Social distancing will continue in U.S.
President Trump backed down from his earlier suggestion that the U.S. could go back to work by April 12, saying on Sunday that social-distancing guidelines would now remain in place until April 30. Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
Mr. Trump spoke after Anthony Fauci — the nation’s top scientist, who is increasingly a target of far-right conspiracy theorists — warned that U.S. deaths from the outbreak could reach 200,000.
New York State, which has more than one-third of the country’s 141,000 known coronavirus infections, reported 237 new deaths, its highest one-day toll so far. And a commercial aircraft loaded with medical supplies from Shanghai landed in New York City, the first of 22 scheduled flights that White House officials say will funnel much-needed goods to the country by early April.
Looking ahead: If the New York metro area maintains its steep growth curve in new cases, it could have a more severe outbreak than the ones experienced in Wuhan, China, or the Lombardy region of Italy, a Times analysis found.
‘Thick darkness’ as Europe’s cases swell
Italy reported on Sunday that its coronavirus cases had climbed to more than 97,000, while Spain’s reached over 78,000. The two countries also reported hundreds more deaths, bringing their combined toll to about 17,000 — almost half of the deaths worldwide.
The bleak heart of Italy’s outbreak is the wealthy area of Bergamo, where the local newspaper is now given over to death notices. And the somber mood has crept to the Vatican, where cases of infection have been found.
“For weeks now it has been evening,” Pope Francis said last week, speaking in an empty square on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica. “Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities.”
But affluent city dwellers in virus hot spots across Europe are fleeing to second homes near the sea or mountains — igniting a long-simmering anger over class inequality.
In other developments:
Why China failed to contain the virus
Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus pandemic started, began lifting a two-month lockdown over the weekend, and a number of its malls were scheduled to reopen today.
France has spent seven years, and billions of dollars, battling armed Islamist groups in the Sahel, a sweep of land south of the Sahara. President Emmanuel Macron recently promised to deploy an additional 600 soldiers to join the 4,500 already there.
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What we’re watching: The first episode of “Pluto Living” on YouTube. “I’m hooked on Pluto the dog, a Canadian terrier dispensing wisdom on toilet paper and social distancing to help the two-leggeds during a time of crisis,” says Tara Parker-Pope, the Well editor. “Laughter is still good medicine.”
Now, a break from the news
FD: You started home school last week. How’s it going?
CP: Last week was a resounding … meh.
This week, we are trying a loose schedule of schoolwork in the morning and free play in the afternoon. Will it work? I have no idea. All of life is an experiment right now.
FD: In concept, I like that very much. But does schoolwork in the morning need to be overseen by you or can you leave them to it?
CP: My 9-year-old daughter and I talk the night before about which activities from the school’s suggested list she’ll want to do in each subject area. She’s old enough to be able to tackle most things on her own, and if she has any questions, I’m around. I’m around a lot these days.
At lunchtime, I look over what she’s done, mainly just to make sure she’s been doing something on the laptop besides watching people make slime on YouTube. The afternoon is free time.
FD: And what does free time actually entail?
CP: My daughter can do her own thing. Her little brother, who can’t read yet, needs more attention.
When I’ve got work, I juggle: playing cars while listening to a conference call, setting him up with a project before opening my laptop and when I need to, turning on the TV or handing him my phone without guilt. Some structure is helpful, but I try not to over-plan.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
— Mike and Isabella
Sam Sifton provided the break from the news. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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