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Cramm for 4/23/20
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The number of global coronavirus cases is nearing 2.7 million. Not a typo. Over in the US, more than 800,000 people have tested positive for the virus. This comes as it’s being discovered that there were coronavirus cases in Indiana weeks before what was previously thought to be the first confirmed case there. (Hint: California just realized this, too). In New York, two cats have become the first known pets in the US to test positive for COVID-19. Yes, really. So far, experts say it’s not all that likely that animals would be able to spread the virus to humans - but there’s been talk about extending some social distancing guidelines to pets. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

We’ll remind you: a couple weeks ago, Wisconsin headed to the polls...amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it’s coming out that at least 19 people who voted in-person or worked at voting booths in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19. Not good. In other US coronavirus news, Prez Trump is shaking his head to Georgia’s plan to reopen some small bizes. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

The World Food Program - which is part of the United Nations - says that the coronavirus pandemic could bring another 130 million people to the brink of starvation in 2020. That’d bring the total to around 265 million people. 

 

SO…?

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


THE ACTION

MONEY: Recently, Harvard University announced that it won’t “seek or accept” the money handed to them as part of the gov’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Think: nearly $9 million. The why: growing criticism from, oh, members of Congress and Prez Trump, who pointed out that Harvard already has, you know, a $40 billion endowment. This comes after both Stanford University and Princeton University said they wouldn’t accept the money. Speaking of which, the House of Reps is planning to create an oversight committee that’d investigate how organizations are spending the gov’s coronavirus aid. You read that right. 

 

PEOPLE: Today is the start of the NFL Draft. Things are going to be a liiiiiittle different. As in the whole thing will take place online, with Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the teams’ picks from his basement. Oh, and in-home cameras will help catch players’ reactions. Already, there’ve been reports about glitches and technical difficulties during rehearsal. Stay tuned. In other news, a Change.org petition is asking streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime to pretty please give 60 days of free service. The petition, which has around 50,000 signatures, says streaming services are essential amid the coronavirus pandemic. Solid reasoning. 

 

POLITICS: Prez Trump is cracking down. Reminder: it’s no secret that the US gov isn’t really a fan of Venezuela’s prez, Nicolas Maduro. So yesterday, Trump ordered Chevron to halt oil production in Venezuela. Yes, really. Big deal, since Venezuela's main export is oil - and Chevron is the only American oil biz still operating there. All of this is part of the US’s efforts to pressure Maduro. Meanwhile, the highest court in the Netherlands just ruled that doctors can legally euthanize some patients with severe dementia. The patients would need to make a written request before they developed an advanced form of the disease. 


WHAT TO KNOW

$1,000:” the price of Motorola’s new smartphone. Goodbye Moto. 


SAY WHAT?

“It’s subtly intense” - a reporter on why you should watch professional darts games. Entertaining sports bullseye. 

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