CORONAVIRUS: The US just saw more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day. A new record, BTW. This comes as the country is reporting a huge increase in deaths and hospitalizations. Over in Europe, countries are continuing to intro new restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Deaths are spiking by 43 percent across Europe. The UK economy is heading back into a recession - and suffered the biggest GDP fall of any major economy in the second quarter this year. (ICYDK, the GDP is the broadest measure of goods and services produced in Britain.) Denmark plans to kill up to 17 million mink to stop the spread of a mutated version of the virus. And China is barring travelers from Britain, France, and India.
WORLD: A lot is going on in Ethiopia. We’ll fill you in. Over the past few days, Ethiopia’s prime minister - Abiy Ahmed, who won the Nobel Peace Prize about a year ago - has been making moves to take further control of the Ethiopian region of Tigray. You read that right. Ahmed says the region’s leadership has been defying his authority for months - and just crossed “the last red line.” Now, Ahmed’s cutting off internet and phone access, deploying the military, and imposing a state of emergency in Tigray. Meaning the region is pretty much isolated from the rest of Ethiopia. Intro fears of a civil war. Meanwhile, Poland is now delaying its near-total ban on abortion. Yes, really. This comes after the country saw some of its biggest protests in decades over the ban.
USA: Yesterday, several hundred protesters took to the streets of New York City, chanting slogans like “every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground.” In response, police showed up, appearing to push protesters out of the streets and contain them on sidewalks. It wasn’t long before police in riot gear joined the fray. And it wasn’t long before they started shoving protesters to the ground and arresting them. In total, nearly 60 people were detained. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, Philadelphia police just released the bodycam video of the killing of Walter Wallace, Jr., a Black man who suffered from Bipolar disorder. Officials warn the video is “traumatic.”