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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is “past the peak” of its outbreak. You read that right. Over in Michigan, hundreds of protesters - some of whom were armed - stormed the state capitol and tried to enter the legislative chamber, where lawmakers were debating the governor’s request to extend her emergency powers. The protesters chanted things like “Let us in!” and even compared Governor Whitmer to Hitler. Plus a sign was spotted that said “Tyrants get the rope.” 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Meanwhile, Texas is opening back up today. Cue worries, especially since the state saw its highest coronavirus death toll just yesterday. India’s loosening restrictions, too. The country’s lifting its nationwide lockdown on, oh, 1.3 billion people. And back in the US, all this talk of reopening has the CDC releasing guidance for how to keep coronavirus cases down. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

The Senate’s heading back to Capitol Hill. Lawmakers are expected to be back by the middle of next week to chat about the next economic funding bill - plus give a thumbs-up to Prez Trump’s judicial nominees. Not everyone’s all that happy about this arrangement. This comes as the Federal Reserve’s expanding its emergency Main Street lending program to let larger bizes snag loans. 

 

SO…?

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


THE ACTION

BIZ: ICYMI, today is May 1st - aka International Worker’s Day. Intro nationwide protests. See: workers at Amazon, Instacart, Shipt, Whole Foods, Walmart, and FedEx are striking over a lack of “adequate protection in the workplace” amid the coronavirus pandemic. And over at Trader Joe’s - which isn’t unionized - workers are asking customers to pretty please boycott the biz and other bizes where workers are protesting. Speaking of biz stuff, the US stock market just had its best month since 1987. In the middle of a pandemic. The why: the stock market plunged at the start of the coronavirus outbreak - and over the past month, it’s been making gains. Lots of them. Unclear whether this will continue over the coming months. 

 

WORLD: Recently, Germany’s gov announced that they’ll be designating Hezbollah - the dominating militant and political group in Lebanon - as a terrorist organization. Then banned any activities related to the group. Germany’s Interior Ministry said Hezbollah calls for the “violent elimination” of Israel - a belief shared by the US and, you know, Israel. We’ll remind you. The European Union currently labels Hezbollah’s military side a terrorist group - but lately, there’ve been calls for countries to classify the whole thing as terrorists. Now, it looks like Germany’s following this advice and launching raids on sites reportedly linked to the group. In other news, a judge is ordering ICE to release detainees from detention centers in Florida. 

 

ENVIRONMENT: Yesterday, the International Energy Agency released a new report that predicts greenhouse gas emissions will fall by nearly 8 percent this year. Because, coronavirus pandemic. That would be the largest ever decrease in a year. Big deal...except the UN has said that the world would need to keep that going every year for the next decade. And already, the IFA is warning about a rebound in emissions once the economy recovers from the pandemic. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, scientists just discovered that up to 1.9 million pieces of microplastic cover one square meter of seafloor. The highest concentration ever, BTW. Microplastics are any fragment of plastic - and lots of times, it ends up in the ocean. Not good. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Gigi Hadid:” who’s expecting her first kid with Zayn Malik. 


SAY WHAT?

“Swedish city uses chicken manure to encourage social distancing” - an actual headline. Fowl. 

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