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New York Just Sent The Most Awkward Gift To Puerto Rico, But It’s Actually A Good Thing

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Puerto Rico was not saved by Congress from defaulting on its $422 million debt payment, but New York City wants to save the country from the spread of the Zika virus.

The help will come from a donation of one million condoms to help stop the spread of Zika, a disease carried by mosquitoes and spread through sexual intercourse.

“As the Zika virus epidemic spreads and we continue to learn more about the risk of sexual transmission and birth defects, we wanted to use our resources to help our longstanding partners in Puerto Rico,” said Mary Bassett, Health Commissioner, in a letter to her Puerto Rican counterpart, Ana Ríus Armendáriz, this according to the New York Daily News.

The help doesn’t come out as a surprise, NYC is the city with the largest population of Puerto Ricans outside of the island, and it also comes following the first death from the Zika virus in Puerto Rico.

So far, the island has seen 600 cases of Zika, including 73 involving pregnant women. The virus can cause serious birth defects, including babies being born with small heads. However, 14 of the pregnant women infected with Zika have given birth to normal babies.

“For too long American citizens in Puerto Rico have received second-class treatment,” said Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council. “The Zika virus poses a serious threat across the globe and the high infection rates in Puerto Rico are a somber reminder that Congress must grant Puerto Rico as much health care funding as it provides to all other U.S. Citizens.”

At this point, no one can rely on Congress doing the right thing, but we’re glad NYC is picking up the slack.

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READ: Congress Will Likely Miss Another Deadline And The Victim Is Puerto Rico

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Let’s Be Honest, These 11 Spanish-Language Covers Are So Good You’ll Forget The Originals

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Let’s Be Honest, These 11 Spanish-Language Covers Are So Good You’ll Forget The Originals

Sometimes, things just sound better in Spanish. Even pop songs that were originally written in English. Don’t believe it? Oh, have we got the playlist for you!

“Sorry” by Leroy Sanchez

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Original by: Justin Bieber

Why does everything sound better in Español? This acoustic version is translated so well at the beginning that you probably won’t notice the second verse in sung in English.

“Say Something” by Luis Gamarra

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Original by: A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera

Gamarra’s version, which is just as moody as the original, is spot on. Sure, it’s missing the part by Christina Aguilera, but who would really wanna try to match up vocally with Xtina?

“Chandelier” by Kevin Vásquez

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Original by: Sia

There may be some slight auto-tune help on this epic version of “Chandelier,” but there’s no shame here – this version is still pretty damn impressive. Score: 10/10

“Mirrors” by Kevin Karla & La Banda feat. Dani Ride

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Original by: Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake covers are tough to execute. He’s got a pretty distinctive voice, but this team honors JT’s angelic style. Can we talk about the lyrics? Just as beautiful in Spanish as they are in English.

“All Of Me” by Belén Moreno

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Original by: John Legend

This version ditches the piano for acoustic guitars, but don’t worry – it still features sweet John Legend’s lyrics that can win someone over in minutes.

Love sweet songs about us morenitas? Click here to see the list!

“Hotline Bling” by Karen Rodriguez

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Original by: Drake

If you think “Hotline Bling” is played out, listen to this version. It’s like a toned-down Christina Aguilera song that makes Drake’s lyrics seem deeper than they really are. The beat is slower, but yes, you can still do the little Drake dance.

“Hello” by Dani Garcia

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Original by: Adele

“Alo. Soy yo.” It’s like Adele with a thick country vibe. You’ll feel just as sad, but it’s so worth it.

“Love Yourself” by Bely Basarte

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Original by: Justin Bieber

Papi warned you! Bely Basarte’s version of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” will have you pressing that replay button, I guarantee it.

“Pillow Talk” by Kevin Karla & La Banda

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Original by: Zayn

This trio mimics Zayn’s “Pillow Talk” almost too well. Is it just me… or does this song sound sexier in Español?

“Work” By Erick Felix

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Original by: Rihanna ft. Drake

Even when you slow it down, Rihanna’s “Work” will still get you moving. Props to Erick Felix for making this cover work with a clever translation (and without actually using that catchy “Work, work, work, work, work” chorus).

READ: Meet the Latino Singer from ‘The Voice’ Who’s Making His Mama Proud

Know of a cover you love and would like to share?  Comment below!