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Singer John Prine in stable condition

John Prine is in stable condition after being placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms, his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine said Monday.

The singer-songwriter's family said Sunday that Prine was critically ill. Fiona Prine's message Monday on social media, suggested his condition had improved overnight. Prine remains hospitalized.

"Please continue to send your amazing love and prayers," she said on Twitter. "Sing his songs. Stay home and wash hands. John loves you. I love you."

News that Prine's health was in jeopardy provoked an outpouring of affection for Prine. Joan Baez responded with a video of her playing his song "Hello In There" from her kitchen.

Fiona Prine earlier in March tested positive for coronavirus and said the couple was quarantined and isolated from each other. Fiona Prine, who is also Prine's manager, said Monday that she has recovered from COVD-19.

The 73-year-old Prine, one of the most influential in folk and country music, has twice fought cancer. Most recently, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 and had part of a lung removed. The surgeries affected his voice but Prine continued to make music and to tour. Before the onset of the virus, Prine had shows scheduled in May and a summer tour planned.

Domingo feels 'fine' after coronavirus

Tenor Placido Domingo said Monday he is resting at home after catching the new coronavirus.

Domingo said in a statement that he is "at home and I feel fine."

The 79-year-old was reportedly hospitalized in Mexico after publicly acknowledging on March 22 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and said he was going into isolation.

Domingo, who has longstanding ties to Mexico, had suffered from a fever and a cough.

Domingo wrote on Monday that "from the very first symptom I was, as usual, under medical supervision, given my age and my comorbidity."

"My thoughts right now are with those who suffer and with all those who are generously working to save lives," he said. "I thank everyone for your affection and once again I recommend everyone to stay safe at home. See you soon."

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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The opera singer's illness comes after his own glittering career had recently been stained by sexual misconduct revelations.

Last year, multiple women accused Domingo of harassment and abusing his power while he held management positions at Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera in stories published by The Associated Press.

After first denying any wrongdoing, Domingo issued an apology last month when the American Guild of Musical Artists and LA Opera found the sexual harassment allegations against him to be credible.

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ABC's Karl: Rubio's tweet on media outrageous

The president of the White House Correspondents' Association on Monday called on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to apologize for a tweet saying some media members "can't contain their delight" at reports of Americans getting the coronavirus.

Jonathan Karl, who is ABC News' White House correspondent, said Rubio's tweet was outrageous, wrong and hurtful.

There was no immediate response by the Florida Republican by social media or through a query to his Senate staff.

On Sunday, Rubio tweeted that "some in our media can't contain their glee and delight in reporting the the U.S. has more coronavirus cases" than China.

Beyond being grotesque, he suggested it was bad journalism because he believes the Chinese aren't telling the truth about how many of their citizens have contracted the virus.

"Who are you talking about, senator?" Karl asked during an appearance on ABC's "The View." Rubio has not clarified which media members he believes were gleeful about the number of U.S. cases.

Karl said journalists at CBS and NBC News had died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and two members of the White House press corps are suspected of having contracted the virus.

"Who does Marco Rubio think is taking joy and glee at more people being sick?" Karl said.

Today's birthdays: Actress Jane Powell ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") is 91. Actress Ali MacGraw is 81. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 72. Actress Annette O'Toole ("Smallville") is 68. Singer Susan Boyle is 59. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is 47. Actor Sam Huntington ("Superman Returns," ''Jungle 2 Jungle") is 38. Singer Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum is 34. Actor Asa Butterfield ("Hugo," ''Nanny McPhee Returns") is 23

— The Associated Press


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