CORONAVIRUS: Here’s your daily update. Retailers like Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue are temporarily closing all stores due to the coronavirus. And meanwhile, a growing number of NBA athletes and coaches have been infected, including Kevin Durant. Over in New York City, the gov’s reportedly prepping for a “shelter in place” to take effect sometime in the next couple days. They’re not the only ones shutting things down. The European Union nodded their heads to closing all exterior borders - while the US and Canada are planning to shut down their border, too. Now, as global cases surpass 200,000, it looks like govs are looking to spend billions and even trillions to help prevent an economic disaster.
WORLD: China’s cracking down. We’ll remind you: recently, the US said ‘you’ve overstayed your welcome’ and labelled five Chinese state media outlets as ‘foreign mission outlets.’ Then capped the number of Chinese journalists working for those outlets on US soil. So in response, China said ‘two can play this game’ and expelled journalists from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Yes, really. Meanwhile, a new study says that global banks are “failing miserably” when it comes to the climate crisis. The why: they’re funneling trillions of dollars into the fossil fuel industry. Not good.
PEOPLE: Meet former Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA). You know him as the guy who apparently misused more than $200,000 in campaign funds for a long long list of personal expenses. Think: an Italian vacation to even just groceries and other household items. Recently, Hunter plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds. Now, it looks like he’s being sentenced to 11 months in prison. In other news, hundreds of prisoners just escaped from four prisons in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. This comes after riots over cancelled holidays and tightened restrictions on visitors. Stay tuned.