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Hours after two teams of governors introduced on Monday that they have been starting to plan the eventual easing of restrictions associated to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump asserted that the choice could be his.

“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total,” Mr. Trump stated, although he supplied no authorized or constitutional foundation for his declare. Vice President Mike Pence later stated that the administration would problem pointers for states.

Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, certainly one of seven governors within the Northeast who agreed to attract up a plan for reopening companies and colleges, stated, “Seeing as we had the responsibility for closing the state down, I think we probably have the primary responsibility for opening it up.” The governors of California, Oregon and Washington introduced an identical pact.

Here are the newest updates from the U.S. and around the world, in addition to maps of the pandemic.

We’re additionally monitoring the virus’s progress price in hundreds of U.S. metro areas.

The U.S. provide chain is showing signs of strain, as staff in meat processing vegetation, warehouses and grocery shops fall ailing.

Industry leaders and observers say the availability itself stays sturdy however acknowledge that shortages may improve.

“Consumers like to have a lot of different choices, and the reality is, in the short term, we just don’t have the labor to make that happen,” stated Christine McCracken, a meat trade analyst.

There isn’t any proof that the virus may be transmitted by way of meals or its packaging, in line with the Department of Agriculture.

Another angle: Evidence suggests it’s not simply authorities restrictions which have chilled U.S. financial exercise: Workers and shoppers are behaving in a different way due to their very own considerations concerning the virus. As a outcome, it’s likely that the economy will recover slowly even after limits are eased.


Less than every week after Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the Democratic presidential race, he endorsed Joe Biden, a serious step in making an attempt to unify a celebration during which the previous vice chairman nonetheless faces deep skepticism from many youthful, progressive voters.

Related: A liberal Democratic challenger upset an incumbent decide to win a State Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin, which on Monday launched the ultimate tallies from final week’s election. Here are the full results.

Go deeper: The Wisconsin outcomes confirmed {that a} U.S. Supreme Court choice to not lengthen the deadline to vote by mail resulted in the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters. As of Monday, 185,000 absentee ballots remained excellent.

A month after the primary coronavirus sufferers began arriving at hospitals within the New York City space, doctors have started sharing what it has been like to re-engineer a metropolis’s well being care programs, their apply and their private lives. Above, Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Certain ironclad emergency medical practices — comparable to when to make use of ventilators — have dissolved virtually in a single day.

“What we thought we knew, we don’t know,” stated an intensive care doctor at Lincoln Medical Center within the Bronx.

A river throttled: Researchers discovered that engineers in China appeared to have limited the flow of the Mekong River, resulting in document low water ranges in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

52 Places, revisited: Our former columnist, now at house in New York, reached out to friends he made on his trip around the world to find out how they’re faring throughout the pandemic.

Late-night comedy: After Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden over live-streamed video, Jimmy Kimmel said: “That’s a very powerful message for the country — if two 80-year-old men can successfully log into a Zoom meeting, anything is possible.”

What we’re watching: This Twitter video of surgeons holding a cello and piano recital at a New York hospital. Shira Ovide, who writes our On Tech newsletter, says: “I felt better, for 40 seconds.”

Cook: A starchy grain bowl makes use of these sturdy greens filling up your fridge, supplying you with a lot of the advantages of a salad — even once you’re out of lettuce.

Listen: There are new tracks from Laura Marling, Twenty One Pilots and Frank Ocean. Our “Playlist” walks you thru them.

Cope: Here’s how to cut hair now. And why, maybe, you must start a coronavirus diary. (To document all of your weird, unsettling dreams?) You ought to undoubtedly be cooking with condiments, and substituting ingredients to swimsuit what you will have available.

Here’s our full collection of ideas on what to learn, prepare dinner, watch and do whereas staying protected at house.

Screaming kids, fearful workers and anxious grocery buyers: On Monday’s episode of “The Daily,” our reporters requested folks across the U.S. about their new realities.

Here’s an excerpt from one dialog between Campbell Robertson, our correspondent in Pittsburgh, and his neighbor Tanying Dong, who works in public regulation and has been at house along with her three sons whereas her husband works in a hospital.

How is it going right now?

It was a comparatively calm morning. I had Yan do some homework. I had the opposite two simply watch TV. I attempted to get some work achieved midmorning, which I did. I completed one mission. My oldest one had one main tantrum the place he was simply screaming as a result of he couldn’t discover his sweatshirt.

Oh no.

It’s, like, his favourite sweatshirt. It turned out, it was on one of many strollers outdoors. Like, why would you permit it within the stroller?

How are the 3- and 5-year-olds right now?

I’ve been simply usually letting them float alongside and no matter they need to do. Occasionally they’ll get sick of the TV, they usually’ll need to simply come upstairs and do one thing non-TV-related, and it’s good and dangerous. It’s like, oh, that’s good. You’re utilizing your creativeness. But however, it’s like, please simply go watch TV and don’t destroy the home.

The toddler simply likes to sort of run laps round the home, which is nice as a result of that sort of wears him out somewhat bit.

I believe, usually, we’re settling right into a routine. That first two weeks was tough.

Why?

Just having a tough time accepting that, Oh, my God, all three of my youngsters are going to be house on a regular basis and I’m going to be just about on my own with them your complete time. And, Oh, my God, how am I going to deal with this? Because I’ve by no means had to do that.

Right now they’re used to being at house, they’re used to this, no matter that is.


That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Chris


Thank you
Melissa Clark supplied the recipe, and Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh supplied the remainder of the break from the information. You can attain the workforce at briefing@nytimes.com.

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Today’s episode is about an allegation of sexual assault in opposition to Joe Biden.
• Here’s right now’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Make snigger (5 letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• Times journalists will focus on the function of gender in coronavirus analysis with Caroline Criado Perez, writer of the award-winning e-book “Invisible Women,” throughout a bunch name with readers at four p.m. Eastern right now. R.S.V.P. here.

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