16 things to know today about coronavirus
Welcome to The Hill’s daily roundup of coronavirus news.
There are 1.3 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, and 357,000 of those are in the United States. The country today hit a grim milestone, with over 10,000 deaths from the virus. While over in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
Here’s what you need to know today about the coronavirus outbreak.
- The United States hit the grim milestone of 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, and cases rose over 357,000. Peter Sullivan reports.
- The campaign rivals speak: Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke with President Trump Monday afternoon about the response to the coronavirus. Trump called the talk “friendly.” Max Greenwood and Al Weaver report.
- An inspector general report found that hospitals are facing “severe” shortages of tests and “widespread” shortfalls of protective equipment. Read more here.
- Trump, though, dismissed the inspector general report as “just wrong.” More from Peter on his response.
- There is no proven treatment for COVID-19, but an old malaria medicine called hydroxychloroquine has made headlines as a potential key to treating the disease. Here’s what you need to know about the drug.
- Trump said he may look into the dismissal of a Naval captain who was relieved of duty aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt after warning of an outbreak of coronavirus on board. More from Brett Samuels here.
- The Trump administration is struggling to work out the kinks of a coronavirus small-business loan program after a chaotic start. Alex Gangitano has the story.
More from the states:
- In more hopeful news, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said the state may have flattened the curve of the outbreak, but cautioned it is still too soon to tell, Jessie Hellmann reports. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) likewise said efforts to flatten the curve are paying off, but urged citizens to stick to social distancing measures.
- The Navy hospital ship dispatched to New York City will now take individuals who have been infected by the coronavirus. The move came after criticism over the hundreds of empty beds aboard the ship. Ellen Mitchell has that story.
- Public health experts are calling for more resources to be put into people to do contact tracing, a key step in reopening the country, and Massachusetts has a possible model program. Reid Wilson reports.
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is warning against large religious gatherings, even though he exempted such gatherings from the state’s stay at home order. Read more here.
- California is sending 500 ventilators to the national stockpile. More here from Justin Wise.
More from the trail:
Gov. Tony Evers (D-Wis.) moved to postpone Tuesday’s elections in Wisconsin, but the state Supreme Court stopped him from doing so. Republicans had challenged Evers’s executive order, arguing that the move violates state law. Jonathan Easley and Justine Coleman have the story.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. A spokesperson said he remains conscious. Zack Budryk has more.
- Nearly 20,000 foreign workers in Singapore have been told to quarantine for 14 days as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. Read more here.
- The rate of deaths slowed in Spain, with 637 people dying overnight, down from a peak of 905 deaths last Thursday. Rebecca Klar reports.