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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Here’s a round-up of this morning’s main stories.
Apr 1st 2020, 8:03 AM 16,798 1

Updated Apr 1st 2020, 8:51 AM

EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #SCAM: Gardaí are urging people to beware of a significant increase in the number of con-artists attempting to use the coronavirus crisis to scam money from unsuspecting members of the public. 

2. #CORONAVIRUS: US president Donald Trump has warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” amid White House projections of up to 240,000 deaths from the disease. 

3. #PANDEMIC: China’s decision to lock down the city of Wuhan may have prevented more than 700,000 new Covid-19 cases by delaying the spread of the virus. 

4. #BACK HOME: Several thousand Irish people could return home from Canada in the coming days, as the Irish government warns those on short-term visas to book flights as soon as possible. 

5. #VACCINE: It could take between 12 and 18 months for a vaccine to Covid-19 to be developed and approved, and there is a global race happening to get this done. 

6. #DIRECT PROVISION: The Department of Justice has said that more than 650 new beds have been made available for those in Direct Provision during the Covid-19 crisis. 

7. #UNITED STATES: Emergency field hospitals are being set up in Central Park, New York as the number of coronavirus deaths in America surpassed those reported by China. 

8. #APRIL FOOLS: We had a look back at’s greatest April Fool’s Day hits - with everything from a seagull tracker to the Good Drying Index. 

9. #WWII: The UN chief has said the Covid-19 emergency is the “most challenging since the Second World War”. 

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