Your briefing on Friday – The New York Times

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<pre><pre>Your briefing on Friday - The New York Times

The United States, after months of mixed messages from the Trump administration about the dangers of the coronavirus, is the new center of the pandemic. As of Thursday, it had more than 81,000 documented infections, beating both Italy and China, and more than 1,000 deaths.

Scientists say Louisiana may be experiencing the world's fastest growth in new infections. Almost half of the 2,300 confirmed cases in the state are in New Orleans, possibly because so many people visited last month for what now seems like an epidemiological nightmare: the annual Mardi Gras festival.

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And in an anxious New York City, which has more than a quarter of the nation's confirmed cases, our reporter went behind the scenes at a Brooklyn hospital where the emergency room may run out of space next week.

"None of us know where this is taking us," Sylvie de Souza, the hospital's president of emergency medicine, said of her staff. "We don't even know if we could get sick. But none of them so far has failed in their duty, their vocation."

The government here is trying to learn from the mistakes or the slowness of what happened in other countries. Indian officials saw what happened in China and how effective the blockades were once they were implemented – that is more their model than anything else.

India's workload remains relatively low: around 600 confirmed infections. What is the big concern when the number grows?

The country spends very little on health care per capita. So the health care system here doesn't have enough funds, and it's a huge population: 1.3 billion people. Public hospitals, the number of doctors, the number of beds, the equipment they use – everything is below the standards of most other parts of the world.

Some of the best hospitals in the world are really struggling. So imagine how a hospital with far fewer resources would respond.


Fix: Thursday's article "What We Are Reading,quot; mistakenly spelled the last name of the chief of security at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, a social media novice who took over your institution's Twitter feed. He is Tim Tiller, not Send. Thanks to the enthusiastic reader who alerted us.

That's it for this briefing. Have a good and safe weekend.

– Mike and Isabella


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

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