Gov. Ron DeSantis would not take any responsibility for Florida’s skyrocketing coronavirus numbers Thursday, just hours after the state recorded its highest single day of new cases with more than 10,000.
Vera BergengruenFlorida Gov. DeSantis: “I don’t think anyone predicted a Sun Belt resurgence in mid-June"
Respond to it with humility, and apprehension, too.
Vera Bergengruen“The odd thing about reporting on the coronavirus is that the nonexperts are supremely confident in their predictions, while epidemiologists keep telling me that they don’t really know much at all.”
Young, healthy people like me are getting very, very sick from the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Vera Bergengruen"Maybe you don’t live in a big city. Maybe you don’t know anybody who is sick. Maybe you think we are crazy for living in New York. That’s fine. But please learn from us. Please take this virus seriously."
The coronavirus pandemic is shaking bedrock assumptions about U.S. exceptionalism. This is perhaps the first global crisis in more than a century where no one is even looking for Washington to lead.
Vera Bergengruen“This is perhaps the first global crisis in more than a century where no one is even looking for Washington to lead.”
@kbennhold on the view from Europe, where they’re watching the richest and most powerful nation in the world’s response with disbelief
Flights are nearly empty and airlines have cut service drastically, but the coronavirus is still ravaging the workforce.
Vera Bergengruen"Without any central tracking, the true number of deaths in the airline industry is likely to be significantly higher."
The human toll of air travel is mounting - a toll many pilots and flight attendants see as preventable deaths
A draft State Department memo says the move would “cede ground” to China and hobble the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vera BergengruenAn internal memo written by US officials warns that cutting funding to WHO, as Trump announced he would do yesterday, would "erode America’s global standing, threaten U.S. lives and hobble global efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic" propublica.org/article/trump-… via @yjtorbati
“Guess no one can see the fear behind the masks, that's a plus.”
Vera BergengruenNew: Flight attendants are front line workers too, and while most Americans are social distancing at home they're being forced to fly without basic protections, exposed to thousands, even if waiting for their COVID-19 results.
I heard from more than 20
Confined to their homes, Americans are kneading dough.
Vera Bergengruen“In disaster relief — famine, war, epidemics — the crisis goes on and on and on. There’s no point where you’re finished. Baking lets you take a project from beginning to end.” - @JeremyKonyndyk
Ärger unter den G7-Außenministern: Eine gemeinsame Erklärung zur Coronakrise ist an den Amerikanern gescheitert. Die beharren nach SPIEGEL-Informationen auf einem zweifelhaften Namen für das Virus.
Vera BergengruenWow. German media reports the G7 haven’t been able to agree on a joint statement on COVID-19 because of Pompeo’s insistence that it refer to it as the “Wuhan virus.”
The other countries “reject a label that suggests the pandemic is a Chinese problem”
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities acknowledged Tuesday that a low number of coronavirus cases in the country could be a result of insufficient screening and warned that the nation must brace for...
Vera Bergengruen"Russian authorities acknowledged Tuesday that a low number of coronavirus cases in the country could be a result of insufficient screening and warned that the nation must brace for the worst."
Many of us were too selfish to follow suggestions to change our behavior. Now we’re in lockdown and people are needlessly dying.
Vera BergengruenA plea, and a warning, from Italy to the US: “We could have stayed home...Many of us were too selfish to follow suggestions to change our behavior. Now we’re in lockdown and people are needlessly dying.”
First case at UN headquarters; Australian home affairs minister infected; schools close across Europe
Vera BergengruenThe president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for coronavirus after a trip to the US, according to local media.
Bolsonaro dined with Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night.
The United States does not yet have enough coronavirus tests to meet anticipated...
Vera BergengruenEarlier today, Pence cast doubt that the administration would be able to fulfill its promise to deliver 1 million testing kits by the end of the week. “We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate the demand going forward."
Officials inside and outside government warned the White House that travel restrictions and quarantines weren't enough
Vera BergengruenNew: The Trump administration's insistence that containment should remain the primary way to confront COVID-19 - and repeated claims that it was working - ignored a series of alarm bells from experts inside & outside the US government
Latest w/ @wjhenn
Vera BergengruenWhen it finally became indisputable an outbreak was underway, the admin was slow to catch up - not enough test kits, overwhelmed hotlines, lack of reliable statistics. Experts say the U.S. response is now likely weeks—if not months—behind schedule.