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Cramm for 3/17/20
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The other day, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Guinea, and Mauritania all confirmed their first cases of COVID-19. And worldwide, a growing number of countries took actions like partially closing borders (Canada and Malaysia) or going into a partial or full lockdown (France, Spain, and the Netherlands). Over in the US, 7 million people in the Bay Area in California are under lockdown. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

What else is growing: the list of cancellations. The College Board is now cancelling SAT tests in March and early May. And recently, Prez Trump issued new guidelines to help stem the coronavirus outbreak. Includes ditching gatherings of 10+ people, avoiding eating or drinking at restaurants and bars, and working or attending school from home. The Prez is also facing some backlash for referring to the virus as the “Chinese Virus” - which the WHO and CDC said could fuel stigma. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Over on Capitol Hill, the House of Reps unanimously passed a coronavirus emergency bill that’d hand over billions to help stem the effects of the virus. Now, it’s off to the Senate. They’re not the only ones looking to cough up billions to curb things. In New Zealand, the gov intro’d a $12 billion (yes, with a b) coronavirus package. Meanwhile, Idris Elba says he’s tested positive for coronavirus. 

 

SO…?

The global coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

ELECTIONS: ICYDK, today, some US states head to the polls in the 2020 primaries. Florida, Arizona, Illinois, and Ohio are all voting - except Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that polls would be closed today. Because, COVID-19. And in Florida, many poll workers didn’t show up over virus fears. Not yet clear whether people will actually go out and vote today. Speaking of elections, Russia’s Constitutional Court just gave the thumbs-up to this package of amendments that’d give Prez Putin the chance to stick around until 2036. This comes just days after Putin signed off on reform bill that says it’ll let him become “president for life.” Democracy, wya?

 

WORLD: Recently, two bombs exploded in front of a gov office in Thailand’s southern Yala province. 18 people were wounded, including reporters, police officers, and soldiers. The explosions came in an area that’s been facing an insurgency since 2004 that’s led to the deaths of around 7,000 people. No word yet on who’s responsible. In other news, yesterday, a gunman went on a shooting spree in Springfield, Missouri, moving from location to location before ultimately ending up at a gas station. 4 people, including a police officer, were killed, with multiple others injured. The attacker also appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Now, authorities are looking into any potential motive. 

 

GOV: Recently, France said ‘empty le pockets, Apple’ and fined the biz $1.2 billion. The country’s antitrust regulator said Apple was unfairly dividing products and customers between two wholesalers - plus forcing the wholesalers to charge the same prices for products offered in Apple’s own retail stores. In other words: abusing its economic power. Now, it looks like Apple will have to cough up $1.2 billion. Meanwhile, the Dept of Justice is looking to drop charges against Russians accused of funding a troll farm to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The why: the Russians fought the charges in court...and apparently “obtained discovery” about the US gov’s efforts to root out election interference. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

‘Trolls: World Tour:’” what’s being released in theaters and on-demand simultaneously. (Air) hug time. 


SAY WHAT?

“You will survive without our assistance” - the Newport Police Dept, asking people to stop calling because they ran out of toilet paper. Our faith in humanity just went down the toilet. 

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