Months of wedding planning turned into days of reshuffling when the coronavirus hit the U.S., but couples have leaned on video calls, social distancing and more to keep the festivities alive. @joefryernbc shares this story.
This is the moment NBC News' @janisfrayer reunited with her son after a long time apart because of the coronavirus. She writes: "With work travel, restrictions and quarantine in China, our family was apart for 49 days. And yes, every one of them was hard — the worry, the decisions, the failed plans, isolation. Our little guy has been brave and resilient... and this was easily the best. hug. ever."
Love in the time of a pandemic: Sarah and Kent abandoned their plans for a big March wedding and opted for a small backyard ceremony and Zoom reception instead.
@joefryernbc tells us tonight on @nbcnightlynews how, for better or worse, couples are moving ahead with their planned weddings.
Harry and Meghan’s duties as British royalty officially end today. The couple announced their decision to step down earlier this year and bid farewell on their official Instagram today, thanking fans for the support and a “shared commitment to the good in the world.”
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Members of the U.S. Armed Forces began setting up a 3,000-bed care facility at Chicago’s McCormick Place today. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois National Guard aim to finish preparations by the end of April.
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Italy honored victims of the coronavirus with a minute of silence today. More than 10,000 people in the country have died from the pandemic as of Saturday. In the photo, Mayor Giorgio Gori of Bergamo, Italy, stands in the town square during the nationwide gesture.
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Teddy bears play a part in social-distancing scavenger hunts across the nation, uniting communities and helping kids stay entertained during the pandemic.
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Amazon employees walked off the job today and demanded improved safety protocols at a Staten Island warehouse, where a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
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In these unprecedented times, Americans are showing that we’re in this together. Communities are coming together to support each other with music, handmade masks or parades, all while practicing social distancing.
NYPD officers delivered pizzas to Allen Pavilion Hospital yesterday to express their gratitude to the staff “who are working tirelessly at the front lines during this crisis,” said the NYPD 34th Precinct in a tweet.
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Healthcare workers collect donated flowers at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY — the hardest-hit area in New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Doctors, nurses, support staff and first responders are working tirelessly on the front lines against the pandemic. Americans are finding creative ways to express their gratitude, including through donated meals. Learn more about their efforts at the link in our bio. (📸: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
"Earth Hour" was held on Saturday, the annual event encouraging people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. It first started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia by the World Wildlife Fund.
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🌏Syndey Opera House
🌍Moscow's Red Square
🌍Berlin's Brandenburg Gate
Through a program called “Made You Smile,” a group of kids from Long Island, New York are bringing joy to local senior citizens who are stuck inside because of the coronavirus. Learn more at the link in our bio.
Americans are showing their gratitude to healthcare workers and first responders, the heroes on the front lines against the coronavirus. @stevepattersonnbc shows us how people across the country are giving back, including a New Orleans man delivering comfort to hospitals with donated meals, inspired by his wife.
President Trump and Defense Secretary Esper were on hand in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday to bid farewell to the USNS Comfort, a Naval hospital ship on its way to hard-hit New York City to help treat coronavirus patients.
The president said he is considering an "enforceable quarantine" in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area due to the pandemic. We'll have the latest on that tonight from @KathyParkTV and @TheKellyO on @NBCNightlyNews.
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New York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Elmhurst Hospital in Queens is one of the hardest hit areas, with long emergency room lines and weary doctors on the front lines. @RonAllenNBC has been reporting there and shared this photo of a message of gratitude to health care workers outside the hospital. Follow him on Twitter for more and watch @NBCNightlyNews tonight for the latest.
The iconic Space Needle waves a message of support high above the city: "We got this, Seattle." The flag was raised this week by Mayor Jenny Durkan as a symbol of unity and encouragement as the hard-hit city battles the coronavirus outbreak.
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Civil rights icon the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has died at age 98, The King Center said. Lowery was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with the Rev. Martin Luther King. For his life's work, Lowery received the NAACP's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and other accolades. He's pictured here at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo talks to @lesterholtnbc about the coronavirus crisis in his state from the Javits Center, where the military has assembled a hospital to treat an influx of patients. Cuomo says his strategy is to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as he hopes the thousands of ventilators he called for won’t be needed.
75 years ago, Americans on the home front were supporting our troops as they battled in World War II. As we face another defining moment in history, all of us must pull together again, NBC News’ Harry Smith says.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France shines with the word "Merci" — or "Thank you" — in a message of gratitude to health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Swipe to see more of the lights, and tap the link in our bio for the latest on the virus.
President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill today in an Oval Office ceremony just hours after the House had passed it. The legislation will provide financial relief for millions of Americans set back by the pandemic.
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Gov. Cuomo responds to President Trump, who said he doesn't believe New York needs 30K ventilators.
"I hope no one needs a ventilator," Cuomo told @LesterHoltNBC today. "But I don't operate on what I hope...I operate on the data..."
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Cities around the world have been finding unique ways to honor their health care workers who are on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In London last night, the famous London Eye, Tower Bridge and other landmarks were lit up in blue — the color of the National Health Service — as a message of gratitude and solidarity.
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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a tweet Friday.
He had developed "mild symptoms" in the last 24 hours and was "self-isolating," he said. "I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus." Head to the link in our bio for the full story. (📷: AP Photo/ Matt Dunham)
When 15-year-old Coco Johnson returned home from her last round of chemotherapy, her friends and family celebrated with a parade, signs and a serenade from her nurses, all while keeping the rules of social distancing.
The manufacturer of Major League Baseball jerseys is making at least 1 million gowns and masks for health care workers and emergency personnel. The gear will go to workers in Pennsylvania, then New Jersey and New York, which have some of the largest numbers of cases in the nation. The plan is to continue producing the gowns and masks as long as the need exists, according to the manufacturing company, Fanatics.
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Across the country, people steer clear of normally bustling streets and tourist attractions as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus. In the photo, Grand Central Terminal sees a dwindling number of visitors as New York becomes the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. The governor has expressed that the state is in “desperate” need of ventilators at a time when the number of cases continues growing at an accelerated pace.
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Springtime usually means busy season for the world-renowned Dutch flower garden Keukenhof, but this year the attraction will remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say tulip-lovers will be able to virtually visit its of millions of flowers instead.
The Netherlands is dotted with lush farms of colorful tulips, and pictured here one fields in Lisse reminds its visitors to practice social distancing. Get the latest updates on the outbreak around the world at the link in our bio. (📸: AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
The start of baseball season has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, with stadiums across the country sitting empty on what was supposed to be opening day. But Major League Baseball is reminding fans that "even though we’re apart, we can come together" with #OpeningDayAtHome. MLB will release 30 games across its digital and social media platforms, allowing fans to watch a classic game involving their team and celebrate a win at the end.
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Hospitals across the United States are drafting new standards to slow the coronavirus spread, including restricting the number of people allowed in delivery rooms or the number of in-person prenatal checkups. Several hospitals in New York banned partners or spouses entirely.
Through a program called “Made You Smile,” a group of kids from Long Island, New York are bringing joy to local senior citizens who are stuck inside because of the coronavirus. The children are sending handmade pictures and videos of them singing.
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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said it is "extremely likely" that she had the coronavirus. Thunberg wrote on Instagram that she was unable to get tested in her native Sweden and self-isolated after she and her father felt symptoms like tiredness, shivers and a cough. She ended her post with a reminder to follow experts' advice and stay at home to flatten the curve. "And remember to always take care of each other and help those in need," she wrote. (📸: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
A zookeeper in Rome wears a mask while feeding lemurs at the city's zoological garden. The zoo is closed to the public and has scaled down its staff because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Italy especially hard. Get updates on the situation around the world at the link in our bio, and watch @nbcnightlynews tonight for the latest details. (📸: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Prince of Wales, 71, who is first in line to the British throne, is experiencing mild symptoms "but otherwise remains in good health," Clarence House said in a statement.
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Regram @nbcwashington: “Teachers in Bowie, Maryland put together a parade as a way to visit students while keeping a social distance. The teachers decorated their vehicles and drove down as many streets possible, giving students the chance to see them. Students came out with signs and waved as the teachers drove by.
Schools in Maryland are currently closed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.”
Five-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally died from coronavirus complications today in Florida. The 81-year-old “bard of American theater” received the Tony Awards’ Lifetime Achievement last year for his work on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
"I don’t think theatre can solve the problems of a society, nor should it be expected to,” McNally said in a speech to the League of American Theatres and Producers. “But plays can provide a forum for the ideas and feelings that can lead a society to decide to heal and change itself.”
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Little Free Libraries are converted into Little Pantries filled with toilet paper, canned goods and other supplies to help communities in the U.S. and Canada during the coronavirus pandemic.
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