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We’re covering the European Union’s plan to finance its recovery, Boris Johnson’s defense of a key aide and a new look at the pandemic timeline.
An E.U. recovery plan would break new ground
Moving one step closer to a shared budget, the European Commission proposed that it raise 750 billion euros, or $826 billion, to finance the European Union’s recovery from the economic collapse brought on by the coronavirus.
“This is about all of us, and it is way bigger than any one of us,” Ursula von der Leyen, the commission president, told the European Parliament in Brussels.
Japan’s aid: The cabinet approved a $296 billion supplementary budget to help fund $1.1 trillion in recovery measures that include support for small businesses, funding for improved medical systems and subsidies for local governments.
The British people, Mr. Johnson told a parliamentary committee, want “for us to focus on them and their needs rather than on a political ding-dong about what one adviser may or may not have done.”
Though the prime minister also announced plans for a large-scale track and trace system to head off a second spike in infections, the fallout from the Cummings affair overshadowed the move.
How it spread: Evidence shows a later virus outbreak
A new computer simulation is offering a different timeline for the spread of the coronavirus.
Around the world, the study suggests, the coronavirus arrived more than once without starting runaway outbreaks. In these first confirmed cases, there was little or no transmission, and the original virus simply died out.
But later mutations did lead to the current pandemic, this model concludes, including one that arrived in the U.S. around Feb. 13, and another that arrived in Italy in early or mid-February. The European virus then hopped to New York around Feb. 20.
The authors argue that the relatively late emergence of the outbreak — roughly two weeks after President Trump banned travel to the U.S. from China — means that more lives could have been saved by earlier action.
U.S. milestone: The death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 100,000, far higher than in any other nation. The total matches the U.S. fatalities in the 1968 flu pandemic, and it is approaching the 116,000 killed in another flu outbreak a decade before that.
If you have 5 minutes, this is worth it
A Michelin-starred chef feeds the poor in India
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many prominent people around the world to try to help with the humanitarian crisis. One is the chef Vikas Khanna, who, from his New York apartment, is managing a major relief effort in India that he calls “the most gratifying two months in my culinary career.”
Truck deaths: Twenty-six people were arrested in Belgium and France in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a truck in Britain last year. The authorities said the suspects were believed to be part of a network that had transported several dozen people a day for months.
Renault and Nissan: The carmakers unveiled a plan to patch their tattered alliance. It calls for more clearly delineating each company’s turf and for sharing development costs more efficiently.
Huawei executive: A Vancouver court ruled that U.S. fraud charges against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, would constitute a crime in Canada, opening the way for her extradition. Her arrest in 2018 severely strained Canada’s relations with China.
Snapshot: Above, the Impasse des Bourdonnais in Paris in 1908, left, and during the coronavirus lockdown. Our photographer Mauricio Lima followed in the footsteps of Eugène Atget, a father of modern photography who rose early in the morning to capture a still and empty Paris.
The art of the heist: Octave Durham served 25 months in prison for stealing two van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam 18 years ago. He has some expert observations about the latest van Gogh thefts, in March, from another Dutch museum.
Rugby scrums: When teams resume play, they’re going to have to adapt to the era of the coronavirus: Scrums will not be banned outright, but World Rugby is advising that they not be reset repeatedly by the referee. Other guidelines include banning huddles and spitting and having tacklers come in low, not upright.
What we’re reading: This essay by Marilynne Robinson in The New York Review of Books. Steven Erlanger, our chief diplomatic correspondent for Europe, tells us, “The author of ‘Gilead,’ one of the best American novels, tries to think through what this virus shows about the United States, and asks what kind of country we want it to be.”
Now, a break from the news
And now for the Back Story on …
A reporter’s tips on recovering from Covid-19
Maggie Astor, one of our political reporters based in New York, and her husband became sick with Covid-19 in late March and managed to recover at home.
Having Covid-19 is intensely stressful. It’s not unusual to feel depressed or anxious, or to have panic attacks. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about your mental health — it’s just as important as your physical health.
It’s OK to not be OK. You don’t have to handle this “well,” whatever that means. You just have to get through each day. So go ahead and cry, binge Netflix, do a jigsaw puzzle, reread the entire “Animorphs” series — whatever gets you through the day.
Give yourself as much time to rest as your job and financial situation will allow. For me and several colleagues, that meant nearly three weeks of sick time.
Since tweeting about my experience last month, I’ve received many emails from people in the “this will never end” phase. I share the same screenshot with all of them: a text I sent to a friend on April 5.
“Why do I even bother giving good news when it’s only going to last a few hours?” I wrote. “I’m just so tired of this. I don’t know how to keep dealing with it.”
Every day, more people will hit that wall — and every day, more people will find their way past it. They will feel alone, but they won’t be.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected]
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