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Stepping in: Raab arrives at Downing Street today. Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the intensive care unit of a London hospital 10 days after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Driving the news: Downing Street says Johnson “remains conscious at this time" but was moved to the ICU in case a ventilator is required. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will stand in for Johnson “where necessary.”
The backstory: When Johnson, 55, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, Downing Street said it was for “routine tests” and insisted he was still managing the U.K.’s response to the crisis.
Hours later, the situation changed dramatically. The Downing Street statement revealing Johnson was in the ICU noted that Raab would be empowered to deputize for him (though not formally as interim prime minister).
Johnson was the first world leader to announce he’d tested positive for the virus, on March 27. He continued to lead meetings and briefings via videoconference before his condition worsened in recent days.
Chinese views of the U.S. have soured dramatically over the past year, according to polling from the Eurasia Group Foundation.
By the numbers: Most respondents in the 2019 survey said they’d like to see China’s system of government become much or somewhat more like America’s over the next 20 years. Respondents one year later were about half as likely to feel that way, and twice as likely to want China’s system to become much less like America’s.
Between the lines: The 2020 survey was conducted between Feb. 15 and March 3, when China was in the midst of its coronavirus crisis but the pandemic had not yet hit the U.S. with full force.
Our thought bubble: Axios China reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian says the data fits with what she’d been hearing anecdotally about a hardening of opinion toward the U.S. and was likely influenced by the “intense and highly successful Chinese propaganda” against the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Pew asked Canadians and Mexicans for the first word that came to mind when thinking of the U.S.
Countries around the world quickly followed one another into lockdown, but there have been some notable outliers.
Sweden has defied the trend in Europe and kept schools, restaurants and shops open. The government is advising people to limit their gatherings to 50 people. Yes, 50.
Peru is attempting to enforce its lockdown by gender, with men only leaving the home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and women on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Sunday, everyone is to stay home.
Cuba is expanding one of its most valuable exports: doctors. Medical teams have arrived in at least 14 virus-struck countries, per the Economist.
South African police report that crimes like murder and sexual assault have fallen sharply during the lockdown, perhaps because of limits on the sale of alcohol.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The world’s major oil-producing countries are hoping to strike a deal this week to limit the damage from the gravest crisis the industry has faced in recent memory.
How it happened: An increase in supply, driven by the shale boom that’s made the U.S. the world’s biggest producer, collided with an unprecedented fall in demand due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Next came the split between the world’s next-biggest producers, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
What to watch: The shutdown of the global economy could cause a 20% decline in demand in April, Daniel Yergin writes in Foreign Affairs.
That explains why President Trump, long a fan of cheap oil, is also intent on striking a deal that will raise prices, Axios’ Ben Geman and Amy Harder explained today on the Pro Rata podcast.
But, but, but: The Russians and Saudis want the U.S. to commit to cuts too, but "nobody can just flip a switch and tell U.S. oil companies to cut their production,” German says.
Is it better on the other side? Photo: Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images
"The coronavirus, I believe, will be seen as a chapter break between Globalization 1.0 and Globalization 2.0," author Robert Kaplan said today on a Council on Foreign Relations conference call.
Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute argued on the same call that while this crisis will have a "long shadow," that could ultimately be a good thing.
Arundhati Roy, the Indian novelist, writes in the FT that it's ultimately up to us:
"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."
A Haitian family at the edge of the Gap. Photo: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images
War brought them to a jungle thousands of miles from home. They had little idea just how far they were from the United States.
In a breathtaking feat of reporting, Nadja Drost joined migrants from Cameroon and Pakistan as they traversed the Darién Gap — "one of the most dangerous regions in the world: a corridor for drug trafficking and home to jaguars and venomous snakes," as she writes in the California Sunday Magazine.
The Gap — so named because this ungoverned expanse is the lone missing link in the Pan-American highway — straddles the border between Colombia and Panama.
This is ultimately a story of human suffering and of just how far people will go to reach the United States. It's also a reminder that even when the world appears frozen, some have little choice but to press onward.
Journeys deferred, in a locked down Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images
"We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again."— Queen Elizabeth II in a rare national address