1. The head of the World Health Organization says the coronavirus pandemic continues to accelerate as the total number of cases has roughly doubled in the past six weeks. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on people to continue taking such steps as maintaining distance from one another, washing hands and avoiding crowded and enclosed areas.
  2. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House added that there is no risk of exposure to Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.
  3. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his country cannot afford to go to war with China over territorial issues in the South China Sea. He said China is in possession of the contested waters, so “what can we do?”