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As President Trump seeks to open the economy back up in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pentagon’s senior leadership are broadcasting a different message, warning the crisis could last well into the summer.The severity of the challenge was underlined with the news that 3 US sailors tested positive for the virus while at sea.

The severity of the challenge was underlined with the news that three US sailors tested positive for the virus while at sea.

“You’re looking at somewhere around 90 days based on some of the other countries. That may or may not apply to the United States,” said Gen. Mark Milley the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when asked how long the crisis could last during an online town hall. Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper took questions from service members during the town hall.

“If it does apply, you’re looking at probably late May, June, something in that range. Maybe could be as late as July.”

Milley was clear that “no one actually knows” when the crisis would be over, but that they were looking at “a variety of models.”

On the same day that the President said at a Fox News town hall that he wants the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” Esper made it clear the Pentagon was preparing for a longer period of social distancing.

“I think we need to plan for this to be a few months long at least, and we’re taking all precautionary measures to do that,” he said.

Esper said that Pentagon employees would be teleworking for “weeks, for sure,” and “maybe months,” after announcing on Monday that the Pentagon was increasing the number of staff that would be teleworking, and limiting the number of access points into the building.

He further warned that the Defense Department, despite stockpiling medical supplies, would likely face shortages of personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, as the civilian health care system is currently dealing with, “until the private sector industry can pick up the slack.”

Sailors flown for treatment

Later on Tuesday the Pentagon announced that three sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the virus and have been flown to a military medical facility for treatment.

“Three cases of Covid-19 have been identified among personnel currently deployed and underway on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, these are our first three cases of Covid-19 on a ship that is deployed,” said acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.

“We’ve identified all those folks that they’ve had contact with and we are quantifying they as well,” he added.

They are the first reported cases of the virus aboard a US Navy ship while it was at sea.

The carrier was last in port 15 days ago as part of a visit to Vietnam. However, Navy officials would not say if the sailors were exposed to the coronavirus while there, noting that multiple aircraft had flown to the carrier in the intervening period.

There are approximately 5,000 personnel on board the carrier.

Esper had previously announced on Monday that the Pentagon is looking at sending military field hospitals to New York and Washington state, in addition to the Army Corps of Engineers’ undertaking to retrofit buildings in New York like hotels, dormitories and convention centers into temporary hospitals, in order to add an additional 10,000 hospital beds to the state’s capacity.
However, he warned that although multiple states have requested assistance from the Defense Department, they “can’t meet everyone’s needs.”

“Right now I anticipate sending a hospital to Seattle and a hospital to New York City and beyond that once that’s confirmed we will look at sending to other places, and as necessary we will continue to alert units to prepare to deploy and deploy them as appropriate,” Esper said on Monday.

Trump says he wants the country 'opened up and just raring to go by Easter,' despite health experts' warnings

The Pentagon has already ordered the deployment of the Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy to Los Angeles to help alleviate the some of the burden on civilian hospitals, while the USNS Comfort is expected to deploy to New York in the coming weeks, after it is finished undergoing maintenance.

And as countries all over the world grapple with the pandemic, Milley warned today that the crisis could lead to “social breakdowns” or “political chaos in certain countries” as health care systems are overwhelmed. However, he assessed that the virus would likely have a “moderate to low” impact on US military readiness.

“It’s very, very important, again, that we do what the professionals are telling us to do, which is flatten that curve, take all the appropriate measures for US in the military,” said Milley, “but also in the nation to do our part, so to speak, in order to reduce the probability and to mitigate the impact of this coronavirus globally.”

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Camila Cabello’s Romance Tour Has Been Postponed: ‘I’m Truly Heartbroken’

Like Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, and an ever-growing pack of her peers, Camila Cabello has had to shelve a planned 2020 tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Cabello’s Romance Tour, in support of her recently released sophomore album, was slated to kick off on May 26 in Oslo, Norway, before wrapping up four months later in North America. But as the singer announced on Tuesday evening (March 24), she’s made the difficult decision to postpone the lengthy trek. In an emotional announcement posted to Twitter and Instagram, she wrote that she is “truly heartbroken” about the news.

“We can’t start rehearsals without putting people at risk and with so much up in the air with no real and definitive end in sight, I feel this is the responsible thing to do,” she explained. “I’m so so sorry you guys. I’m so sad at the thought of disappointing you.”

She continued, “I was so excited to see you and hug you in person and sing these songs with you. We’ve been working on something really magical and special and I keep picturing your faces and I just wanted to bring you guys the dreamiest experience possible. I promise I’ll see you and cuddle your faces off when it’s safe and this all passes.”

The singer added that she and her team are doing their best to reschedule all dates, and she even teased one possible silver lining: “One positive thing is the opportunity to create and keep making music that I’m also excited to share with you,” she wrote.

Cabello concluded her message on a characteristically upbeat note: “When the danger passes, all this love that we are putting into the world will heal us.”

Read Cabello’s full post above, and see a full list of all the tours, festivals, and album delays tied to COVID-19 fears.

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Two more NYSE floor traders test positive for coronavirus: memo

FILE PHOTO: A worker cleans the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as the building prepares to close indefinitely due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in New York, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At least two more New York Stock Exchange floor traders tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday despite measures taken to prevent people infected by the virus from entering the exchange while it remained physically open last week, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

“Given the possibility of exposure, and consistent with local, state, and federal government guidance, we recommend that all those who worked on the NYSE Trading Floor over the last 14 days should self-quarantine until a two week symptom-free period has elapsed,” Intercontinental Exchange Inc (ICE.N)-owned NYSE said in a memo to traders.

New York City, home to more than 8 million people, has become a hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic, with 157 deaths and some 15,000 cases of COVID-19 reported as of Tuesday.

The NYSE kept its trading floor open last week, screening everyone entering 11 Wall Street, but temporarily shuttered the iconic open outcry space after market close on Friday, two days after a floor trader and an ICE employee tested positive for the virus.

At the time, the NYSE said neither person who tested positive with the virus had entered the building thanks to strict screening efforts and that it felt comfortable remaining open until the shift to fully electronic trading for the first time the exchange’s 228-year history the following week.

But the traders who tested positive on Tuesday were working on the floor last week in close quarters with other traders, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity of the matter.

“Those previously tested whose results remain outstanding will be notified directly by the medical team when results become available,” the NYSE said in the memo.

NYSE has not publicly commented on the new cases.

While the NYSE trading floor is temporarily closed over the health concerns, U.S.-listed stocks continue to trade electronically across all 13 active U.S. stock exchanges.

Reporting by John McCrank; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Lincoln Feast.

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Amber Portwood Faces Her First Court Date

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Amber Portwood on ‘Teen Mom OG’. MTV

Dealing with the aftermath. Following her domestic violence arrest after last summer’s incident involving Andrew Glennon, Amber Portwood had to see a judge to find out when she could get back custody of her son on the Tuesday, March 24, episode of Teen Mom OG.

As Amber began to prepare for her first hearing, she immediately reached out to costar Catelynn Baltierra, asking her to be there to support her — something that Catelynn said was very unlike Amber. And after filling in Maci Bookout and Cheyenne Floyd on the details, they both agreed to go to Indiana to support her at her hearing.

“No matter what happened that night, Amber still deserves to have support, she deserves to have love, and friends, and a family to fall back on,” Cheyenne told Maci and Catelynn when they met at the airport to go pick up Amber before her hearing.

When they saw Amber, she wasn’t able to talk much about the case itself, but she did admit that her daughter, Leah, had been worried about her. Fortunately, it seemed like being with her friends helped ease some of the tension she was feeling.

When the day of the hearing rolled around, Amber had plenty of support in the form of her Teen Mom OG costars, plus Leah’s dad, Gary Shirley, and his wife, Kristina. The MTV cameras weren’t able to join them inside the courtroom, but the outcome was good for Amber.

“The judge lifted the order of protection so I can have consistent visits with my son. But my lawyers told me there’s an official gag order on the custody case, so I can’t discuss it any further,” Amber said.

Still, she struggled with the idea that she wouldn’t be able to see James every day and parent him the way she was used to.

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Maci Bookout, Cheyenne Floyd and Catelynn Lowell on ‘Teen Mom OG’. MTV

And as for Andrew? Teen Mom OG producer Larry Musnik caught up with him to get his side of the story, too.

“This stuff happens and she honestly doesn’t remember doing it. Or she just chooses to make it not exist anymore,” Andrew said. “It’s not my job to get her mentally stable. I can’t do it anymore. I think before any filming goes on, if I’m gonna be part of this show, it is absolutely not worth it unless I’m getting, like, the same pay as these other people on the show after the hell that I’ve been through.”

Ultimately, Andrew refused to continue with filming.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie McKee continued to struggle with her relationship with her husband, Josh. And after returning from Indiana, Catelynn saw a doctor about the next steps she should take for her mental health, and Cory and Cheyenne argued about their co-parenting rules.

Teen Mom OG airs on MTV Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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Miley Cyrus And Emily Osment Of ‘Hannah Montana’ Reunite

Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment played best friends on Hannah Montana. Now, they’re spending time in the real world and reflecting on their time as part of the massively popular show’s cast.

On the latest episode of Cyrus’s Instagram Live talk show Bright Minded: Live with Miley, the pair took the opportunity to reconnect as part of what the singer called “the reunion of the decade.” Osment portrayed Hannah’s closest friend (and the one who knew about her secret life) Lilly Truscott.

Cyrus introduced Osment as her “badass best friend” and the pair proceeded to totally roast their old outfits and photos they had of themselves from their time on the classic Disney Channel series. On their first shared press day, Cyrus noted that all of her teeth fell out around a month ahead of their photo shoot, so Miley had to wear false teeth.

Osment also made note of some of the girls’ interesting fashion choices, as Hannah was “trying to make tutus and peplums happen.”

“I was wearing a lot of vests, I remember,” Osment shared. “There were a lot of vests,” she joked, saying she was actually “rocking” the look.

“That was kinda our life for eight years,” Cyrus reflected on their many photo shoots together. “Every day being longer than anyone else’s.” The pair shared some laughs about their time on the show, but Miley took things down a more serious route for a moment to talk up Osment’s proclivity to help out animals.

“It’s a really great time for those in situations that are able to provide. It’s a good time to adopt or foster — but it’s really important to talk about financial responsibility and the strain a pet can cause on a family during this financially challenging time,” Miley explained. “The best way to draw attention to man’s best friend is to bring in the best friend duo that always encouraged people to do what’s best and do what’s right.”

Seeing this pair together once more was likely one of the pushes many needed to start looking in the right direction among the chaos that’s going on these days. Miley’s show will continue Monday through Friday with a series of other special guests, and we can’t wait to see who she brings on next.

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