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The Coronavirus Crisis

Pence Warns Coronavirus Outbreak Could Last 'Well Into July'

In an interview with NPR, the vice president defended the administration's response to the coronavirus but acknowledged that the government expects to be dealing with the crisis "for months."

The normally busy transportation hub at the World Trade Center in Manhattan was sparsely populated on Monday. The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have banned all gatherings of 50 or more people. Gabriela Bhaskar/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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New Analysis Suggests Months Of Social Distancing May Be Needed To Stop Virus

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Love and Rockets, primarily known for its 1989 hit "So Alive," also helped establish a template for what became alternative rock with songs like "Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)." Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Love And Rockets' Psychedelic Train Ride Laid The Foundation For Alt-Rock

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A pedestrian passes a nearly empty subway and retail complex in lower Manhattan as businesses are closed due to coronavirus concerns on Monday. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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America Closed: Thousands Of Stores, Resorts, Theaters Shut Down

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Vice President Pence speaks in the briefing room of the White House on March 9 about the coronavirus outbreak. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Pence Warns Coronavirus Disruptions Could Last 'Well Into July'

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