Your Monday Briefing

Trump’s illness, US-India ties, Kenzo: Here’s what you need to know.

By Carole Landry

Good morning.

We’re covering President Trump’s battle with the coronavirus, the growing U.S.- India alliance against China and the death of the Japanese designer Kenzo.

Trump says he faces ‘real test’ from virus

In a video message from the Walter Reed military medical complex, President Trump said he was “starting to feel good” but acknowledged that the coming days would reveal the severity of his coronavirus infection.

“You don’t know, over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test,” he said in the video released late Saturday, a day after he was hospitalized. “So we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days.”

The White House and the president’s doctor have been sending mixed messages about the president’s situation. On Sunday, his medical team acknowledged delivering an overly rosy description of the president’s illness over the weekend.

The doctors said that Mr. Trump had a “high fever” on Friday, and that his oxygen levels had dropped on Friday and again on Saturday.

Those details, along with the disclosure that Mr. Trump is on the steroid dexamethasone, suggest that his illness has progressed beyond a mild case of Covid-19.

Here are our latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other virus developments:

With coronavirus infections emerging in President Trump’s inner circle, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will cut short a trip to Asia this week, canceling stops in South Korea and Mongolia but continuing with a visit to Japan.

Pope Francis criticized the failures of global cooperation in response to the pandemic and argued that weakened health care systems had cost lives among older people, in a document released on Sunday.

More than 100,000 people in India have died from the coronavirus, the government said on Saturday, even as officials planned to lift more restrictions in hopes of reviving the crippled economy.

Millions in South Korea canceled family gatherings during this year’s Chuseok harvest festival, which ran through the weekend, bringing anxiety to a normally joyful time of year.

Feuds with China bring India and U.S. closer

The U.S. and India have taken their shared anger toward Beijing and forged stronger diplomatic and military ties.

But social justice advocates worry that the Trump administration is turning a blind eye to India’s rights abuses against Muslims under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Quotable: “They’re prioritizing military, or hegemony, over any kind of human rights or political freedom,” said Wasim Dar, who campaigns for rights of people in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

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