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6:55 PM ET, April 5, 2020


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The Guardian:
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus  —  Move follows rumours that prime minister's condition had been worsening  —  Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus after suffering persistent symptoms for 10 days.  —  Downing Street insisted it was just a precautionary measure …
New York Times:
Official Counts Understate the U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll  —  Inconsistent protocols, limited resources and a patchwork of decision-making has led to an undercounting of people with the coronavirus who have died, health experts say.  —  WASHINGTON — A coroner in Indiana wanted …
Discussion: Slate
Washington Post:
Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of covid-19 but being left out of the official count  —  The fast-spreading novel coronavirus is almost certainly killing Americans who are not included in the nation's growing death toll, according to public health experts and government officials involved in the tally.
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus  —  LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus more than a week ago, was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests.  —  Johnson's office said he was hospitalized because he still …
Discussion: Associated Press
Agence France-Presse:   Glimmer of hope in virus-hit Europe as US girds for ‘hardest’ week
New York Times:   Coronavirus Live Updates: Top U.S. Officials Warn of ‘Our Pearl Harbor’; Deaths in Country May Be Undercounted
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:   Live updates: Maryland Gov. Hogan emerges as key GOP voice on pandemic; DMV marks highest one-day jump in fatalities
Mohara / The Office of Governor Larry Hogan:
Governor Hogan Takes Aggressive Action to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff Amid COVID-19 Outbreaks
Discussion: The Hill and WTOP
John Ismay / New York Times:
Navy Captain Removed From Carrier Tests Positive for Covid-19  —  Captain Crozier was fired after a leak of a letter he had emailed to Navy leaders detailing the service's failures in dealing with a coronavirus outbreak on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.  —  Capt. Brett E. Crozier …
Wall Street Journal:
Aboard the USS Roosevelt, Sailors Braced for the Worst  —  ‘We were bleaching everything.’ A crew scrambled to stanch a coronavirus outbreak in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  —  The visit to Vietnam in early March was intended as a historic milestone and a symbol of far-reaching U.S. aims in the Pacific …
San Francisco Chronicle:
A Captain's Choice  —  Brett Crozier chose his crew over his career.
Discussion: The Guardian and CNN
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster …
Discussion: Slate, Vox, WGN-TV, Axios, Daily Kos and Politico
Trump administration tells states to step up as governors plead for aid
Discussion: Axios
Wajahat Ali / The Atlantic:   This Is What Happens When the Federal Government Abandons You
ABC News:
Biden says call with Trump over coronavirus response hasn't happened  —  Biden reiterated he was open to speaking with the president.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden said a suggested call between himself and President Donald Trump about the novel coronavirus response hasn't happened …
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:   Why ‘That Woman From Michigan’ Should Be on Joe Biden's Short List for VP
Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden
Jazz Shaw / Hotair:
Joe Biden Is Racking Up Pinocchios Briskly During The Pandemic
USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York  —  The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in one tiger at a zoo in New York.
Discussion: KTLA and InsideHook
David Zweig / New York Times:
How The Coronavirus Stranded This Couple in the Maldives  —  They were surrounded by a fleet of staff, who were stranded themselves, trapped in an eternal honeymoon in the Maldives.  Their adventure continues.  —  After publication, this article was updated to reflect new conditions.
Discussion: InsideHook
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Assembly Republicans ask Gov. Evers to allow in-person Easter and Passover services during coronavirus pandemic  —  Assembly Republicans are calling on Gov. Tony Evers to allow in-person services for Easter and Passover amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and Politico
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Surgeon General implores holdout governors to ‘give us a week’
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
George W. Bush in 2005: ‘If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare’  —  A book about the 1918 flu pandemic spurred the government to action.  —  In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he began flipping through …
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
Tom Bossert / ABC News:
In coronavirus response, we only get 2 strikes: OPINION
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
In Chicago, 70% of COVID-19 Deaths Are Black  —  The COVID-19 virus is killing black residents in Cook County at disproportionately high rates, according to early data analyzed by WBEZ.  —  While black residents make up only 23% of the population in the county, they account for 58% of the COVID-19 deaths.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
A Little-Known Democratic Governor Is Breaking Out in Kentucky  —  In the absence of federal leadership, governors have become the public face of the effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  Some of them, like New York's Andrew Cuomo and California's Gavin Newsom, have risen to the media status …
Ryan Van Velzer / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:   Federal Government Outbids Kentucky For Medical Equipment Amid Shortage
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The worst president.  Ever.  —  Until now, I have generally been reluctant to label Donald Trump the worst president in U.S. history.  As a historian, I know how important it is to allow the passage of time to gain a sense of perspective.  Some presidents who seemed awful to contemporaries …
Washington Post:
Giuliani, a familiar voice in Trump's ear, promotes experimental coronavirus treatments  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was in the center of the impeachment storm earlier this year as an unpaid private attorney for President Trump, has cast himself in a new role: as personal science adviser …
Discussion: The Hill
Exclusive: Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters.
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Hill and РБК
Carlos Barria / Reuters:
Louisiana church holds services, defying coronavirus stay-at-home order  —  CENTRAL, La. (Reuters) - The pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge held services on Sunday in defiance of a stay-at-home order issued by Louisiana because of the coronavirus pandemic, telling worshippers they had …
Discussion: The Hill
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
He Went to Jared  —  Heaven help us, we're at the mercy of the Slim Suit crowd.  —  A few years ago, when some photos by Times photographers adorning our office walls were swapped out for others, I found one headed for the dumpster.  —  It captured the scene when Andy Card came over to whisper …
Discussion: BIG by Matt Stoller
New York Times:
Italy's Virus Shutdown Came Too Late.  What Happens Now?  —  Italy underestimated the outbreak, then ordered a national lockdown to contain it.  A month later, officials warn it is still too soon to reopen.  —  Milan  —  Venice  —  Turin  —  Genoa  —  Bologna  —  Florence  —  Rome
Nadia Schadlow / The Atlantic:
Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China  —  When a new coronavirus emerged in China and began spreading around the world, including in the United States, President Donald Trump's many critics in the American foreign-policy establishment were quick to identify him as part of the problem.
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Connor Sheets /
Alabama prison system's COVID-19 plan anticipates widespread infection, deaths, National Guard intervention
Discussion: The Hill
Dave Lieber / Dallas Morning News:
If you imagine that a local business making surgical face masks is working 24/7, guess again
Katherine Eban / Reuters:
As Trump administration debated travel restrictions, thousands streamed in from China
Discussion: The Hill
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
The Nurse Was Holding Up. Then Her 3 Close Relatives Were Brought In.
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
How New Jersey's First Coronavirus Patient Survived
New York Post:
Media mystified as America rallies behind President Trump during coronavirus crisis
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a ‘nightmare scenario,’ but predicts lower death toll than Trump
Discussion: Fox News
“Dead on Arrival”: A N.Y. Fire Chief's COVID Journal
Rodney Muhumuza / Associated Press:
‘Complete collapse of economies’ ahead as Africa faces virus
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
Fox News ‘willfully and maliciously deceived public’ about coronavirus
Alex Harris / Miami Herald:
After hours waiting for Miami hospital bed, cruise passenger's family calls 911. It was too late
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Two months in, Trump's coronavirus response creates more chaos
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Early on, Cheney and Cotton warned about the coronavirus. They still face pushback in the GOP.
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
How long until sports can return? You might not like the answer.