on a sunny day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Oculus at the World Trade Center's transportation hub is sparsely occupied, Monday, March 16, 2020 in New York. Millions of Americans have begun their work weeks holed up at home, as the coronavirus pandemic means the entire nation's daily routine has shifted in ways never before seen in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A volunteer uses rubber gloves while handing out lunches at a food distribution center set up by the Dream Center for those in need due to the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Physicians Assistant Jessica Hamilton, left, and Amena Beslic RN holds a swab and test tube kit to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

State Rep. Tracy Ehlert, D-Cedar Rapids, works at her desk in the Iowa House, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. I Iowa leaders are suspending the current legislative session for at least 30 days in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Courtney Crabtree check the temperature of a customer at a Witham Health Services drive-through Community Viral Screening center, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Whitestown, Ind. The screening center for coronavirus will help provide guidance and reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency room. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Empty shelves are seen at the Meijer store, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Whitestown, Ind. People concerned with the coronavirus have been shopping ahead and emptying store shelves. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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A pedestrian wearing a protective mask passes a line of customers outside a supermarket, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks past a nearly empty restaurant near Grand Central Terminal, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Tony Berastegui, left, and his sister Giselle, age 12 and nine respectively, do their school work at home on the dining room table as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close Monday, March 16, 2020, in Laveen, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A cable car operator looks out toward the Golden Gate Bridge while standing at the near-empty Hyde Street turnaround Monday, March 16, 2020, in San Francisco. Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, including the city of San Francisco itself. The order says residents must stay inside and venture out only for necessities for three weeks starting Tuesday in a desperate attempt by officials to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, attendees take a close look at cars from BYD at the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai. Chinas auto sales plunged 81.7% in February, 2020, from a year ago after Beijing shut down much of the economy to fight a virus outbreak, adding to problems for an industry that already was struggling with shrinking demand. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Tom Hanks, left, and Rita Wilson arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The couple have tested positive for the coronavirus, the actor said in a statement Wednesday, March 11. The 63-year-old actor said they will be "tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

A poster advertising "The Phantom of the Opera" is shown on the shuttered Majestic Theatre on a nearly deserted side street near Times Square, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people amid a rise in coronavirus cases. The ban for Broadway theaters started Thursday and will be in effect through April 12, according to a statement from the Broadway League, an organization of theater owners and producers. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Minskoff Theatre is shuttered Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York, near Times Square after Broadway theaters closed following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's banning of gatherings of more than 500 people over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A sign announcing the suspension of all Broadway shows is posted on a door at the Minskoff Theatre, where "The Lion King" had been playing, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Zhili Sun, practices tai chi by blooming cherry trees while wearing a mask, Sunday, March 15, 2020, along the tidal basin in Washington. Sun, who is from China, says he was visiting his son in the U.S. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and has been unable to get home. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A family visits the cherry blossom trees along the tidal basin, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. Several events, including the parade, that are part of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival have been canceled due to coronavirus precautions. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Signs in the briefing room of the White House indicate social distancing measures being taken to separate reporters working at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FILE - In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Chloebella Frazier, 4, of Washington, takes part in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

People walk in Union Station's Main Hall in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Visitors to Gravelly Point watch as a plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A bicyclist moves through Gravelly Point as planes arrive and depart at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A man walks through an empty U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda sits empty on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Visitors to Gravelly Point watch as a plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda sits empty on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Zhili Sun, practices tai chi by blooming cherry trees while wearing a mask, Sunday, March 15, 2020, along the tidal basin in Washington. Sun, who is from China, says he was visiting his son in the U.S. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and has been unable to get home. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A family visits the cherry blossom trees along the tidal basin, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. Several events, including the parade, that are part of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival have been canceled due to coronavirus precautions. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Signs in the briefing room of the White House indicate social distancing measures being taken to separate reporters working at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FILE - In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Chloebella Frazier, 4, of Washington, takes part in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington Union Station, a major transportation hub in the nation's capital, is nearly empty during morning rush hour as many government and private sector workers stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

People walk in Union Station's Main Hall in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

People walk in Union Station in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The U.S. surgeon general says the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached the level that Italy recorded two weeks ago. It's a sign that infections are expected to rise in America as the government steps up testing and financial markets continue to fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A plane takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A man walks through an empty U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Congress has shut the Capitol and all Senate and House office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

People wearing a masks walk through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A sign is placed at a deserted at Hokkaido sushi bar, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. The restaurant, which is across the street from Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the spring training baseball home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins, is normally full with customers on game day. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

An empty practice field is seen at the Miami Marlins spring training baseball facility, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A worker sprays disinfectant at Al Akbar mosque amid fears of coronavirus outbreak in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

A woman goes to a subway station is seen in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the day after German authorities spoke out more restrictions to avoid the spread out of the coronavirus. Only for most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

In this Monday, March 16, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a medical mask shops in a food mall in Chechen province capital Grozny, Russia. The Russian government says that it has decided to bar entry to all foreigners starting Wednesday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

A gate at the Chicago Cubs practice facility at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., is closed and locked Monday, March 16, 2020. The remainder of spring training baseball games have been canceled due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

FILE - This Sunday, March 15, 2020, file photo shows a bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting in Steubenville, Ohio. Sharing the primary calendar Tuesday are two states that represent different pieces of America: Ohio, a largely white state thats barely growing and looking to rebound from a decline in manufacturing, and Arizona, a state where one-third of the population is Latino and growth is exploding. One looks more like the nation's past, the other could be its future. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Illuminated hearts cover the windows of the three room brothel 'Lankwitzer 7' in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 13, 2020. Sex for sale has long been a staple part of the German capital's hedonistic nightlife, but amid concerns over the new coronavirus even the world's supposedly oldest profession is being hit by a sudden slump. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Revelers celebrate St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 14, 2020, during an unofficial gathering at Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar in New Orleans. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

A man looks toward the skyline from Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, March 16, 2020. Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, including the city of San Francisco itself. The order says residents must stay inside and venture out only for necessities for three weeks starting Tuesday in a desperate attempt by officials to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A man wearing a face mask walks on a pedestrian bridge at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Indonesia's capital city announced a lockdown of all tourist destinations and entertainment as well as the closing all of its public schools for 14 days amid the global coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

A worker wearing protective gears disinfects as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The Korea Baseball Organization has postponed the start of new season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

An empty practice field is seen at the Miami Marlins spring training baseball facility, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Taylor Alderton, owner of Palm Harbor Boutique, pecks on a cell phone while she sits in her deserted store, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. The store, which is across the street from Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the spring training baseball home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins, is normally full with customers on game day. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. Major League Baseball planned to update teams Monday on its health policy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a briefing on coronavirus in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This Friday, March 13, 2020 photo shows tents set up outside the Lexington Medical Center hospital in West Columbia, S.C. U.S. hospitals are setting up tents for testing, canceling elective surgeries, calling on retired doctors for help and confronting the possibility they will have to ration treatment as they prepare for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

In this March 7, 2020 photo provided by Brazil's presidential press office, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, stands with President Donald Trump, second from left, Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Brazil's Communications Director Fabio Wajngarten, behind Trump partially covered, during a dinner in Florida. Wajngarten tested positive for the new coronavirus, just days after the trip, according to Bolsonaro's communications office on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Alan Santos/Brazil's Presidential Press Office via AP)

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks with reporters about the effects from the coronavirus, at the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

There are no visitors touring the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020, which has been closed to tourists because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A sign posted on a door at a store near Pike Place Market, an area tourist attraction, requests credit card payments only, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Seattle. In efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on large public gatherings in three counties in the metro Seattle area. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

A pair of shoppers wearing masks walks through Pike Place Public Market, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Seattle. In efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on large public gatherings in three counties in the metro Seattle area. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

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A worker cleans nearly-empty check-in counters for international flights at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on March 11. / REUTERS

By Nyein Nyein 20 March 2020

The Myanmar Consulate General in Chiang Mai has urged Myanmar citizens to follow Thailands new requirement that foreigners present a medical certificate showing they are free of COVID-19 as well as proof of health insurance upon arriving in the country.

Thailand has recorded one death from COVID-19 since the outbreak started in Chinas Wuhan City in December. The Thai government announced that it has found 50 more cases on Friday, bringing its tally to 322. Of these, 43 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals and 278 are still being treated.

As Thailand saw a large jump this week in its number of recorded infections, the Thai government closed down schools, universities and entertainment venues around the country for two weeks, starting Wednesday, March 18.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on Thursday that starting on Sunday, March 22, any foreigners entering the Kingdom must show a medical certificate ensuring the person is free of COVID-19 as well as health insurance showing at least US$100,000 of coverage for COVID-19 treatment.

The medical certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before the date of arrival in Thailand and confirm that the traveler has tested negative for coronavirus. The Thai government has ordered airline operators to only allow passengers to check in if they have the two required documents.

The CAAT also ordered all airlines operating flights into Thailand to take protective measures on board, including wearing masks at all times, seating passengers as far away from one another as possible and following disinfection procedures on arrival.

The measures announced Thursday replaced Thailands previous requirements that applied to travelers from China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy and Iranwhich are classified as disease infected zones.

Thailands new requirement that travelers have at least $100,000 in medical insurance is likely to impact Myanmar nationals as the Kingdoms good healthcare services are popular among Myanmar people. Patients seeking treatment in Thailand previously did not need to carry medical insurance.

The current medical insurance must cover COVID-19 treatment and the minimum coverage is US$100,000. But medical insurance packages are not so well-known among Myanmar people. Now they wont be allowed to come to Thailand without this medical insurance. Therefore, we have tried to relay the message as much as we can, U Zaw Myo Htet, consul and first secretary for the Myanmar Consulate General Office in Chiang Mai told The Irrawaddy.

As of Friday, the global total for COVID-19 cases topped 236,000 with over 9,800 deaths in 175 countries, including 80,928 cases and 7,263 deaths in China.

But as of Thursday evening, Myanmar still has no COVID-19 cases, according to the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports. Myanmar has had 173 suspected patients, 157 of whom have already tested negative for the virus and 18 of whom are still awaiting results. Of those who tested negative, 106 patients were discharged from the hospital, 57 are still receiving treatment and eight died of preexisting illnesses.

On Thursday, Myanmar banned foreign tourists from entering Myanmar at land border checkpoints, including from Thailand. Local residents are still allowed through under protective measures, including body temperature screening.

Nine illegal border crossing gates controlled by the Myanmar military-backed Karen Border Guard Force (BGF) in Karen State, near the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border checkpoint, were also closed on Thursday, according to BGF leader Colonel Saw Chit Thu

On Friday, the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border checkpoint was quieter than it was over the past week as Myanmar migrant workers had rushed to return home, according to migrant labor rights group Yaung Chi Oo Workers Association.

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Citizens of Cambodia living along the nations border with Thailand are battling to make ends satisfy as authorities close checkpoints in between both countries to stop the spread of the unique coronavirus (COVID-19), motivating require a federal government bailout.

Authorities in Thailand, where 322 individuals have actually been contaminated with the condition brought on by the virus (COVID-19) and also someone has actually passed away from the condition, lately revealed several checkpoint closures in coming days, which Cambodians living along the border claim has actually put a grip on profession.

Long Sokunthy, a citizen of Banteay Meanchey districts OChrov area, stated that the closure of the border with the areas largest economic climate had actually influenced her everyday earnings as a food supplier, both due to the fact that of an absence of Thai organisation, as well as a raised concern of acquiring the condition amongst Cambodians, that rather select to stay at home.

Some 60 percent of local citizens are currently exercising social distancing from their residences, she approximated, including that she currently makes regarding 400,000 riel (UNITED STATE $100) each day in sales, contrasted to 1 million riel (UNITED STATE $250) prior to the border shut.

Sitting here I always saw tons of people in the past, but now its very quiet, she informed RFAs Khmer Service, including that the local market was likewise near vacant on Friday.

Everyone is remaining at residence I am bothered with infection from COVID-19 yet I am unable to venture out of job regardless of the condition coming to be extra significant. My kids and also I will certainly have to quit working up until the Thai border is resumed.

In Banteay Meancheys Poipet neighborhood, near the border, a local citizen that decreased to be called, stated that while the checkpoint continues to be open to visitors, citizens can just go across the border unlawfully, indicating there has actually been a considerable decline in cross-border profession amidst a suppression by authorities.

The border closure has actually impacted regarding 60-70 percent of the local economic climate, such as rice noodle vendors that initially offered in between 30-40 kgs (66-88 extra pounds) of noodles [per day], and also currently just offer 5 kgs (11 extra pounds), so food suppliers have actually shed a whole lot of cash, the local stated.

Residents of border locations in Battambang and also Pailin districts likewise informed RFA their capacity to work had actually likewise been influenced by the closures and also the expanding concern of infection.

Sum Someath, a cab driver at the Lem border checkpoint in Battambang, stated his prices had actually gone down so considerably that he had to quit working.

I have actually quit driving the taxi for a number of days, due to the fact that the concern of the coronavirus has actually maintained individuals within, and also currently I have absolutely nothing to do [to earn an income], he stated.

Vorn Pov, head of state of Independent Democracy of Information Economy Association, stated motorcycle drivers, road suppliers, and also building employees have actually been some of the employees worst impacted by the break out, and also are having difficulty also managing everyday dishes.

I think the government should prepare a budget package to support the poor, he stated.

If they owe money to the bank, then the government should tell the bank to delay interest payments. The government should also prepare a budget package to buy food for the poor during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cambodia had actually revealed a minimum of 51 favorable COVID-19 clients as of Friday, consisting of a number of lately recognized Muslim Cambodians and also Malaysian nationals that went to an Islamic expedition in Malaysia last month.

The records of the current infections have actually led customers to stay clear of Muslim organisations, motivating Cambodian Muslims to get in touch with the general public to avoid discrimination as the country rallies with each other to battle the spread of the virus.

Food safety in Laos

Meanwhile, in bordering Laos, which has yet to report any type of validated instance of COVID-19, authorities lately released a notification caution stores to avoid rate gouging, amidst records of raised costs for items and also prevalent hoarding.

The Wednesday notification from authorities in the resources Vientiane stated that stores that increase costs amidst the wellness dilemma will certainly be warned, fined, and punished.

But regardless of the order, local citizens claim food is flying off of racks, while the expense of items specifically clinical products is increasing.

People began hoarding food, especially rice, canned fish, and instant noodles because theyre afraid that the borders will be shut down due to the threat of the coronavirus, a rice vendor at a market in Vientiane informed RFA Friday.

People are consistently acquiring 2 or 3 100- kilo (220- extra pound) bags of rice each time and also saving them for lasting usage, the rice vendor stated, talking on problem of privacy.

Another local of the resources stated the expense of encounter masks had actually trebled to 15,000 kip (UNITED STATE $1.50) from 5,000 kip (UNITED STATE $0.50) weeks earlier.

Reports of the panic acquiring in Laos comes as the federal government tightens up control of vacationers in and also out of the nation.

On Thursday, authorities in Laos shuttered all tiny checkpoints for Lao and also Thai nationals throughout their nations common border, put on hold issuance of e-visas and also vacationer visas, suggested that Laotians avoid any type of excessive traveling abroad, revealed an implemented 14- day quarantine for Lao nationals returning to the nation, outlawed huge celebrations, and also shut all amusement places.

The brand-new procedures began the exact same day authorities shut all institutions throughout the country up until April 21, pointing out coronavirus worries.

An image reveals a tiny grocery store in the Lao resources Vientiane, 2019. Credit: RFA

Mask scarcity in Myanmar

Also on Friday, clinical employees in Myanmar which likewise has yet to reveal a COVID-19 infection informed RFAs Myanmar Service that they are requesting for contributions amidst a lack of masks and also safety clothes, as well as devices such as ventilators and also defibrillators around the nation.

If there is an actual break out, doctor go to threat of infection due to the fact that we do not have sufficient safety devices now, stated Ye Ye Than, a physician from Thingangyun Hospital in Yangon that has actually requested contributions via his Facebook web page.

I have been asking for public donations to fill the gap. Ideally, a healthcare facility with 100 doctors needs at least 200 protective suits In every hospital in the country, there is a shortage of these protective tools for health workers.

She stated devices like ventilators and also defibrillators are as well costly for a lot of medical facilities in Myanmar and also, also if there are benefactors, expanding international need implies there will certainly be couple of readily available on the marketplace.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) lately revealed that it has actually developed a UNITED STATE $1.8 million reserve for Myanmar to battle the coronavirus, and also Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stated previously today that the federal government is developing a public fund to battle spread of the virus, getting in touch with participants of the general public to contribute.

But regardless of these procedures and also a current standards released by authorities for terminating public occasions, Myanmars federal government has actually run the gauntlet for stopping working to safe sufficient clinical materials to efficiently consist of COVID-19

New instances in Vietnam

On Friday, Vietnam validated that it had actually recognized 6 brand-new infections, bringing the complete number of COVID-19 instances to91 Among the brand-new infections were the initial 2 registered nurses in the nation to agreement the condition, as well as a British pilot for Vietnam Airlines that lives in Ho Chi Minh City.

A day previously, the Ho Chi Minh City Ministry of Health validated that 49 Vietnamese nationals had actually gone to the exact same Muslim expedition in Malaysias resources Kuala Lumpur last month that had actually triggered a number of of Cambodias favorable instances. The Vietnamese explorers are still undertaking screening, they stated.

Vietnams main Ministry of Health revealed Friday that it will certainly broaden quarantine demands to all inbound vacationers from those initially in area for vacationers from the UNITED STATE, European Union, and also participant states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). International arrivals will certainly be housed in transformed army bases from March 21, authorities stated.

Meanwhile, institutions are shuttered throughout the nation, while authorities have actually bought all amusement places to close up until completion of March and also asked residents to avoid holding huge celebrations or heading out in public without safety face masks.

Reported by RFAs Khmer, Lao, and also Vietnamese Services, and also Waiyan Moe Myint for RFAs MyanmarService Translated by Pheap Aun, Max Avary, Ye Kaung Myint Maung, and also VietHa Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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The Mental Health and Wellbeing event, taking place next Friday (March 13), Saturday (March 14) and Sunday (March 15), will coincide with Sikh New Year celebrations.

Sessions will include a new mums coffee morning on the Friday to launch the event, men's and women's yoga classes, thai chi, workshops on how children can stay safe online, talks on mental health, positive thinking, domestic violence, suicide, addiction and self-harm awareness and other subjects from experts, professionals and counselors and an exhibition about the work of charities in and around the town.

Cllr Mini Mangat (Labour, Leamington Willes): "This three-day health event at the Gurdwara Sahib is a first for us here in Leamington and Warwick.

"It is crucial to break through mental health stigmas that can exist within our community by focusing on raising awareness and access to support for taboo subjects within mental health like addiction, suicide, coping with bereavement and domestic abuse to name a few.

"This is a collaborative approach with many volunteers and agencies coming together, and speakers who have lived experiences from within the community, reaching out and taking important information and messages direct to the community in the Gurdwara Sahib.

"This event coincides with the Sikh New Year beginning on March 14 2020 with the month of Chet.

"Starting the new year communicating and sharing that it's OK not to be OK and that it's absolutely OK to ask for help is a great message for the new year ahead."

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BENGALURU A supply crunch in drought stricken Thailand pushed rice export prices to their highest in 6-1/2 years this week, while Vietnamese rates bounced back to a more than one-year high on firm demand.

Thailands benchmark 5% broken rice prices jumped to $460-$467 per tonne on Thursday, their highest since August 2013, from $430-$452 last week.

Most of the demand is from domestic buyers who are stocking up rice amid fears of shortages, a Bangkok-based trader said.

The protracted drought in many rice producing areas caused market concerns over possible supply shortages and is the main reason for the price hike as overseas demand remained flat, traders said.

The dry season, which usually starts in November and lasts until April, could persist into June, the Thai government said.

In Vietnam, rates for 5% broken rice rose to $390-$400 on Thursday, their highest since December 2018, versus $365-$375 a week earlier on strong demand.

The Philippines remains the largest buyer, and we have seen more orders coming in from Malaysia, Cuba and Africa, a trader based in Ho Chi Minh City said.

Vietnams rice exports in the first two months of this year likely rose 11.5% from a year earlier to 811,000 tonnes, the governments General Statistics Office said on Saturday.

The strong demand has outpaced the rise in supplies as local farmers are still harvesting rice from the winter-spring crop, another trader in the city said, adding that farmers have harvested 60%-70% of the crop.

Meanwhile, in top exporter India, rice export prices extended losses due to weak demand and as rupee fell to the lowest level in 16 months.

Indias 5% broken parboiled variety rates inched lower to $367-$371 per tonne this week, from last weeks $369-$373.

Weak rupee is allowing us to lower prices in dollar terms, but still demand is not picking up, said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

Weak rupee increases exporters margin from the overseas sale.

Neighboring Bangladesh has set a production target of 20 million tonnes for summer variety rice crop Boro, for the current year, a senior agriculture ministry official said.

Boro contributes more than half Bangladeshs typical annual rice output of around 35 million tonnes.

In 2019, the country produced a record 20.4 million tonnes of Boro, up from 19.6 million tonnes the previous year, the agriculture ministry says. (Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai, Ruma Paul in Dhaka, Khanh Vu in Hanoi and Panu Wongcha-um in Bangkok; editing by David Evans)

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Five Popular Ways to Keep Yourself Fit in Thailand – Chiang Rai Times

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Although Thailand is notorious for its decadence and party atmosphere, that doesnt mean that this country doesnt also offer a wide range of exciting and unique fitness opportunities.

From water sports for beach lovers, to specialized boxing for those who prefer a more combative sport, to fitness retreats that promise to transform your body in a matter of weeks Thailand has a sporting activity for everyone.

So, whether you are looking to get fit in Thailand, or if you are planning a trip there and want to ensure you maintain your fitness levels, keep reading to discover the top five ways that people exercise in this southern Asian country. This way you can still indulge in all the delicious street food without feeling too guilty!

Not for the fainthearted, but if you can stand the heat, there are some beautiful trekking opportunities in Thailand including the famous Tiger Temple trek where you can marvel at the massive statue of Buddha if you manage to get to the top that is!

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is another great option with the chance to scale the sacred Doi Pui mountain and enjoy the tropical views of the surrounding banana and giant fig trees.

Remember to pack plenty of water though, as the heat coupled with the intense physical exertion can be dangerous if you become dehydrated.

Arguably the most popular way to keep fit in Thailand, Muay Thai is a form of boxing or kickboxing that is unique to the country, where participants use their fists, elbows, knees and shins to fight each other.

Not only will this sport help you to build muscle and burn calories, it will also teach you about the importance of self-discipline a vital skill for ensuring that you achieve your fitness goals.

Thailand is home to many fitness retreats with Ultimate Fitness being the number one Fitness retreat overseas worldwide, providing visitors with the opportunity to revolutionize both their diet and fitness regime.

If you struggle with motivation or feel like you need something radical to kickstart your fitness routine or weight loss journey, then a fitness retreat is the ideal experience for you.

If you want to get fit without it feeling like a chore, then you cant go far wrong with an afternoon diving in the calm and crystal waters that Thailand provides. With a diverse selection of exotic marine life for you to marvel at, plus the chance to burn up to 600 calories per hour, scuba diving or snorkeling is definitely up there on the top five fitness activities to try in Thailand.

If you want to embrace the beautiful natural surroundings of Thailand but are not a fan of the ocean, then why not practice some Thai Chi or yoga on the beach. Both of these popular activities can be as rigorous or low impact as you would like, with some of the health benefits including the ability to:

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Christmas in Thai Binh: medicine and spiritual support for more than 5,000 people with disabilities and leprosy – Malaysian Christian News

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More than 5,600 people and more than 1,000 volunteers took part in the Christmas Congress organised by the local diocese. Almost 500 people with leprosy (Hansens Disease) were examined and received drugs for free. For Bishop Nguyen Van De, even with different faiths, humans have a common Creator and a paradise. Dec 29, 2019

By Ngoc Lan For Catholics in the Diocese of Thi Bnh, in the coastal province with the same name in northern Vietnam, the Christmas season provided an opportunity to renew their commitment to disabled people and people on the margins of society.

The local Church has been doing this via a number of initiatives that offer material and spiritual support, comfort, moments of sharing and medical assistance.

For the 18th consecutive year, the Diocese and its bishop, Mgr Phwro (Peter) Nguyen Van De, organised a Christmas Congress for the disabled on 14-16 December at the Bishoprics General House (Nha Chung) with the participation of over 5,600 disabled people and more than 1,000 volunteers.

In addition to Thai Binh, participants came from 100 social units or centres in other northern provinces like Nam Dinh, Hung Yen, Ninh Bnh, Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh and Hai Duong.

On the first day, the medical staff (Catholic and non-Catholic doctors and nurses) provided free medical examinations and medicines to more than 500 leprosy patients. The volunteers came from H Noi, Ho Chi Minh City (Si Gn) and Thi Bnh, as well as the Diocese of Incheon, South Korea.

Mgr Mario Michiaki Yamanouchi, Bishop of Saitama (Japan), took part in the outreach. Children and young people from the local Diocese got patients involved in recreational, cultural and sporting activities over the other two days.

The latter culminated in a Mass celebrated by Mgr Nguyen Van De on 15 December, attended by other bishops, priests, religious and seminarians.

During the service, the assembled congregation recited a special prayer for those who are sick, disabled and suffering. Unlike other years, the faithful were able to listen to some "lessons on the Word of God given by the prelates.

In particular, Mgr Giuse (Joseph) Chau Ngoc Tri, Bishop of Cao Bang-Lang Son, stressed the importance God gave to humanity by sending his Son to earth.

Mgr Yamanouchi said he was very happy to attend the event organised by the local diocese. I wish Thai Binh and Saitama become more united in fraternal spirit.

Bishop Nguyen Van De summed up the experience of the Congress, saying: "We have been together, sharing joys and sorrows, preparing to celebrate Christmas.

We invite you, as well as those who do not have the same belief, to share Christmas, for we have a common paradise, a common Creator, a common earth and a common atmosphere whose air we breathe.

We have a lot in common. There are joys and sorrows in life. We also have parents and ancestors, as well as happiness, sadness and injustice in our life. So let us hope to have a peaceful and happy life.

Finally, he noted, Jesus came to earth to love and save us. You, brothers and sisters, should strongly believe that.--Asia News

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Vietnams top tourist destinations ready to ring in New Year – VnExpress International

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In Hanoi, countdown events will begin at 7 p.m. on December 31 at the Ly Thai To flower garden and the August Revolution Square in downtown Hoan Kiem District.

There will be an electronic music concert featuring big V-pop names such as Soobin Hoang Son, Toc Tien, Min, Tuan Hung, and Da LAB band at Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square by the iconic Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake. Cultural activities and folk games will be on in the nearby pedestrians-only zone.

Ho Chi Minh City, the countrys largest city, will ring in the New Year with firework displays, a 3D lighting show, and a musical countdown.

The 15-minute fireworks displays will begin at midnight at the Landmark 81, the country's highest building in Binh Thanh District, and at the Thu Thiem Tunnel area that links Districts 1 and 2 and Dam Sen Park in District 11.

On December 31 and January 1 nights there will be a lighting show using 3D mapping techniques at the city Peoples Committee office in District 1. Downtown streets will be decorated with lights.

A concert by pop star Son Tung M-TP will be held on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street on New Years Eve.

Foreign tourists walk on Bui Vien pedestrian street in downtown HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.

In Da Nang, the countrys third largest city and a popular tourist destination, there will be celebrations at the September 2 Square.

A 15-minute fireworks display will light up the sky at 9 p.m. after the countdown party. For many years, the central city, famous for its annual international fireworks festival, has been popular with foreign tourists.

HCMC, Hanoi and Da Nang are among 100 most visited destinations in the world, according to the annual Top City Destinations Ranking report released last week by the U.K.-based global business intelligence firm Euromonitor International.

Da Nang rings in the new year 2018 with a fireworks party on Han River. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong.

The ancient town of Hoi An, a neighbor of Da Nang, will also have lots of events.An Hoi Sculpture Garden will host an event at 9.30 p.m. featuring an arts performance, a lottery and a singing contest. There will be a fireworks display near the Hoai River.

In the south central province of Ninh Thuan, a grand music festival and a fireworks display will take place from 9:30 p.m. at the April 16 Square in Phan Rang-Thap Cham, the capital of Ninh Thuan.

An art program will be held at Phan Thiet, home to the popular resort destination of Mui Ne in the neighboring province of Binh Thuan, from 8 p.m. at the Nguyen Tat Thanh Square, followed by a fireworks display.

The UNESCO heritage site of Ha Long Bay will host a concert featuring well-known pop singers and DJs at the October 30 Square from 8 p.m.

Around 5.2 million foreigners visited Ha Long Bay last year, or 30 percent of the countrys 15.6 million foreign tourist arrivals.

Phu Tho Province, around 100 kilometers to the northwest of Hanoi, and home to the famous Hung Kings Temple, will welcome the new year with fireworks displays and art programs.

Letting off fireworks has long been a tradition during important festivals and major national celebrations like Reunification Day on April 30 and Independence Day on September 2.

As disposable incomes rise and the country becomes increasingly open to the outside world, Vietnamese have begun to celebrate foreign festivals likethe New Year,Christmas and Halloween with enthusiasm.

The countrys GDP growth is among worlds highest over the past decade. Vietnams GDP growth of 7.02 percent this year exceeded the parliaments target of 6.6-6.8 percent as well as forecasts by several international organizations.

Global real estate consultant Knight Frank earlier this year said the number of extremely rich individuals in Vietnam is set togrow at the fastest rate in the world,by 31 percent in the next five years.

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Toronto Raptors fans react to their team's first NBA title inside Jurassic Park, an open air viewing space outside Scotiabank Arena that became the epicentre of Toronto fandom during the playoffs.

With 2020nearly here, it's time to take a look back at the biggest news stories of the year in the Greater Toronto Area and what a spin around the sun it's been.

To reflect on 2019,CBC Toronto has curated a list of some of the year's most talked-about headlines.

The Raptors' incredible NBA championship win has to be a contender for story of the year in Toronto.

The team's incredible playoff run;Kawhi Leonard's unforgettable buzzer-beating shot;$120,000 courtside seats and a victory parade attended by more than a million fans the Raps made headlines for three straight months.

It was a chapter of sports history that Toronto will never forget.

While many people seem ready to forget her, it's impossible to reflect on the year that was in news without mentioning 'chair girl.'

For some reason incomprehensible to most people,Marcella Zoia, 19 at the time, decided to throw a folding chair from the balcony of a downtown Toronto highriseonto the streets below.

A short video of the toss made Zoia instantly infamous. In November, she pleaded guilty to one count ofmischief endangering life. She is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Like any other year, there has been no shortage of tragedy in the GTAin 2019. But one, in particular, hit Canadians especially hard.

Riya Rajkumar, 11, was the subject of a late night Amber Alert onFebruary 14.

Hours later, the Brampton girl was found dead in a basement apartment where her father lived.Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was charged with first-degree murder in her death, but died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in hospital just a few days later.

Riya was remembered as a beautiful, lively young girl who "touched a lot of lives" in her short life.

Premier Doug Ford's government captured the country's attention during a whirlwind year in Ontario politics.

Its first budget in April set the stage for major changes in hot-button areas of policylikehealth care, autism treatment and services, public transit and education just to name a few.

Ford's aggressive agenda has sparkedclashes with influential interest groups and even led the province to walk back some of its movesin the face of staunch opposition.

There were also some more outlandish controversies, like a plan to purchase a $50K custom van for the premier and his teamto travel in and a number of eyebrow-raising patronage appointments that preceded his chief of staff's resignation.

Oh and, of course, the province changed the slogan on Ontario licence plates.

It'sa tale of workplace rivalry gone dangerously overboard and one that, apparently, lots of Canadians could empathize with (for lots of different reasons, we assume).

Matsa Beliashvilisaysthat she went through "hell" as her one-time co-worker at theEsteLauder counter in the downtown Hudson's Bay location allegedlytainted her drinking water with Lysol cleaning sprayon multiple times over several months.

Beliashvili, then 33,hadbouts of nausea, headaches and skin irritations, she said. In some instances, she had to take days off work because she felt so ill.

After security cameras caught her co-worker in the act, police charged the woman withone count of administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm and one count of mischief to interfere with property.

It was a whirlwind affair that began with a Saudi teen barricaded in a Thai hotel roombravely defying the laws of her country, and against long odds, refusing to return to her allegedly abusive family.

Just days later, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qununwas on Canadian soil, flanked by smiling officials and local service providersamid the flash of cameras a swift resolution to a story that could have had a very different ending.

The #SaveRahaf campaign would have been impossible without help from an online group of like-minded Saudi women who campaigned for women's rights online.

In a one-on-one interview with CBC News, the teen opened up about what she'd been through.

"I was exposed to physical violence, persecution, oppression, threats to be killed. I was locked in for six months," she saidin Arabic, describing what happened after she cut her hair, something her family was strongly against.

"I felt that I could not achieve my dreams that I wanted as long as I was still living in Saudi Arabia."

With a little detective work and help from a DNA test, an Ontario woman recently found three sisters and a brother she never knew she had.

This is a story about the strength of familial bonds and love between siblings that captivated readers across Canada.

It was a big year for homegrown GTA talent.

In July, it was announced that Mississauga'sSimu Liu will be Marvel's first Asian-American superhero on the silver screen.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsis slated for release in 2021.

Liualso plays Jung onthe CBC sit-comKim's Convenience.

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That same month, Mississauga teenMaitreyi Ramakrishnangot news that she had beat out 15,000 competitorsto snag the central role in Mindy Kaling's new Netflix comedy series.

She was at home in her dining room when Kaling best known forThe OfficeandThe Mindy Project and co-creator Lang Fisher called to give her the good news.

Inspired by elements of Kaling's own upbringing, the series is said to be a coming-of-age tale centred on Devi, a modern-day, first-generation Indian-American teen.

One of the things Ramakrishnan is most excited about is that the series will tell stories through the lens of a youngSouth Asian woman growing up in North America.

"I'm a firm believer that if you don't see what you want in the media or in the world in general, you should go out there and be that change and take up that space," she said.

"Go after your dreams. Don't stop for anyone," she told CBC News.

If you, like an ever increasing number of Torontonians, live in a highrisebuilding or near one, than you can probably relate to this story on some level.

In February, residentsof a century-old historic building downtown told CBC Toronto they were fed up withtheir neighbours vomiting andtossing bottles, bones, and cigarette butts down onto their balconies.

"It's a beautiful building, but it's a shame," said Richard Blundell, who lives in a fifth-floor penthouse unit in the building.

As home to one of the busiest airports in North America, the GTA serves as the setting for all kinds of hellish travel stories.

This year, Canadians were particularly interested in the ordeal of David Kitchen and his fellow passengers aboard a flight to Victoria. The weary travellers boarded the Air Canada plane at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday but didn't take off until almost 3 a.m. the next day.

You read that right: they spent nearly seven hours stuck on the tarmac.

"The underlying thing is there was just really no communication," said Kitchen.

About a month later, passengers on a Sunwing flight from Toronto to Cancun had their own infernal air travel experience.

On the night of Aug. 24 on Lake Joseph in Ontario cottage country, Linda O'Leary was driving a boat involved in a crash that killed two people,Gary Poltash, 64, and Suzana Brito. 48. Both were on a vessel that was struck by O'Leary's boat and they suffered fatalhead trauma in the collision.

The wife of entrepreneur and media personality Kevin O'Leary known for his cantankerous on-screen personaO'Leary's case garnered a lot of public interest.

She has since been chargedwith careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act. If found guilty, she could face a $10,000 fine. Themandriving the other boat, Robert Ruh,and is charged with failing to exhibit a navigation light while underway.

CBC News reported in November that the OPP sayO'Leary had alcohol on her breathin the hours following the crash. She says she was a given vodka beverage by someone after the collision.

O'Leary is scheduled to be back in court in January.

Sometimes among the deluge of discouraging headlines it can be easy to lose sight of how dynamic and interesting Toronto can be.

At the beginning of 2019, Toronto unveiled a stacked container market built on a 2.6-acre plot of city-owned land that had been vacant for years.

The complex at 28 Bathurst St. eventually opened in the spring and remains a popular spot near the waterfront.

The more than 100 recycled shipping containers house dozens of businesses.

Lots of CBC readers said they were happy to see an otherwise vacant space used for something a little more stimulating.

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Quang Hai’s ‘Rainbow in the Snow’ top voted for AFC U23 Championship’s Iconic Goals – Nhan Dan Online

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>>> Quang Hai in 24-man shortlist for Best Footballer in Asia 2019

Ahead of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand next January, the AFC has hosted a vote for fans favourite goal from the eight iconic goals of the tournament since its inception in 2013. Quang Hais superb free kick in the snow storm in the final of the 2018 tournament was in the running.

After one week, Quang Hai's free kick against reigning champions Uzbekistan U23s in the 2018 final in Changzhou (China) was the winner of the vote, gaining a total of 1,159,847 votes, streaks ahead of the second most voted for goal by Iranian player Mahdi Torabi against China U23 in 2016 which had a total of 298,037 votes.

The voting result for the most iconic goal at the AFC U23 Championship.

The goal by the Hanoi FCs midfielder was ultimately the deserving winner as it was not merely an equaliser for Vietnam in a very tense situation against Uzbekistan in that final, but also showed other noble values such as team spirit, unwavering belief and the desire of the entire team in the harsh weather conditions many of the players had never experienced before.

Talking about the iconic goal of Quang Hai, the AFC wrote while Uzbekistan won the tournament, Nguyen Quang Hai captured the imagination of fans with his 'Rainbow in the Snow' in the final one of five superb goals by the midfielder providing one of the most iconic moments the competition has ever witnessed.

In the final in January 27, 2018, Uzbekistan opened the scoring in the eighth minute, thanks to Rustamjon Ashurmatovs header, but Quang Hais Rainbow in the Snow levelled proceedings as half-time approached. Vietnam performed admirably and appeared to be heading for a penalty shootout as the game entered its 120th minute. However, substitute Andrey Sidorov volleyed home Dostonbek Khamdamovs corner to seal the victory in the 120th minute to help Uzbekistan claim their first title of the AFC U23 Championship.

Let's witness the superb goal "Rainbow in the Snow" by Quang Hai. (Video: AFC)

The iconic goal by Quang Hai is expected to bring a lot of spiritual meaning to him as a source of encouragement not only for the Hanoian, but also for his entire Vietnam U23 team before leaving for Thailand to attend this years finals.

Coach Park Hang-seo and his players are eager to recreate their impressive achievement in 2018, heading towards a Top 3 finish in the tournament held in Thailand to be granted a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Currently, Hai and his teammates are in Ho Chi Minh City for their final preparation ahead of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship. They have arrived home after a 10-day training camp in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Park and his Korean assistants will join Vietnam U23 squad in Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon after a short Christmas holiday in their home country. The team will be back to training from December 25 to prepare for a friendly with V.League 1 side Becamex Binh Duong on December 28.

On January 1, 2020, the squad will set off to Thailand for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship. According to the plan, Parks side will have one last rehearsal with a final friendly with Bahrain U23s on January 3 next year.

On January 10, Vietnam will officially kick-off their Thai campaign with the Group D opener against the UAE, before facing Jordan on January 13. The reigning runners-up will wrap up their group stage with a match against DPR Korea on January 16.

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