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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The world is nearing 4.5 million total coronavirus cases. Not a typo. In Bangladesh, the first cases have been confirmed among camps for Rohingya refugees, where more than 1 million people are staying. Very very bad, since officials have been warning about the potential for a serious outbreak in these camps, which have a population density more than 40 times that of Bangladesh’s. Over in Russia, the gov reported more than 10,000 new cases in the span of 24 hours. In some good news: Spain and Italy, which partially reopened recently, have been seeing lower and lower daily death tolls. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Germany’s economy is feeling the effects of the virus. Big time. In the first quarter of 2020, the country’s economy shrunk by 2.2 percent - the fastest decrease since the financial crisis over ten years ago. Meaning Germany is officially in a recession. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

The UK’s got reopening on its mind. The country, which has more than 30,000 coronavirus deaths, is apparently planning to partially reopen schools from June 1. Without any PPE (aka personal protective equipment like masks). Cue pushback, especially from teachers. Over in the US, the CDC’s releasing new guidance on how states can safely reopen. 

 

SO…?

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


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Say hello to Dr. Rick Bright. He’s the ex-director of the federal office charged with developing a coronavirus vaccine - plus the guy who testified before Congress yesterday. Hint: he blamed the Trump team for ignoring warnings of a mask shortage and politicizing efforts to find a treatment. Then added that the US is in for its “darkest winter in modern history” if the gov doesn’t get its act together. In other news, Sen Richard Burr (R-NC) is stepping down from his position as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The why: Burr’s currently under investigation for his stock trading ahead of the stock market crash a couple months ago. This comes after the FBI served him a search warrant and seized his cell phone. 

 

USA: Today, the House of Reps is expected to vote on Dems’ new $3 trillion coronavirus relief package. What’s also expected: some controversy. As in Republicans already shook their heads to the plan - while some progressive Dems aren’t exactly on board, either. The Trump team has even threatened a veto if it ends up passing. Because, partisanship. Meanwhile, a new Federal Reserve report shows the growing inequalities when it comes to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Case in point: 40 percent of households earning less than $40,000 a year faced at least one job loss in March - versus 19 percent for households earning between $40,000 and $100,000 and 13 percent for those earning more than $100,000. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Hong Kong. We’ll remind you: last summer, the territory’s gov intro’d a bill that’d make it easier to hand over people accused of crimes in Hong Kong...to mainland China. Raising concerns that the bill would also make it easier for China to punish journalists and activists. Cue massive protests that lasted for weeks and eventually morphed into a cry for more democracy. Some of these protests led to clashes with police - leading to accusations of police brutality. So yesterday, Hong Kong’s police watchdog weighed in...and largely exonerated police officers - but called for a review of the use of tear gas. In other news, today, severe storms - and potentially tornadoes - are expected across the Northeast and Southern Plains. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Pool noodle hats:” what this German cafe had customers wear to enforce social distancing. Nein, Danke. 


SAY WHAT?

“Georgia officials are asking the public to help them track 4-foot long, invasive lizards” - an actual headline. When did Georgia become Florida? 

​ICYMI, right now, every part of the world is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic in pretty big ways. To learn more about navigating the college admissions process in this time, Editorial Team member Victoria Chow chatted with two college counselors to get the scoop on Covid-19 and college applications, SAT and ACTs, and extracurriculars - to name a few.​ Check out the interview here. 
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