CORONAVIRUS: Yesterday, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx announced that the US is entering “the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic.” Plus urged the gov to take “aggressive action” on fighting the virus. Birx also said that this is not about lockdowns, but rather about taking a balanced approach. She’s concerned about “flat or declining” testing in many states and warned against large, crowded gatherings. This comes after Prez Trump claimed the US is “rounding the corner” on the virus at one of his rallies. Speaking of concerns, there’s a lot about Thanksgiving. See: Canada’s seeing an uptick in cases from its Thanksgiving - causing fears that the holiday could be a superspreader in the US.
TERROR: Last night, gunmen opened fire on the busy streets of Vienna, killing at least 3 people and wounding many more. There was reportedly gunfire in around six locations, all in the same area. So far, one gunman has been killed. It’s not yet clear who’s responsible for the attack or what the motive was, but the gunman is said to have been an ISIS sympathizer and the shootings are being labelled an “Islamist terror attack.” Meanwhile, recently, gunmen stormed Kabul University in Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people. ISIS has claimed responsibility. This marks the second deadly attack on students in Afghanistan this week. Over in Ethiopia, at least 54 people were killed by armed rebel groups in a schoolyard massacre.
WORLD: Hurricane Eta is nearing landfall in Nicaragua. The Category 4 storm is expected to bring life-threatening flooding, destructive winds, and storm surge to the country before moving inland...and potentially hitting Central America with catastrophic impacts. In other world news, Indonesia’s prez - Joko Widodo - just signed off on a new stimulus law. And already, people are protesting. See: the law would slash minimum severance pay requirements and mandatory days off for workers, let bizes replace full-time employees with cheaper contract workers, and let certain development projects go forward without environmental assessments or consultation with Indigenous peoples. Stay tuned.