World Coronavirus Coverage: Live Tracker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageIn Paris on Saturday. The French government is expected to present its full lockdown exit strategy in the coming weeks.Credit…Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times Lifting restrictions means ‘balancing lives against livelihoods,’ W.H.O. warns. With much of Asia and Europe and parts of the United States relaxing lockdown…

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Coronavirus Diplomacy: How China’s Red Cross Serves the Communist Party

Donations flooded in to fight the virus devastating the city of Wuhan, and the ruling Communist Party directed them to a group it could trust: the Chinese Red Cross. Bearing the familiar red-and-white logo, it looks just like any Red Cross group that rushes to disasters, deploys medics and raises funds across the world with…

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Shopping Your Garden

Armed with a Japanese weeding knife and my favorite trowel, I’m currently shopping in my own garden, as I do each spring, carefully scouting for the raw material of more cohesive, eye-catching beds and borders — all at no charge. I’m after what I call self-sowns and overgrowns: small seedlings that a previous generation of…

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Endless Summer Puts Homebound Kids at Risk for Weight Gain

With tens of thousands of schools in dozens of states now shuttered through the remainder of the school year because of the coronavirus pandemic, an estimated 55 million students will be home from school for double the length of their normal summer vacations, if not longer. Now some experts are warning that one of the…

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Want to Learn French? Italian? Russian? There’s No Time Like the Present

It’s a classic travel fantasy: flying to another country to learn a language through a combination of classes and swanning around, ordering meals at sidewalk cafes, shopping at street markets, slipping into darkened theaters. Yet with much of the world under stay-at-home orders, that dream may seem more distant than ever. But it’s not entirely.…

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Finally There’s Time to Read (or at Least Organize Your Books)

Looking to make the most of time spent stuck at home, many of us are turning to books. And with good reason: Reading a new novel or a classic you’ve been meaning to get to for years — or even experimenting with recipes you’ve never tried in an old cookbook — is one of the…

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A Mother, a Pandemic and Scorched Rice

“I’m sending you money to buy rice,” my mom texted me in early March. She had gone to the West Coast to help my sister with her new baby and stayed when it became too risky to fly. As news of the coronavirus intensified, so did her fretting. “I don’t need money,” I texted back.…

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The Community Cookbook Is Reborn for a Time of Scarcity and Sharing

The chef and artist Krystal Mack’s favorite cookbook has no beautiful photos of food. Its recipes aren’t professionally tested. Its authors aren’t food writers or restaurateurs. It’s a 1988 community cookbook called “Naparima Girls’ High School Diamond Jubilee 1912-1987,” filled with contributions from students and staff of a school in Trinidad and Tobago that she…

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A Letter From the Contents of My Bra Drawer

Dear Elizabeth, We wanted to check in. Is everything OK? It’s been a few weeks, and we’re getting worried. The last time we saw you was a Monday. You’d showered — a vanishingly rare event these days — and put on pants with a button. Then, on top, you opted for your least supportive sports…

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Unified in Coronavirus Lockdown, India Splinters Over Reopening

NEW DELHI — When the Indian government eased coronavirus restrictions last week, allowing many shops to reopen in rural parts of the country, Uday Shankar Sharma, a retail store owner in a small farming village, said he had no intention of complying. Over the past few weeks, Mr. Sharma said fear had deepened in Sabna,…

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