The global total of confirmed coronavirus cases has exceeded one million; a quarter of them are in America. The new epicentre of this pandemic is the [New York tri-state area] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/03/29/new-york-is-fast-becoming-the-worlds-next-coronavirus-hotspot) . As politicians argue over how to [save lives] (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/04/01/covid-19-presents-stark-choices-between-life-death-and-the-economy) and the [economy] (https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/04/01/how-high-will-unemployment-in-america-go) , Anne McElvoy asks Cory Booker, a senator from New Jersey, whether America can unite to fight the virus. They talk about tussles over vital equipment between states and the federal government. Also, does he agree with the mayor of LA on recommending masks to lessen the risk of contracting covid-19? Plus, the former Democratic presidential hopeful shares his“dad joke” for a moment of cheer.
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