NY hospitals battle virus: “A catastrophe” Rihanna and her nonprofit organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, have donated much needed personal protective equipment to New York City hospitals, which are overwhelmed with sick patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday praised the pop star, tweeting in part, “We’re so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up.” As of Friday, there are more than 39,000 coronavirus cases in New York state. I want to thank @rihanna and the Rihanna Foundation for donating Personal Protective Equipment to New York State.We’re so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up.5/5— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 26, 2020 On Monday, Rihanna and her foundation, which is named after her grandparents, announced a $5 million donation to several organizations including Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the International Rescue Committee.  The funds, the foundation said, will go to food banks in the U.S., the acceleration of testing and care in countries like Haiti and Malawi and toward providing protective gear for health care workers. “When we first began this year, never could


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