It only took 10 days for people in New Zealand to realize their approach to fighting the coronavirus was working. The number of new cases has fallen for two consecutive days, despite a huge increase in testing. The country only has around 1,200 confirmed cases — total. This is how New Zealand squashed its curve.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he thinks the state is starting to flatten its own curve, but cautioned that it's still vital to stay at home and maintain physical distancing. This is the data that is giving Cuomo hope, though New York remains the hardest-hit state.
A key forecasting model used by the White House to chart the coronavirus pandemic has revised its estimates downward, though it conflicts with many others showing higher equipment shortages and deaths. Today, the U.S. reported more than 1,800 coronavirus-related fatalities, a new one-day high, with some states still to release their totals.
Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly has resigned, one day after he assailed the character of the USS Theodore Roosevelt's former captain, who expressed alarm at the service's handling of a virus outbreak on the ship. Read about the political firestorm, from the captain's initial letter criticizing the Navy to Modly's outburst, the apology and finally the resignation.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is receiving “oxygen support” and spending a second night in an intensive-care unit as he battles covid-19. Read more about the prime minister's condition and the foreign secretary who has taken over in his absence.
This afternoon, President Trump removed the inspector general who was to oversee the $2 trillion stimulus spending package, a move criticized by some as another instance of the president chafing at independent oversight.
Everyone seems to agree that another economic assistance bill is necessary. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told lawmakers the next bill could “easily” cost more than $1 trillion. Trump is voicing support for the same things Democrats are backing, like more help for small businesses and direct checks. Republicans have called for more corporate aid and money to boost the overwhelmed health-care system.
Banks and the Small Business Administration have faced a deluge of requests for funding from the relief bill. Here's how the Treasury Department plans to replenish the program, which has outstripped initial expectations.
Coronavirus is hitting black communities especially hard. In Chicago, black people are six times more likely to die than white Chicagoans. That is also the case in Milwaukee, where 73 percent of Monday's deaths were black residents, though they make up just 28 percent of the county's population. For some black Americans, anxiety about wearing face coverings in public may keep them from doing so. Now, the federal government is being called on to release race and ethnicity data on infections and deaths from covid-19.
Kids in the U.S. are much less likely to show severe symptoms, or any symptoms at all, if they get covid-19. Read about the latest report from the CDC and its caveats.
Rapid developments on Monday left Wisconsin voters confused about the status of today's elections. Hours after the governor suspended in-person voting, a court ruling reinstated it. Then a U.S. Supreme Court decision reversed an extension of the mail-in ballot deadline. Right now voters are standing in lines that stretch for blocks, and many are angry that they have to risk their health to cast their ballots.
In the world of sports: Major League Baseball is reportedly trying to start up again in May or June, but there are many health and logistical problems to be solved before that can happen. Trump’s hope to have sports return soon (with fans in the bleachers) has been met with resistance from governors.
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