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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Some parts of the world that have already reopened are facing a surge in new coronavirus cases...and closing right back up again. Think: parts of Lebanon, South Korea, China, Germany - to name a few. The US can’t relate. So far, it looks like “high-risk” states that reopened early (like Georgia and Florida) haven’t seen a spike in cases. In fact, cases there have actually been dropping by double digit percentages. But in places in South Dakota, which has been hit with outbreaks in the meat processing industry, cases upped by 123 percent. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Los Angeles is getting in on reopening, too. As in the city’s opening up beaches after weeks of closures. Wisconsin’s also got reopening on its mind. The state’s Supreme Court took a red pen to the governor’s stay-at-home order - causing crowds of people to immediately head to bars. Over in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says protests in the state’s capital city against coronavirus restrictions “make it likelier” the restrictions will stick around for a longer period of time. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

That new inflammatory condition found in kids and said to be linked to Covid-19 has a name: Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). This comes as 102 kids now have the disease in New York. Meanwhile, the Trump team just named the heads of “Operation Warp Speed,” which preps to distribute a vaccine. 

 

SO…?

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


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Everyone’s talking about Michael Flynn. You know him as the ex-Trump adviser who’s been a key figure in the Mueller investigation. You also know him for pleading guilty to lying to the FBI...until the Justice Dept suddenly dropped his case earlier this month. Cue controversy. See: the other day, nearly 2,000 former Justice Dept employees signed a letter criticizing Attorney General William Barr for dropping the charges against Flynn. And added that Barr had apparently “assaulted the rule of law” - and should resign. These former Watergate prosecutors agree. Now, it looks like a federal judge is questioning whether Flynn should be held for perjury for saying he is both innocent and guilty. Tension, high. 

 

USA: All eyes are on Rick Bright. Quick refresher: not long ago, Bright was removed from his job as the director of the federal office charged with developing a coronavirus vaccine. In response, Bright pointed fingers and said he was fired because he raised concerns over Prez Trump’s coronavirus response. Then he filed a whistleblower complaint. Now, he’s set to testify before Congress and warn lawmakers the “window of opportunity is closing” to figure out how to combat the coronavirus. Stay tuned. In other news, the Dow just dropped 500 points after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said this economic downturn is “significantly worse” than any other since World War II. Reassuring. 

 

MONEY: ICYMI, grocery prices are soaring. You read that right. The why: the coronavirus pandemic kinda sorta disrupted the food supply chain and also led to higher demand since more people are eating at home - causing some food shortages and delays. All of this brought the price of groceries up by 2.6 percent in April - the biggest monthly increase since 1974. Meanwhile, New York City lawmakers just voted to temporarily cap restaurant delivery app fees. In other words: the amount that these apps (like Grubhub or Uber Eats) charge restaurants to deliver their food. This comes as restaurants have taken a big hit during the pandemic. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Zoom fatigue:” a real thing. School, are you listening?


SAY WHAT?

“Chef Will Fill His Socially Distanced Dining Room With Midcentury Mannequins” - an actual headline. That’s not creepy. 

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