May 16, 2019

Guatemalan boy, 2, dies after being detained at the southern border

A family at the southern border in April. Photo: David Peinado/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A 2-and-half-year-old Guatemalan boy apprehended at the southern border died in El Paso after spending weeks in the hospital, The Washington Post first reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: He’s the fourth migrant child to die after being apprehended at the border since December, per CBS News. Guatemalan consul Tekandi Paniagua told AP the boy was treated in hospital for a month after being diagnosed with pneumonia. He died Tuesday. Trump administration officials have yet to comment on this case but have previously highlighted issues dealing with a surging number of migrants at the border.

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WHO health official leads criticism of Trump's coronavirus response

President Trump with members of the new coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, told MSNBC Wednesday he found "most" of what President Trump said at his briefing on the novel coronavirus "incoherent."

The big picture: The top health professional, who was a health policy adviser in the Obama administration, is among several leading figures — in particular, Democrats — to criticize the president for his response to the outbreak in recent days.

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Coronavirus updates: U.S. probes possible community spread as more countries report cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The CDC said Wednesday U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor knowingly have contact with anyone infected, as six more countries reported their first cases.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. South Korea has the most cases outside China, with 1,595 infections confirmed by Wednesday night. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 453 cases have been confirmed.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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