Your Monday briefing – The New York Times

<pre><pre>Your Monday briefing - The New York Times

As many people in China return to work today after a break from the already extended Lunar New Year, the country faces two bleak statistics:

  • The new coronavirus has killed more than 900 people in the country, more than 774 people who died worldwide from the SARS epidemic 17 years ago.

  • The number of new deaths that the government reported on Sunday, 97, was the highest so far in a single day.

Here are the latest updates and a map of where the virus has spread. The director general of the World Health Organization said Sunday that an advanced team was heading to China to help the government contain the outbreak.


Analysis: Officially, the virus has made 40,171 people sick in China. But experts say deaths and infections are probably being told little because the test facilities are under severe pressure.

Inside the outbreak: In Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, our journalist met A family in which three generations have gotten sick from the virus.

In Beijing: The outbreak is testing an authoritarian system that President Xi Jinping has built around himself in the past seven years. A writer in the Chinese capital described the outbreak as "a great shock,quot; to the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party, only surpassed by the armed repression of the government against the protesters of Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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By the numbers: Fianna Fail was on track to win around 45 seats in the 160-seat Parliament, followed by Sinn Fein with 37 seats and Fine Gael with 36 seats. The final results are expected today or tomorrow, probably starting weeks of coalition negotiations over who will control Parliament.

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Seventeen African countries abandoned their colonial status in 1960. Sixty years later, our archive narration team, Past Tense, combined photographs from collections in The Times and elsewhere with writers and thinkers of African descent to a special section, "A redone continent." Veronica Chambers, the editor of Past Tense, spoke with Adriana Balsamo about the project. Here are some slightly edited excerpts from your conversation.

Can you talk about the decision that more young writers be part of the project?

We really wanted some dynamism in the conversation. And we thought it would be interesting to ask young people who are really connected to the continent … and who have a feeling of pride in this regard. David Adjaye, for example, spent years cataloging the architecture of Africa in a way that had never been done before. But he grew half of his life outside the continent.

There is always a period of discovery for someone who has one foot in a country but not necessarily grew there. And especially because the countries are so young, I found it interesting to ask these young people that somehow they really benefited from all the good of independence (their lives were shaped by everything that came later) to see photos and respond.

What is your favorite photo?

I think the picture of the mother and the baby (with the essay by Ibolo Mbue) and the image of Miss Independence (with the essay by Luvvie Ajayi) were really important to me because those were the two I found first, in October 2018. I clung to those two images as a kind of proof of concept. I also love Sam Falk's photo at the United Nations (with Mr. Adjaye's essay). It is so special to the history of The Times and only to know what it must have meant for these men to go and represent new nations. Say: "Our country has three months and here we are. Let's talk about how we fit in the rest of the world." I think it is quite powerful.

What do you expect readers to get out of the section?

We really hope that people on the continent read the digital version, and we have worked very hard on the interactive one. When you look at the news photographs, it was a time when very few New York Times readers would have been on the continent. So when we look at where we are 60 years later, there are still many people who have never been and can never go.

And I hope that what readers take from him is a sense of possibility on the continent that I believe continues to this day. A sense of beauty, a sense of community. And I hope, interest: I hope you continue reading some of the writers we present.

That's all for this informative session. Until next time.

– Miguel

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To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the break from the news. You can contact the team at [email protected]

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