CORONAVIRUS: China reported no new coronavirus deaths. Spain can relate. Over in France, the country’s opening bars and restaurants today for the first time in months. New Jersey’s also easing some restrictions. As in the state’s planning on opening outdoor dining and retail shops on June 15. Also in the US: Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s lifting Michigan’s stay-at-home order - meaning bars and restaurants can reopen within the next week. Thailand, India, and Mexico are cutting back on restrictions, too. Elsewhere in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro’s looking to reopen nonessential bizes and activities. Meanwhile, the first human trial of a potential Covid-19 antibody treatment is now underway.
POLITICS: Facebook employees aren’t happy with Mark Zuckerberg. Quick refresher: in response to some controversial Prez Trump posts, Twitter added things like fact-check warning labels and a notice that this tweet violated guidelines on glorifying violence. Facebook...did not. Cue backlash from Facebook employees, who aren’t a fan of Zuckerberg’s inaction. Now, it looks like employees are virtually walking out in protest. In other news, Russian Prez Vladimir Putin just set a date for the country’s vote on these constitutional reforms: July 1. ICYMI, lately, Putin’s been making moves to expand his power. Case in point: new constitutional amendments that’d let him stick around until 2036. Suspense, thick.
WORLD: All eyes are on Mumbai, India. Hint: the city’s bracing for its “first cyclone in 129 years.” You read that right. Tomorrow, a severe cyclonic storm with winds of 60 to 75 mph is expected to hit the city, bringing heavy rainfall, high winds, rough seas, and storm surges. The US equivalent would be “not quite” a hurricane, but the storm’s path is set to head right over Mumbai, which is a mostly low-lying city exposed to the sea. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, two active-duty military members were killed recently during a shooting at an Air Force base in North Dakota. The situation is reportedly “contained.” No word yet on who’s responsible.