Texas/World – 14 April ’20, page 2

Coronavirus causing worst economic slide since Great Depression; Trump touts ‘total’ authority as states explore plans to lift restrictions

 By Teo Armus,

Antonia Noori Farzan,

Jennifer Hassan

As world leaders consider how to restart a crashing global economy, President Trump incorrectly claimed that he is the final arbiter on when the United States will reopen. “The authority is total,” Trump said during a sometimes hostile news conference — a comment that astounded legal scholars.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Tuesday said there would be a “constitutional crisis” if Trump tried to exert federal power over the states.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Nearly 600,000 people have been infected by the virus in the United States, where the confirmed death toll is nearing 25,000.
  • The International Monetary Fund said the pandemic is causing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
  • More than 2,100 U.S. cities are now bracing for budget shortfalls, with many planning cuts and layoffs, according to a new survey.
  • India extended the world’s largest lockdown until May 3, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation that the measures were helping to save lives.
  • In France, President Emmanuel Macron said a nationwide lockdown will remain in place until May 11, at which point restrictions will be partially lifted.