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Top Story: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19.

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Accessed on 27 March 2020, 1525 UTC, Post 097.

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First Up

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will self-isolate and continue to work in 10 Downing Street in London, announcing his positive test for coronavirus. He's seen here Thursday night, joining in the U.K.'s national applause for health service workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus.
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Here’s what we're following today.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson announced on Twitter Friday that he's developed mild symptoms of COVID-19 and will continue to work as he self-isolates at 10 Downing Street in London.

House lawmakers are set to pass the largest emergency relief package in U.S. history on Friday. The president is expected to sign the historic measure into law. The vote comes a day after the U.S. hit a grim milestone: It now surpasses China in the greatest number of diagnosed coronavirus cases.

In its defense of its coronavirus testing strategy, the White House coronavirus task force pointed to a key study that was retracted just days after it was published online in early March, NPR has learned.

President Trump has hit his highest approval rating since becoming president – 47%, according to an average of the polls. That's an increase of nearly 3 points over the past two weeks. But it's not the kind of increase other presidents have seen in other rally-around-the-flag moments.

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Today's Listens 

Capt. Alex Quataert points out the areas the soldiers are visiting on the map.
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A U.S. military convoy in Syria is tackling a more complex — and possibly more dangerous — mission: helping to secure oil fields from ISIS, Russia and Syria as well. (Listening time, 6:10 or read the story)

The country of Jordan has implemented one of the strictest lockdowns in the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus. So far, the Middle Eastern country with 10 million residents has arrested more than 1,600 people for breaking the five-day-old curfew, which bans even going for walks or allowing pets outdoors. (Listening time, 2:25 or read the story)

The Daily Good

Cary Elwes stars as Westley, a farm boy who falls in love with Buttercup (Robin Wright), in 1987's The Princess Bride.
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Education experts have a few tips for turning your home into a school without losing your sanity. They are — in no particular order: Be realistic, be forgiving and remember to shake your sillies out.

By the age of 85, Lillian Bloodworth had donated 23 gallons of her blood. Now 92, Bloodworth says when she first started to give blood, “I would have donors read my name tag and ask if that was really my name or was that a gimmick for the blood bank.” Her giving nature has continued to stay in the bloodline (ahem). Her second-oldest son, Charles, is approaching his 22nd donated gallon. (Listening time, 2:22 or read the story

Before You Go

Fred "Curly" Neal (left), shown here with fellow Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, has died at age 77.
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  • Fred "Curly" Neal, the Harlem Globetrotters star who played more than 6,000 games and 22 seasons, died at his home in Houston on Thursday morning. He was 77
  • Iconic songwriter Bob Dylan surprised fans at midnight with a 17-minute song about the assassination of JFK.
  • Grammy winner Alicia Keys is coming out with a new album and has written a forthcoming introspective bookMore Myself. She says she wishes she could tell her teenage self "to know she is enough.”

Suzette Lohmeyer contributed to today’s newsletter. 

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