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President Trump and his advisers said during Sunday’s White House briefing that parts of the country are nearing a peak in cases of the novel coronavirus, hours after U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams warned that the coming week could be a national catastrophe comparable to Pearl Harbor or the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Covid-19 deaths countrywide have pushed past 10,000, but experts say the true count is certainly higher.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who sick with covid-19, was moved into an intensive care unit on Monday evening after his condition worsened, government officials announced.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Trump continued to push hydroxychloroquine as a way to treat and prevent the coronavirus during Sunday’s White House briefing. The FDA has given only limited emergency use authorization for the drug. Meanwhile, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s unpaid private attorney, has been promoting the use of an anti-malarial drug combination in phone calls with the president.
  • Grocery workers, who have been among the most-exposed employees in the outbreak, are starting to die of covid-19.
  • A survey of hospitals across the country showed health-care workers are facing extreme supply and staff shortages. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said it is “ludicrous that we do not have a national effort” for procuring badly needed medical supplies, as Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) lamented “a global jungle that we’re competing in.”
  • A decline in coronavirus-related deaths in New York, the area hardest hit in the United States, could be a sign that the state is nearing the apex, or it could just be a “blip,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Sunday that the city’s ventilator supply will last an additional 48 to 72 hours, after warning they could run out.
  • Former Vice President Biden spoke with Trump Monday afternoon about the U.S. response to the pandemic, according to people with knowledge of the conversation. The conversation was “very cordial,” an administration official said.

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