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Cramm for 3/23/20
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen in the UK. Case in point: there are now over 5,600 confirmed cases there, with hundreds of deaths. The other day, the gov finally shut down all pubs and restaurants - minus takeaway. The gov’s also pledging to cover 80 percent of wages for employees who are not able to work, up to 2,500 euros per month. Over in Hong Kong, the city’s banning most non-residents from entering the city. India can relate. Parts of the country - which is home to about 1.4 billion people (yes, with a b) - went into lockdown recently as cases there rise. Oh, and in the US, Prez Trump’s deploying the National Guard in three states. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Also in the US: cases there topped 32,000. Not a typo. Meaning the US now has the third most cases worldwide, after China and Italy. Speaking of Italy, coronavirus deaths there rose by 651 in a single day, bringing the total death toll to nearly 5,500. This comes as the country’s shutting down non-essential workplaces. In some good news: South Korea reported its lowest number of new cases in four weeks. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Over on Capitol Hill, Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) became the first US senator to test positive for COVID-19. Raising lots and lots of concerns that other lawmakers may become infected, too. Meanwhile, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein tested positive

 

SO…?

The coronavirus outbreak keeps intensifying around the world. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Recently, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Croatian capital of Zagreb. It was the largest earthquake to hit the city in 140 years, and left buildings damaged and cars destroyed by falling debris. 17 people were injured, including a teenager who’s reportedly in critical condition after a roof collapsed. Stay tuned. In other news, it looks like a spring nor’easter will be heading to Mid-Atlantic states and parts of the Northeast today. Expect heavy snow - as much as six inches - and cold rain. Those aren’t the only parts of the US getting wet weather. In California, a slow-moving storm is heading across the state. The weather outside is frightful. 

 

PEOPLE: Yesterday, inmates at prisons across Colombia held protests against apparent overcrowding and poor health services. The protests escalated to riots and even breakout attempts, ultimately leading to the death of at least 23 people. 83 inmates were reportedly injured, leaving 32 prisoners and 7 guards hospitalized. The justice minister says the violence was a coordinated attempt across at least 13 of Colombia’s prisons - plus that the prisons are completely safe and sanitary. Meanwhile, recently, Canada and Australia said ‘see you in 2021’ and announced that they won’t be sending athletes to the Tokyo Olympics. Then added that the games should be postponed until 2021. Because, coronavirus fears. 

 

POLITICS: All eyes are on the US Senate. We’ll remind you: everyone’s worried about the financial and economic affects of the coronavirus outbreak - including the gov. Intro a coronavirus stimulus plan that’d hand $1.8 billion to bizes and households to help keep them afloat. Problem, since Senate Dems said the plan focused more on big corporations versus the American people. Fast forward to yesterday, and the plan...didn’t pass. Now, it looks like the Senate’s continuing to negotiate and work to get a plan passed soon. In other news, Sec of State Mike Pompeo just landed in Kabul, Afghanistan. This comes just weeks after the US and the Taliban nodded their heads to a peace agreement. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Minecraft:” what the Polish gov is using to help kids stay indoors. Creative. 


SAY WHAT?

“This online toilet paper calculator will tell you just how long your supply will last” - an actual headline. To flush your fears away. 

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