The Morning Dispatch: How Swede It … Isn’t?

Happy Monday.Then put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb …”

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Sunday night, there are now 555,398 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 4.8 percent increase from the day before) and 22,073 deaths (a 7.1 percent increase), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 4 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 2,805,892 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 19.7 percent have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different topline numbers.

  • Apple and Google announced they are teaming up to provide tools for software engineers interested in developing contact-tracing apps that could track the spread of the coronavirus through users’ phones. President Trump said the White House will take a “very strong look” at the plan, but it will undoubtedly face a series of privacy questions.

  • Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Andrew Cuomo of New York called on Congress to appropriate an additional $500 billion for states and territories to address their coronavirus-related budgetary shortfalls.

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