Live updates: Governors get higher marks for coronavirus response than Trump, new poll finds
Here are some significant developments:
- As everyday life remained curtailed under coronavirus-related shutdowns — and the U.S. surgeon general begged Americans to stay home while warning that the situation is “going to get bad” in the coming days — President Trump seemed to suggest that containment measures may be too extreme. Meantime, prominent Trump advisers, GOP economists and senators are pushing the president to think about reopening the economy, saying it would be a tough choice but it could be worth it. Public-health experts — including Anthony S. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — are saying the opposite.
- Michigan, Ohio and Louisiana became the latest states to announce stay-at-home orders, Maryland and Massachusetts governors ordered nonessential businesses to close, and Virginia’s governor said schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year. But President Trump signaled growing weariness with “social distancing” and other aggressive steps advocated by health officials. “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” the president said in a tweet written in capital letters.
- Virus-ravaged Italy marked 608 coronavirus deaths Monday, bringing its total to 5,476 — more than any other country. The daily figure remains very high, but has not continued to rise. Spain extended its lockdown for another 15 days as the national death toll surged more than 25 percent. Spain now has more than 33,000 confirmed cases, and the prime minister warned that “the worst is yet to come.”
- Doubts are growing about whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as originally scheduled. Japanese leader Shinzo Abe told parliament that the Summer Games could be postponed after Canada’s Olympic Committee said it would not send its athletes to Tokyo this summer. Australian officials also hinted that they may not send a delegation to Japan.