Intelligence officials have told the White House for weeks that China has vastly understated the spread of the coronavirus and the damage the pandemic has done.
Peter BakerThe CIA has been warning the White House since at least early February that China has vastly understated its coronavirus infections and that its count could not be relied upon. @julianbarnes
Peter BakerNavy secretary explains why he dismissed the carrier captain who pleaded for help on coronavirus: "He put the spotlight on the Navy in a negative light when all the things he was asking for we’re surging for him."
Hundreds were pictured in the gathering in the aircraft carrier’s hangar deck and many chanted Capt. Brett Crozier’s name.
Peter Baker"That’s how you send out one of the greatest captains you ever had": The carrier captain fired by the Navy after raising alarms about the coronavirus afflicting his crew gets a raucous farewell from his supportive sailors.
The United States Navy is expected to relieve the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Peter BakerMore than 100,000 Americans are expected to die after a slow initial government response to the coronavirus pandemic and the first person to be fired is ... the aircraft carrier captain who pleaded for help for his stricken crew. @ckubeNBC
Never before, scientists say, have so many of the world’s researchers focused so urgently on a single topic. Nearly all other research has ground to a halt.
Peter BakerWhile political leaders lock their borders, scientists shatter theirs, creating a global collaboration unlike any in history. Never have so many experts in so many countries focused on a single topic with such urgency. @mattapuzzo @ddknyt
Fears are growing that the worldwide economic downturn could be especially deep and lengthy, with recovery limited by continued anxiety.
Peter Baker"I feel like the 2008 financial crisis was just a dry run for this": The virus-induced global economic crisis could be far more punishing and long lasting than initially feared, writes @petersgoodman
A group of about 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin celebrated spring break in Mexico, but returned to find that 28 had tested positive. Dozens more are being monitored.
Peter BakerSeventy spring breakers from Texas went to Mexico to party in defiance of social distancing guidance. Now 44 of them have tested positive for the coronavirus. @daveymontgomery @mannyNYT
Peter BakerJoin the @dealbook team tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern time with special guest @maggieNYT to go inside the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis and what steps might come next. Register for the call now.
The C.D.C. director says new data about people who are infected but symptom-free could lead the agency to recommend broadened use of masks.
Peter BakerAs many as 25% of people infected with the coronavirus may not show symptoms, the CDC warns, a startlingly high number that complicates efforts to predict the pandemic’s course and strategies to mitigate its spread. @apoorva_nyc
The bureau has routinely botched surveillance applications in its national-security investigations, an inspector general said.
Peter BakerAn inspector general audit revealed a broader pattern of sloppiness by the FBI in seeking permission to eavesdrop on American soil in national security cases going beyond the Carter Page case. @charlie_savage
A study published last fall went unheeded. Its lead author now says economic shutdowns to fight the coronavirus could last up to eight months.
Peter BakerOne of the authors of a White House study last year that warned about a pandemic now says it would make sense for the administration to effectively shut down most economic activity for two to eight months to slow the virus. @jimtankersley
Under the best-case scenario presented on Tuesday, more Americans will die from the coronavirus in the weeks and months to come than died in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined.
Peter BakerThe grim-faced president who appeared in the White House briefing room for more than two hours beside charts showing death projections of hellacious proportions was coming to grips with a reality he had long refused to accept.