Donald Trump needs a media he despises to fight coronavirus | Emily Bell

Containing the epidemic requires both reliable news coverage and truth from the president

It has taken until the last year of Donald Trump’s presidency for the existential risk this narcissistic authoritarian poses to be fully exposed. There have been other tests: the unconstitutional squeezing of immigration; the brief week or so when war with Iran felt inevitable; the imprisoning of children in cages along the United States’ southern border; not to mention the engagement with foreign governments in seeking personal gain. But it is the arrival of Covid-19, the infectious respiratory virus, that threatens a presidency reliant on a strategy of all narrative and no truth.

Trump has a core support base of people who are most vulnerable to Covid-19. Older people – particularly those who might resist taking the kind of interventionist measures being suggested – are very much at risk. Trump may have to halt his famous rallies in the middle of election season. More alien to him even than that, if containment of the virus is ever going to work he will have to build a good-faith alliance with the press to push out a unified and coherent message.

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Coronavirus won’t end globalisation, but change it hugely for the better | Will Hutton

An unregulated world can be blamed for its spread, but collective action based on evidence could be the best way to stop it

In 2008, the world successfully pulled together – with Britain playing a catalytic role – when faced with the threat of financial collapse. In 2020, confronted with the threat of a global pandemic, it is every country for itself. There has been no international health summit of national leaders supported by the World Health Organization – although the World Bank has announced a $12bn package of assistance. There are frantic national efforts to create a vaccine and no effort to ensure that, when found and produced in sufficient scale, it will go to the places of need – in all our interests. Britain, with no vaccine production capacity of its own, is especially vulnerable.

Instead there are national bans on exports of key products such as medical supplies, with countries falling back on their own analysis of the crisis amid localised shortages and haphazard, primitive approaches to containment. The standards on isolation, quarantine and contact tracing – medieval approaches to disease control in any case, according to Prof Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – vary hugely between countries.

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Trump’s immigration policies may put people at risk of coronavirus – experts

Surveillance in ‘sanctuary cities’ and increased Ice presence could deter immigrants from accessing healthcare

Since 2017, Donald Trump has pushed a hardline immigration agenda that has sown confusion, fear and distrust among immigrant communities. Now, as the world deals with a public health emergency in the shape of the coronavirus outbreak, experts worry his immigration policies may put everyone at risk.

There is a widespread fear that the president’s policies have sown such fear of deportation and wariness of any contact with US authorities among immigrants – who also have greater difficulty getting healthcare – that many of them will not seek help if they fall sick with the virus.

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‘We still have darkness’: the town where an HIV outbreak occurred under Mike Pence

Austin, Indiana, was the site of a 2015 outbreak that infected more than 200 people – and critics of Pence’s coronavirus role say he botched the response

Dozens of residents filtered past a syringe disposal box in a parking lot as they headed to the free weekly meal at the Church of the New Covenant in the town of Austin, Indiana.

“We still have darkness around us, we still have addiction, it’s going to take Jesus’s return to stop all of it,” said Pastor Jacob Howell, who stopped using heroin a few years ago and devoted his life to God.

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Coronavirus has sparked a perfect storm of nationalism and financial speculation

Wall Street could recover before coronavirus subsides – but the global economy won’t be the same

Nationalism and speculation have seldom had a better opportunity to combine forces as the one riding today on the coattails of Covid-19, known as the coronavirus.

When Covid-19 leapfrogged from China to Italy, even ardent Europeanists normally appreciative of open borders joined the deafening calls to end freedom of movement across Europe’s national borders – a longstanding demand of nationalists. Meanwhile, the money men speculating on government debt are performing a classic flight from Italian to German government bonds, seeking the financial safety that only the continent’s hegemon can offer during any crisis. As if in a bid to remind us of the great contradiction of our times, Covid-19 is illuminating gloriously the freedom of money to transcend a borderless financial universe while humans remain as fenced in as ever.

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Older people who feel unsafe seek the familiar. That’s why they’re flocking to Biden | Robert Reich

Amid the coronavirus outbreak and financial crisis, older voters are backing Biden. He may be boring but at least he’s familiar and safe

When middle-aged and older people feel unsafe, they run to the familiar and reliable, even if it’s deadly dull. Younger people who feel threatened are more likely to take risks in hopes of finding something better.

This generational difference explains a great deal about what’s happened during the most tumultuous two weeks in recent American economic and political history.

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Coronavirus: quarter of Italy’s population put in quarantine as virus reaches Washington DC

Giuseppe Conte signs decree early on Sunday after 1,200 cases confirmed in 24 hours

Italy has formally locked down more than a quarter of its population in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak reached Washington DC and a political convention attended by Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

More than 5,800 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Italy, after an alarming increase of more than 1,200 in a single 24-hour period. Two hundred and thirty-three people have died. Almost 100 countries are now responding to outbreaks.

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Washington nursing home at center of US coronavirus outbreak reports 13 deaths

Life Care Center said it has pleaded unsuccessfully with authorities for more testing

A nursing home in Washington state that is at the center of the US coronavirus outbreak on Saturday reported an increased death total for people associated with their facility and revealed it has been pleading unsuccessfully with the authorities for more testing.

During the Life Care Center’s first official press conference since the outbreak began, Tim Killian, the public information liaison for the facility, said that since 19 February, 13 people associated with the center have been diagnosed with coronavirus and died.

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CPAC: conservative conference guest tests positive for coronavirus

Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence attended the event but did not have contact with the attendee, organization says

The American Conservative Union revealed on Saturday that someone who took part in its recent grassroots conservative conference, CPAC, which was attended by Donald Trump and the US vice-president, Mike Pence, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Related: Coronavirus: US deaths rise to 19 as New York declares state of emergency

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Facebook will ban certain ads to prevent efforts to exploit coronavirus fears

Tech company will temporarily ban ads for medical face masks on the social network and Facebook marketplace

Facebook is temporarily banning advertisements for medical face masks as part of an effort to prevent use of its social media platform to exploit people’s concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

Related: Coronavirus: US deaths rise to 19 as New York declares state of emergency

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