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CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday announced a $19 billion relief program to help U.S. farmers cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers and mass purchases of produce, meat and other products. 

"American agriculture has been hard-hit, like most of America, with the coronavirus, and President Trump is standing with our farmers and all Americans to make sure that we all get through this national emergency," U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said. 

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FILE - A farmer checks on the operation of an auger transferring corn on his farm in Pawnee City, Nebraska, July 12, 2018.

The Trump administration sought Friday to alleviate fears about the availability of mass testing for the coronavirus, with Vice President Mike Pence telling reporters that states "have enough tests to implement the criteria of phase one" of the White House plan to reopen the economy "if they choose to do so."

A slide in the White House briefing room touted that the U.S. had completed more than 3,780,000 tests as of Thursday.

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President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Coronavirus Task Force, speaks to members of the press Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen

In the United States, concern about the coronavirus that has infected over 600,000 people varies between races and classes. Here's what the latest Pew Research Center poll found.

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Leandro Moya Lara, who is homeless, is tested for COVID-19 in a program administered by the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, during the new coronavirus pandemic, April 16, 2020, in Miami.

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

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 There are three phases in the plan based on the advice of public health experts to reopening the country

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Treasury Department has ordered that President Donald Trump’s signature appear on checks being sent to tens of millions of Americans as part of the government’s effort to boost the country’s economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Normally, when the U.S. government sends out routine monthly benefit checks or occasional stimulus checks in past years, they are signed by a civil servant from the agency issuing them.

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President Donald Trump signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, March 27, 2020.

NEW YORK - New York’s governor declared Monday that the “worst is over” in his state, even as coronavirus deaths surpassed the 10,000 mark there. 

“We can control the spread; feel good about that,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news briefing in the state capital, Albany.  “The worst is over, if we continue to be smart going forward.” 

But he quickly cautioned that this does not mean it is time to ease up on restrictions, including social distancing and he warned against "reckless" behavior. 

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In this March 27, 2020, photo provided by Office of Governor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, walks the corridor of a nearly completed makeshift hospital erected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

WHITE HOUSE - America’s COVID-19 death toll will be substantially lower than the 100,000 to 240,000 people previously projected, President Donald Trump predicted Friday.

“I think we’ll be substantially under that number,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing, suggesting it would more likely hover around 60,000 deaths. “We’ll see what it ends up being.”

The president also stated that universal testing for COVID-19 did not need to be in place before reopening the country, suggesting that screening for the virus was not necessary in large parts of the country where fewer cases have been reported.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Washington

NEW YORK - New York's governor said Friday that he is "cautiously optimistic" that the hardest hit U.S. state is starting to see a flattening in the number of new coronavirus infections, even as the death rate continues to remain dramatically high.

"To use an overused term, we are cautiously optimistic that we are slowing the infection rate," Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters in the state capital, Albany. "That is what the numbers say, that is what the data suggest to us."

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People wear face masks for protection against the coronavirus as the walk their dog on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, April 10, 2020. 

In Louisiana, two-thirds of the deaths from coronavirus have been among African Americans, in a state where blacks make up only one-third of the population.

"What you see playing out is something that's very tragic," said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

While data is incomplete, a trend is apparent: COVID-19 is hitting African Americans harder than white populations.

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People seen along along 53rd Street wear personal protective equipment during the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chicago, Illinois, April 7, 2020.

The federal government is classifying the deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that could have contributed to the loss of someone's life.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said the federal government is continuing to count the suspected COVID-19 deaths, despite other nations doing the opposite.

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President Trump listens as coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx speaks during a briefing at the White House. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images