Update 9am London time:
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 29, 2020
.@realDonaldTrump backs down after floating "enforced quanrantine" all day after withering response from @NYGovCuomo who said the President had not mentioned it when they talked earlier in the day and it would be a declaration of war by federal government against the states
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) March 29, 2020
What was the point of Trump flirting with a quarantine today? This isn’t fucking jazz man. Stop improvising.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 29, 2020
Trump will do the same when it spreads to red America: blame blue cities as incubators. And 1/3 of the country will agree immediately. Mapping corona onto the culture war distracts us all from massive early year failure of Trump & GOP to take this seriously. It’s all misdirection https://t.co/0NekCIG4N4
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) March 29, 2020
For the United States of America to have the worst #Covid_19 trajectory in the ENTIRE world (even accounting for questionable data from China) represents a catastrophic failure of national leadership. The warnings were all there. There’s no excuse. pic.twitter.com/foQPYlVnsl
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) March 28, 2020
Earlier: Trump threatens Tri-State ‘quarantine’
JUST IN: Pres. Trump said "some people would like to see New York quarantined," adding: "There's a possibility that sometime today we'll do a quarantine—short-term two weeks on New York, probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut." https://t.co/vLYqHWrMao pic.twitter.com/jtyrwAVlZC
— ABC News (@ABC) March 28, 2020
New York Gov. Cuomo says Trump has no authority to impose quarantine: 'It would be illegal' https://t.co/VP5FZ4kniA
— CNBC (@CNBC) March 28, 2020
Gov. Cuomo on possibility Trump will impose enforced quarantine on New York: "This would be a declaration of war on states." pic.twitter.com/7rCFHMWzTh
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 28, 2020
Experts rip Trump's idea of quarantining NY, Conn. NJ.
"The energy required to even begin to enforce something like that is probably better spent on core public health response activities" https://t.co/2sbec6FPDo
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 28, 2020
If Trump plays games with relief funds for New York, the city should seize his hotels by eminent domain and use them as hospitals.
— Extremely Socially Distant Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) March 28, 2020
Just watched Trump again at the top of the news. We're in a national crisis and our President is playing cynical and dangerous political games. He's blaming NY for the virus because he knows he can't win NY. He's pretending to protect FL because he has to win there. No bottom.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) March 28, 2020
Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island said on Friday that if New Yorkers entering the state did not quarantine themselves for 14 days after arrival, they would be fined and, if they continued to flout the order, arrested https://t.co/Az2xPMzzZs
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 28, 2020
This ad is brutal. And spot on. https://t.co/iShfp7vyXt
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) March 29, 2020
Just in: Confirmed #COVID19 deaths in the US doubled over the past two days, surpassing 2,000 as of today (Saturday).
To put this in context: It took a month from the first death to hit 1,000. It took 48 hours to go from 1,000 deaths to 2,000+.https://t.co/n6cge9Mw7p
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 28, 2020
Sen. Booker says President Trump's call to re-open the country by Easter is a "drum beat of one" and "wildly irresponsible." https://t.co/QZyp4zQMYy
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 28, 2020
President Trump: "It'll bring back the economy I think very fast." pic.twitter.com/o3M575YVuB
— The Hill (@thehill) March 28, 2020
The @WSJ reporting today that , not surprisingly, @realDonaldTrump is planning to break with precedent and personally sign the relief checks, just so people know that HE sent them the cash.
Once a promoter, always a promoter.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 28, 2020
You can probably bet that any major events in April, May and June are now off the books. https://t.co/rXhnHgH8dB
— Micheline Maynard (@MickiMaynard) March 28, 2020
Staying home has taken on the kind of patriotic duty usually reserved for times of war. The major question will be whether "normal life" ever returns. https://t.co/vQOnwR7CF1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 28, 2020
Oh, Jesus, did things get worse? pic.twitter.com/SFotXQ8pvf
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 29, 2020
— Bloomberg Next China (@next_china) March 28, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 29, 2020
A 102 year-old Italian woman defied expectations, and was deemed 'immortal' after surviving her coronavirus infection.
"The virus surrendered in front of her."https://t.co/3ovk71JP5L
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 28, 2020
Boris Johnson helped pave the way for Trump’s plan to prioritize the economy over shutting down the virus has contracted COVID-19 himself https://t.co/yWJ3AQ6JBd
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 28, 2020
— Dr Johnna Montgomerie (@j_montgomerie) March 29, 2020
It would appear that ‘British spirit’ doesn’t trump a well funded, fully staffed health care system and a comprehensive and systematic testing regime. Who’d have thought it?#torybrexit #coronavirus catastrophe pic.twitter.com/LhPtiqG0wu
— Simon Gosden. Esq. #fbpe 🕷🇪🇺🇬🇧🏴☠️ (@g_gosden) March 29, 2020
The WHO is considering "airborne precautions" for medical staff after a new study showed the #coronavirus can survive in the air. The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing https://t.co/TetY7R6Hvs
— Doug Shen (@vote4dongshen) March 28, 2020
With more than 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths, microbiology experts in Spain say the rapid tests they purchased from China are correctly identifying people with the virus only 30 percent of the time. https://t.co/WhQ4aB9Rv6
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) March 26, 2020
Another 260 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the death total there to 1,019. Two of those deaths were in Northern Ireland.https://t.co/3LokLyz0lb
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 28, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 29, 2020
But a good story to finish with..
The Aer Lingus plane sent to pick up €20m worth of PPE from China has landed in Beijing https://t.co/809gSdZcRH
— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) March 28, 2020
The St Ronan has landed in Beijing.
The @AerLingus A330 plane will be loaded with €20m worth of essential medical supplies & safety equipment.
— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) March 28, 2020
— Yvonne Tobin (@yvonnectobin) March 28, 2020