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We’re masking a brewing battle between the federal authorities and the states over lifting coronavirus restrictions, Bernie Sanders’s endorsement of Joe Biden, and the outcomes from final week’s elections in Wisconsin.
Energy battle over virus limits
Hours after two teams of governors introduced on Monday that they had been starting to plan the eventual easing of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump asserted that the decision would be his.
“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total,” Mr. Trump said, though he offered no legal or constitutional basis for his claim. Vice President Mike Pence later said that the administration would issue guidelines for states.
Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, one of seven governors in the Northeast who agreed to draw up a plan for reopening businesses and schools, said, “Seeing as we had the responsibility for closing the state down, I think we probably have the primary responsibility for opening it up.” The governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced a similar pact.
Here are the latest updates from the U.S. and around the world, as well as maps of the pandemic.
We’re also tracking the virus’s growth rate in hundreds of U.S. metro areas.
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Mr. Trump used Monday’s coronavirus briefing to defend his response to the pandemic, presenting a campaign-style video to denounce criticism that he moved too slowly. He also invited Dr. Anthony Fauci to “clarify” comments that were seen as critical of him.
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A food chain under stress
Industry leaders and observers say the supply itself remains robust but acknowledge that shortages could increase.
“Consumers like to have a lot of different choices, and the reality is, in the short term, we just don’t have the labor to make that happen,” said Christine McCracken, a meat industry analyst.
There is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through food or its packaging, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Another angle: Evidence suggests it’s not just government restrictions that have chilled U.S. economic activity: Workers and consumers are behaving differently because of their own concerns about the virus. As a result, it’s likely that the economy will recover slowly even after limits are eased.
The Biden-Sanders alliance
Less than a week after Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the Democratic presidential race, he endorsed Joe Biden, a major step in attempting to unify a party in which the former vice president still faces deep skepticism from many younger, progressive voters.
A month after the first coronavirus patients started arriving at hospitals in the New York City area, doctors have started sharing what it has been like to re-engineer a city’s health care systems, their practice and their personal lives. Above, Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Certain ironclad emergency medical practices — such as when to use ventilators — have dissolved almost overnight.
“What we thought we knew, we don’t know,” said an intensive care physician at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx.
Snapshot: Above, Anna Carlsson running with her dog in Sweden. Runners are finding innovative ways to log miles, whether it involves sprinting across a frozen lake or laps in their backyards.
52 Places, revisited: Our former columnist, now at home in New York, reached out to friends he made on his trip around the world to learn how they’re faring during the pandemic.
Late-night comedy: After Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden over live-streamed video, Jimmy Kimmel said: “That’s a very powerful message for the country — if two 80-year-old men can successfully log into a Zoom meeting, anything is possible.”
What we’re watching: This Twitter video of surgeons holding a cello and piano recital at a New York hospital. Shira Ovide, who writes our On Tech e-newsletter, says: “I felt higher, for 40 seconds.”
Now, a break from the information
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Voices of the pandemic
Screaming youngsters, nervous staff and anxious grocery buyers: On Monday’s episode of “The Every day,” our reporters requested folks across the U.S. about their new realities.
Right here’s an excerpt from one dialog between Campbell Robertson, our correspondent in Pittsburgh, and his neighbor Tanying Dong, who works in public regulation and has been at house along with her three sons whereas her husband works in a hospital.
How is it going as we speak?
It was a comparatively calm morning. I had Yan do some homework. I had the opposite two simply watch TV. I attempted to get some work performed midmorning, which I did. I completed one mission. My oldest one had one main tantrum the place he was simply screaming as a result of he couldn’t discover his sweatshirt.
It’s, like, his favourite sweatshirt. It turned out, it was on one of many strollers outdoors. Like, why would you allow it within the stroller?
How are the Three- and 5-year-olds as we speak?
I’ve been simply typically letting them float alongside and no matter they need to do. Often they’ll get sick of the TV, and so they’ll need to simply come upstairs and do one thing non-TV-related, and it’s good and dangerous. It’s like, oh, that’s good. You’re utilizing your creativeness. However alternatively, it’s like, please simply go watch TV and don’t destroy the home.
The baby simply likes to sort of run laps round the home, which is nice as a result of that sort of wears him out just a little bit.
I feel, typically, we’re settling right into a routine. That first two weeks was tough.
Simply having a tough time accepting that, Oh, my God, all three of my children are going to be house on a regular basis and I’m going to be just about on my own with them the complete time. And, Oh, my God, how am I going to deal with this? As a result of I’ve by no means had to do that.
Proper now they’re used to being at house, they’re used to this, no matter that is.
That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.
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