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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The US coronavirus death toll keeps rising. See: these new Trump team models and projections, which predict that the daily death toll will reach 3,000 by the end of this month. Not a typo. Plus that the total coronavirus deaths could reach 135,000 by the middle of August - up from 60,000, the Trump team’s previous prediction. These same projections also say the US could face 200,000 new coronavirus cases every day by June. This comes as states nationwide are prepping to reopen - including California, which is letting some bizes open back up this week. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Over in France, a hospital retested old samples from pneumonia patients. And discovered that it treated a man with Covid-19 as early as December 27 - nearly a month before the French gov confirmed its first cases. Meanwhile, China’s gov is reportedly expecting global backlash over the coronavirus pandemic - not to mention a rise in “anti-China sentiment.”

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Leaders are banding together. Mostly. As in a group of prezes, prime ministers, biz leaders, and rulers are pledging $8 billion (yes, with a b) to fight Covid-19…..minus the US, who says it’s focusing on its own efforts. Over in the tech world, Apple and Google are laying out what their contact tracing system could look like. 

 

SO….?

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


THE ACTION

PEOPLE: ICYMI, lately, Amazon’s faced lots of protests over worker conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. And it’s no secret that some of the workers who’ve publicly organized these protests have been fired. So recently, Tim Bray - the vice prez and engineer at Amazon’s Web Services - announced that he was resigning over these firings. Yes, really. In a blog post, Bray said he couldn’t sign off on actions he “despised” - then pointed out that everyone who’s been fired for protesting is either a “person of color, a woman, or both.” Meanwhile, the sports world is mourning the loss of Don Shula after he passed away at the age of 90. You knew Shula as the longtime Miami Dolphins head coach and two time Super Bowl winner. RIP. 

 

WORLD: Recently, a new study revealed that more than 3 billion people could live in extreme heat by 2070. Think: “near un-liveable temperatures.”  The study says that unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, much of the world’s population could be living in average temps hotter than 84 degrees Fahrenheit (or 29 degrees Celsius). That’s way way outside what’s considered to be the ideal climate for humans. In other news, the Supreme Court held its first teleconference hearing. The case: whether Booking.com should be allowed to trademark its name. The hearing went off mostly without a hitch - minus some justices apparently forgetting to unmute themselves. Supreme Court justices, they’re just like us. 

 

BIZ: Prez Trump’s got his mind on tariffs. We’ll remind you: basically ever since Trump took office, he’s been slapping tariffs on China to try to boost the US’s economy. But it’s been kind of a while since you’ve heard about this. Scratch that. As in the other day, the Prez said tariffs would be the “ultimate punishment” for China over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Cue falling stocks. Not yet clear whether there are actually plans to impose tariffs on China. Speaking of which, General Electric is cutting up to 13,000 jobs at its jet engine division - plus 25 percent of its jobs worldwide. Because, coronavirus pandemic. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Nicolas Cage:” who’s set to play Joe Exotic in a new scripted series. 


SAY WHAT?

“A 5-year-old boy was pulled over in Utah on his way to California to try to buy a Lamborghini” - an actual headline. Read that again. 

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