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William "Bill" Lapschies, shown here in a screengrab from KOIN-6, turned 104 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. <br>YouTube

‘He just got better and better’: 104-year-old Army veteran beats coronavirus in time to celebrate his birthday

When William "Bill" Lapschies celebrated his 104th birthday with his family over chocolate cake and his favorite pizza on Wednesday, he was also celebrating a full recovery from the novel coronavirus as one of the oldest-known survivors of COVID-19 in the U.S.





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After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virus

Early this week, the streets of the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak were bustling with shoppers as ultra-Orthodox residents ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the coronavirus threat. By Friday, Bnei Brak had become the country's worst hot spot and now resembles a ghost town.