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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Lots of countries are reporting their first cases of COVID-19. See: Fiji, El Salvador, and Nicaragua - while Samoa has its first suspected case. China can’t relate. For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, the country reported no new domestic cases of coronavirus. You read that right. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Some countries are cracking down. The UK is now cancelling schools nationwide and considering a partial lockdown in London. Plus the London Underground’s closing about 40 stations. And meanwhile, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates are all shutting down borders - following the lead of a long long list of other countries including the US and the EU. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Speaking of the US - new stats say 40% of all coronavirus hospitalizations there come from people under the age of 55. Not a typo. (This is your daily reminder to pretty please think about older adults and people with underlying medical conditions, even if you’re, you know, a young person.) Over in Washington, DC, the Trump team’s proposing a $1 trillion (yes, with a tr) coronavirus stimulus package that’d help support bizes. Oh, and give Americans two separate checks of $1,000. On that note….the stock market keeps falling. Cue the fourth circuit breaker in weeks. 

 

SO….?

The situation keeps escalating worldwide. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Recently, New Zealand said ‘sup, 2020’ and passed a bill decriminalizing abortion. Yes, really. The law lets pregnant people get an abortion up to 20 weeks into pregnancy. And is a big big change from the country’s old rules, which only let someone get an abortion if there was a “serious danger” to their health. In other news, Idaho’s moving in the other direction. As in the state just sent its governor a bill that’d keep transgender people from changing the listed sex on their birth certificates. It’s expected to be signed. This comes after a federal judge struck down a similar state ban. Not yet clear whether this bill will face legal opposition, too. 

 

USA: Utah’s feeling shaky. Recently, the state faced a 5.7-magnitude earthquake. It was the largest earthquake in the state since 1992. Aftershocks of up to 4.6-magnitude have been reported, but so far, there are no major injuries. Some buildings have been damaged, while one area faced power outages, gas leaks, and a chemical spill. Now, it looks like Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County are declaring earthquake-related emergencies. In other news, the US is dealing with a massive storm that’s being felt from coast to coast. The storm’s apparently bringing heavy rain, snow, and even blizzard warnings. 

 

POLITICS: All eyes are on the 2020 primary elections. ICYMI, the other day, three states headed to the polls. But in recent and upcoming weeks, many more had elections, but delayed them due to public health concerns. Think: Maryland, Kentucky, Louisiana, Georgia, and Wyoming. They’re not the only ones worried about elections. In Wisconsin, Dems are suing and asking a federal court to block voting laws that apparently force voters to choose between their safety and the right to vote. They’re asking to extend the deadline for online registration, cut back on new requirements, and push back the deadline for when absentee mail-in ballots can be received. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Wonderchicken:” the oldest modern bird. What a wonderful name. 


SAY WHAT?

“Spring is coming earlier than it has in over 100 years” - an actual headline. Could have fooled us. 

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