Coronavirus, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, U.S. Soccer: Your Friday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and celebrating the 90th birthday of the Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. If you care to be reminded of the past week, there’s also a new news quiz.

The Senate called off a recess next week to vote on the measure.

Here are the latest updates on the outbreak and maps of where the virus has spread.

In other developments:

  • Wall Street had its worst day since the Black Monday crash of 1987. Here’s the latest from global markets.

  • At least six states and several large school districts moved to close schools for at least two weeks, affecting millions.

  • A ban on travel from much of Europe to the U.S. is to begin today at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The restrictions don’t apply to American citizens but nevertheless caused chaos on Thursday, as panicked passengers tried to leave Europe before they took effect. Here’s a guide to the restrictions.

  • Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, has tested positive for the virus. Mr. Trudeau shows no symptoms and is not being tested, but will work from home for 14 days.

  • The White House press secretary said that neither President Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence would be tested after meeting with a Brazilian official who later tested positive. An Australian official who met last week with Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, said today that he had the virus.

  • China reported its lowest tally from the virus since January, with eight new infections confirmed in the past 24 hours.

  • In sports, the N.C.A.A. canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, and several professional leagues suspended or postponed their seasons.

  • Every Disney theme park will be closed starting this weekend. The company’s cruise line is suspending departures.

  • In New York, Broadway theaters are going dark for a month, and cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim will close temporarily.

What to know: The Times is providing free access to our most important updates and guidance on the outbreak. Our Coronavirus Briefing, like all our newsletters, remains free.


Dr. Anthony Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed testing availability in testimony before Congress on Thursday: “The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we are not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. But we are not.”

The details: Worst-case projections based on C.D.C. scenarios suggest that — if no action were taken to slow transmission — 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die in the U.S. Those numbers don’t account for interventions already underway.

Closer look: The virus has overloaded hospitals in northern Italy, offering a glimpse of what countries face if they cannot slow the contagion.

News analysis: Beyond travel limits and wash-your-hands reminders, President Trump has left it to others to set the course in combating the pandemic, our White House reporters write. “If I need to do something, I’ll do it,” Mr. Trump said on Thursday. “Compared to other places, we are in really good shape.”

“The Daily”: Today’s episode is about how best to navigate the pandemic.


Amid deepening uncertainty over the coronavirus and growing economic anxiety, the presidential campaign has become “a real-time, life-or-death test of competency and leadership,” our political reporters write.

On Thursday, both former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders criticized President Trump’s handling of the outbreak and offered plans of their own. A spokesman for the Trump campaign accused the Democratic candidates of politicizing a crisis.

Mr. Biden: “Public fears are being compounded by pervasive lack of trust in this president fueled by adversarial relationship with the truth that he continues to have.”

Mr. Sanders: “The crisis we face from the coronavirus is on a scale of a major war. And we must act accordingly.”

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