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Des coups de coude au public absent, la pandémie de coronavirus était omniprésente dans le débat entre Biden et Sanders

Bien que les deux candidats démocrates aient abordé d'autres questions, l'épidémie de COVID-19 était au centre des préoccupations lors du débat présidentiel démocrate de dimanche soir. L'ancien vice-président Joe Biden et le sénateur Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Ont déclaré qu'ils utilisaient beaucoup de savon pour éviter l'infection. Ils ont également exposé leurs plans sur la manière de faire face à une telle crise s'ils étaient au bureau ovale.

Stat:
Le coronavirus a dominé tous les aspects du débat démocratique
C'est la politique à l'ère d'une pandémie: un débat présidentiel mené dans un studio de télévision stérile, des podiums séparés par six pieds maladroits, et un ancien vice-président insistant pour qu'il ne touche plus son visage. (Quelques secondes auparavant, il avait touché son visage.) Le débat a cimenté la réalité vieille de plusieurs semaines que la nouvelle pandémie de coronavirus est venue à dominer tous les aspects de la politique américaine. Et cela a donné aux deux candidats démocrates à la présidentielle restants – qui se sont salués non pas avec une poignée de main mais avec un coup de coude – une chance d'articuler un message présidentiel face aux messages incohérents, souvent inexacts de l'administration Trump. (Facher, 3/15)

Le New York Times:
Biden et Sanders prennent des positions de combat, à 6 pieds de distance
Joe Biden et Bernie Sanders ont commencé avec un coup de coude. Ils se tenaient derrière des pupitres à six pieds l'un de l'autre, conformément aux directives fédérales en matière de santé. Ils se sont rarement interrompus, au départ, en subsistant sur des méditations mutuellement non agressives sur la menace du coronavirus et sur la façon de le combattre. "Il s'agit d'une crise nationale", a déclaré M. Biden au début du débat de dimanche. "Je ne veux pas entrer dans un va-et-vient en termes de politique ici." (Flegenheimer et Ember, 3/15)

Kaiser Health News:
Et puis il y en avait deux: Biden, Sanders débat avec le coronavirus dans l'esprit de tous
Au milieu d'une crise sanitaire mondiale qui a perturbé la vie quotidienne et accru les angoisses de millions d'Américains, l'ancien vice-président Joe Biden et le sénateur du Vermont Bernie Sanders ont exhorté dimanche les personnes présentant les symptômes du nouveau coronavirus à consulter un médecin sans crainte de la Coût. Mais les principaux candidats démocrates restants ont offert deux images radicalement différentes de leadership en temps de crise. Biden a insisté sur le fait que le gouvernement fédéral devrait aider à payer les factures des consommateurs en cette période inhabituelle, tandis que Sanders s'est concentré en particulier sur la façon dont la pandémie de coronavirus souligne la nécessité de réformer le système de santé. (Huetteman, 3/16)

Le New York Times:
Comment Biden et Sanders se protègent-ils contre le coronavirus?
Après plus de 30 minutes à poser des questions presque entièrement sur la politique et la prise de décision liées au coronavirus, Dana Bash, l'une des modératrices de CNN pour le débat démocratique de dimanche, a pris un moment pour rendre le sujet profondément personnel. Elle a demandé à l'ancien vice-président Joseph R. Biden Jr. et au sénateur Bernie Sanders du Vermont que faisaient-ils pour se protéger contre l'infection? (Stevens, 3/15)

NBC News:
Désinfectant. Sautez la poignée de main. Aucun public. Un débat inhabituel, grâce au coronavirus.
Ce fut aussi presque certainement le premier débat présidentiel de l'histoire à inclure les phrases "j'utilise beaucoup de savon" (Sanders) et "je me lave les mains Dieu sait combien de fois par jour" (Biden). (Seitz-Wald, 3/15)

Reuters:
Trois points à retenir de la confrontation présidentielle de Biden-Sanders
Interrogé sur la pandémie, Biden a adopté une posture de guerre, parlant des mesures immédiates qu'il prendrait en tant que président et faisant fréquemment référence à la salle de situation de la Maison Blanche. Il a appelé à accroître la capacité hospitalière, à ériger des installations médicales temporaires et a déclaré sans équivoque qu'il ferait appel à l'armée américaine pour l'aider à répondre à l'épidémie. "C'est comme si nous étions attaqués de l'étranger", a-t-il dit, exhortant également Sanders à mettre de côté son fossé idéologique. (3/16)

Le New York Times:
Biden et Sanders se disputent la politique et les records dans un débat en tête-à-tête
M. Sanders a qualifié la crise de coronavirus de «moment sans précédent dans l'histoire américaine» et a souligné que le pays manquait «d'un système prêt à fournir des soins de santé à tous». Dans un premier discours dirigé contre M. Biden, M. Sanders a déclaré qu'il faudrait une confrontation directe avec les industries de l'assurance et des produits pharmaceutiques pour remédier à la situation, notamment en adoptant sa proposition d'un système de style «Medicare for all» qu'il a défendu. (Burns et Martin, 3/16)

Le New York Times:
La campagne 2020 est terminée. La campagne Coronavirus vient de commencer.
Les candidats sont restés leur moi essentiel – même à une distance virtuelle, axée sur l'épidémiologie – comme si s'éloigner de leurs marques politiques préférées reviendrait à se rendre au coronavirus. Le sénateur Bernie Sanders du Vermont a prononcé vendredi une adresse sévère sur nos maux nationaux devant des drapeaux bien placés dans un hôtel du Vermont, au lieu d'une adresse sévère sur nos maux nationaux devant des Ohioiens ou des Floridiens bien placés, parlant de «Medicare pour tous »et le soutien des sondages pour sa vision des soins de santé. (Glegenheimer, 3/15)

Politico:
Le premier débat sur l'ère pandémique distille le choix de Biden Vs. Bernie
Du point de vue des nouvelles, il y avait deux points importants à retenir. La première est que Biden n'a rien fait pour soulever de nouveaux doutes quant à son éligibilité. Il était cohérent, contrôlant ses arguments d'une manière qu'il n'est pas toujours, et assez agressif contre Sanders pour garder fréquemment le sénateur du Vermont, qui est à juste titre respecté comme un excellent débatteur, en défense. Le meilleur espoir de Sanders était une sorte d’événement semblable à un astéroïde qui a fait boucler Biden sur scène. Cela ne s'est pas produit. La deuxième nouvelle a été évoquée de longue date par Biden mais a maintenant officiellement promis de s'engager à choisir une colistière. Lorsqu'on lui a demandé s'il s'engagerait à faire la même chose, Sanders n'a pas tenu sa promesse à toute épreuve. "Selon toute vraisemblance, je le ferai", a déclaré Sanders. «Pour moi, ce n'est pas seulement la nomination d'une femme. C'est faire en sorte que nous ayons une femme progressiste. » (Lizza, 3/16)

The Washington Post:
La pandémie change la politique, mais le débat démocratique ressemblait surtout à tous les autres
Quiconque pensait que l'ancien vice-président Joe Biden et le sénateur Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Étaient prêts à commencer à faire la paix dans leur compétition pour la nomination présidentielle démocrate a eu une grosse surprise dimanche soir. Leur débat est rapidement passé de parler de pandémies à des discussions sur les enregistrements passés et les visions futures. Pendant une grande partie du débat de deux heures, il semblait que les affaires se déroulent comme d'habitude, et pourtant les deux candidats et leurs campagnes savent que tout change à cause de la propagation du coronavirus. (Balz, 3/15)

Le journal de Wall Street:
À l'intérieur et à l'extérieur du débat démocratique, un monde transformé
La réunion souvent combative de dimanche soir n’a pas eu d’audience, reflet de la fermeture nationale de la vie quotidienne pour tenter de ralentir le nouveau coronavirus. Finis aussi leurs autres meilleurs concurrents qui sont depuis tombés de la course. Au lieu de cela, les deux hommes – l'un fermement lié à l'establishment du parti, l'autre un socialiste démocratique autoproclamé – ont répondu aux questions de trois modérateurs de Washington. La poignée de main traditionnelle au départ a été remplacée par un coup de coude. Les rivaux ont ensuite pris leurs postes sur des podiums à six pieds de distance, assez loin pour créer une distanciation sociale d'une contamination potentielle. (McCormick, 3/15)

Reuters:
Résultats ou révolution? Biden et Sanders présentent des visions de duel tout en dynamitant la réponse de Trump au coronavirus
Après le débat, Sanders a remis en question la sagesse de tenir les primaires après que les Centers for Disease Control and Prevention des États-Unis aient recommandé dimanche que les rassemblements de 50 personnes ou plus soient reportés ou annulés au cours des huit prochaines semaines. "J'espère que les gouverneurs écouteront les experts en santé publique", a déclaré Sanders dans une interview à CNN. "Je pense à certaines des personnes âgées qui sont assises derrière les bureaux, enregistrent les gens, font tout cela. Est-ce que cela a beaucoup de sens? Je ne suis pas sûr que ce soit le cas." (3/16)

NBC News:
Biden exhorte les électeurs à voter lors des primaires de mardi alors que les problèmes de coronavirus augmentent
L'ancien vice-président Joe Biden a demandé aux électeurs de plusieurs États primaires de mardi de "voter s'il vous plaît", car la crise des coronavirus a entraîné des fermetures et des annulations généralisées alors que les autorités tentent de lutter contre l'épidémie de COVID-19. La Floride, l'Ohio, l'Illinois et l'Arizona devraient tenir des primaires mardi. Déjà, la Géorgie et la Louisiane ont annoncé qu'elles repoussaient leurs primaires de mars et avril à mai et juin. (Smith, 3/15)

Le New York Times:
Comment le coronavirus a affecté le calendrier de la campagne primaire 2020
Alors que l'épidémie de coronavirus met fin à la campagne présidentielle, nous gardons un œil sur les reports et les annulations dans le calendrier électoral et sur les principaux changements de vote. Deux États – la Louisiane et la Géorgie – ont reporté leurs élections présidentielles primaires. Mais les quatre États qui devaient voter mardi – Arizona, Floride, Illinois et Ohio – ont tous indiqué leur intention de tenir leurs élections comme prévu. (Corasaniti et Saul, 3/16)

Le New York Times:
La Louisiane reporte la primaire d'avril alors que 4 autres États se préparent à voter mardi
La Louisiane va reporter ses élections primaires du 4 avril pour plus de deux mois, ont annoncé vendredi des responsables, devenant ainsi le premier État du pays à ajuster ses élections en réponse à l'épidémie de coronavirus. La nouvelle survient alors que les responsables des quatre prochains États qui devaient voter à la présidentielle – Ohio, Arizona, Floride et Illinois – ont tous indiqué qu'ils avaient l'intention de tenir leurs élections mardi comme prévu, publiant vendredi une déclaration commune exprimant sa confiance que les bulletins peuvent être déposés en toute sécurité. (Corasasaniti et Mazzei, 3/13)

Le New York Times:
Pour Biden et Sanders, le combat n'est pas personnel
En octobre 2015, le sénateur Bernie Sanders a été emmené dans la résidence de Joseph R. Biden Jr. à l'Observatoire naval pour un petit-déjeuner de parfaits au yogourt et des conseils de campagne contenant de la caféine d'un vice-président qui venait d'annoncer sa retraite (temporaire) de la politique présidentielle. La réunion, selon des aides, a duré plus longtemps que prévu, près de deux heures, avec M. Biden discutant sur la stratégie de campagne et une gamme de questions politiques, et exprimant son admiration pour une opération politique Sanders qui menait une lutte inattendue contre Hillary Clinton. (Grive, 3/15)

Les fonctionnaires fédéraux et les chefs d'État ont un message à adresser à l'Amérique: «Hunker Down»

Le Dr Anthony Fauci, les chefs d'État et d'autres responsables de la santé publique ont averti que cela pourrait prendre un certain temps avant que l'Amérique ne revienne à la normale. En attendant, disent-ils, restez à l'intérieur et loin des rassemblements de plus de 50 personnes, lorsque cela est possible.

Politico:
«Hunker Down»: les États-Unis se démènent pour endiguer le virus grâce à des mesures extrêmes
Dimanche, le plus grand expert en maladies infectieuses du pays a exhorté les Américains à se pencher alors que les États-Unis se précipitent pour éviter une explosion de cas de coronavirus qui pourrait tuer des centaines de milliers, voire un million de personnes ici. "Je pense que les Américains devraient être prêts à devoir faire beaucoup plus d'efforts que nous, en tant que pays", a déclaré Anthony Fauci, directeur de l'Institut national des allergies et des maladies infectieuses, à Chuck Todd de NBC sur "Meet the Press" . " (McCaskill et Cancryn, 3/15)

Le journal de Wall Street:
Les autorités américaines demandent plus de mesures pour lutter contre le coronavirus
La principale voix du gouvernement fédéral sur les maladies infectieuses a déclaré que les Américains, en particulier les plus jeunes, devaient aider à prévenir la propagation du virus dans la communauté, les exhortant à rester à la maison et à éviter les sorties publiques inutiles. "Les Américains devraient être prêts à devoir faire beaucoup plus d'efforts que nous, en tant que pays", a déclaré le Dr Anthony Fauci, directeur de l'Institut national des allergies et des maladies infectieuses sur NBC "Meet the Press". Le Dr Fauci, apparaissant dans toutes les grandes émissions de télévision du dimanche matin, a averti qu'il pourrait s'écouler plusieurs semaines à quelques mois avant que la vie aux États-Unis ne redevienne normale. (Kendall, Day et Leary, 3/15)

Politico:
Le CDC recommande de suspendre les grands événements pendant 8 semaines
"Cette recommandation est faite dans le but de réduire l'introduction du virus dans de nouvelles communautés et de ralentir la propagation de l'infection dans les communautés déjà touchées par le virus", a déclaré le CDC. L'agence a cité des conférences, des défilés et des mariages comme exemples de grands rassemblements. La directive a été publiée peu de temps après que les responsables de l'administration Trump ont averti que l'épidémie devrait s'aggraver au cours des prochaines semaines. Les responsables ont également annoncé des plans pour une série de nouveaux sites de test à travers le pays dans l'espoir d'identifier et de traiter plus rapidement les patients et les travailleurs de la santé à haut risque – et d'alléger la pression sur les services d'urgence des hôpitaux. (Cancryn, 3/15)

La colline:
De nouvelles restrictions et fermetures balayent les États-Unis à mesure que la crise s'aggrave
Le Dr Anthony Fauci, chef de l'Institut national des allergies et des maladies infectieuses, a déclaré dimanche qu'une réponse qui ressemble à une "réaction excessive" peut aider à maintenir les États-Unis à l'écart du pire des scénarios. "Si vous laissez le virus à ses propres défenses, il augmentera comme nous l'avons vu en Italie – cela ne se produira pas si nous faisons ce que nous essayons de faire et faisons", a déclaré Fauci à Margaret, de CBS. Brennan dans «Face the Nation». (Klar, 3/15)

Politico:
Fauci met en garde contre l'indifférence des coronavirus chez les jeunes
Le plus grand expert des maladies infectieuses du pays a un avertissement sévère pour les jeunes: ne soyez pas complaisant face aux statistiques montrant que les cas graves de coronavirus et les décès sont biaisés envers les personnes âgées et celles qui ont des problèmes de santé sous-jacents. "Vous n'êtes pas à l'abri ou à l'abri d'une maladie grave", a déclaré dimanche le directeur de l'Institut national des allergies et des maladies infectieuses, Anthony Fauci, sur "L'état de l'Union" de CNN, lorsqu'on lui a demandé si les jeunes Américains devraient s'inquiéter de contracter le virus, ce que Fauci a répété à plusieurs reprises dit est plus mortel que la grippe moyenne. (Oprysko, 3/15)

NBC News:
Fauci: les Américains vont devoir baisser considérablement plus pour combattre le coronavirus
Les États-Unis ont dépassé 2000 cas confirmés de coronavirus, bien que le nombre réel de personnes infectées puisse être beaucoup plus élevé car les tests ne sont pas encore répandus. Au moins 60 personnes sont décédées aux États-Unis en raison de complications liées au virus. (Smith, 3/15)

The Associated Press:
Fauci franc-parler explique l'épidémie à une nation inquiète
Si le Dr Anthony Fauci le dit, vous seriez intelligent pour écouter. Comme le coronavirus a bouleversé la vie quotidienne à travers le monde, Fauci est devenu la voix de confiance pour séparer les faits et la fiction.La peur et la confusion des épidémies ne sont pas nouvelles pour Fauci, qui depuis plus de 30 ans a géré le VIH, le SRAS, le MERS, Ebola et même l'expérience du pays en 2001 avec le bioterrorisme – les attaques à l'anthrax. Les patrons politiques de Fauci – de Ronald Reagan à Donald Trump – l'ont laissé faire l'explication parce qu'il est franc et compréhensible, traduisant des informations médicales complexes dans un langage courant sans exagérer ni minimiser. (Alonso-Zaldivar et Neergaard, 3/14)

The Washington Post:
Les États commencent à imposer des mesures plus sévères pour contenir le coronavirus alors que les cas américains augmentent fortement
Les responsables de l'État et les maires critiques de la réponse fédérale à la pandémie de coronavirus ont commencé à imposer les mesures d'urgence les plus sévères à ce jour dimanche, avec quatre gouverneurs obligeant efficacement les restaurants, bars ou autres entreprises à fermer leurs portes. Alors que le pays se préparait pour sa première semaine complète de fermetures généralisées d'écoles et d'entreprises, le président Trump et d'autres responsables de l'administration ont à nouveau donné des messages mitigés et parfois déroutants sur les dangers à venir. À la Maison Blanche, Trump a dit aux Américains de «se détendre» et d'arrêter les achats induits par la panique. (Miroff, Natanson, Bellware and Shaver, 3/16)

The Associated Press:
Les États-Unis se rapprochent de l'arrêt en raison des craintes liées au coronavirus
Des responsables de tout le pays ont restreint des éléments de la vie américaine pour lutter contre l'épidémie de coronavirus dimanche, les gouverneurs fermant des restaurants, des bars et des écoles et un expert gouvernemental affirmant qu'un arrêt national de 14 jours pourrait être nécessaire. Dans le même temps, de longues lignes d'aéroport pour le dépistage des virus ont soulevé des doutes quant à la volonté du gouvernement de répondre à la crise. Certaines parties de l'Amérique ressemblent déjà à une ville fantôme, et d'autres sont sur le point de suivre la fermeture des parcs à thème, les plages de Floride chassées les briseurs de printemps, Starbucks a déclaré qu'il n'accepterait que les commandes au volant et à emporter et les gouverneurs de l'Ohio et de l'Illinois ont commandé des bars et restaurants fermés. New York, New Jersey et ailleurs envisagent des mesures similaires. (Spencer et Crawford, 3/15)

CNN:
Coronavirus américain: des millions de personnes se réveillent face à des arrêts massifs pour freiner la propagation
La fin d'un week-end passé à l'intérieur, loin des voisins, des amis et des communautés de culte, n'apportera pas de soulagement aux Américains lundi alors qu'ils font face à une multitude de nouvelles restrictions destinées à freiner la propagation du coronavirus. Des millions d'élèves ne sont pas scolarisés. Il est interdit à certains restaurants d'inviter des clients à l'intérieur. Et les lieux de divertissement publics deviennent de plus en plus difficiles à trouver. Comme les cas de coronavirus aux États-Unis ont augmenté – il y a au moins 3 485 cas et 65 décès – il en va de même pour les efforts visant à prévenir la propagation future. (Holcombe, 3/16)

Le journal de Wall Street:
Les mesures contre les coronavirus mettent de nouvelles limites à la vie quotidienne
Dimanche, les gens du monde entier s'adaptaient à une nouvelle réalité de la vie pendant la pandémie de coronavirus, alors que les États et les entreprises limitaient les voyages, fermaient les magasins et reportaient les services religieux et autres événements. Les gouvernements ont imposé une série de mesures pour limiter les rassemblements d'un grand nombre de personnes afin de ralentir la propagation du virus. Il a maintenant tué 6 065 personnes et infecté plus de 162 600, selon les chiffres de l'Université Johns Hopkins, alors que la pandémie continue de se propager dans des pays jusque-là non affectés. (Yu, Ansari et Abbott, 3/15)

Le journal de Wall Street:
Comment le coronavirus a refait la vie américaine en un week-end
Samedi, le pays a glissé dans une retraite collective de la vie publique, alors que des dizaines de millions de personnes se sont installées pour attendre – seules, ensemble – une menace invisible sans fin claire en vue. Le changement est venu rapidement lorsque de nouveaux cas ont émergé et que les entreprises et les fonctionnaires ont pivoté, assurant d'abord aux gens des efforts supplémentaires pour garder les restaurants et les magasins propres, puis fermant brusquement les magasins et les fêtes un week-end de la Saint-Patrick qui était presque doux dans le Nord-Est. Tôt dimanche matin, le maire de La Nouvelle-Orléans, LaToya Cantrell, a tweeté une photo de voitures de police aux lumières bleues qui balayaient Bourbon Street, affirmant que la police "appliquerait l'interdiction des grands rassemblements dans toute la ville". C'était quelques heures après que la Nouvelle-Orléans a signalé sa première mort du virus. (O'Brien et Bauerlein, 3/15)

The Associated Press:
Les Américains se préparent à une nouvelle vie sans école et à une terreur grandissante
Des millions d'Américains se sont préparés pour la semaine à venir sans école pour leurs enfants pendant de nombreux jours à venir, aucune idée de comment faire efficacement leur travail sans garde d'enfants, et un sentiment croissant de crainte sur la façon de rester en sécurité et sain d'esprit au milieu de la propagation incessante de le coronavirus. Les dates de jeu pour les enfants sont-elles OK? Comment vous approvisionnez-vous lorsque les rayons des supermarchés sont nus? Comment payez-vous les factures lorsque vos heures de travail ont été réduites? Est-il sûr d'aller au gymnase? Et comment planifiez-vous l'avenir sans savoir ce qu'il contient? (3/14)

The Washington Post:
Photos: Comment le coronavirus a perturbé la vie à six endroits dans le monde
On a souvent l'impression que le monde se rétrécit, que presque tous nous sommes interconnectés, nos cultures disparates liées par des choses allant des mèmes Internet au dernier film de Netflix. Mais depuis des générations, rien n'a autant uni le monde que la pandémie de coronavirus. Il est rapidement devenu un langage commun: la peur, l'impuissance, les rues vides et troublantes, les parcs vacants et les écoles fermées. (McIntyre, Maraviglia, Trinca, Chung, Kalifa et Fukada, 3/13)

Le New York Times:
Le dernier spectacle photo? Les cinéphiles prennent prudemment place
On leur a dit de ne pas aller dans leurs écoles ou leurs bureaux. Les inquiétudes concernant les longues files d'attente et les pénuries les ont découragés de faire du shopping. Ils ne pouvaient pas visiter les bibliothèques ou les musées; aucun concert ni spectacle n'avait lieu. Il n'y avait pas d'événements sportifs à la télévision, et seulement si souvent qu'ils pouvaient regarder "Love Is Blind". Ainsi, au cours d'un week-end anxieux où l'épidémie de coronavirus a forcé la fermeture de nombreuses institutions culturelles et l'annulation d'innombrables événements, certains Américains ont fait ce qu'ils pouvaient pour se débarrasser de l'incertitude généralisée: ils sont allés au cinéma. (Itzkoff, 3/15)

Politico:
Lockdown Vs. Tir à la corde libertaire pour les responsables locaux
Les gouverneurs et les dirigeants locaux travaillent avec acharnement pour convaincre le public de tenir compte des orientations en matière de distanciation sociale, avec une cascade de limitations de plus en plus strictes qui pleuvent en Californie, en Illinois et en Ohio dimanche. Mais les mouvements se heurtent aux millions d'Américains désintéressés de bouleverser leur mode de vie – dont certains affichent des conseils de santé publique avec le soutien d'éminents fonctionnaires. (Hutchins, 3/15)

The Washington Post:
La vie au temps des coronavirus: les Américains anxieux s'orientent vers de nouvelles routines
Un quartier d'Austin, alors que le nombre de cas de coronavirus dans la nation se compte en milliers: il y a une heure d'attente pour une table à 21 heures, le stationnement est un ours et les trottoirs regorgent de couples câlins et de groupes de jeunes fêtards. Un quartier similaire dans le nord de la Virginie: Mama Chang, l'une des tables les plus difficiles à faire des kilomètres, est presque vide. Au centre-ville de Washington, de nombreuses places de stationnement sont grandes ouvertes sur des blocs que les conducteurs tournent souvent en vain. Au comptoir d'une pharmacie voisine, l'employé bavard, qui passe généralement la journée à échanger des histoires d'horreur sur le président avec ses clients aux vues similaires, dit que personne ne veut parler – pas de politique, pas de sport, rien. (Gowen, Hernandez et Fisher, 3/14)

ProPublica:
Peu importe ce que disent certains fonctionnaires, le message que vous devez entendre est «Restez à la maison»
Samedi après-midi, le sénateur américain Ted Cruz a consulté Twitter pour demander à ses partisans de suivre les conseils des responsables de la santé publique et des politiciens de l'autre côté de l'allée: "Si vous pouvez rester à la maison, restez à la maison", a écrit le républicain du Texas. "Et lavez-vous les mains." Quelques heures plus tard, le gouverneur républicain d'Oklahoma a tweeté dans un restaurant bondé d'Oklahoma City, montrant qu'il ne le faisait pas de manière performante. «Manger avec mes enfants et tous mes camarades d'Oklahomans au @CollectiveOKC. C'est emballé ce soir! #supportlocal #OklaProud »Il a supprimé le tweet une heure plus tard. (Ornstein, 3/15)

La ville de New York ferme des écoles publiques, des dizaines de milliers de bars et de restaurants en réponse aux nouvelles directives du CDC

"Nos vies changent toutes d'une manière qui était inimaginable il y a à peine une semaine", a déclaré dimanche soir le maire de New York, Bill de Blasio.

Le New York Times:
Coronavirus en N.Y.C .: les écoles, les restaurants et les bars sont fermés
Face à une pression croissante, les responsables de la ville de New York ont ​​annoncé dimanche la fermeture radicale de dizaines de milliers de bars et de restaurants et la fermeture du système scolaire public de la ville – le plus grand du pays – dans le but de supprimer la propagation du coronavirus. De la Californie à Washington, D.C., les gouverneurs et les maires tentent de savoir jusqu'où le gouvernement devrait aller pour restreindre la vie quotidienne des gens afin de les garder chez eux. (Ferre-Sadurni, 3/15)

Reuters:
Les maires de New York et de Los Angeles commandent la fermeture de restaurants, bars et théâtres pour le coronavirus
"Le virus peut se propager rapidement grâce aux interactions étroites que les New-Yorkais entretiennent dans les restaurants, les bars et les endroits où nous nous assoyons", a déclaré le maire de New York, Bill de Blasio. "Nous devons briser ce cycle." Le maire de Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, a déclaré dimanche soir qu'il ordonnait également la fermeture des gymnases. Les deux maires ont déclaré qu'ils ne prenaient pas leurs décisions à la légère. (3/16)

The Associated Press:
Les écoles de New York fermeront leurs portes lundi pour lutter contre le coronavirus
La ville de New York fermera lundi le plus grand système d'écoles publiques du pays, renvoyant plus de 1,1 million d'enfants à la maison dans l'espoir de freiner la propagation du coronavirus, a annoncé dimanche le maire de la ville, l'appelant un «moment très troublant». Un sombre maire, Bill de Blasio, a annoncé la décision de fermer les écoles jusqu'au 20 avril au moins et peut-être pour l'année scolaire, à la suite d'un nombre croissant de fermetures d'écoles dans des communautés et des États entiers à l'échelle nationale et des pressions croissantes à New York de la part des résidents, des membres du conseil municipal autres. (3/15)

Le New York Times:
New York et Coronavirus: mises à jour en direct
Le système d'écoles publiques de New York, le plus grand du pays avec 1,1 million d'élèves, commencera à fermer ses portes cette semaine, dans le cadre de l'effort le plus agressif et perturbateur de la ville pour ralentir la propagation du coronavirus. "Je suis très, très inquiet de voir une propagation rapide de cette maladie, et il est temps de prendre des mesures plus dramatiques", a déclaré le maire Bill de Blasio en fin d'après-midi dimanche. "C'est une décision que j'ai prise sans joie et beaucoup de douleur." (3/15)

The Associated Press:
Les écoles de New York fermeront leurs portes lundi pour lutter contre le coronavirus
La ville de New York fermera lundi le plus grand système d'écoles publiques du pays, renvoyant plus de 1,1 million d'enfants à la maison dans l'espoir de freiner la propagation du coronavirus, a annoncé dimanche le maire de la ville, l'appelant un «moment très troublant». Un sombre maire, Bill de Blasio, a annoncé la décision de fermer les écoles jusqu'au 20 avril au moins et peut-être pour l'année scolaire, à la suite d'un nombre croissant de fermetures d'écoles dans des communautés et des États entiers à l'échelle nationale et des pressions croissantes à New York de la part des résidents, des membres du conseil municipal autres. (3/15)

Politico:
De Blasio: les écoles de New York fermeront à compter de lundi, mai ne rouvriront pas cette année
Le gouvernement de New York, Andrew Cuomo et de Blasio ont tous deux résisté aux appels aux écoles fermées pendant des semaines, avertissant que forcer les travailleurs de la santé à rester à la maison et à superviser leurs enfants entraînerait une entrave au système hospitalier déjà préparé à un afflux écrasant de patients. Ce calcul a changé dimanche après-midi après que le plus grand syndicat des travailleurs de la santé, 1199 SEIU, a changé sa position pour exprimer son soutien à la fermeture des écoles. Cuomo a déclaré dimanche après-midi qu'il souhaitait que les écoles de la ville – ainsi que celles de Westchester et de Long Island – soient fermées, et de Blasio a décrit les mesures immédiates que la ville prenait lors d'une conférence de presse à l'hôtel de ville. (Eisenberg et Touré, 3/15)

CNN:
Les écoles ferment au milieu de la propagation du coronavirus affecte les élèves qui comptent sur les repas et doivent passer des tests
Les salles de classe seront vides d'un océan à l'autre au cours des prochaines semaines, alors que le nouveau coronavirus se propage et les autorités déclarent que les fermetures indéfinies sont une réelle possibilité. En parlant des fermetures liées aux coronavirus, le gouverneur de l'Ohio Mike DeWine et le maire de New York Bill de Blasio ont déclaré que les élèves pourraient rester à la maison pour le reste de l'année scolaire. Ce serait "extrêmement douloureux pour nos enfants, nos parents, nos éducateurs et pour tant de gens", a déclaré de Blasio. "Je n'ai pas de mots pour dire à quel point c'est horrible mais c'est devenu nécessaire." (Chavez, 3/16)

Le journal de Wall Street:
De Blasio interdira les repas dans les restaurants, bars et cafés de New York
L'État de New York compte 729 cas confirmés de virus, dont 329 à New York, ce qui est plus que tout autre État, selon des responsables de l'État. La ville a enregistré cinq décès liés au virus, a déclaré dimanche M. de Blasio. Le gouverneur de New York, Andrew Cuomo, a restreint vendredi la plupart des rassemblements de plus de 500 personnes et limité les entreprises à la moitié de leur occupation légale. Dimanche, M. Cuomo a déclaré qu’il s’attendait à ce que le système hospitalier de l’État soit débordé. (Berger et Honan, 3/15)

Le journal de Wall Street:
L'État de New York enregistre les premiers décès de coronavirus
New York a fait état de ses deux premiers décès dus à des coronavirus samedi, alors que l'État faisait face à une crise croissante qui laissait les hôpitaux inquiets du manque de lits, fermait partiellement le Capitole de l'État, mettait des dizaines de pompiers en quarantaine, augmentait la pression pour fermer les écoles et incitait le annulation des services de l'église catholique. Samedi soir, l'État comptait 613 cas de coronavirus, avec plus de 100 personnes hospitalisées, ont indiqué des responsables de l'État. Au moins 183 de ces cas se trouvent dans les cinq arrondissements, ont indiqué des responsables de la ville. (West et Vielkind, 3/14)

La colline:
NYC va mettre de nouvelles restrictions sur les bars et restaurants, fermer la plupart des lieux de divertissement
Le maire Bill de Blasio (D) a annoncé dimanche qu'il signerait un décret limitant tous les bars et restaurants de la ville de New York à la livraison et à emporter, ainsi que la fermeture temporaire de nombreux lieux de divertissement alors que la ville tentait de stopper la propagation du coronavirus. . "Le virus peut se propager rapidement grâce aux interactions étroites que les New-Yorkais entretiennent dans les restaurants, les bars et les endroits où nous sommes proches les uns des autres. Nous devons rompre ce cycle. Demain, je signerai un décret limitant les restaurants, bars et cafés à la prise de nourriture – et livraison ", a déclaré de Blasio dans un communiqué publié sur Twitter. (Conradis, 3/15)

«Distanciation sociale profonde»: les dirigeants californiens intensifient leurs efforts pour informer le public des dangers pour la santé

La plupart des responsables californiens avaient en tête les appels à interdire les grands rassemblements, à garder les personnes âgées et celles ayant des problèmes de santé sous-jacents à la maison et à aider les sans-abri. Mais le représentant Devin Nunes a déclaré aux téléspectateurs de Fox des informations moins véridiques.

Chronique de San Francisco:
Les efforts s'intensifient pour ralentir la propagation du coronavirus et SF interdit les rassemblements de plus de 100 personnes
Vendredi, la crise des coronavirus est entrée dans une nouvelle phase alors que le président Trump a présenté un plan d'urgence national pour libérer des milliards de dollars d'aide et accélérer les tests, San Francisco a interdit les rassemblements non essentiels de plus de 100 personnes et les campus et palais de justice ont été fermés en masse partout Californie. Vendredi, le maire de San Francisco, London Breed, a durci l'interdiction des grands rassemblements, a martelé de manière économique et émotionnelle la gravité de la pandémie. (Fracassa et Fagan, 3/13)

Los Angeles Times:
Pour aider à lutter contre le coronavirus, les personnes âgées de Californie devraient isoler et les barres devraient fermer, déclare le gouverneur Gavin Newsom
[California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s] Le bureau a déclaré que sa demande pour que les personnes âgées restent à la maison s'étendait également aux résidents ayant des problèmes de santé sous-jacents, tels que des troubles sanguins, une maladie rénale chronique, de l'asthme, une maladie hépatique chronique, un système immunitaire affaibli, des grossesses au cours des deux dernières semaines, des troubles métaboliques, du cœur la maladie et d'autres conditions qui les rendent plus sensibles aux maladies graves du coronavirus. (Willon, Myers, Luna et Chabria, 3/15)

Politico:
La Californie demande à tous les aînés de rester à la maison et de fermer les bars et les établissements vinicoles
Gov. Gavin Newsom called Sunday for all senior citizens and residents with chronic conditions to isolate themselves at home, as well as for all bars, wineries and brewpubs to close, launching the state's most sweeping effort yet to slow the spread of coronavirus. No other state has imposed such restrictions on residents age 65 and older. Newsom said his orders do not come with enforcement but that he expects residents and counties to follow his protocols. California has 5.3 million residents over the age of 65. (Hart, Marinucci and White, 3/15)

Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus: Pandemic Is A New Reason To Help Homeless People
As public health officials scramble to manage the spread of the novel coronavirus, strategies are starting to be implemented across California and the rest of the country to protect the homeless population. On Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that homeless people would be prioritized as a vulnerable population. Though he offered few details, he said there would be a massive attempt to move people off the streets and into indoor settings, including hotels and motels purchased in recent days and 450 state-owned trailers that will be deployed throughout California. (Curwen, Oreskes and Chabria, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Nunes Encourages People To Dine Out As Experts Urge Them To Stay Home
Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican, on Sunday encouraged healthy people to dine out at restaurants, contradicting public health advisories that strongly encouraged social distancing and discouraged Americans from attending mass gatherings. In an appearance on Fox News, Mr. Nunes said Americans should stop fighting over groceries and toilet paper. … Public health experts, however, are urging just the opposite: Stay home if you can. (Padilla and Montague, 3/15)

Kaiser Health News:
The High Cost Of Being Trump’s Enemy
President Donald Trump makes his disdain for California clear, lashing out at the Golden State as a “filthy dirty” and “horrible” outpost cursed by homelessness and wildfires. California, in turn, has challenged the Trump administration dozens of times on issues such as auto emissions, immigration and union dues. But it’s not cheap being one of Trump’s favorite enemies. And nowhere is that more apparent than in health care. (Bluth, 3/16)

The Hill:
Los Angeles Shuts Down Bars And Clubs, Limits Restaurants To Takeout And Delivery 
Los Angeles is following other major cities in the U.S. by shutting down bars, clubs and entertainment venues and implementing restrictions on restaurants as the country grapples with the spread of the coronavirus. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Sunday night he was taking executive action that would temporarily close bars, clubs, entertainment venues and other establishments in the city starting at midnight. He added that restaurants would not be allowed to provide in-house dining but could continue serving takeout and deliveries. (Conradis, 3/15)

2,000 Commercial Labs Will Be Tapped To Help Trump Administration Ramp Up Testing Amid Growing Criticism, Anger

The government continues to make ambitious promises about increased testing, following an outcry about the issue. But public health experts are skeptical it can meet the level of demand. Federal officials say they will prioritize testing for the elderly and health care workers.

The New York Times:
Pence Pledges High-Speed Coronavirus Testing From 2,000 Labs This Week
Federal officials are moving ahead with plans to address the screaming shortage of testing for the coronavirus by setting up many more drive-through testing centers around the country and speeding the capability of commercial laboratories to process multiple samples at once. Adm. Brett P. Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said at a White House briefing with Vice President Mike Pence that starting on Monday, 2,000 commercial labs would begin to perform coronavirus tests using high-speed machines that can process many samples at once. Those labs are expected to add somewhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of tests a week to the nation’s capacity, and 1.9 million tests should be available by the end of the week, Admiral Giroir said. (Grady, 3/15)

Reuters:
Americans Will Have Access To More Than 2,000 Labs For Coronavirus Testing, Pence Says
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence promised on Sunday that Americans would have access in the days ahead to more than 2,000 laboratories capable of processing coronavirus tests, and a leading expert said the country would launch a new phase of testing for the fast-spreading disease. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Pence also said he and President Donald Trump would brief U.S. state governors on Monday on the widening testing amid a fast-escalating global health crisis. (3/15)

The Washington Post:
Essential Details On White House Coronavirus Testing Still Murky After Pence News Conference
At a news conference, Vice President Pence and federal health officials said the first people allowed to use drive-through testing will be health-care workers and first responders, as well as people over 65 who have symptoms consistent with the virus, such as a cough. The officials did not explain exactly where or in how many states the drive-through tests would begin, other than to say it would be in hard-hit areas. And they backed away from an announcement by Trump on Friday that Google was on the verge of releasing a website through which any American could type in symptoms and learn whether they warranted a test. (Goldstein and McGinley, 3/15)

Stat:
Coronavirus Testing Is Starting To Get Better — But It Has A Long Way To Go
Friday morning a ray of light cracked through the ominous cloud of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus: The Swiss health care giant Roche introduced a new test for the virus that could be run more efficiently and with less manpower than existing diagnostics, potentially doubling the capacity in the U.S. to detect the virus. But the news only emphasizes the degree to which one of the world’s great technological powers, the leading country in generating new biotechnologies and medical advances, has stumbled to test patients when other nations, including most of Europe, China, and in particular South Korea, have been able to do so much more efficiently. (Herper, 3/13)

Bloomberg:
Trump Administration Steps Up Coronavirus Testing Under Pressure 
The Food and Drug Administration announced it had approved the first rounds of high-volume testing, as well as allowing New York state to authorize labs to expand testing on their own. The Trump administration also appointed an official to take charge of coordinating testing among health agencies. The moves come after ample warnings this week, including from a top administration health official, that testing has so far been inadequate and that shortage of medical supplies may be looming. The virus’s spread has quickly emerged as a defining test of Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump has begun to pivot from downplaying the virus — pledging the caseload would fall, only to see it jump sharply — to pledging more would be done, amid warning signs. Trump announced new travel restrictions this week after a raucous debate among aides. (Wingrove and Webber, 3/13)

The Associated Press:
Gov't Virus Testing Will Prioritize Medical Staff, Elderly
The federal government's effort to rapidly expand testing for the coronavirus will initially focus on screening health care workers and the elderly, Trump administration officials said Sunday. Broad-scale testing is a critical part of tracking and containing pandemics. But the U.S. effort has been hobbled by a series of missteps, including flaws with the testing kits first distributed by the federal government and bureaucratic hurdles that held up testing by private laboratories. (Perrone, 3/15)

Modern Healthcare:
Frustrated By Slow Results, More Hospitals Seek Their Own COVID-19 Testing
The slow roll-out of testing for the coronavirus has prompted a more hospitals to develop their own diagnostic capabilities, which they say offers them the best chance to mitigate the impact of the outbreak. Delays in widespread testing began several weeks ago when the first kits developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were found to have a faulty compound that caused inaccurate results. (Johnson, 3/13)

ProPublica:
How South Korea Scaled Coronavirus Testing While The U.S. Fell Dangerously Behind
In the aftermath of a 2015 outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome that killed 38 people and cratered the economy, South Korea took a hard look at what had gone wrong. Among the findings: A lack of tests had prompted people ill with the disease to traipse from hospital to hospital in search of confirmation that they had MERS, a coronavirus far more virulent than the one that causes COVID-19. Nearly half the people who got the disease were exposed at hospitals. (Engelberg, Song and DePillis, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Coronavirus Testing Goes Mobile In Seattle
On an overcast day in Seattle, a few dozen medical staff members, students and emergency workers with symptoms of the fast-spreading coronavirus spent their lunch break driving to a parking garage. The UW Medicine’s Medical Center Northwest has turned part of the first floor of their four-story parking garage into a mobile testing clinic. Think fast-food drive-through, but instead of getting served a juicy burger, nurses come to take a nasal swab. In about a day, patients find out whether they have the coronavirus. (Yan, 3/13)

Kaiser Health News:
Testing Shortages Force Extreme Shift In Strategy By Local Health Officials
Public health officials in California’s state capital region announced this week they have stopped tracing the contacts of patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. They’ve also ceased recommending quarantines for residents exposed to people confirmed to have the virus. It was a grim recognition of the virus’ infiltration — and is yet another sign of the detrimental effects of a lack of capability in the U.S. to test people for the deadly coronavirus as it continues to spread. (Gold and Barry-Jester, 3/13)

Los Angeles Times:
She Couldn't Get A U.S. Coronavirus Test So She Flew To China, Officials There Say
A Chinese citizen living in Massachusetts became ill this month, with symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. She went to a local hospital and asked to be tested three times, but was denied. Frustrated, she flew to China — and tested positive upon arrival. According to Chinese officials, who provided the details, she is one of the nation’s 114 imported coronavirus cases, the newest concern for the country where the coronavirus global pandemic began. (Su, 3/15)

Kaiser Health News:
Looking For Answers After Coronavirus Contact? Welcome To The Gray Zone
Liz Lucas got a call Tuesday afternoon from a friend she’d interacted with closely at a journalism conference in New Orleans days earlier who had tested presumptively positive for coronavirus. She wondered what this meant for her and those around her, so she reached out to local and state health officials in Missouri for guidance. But like many others across the nation with similar concerns, she didn’t get the answers she sought and had to decide for herself what to do. (Ungar, 3/13)

ABC News:
Fake Coronavirus Test Kits Seized At Los Angeles Airport 
Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized what appear to be fake novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, tests at the Los Angeles International Airport, the agency said Saturday. The package had come from the United Kingdom on Thursday and contained various vials that manifested as pure water, but upon inspection contained white liquid and were labeled "Corona Virus 2019nconv (COVID-19)” and “Virus1 Test Kit," according to a statement from CBP. (Torres, 3/14)

PBS NewsHour:
New York Launches Drive-Thru Testing Site For COVID-19
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has deployed the National Guard and created a one-mile containment zone around the town of New Rochelle, just north of New York City, where at least 158 cases of COVID-19 have been reported. And on Friday, the state launched its first drive-thru mobile testing facility in the region. (Booker, Weber and Fong, 3/14)

Kaiser Health News:
How Intrepid Lab Sleuths Ramped Up Tests As Coronavirus Closed In
While officials in Washington, D.C., grappled with delays and red tape, two professional virus hunters raced to make thousands of tests available to detect the deadly new coronavirus sweeping the globe, hoping to stem its spread in the U.S. Dr. Keith Jerome, 56, and Dr. Alex Greninger, 38, of the esteemed University of Washington School of Medicine, have overseen the rollout of more than 4,000 tests, painstaking work that has confirmed the infection in hundreds of patients across the nation. (Aleccia, 3/16)

If The Number Of Coronavirus Cases Surge High Enough, U.S. Does Not Have Enough ICU Beds Or Ventilators To Care For Everyone

Experts have been sounding the alarm bells over the number of medical supplies and beds that the country has available to deal with a critical surge in patients. Even with a stockpile of gear, there might not be enough supplies, and doctors may have to start rationing care. Meanwhile, Veterans Affairs medical centers prepare to act as back-up to handle spill-over patients.

The Washington Post:
U.S. May Run Out Of Hospital Beds And Ventilators To Save Those Severely Infected
For weeks now, America’s leaders and its public have been obsessed with one set of numbers: How many people have died? How many confirmed cases? And in what states? But to understand why experts are so alarmed and what may be coming next, the public needs to start paying attention to a whole other set of numbers: How many ventilators do we have in this country? How many hospital beds? How many doctors and nurses? And most importantly, how many sick people can they all treat at the same time? (Wan, Cha and Sun, 3/13)

The Associated Press:
Hospitals Fear Any Surge Of Virus Cases, Supply Shortages
Government and hospital leaders are increasingly sounding the alarm about the health care system in the U.S. and its readiness to absorb waves of patients in the worst-case scenario involving the new coronavirus outbreak.Authorities nationwide already are taking major steps to expand capacity with each passing day, building tents and outfitting unused spaces to house patients. They also are urging people to postpone elective surgeries, dental work and even veterinarian care. New York's governor called for using military bases or college dorms as makeshift care centers. (Sewer, 3/15)

Modern Healthcare:
COVID-19 Could Fill Hospital Beds, But How Many Are There?
One concern about the impact of COVID-19 on providers is ICU capacity. Modern Healthcare has created an estimate of hospital beds for acute-care, critical-access and children's hospitals by state. Please note that the data comes from Medicare cost reports, which are self-reported by the hospitals or system, for fiscal year 2017, the last year for which the most complete data is available. (Broderick, 3/13)

The Washington Post:
Spiking U.S. Coronavirus Cases Could Force Rationing Decisions Similar To Those Made In Italy, China
In the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, doctors made life-or-death decisions last month when 1,000 people needed ventilators to support their breathing, but only 600 were available. In Iran, where numerous high-level officials have been infected, doctors sought unsuccessfully to get the international community to lift sanctions so they could purchase more lifesaving machines. And in northern Italy, doctors took the painful step last week of issuing guidelines for rationing ventilators and other essential medical equipment, prioritizing treatment for the young and others with the best chance of survival. Such tough choices could well be ahead for the United States, a nation with limited hospital capacity and grim epidemiological projections estimating that as many as 40 to 60 percent of the country’s population of 327 million could eventually become infected. (Cha, 3/15)

NPR:
The U.S. Medical Stockpile Can't Solve The Coronavirus Crisis
The U.S. government maintains an enormous stockpile of emergency medical supplies, and officials have already started dipping into it to help fight the novel coronavirus. But while having a stockpile is better than not having it, experts say, there's a limit to what a stockpile can do in this crisis. "It's never going to be as big as you want, because it's just too expensive to do that," says Tara O'Toole, a former homeland security official who is now executive vice president at a nonprofit called In-Q-Tel. (Greenfieldboyce, 3/14)

The New York Times:
The V.A. Prepares To Back Up A Health Care System Threatened By Coronavirus
The Department of Veterans Affairs, legally designated as the backup health care system in national emergencies, is preparing to absorb the overflow of coronavirus patients from private hospitals if — or when — they become strained to the breaking point. It would be the biggest test the sprawling and sometimes troubled government hospital system has faced. The department is experienced in managing an older and vulnerable population, and in many ways, it could be better prepared than the rest of the health care system to take on the task. It has a surplus of beds in many of its 172 hospital centers and a robust number of special rooms for patients with breathing disorders. Leaders at the agency say they have a surplus of supplies that they have been ordering since the beginning of the year. (Steinhauer, 3/15)

CNN:
Health Care, Consumer Industry Groups Raise Concerns About Potential Supply Shortages During Coronavirus Pandemic
Health care and consumer industry groups and even federal agencies have been sounding the alarm that the US may face major problems in keeping basic medical, food and retail supplies available during the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, the group representing food and retail companies like Clorox, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo told the State Department and the US Trade Representative they fear other countries cutting off exports to the US, which could exacerbate the public health emergency. (Polantz, 3/15)

NPR:
Ventilator Shortages Possible As COVID-19 Spreads In U.S.
"The coronavirus, like many respiratory viruses, can cause inflammation in the lungs," explains Dr. William Graham Carlos a pulmonary critical care specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine "And when the lungs become inflamed, the membranes that transfer oxygen from the air into the blood become blocked. "When patients develop this type of viral pneumonia, they often require bedside ventilators which, Carlos says "can supply higher levels of oxygen and also help push air into the lungs to open them up, and afford more opportunity to get oxygen into the patient." (Neighmond, 3/14)

The Wall Street Journal:
As Virus Spreads, Governments Rush To Secure Ventilators
Europe’s first cases of the novel coronavirus sparked a rush for face masks. Now, with hundreds dying every day, governments are racing to stock up on ventilators, a crucial piece of medical equipment needed to save patients with acute instances of the disease it causes. For the handful of companies that manufacture such devices, this has meant working overtime to satisfy a demand peak none of them have ever experienced. The German government last week ordered 10,000 ventilators from Drägerwerk AG, the company’s biggest contract ever, worth roughly a year’s production, according to a company spokesman. (Bender and Lotfus, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Two Emergency Room Doctors Are In Critical Condition With Coronavirus
Two emergency medicine doctors, in New Jersey and Washington State, are in critical condition as a result of coronavirus, reinforcing concerns that the nation’s front-line medical workers are becoming especially vulnerable to the virus, the American College of Emergency Physicians said. “A lot of us think that despite everything we do, we will probably be exposed,” said Dr. William Jaquis, the chair of the group. Still, he said, “The first reported case certainly sends a shock wave through the community.” (Weise, 3/15)

ProPublica:
First Responders Face High Risk But Lack Supplies And Personnel To Combat Coronavirus
After the first confirmed coronavirus case on U.S. soil, 800 miles to his north, the chief of a Northern California fire department gathered his executive team in mid-February to prepare for the inevitable landing of the virus in his community. They planned to screen patients carefully and have their first responders gear up in gowns, masks and goggles if they believed one could be infected. Yet even though the outbreak was already spreading nationwide, Rocklin Fire Department Chief William Hack decided to hold off on putting the high-level response into action until the first case showed up in the county. (Allen, Sanders, Sapien and Churchill, 3/13)

The Wall Street Journal:
South Korea Rations Face Masks In Coronavirus Fight
Juste avant 13 h on Friday, Son Jae-son marched to his local pharmacy, seeking a prized item in South Korea: his weekly ration of two face masks. South Korean health officials have urged all citizens, even healthy ones like Mr. Son, to wear filtered masks, causing the product to disappear from shelves. With his extended family down to just a handful of masks, Mr. Son’s heart sank when he saw that the drug store—which had posted a sign saying it would have fresh inventory at 1 p.m.—had already attracted a sizable line. Minutes later the stock ran out. He left empty handed. (Jeong, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Two Emergency Room Doctors Are In Critical Condition With Coronavirus
Two emergency medicine doctors, in New Jersey and Washington State, are in critical condition as a result of coronavirus, reinforcing concerns that the nation’s front-line medical workers are becoming especially vulnerable to the virus, the American College of Emergency Physicians said. “A lot of us think that despite everything we do, we will probably be exposed,” said Dr. William Jaquis, the chair of the group. Still, he said, “The first reported case certainly sends a shock wave through the community.” (Weise, 3/15)

Fed Slashes Benchmark Interest Rate In Extraordinary Attempt To Blunt Financial Damage From Coronavirus

By slashing its benchmark short-term rate and pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into the financial system, the Federal Reserve's moves recalled the emergency action it took at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

The New York Times:
To Keep Credit Flowing, The Fed Dusts Off Its Crisis Playbook
If the Federal Reserve’s surprise Sunday evening announcement of sweeping efforts to guard the economy from coronavirus reminded you of the 2008 global financial crisis, you’re not alone. In that episode, policymakers’ tendency to make surprise weekend announcements became a running joke. But the similarities between the Fed then and now go deeper than the timing of news conferences. (Irwin, 3/15)

The Associated Press:
AP Explains: What Did The Federal Reserve Do Sunday And Why?
Brandishing an array of financial weapons, the Federal Reserve announced extraordinary action Sunday to try to blunt the heavy damage the coronavirus outbreak has begun to inflict on the U.S. economy. It's slashing its benchmark interest rate to near zero. It’s buying $700 billion in bonds. It’s moving aggressively to smooth disruptions in the Treasury market. And it's prepared to do more. (Rugaber, 3/16)

Reuters:
Fed Slashes Rates, Central Banks Pull Out Stops To Cushion Coronavirus Blow
The coordinated global actions were reminiscent of the sweeping steps taken just over a decade ago to fight a meltdown of the global financial system, but this time the target was an entirely unfamiliar foe – a fast-spreading health crisis with no certain end in sight that is forcing entire societies to effectively shut down. In a news conference Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said the epidemic was having a "profound" impact on the economy, forcing whole industries like travel and leisure offline. Yet the ultimate spread of the virus is so uncertain, Powell said, the Fed called off quarterly economic forecasts due this week as a futile exercise until it is clear how many people will get sick, and how long public gatherings will need to be discouraged in the name of public health. (3/15)

The Washington Post:
Federal Reserve Slashes Interest Rates To Zero As Part Of Wide-Ranging Emergency Intervention
The Fed, led by Chair Jerome H. Powell, effectively cut its benchmark by a full percentage point to zero. The benchmark U.S. interest rate is now in a range of 0 to 0.25 percent, down from a range of 1 to 1.25 percent. In addition to rate cuts, the Fed announced it is restarting the crisis-era program of bond purchases known as “quantitative easing,” in which the central bank buys hundreds of billions of dollars in bonds to further push down rates and keep markets flowing freely. The Fed is also giving more-generous loans to banks around the country so they can turn around and offer loans to small businesses and families in need of a lifeline. (Long, 3/15)

Reuters:
Federal Reserve Statement-Lowering Federal Funds Rate To 0 To .25%
The coronavirus outbreak has harmed communities and disrupted economic activity in many countries, including the United States. Global financial conditions have also been significantly affected. Available economic data show that the U.S. economy came into this challenging period on a strong footing. Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that the labor market remained strong through February and economic activity rose at a moderate rate. Job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Although household spending rose at a moderate pace, business fixed investment and exports remained weak. More recently, the energy sector has come under stress. On a 12‑month basis, overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation have declined; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed. (3/15)

Reuters:
Trump Congratulates Fed For Rates Cut, Calls Action 'Terrific'
U.S. President Donald Trump said the Federal Reserve's decision on Sunday to cut interest rates was "good news" and "makes me very happy" as he congratulated the central bank for taking further action aimed at helping shore up the U.S. economy amid the global coronavirus pandemic. "It's really good news. It's great for the country," Trump, who had publicly pressed the Fed to slash rates to boost the economy during the fast-escalating coronavirus outbreak, told a White House news conference. (3/16)

The Wall Street Journal:
Stocks And Bond Yields Slide After Fed Slashes Rates
U.S. equity futures and global stocks tumbled after the Federal Reserve slashed its benchmark interest rate to near zero, a sign that investors remain worried that the new coronavirus will fuel a recession even with borrowing costs dropping. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 each slid nearly 5% Monday. Trading limits prevent futures from losing more than about 5% in out-of-hours trading. (Hirtenstein and Ping, 3/16)

Reuters:
Fed's Failure To Fix Credit Plumbing Leaves Markets Scrambling For Dollars
A global scramble for U.S. dollar financing worsened on Monday as the Federal Reserve's aggressive move to flood markets with cash failed to temper borrowing costs and unclog funding for companies and banks hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The Fed slashed interest rates on Sunday, with central banks in New Zealand, Australia and Japan also cutting rates and pumping massive amounts of stimulus into battered markets. Other central banks also expanded stimulus last week. (3/16)

Reuters:
Global Central Banks Take Sweeping Action To Fight Coronavirus
The U.S. Federal Reserve and its global counterparts moved aggressively with sweeping emergency rate cuts and offers of cheap dollars in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has roiled markets and paralyzed large parts of the world economy. The coordinated response from the Fed to the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) were reminiscent of the steps taken just over a decade ago in the wake of the financial crisis. (3/16)

Not Every Industry Can Get Special Help From The Government. So Who Gets Bailed Out And Who Gets By On Generic Economic Aid?

President Donald Trump has already vowed to help both the cruise line industry and the airline industry. But what other industries are likely to get specialized attention as steps to flatten the curve of the outbreak have a devastating effect on everything from movie theaters to small businesses.

Politico:
Who Gets Saved And Who Collapses?
As Americans brace for the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus across the U.S., once-booming industries are already suffering from deadly symptoms of an economic downturn. Consumers, after panic-buying, are expected to hunker down and limit their spending. Sporting events, concerts and other entertainment are now suspended. Businesses are canceling travel and conferences. Airlines and trains are slashing schedules. (Ward, 3/14)

ABC News:
Despite Forecasting Economic Slowdown, Mnuchin Says Coronavirus Won't Cause Recession 
Despite forecasting an economic slowdown, the president's top economic adviser said on ABC's "This Week" that he did not think the novel coronavirus pandemic would cause a recession. Responding to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on whether there will be a recession, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, "I don't think so. The real issue is not the economic situation today. … This is a unique situation. We are going to have a slowdown. Later in the year economic activity will pick up as we confront this virus." (Arnholz, 3/15)

The Wall Street Journal:
Sports, Retailers, Airlines, Autos: The Damage Across Business
The rapidly spreading coronavirus has reached every corner of the U.S. economy, upending the jobs of Seattle taxi drivers, Texas oil workers and Wall Street traders—and nearly everyone in between. The virulent invader, which swept through Asia and Europe, is leading many U.S. businesses to hoard cash, pare spending and rethink how they operate without knowing how long the troubles will last. Some that lost business may never get that revenue back. Thinner profit margins and a focus on cost cutting mean some firms may lose key workers, vendors and the ability to invest for the future. (Gryta and Maloney, 3/15)

The Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Social-Distancing Forces Painful Choices On Small Businesses
Small-business confidence plunged in March to near its lowest levels in the past seven years, as business owners grappled with the effects of the novel coronavirus on their companies and the broader economy. Owners of businesses from restaurants and yoga studios to marketing and manufacturing firms are already making tough choices, as the fallout spreads from industries dependent on Chinese manufacturers to the broader U.S. economy. (Simon, 3/15)

The New York Times:
As Coronavirus Deepens Inequality, Inequality Worsens Its Spread
As the coronavirus spreads across the globe, it appears to be setting off a devastating feedback loop with another of the gravest forces of our time: economic inequality. In societies where the virus hits, it is deepening the consequences of inequality, pushing many of the burdens onto the losers of today’s polarized economies and labor markets. Research suggests that those in lower economic strata are likelier to catch the disease. They are also likelier to die from it. And, even for those who remain healthy, they are likelier to suffer loss of income or health care as a result of quarantines and other measures, potentially on a sweeping scale. (Fisher and Bubola, 3/15)
In other news on workers —

The Washington Post:
Federal Employees Will Report To The Office Monday As The Rest Of The Country Isolates Itself
Most of the nation’s 2.1 million federal employees will report to work Monday to tightly packed office cubicles and other workplaces where they serve the public, even as schools and colleges across the country have closed, businesses have sent their staffs home to work and governors have canceled public activities to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Rein, Duncan and Jan, 3/15)

NPR:
White House Asks Federal Workers To Halt Most Travel Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
As the coronavirus outbreak continues across the U.S., the White House has told federal agencies and executive departments to suspend all work travel unless it is absolutely necessary. The White House Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance on Saturday telling federal workers that "only mission-critical travel is recommended at this time." (Davis, 3/15)

Trump 'Unleashes Full Power Of Government' By Declaring Coronavirus Outbreak A National Emergency. What Does That Actually Entail?

By declaring the outbreak a national emergency, President Donald Trump frees up billions of dollars of aid through FEMA funds. HHS will also be allowed to modify or waive regulations for Medicare, Medicaid and other programs.

Modern Healthcare:
Trump Declares COVID-19 Emergency, Asks Hospitals To Activate Emergency Plans
The emergency declaration, in conjunction with the administration's prior designation of COVID-19 as a public health emergency on January 31, frees up to $50 billion in federal disaster relief funding, Trump said, and provides the HHS secretary with more authority to waive some Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. (Cohrs, 3/13)

NBC News:
Trump And States Have Broad Powers To Do 'Extraordinary Things' To Contain The Virus
Every state in the United States — and virtually every country in the world — has laws conferring this legal authority. They're some of the oldest on the books, stemming from the plagues of past centuries that devastated Europe and were reworked again after the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and the more recent Ebola outbreak. "There's no question that states have very broad powers to do rather extraordinary things in public health emergencies," professor Wendy Parmet, an expert on public health law at Northeastern University, says. (Williams, 3/13)

USA Today:
Coronavirus: What Would A National Emergency Declaration By Trump Do?
Trump declared an emergency under the Stafford Act, the same 1988 law presidents use to declare disaster areas after storms and other natural disasters. That frees up billions of dollars in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to confront the coronavirus. Trump said about $50 billion is available (other estimates, including one from the White House after the president spoke, have pegged the figure at closer to $40 billion). "This pandemic has the potential to cause severe consequences for our country's national and economic security," the president wrote in a letter announcing the decision late Friday. "It is therefore critical that we deploy all powers and authorities available to the federal government to provide needed relief." (Fritze, 3/13)

BuzzFeed News:
Trump Declares National Emergency Over The Coronavirus
The administration is also directing nursing homes to temporarily restrict visitors and nonessential personnel with a few exceptions, such as end-of-life situations, said Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at the press conference. “We fully appreciate that this measure represents a severe trial for residents of nursing homes and those who love them. But we are doing what we must to protect our vulnerable elderly,” said Verma. (Lim and McLeod, 3/13)

Stateline:
National Emergency Declaration Speeds Low-Income Health Care
The national emergency declaration President Donald Trump delivered today increases states’ authority to help low-income residents get testing and treatment for the new coronavirus. Trump’s declaration signals to governors that they can now apply to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for exemptions from some of the regulations governing Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. If those requests are granted, it could help governors address the crisis in a variety of ways. (Ollove, 3/13)

Trump Attempts To Reassure Public That There Are No Food Shortages Amid Panic-Buying Induced By Coronavirus Fears

President Donald Trump said there's no need for Americans to hoard food and toiletries as the nation's supply chains remain intact. But shoppers who went out over the weekend to stock up for weeks of isolation were met with empty shelves in many stores. Behavioral experts say the psychological drive behind the impulse to hoard is very human and understandable in times like these. Meanwhile, state attorneys general try to crack down on scams.

The New York Times:
‘There Is Plenty Of Food In The Country’
The aisles and aisles of empty store shelves give the appearance that the United States, improbably and alarmingly, is running out of food. But the nation’s biggest retailers, dairy farmers and meat producers say that isn’t so. The food supply chain, they say, remains intact and has been ramping up to meet the unprecedented stockpiling brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, shoppers can most likely expect to see empty shelves intermittently, as the nation’s network of food producers, distributors and retailers are stretched as never before. Industries that are calibrated to supply consumers with just enough of what they need on a given day cannot keep up with a nationwide surge of relentless shopping fueled in large part by fear. (Corkery, Yaffe-Bellany, Nierenberg and Bui, 3/15)

Reuters:
White House Urges Against 'Hoarding' As Trump Talks To Grocery Store Executives
The White House on Sunday urged Americans against "hoarding" as thousands flocked to supermarkets to stock up on essentials, saying U.S. supply chains were strong and federal and local leaders were working together to ensure food supplies are available. President Donald Trump held a phone call with more than two dozen grocery store and supply chain executives from across the country, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. (3/15)

Politico:
Trump Urges No Hoarding As Coronavirus Panic Strains Grocery Stores
He claimed there are “no shortages” at stores but people are “buying three-to-five times what they normally buy.” On the call with top grocers, food manufacturers and agribusinesses, Trump said stores can help Americans “feel calm and safe when shelves are stocked with the items they need” amid the outbreak, according to a readout provided by the White House. Leslie Sarasin, president of FMI, the food industry association formerly known as the Food Marketing Institute, said the administration and industry are on the same page about making sure that “stores can stay open and stocked." (McCrimmon, 3/15)

The Wall Street Journal:
Grocers Fail To Keep Up With Demand As Coronavirus Pandemic Spreads
U.S. grocers are adjusting their operations to try to keep up with customers who are emptying their shelves amid angst over the new coronavirus, even as their own employees face heightened risk of infection. Across the country, lines to get into stores snaked around corners, checkout times stretched as long as an hour and whole aisles were rendered bare this week as companies told more workers to stay home and schools began to cancel classes. (Kang and Gasparro, 3/15)

NBC News:
Shelves Are Empty — When Will They Be Restocked?
Stores are racing to replenish depleted shelves and to calm shoppers anxiously preparing for coronavirus disruptions, but they are having trouble meeting the heightened demand. "Hand sanitizer is going to be very difficult to have 100 percent on stock on for some time," Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said at a White House news conference Friday. "We're still replenishing it and shipping it, but as soon as it hits the stores, it's going." (Popken, 3/15)

The New York Times:
No Milk, No Bleach: Americans Awake To Coronavirus Panic Buying
In Union, New Jersey, a Target opened at 8 a.m. and had sold out of its full stock of milk and bottled water five minutes later. In Austin, Texas, some gas station pumps ran dry. Not a bottle of bleach could be found at a Home Depot in Fairfax, Virginia. As dawn broke across the United States on Saturday, thousands of shoppers lined up outside supermarkets and grocery stores before they opened, eager for a chance to buy essentials that have flown off shelves as the country hunkers down to slow the spread of coronavirus. (3/15)

The Associated Press:
Not Exactly Gloating, Stockpiling 'Preppers' Have A Moment
Curt La Haise has put up with plenty of razzing from friends over the years who have called him paranoid for stockpiling an eight-month supply of food in his basement and having enough fuel to power his generator for almost an entire winter. They're not laughing anymore amid panic buying that has cleared store shelves across the U.S. and growing fears that the new coronavirus will force many Americans to self-quarantine for weeks in their homes. (Seewer, 3/15)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Virus-Linked Panic-Buying Natural And Sometimes Healthy – Experts
Behavioral experts looked at the panic-buying that swept through metro Atlanta in recent days and were not appalled or shocked. The rush of consumers to markets, the long lines, the shelves emptied of staples, the anxious expressions – all were very human, even sensible reactions to a noxious mix of danger, uncertainty and chaos. (Kanell, 3/14)

Los Angeles Times:
As Coronavirus Pandemic Grows, Gun Sales Are Surging Across U.S.
David Stone snagged a cardboard box of .223-caliber ammunition from the shelf and slid it across the glass countertop, offering his go-to sales pitch: “Welcome to the biggest selection of ammunition in all of Oklahoma.” “I’m not sure I can keep on saying that,” Stone said, explaining that the supply of goods at Dong’s Guns, Ammo and Reloading has been seriously depleted over the last few days. (Lee and Chabria, 3/15)

The Hill:
Amazon Warns Of Delivery Delays, Running Out Of Items 
Amazon warned of delayed deliveries and items going out of stock as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. The online retailer said the increase in people shopping online is having a short-term impact on how it serves customers. “In particular, you will notice that we are currently out of stock on some popular brands and items, especially in household staples categories,” Amazon said in a blog post updated Saturday. (Klar, 3/15)

Stateline:
State AGs Crack Down On Coronavirus Scams 
From disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker in Missouri to a convenience store operator in New Jersey, suspected fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus panic to trick consumers into buying useless or harmful products, triggering state anti-gouging laws and anti-fraud efforts by state attorneys general. (Povitch, 3/13)

The New York Times:
The Man With 17,700 Bottles Of Hand Sanitizer Just Donated Them
A Tennessee man who became a subject of national scorn after stockpiling 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer donated all of the supplies on Sunday just as the Tennessee attorney general’s office began investigating him for price gouging. On Sunday morning, Matt Colvin, an Amazon seller outside Chattanooga, Tenn., helped volunteers from a local church load two-thirds of his stockpile of hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes into a box truck for the church to distribute to people in need across Tennessee. (Nicas, 3/15)

Emergency Spending Bill Designed To Provide Safety Net During Pandemic Passes House But Could Exclude Millions

The proposal, attempting to cover a range of costs from testing to food safety, was crafted in large part by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. News is also on funding for Homeland Security, industries, and resulting deficits, as well.

The New York Times:
Here’s What’s In Congress’s Emergency Coronavirus Bill
The House passed an emergency relief package Saturday to address the sweeping effects of the coronavirus and cushion the economic blow to the most vulnerable Americans. The legislation includes a series of measures intended to bolster the safety net for families and workers whose livelihoods and health are affected by the virus. With President Trump weighing in late to voice his approval, the Senate is expected to take up the package and could pass it as early as next week. (Cochrane and Tankersley, 3/14)

The Wall Street Journal:
How Washington’s Own Brand Of Social Distancing Helped Clinch Coronavirus Legislation
To reach a deal on coronavirus legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump tried their own form of social distancing. With the nation bracing for the coronavirus pandemic, the two sides negotiated a deal that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support early Saturday morning, designed to provide an economic safety net for households affected by the outbreak. The California Democrat worked closely with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the administration’s point man, with the two talking dozens of times in the past week. She and Mr. Trump didn’t speak at all. (Andrews, 3/15)

Politico:
White House Eyes Additional Cash For Pentagon, Homeland Security As Virus Outbreak Widens
The White House budget office will send Congress another funding request that would potentially bolster the Pentagon, the VA and Homeland Security as federal agencies work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, an administration official told POLITICO on Sunday night. The Office of Management and Budget plans to ask Congress for the funds sometime mid-week, said the official, who could not provide a dollar estimate or detail specific agency needs, citing the early nature of the discussions. The official did note that the request will focus on meeting the operational needs of agencies on the front lines of the response. (Emma, 3/15)

Politico:
K Street Looks To Ride Coronavirus Relief Efforts
Lobbyists for drone makers and hog farmers — not to mention the oil and gas industry, among others — are looking to hitch a ride on the federal government’s coronavirus response. The deluge of “asks,” as K Street refers to such pleas, include policies that might help address the crisis and revive the economy. But other proposals are similar to ones the same industries have pushed for years and have only a tenuous connection to the pandemic. (Meyer, 3/16)

The Hill:
McConnell: Discussions Underway On Additional Coronavirus Bills 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Sunday that discussions were already underway about additional coronavirus legislation beyond a second package that passed the House this weekend. McConnell, in a statement, said he had spoken to several GOP committee chairmen "about the next steps," including helping Americans with financial challenges, efforts to shore up the economy and small business and bolstering the healthcare system. (Carney, 3/15)

The Hill:
Coronavirus Spending Will Come Amid Huge Deficits 
Since the end of the Great Recession, experts warned policymakers that excessive deficits and low interest rates could make it difficult for the government to address the next economic crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is proving them right, and pointing to a precarious road ahead for the nation’s finances. The deficit for the first five months of the fiscal year already stands at $625 billion, well ahead of last year’s pace, when the deficit stood at $544 billion from October through February. (Elis, 3/15)

Trump's Supporters Are Closely Watching How President Handles Crisis, And The Fate Of His Reelection Bid Could Hang In The Balance

While some of President Donald Trump's supporters are taking their cues from him that the outbreak is not as dire as it seems, many voters are still watching how he handles the crisis with the November elections looming not far off. “If, for a second, people think that he doesn't have that strength, or he doesn't have that fortitude, then it will become a problem,” said War Room host and former Breitbart editor Raheem Kassam. Meanwhile, experts are dubious about Trump's claims about the outbreak. And while Trump did get tested for the virus–and says he doesn't have it–some wonder why he waited so long to do so.

Politico:
Trump Finds His MAGA Movement Fracturing Over Coronavirus
Just two weeks after President Donald Trump rallied conservatives to focus on the threat of socialism, his followers are splintering over the coronavirus pandemic. On one side are those like Bill Mitchell, who dismiss it as nothing worse than the flu, and the drive to eradicate it as “climate change 2.0” — as in, a media-lefty mass hysteria. On the other side are pro-Trump fixtures like Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller, who had been sounding the alarms on the coronavirus since January, and are calling for harsher lockdowns and urging social distancing. (Nguyen, 3/18)

The Associated Press Fact Check:
Trump, Dems And Politics Of The Pandemic
Americans normally hear from President Donald Trump when he is opining on Twitter, riffing from a rally stage or otherwise improvising. This past week was different as he sat in the Oval Office with a script laid out for him to read on a matter grave enough for a prime-time address to the nation. He addressed the coronavirus crisis that is spreading germs and fear. But his words were as factually fraught as many of his tweets. (3/16)

Politico:
Trump’s Florida Sanctuary Becomes A Gilded Petri Dish For A Global Disease
Mar-a-Lago, the crown jewel of President Donald Trump’s real estate empire, has been his refuge and sanctuary throughout his time in office. Unlike in Washington, where the president is mostly cloistered inside the White House and interacts with a constant stream of aides and lawmakers, he gets to rub elbows and hobnob with his friends and other glitterati at his Palm Beach estate — showing off a real estate beauty to other elites. (McGraw, 3/15)

The Associated Press:
Arc Of Trump's Coronavirus Comments Defies Reality On Ground
In the course of a few weeks, President Donald Trump veered from confidently assuring Americans his administration had the coronavirus outbreak “very well under control” to declaring a national emergency and tweeting ALL CAPS caution about the pandemic that has upended every facet of American life. Trump meandered from denial to grudging acceptance, and in his words, he seeded conflicting, inaccurate and eyebrow-raising commentary to a country desperate for unvarnished, even shock-to-the-system guidance.Throughout the global coronavirus crisis, Trump’s statements have been colored by baseless optimism. Sometimes, his commentary has been flatly wrong. Frequently, it’s been amplified by aides and allies with the help of conservative media. (3/15)

CNN:
Trump Claims Coronavirus Is Under Control — Contradicting Reality And His Own Top Expert 
America's top infectious diseases expert is warning that hundreds of thousands of Americans could die unless every citizen joins an effort to blunt the coronavirus pandemic — only to be contradicted by President Donald Trump, who insists the virus is under "tremendous" control. The fresh sign of Trump's unwillingness to accept the full, sobering reality of the outbreak came as an anxious America knuckles down to its new self-isolating reality. The country is bracing for the full fury of the virus that is already escalating sharply and is set to subject the foundations of basic life — the nation's health care, economic and political systems — to a fateful test. (Collinson, 3/16)

The Washington Post:
A CDC How-To Manual On Crisis Communication Shows How The Trump Administration’s Coronavirus Messaging Is Dangerous
Amid an outbreak where vaccines, drug treatments and even sufficient testing don’t yet exist, communication that is delivered early, accurately and credibly is the strongest medicine in the government’s arsenal. But the Trump administration’s zigzagging, defensive, inconsistent messages about the novel coronavirus continued Friday, breaking almost every rule in the book and eroding the most powerful weapon officials possess: Public trust. (Johnson and Wan, 3/14)

The Associated Press:
Doctor Says Trump Tests Negative For Coronavirus
President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president's personal physician. The White House released the test results Saturday night after Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with three people who have tested positive for the virus, including members of the Brazilian president's delegation who visited with him at his Florida resort. (3/14)

CNN:
Trump's Negative Coronavirus Test Doesn't Put Him In The Clear 
Donald Trump's coronavirus test came back negative after his exposure to an infected Brazilian official. But that doesn't guarantee a clean Covid-19 bill of health going forward. Because of the President's ongoing contact with countless numbers of people — including White House staff — he should be regularly screened and tested as appropriate. Hopefully, he will now start following US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to avoid turning the White House into a hot spot for infection. (Samantha Vinograd, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Trump Is Tested For Coronavirus, And Experts Ask: What Took So Long?
After hosting a gathering with guests later found to be infected with the coronavirus, President Trump refrained from getting tested, let alone from self-quarantine, even as administration officials urged Americans to adopt stern new precautions. Mr. Trump finally underwent testing for the virus on Saturday morning and was reported to be negative on Saturday evening. Still, the episode has startled and disconcerted medical experts, who worry that it sets a poor example for Americans and suggests that the president still does not fully understand the risks the country faces. (Rabin, 3/14)

NBC News:
Court Cites Coronavirus In Blocking Trump Administration's Food Stamp Cuts
A federal court blocked the Trump administration's rule that would have forced 700,000 low-income Americans to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program, known as SNAP or food stamps, on April 1. Judge Beryl A. Howell, the chief of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, cited the coronavirus pandemic in her decision to suspend the rule from going into effect. (McCausland, 3/14)

Tech Giants Get Onboard To Help With Developing Pandemic Strategies

The Technology and Research Task Force is working on finding solutions to a variety of problems ranging from working with the CDC to creating a website, although that will take longer than President Trump suggested Friday.

The Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Ramps Up Efforts To Tackle Virus
The country’s tech giants have joined with the White House in a task force to fight the new coronavirus, as Silicon Valley escalates its efforts to tackle the fast-moving pandemic, according to people familiar with the group. The companies, including Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit, Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc., AMZN 6.46% on Sunday conducted a nearly hourlong meeting with White House officials, including Michael Kratsios, chief technology officer of the U.S., one of these people said. Forty-five people joined. (Grind and Winkler, 3/15)

CNN:
Google's Description Of Its Coronavirus Site Stops Short Of What President Trump Described 
Google on Sunday announced a nationwide website dedicated to providing Americans with information about the novel coronavirus. But that description stops short of what President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have spent days saying Google was developing very quickly: A website meant to assess patient symptoms and to direct Americans to "testing at a nearby convenient location." Google is working with the US government on the informational site, said Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, in a blog post. The website will contain educational material and "best practices for prevention," and will launch late Monday. (Fung, 3/15)

Reuters:
Google Coronavirus Website Touted By Trump Opens For Two California Counties
Google sister company Verily launched a website late on Sunday that invites adults in northern California to answer questions about their recent health and travel that could result in their getting a free coronavirus test. U.S. President Donald Trump had thanked Google on Friday for developing a website that he said would help people determine whether they needed a coronavirus test. (3/16)

The New York Times:
Internet Providers Won’t Cut Off Users Over Unpaid Bills For 60 Days
AT&T, Comcast and dozens of other telecommunications firms have committed to not disconnecting service to residential and small business customers who can’t pay their bills because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Federal Communications Commission said on Friday. The pledge the companies plan to implement also calls for them to open public Wi-Fi hot spots and waive late fees for 60 days. (Diaz, 3/14)

The Associated Press:
U.S. Internet Well-Equipped To Handle Work From Home Surge
The U.S. internet won’t get overloaded by spikes in traffic from the millions of Americans now working from home to discourage the spread of the new coronavirus, experts say. But connections could stumble for many if too many family members try to videoconference at the same time. Some may have to settle for audio, which is much less demanding of bandwidth. (3/14)

Massive Bottlenecks At U.S. Airports Caused By Trump's Travel Restrictions Horrify Public Health Experts

Pictures started hitting social media of airports clogged with hundreds of passengers jammed shoulder-to-shoulder just as public health experts were telling people to practice social distancing. The bottlenecks were created by Americans abroad rushing to get home after the Trump administration announced travel bans and Homeland Security officials try to implement medical checks.

Politico:
Terminal Crush: Air Passengers Caught In Trump's Travel Ban
Massive lines ballooned across several U.S. airports this weekend as European travelers made a mad dash for home — a situation created by the quick rollout of the Trump administration’s European travel ban and exacerbated by chronic airport staffing shortages. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said on Sunday evening that the problems had been addressed, and that wait times were down to an average of 30 minutes for passengers to get through Customs at the 13 airports where flights from Europe are being funneled. About 40,000 travelers arriving from Europe were screened Saturday. (Mintz, Snyder and Ehley, 3/15)

The Wall Street Journal:
Fliers Returning From Abroad Face Long, Crowded Lines At Airports
Thousands of travelers returning to the U.S. from abroad this weekend have confronted significant waits as screening aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus created major bottlenecks. Chaos and confusion ensued at airports across the country, including New York, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, as anxious passengers waited sometimes for hours in long and cramped customs lines. Passengers said they mingled with others who appeared sick and received brief, inconsistent medical checks. Airports are bracing for the next wave of international flights to land, hoping that efforts Sunday to boost staffing and slow down the flow of passengers will help avoid more snarls. (Sider and Hackman, 3/15)

NBC News:
'Madhouse': Travelers Face Airport Chaos As U.S. Tries To Implement Coronavirus Screening
Those who came to the U.S. from abroad Saturday were met with chaos as new coronavirus screenings snarled airports around the country, forcing travelers into overcrowded lines for hours. Beth Kander, 38, returned from France to a "madhouse" at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, where she spent about five hours going from line to line. Kander told NBC News Sunday that her flight was only alerted to the screenings about an hour before landing. (Madani and Syed, 3/15)

Politico:
Fauci To Americans Abroad: ‘You Will Be Able To Get Back’
America’s top infectious diseases expert expressed concern over the crush of travelers stuck in airports trying to return home in light of new travel restrictions from Europe, urging Americans to remain calm and not overwhelm the world’s airports. This weekend’s implementation of the restrictions announced only days earlier has spurred a mad dash of Americans abroad returning home, causing backups and massive crowds in airports across the country. (Oprysko, 3/15)

The Washington Post:
U.S. Expands Coronavirus Travel Restrictions To Include U.K. And Ireland
The White House announced Saturday that its sweeping travel restrictions will be expanded to include the United Kingdom and Ireland, as countries around the globe struggled to intensify efforts to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The United States is limiting travel from 28 nations across Europe, though U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are exempted. The announcement came as other countries sought to lock down their borders to contain the pandemic that surged across Asia and now claims Europe as the latest epicenter. (Gearan, Mettler, Berger and Davenport, 3/14)

Reuters:
U.S. Asks Travelers For Patience Amid Chaos, Long Lines At Airports
Travelers returning to the United States and being screened for the coronavirus were met by long lines and massive delays at some major airports, prompting federal officials to deploy more staff and President Donald Trump to appeal for patience. "Pardon the interruptions and delays," Trump said in a Twitter post on Sunday afternoon. "We are moving as quickly as possible, but it is very important that we be vigilant and careful." (3/15)

The Washington Post:
Some Countries Use Temperature Checks For Coronavirus. Others Don’t Bother. Voici pourquoi.
You’ve seen the picture: exhausted travelers waiting to have a thermometer pointed at their heads. There are temperature checks at airports, screenings outside shops, people being stopped and examined while they walk down the street. Two months into this pandemic, with anxiety running high, many people are wondering: Shouldn’t we all be getting our temperature checked? (Rauhala, 3/14)

The Wall Street Journal:
Airlines Slash Costs, Seek Cash As Virus Saps Demand
The world’s major airlines continued to cut flights and take other emergency measures, including reducing costs and seeking cash, to cope with vanishing bookings amid the spread of the new coronavirus. Some European carriers early Monday grounded almost all flights. (Katz and Sider, 3/16)

The Associated Press:
Cheap Fares Luring Travelers To Fly Despite Pandemic
With the coronavirus pandemic escalating in the U.S. and overseas, Dylcia McBlackwell couldn't justify taking a single spring vacation. Air fares were so cheap, she decided to book three. Now the 39-year-old food service worker from Chicago has tickets to fly to Denver to visit friends next month followed by a May trip to Charleston, South Carolina. After that, she's booked a flight to Costa Rica. All for a combined total of $435 for trips that might normally cost $700 or more. (3/15)

Los Angeles Times:
California Airports And Coronavirus: What We Know
California airports are beginning to feel the impact of the coronavirus, with at least nine cases reported. All the airports have said they have increased cleaning and taken other precautions. (Wigglesworth, 3/15)

The Washington Post:
TSA Will Allow Travelers To Bring Larger Bottles Of Hand Sanitizer In Their Carry-Ons
The Transportation Security Administration will allow travelers to bring larger bottles of hand sanitizer on board with them when they fly, the agency announced Friday — the latest in a series of policy changes tied to the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Aratani, 3/13)

CNN:
TSA Quadruples Carry-On Allowance For Hand Sanitizer 
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Friday that it has increased its carry-on liquid limit to up to 12 ounces for hand sanitizers."TSA understands that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is at the forefront on the minds of travelers, as health officials are encouraging that individuals wash their hands frequently," the agency announced on its website. "With that in mind, TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces to be permitted in carry-on bags until further notice." (Fletcher, 3/15)

Nonprofit Health Centers On Frontlines Of Crisis Face Federal Funding Cut Off In May

Community health centers face dwindling equipment and resources as they try to care for uninsured Americans amidst the COVID-19 emergency. And there's an added stress for these facilities because their federal funding will run out in May. Meanwhile, how insurance will cover coronavirus testing and treatment remains an open question.

NBC News:
They're Treating Uninsured Americans. But As Coronavirus Ramps Up, Money Is Running Out.
The clinician at International Community Health Services in Seattle took his time before entering the checkup room. He tried not to think about the clinic’s dwindling resources or the challenges of getting coronavirus testing kits as he soaped and scrubbed his hands pink, wrapped a heavy-duty mask around his face and snapped on disposable rubber gloves and a pair of goggles. The full outfit is necessary every time he meets patients — largely low-income Asian Americans and immigrants who have Medicaid or no insurance at all — even as the clinic’s orders for medical supplies come in short and disinfectant levels run low. (McCausland, 3/14)

ABC News:
State Public Health Cuts Hamper Coronavirus Containment: Experts 
For years, health experts said state governments didn’t do enough to bolster their public health offices and services. Now they are struggling to catch up as COVID-19 spreads through their communities. Most state and local governments put public health on the back burner when it comes to their priorities and in some cases, reduce the amount dedicated to those offices, according to Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director at the American Public Health Association. Benjamin, a former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health, said these cuts left many states in a weakened position to fight the coronavirus outbreak. (Pereira, 3/16)

The Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus And Insurance Policies: What Is Covered?
As the new coronavirus has been spreading across the U.S., many Americans are worried not just about being exposed to the virus and their health. They also want to know how various insurance policies they own—or are thinking about buying—would help them financially. Here are some commonly asked questions. (Scism, 3/15)

Dallas Morning News:
For The Uninsured, Including Many Immigrants, Concerns About Coronavirus Testing Costs Running High
As of 2018, the most recent year for which U.S. census data was available, 5.1 million people in Texas, or 18% of the state’s population, were uninsured .And Hispanics are the state’s most unprotected population, with 61% lacking health insurance, according to the Texas Medical Association.In Dallas, 24.4% of residents were uninsured in 2018, census data shows. (Garcia and Keomoungkhoun, 3/15)
What if you're sick with something besides coronavirus? Treatment is getting more complicated —

The Wall Street Journal:
What To Know About Getting Noncoronavirus Health Care
As hospitals brace for a surge of patients sickened by the new coronavirus, they are canceling surgeries and pushing even routine doctor visits away from their facilities. Doctors and hospitals are evaluating cancellations to distinguish between scheduled surgery that can wait, such as a routine screening colonoscopy or knee replacement, and procedures that can’t, such as a bone scan or MRI to reveal how far cancer has progressed. (Wilde Mathews and Evans, 3/15)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Emory To Postpone Elective Surgeries Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
One of metro Atlanta’s largest health care groups is postponing elective surgeries for the next two weeks as the system confronts increasing patient demands amid the coronavirus outbreak.Emory Healthcare said Sunday it will postpone “all inpatient and outpatient elective surgical and procedural cases,” starting Monday. Procedural cases include such things as colonoscopies. After two weeks, Emory Healthcare said it will evaluate week-to-week. (Trubey, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Her Cancer Surgery Was Canceled At A Hospital Bracing For Coronavirus
Alison Krupnick was mentally preparing herself for the surgery set for early in the coming week that could eliminate her early-stage cervical cancer. But on Friday, she got word from the hospital: Because of the crush of coronavirus patients, her surgery was being called off. Ms. Krupnick was left feeling as if a time bomb was inside of her, and no firm word on when her surgery would be rescheduled. (Weise, Baker and Bogel-Burroughs, 3/14)

Boston Globe:
In Effort To Prevent Hospital Visits, Paramedics Treat Patients In Their Homes 
When 97-year-old Clara Morano had trouble breathing as well as swelling in her legs earlier this year, an ambulance took her to the emergency room at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, where doctors helped her recover. If those symptoms return, she may not have to leave home. Morano, who has congestive heart failure, is among the patients who could be served by a new program that is deploying paramedics to provide hospital-level care in patients’ homes. (McCluskey, 3/15)

First Participant In Vaccine Trial Will Receive Dose On Monday, But Wide-Spread Use Is Still A Year Away

Testing will begin with 45 young, healthy volunteers with different doses of shots co-developed by NIH and Moderna. But public health officials warn that it could be up to 18 months before the broader public has access to the vaccine for safety reasons. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration reportedly tried to get a German firm to move its vaccine development to the United States.

The Associated Press:
Government Official: Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Starts Monday
A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday, according to a government official. The first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine on Monday, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the trial has not been publicly announced yet. The National Institutes of Health is funding the trial, which is taking place at a Kaiser Permanente research facility in Washington state, the official said. (Miller, 3/15)

The New York Times:
U.S. Offered ‘Large Sum’ To German Company For Access To Coronavirus Vaccine Research, German Officials Say
The Trump administration attempted to persuade a German firm developing a possible vaccine for coronavirus to move its research work to the United States, German officials said, raising fears in Berlin that President Trump was trying to assure that any inoculation would be available first, and perhaps exclusively, in the United States. The offer arose from a March 2 meeting at the White House that included the chief executive of the German firm CureVac, Daniel Menichella. President Trump briefly attended the meeting and Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, was also there. (Bennhold and Sanger, 3/15)

The Washington Post:
Germans To Discuss Reported U.S. Attempt To Buy CureVac Coronavirus Vaccine Rights
German officials will discuss a reported U.S. attempt to secure the rights to any coronavirus vaccine developed by a German pharmaceutical company in crisis meetings on Monday, the country's interior minister said, amid concerns that the Trump administration was trying to monopolize the market. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, when asked to confirm a report the Trump administration was attempting to secure exclusive rights to any vaccine created by the German biopharmaceutical firm CureVac, said he had “heard from several other members of government today that is the case.” (Morris, 3/15)

Stat:
As Coronavirus Worsens, Officials Fear Nationalization Of Drugs And Supplies
Exactly what the Trump administration was offering, and how CureVac responded, was unclear. A U.S. official denied the reports, and the company’s main shareholders — including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — immediately made clear CureVac’s vaccine would not be sold to a single country. (Branswell, 3/15)

The New York Times:
These Lab Animals Will Help Fight Coronavirus
Among the many lessons of the coronavirus pandemic is how close humans are to the rest of the animal kingdom. We get diseases from other animals, and then we use more animals to figure out how to stop the diseases. As research ramps up treatments and vaccines, animals are crucial to fighting the pandemic. There are different animals at each end of the pandemic, of course. The new disease almost certainly began with a bat virus, scientists agree. That virus probably passed through another animal, perhaps pangolins, on its way to humans. (Gorman, 3/14)

The Enormous Impact Social Distancing Can Have On The Spread Of A Deadly Virus

A Washington Post interactive drew even former President Barack Obama's attention for the way it explains how social distancing can help flatten the curve. In other news: a closer look at the virus itself and how it spreads, questions about the safety of food delivery, the way all this news is impacting people's mental health, what you should do if you feel sick, and more.

The Washington Post:
Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, And How To 'Flatten The Curve'
After the first case of covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, was announced in the United States, reports of further infections trickled in slowly. Two months later, that trickle has turned into a steady current. (Stevens, 3/14)

The Associated Press:
How It Spreads, Infects: Coronavirus Impact Comes Into Focus
The medical impact of the new coronavirus is coming into sharper focus as it continues its spread in what is now officially recognized as a pandemic. Its true fatality rate isn't yet known, but it seems 10 times higher than the flu, which kills hundreds of thousands around the world each year, the United States' top infectious disease expert told lawmakers last week. (Marchione, 3/15)

ABC News:
COVID-19 Can Last A Few Days On Surfaces, According To New Experiment Findings 
As scientists scramble to understand more about the novel coronavirus, a new government-funded experiment shows that the virus can survive on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days. Though preliminary, the experiment emphasizes the importance of diligently sanitizing cellphones, plastic and metal surfaces regularly to prevent the spread of SARS-COVID-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (Kumar and Salzman, 3/13)

Stat:
The Coronavirus Likely Can Remain Airborne. It Doesn’t Mean We’re Doomed
When a new virus blasts out of the animals that harbored it and into people, experts can usually say, thank goodness it’s not like measles. That virus is more contagious than any others known to science: Each case of measles causes an astronomical 12 to 18 new cases, compared to about six for polio, smallpox, and rubella. Each case of the new coronavirus is estimated to cause two to three others. The reason the measles is so, well, viral, is that the microbe is so small and hardy that it is able to stay suspended in the air where an infected person coughed or sneezed for up to two hours, making it one of the only viruses that can exist as a true aerosol. Now there are conflicting reports on whether the new coronavirus can. (Begley, 3/16)

ProPublica:
This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything In Our Lifetime, And We Have To Stop Comparing It To The Flu
As a longtime health care reporter, I see the unfolding coronavirus pandemic as representing everything I’ve read about — from the early days of epidemiology to the staggering toll of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — but had not covered in my lifetime. And still, I have been caught off guard by the pushback from top elected officials and even some friends and acquaintances who keep comparing it to the flu. (Ornstein, 3/14)

The New York Times:
A Timeline Of The Coronavirus
The coronavirus, which surfaced in a Chinese seafood and poultry market late last year, has spread to more than 135 countries, killing more than 5,300 and sickening tens of thousands of people in a matter of weeks. The World Health Organization has declared the situation a pandemic. Here’s a timeline of the outbreak so far. (Taylor, 3/14)

Stat:
With The Coronavirus, Drug That Once Raised Global Hopes Gets Another Shot
A decade ago, a group of chemists cooked up a compound they simply called 3a and that, in lab experiments, fought off a number of different viruses. One was a type of coronavirus. Now, the descendant of that molecule — Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir — is being rushed to patients with infections from the novel coronavirus in hopes that it can reduce the intensity and duration of Covid-19 and ease the burden of the pandemic on health systems. (Joseph, 3/16)

CIDRAP:
US Takes More Big Pandemic Response Steps; Europe COVID-19 Cases Soar
In another development, researchers who monitor syndromic surveillance systems reported some of the first signals that might reflect increased activity due to COVID-19. On Twitter, Marc Lipsitch, DPhil, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, noted that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flulike illness latest chart shows a slight increase, though flu testing is declining. "Only one week so far but best evidence I know for widespread COVID-19 in the absence of viral testing," he said. "Something to watch carefully in each region." (Schnirring, 3/15)

Kaiser Health News:
Former Federal Virus Hunter Says U.S. Needs To Act Before New Germs ‘Kick Your Door In’ 
When the federal government decided to investigate the threat viruses in animals posed to humans, Dennis Carroll helped lead the charge. Carroll directed the pandemic influenza and emerging threats unit at the federal Agency for International Development (USAID) for nearly 15 years. In that time, he spearheaded Predict, a project that identified more than 2,000 zoonotic viruses, or germs in animals ― the viral “dark matter,” as he characterizes it — that could also sicken people. (Heredia Rodriguez, 3/16)

The Wall Street Journal:
Food Delivery’s Big Coronavirus Test: Can It Deliver?
For food-delivery companies, the new coronavirus poses a complex puzzle: It could boost customer demand but batter the restaurants that supply the food and threaten the health of workers who deliver it. Initial signs from areas like Seattle that were hard-hit early on by the U.S. outbreak show robust orders for food delivery, as employees are urged to work from home and schools close. But customers also are cutting back on actual visits that are important to restaurants’ profitability. (Haddon and Rana, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Mapping The Social Network Of Coronavirus
The offices of the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University sit 10 floors above Boston’s Back Bay. Wraparound windows offer a floating panorama of the city, from Boston Common to Fenway Park, as a half-dozen young analysts toil quietly at computers. At 10 a.m. on a recent morning, with the early calls to the World Health Organization and European doctors complete and the check-in with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scheduled for later, Alessandro Vespignani, the institute’s director, had some time to work the room. In a black blazer and jeans, he moved from cubicle to cubicle, giving each member of his team the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic. (Carey, 3/13)

The New York Times:
How To Protect Older People From The Coronavirus
Amid the uncertainty swirling around the coronavirus pandemic stands one incontrovertible fact: The highest rate of fatalities is among older people, particularly those with underlying medical conditions. Of the confirmed cases in China to date, nearly 15 percent of patients over 80 have died. For those under 50, the death rate was well below 1 percent. There is no evidence yet that older people are significantly more likely to acquire the coronavirus than younger people. But medical experts say that if people over 60 are infected, they are more likely to have severe, life-threatening disease, even if their general health is good. (Hafner, 3/14)

The New York Times:
What Are The Rules For Play Dates During The Coronavirus Crisis?
Schools and day care centers are closing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling us to limit close contact with others if the coronavirus is known to be spreading within our community. But what does close contact mean, exactly? Should we stop letting our kids have play dates? Is it OK to go to the museum or playground or indoor trampoline park? And what about birthday parties? (Moyer, 3/13)

CNN:
How To Keep Coronavirus Fears From Affecting Your Mental Health 
Coronavirus! Yes, it's a serious situation, and yes, it deserves your vigilance and attention. But the constant spring of information, precautions and warnings, whether it's straight from the CDC or some recirculated, dubiously-sourced post on Facebook, can take a real toll on your mental health.When does caution become overreaction? When does staying informed cross the line into, well, too much information? (Willingham, 3/14)

The New York Times:
The Workers Who Face The Greatest Coronavirus Risk
Nurses and doctors rank high. But so do hairdressers and dentists. (Gamio, 3/15)

The Washington Post:
OCD And Anxiety Disorder Treatment Can Be Complicated By Coronavirus Fears
People who are wrestling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders are feeling an even heavier burden in these stress-producing times. Much of the news about coronavirus feeds their already heightened concerns about contamination, being sick or general discomfort when the future is uncertain. Washing hands, avoiding crowds, and for some with possible exposure — twice daily temperature taking — have become urgent public health recommendations instead of excessive behavior requiring treatment. (Vander Schaaff, 3/14)

Los Angeles Times:
How One Man's Coronavirus Created A Global Web Of Potential Infection
Contracting the new strain of coronavirus was stressful enough for one 55-year-old Washington, D.C., aerospace consultant. But tracking down and calling the people he came into contact with may have been just as bad. “Are you sitting down? I got bad news,” he told people at least a dozen times. The consultant was diagnosed Friday with the illness, one among the early waves of known cases in the United States. (Bierman, 3/15)

NBC News:
Social Distancing Could Have Devastating Effect On People With Depression
As the coronavirus advances across the country, more Americans are staying in their homes. That sort of "social distancing" is considered essential to slowing the spread of the virus and easing the burden on the beleaguered health infrastructure. But for those suffering from depression, especially those who struggle with suicidal thoughts, it is definitely not what the doctor ordered. (Sacks, 3/16)

The Washington Post:
If You Feel Sick And Are Worried About The Coronavirus, Call Your Doctor. Don’t Rush To The ER.
Uh, oh. You wake up feeling crummy. Your throat hurts; maybe you have a cough. You are definitely anxious. What should you do? Can you get tested to rule out the novel coronavirus? (McGinley, 3/13)

The Washington Post:
Coronavirus Can Stay Infectious For Days On Surfaces
Scientists studying the novel coronavirus are quickly uncovering features that allow it to infect and sicken human beings. Every virus has a signature way of interacting with the world, and this one — SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease covid-19 — is well-equipped to create a historic pandemic. The coronavirus can be shed by people even before they develop symptoms. That pre-symptomatic transmission has helped it become a stealth contagion, spreading through communities before they know what hit them. (Achenbach, 3/13)

The New York Times:
5 Ways To Help Your Community Combat Coronavirus (While Still Social Distancing)
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States is ticking steadily upward, and with it are Americans’ collective anxiety levels. But stockpiling massive caches of toilet paper and bottled water for insular forts will only lead to more shortages and more stress. Instead, the best way for us all to prepare is by looking out for one another. (Misra, 3/15)

ABC News:
What We Know And Don’t About The Americans Who Died From Coronavirus 
As the novel coronavirus continues to claim lives in the United States, experts are investigating what factors increase some people’s risk of dying from the virus. So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not released a summary of basic demographic information about the people who have died, but according to information collected by ABC News' Medical Unit, the majority of deaths have been among people in the 70s, 80s and 90s. (Salzman, 3/14)

The Hill:
SARS-CoV-2 In People And The Environment: What's Coming? 
The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that emerged out of China in December 2019 is a highly infectious pathogen with the potential to rapidly overload health care systems and inflict substantial mortality around the world. An effective vaccine for this virus is under development and although moving quickly, will not be available to protect the most vulnerable for another year. The average case fatality rate for this virus has been estimated to be at least 1 percent, but this estimate is expected to vary geographically as a function of health care capacity, baseline population health and other socio-demographic factors. (Gerardo Chowell and Lisa Casanova, 3/15)

School Closures, Restaurant And Bar Restrictions, Nursing Home Visitor Bans: States' Orders Bring Everyday-Life To A Halt

Officials in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania take drastic steps to try to slow down the virus spread.

CNN:
Here's A Complete List Of Every State Health Department's Coronavirus Website
As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the US and its territories, health departments have created landing pages where people can go to get the latest information about the virus in their specific location. Here is a list of those pages for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Guam. (Vera, 3/16)

Boston Globe:
Baker Closes Schools, Restricts Restaurants, Bans Gatherings Over 25 As Community Spread Of Coronavirus Seen In 7 Mass. Counties 
Governor Charlie Baker on Sunday night ordered all public and private schools across Massachusetts to close for three weeks, beginning Tuesday, and has limited all restaurants to only takeout and delivery as of Tuesday, in his most sweeping action yet to slow the increasing rate of the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Belman and Hilliard, 3/15)

Boston Globe:
‘These Are Crazy Numbers’: Boston Doctors Warn That Italy May Be A Preview Of A Coronavirus Outbreak Here
Doctors here warn that unless dramatic action is taken now to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the outbreak threatens to dangerously overload the Massachusetts health care system. Several measures have been implemented across the state to decelerate the pace of contagion. Colleges are sending students home. School districts have suspended classes. (Pan, 3/13)

Boston Globe:
Mass. Increases Coronavirus Testing, ‘But It’s Not Nearly Enough,’ Some Say
Massachusetts on Sunday announced a big jump in the number of residents who have been tested for the Covid-19 virus in just the previous day, but public health experts warned that the state remains a long way from testing enough people every day to sufficiently halt the spread of the disease.
Officials said 969 people had been tested for coronavirus as of Sunday evening, up from 475 Saturday. (Hilliard, 3/15)

Boston Globe:
A Ray Of Hope In Coronavirus Outbreak: Mass. Loosens Rules On Who Can Get Tested 
Amid mounting frustration over access to coronavirus testing, the Baker administration on Friday released new guidelines to health care providers that significantly relax rules on who can be tested, a move doctors say should substantially increase access. But it remains unclear exactly how many tests the state is actually completing. (Lazar and Fernandes, 3/13)

Boston Globe:
City Of Boston To Launch Coronavirus Fund For Families Hit Hardest By Crisis 
As Greater Boston faces one of the biggest public health crises in its history — with schools shuttering, businesses running remotely, and health care workers bracing for a spike in patients — leaders in the city’s business and philanthropic communities are stepping up to help those who stand to be hurt the most. On Monday, the City of Boston will announce a new fund to assist families affected by the sprawling coronavirus outbreak. (Nanos, 3/15)

Boston Globe:
Mass General President: We Should Be In ‘War-Like’ Preparations To Combat Coronavirus 
The president of Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday compared the coronavirus crisis to a time of war and said he’s worried about the shortage of personal protective equipment needed to keep doctors and nurses safe as they confront rising numbers of infected patients. (McCluskey, 3/15)

Boston Globe:
City Officials Scramble To Stop Potential Spread Of Coronavirus Among The Homeless
Around the time health officials confirmed the first Covid-19 infection in the United States, local homeless service providers shared tips on basic hygiene and infection prevention. Shortly later, shelter operators began stepping up daily cleanings and doling out hand sanitizer. Now as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, city officials and advocates for the homeless are scrambling to develop a plan to head off a potential spread of the virus among this especially vulnerable group. (Coleman, 3/13)

Boston Globe:
Two Brigham And Women’s Providers Infected With Coronavirus 
Two health care providers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston are infected with the coronavirus, and the hospital is contacting patients and staff who may have been exposed. In a memo to staff Saturday, hospital leaders said they are in close contact with state and city public health officials and are following their guidance about how to proceed. (Kowalczyk, 3/15)

Boston Globe:
MassHealth Waives 30-Day Supply Limits For Prescription Drugs 
The state’s Medicaid organization Friday said it will allow pharmacies to dispense up to a 90-day supply of most prescription drugs for the low-income residents it serves, waiving a 30-day supply limit in response to the spreading coronavirus that has left many residents homebound. MassHealth ― which insures about 1.8 million Massachusetts residents, including about 312,000 seniors and people with disabilities ― also said it will permit them to order early refills of their prescriptions to ensure residents have adequate supplies of medicine during the public health crisis. (Weisman, 3/13)

Boston Globe:
SJC Orders Halt To All Jury Trials In Mass. Courts While Some Police Cut Direct Contact With Citizens 
The battle against the spread of the coronavirus moved into law enforcement and Massachusetts courthouses on Friday as the state’s high court ordered a halt to new jury trials until April 21. Meanwhile, some police departments are terminating non-emergency in-station visits from the public for the immediate future. In two orders issued Friday, the Supreme Judicial Court ordered a temporary halt to new jury trials in both criminal and civil cases and put a freeze on grand juries, which are used by prosecutors to bring charges in the most serious violent crimes. (Ellement, Estes and Alanez, 3/13)

WBUR:
Some Senior Care Facilities In Mass. Ban Non-Essential Visitors
One of the largest senior care operators in Mass. — Hebrew SeniorLife — announced Friday afternoon that no non-essential visitors will be allowed to visit its nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other short- and long-term care centers because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. (Wasser, 3/13)

Providence Journal:
Raimondo Asks Child-Care Centers To Close, Reports No New Coronavirus Cases 
Gov. Gina Raimondo is directing child-care centers to close this week, a change from her request from last week that they remain open. Raimondo announced early Sunday afternoon that testing since Saturday has not found any additional positive cases of coronavirus in the state. The number of positive cases in the state remains at 20. (List, 3/15)

The Hill:
Washington State To Close Restaurants And Bars Over Coronavirus 
Restaurants and bars in Washington state will temporarily suspend dine-in service amid the coronavirus outbreak as officials attempt to stop the spread of the virus, the governor announced Sunday. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) tweeted that no restaurant in the state will be permitted to serve in-person customers for the foreseeable future, with take-out and delivery services still permitted. (Bowden, 3/15)

New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Coronavirus Cases Double In Louisiana And Kill First Patient; Officials Fear High Infection Rate
A New Orleans-area resident has become the first person in Louisiana to die from the novel coronavirus, officials said Saturday, underscoring the high stakes as health officials race to stop a disease they fear is spreading at a faster rate in Louisiana than almost anywhere else in the U.S.Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced the news. The virus took the life of a 58-year-old Orleans Parish resident with underlying health conditions who was hospitalized at Touro Infirmary, it said. (Sledge and Karlin, 3/14)

New Orleans Times-Picayune:
'It’s Not Clear': Coronavirus Test Shortages Still Bedevil Louisiana Patients
Even as President Donald Trump promised that more coronavirus tests are coming soon, Louisiana health officials on Friday urged doctors to send samples from patients who don’t meet the state’s strict testing criteria to private labs that are rapidly ramping up their capacity. But patients and doctors in the New Orleans area, the heart of Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak, still said they are being thwarted in their attempts to obtain tests, and many worried about how much the tests or related hospital and doctor visits will cost. (Sledge, 3/13)

Dallas Morning News:
Five UT Southwestern Faculty In Quarantine After Exposure To New Coronavirus
Five faculty members from UT Southwestern Medical Center are in quarantine in their homes after they were exposed Wednesday to someone at a medical conference who later tested positive for COVID-19.In an email to the radiation oncology department of the medical center, which was obtained by The Dallas Morning News, Robert Timmerman, a professor in the department, said the exposure happened at a conference on the UTSW campus Wednesday morning. The person had a rapid test Wednesday after becoming ill and received the positive result Thursday. (Martin, 3/13)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Courts, Prisons Grapple With Potential Coronavirus Spread
Worried about the spread of the coronavirus, the Superior Court chief judges of Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett counties have ordered a delay in all court services.Trials will be suspended. Juries won’t be selected. The order covers the next 14 days in Gwinnett, with Fulton and Cobb courts on hiatus for 30 days. Fulton Chief Judge Christopher Brasher said the virus “substantially endangers or infringes upon the normal functioning of the judicial system.” (Boone and Sharpe, 3/13)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
VA Hospital In Decatur Sees First Cases Of Suspected Coronavirus
The Veterans Affairs hospital in Decatur is reporting two suspected cases of COVID-19, according to emails to medical staff.The patients tested initially positive Wednesday evening, and the tests are awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to emails that a hospital staffer shared with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the condition of anonymity. (Quinn, 3/13)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Emory To Postpone Elective Surgeries Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
One of metro Atlanta’s largest health care groups is postponing elective surgeries for the next two weeks as the system confronts increasing patient demands amid the coronavirus outbreak.Emory Healthcare said Sunday it will postpone “all inpatient and outpatient elective surgical and procedural cases,” starting Monday. Procedural cases include such things as colonoscopies. After two weeks, Emory Healthcare said it will evaluate week-to-week. (Trubey, 3/15)

WBUR:
Harvard Ramping Down Lab Research, 'Low Productivity' Likely To Last At Least 6-8 Weeks 
The deans of Harvard's medical, dental and public health schools are asking research staffers and students to help develop a "rapid ramp-down" strategy for most research to enable the social distancing called for in the coronavirus outbreak.In a community email sent out Friday morning, the three deans write that lab chiefs will aim to enter a period of "low productivity" by this coming Wednesday, and it "will likely last at least six to eight weeks." (Goldberg, 3/13)

Detroit Free Press:
Coronavirus: Oakland County Releases List Of Exposure Places, Dates
There are now three cases of COVID-19 in Oakland County, two of which were announced late Thursday night. Both new cases are adult men. One has no known travel history. The other man traveled in the U.S.  (Shamus, 3/13)

Detroit Free Press:
Number Of Positive Coronavirus Cases Rises To 53 In Michigan
The number of positive coronavirus cases is now up to 53 in Michigan, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced late Sunday night.It announced 20 additional positive cases on Sunday from the day before. Among the 20 new cases announced Sunday was a male child from Oakland County who had contact with a person with the coronavirus. (Hall, 3/15)

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia School District Meal Pick-Up Locations Announced For Families Who Use Breakfast, Lunch Service
Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. on Saturday released a list of 30 meal pickup locations for families who depend on school-provided breakfast and lunch service while schools are closed. (Walsh, 3/14)

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Doctor’s Coronavirus Closes A Pediatric ICU In Philly To New Patients; How Many Were Exposed Is Unknown
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children closed its intensive care unit to new patients and the Level 1 trauma unit shut down Friday, March 13, after a physician tested positive for coronavirus. The rest of the hospital remained open, according to a memo sent to Drexel staff and students by the university’s president, John Fry, on Saturday and obtained by The Inquirer on Sunday.St. Christopher’s is jointly owned by Drexel and Tower Health, and operated by Tower. (Gantz and Whelan, 3/15)

The New York Times:
‘We’ve Got A Monster That’s Looming’: West Virginia Is The Last State Without A Coronavirus Case
There are plenty of reasons West Virginia, as of Saturday afternoon, was the only state in the country with no confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It is a small state and mostly rural, much of its population already socially distanced by hollows and mountains. It is a state, as the West Virginia health secretary said at a news conference on Friday, that doesn’t “have a lot of international travel.” Still, at that same news conference, Gov. Jim Justice was bluntly realistic. (Wines and Robertson, 3/14)

The New York Times:
A Sunday Without Church: In Crisis, A Nation Asks, ‘What Is Community?’
It was Sunday morning, and the vast parking lots of Bridgeway Community Church sat empty. Instead of greeting thousands of worshipers, volunteers stood in the damp cold, ready to explain to anyone who might not have heard that services are now online only, at least until the threat of Covid-19 has passed. (Dias, 3/15)

The Associated Press:
Illinois Shuts Down Bars, Restaurants Due To Coronavirus
The governor of Illinois on Sunday ordered all bars and restaurants in his state to close amid the threat of the new coronavirus, and officials elsewhere in the country said they were considering similar restrictions after revelers ignored warnings against attending large gatherings. "The time for persuasion and public appeals is over,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. “This is not a joke. No one is immune to this.” (3/15)

Strain On Italy's Health Care System Soars As Deaths Rise 25%, Thousands Of New Cases Appear

Italy is the second hardest hit country after China. "Our priority is to keep doctors, nurses and all our health personnel safe," Italy's Prime Minister Conte said in a statement. News is from England, China, Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, the Philippines, France, Austria, Germany, El Salvador, Rwanda, and more.

Reuters:
Italy Coronavirus Deaths Rise 25% To 1,809
Italy recorded 368 new deaths from the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday as the total rose to 1,809 from 1,441 a day earlier, the country's civil protection authority said on Sunday. The number of positive cases rose to 24,747 from 21,157 a day earlier as Europe's worst outbreak of the deadly virus continued to expand. (3/15)

Reuters:
Coronavirus Death Toll In Italy's Lombardy Region Hits 1,218
The death toll from coronavirus in Lombardy, Italy's worst affected region, rose by 252 to 1,218 on Sunday, from 966 a day earlier, the region's senior health official said. Full numbers for the whole of Italy are due to be released later on Sunday. (3/15)

Reuters:
Worries Grow Over Northern Hospitals As Italy's Coronavirus Toll Grows
Italian authorities voiced growing concern on Sunday over how much longer strained health systems could cope with the coronavirus outbreak, as thousands of new cases were recorded over the past 24 hours and several hundred more people died. While the virus has begun spreading rapidly across Europe, Italy remains the second most heavily affected country after China, where the illness first emerged, and the outbreak has shown no signs of slowing. (Mackenzie, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Italians Find ‘A Moment Of Joy In This Moment Of Anxiety’
It started with the national anthem. Then came the piano chords, trumpet blasts, violin serenades and even the clanging of pots and pans — all of it spilling from people’s homes, out of windows and from balconies, and rippling across rooftops. Finally, on Saturday afternoon, a nationwide round of applause broke out for the doctors on the medical front lines fighting the spread of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak. (Horowitz, 3/14)

Politico:
Top U.S. Health Official: China’s Situation Is Improving
Top infections disease official Anthony Fauci said Sunday that after strict containment and mitigation, China’s novel coronavirus outbreak is “coming down right now.” On ABC’s “This Week,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said it takes several weeks to a few months for the outbreak to dwindle, pointing to China and South Korea as examples. (Dugyala, 3/15)

The Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Deaths Outside China Exceed Those Inside
Coronavirus deaths outside China surpassed those inside for the first time, as the center of the pandemic shifted decisively toward the U.S. and Europe and forced a growing number of countries to limit travel and gatherings to contain the spread. More than 3,300 people from countries including Italy, Iran and Spain had died from the new coronavirus as of early Monday, compared with around 3,200 in China, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Lin, 3/16)

The New York Times:
As China Cracks Down On Coronavirus Coverage, Journalists Fight Back
When Jacob Wang saw reports circulating online recently suggesting that life was getting better in Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, he was irate. Mr. Wang, a journalist for a state-run newspaper in China, knew that Wuhan was still in crisis — he had traveled there to chronicle the failures of the government firsthand. He took to social media to set the record straight, writing a damning post last month about sick patients struggling to get medical care amid a dysfunctional bureaucracy. Hernandez, 3/14)

Reuters:
China Tightens Quarantine, Airport Checks As Imported Coronavirus Cases Tick Up
China has tightened checks on international travelers at Beijing airport and said it will centrally quarantine all arrivals at its capital, after new imported coronavirus cases surpassed locally transmitted infections for a second day. China, where the epidemic began in December, appears to now face a greater threat of new infections from outside its borders as it continues to slow the spread of the virus domestically. (3/15)

Politico:
ISIS Tells Terrorists To Steer Clear Of Coronavirus-Stricken Europe
Islamic State (ISIS) has adopted a safety-first approach to the coronavirus pandemic and advised its members not to travel to Europe, Homeland Security Today reported. In the latest edition of the terrorist group’s al-Naba newsletter, the editors who normally urge followers to carry out attacks on the West instead ask them to "stay away from the land of the epidemic" for the time being. (Hernandez-Morales, 3/15)

The Wall Street Journal:
Iran’s Coronavirus Strategy Favored Economy Over Public Health, Leaving Both Exposed
When the coronavirus hit Iran in February, it presented its leaders with a choice: Close the country down to contain the outbreak and risk the wrath of a population already fed up with economic hardship, or try to keep the economy ticking over and risk the outbreak spiraling out of control. Tehran chose the latter. (Rasmussen and Eqbali, 3/15)

The Associated Press:
Iran Reports More Than 100 New Virus Deaths As Fears Mount
The official leading Iran's response to the new coronavirus acknowledged Sunday that the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in his country, which is battling the worst outbreak in the Middle East while under heavy U.S. sanctions. Elsewhere in the region, Lebanon ordered residents not to leave their homes except for urgent necessities and even closed down Beirut's famous Mediterranean boardwalk. Muslim authorities indefinitely closed the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, with prayers continuing to be held on the sprawling esplanade outside. (3/15)

The Associated Press:
Reports: Member Of Iranian Clerical Assembly Dies From Virus
A 78-year-old member of the Iranian clerical body that chooses the country's supreme leader has died from the illness caused by the new coronavirus, news agencies reported Monday. He was the latest of several senior Iranian officials to have been infected in the worsening outbreak. L'épidémie a infecté près de 14 000 personnes en Iran et tué plus de 700 personnes, avec un bilan de plus d'une centaine au cours des dernières 24 heures. The real numbers may be even higher, as some have questioned the government's reporting. (3/16)

The New York Times:
Spain, On Lockdown, Weighs Liberties Against Containing Coronavirus
The scene is becoming all too familiar, and now it has gripped Spain: Streets are empty, shops are shuttered, families are cloistered at home and the numbers of those infected with the coronavirus, and those who have died, are growing. Spain — like Italy and France to varying degrees — is now on lockdown, struggling to contain a virus that already seems out of control, with about 8,000 people infected and almost 300 dead. In the center of Madrid, police patrolled the streets, with few cars passing along its main artery, the Castellana. In Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter was empty, and private security kept anyone from entering the cathedral. (Minder and Peltier, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Spain Imposes Nationwide Lockdown To Fight Coronavirus
Faced with a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Spain on Saturday became the second country in Europe to impose sweeping restrictions on the public, telling everyone to stay indoors, with limited exceptions. The government said people could leave their homes to buy food, to go to work if they cannot work remotely, to seek health care, or to assist the elderly and others in need. (Minder and Peltier, 3/14)

The New York Times:
Spain Becomes Latest Epicenter Of Coronavirus After A Faltering Response
Just last weekend, about 120,000 people marched through downtown Madrid to celebrate International Women’s Day. Some 60,000 soccer fans filled one of the city’s largest stadiums. And 9,000 supporters of Vox, Spain’s third-largest party, gathered inside a former bullring. Now Spain has the second-highest number of coronavirus infections of any European country, after Italy — overtaking the larger nations of France and Germany — and faces the fastest spreading contagion on the Continent. (Minder, 3/13)

The Associated Pres:
Wife Of Spain’s Prime Minister Tests Positive For Virus
Spain’s government said Saturday that the wife of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has tested positive for the new coronavirus. It said Begoña Gómez and the prime minister are in good health and following the instructions of medical authorities at their residence in La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, the government seat. (3/14)

Reuters:
Central American Countries Up Fight Against Coronavirus
Central American countries took further and tougher steps to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus on Saturday with measures ranging from bans on large gatherings to travel restrictions. El Salvador's Congress approved a series of emergency measures sought by President Nayib Bukele to prevent the spread of the virus and to fend off the risk of a public health crisis. (3/15)

The New York Times:
Coronavirus Travel Restrictions And Bans Globally: Updating List
Countries across the world have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This list, pulled from official government reports and the United States State Department, will be updated as new measures are announced. (Londono and Ortiz, 3/15)

The New York Times:
Europeans Erect Borders Against Coronavirus, But The Enemy Is Already Within
The “gilded museum” of Europe is hollow and echoing. The great squares and stadiums are empty, the museums shut, the churches hesitant about services, the fine restaurants and cool bars shuttered. The coronavirus is not only spreading, but also infecting societies with a sense of insecurity, fear and fragmentation. Above all, it has severed humanity from its conceit of control and of the invincibility of its institutions, science, technology and democracies. If that is true nearly everywhere the virus goes, it is all the more so in Europe, with its history of Enlightenment, where life is lived, ordinarily, on an intimate scale, bumping shoulders on the street or in the cafe, greeting friends with kisses on the cheeks. (Erianger, 3/15)

Reuters:
French Voters Shun Elections, Enjoy Sunshine Despite Coronavirus Restrictions
Voters turned out in low numbers in France's mayoral elections on Sunday after the government imposed stringent restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the coronavirus, though many headed outdoors to enjoy the warm spring sunshine. Many expressed bemusement after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's announcement on Saturday that the vote would go ahead even as he declared all cafes, bars, cinemas and non-essential shops would close until further notice. (3/15)

Reuters:
Lockdowns And Entry Bans Imposed Around The World To Fight Coronavirus
France and Spain joined Italy in imposing lockdowns on tens of millions of people, Australia ordered self-isolation of arriving foreigners and other countries extended entry bans as the world sought to contain the spreading coronavirus. Panic buying in Australia, the United States and Britain saw leaders appeal for calm over the virus that has infected over 156,000 people globally and killed more than 5,800. (3/15)

Reuters:
France Struggling To Curb Rate Of Coronavirus Pandemic, Health Official Says
France is struggling to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, its top health official Jerome Salomon said on Monday, as authorities consider whether to implement a partial lockdown. Salomon expressed his regret that many Parisians had ventured out in large numbers on Sunday despite official advice to stay at home and a government shutdown on bars and restaurants around the country. (3/16)

Reuters:
Two Medics At Austrian Hospital Test Positive For Coronavirus
Two medical workers have tested positive for coronavirus in Austria's university hospital Uniklinum Salzburg, the regional authorities reported on Sunday. An anesthesiologist who had recently visited the Paznaun Valley in Tyrol, where Austria's first cases were reported and where 245 cases had been confirmed as of Sunday, tested positive after returning and continuing to work for four days. (3/15)

The New York Times:
Restrictions On Movement Grow As Governments Try To Slow Coronavirus
Faced with a virus that won’t slow down, the world itself moved Sunday to come to a near halt. One after another, countries imposed extraordinary measures as they raced to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Schools were closed and restaurants shuttered. Quarantines were mandated and travel severely limited. Austria banned gatherings of more than five people and imposed steep fines for those who disobeyed a far-reaching curfew. (Nossiter, Minder, Povoledo and Erlanger, 3/15)

Reuters:
Germany To Introduce Border Controls As Coronavirus Cases Jump
Germany will temporarily introduce border controls on its frontiers with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark from Monday, the government said on Sunday as the country seeks to curb a rapid spread of coronavirus. Germany is facing an aggressive progression of the illness, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. (3/15)

CNN:
Peace Corps Evacuating Volunteers And Suspending Operations Over Coronavirus Outbreak 
The Peace Corps is suspending its global operations and evacuating all volunteers as concerns mount about the coronavirus pandemic, the organization said Sunday. "As COVID-19 continues to spread and international travel becomes more and more challenging by the day, we are acting now to safeguard your well-being and prevent a situation where Volunteers are unable to leave their host countries," director Jody K. Olsen said in a letter to volunteers. (Spells and Cullinane, 3/16)

Reuters:
U.S. Peace Corps Suspends Global Operations Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
U.S. humanitarian group the Peace Corps, said it will temporarily suspend all global operations and evacuate its volunteers, amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. "As COVID-19 continues to spread and international travel becomes more and more challenging by the day, we are acting now to … prevent a situation where volunteers are unable to leave their host countries," Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen said in a letter to volunteers posted on its website. (3/16)

Bloomberg:
First Coronavirus Cases Reported in Countries Across Africa
African nations from Rwanda to Mauritania have reported their first cases of coronavirus, demonstrating the spread of the pandemic is accelerating across the world’s second-most populated continent. The sub-Saharan region has lagged behind rising numbers globally, as health-care systems brace for the virus to emerge. (Burkhardt, 3/14)

CNN:
Multiple Cruise Ships Are Left Stranded As Coronavirus Cases Increase 
Several cruise ships are stranded at sea, some with confirmed coronavirus cases on board, as the pandemic expands around the globe. Some ships have been denied port, leaving them to anchor off the coast of a country. Other cruises have docked with quarantined passengers aboard. Three cruise ships have confirmed cases of coronavirus on board: the MS Braemar, Silver Shadow and Silver Explorer. Here is the status of the cruise ships in limbo that we know of. (Zdanowicz, 3/15)

Reuters:
Japan Identifies 15 Coronavirus Clusters
Japan's health ministry said it has identified 15 clusters of coronavirus infections around the country. The biggest cluster was in the Osaka area, with more than 50 infections centered around a music venue, according to a document on the ministry's website. It was initially reported by Kyodo news. (3/15)

Reuters:
Mexican Government Rejects Reports Of First Coronavirus Death
Mexico's health ministry late on Sunday rejected media reports that the country had registered its first coronavirus death, saying that the person reported to have died, businessman Jose Kuri, was alive but in critical condition. Earlier on Sunday, veteran broadcaster Joaquin Lopez-Doriga said on Twitter that Kuri had died after testing positive following a trip to the United States. Other prominent journalists published reports on Kuri's death. (3/16)

Reuters:
Germany To Introduce Border Controls As Coronavirus Cases Jump
Germany will temporarily introduce border controls on its frontiers with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark from Monday, the government said on Sunday as the country seeks to curb a rapid spread of coronavirus. Germany is facing an aggressive progression of the illness, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. (3/16)

Reuters:
South Korea Reports 74 New Coronavirus Infections
South Korea reported 74 new coronavirus infections on Monday, slightly lower than the previous day, health officials said, taking the tally of cases to 8,236, with 75 deaths. New infections have been on a declining trajectory, with the latest figures well below a Feb. 29 peak of 909, and slightly down from 76 on Sunday, but media said South Korea uncovered the second largest cluster in the area near its capital. (3/15)

CIDRAP:
WHO: Europe Now World's COVID-19 Epicenter
The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that Europe is now the world's COVID-19 pandemic epicenter, as cases in Italy and other nations on the continent soared, and as the WHO launched a new fundraising effort designed to expand donations from individuals and businesses to support the response. At a media briefing today, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said global deaths from the novel coronavirus have reached 5,000, most of which are from China. But Europe is now reporting more cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, except for China. (Schnirring, 3/13)

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