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Hey there! ICYMI, we've got a new podcast...and we're kind of crazy excited, especially because the day's news is now being read in English, German, and Italian! Listen now on all the platforms. Oh, and ICYMI, we've also got Crammers reading the day's news on our IGTV in English, Hindi, German, Spanish, and French. 


THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

In Wuhan, China (aka the place where it all started), the last coronavirus patients were discharged from the hospital. This comes as the global death toll surpassed 200,000 - with more than a quarter of those deaths coming from the US. Speaking of the US, lots of states have reopening on their minds. See: New York, which is planning to gradually reopen as soon as mid-May. That’s not the only one. Colorado, Minnesota, and Montana are looking to ease social distancing and stay-at-home orders - while Tennessee's letting restaurants welcome some customers again today. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

On that note: Dr. Deborah Birx (the White House coronavirus task force coordinator) said the US needs a “breakthrough” on coronavirus testing to help the country reopen. Plus that some social distancing measures will have to stick around through summer. But Dr. Birx aaaalso added that coronavirus trends give her “great hope” for reopenings over the next few months. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

The rest of the world’s thinking about reopening, too. France, Spain, and Italy - which were home to some of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks - are prepping to ease lockdown restrictions. And over in Switzerland, some bizes are reopening. 

 

SO…?

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


THE ACTION

WORLD: Everyone’s talking about Kim Jong Un. Quick refresher: ever since the North Korea leader didn’t show at his grandfather’s birthday on April 15 (hint: the country’s most important holiday), there have been rumors and speculation about his health. Case in point: over the weekend, there were some reports that Kim Jong Un is dead or dying. Not confirmed, BTW - but South Korea says he’s alive and well. Stay tuned. In other news, Apple and Google are making some changes to their coronavirus tracing tech. Because, privacy concerns. ICYMI, the tech would help track people with the virus and alert people if they were in contact with anyone who tested positive. Hi, sci-fi. 

 

MONEY: Adidas isn’t doing all that well. See: its quarterly profit...dropped by 93 percent. Other bizes aren’t doing much better. As in J.C. Penny, which was already kinda sorta on its way to bankruptcy before the pandemic, is now in advanced bankruptcy talks with its lenders. And Gap says it’s running out of cash in the bank - plus that it’ll stop paying rent on its closed stores in North America. Reminder: even before the pandemic, retail was doing increasingly worse. Now, with stores shut down across the country, there’re concerns that the pandemic could lead to the end of lots of retail bizes. 

 

MONEY: Retail’s not the only industry having problems. Lately, more and more food processing plants have been forced to close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to things like meat shortages. And it’s only expected to get worse. Spoiler: Tyson Foods is warning that “millions of pounds of meat” will disappear from the food supply chain. Very very bad, since this will apparently lead to millions of chickens, pigs, and cows being “depopulated” (cough, euthanized, cough). Case in point: 2 million chickens are set to be killed in Delaware and Maryland because farmers don’t have a place to sell them - plus there’s a lack of employees in the region. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Brad Pitt:” who played Dr. Fauci on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Once upon a time in the pandemic…


SAY WHAT?

“To get around stay-at-home orders, Spaniards have been walking some unusual 'pets’” - an actual headline. Think: fish bowls, chickens, and even fake dogs. Wild. 

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