The Morning Dispatch: Why Two Senators Are Pushing ‘Masks for All’

Happy Thursday. We thought we told you yesterday that April Fools’ Day was canceled—what is this garbage?

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Wednesday night, there are now 216,515 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 14.5 percent increase from yesterday) and 5,119 deaths (a 31.3 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 2.4 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 1,209,647 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 17.4 percent have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different topline numbers.

  • President Trump accused Iran Wednesday of planning a “sneak attack” by proxy on U.S. troops in Iraq, and warned that any such attack would be met by heavy reprisals “up the food chain” in Tehran. 

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of the last U.S. governors to hold out against declaring a coronavirus stay-at-home order, finally declared one Wednesday afternoon.

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