Mar 5, 2018

Syria strips medical supplies from aid convoy to Eastern Ghouta

A baby receives a vaccination in Eastern Ghouta in 2016. Photo: NurPhoto via Getty Images

An aid convoy reached Eastern Ghouta in Syria Monday, where the Russian-backed Syrian army has killed hundreds of civilians and dropped "almost 20 bombs daily" in recent weeks, Reuters reports. But the Syrian government confiscated some medical supplies from aid workers before they were allowed in to help.

Why it matters: "The United Nations says 400,000 people are trapped inside the besieged enclave, and were already running out of food and medical supplies before the assault began with intense air strikes two weeks ago," per Reuters. [Go deeper: White House accuses Russia of slaughtering civilians in Syria]

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America's funeral homes buckle under the coronavirus

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Morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries in hot spots across America cannot keep up with the staggering death toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, and at least tens of thousands more lives are projected to be lost. The numbers are creating unprecedented bottlenecks in the funeral industry — and social distancing is changing the way the families say goodbye to their loved ones.

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Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January

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In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

The state of play: By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

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Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: The virus hits home

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The share of Americans who know someone who's tested positive has more than tripled in just a few weeks, to 14%, according to the latest installment of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

  • It's still highest in the Northeast, but last week alone it doubled in the South — and it's becoming most pronounced among people who still must leave home to work.