Apr 20, 2019

Ebola treatment center in Congo faces first militia attack

A police officer stands guard at the Butembo Ebola treatment center following an attack on March 9, 2019. Photo: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

Militia members armed with machetes tried to burn down an Ebola treatment center in Katwa overnight, as stated by a Congolese official on Saturday and reported by the Associated Press.

The big picture: This was the first militia attack against the Katwa center, per the AP. Hours earlier, a doctor was killed and 2 hospital workers were injured in an attack on the other primary Ebola treatment center in Butembo. A police officer was killed at the Butembo center during a similar attack in March. These ongoing attacks, part of widespread civil unrest and community resistance to treatment, are occurring in the midst of the second-largest Ebola outbreak on record, with more than 1,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever so far.

Where it stands: The World Health Organization has faced criticism after it declined last week to declare a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" (PHEIC), its highest alert level, for the outbreak.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.

How Trump’s economy stacks up

Source: "Presidents and US Economy", Trump figures through 2019 courtesy of Alan Blinder; Note: Data shows real GDP and Q1 growth in each term is attributed to the previous president; Chart: Axios Visuals

Average economic growth under President Trump has outpaced the growth under Barack Obama, but not all of his recent predecessors.

Why it matters: GDP is the most comprehensive economic scorecard — and something presidents, especially Trump, use as an example of success. And it's especially relevant since Trump is running for re-election on his economic record.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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