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| April 8, 2020 4:27 AM

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-PSYCHOLOGICAL TOLL — The pressures on intensive care units in Italy and Spain may have eased in recent days as new coronavirus cases decline. But the psychological toll on doctors and nurses is only now beginning to emerge. Already, two nurses in Italy have killed themselves, and psychologists have made therapists available to give free consultations for medical personnel to cope with the emotional toll of seeing so much death. By Nicole Winfield, Maria Grazia Murru and Aritz Parra. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK — After 76 days in lockdown, the Chinese city at the heart of the global pandemic reopens and tens of thousands immediately hop on trains and planes to leave. Elsewhere, the economic, political and psychological toll of fighting the virus grows increasingly clear and more difficult to bear. By Danica Kirka and Elena Becatoros. SENT: 1,230 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHINA-LOCKDOWN LIFTED — After more than two months indoors, Wuhan resident Tong Zhengkun was one of millions of people enjoying a renewed sense of freedom when the Chinese city’s 76-day coronavirus lockdown was lifted. “I haven’t been outside for more than 70 days,” an emotional Tong says as he watched a celebratory light display from a bridge across the broad Yangtze River flowing through the city. “Being indoors for so long drove me crazy.” By Sam McNeil. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-WUHAN-PHOTO GALLERY — Wuhan a city in slumber before the lockdown’s end; VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHINA-CRITIC INVESTIGATED — China investigates party member critical of Xi over outbreak.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-DEFIANT-PLANNING — In the “new normal” that is America during the coronavirus pandemic, the act of making plans has taken on a complicated new meaning. People are craving structure amid the uncertainty and chaos, and for some, that means holding on to plans, both short-term and long-term, they had before the virus struck. Or it means making new plans — for a summer wedding or a fall vacation. But how can one make plans when nobody knows how long the current situation will last? By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PALESTINIAN WORKERS — The coronavirus outbreak poses a dilemma for tens of thousands of Palestinian laborers working inside Israel who can no longer travel back and forth from their homes in the occupied West Bank. They can stay inside Israel, where wages are much higher but where the outbreak is more severe, or they can return home to quarantine and unemployment in the West Bank. By Mohammed Daraghmeh and Joseph Krauss. SENT: 950 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-MIDEAST — Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATION’S CAPITAL — National and local health officials are predicting a looming spike in infections that could turn Washington, D.C., into a second-wave coronavirus hotspot. Mayor Muriel Bowser has struggled to persuade non-compliant residents to avoid pickup basketball games and other gatherings. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 850 words, photos. Also see MORE ON VIRUS OUTBREAK below.

Find more all-format coverage on the Virus Outbreak featured topic page in AP Newsroom.

ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN — If Wisconsin was a test case for voting in the age of coronavirus, it did not go well for many voters. Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable to be counted because requested absentee ballots never arrived. By Steve Peoples and Scott Bauer. SENT: 960 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN-BLACK VOTERS — Black voters weigh history, health as they vote in Wisconsin. Also see ELECTION 2020-VOTING below.

Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

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MORE ON VIRUS OUTBREAK

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VIRUS-OUTBREAK-PLASTICS — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as the movement to eliminate single-use plastics took hold in mainstream America. The coronavirus pandemic changed all that. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-LIVES LOST-LOUISIANA — Mary Louise Brown Morgan, a “God-fearing woman” who made a “mean gumbo and red beans,” died late last month in Houma, Louisiana, after contracting the coronavirus. SENT: 620 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-COVIDIOT — A mayor in Hawaii has a choice word for the Florida man accused of trying to flout Hawaii’s traveler quarantine: “covidiot.” SENT: 640 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK--JAPAN-NO LOCKDOWN Q&A — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. SENT: 720 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CALIFORNIA HOMELESS — Los Angeles embarks on a massive and unprecedented effort to bring thousands of homeless people off the streets and into hotels to protect the most vulnerable residents as the coronavirus continues to spread. SENT: 870 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-GUIDELINES — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing its guidelines for self-isolation to make it easier for those who have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus to return to work if they are asymptomatic. SENT: 420 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SAMBA SCHOOLS-SCRUBS — Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools are making medical outfits for hospital workers who face a surge of coronavirus patients. SENT: 490 words, photos.

AP’s CORONAVIRUS PODCAST, “Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak,” today looks at how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting law enforcement in the United States, from police departments to courts and prisons. Listen to the podcast at https://appodcasts.com/category/ground-game/. Embed code is available on AP Coverage Plan.

A separate wire advisory has been sent detailing AP’s complete coronvirus coverage.

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TRUMP-PRESS SECRETARY — Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus. SENT: 730 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GERMANY-HELPING FAMILIES — German charity goes home-to-home in virus crisis. SENT: 350 words, photos.

TOKYO-FLAME — Tokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclear. SENT: 410 words, photos.

GERMANY-PALACE FIRE — Fire at replica Prussian palace in Berlin quickly controlled. SENT: 160 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-INSPECTORS GENERAL — President Donald Trump’s removal of a watchdog tasked with overseeing how his administration spends the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package is his latest challenge of an inspector general community asked to be impartial, above politics and independent of the White House. SENT: 970 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-WASHINGTON — Trump blasts world health group, defends early virus steps.

ELECTION 2020-VOTING — Both major political parties are preparing for a state-by-state legal battle over how Americans can vote during the coronavirus outbreak. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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2020 CENSUS — If you’re a census slacker and haven’t yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you. The U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN — At least seven Afghan civilians were killed when the Taliban attacked security forces in northern Balkh province, local officials say. SENT: 230 words, photo.

TURKEY-KURDS — An improvised explosive device went off on a road in southeast Turkey, killing five forestry workers traveling to work, officials say. SENT: 190 words.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Global shares mostly fell amid uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to claim more lives around the world. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 760 words, photos. With EUROPE-ECONOMY — European nations struggle to agree on terms of economic aid; VIRUS-OUTBREAK-BUSINESS-FALLOUT —Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1 billion fund; consumers get some breaks.

OIL MARKETS — Iran demands that U.S. oil production levels must be known before an upcoming OPEC meeting with Russia and others seeking to boost global energy prices. SENT: 260 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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AUSTRALIA-BARRIER REEF BLEACHING — An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years. SENT: 510 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-JOHN-PRINE — John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died at the age of 73. By Michael Warren. SENT: 1,360 words, photos. With OBIT-JOHN-PRINE-BEST-SONGS.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-MUSIC-VIDEO — The coronavirus has halted many plans in the music industry, from tour cancellations to album pushbacks, but it didn’t stop Grammy-nominated DJ-producer Alesso and former One Direction singer Liam Payne from filming a new music video. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASEBALL — College baseball stands to benefit from Major League Baseball’s decision to shorten its 2020 draft to as few as five rounds and limit signing bonuses for undrafted free agents to $20,000. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 730 words, photos.

AP WAS THERE-1996 MASTERS — The 1996 Masters, known as much for Greg Norman losing as Nick Faldo winning, is rated the fifth-best championship at Augusta National by a panel of golf writers. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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