-Apr 7: President Trump removes Glenn Fine (who served under Bush and Obama, as the chair of the Inspector General of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, a committee in charge of overseeing the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. President Trump threatens to withhold money from the WHO. He also suggests that the WHO may have adverse political motivations and is “China-centric.” Acting Navy Secretary, Thomas Modly, resigns after the recordings of his mocking of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier surface.
-Apr 8: In response to Trump’s comments the day before, WHO Director, General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declares : “The goal of all countries should be to save their people. Don’t politicize this virus … No need to use COVID to score political points. You have many other ways to prove yourselves.” New York suffers its highest single day of deaths with 779 new fatalities in the past 24 hours. In response to Trump’s claim that you don’t have anything to lose in taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society warn in a joint guidance that the drugs are not for everyone. A “volunteer” in Jared Kushner’s coronavirus response group submits a complaint to the House Oversight Committee about the group. The complaint alleges that the group is under-qualified, under-staffed, resorts to favoritism when awarding contracts, and uses personal emails. Bernie Sanders drops out of the presidential race. Attorney General Bill Barr says on Fox News that his department will “be keeping a careful eye” on whether states violate Americans’ constitutional rights through public health measures to address the pandemic. He also says that the mainstream media outlets are waging a jihad to discredit Trump and hydroxychloroquine. *
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From @brianstelter’s newsletter: right-wing pundits are now floating a conspiracy that the COVID-19 death toll is being inflated. These are sick, sick people. pic.twitter.com/cWoFZ1I77x— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 8, 2020
Bernie Sanders ended his campaign for president and said "our movement has won the ideological struggle."— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 8, 2020
Watch him slam Republicans for opposing COVID-19 unemployment benefits and the emergency relief package. pic.twitter.com/o4f5upivd2
COVID-19 is everywhere but countries with heads of state managing the crisis better seem to have something in common…— mohamad safa (@mhdksafa) April 8, 2020
In case you wondered why we still need feminism! pic.twitter.com/F663Uv3DRo
Tragically, New York lost an additional 779 people yesterday to COVID-19.They are more than just a statistic. Every number is a face. Every number is a family. We mourn these New Yorkers deeply. — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 8, 2020
Stephen King gets it when fans say the COVID-19 outbreak feels like stepping into one of his horror stories. “And my only response to that is, ‘I’m sorry.’ “https://t.co/HirrODIodI— NPR (@NPR) April 8, 2020
COVID-19: just dangerous enough to block abortion but not dangerous enough to hold elections by mail.— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) April 8, 2020
Crying: I just learned that I've lost the first of my friends and relations to Covid. I lived in the spare room in her flat when I was a baby writer. She was the sweetest soul alive, always encouraging and kind. She deserved a better death, with family around her, and goodbyes.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 8, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci says that when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, “there will still be health disparities which we really do need to address in the African-American community.” https://t.co/FhJyY1eTGL pic.twitter.com/OSZpmCV2q5— ABC News (@ABC) April 8, 2020
Democrats: Where were you when @realDonaldTrump was actually taking COVID-19 seriously?? Here’s a reminder: pic.twitter.com/qv1vVHLzrv— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 8, 2020
Today, Dr. Fauci said what many of us have said for weeks: Black folks are *predictably* suffering & dying disproportionately from COVID.— brittany packnett cunningham ain’t here for real. (@MsPackyetti) April 8, 2020
Now the only question is: WHAT ARE Y'ALL GONNA DO ABOUT IT? I know what WE'LL do: demand solutions & data, and keep our loved ones home. ❤️✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/IbKF7puFLh
Dr. Birx says anyone who dies with COVID-19 (regardless of other health issues) is counted as COVID death.— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 8, 2020
Worse, CDC doesn't require TESTS to confirm COVID before it's coded as COVID death. If symptoms are present… that's enough. Crazy.pic.twitter.com/Y0ZGvV6x5n
* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (https://www.ajmc.com/view/a-timeline-of-covid19-developments-in-2020), the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (https://www.justsecurity.org/69650/timeline-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-u-s-response/), the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (theweek.com), as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.