The Morning Dispatch: Coronavirus Has Reached the White House

Happy Friday. Today was one of those days we scrapped the entire newsletter we had planned and rewrote it at 1 a.m. Bear with us.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 47,659 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 5.3 percent of the 905,961 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 903 deaths were attributed to the virus on Thursday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 207,791.

  • President Trump announced both he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 late last night. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” he said. “We will get through this TOGETHER!”

  • The State Department limited the number of refugees it will admit during fiscal year 2021 to 15,000 individuals, down from the 18,000 annual cap established for 2020. The State Department said on Wednesday that it anticipates receiving 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers next year.

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