The Morning Dispatch: Testing, Testing

Happy Tuesday. Some nights, the biggest late-breaking story you have to deal with is the airing of a Michael Jordan documentary. Other nights, the president announces he is temporarily suspending all immigration to the United States via executive order and news reports lead to wild speculation over whether the Supreme Leader of North Korea is dead or alive. Last night was the latter.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Monday night, there are now 787,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 3.7 percent increase from yesterday) and 42,335 deaths (a 4.1 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.4 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 4,003,551 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 19.7 percent have come back positive. There are 117,363 Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 complications (a 1.4 percent increase from yesterday), and 72,761 have recovered from the virus (a 2.6 percent increase from yesterday).

  • In a tweet at 10:06 p.m. last night, President Trump announced he’d be signing an executive order to “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.” Immigration had essentially already been at a standstill due to various coronavirus restrictions; as we hit send on this newsletter, the administration has not provided any additional context or information on the executive order.

  • CNN is reporting that American officials are “monitoring intelligence that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after a surgery.” South Korean officials disputed the reports, telling Reuters they have not picked up any such information about their neighbor to the north.

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