Unemployment claims soar, signaling worst jobless rate since Great Depression

Last week’s 6.6 million applications for unemployment benefits are on top of the nearly 10 million Americans who had already applied for unemployment the two previous weeks.

Wide swaths of the country are ill-prepared to see a surge of virus patients

The pandemic has revealed a dearth of reliable data about the key parts of the nation’s health-care system, leaving decision-makers operating in the dark. The Post assembled data to analyze the availability of the critical-care resources needed to treat patients who require extended hospitalization.
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Trump and top aides repeatedly use briefings to describe efforts that have not panned out

The Trump administration’s pronouncements and pledges have turned out, again and again, to be out of sync with what doctors, nurses and stricken families are reporting.

The lesson of revised death toll estimates shouldn’t be that distancing was an overreaction

There has been an increasing focus on the question of whether we went too far. But the revised estimate was a result of new information about distancing efforts.

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