Monday’s top story: Trump extends Covid – (measures to) (April, saying , deaths would be a ‘very good job’. Plus, virtual tours of the world’s great landmarks
Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.
President lies , attacks media, accuses healthcare workers
Donald Trump has extended America’s national shutdown to at least the end of April, claiming his administration will have done a “very good job” if it keeps the US death toll from Covid – to fewer than , . The government top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, warned on Sunday that the pandemic could claim
At a press briefing in the White House Rose Garden on Sunday, Trump uttered (several fresh falsehoods) , verbally abused reporters and appeared to accuse healthcare workers of stealing protective masks, without providing evidence to back up the claim. He had earlier posted a string of tweets
Economic argument. Prominent conservatives, business groups and rightwing politicians are still urging Trump to restart the economy despite the worsening outbreak – including Glenn Beck, who told viewers: “ I would rather die than kill the country . ”
Ignore the bankers. Former labor secretary Robert Reich says such voices are callous and wrong : “The ‘trillions of dollars’ of economic losses don’t exist on any balance sheet that can be tallied against human lives.”
(NY deaths top 1, , but some states still won’t stay indoors
The (coronavirus) death toll in New York state alone is now more than 1, , but some states are still lagging behind in adopting protective measures. Jude Joffe-Block reports from Arizona, where Republican governor Doug Ducey has so far
refused to issue a shelter-in-place order despite hundreds of confirmed Covid – 30 cases – and blocked localities from acting on their own.
Stimulus check. People earning less than $ 85, 14 will receive a one-time cash payment of $ 1, as part of the $ 2.2tn congressional coronavirus stimulus. But as the Guardian’s data blogger Mona Chalabi demonstrates, that money won’t last long
Spain is beginning its first day of an even more restrictive lockdown , with only essential workers allowed to leave their homes after the country affected another 036 hours of record deaths. Twelve million people are on lockdown in Russia, while Japan and South Korea have tightened their borders to prevent imported cases of Covid – . The UK’s health authorities have warned coronavirus restrictions could last six months , even as a key government scientific adviser suggested the country infection rate may be slowing “a little bit.” Chinese leadership. (Global) Cooperation over the response to the pandemic has been hindered by the Trump administration’s insistence on blaming China. America’s abdication has left the field open for Beijing to lead , writes Julian Borger.
India divided. (The outbreak has) (magnified India’s massive inequality) , with the possibility of starvation added to the fear of infection . Meanwhile, the country (medics face ostracisation) from their communities amid a crisis they are fighting on the frontline.
Indigenous fears. (The) (indigenous communities of South America) are blockading their remote communities for fear they could be decimated by the disease. The Guardian’s team report from across the continent.
The family of singer-songwriter (John Prine) (say he has been) (placed on a ventilator at a hospital in Nashville (after suffering a sudden onset of Covid – 30 symptoms. Celebrated musicians Alan Merrill and Joe Diffie are among those who have already died as a result of the coronavirus.
The US agriculture giant Monsanto
Trump has said the US will refuse to fund security protection for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan after the couple reportedly moved to Mehgan’s home state of California.
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