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In this March 8, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member walks down a corridor of an empty makeshift hospital in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. The makeshift hospital converted from a sports venue was officially closed on Sunday after its last batch of cured COVID-19 patients were discharged. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. XI VISITS VIRUS’ EPICENTER AS RECESSION FEARS GRIP WORLD China’s president visits Wuhan, the center of the global virus outbreak, as Italy begins a nationwide travel ban and people worldwide brace for the possibility of recession.

2. ‘EVERYONE WAS HOLLERING AND CLAPPING’ Thousands of passengers aboard the virus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship wait for their chance to leave the vessel in California, even if it meant being quarantined at military bases.

3. VIRUS PUSHES ITALY TO BRINK Italian doctors celebrate one small victory against the virus after Patient No. 1 was moved out of intensive care. But in the rest of hard-hit Lombardy, physicians are choosing who gets the limited number of ICU beds.

4. GLOBAL STOCKS STEADY AFTER HISTORIC PLUNGE World markets rebound from record-setting declines after Trump says he would ask Congress for a tax cut and other measures to counter the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

5. MICHIGAN THE BIG PRIZE IN LATEST PRIMARY The state could either revive Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign or relegate him to the role of protest candidate to front-runner Joe Biden.

6. US TAKES STEP FORWARD IN TALIBAN PEACE DEAL The U.S. military begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan while the country’s president also promises to start releasing Taliban prisoners after a delay.

7. WHAT WEINSTEIN’S LAWYERS WANT Attorneys for the former Hollywood mogul say he only deserves five years in prison for his rape conviction after already suffering a “historic” fall from grace and serious health issues.

8. FIFTH-THIRD ACCUSED OF FRAUD A federal regulator alleges that the Cincinnati-based bank opened fake accounts like Wells Fargo to meet aggressive sales targets.

9. PEARL JAM POSTPONES FIRST LEG OF TOUR The Seattle-based band puts off the North American dates of its Gigaton world tour this spring because of concerns over the new coronavirus.

10.WHO STANDS TO LOSE MOST OVER OLYMPICS CANCELLATION The most affected would be the athletes, broadcasters, sponsors and a Japanese government that has spent billions to organize the Tokyo Games.

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