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Travel grinds to a halt, plants close, as virus takes hold

The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus worldwide surpassed 200,000 for the first time Wednesday and the damage being seeded in the global economy is growing more clear. Furloughs and job cuts, from dog walkers, to oilfield workers, have begun. Governments around the world are pushing drastic countermeasures to help workers, particularly those who live paycheck to paycheck.

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COVID-19 and construction: How a hands-on industry is handling an outbreak

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Even as COVID-19 has led to school closings, event cancellations and other social-distancing measures, Wisconsin's construction industry has largely made no plans to stop work – at least fornow.

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Evers declares health emergency; AFL-CIO calls for worker protections (UPDATE)

Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday declared a public-health emergency over the coronavirus, which helps free up resources to respond to its growing threat. Meanwhile, the Capitol closed to formal tours until further notice and the state high school athletics association moved to restrict attendance at winter tournaments.

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