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We report on the latest information President Trump’s treatment of the coronavirus, one unconcerned British attitude towards restrictions and the west Failure to establish successful contact tracing.

Despite his doctors’ rosy assessments of President Trump’s illness, certain key medical details – including his fluctuating oxygen levels and the decision to start treatment with a steroid drug – suggested many infectious disease experts that he was involved in a more severe case of Covid -19 suffered recognized as the doctors.

For example, the steroid dexamethasone, which was prescribed to the President’s medical team on Saturday, is usually reserved for people with serious illness as it has not been proven to benefit people with milder forms of the disease and can even be risky. Others have suggested that the president may direct his own care and call for intensive treatment despite risks that he may not fully understand.

“All of a sudden they throw the sink at him,” said a doctor. “It begs the question: is he sicker than we hear, or are they overly aggressive because he is the president, in ways that could potentially be harmful?”

Timeline: Key events in the President’s illness, derived from his tweets, press conferences, White House statements, and New York Times reports.

Opinion: The public doesn’t need to know every detail about the state of the president, but they don’t deserve to be misled, the Times writes.

Joe Biden: The former vice president tested negative for the corona virus again. He has publicly followed the safety guidelines, but has largely kept his health protocols secret.

Here are our latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other virus developments:

  • Pope Francis, in a document released on Sunday, criticized the failures of global cooperation in response to the pandemic, arguing that weakened health systems in older adults had cost lives.

  • The Mayor of New York City is seeking permission from the state to shut down a variety of businesses and schools in nine neighborhoods where tests show a positivity rate of 3 percent or more.

  • Saudi Arabia began lifting coronavirus restrictions at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday as a dispersion of believers held the Umrah pilgrimage for the first time since March.

  • France reported around 17,000 new cases on Saturday as an increase in infections forced bars and restaurants to close in the southern port of Marseille.

Coronavirus cases in the UK are increasing rapidly. 12,871 new cases were reported on Saturday evening. But as our correspondent Peter Goodman writes, it’s hard to imagine walking the streets of London, where masks hang under your chin, punters hop around pubs and cafes, and rules about wearing masks or social distancing are often ignored.

Aside from the obvious possibilities of worrying this carefree behavior, it has reinforced a widespread feeling that Britain – known to abide by the rules – is now operating without adult supervision. Public confidence has fallen. More than half of respondents in a recent poll said the government botched its handling of the pandemic, up from 39 percent in May.

The current crisis seems to be exacerbated by an offshoot of the virtue celebrated in the conventional historical narrative of Britain – an admirable refusal to buckle. A national mantra, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” seems to have been remodeled into the misguided idea that nothing is wrong.

Analysis: “You really need a government that is stepping up and being very clear on its messages,” said one commentator. “People would reply to messages if they were clear. Now everything is transferred to the individual to make these decisions. “

Sanda Dia, an ambitious black student at a prestigious Belgian university, saw a fraternity as a door to another life – despite its notoriously vicious ritual of bullying. After being forced to drink excessively alcohol, chug fish oil until he vomited, swallowed live goldfish, and stood outside in an ice-filled ditch, Mr. Dia died of multiple organ failures in December 2018. His death was viewed as a tragic accident, an example of false clouding.

However, a more troubling story of racism and intolerance has surfaced since then. Eighteen members of the now defunct Reuzegom Brotherhood are examined. The prosecution recommends charges of involuntary manslaughter, degrading treatment, and neglect.

The details, revealed recently in a series of local news releases, have forced the region to face mounting racism and xenophobia on campus against the backdrop of broader conservatism in the region, in which a nationalist movement has become increasingly openly racist and against Is immigrant. and grow in power.

Quote: “They thought, ‘He’s just black,'” said Sanda’s father, Ousmane Dia. “‘We are powerful and nothing can happen to us.'”

When the pandemic broke out, many Asian countries, including Taiwan and South Korea, built robust traceability systems and legal frameworks to restrict civil liberties during an epidemic, and even used cell phone and credit card details to identify potentially exposed individuals.

But despite repeated vows by Western nations to develop their own “world’s best” testing and tracing operations, their governments have largely failed to do so, shedding hope for targeted action to replace lockdowns and undermine already declining trust.

Anti-Semitic attack: Almost exactly a year after an attack on a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle during Yom Kippur, a man with a shovel seriously injured a Jewish student who came out of a synagogue in Hamburg on Sunday.

Brexi; The UK’s divorce from the European Union entered a period of suspense over the weekend when Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the President of the European Commission agreed that both sides would seek a final deal on December 31st.

Relations between India and the USA: The two countries’ shared anger towards Beijing has led to stronger diplomatic and military ties – although human rights activists fear the US will ignore India’s abuses against Muslims under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Algeria: A year after a popular uprising ousted 20-year-old autocrat Abdelaziz Bouteflika and led the army to jail a large part of his ruling oligarchy, hopes for a revision of the political system and real democracy are fading.

Snapshot: Above fire from artillery strikes in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, on Sunday. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the recent flare-up has taken on a far more dangerous dimension due to Turkey’s direct military intervention in support of Azerbaijan – sometimes using US-supplied F-16s.

Lived life: Designer Kenzo Takada, whose lush prints helped bring Japanese fashion into the world, died on Sunday at the age of 81 in a hospital in Paris from the effects of the coronavirus.

What we read: This MentalFloss article on the history of a culinary standby. Kim Severson, one of our food culture correspondents, writes, “I thought this was just another story about mashed potatoes, but it’s a wild historical ride that explores wild llamas’ eating habits, Charles Darwin’s little potato project, and a can of pringles.

Cook: For swordfish with caramelized aubergines and capers, first fry the aubergines, then simmer with wine, fresh tomato cubes, olives and capers to get a silky caponata-like sauce.

Listen: The seriousness of the pianist Lang Lang permeates his new recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” variations, but also the indulgences of the superstar artist, writes our music critic.

See: Research has shown that viewing animal photos can make you happier. Here is a list of live feeds that can be used to bring koalas, penguins, puppies, and more right to your screen.

Whether you’re looking for a quick change of pace or a serious project, our At Home collection offers ideas on what to read, cook, see and do while being safe at home.

Super Mario Bros., arguably Nintendo’s most famous video game, debuted almost exactly 35 years ago, catapulting a high-jumping plumber named Mario into a global celebrity. We’ve rounded up 35 things you should know about the overworked plumber. Here is a selection.

1. First, it’s the game that’s 35, not Mario. He is 39. Mario made his debut in another famous Nintendo game, Donkey Kong, in 1981, in which he ran up a line of porters, leapt over barrels, and climbed ladders to rescue a woman kidnapped by a giant monkey.

2. In the early years of video games, characters were defined less by who they were and more by what they could do. Pac-Man devoured dots and chased – or was chased by – ghosts. Sonic ran quickly. Mario jumped. Before the creators of Donkey Kong called him Mario, they called him “Jumpman”.

3. Mario is so famous that even his brother Luigi, who was playable in two-player mode in Super Mario Bros., is a superstar. Luigi has more personality; He is a nervous worrying person and an outsider in the shadow of his famous sibling. Nintendo marketed 2013 as Luigi’s year. Have you celebrated?

4th It is unclear what Mario’s last name is. Sometimes Nintendo officials would say it was Mario (hence Mario and Luigi are the “Mario Bros.”), which would make him Mario Mario. Other times they have said he doesn’t have one.

5. Mario’s happiness remains irrepressible. These days, Mario and Grand Theft Auto can sit side by side in popularity.

Thank you for joining me for today’s briefing. I wish you a good week.

– Natasha

Thank you very much
To Melissa Clark for the recipe, and Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

PS
• We listen to “The Daily”. Our latest episode looks at President Trump’s coronavirus infection.
• Here is our mini crossword puzzle and a hint: “Seemingly forever” (three letters). You can find all of our puzzles here.
• The word “Mobiuses” – areas with only one side and only one boundary curve – was first published in The Times last week, according to the Twitter bot @NYT_first_said.
• Jessica Grose, our Parents Editor, spoke to WYNC about the problems The Sandwich Generation is facing – adults raising children and caring for their aging parents.

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