Feb 7, 2017

Not the Onion, White House edition

  • Trump claims reporters are covering up terrorist attacks. When pressed for examples, the White House produces a list of attacks, most of which would be easily recognizable to media consumers.
  • Sean Spicer goes on the record to argue the president doesn't own a robe, after New York Times says he decamps to his room in the evening, throws on his robe and watches cable. Twitter explodes with photos of Trump in robes -- and countless reporters gleefully retweet them.
  • Politico, in a triple-bylined piece, says Trump was hacked off at Spicer being imitated by a woman on SNL. "Trump doesn't like his people to look weak," a donor tells Politico.

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Trump weighs quarantine of New York and surrounding states as U.S. coronavirus cases top 105,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — areas congruent with the New York metro area. The White House has advised those who travel from the metro area to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The big picture: With 105,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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How the war on disease made our world

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The biggest pandemic in decades serves as a reminder of just how big a role infectious disease has played in human history — and will continue to play in the future.

The big picture: Without victory over infection, humanity wouldn't have developed the globalized and populous civilization of today. Yet that civilization is vulnerable to COVID-19, which can only be fought by decoupling the connections that underpin the modern world.

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Coronavirus updates: World case count tops 600,000

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 and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that the novel coronavirus pandemic could worsen if people fail to take the appropriate containment measures, at a Saturday news conference in Tokyo.

The big picture: The U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases, as the number of global cases nears 620,000. Governments around the world are trying to curb the medical and financial fallout of COVID-19, as infections surge across Europe and the U.S.

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