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Cramm for 4/29/20
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The number of coronavirus cases in the US surpassed 1 million. Aka about a third of the total cases worldwide. Not a typo. This comes as 58,000 people have now died of the virus in the US - meaning more Americans have now died in a couple months of the coronavirus outbreak than in around 20 years of the Vietnam War

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Speaking of the US - the Simon Property Group, the country’s biggest mall operator, is planning to reopen 49 malls nationwide. You read that right. Not yet clear how many stores within these malls will actually open up. Spain’s loosening restrictions, too. The country’s now letting kids out of lockdown for the first time. Problem, since in an effort to protect these kids...authorities sprayed more than 1.2 miles of beach with bleach. Cue backlash from environmentalists, who say the move caused “brutal damage” to the local ecosystem. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

The International Labour Organization’s got some bad news. As in the organization says almost half the global workforce - 1.6 billion people - are in “immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed” by the coronavirus pandemic. In some brighter news: Pfizer’s set to begin testing its coronavirus vaccine next week. If it works, it could be rolled out by fall. 

 

SO…?

The whole world’s looking to the future of this pandemic. TBD, TBD, TBD.


THE ACTION

BIZ: ICYMI, the Paycheck Protection Program just opened back up for new small biz loans. There were some problems. Case in point: the website immediately crashed - and there’s been increasing backlash over what kinds of bizes (cough, big bizes, cough) end up getting loans. Enter: Treasury Sec Steve Mnuchin, who announced that bizes that took more than $2 million could be inspected. If it turns out they weren’t exactly eligible, they could face “criminal liability.” Yes, really. Meanwhile, AMC Theaters is pinky promising to no longer play Universal movies. The why: Universal’s CEO made some comments that kinda sorta implied the biz would be releasing movies on demand at the same time it released them in theaters. Because, ‘Trolls World Tour.’

 

USA: We’ll remind you: lately, meat processing plants nationwide have been shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Leading to reports that this could cause a meat shortage in the US. So in response, Prez Trump - with some help from the Defense Production Act - ordered meat plants to stay open. Big big deal, since this essentially sets up a showdown between the big bizes that produce America’s meat...and the unions and activists fighting to protect workers from being infected with the coronavirus. Tension, high. In other news, former Dem nominee Hillary Clinton just endorsed Joe Biden for prez. This comes just a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threw her support behind Biden. 
 

WORLD: Recently, at least 38 people were killed after a warehouse that was under construction in the South Korean city of Icheon caught on fire. The blaze was apparently caused after flammable material that was being used on the site exploded. So far, all the deaths look to be construction workers. Now, authorities are searching for the remaining missing workers as fears grow that the death toll could rise. In other news, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiance, Carrie Symonds, just announced the birth of their son. This comes not long after Johnson was discharged from the hospital due to coronavirus symptoms. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Oprah:” who’ll be giving the commencement speech at Facebook and Instagram’s virtual graduation ceremony. 


SAY WHAT?

“No one wants to hear about your dream” - a reporter. Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. 

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