Apr 6, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 424 words, a 2-minute read.

  • 🚨The S&P 500 closed up 7%, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.

Situational awareness: The Masters has been postponed until November, with the other majors also delayed.

1 big thing: Boris enters intensive care

Photo: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street

Less than 24 hours after entering the hospital, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has entered the ICU and deputized one of his ministers.

  • The big picture: This is a stark reminder for all people about the importance of continuity of governance. Johnson was the first major world leader diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Statement from No. 10: “Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus."

  • "Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital."
  • "The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary."

Flashback: It's been less than a month since the U.K. tried another approach, shooting for herd immunity before realizing it would overwhelm their National Health Service. Now the U.K. faces one of Europe's worst outbreaks.

Between the lines: President Trump and Vice President Pence keep appearing side by side in public, including at yesterday's briefing.

  • "We have — we have this tiny platform and I’d love it to be wider," Trump said yesterday.
  • "You know, here we are on this platform. And — but I get next to him, I don’t breathe. I’m only kidding."
  • "We are — we are sometimes forced into positions that I’d rather — I’d rather be away, but it’s — you know, you’re all looking for questions. Mike is a very big part of this; I am."
  • "It’s very difficult maintaining like, this distance on this little area."
Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A drone view shows vehicles passing though as they receive food provided by the food bank Feeding South Florida, which has seen a 600% increase in requests.

2. Catch up quick
  1. 2020 update: Wisconsin governor issues executive order to delay in-person primary voting until June.
  2. Public health latest: Asymptomatic children could play an important role in coronavirus spread, new data from the CDC shows.
  3. States' latest: West Coast states send ventilators to New York and other states experiencing a more immediate need — Data suggests the coronavirus curve may be flattening in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  4. Jobs latest: Unemployment could already be at 13% "and moving higher," per former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
3. 1 helpful thing
Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

No fear of heights here: Firefighter Elielson Silva plays his trumpet from a basket atop a ladder in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for people to listen to from their balconies during the quarantine.

Mike Allen