New York City's once-bustling Times Square. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

The novel coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the lives of people around the world.

The big picture: The first known case outside China was in Thailand on Jan. 13. Since then, governments around the world have responded to surging case numbers with a range of measures designed to curb the spread of the virus. There were more than 723,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections by early Monday, per Johns Hopkins data.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a news briefing with a limited number of journalists allowed placed at a distance to each other, Berlin, Germany. Photo: Markus Schreiber/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
A priest holds Sunday mass as he looks toward photographs sent in by his parishioners, Giussano, Italy. Photo: Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images
A woman receives a rose delivered to her via a drone in Lebanon's coastal city of Jounieh. Photo: Joseph EidAFP via Getty Images
A train marked with red crosses to ensure physical distancing, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Abdul Qodir/AFP via Getty Images
Customers maintain physical distancing as they wait to enter a mall, Ahmedabad, India. Photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP via Getty Images
Two women observe social distancing measures as they speak to each other from adjacent park benches, York, England. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
Pakistan's capital Karachi has designated areas marked on the ground to maintain physical distancing. Photo: Asif Hassan/AFP via Getty Images
An official takes people's temperatures in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, where COVID-19 was discovered and where restrictions have eased after a drop in case numbers. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images
Nuns sing in a church, Barcelona. Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP via Getty Images
A South African Police Service member makes shoppers hold their hands out in front of them to ensure social distancing outside a supermarket, Yeoville, Johannesburg. Photo: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
The Paddison family updates their roadside isolation countdown sign in Auckland, New Zealand. The country is in the midst of a four-week lockdown, which requires people to stay at home but permits them to exercise outdoors in their neighborhood if they keep 6.5 feet from people who are not members of their household.

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Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation on Oct. 26

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the Capitol on Oct. 20. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Senate will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next Monday, Oct. 26, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote this Thursday to advance Barrett's nomination to the full Senate floor. Democrats have acknowledged that there's nothing procedurally that they can do to stop Barrett's confirmation, which will take place just one week out from Election Day.

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.

Meadows confirms Trump's tweets "declassifying" Russia documents were false

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed in court on Tuesday that President Trump's tweets authorizing the disclosure of documents related to the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton's emails "were not self-executing declassification orders," after a federal judge demanded that Trump be asked about his intentions.

Why it matters: BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold cited the tweets in an emergency motion seeking to gain access to special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. This is the first time Trump himself has indicated, according to Meadows, that his tweets are not official directives.