Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today


How does it work in hospitals?

The health system has behaved heroically. We have not seen the sort of untangling, for example, that we have seen in places like Ecuador, where bodies literally piled up on the streets. But dozens of nurses have died from the coronavirus, which gives you an idea of ​​the heavy toll this is taking on healthcare professionals.

You are based in Rio de Janeiro. How are people managing the epidemic?

People have conformed to wearing masks to a degree that I found surprising; you know, it’s a city where people don’t tend to follow the rules. Rio has always managed to balance its hedonistic side – it’s a city famous for carnival – with dark realities like poverty, poor sanitation and terrible police violence. But now Rio feels almost universally dark. It’s a city that is suddenly without joy or rejoicing.

What does the future of Brazil look like?

The only thing that is clear to me and the experts is that things will get worse before they get better. Economists predict between 6 and 10% decline in G.D.P. this year. And on the health care side, everyone can guess how many tens of thousands of people will die and what kind of judgment it will ultimately mean, given the President’s cavalry from the start.

Laetitia Vancon, photojournalist for the New York Times, spent two weeks traveling to Europe with our international correspondent Patrick Kingsley to document the return of the continent after months of foreclosure. What they found was “a world that teetered on the lip of normalcy but often tipped into the surreal,” wrote Patrick.


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