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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

France is cracking down. Even more. The country recently switched things up so people can now only jog within one mile of their homes. Not a typo. Plus cycling has been banned. Canada can relate. There, they’ve seen 2,000 coronavirus cases and an increasing number of deaths. Cue a slew of new restrictions, including the closure of all non-essential bizes. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

They’re not the only ones adding restrictions. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a stay-at-home order, sending the country into a lockdown. Shops, gyms, and places of worship will close, and social events will be forced to be postponed. Oh, and police will reportedly be patrolling nationwide to break up public gatherings and fine people breaking the rules. In some good news: China’s finally lifting the lockdown on Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak started. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Prez Trump wants to loosen restrictions, too. Lately, he’s said he’s been thinking about scaling back steps that’d help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Think: social distancing, biz closures...that kind of thing. Because, the economy. Problem, since health experts aren’t a fan of this idea. This comes as US coronavirus deaths grew by more than 100 yesterday - the deadliest day yet in the US’s outbreak. 

 

SO…?

The situation with COVID-19 keeps intensifying. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

PEOPLE: Everyone’s talking about PG&E. Reminder: back in 2018, California faced the deadliest and most destructive fire in its history - labelled the Camp Fire. It left 85 people died. The fire’s cause: electrical lines owned and operated by PG&E. Fast forward to yesterday, and it looks like the biz is pleading guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire. Cue a max fine of close to $3.5 million - plus the biz will be creating a trust to help compensate the victims. In other news, recently, Islamist insurgents seized control of a key town in northern Mozambique. It marks the first time jihadists there have attacked a major town. Stay tuned. 

 

WORLD: ICYMI, the US is still dealing with the 2020 primary elections. Kind of. Case in point: recently, Rhode Island altogether postponed its primary - while Alaska shook its head to in-person voting. Not yet clear how this will affect the election. Speaking of which, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are now the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. You read that right. After growing pressure from countries like Canada and Australia, the International Olympic Committee plus the Japanese gov finally nodded their heads to postponing the games “to a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021.” Because, coronavirus pandemic. 

 

USA: All eyes are on Afghanistan. We’ll remind you: months ago, the country headed to the polls. Spoiler: Prez Ashraf Ghani snagged re-election. Problem, since his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, pointed fingers at the election commission for picking favorites….declaring himself the winner...and pinky promised to form his own gov. Now, months later, the US State Dept says it’ll cut $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan this year unless Ghani and Abdullah agree to support a unified gov. Tension, high. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is making some changes. As in the Supremes recently ruled that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity - without violating their constitutional rights. Huge deal, BTW. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Marble racing:” what’s apparently become popular. The world’s officially lost its marbles. 


SAY WHAT?

“A man ran the length of a marathon all from his balcony during France's coronavirus lockdown” - an actual headline. Oui, really. 

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