Feb 26, 2017

Rewind: The must-know stories of the week

Get caught up on the stories that mattered this week...
TECH: Uber's no-good, very-bad week:

The scandal that rocked Silicon Valley this week started with an essay by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti documenting a widespread culture of sexism at the high-flying ride-sharing company. The week spiraled downhill from there, with investors calling for an independent investigation (which the company hired Eric Holder to conduct), a scathing NYT story detailing the company's toxic work environment for women and a confrontational meeting between CEO Travis Kalanick and frustrated female employees. Oh, and to top off the week for Uber, Google has accused it of stealing some of its technology (via proprietary files) with the purchase of self-driving truck startup Otto.

HEALTH: Obamacare replacement plan

The best piece on the politics of Obamacare repeal was this Bloomberg story Friday about Republicans acknowledging their replacement plan won't cover as many people. The story didn't reveal new details that weren't already known (that happened later when Politico got a leaked draft). But the Bloomberg story is valuable because it has candid quotes from congressional Republicans admitting that they're not really trying to cover as many people. As Rep. Michael Burgess put it: "We're not going to send an IRS agent out to chase you down and make you buy health insurance."

POLITICS: 3 things
  1. The Department of Homeland Security gave out more detailed guidance for dealing with undocumented immigrants, erasing all prior guidance except for Obama's DACA policy.
  2. Town halls across the country erupted with Obamacare supporters who worry about the repeal and replacement plan.
  3. And Trump rescinded Obama's guidance to allow transgender students to decide which bathroom they want to use.

Go deeper

World coronavirus updates: Spain tracks more cases than Italy

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

Spain overtook Italy in its number of novel coronavirus cases on Saturday. The global death toll has surpassed 64,000, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: Dubai announced 24/7 sterilization efforts during a two-week lockdown, starting Saturday. About half the planet's population is on lockdown in response to the outbreak.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll surpasses 8,400

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

Recorded deaths from the coronavirus surpassed 8,400 in the U.S. on Saturday, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day for the past four days, since April 1.

The big picture: President Trump said Saturday America's is facing its "toughest week, between this week and next week." Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the U.S. should expect to see deaths continue to rise in this period.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 1,197,405 — Total deaths: 64,606 — Total recoveries: 246,152Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 308,850 — Total deaths: 8,407 — Total recoveries: 14,652Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. The virus is hitting poor, minority communities harder and upending childbirth.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August."
  5. Business updates: Restaurants step up for health care workers. Employees are pressuring companies to provide protections during coronavirus.
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Education update: Many college-age students won't get coronavirus relief checks.
  8. 1 🏀 thing: The WNBA postpones start of training camps and season.
  9. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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