Your Friday Briefing – The New York Occasions


Top officials in Beijing have expanded their mass quarantines of sick – and possibly infected – people to other cities outside of Wuhan on China's state-owned broadcaster.

Confirmed coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are brought to large quarantine rooms, while suspected cases are isolated in converted hotels and schools.

Quote: ] "This is really like a prison," 30-year-old Deng Chao told a Times reporter by phone after being quarantined in a hotel room for nearly a week was. He said that he was getting increasingly sick and that there were no doctors or medication available.

Mobile Surveillance: Chinese mobile operators have asked users to send a text message that generates a list of provinces they have visited in the past few weeks. Officials in some cities request that the texts be read before visitors are allowed to enter.

The Trump administration has significantly tightened a pressure campaign against the Chinese telecommunications giant by accusing the federal government of blackmail and conspiracy to steal business secrets.

The allegedly stolen information included source code and wireless technology manuals. A Huawei spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Takeout: "The biggest news here is the RICO federal blackmail charge – which essentially claims that Huawei and its affiliates are criminal companies," says David McCabe, our technology policy reporter. "This is a law that has been used in the past to kill crime bosses."

Context: Last year, the Department of Justice filed charges against Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, for decades of attempts to steal trade secrets and circumvent economic sanctions against Iran.

Our climate reporters examined the way in which the extensive metropolitan areas of Iran are spreading. Manila and San Francisco are coping with the climate crisis and rising sea levels.

Will you try to divert water to suit your needs, or redefine your shores? Your decisions could draw crucial lessons for coastal cities around the world.

In Manila: The ground has sunk due to the rapid extraction of groundwater and the sea level has risen 5 to 7 centimeters per year – twice as much as the global average.

The residents responded with Band Aid corrections, such as: B. pouring layers of cement and sand onto the floor. Many cannot go anywhere else.

In San Francisco: Congregations in the Wealthy Bay Area can afford expensive walls and new infrastructure, and can prevent destruction for several years. Still, some rapidly eroding communities run out of options.

A Result The booming success of Bong Joon Ho & # 39; s "Parasite", which took home the Oscar for Best Picture over the weekend that tourists from all over the world flock to the streets of the South Korean capital to pay homage. Above, people pose for a photo in a tunnel that is shown in the film.

Seoul is a character in "Parasite" as well as its actors – and the role of the city in Mr. Bong's youth when he witnessed class struggles. Tearing society apart proved crucial for the way and Way he makes films.

Barclays: The British bank said regulators were investigating the relationship between its executive director, Jes Staley, and Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender, who killed himself in August.

British Government: What was expected as a routine cabinet reshuffle took a dramatic turn when Sajid Javid, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, resigned abruptly.

The 1619 Project: Times Magazine examined the locations in the United States where slave people were bought and sold. Many of these websites are now forgotten and unmarked. Read the rest of our series here, which examines the legacy of slavery in America.

Snapshot: Above objects from the past of London, which were salvaged by so-called slouchers that thinn the edges of the Thames at low tide. (The term originally referred to the poor from the Victorian era who chased items for sale.)

What we're listening to: This week's episode of The New York Radio Hour. Sam Sifton, our food editor, writes: "I enjoyed listening to Hilton Als as Louis CK returned on stage and how it could have been different if Louis had tried art rather than trade."

Koch: Take your time this weekend for stuffed mussels.

Lot: Exalted skiing, snowboarding and “snow surfing” are only part of the story in Niseko, a Japanese resort.

Read: "Open Book", a treatise by the entertainer Jessica Simpson, is this week's debut # 1 on our bestseller lists for hardcover nonfiction and combined Print and e-book non-fiction books.

Smarter Living: There are good and bad ways for colleagues with different circadian rhythms to approach the collaboration. Here are some tips.

Donald G. McNeil Jr., a New York Times science reporter. He is part of a team of science reporters who work to understand the spread of the latest coronavirus and the medical response. The following is a condensed version of a conversation about his observations and concerns.

What do we know and what do we not know about the corona virus?

At the beginning of every epidemic there is the fog of war.

I would say we are still in this fog. We know that this virus is much more communicable than SARS or MERS. We don't know if it's as communicable as the flu. We know that it can kill people. We know that it is nowhere near as deadly as MERS or SARS.

One of the things we don't know is what the Chinese don't say. We know that they refuse to involve outside experts to rummage around and would not share samples of the earliest cases with disease control and prevention centers.

When you ask scientists: “What are you afraid of? the big one, the pandemic that will kill us all? "- not that there is a pandemic that will kill us all – but when you ask them about it, they say," Flu. “They are worried about new flu, bird flu or swine flu, which is very deadly, but it becomes very transferable between people. I only know one or two scientists who said, "You know, I'm also worried that coronaviruses are the big ones."

I don't want to raise the alarm that these are the big ones. But this is a new, scary, and confusing one, and we still don't know how far it will spread and how many people will kill it.

What do you think of the public's reaction? to your reporting?

I always try to find out, "Am I alarming or am I not alarming enough?" I was too alarming in 2005 about H5N1, avian flu. I wasn't alarming enough about West Africa and Ebola in its early days. All previous Ebola outbreaks had killed several hundred people. The latter killed 11,000.

A big part of my tact is to expose the panicked stories. It actually takes almost as much time as reporting.

I try to spread truth instead of panic, even if it takes me a little longer to get it right.

This is what this briefing is for. Until next time.

– Melina

Many thanks
to Mark Josephson and Kathleen Massara for interrupting the news. Alex Traub wrote today's background story. You can reach the team at

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