The Morning Dispatch: ‘This Is Going to Be a Very, Very Painful Two Weeks’

Happy Wednesday. April Fools’ Day is canceled, due to coronavirus concerns.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, there are now 189,035 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 15.1 percent increase from yesterday) and 3,900 deaths (a 23.3 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 2.1 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 1,048,971 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 17.6 percent have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different topline numbers.

  • Asian countries that had gotten ahead of the coronavirus spread are instituting new, strict rules to prevent a resurgence.

  • Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden said Tuesday evening that it was difficult to envision the Democratic National Convention taking place as planned in Milwaukee this July.

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