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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Italy’s cracking down. ICYMI, lately, the country’s become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 70,000 confirmed cases. Cue new restrictions, including up to 5 years in prison for people who don’t go into quarantine after testing. Over in Brazil, football stadiums have been converted into hospitals as cases rise. India’s feeling the urgency, too. See: the prime minister ordered a three-week total lockdown. That’s 1.3 billion (yes, with a b) people now staying home. The US can’t relate. As in Prez Trump said he wants the country opened back up by Easter - less than three weeks away. Intro backlash from pretty much everyone, including health advisers and Trump’s own team. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Over in Spain, the country’s death toll upped to nearly 3,500 - an overnight jump of 738 deaths. Meaning both Spain and Italy have now surpassed the death toll in China. In the UK, Prince Charles, who’s 71, tested positive for COVID-19. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

The White House and Congress shook hands (not really, don’t worry) on a massive stimulus bill. The estimated $2 trillion bill would hand $1200 in cash payments to every American - plus create a more than $350 billion loan program for small bizes and an extra $500 billion fund for cities and certain industries looking for a bailout. 

 

SO…?

The coronavirus pandemic keeps intensifying. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Recently, Philippine rebels said they’d follow a ceasefire until April 15. Quick refresher: for nearly half a century, there’s been a communist insurgency in the Philippines. But lately, the United Nations has been calling for a global halt on all armed clashes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it looks like the rebels are complying. In other news, just hours ago, a gunman entered a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, and opened fire, killing at least 25 people. The gunman was eventually killed after a six hour exchange of fire with security forces. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

 

POLITICS: The delays keep on coming. In Russia, the gov’s postponing a vote on those constitutional changes that would let Prez Putin stick around as leader until, oh, 2036. No big deal. We’ll remind you: the changes have already been given the thumbs up by parliament and Russia’s constitutional court - but it still needs the public’s stamp of approval. No word yet on when that will come. Speaking of which, there’s been talk among Dems over what word happen if the coronavirus pandemic was still raging by the time the July convention rolled around. Hint: that’s when the Dem nominee for prez becomes official. Suspense, thick. 

 

HEALTH: Yesterday, Texas announced that nearly all abortions are “non-essential” procedures that need to be delayed. Reminder: nationwide, many non-essential procedures are being postponed so all medical attention can go towards the coronavirus. Enter: Texas - plus Ohio, which made a similar declaration not long before. Now, it looks like the states are facing heat from abortion rights group. Meanwhile, a new study says taking a bath could actually be good for your heart. You read that right. The study found that a daily hot bath is associated with a 28 percent lower risk of heart disease, and 26 percent lower risk of stroke.  


WHAT TO KNOW

Until tomorrow:” a new social media challenge. Don’t ‘like’ this. 


SAY WHAT?

“It’s not completely nuts” - researchers on the idea that there may have once been life on Mercury. Out of this world. 

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