5 issues to know for August 3: Coronavirus, colleges, election 2020, stimulus, TikTok

Australia imposes strict new virus measures as early successes unravel

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1. Coronavirus

The coronavirus is inflicting new waves of ache and panic throughout the globe. The Australian state of Victoria declared a “state of disaster” as coronavirus cases rise once again. That means thousands and thousands of persons are on lockdown, together with nightly curfews and limits on journeys exterior. In Manchester, England, a “major incident” has been declared because of new outbreaks. Mexico now has the third-highest variety of coronavirus deaths with 47,000 identified fatalities, second solely to the US and Brazil. Speaking of Brazil, at the least six prime authorities officers have examined optimistic there. Experts agree August can be a pivotal month to see if Latin America can stave off skyrocketing numbers of infections. Meanwhile, in Berlin, a big crowd of far-right teams gathered to protest the German government’s coronavirus restrictions. At the top of final week, Germany recorded 955 new infections in a 24-hour time span, the best quantity for the reason that starting of May.

2. Schools

Students are already heading again to highschool within the US, and plans to keep the coronavirus out of the classroom are already exhibiting some cracks. An Indiana junior highschool pupil tested positive on the first day back, after attending class for a part of the day. Another pupil in Mississippi examined optimistic after the primary week of courses. And Georgia’s largest faculty district confirmed that at least 260 employees have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have been uncovered. In areas the place faculty hasn’t began but, leaders are nonetheless contemplating plans. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll decide later this week about whether or not colleges in his state ought to plan to reopen. 

3. Election 2020

Will the Republican National Convention be closed to the press? The Republican National Committee says no decision has been made yet, despite the fact that a conference spokesperson mentioned it might be, citing native coronavirus restrictions. Both the Democratic and Republican nationwide conventions have made quite a few modifications to their conference plans this summer time, with the DNC planning on only some hours of programming a day. Meanwhile, the following few days will convey a number of pivotal political selections: Joe Biden is supposed to announce his running mate this week, and Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will face primary election challengers trying to break up the affect of the so-called Congressional “Squad.”

4. Stimulus

Another week, one other spherical of contentious stimulus negotiations on the Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and White House chief of employees Mark Meadows are supposed to meet today to try and get closer to a bipartisan stimulus agreement. The main sticking level now could be that $600 unemployment profit that lapsed on the finish of final week, in addition to how way more funding state and native governments ought to get. Both sides have failed to seek out widespread floor, however with jobless numbers up for the second week in a row, the pressure to get something done is only going to increase.

5. TikTok

Microsoft says it might buy TikTok from its Chinese owner after President Trump introduced plans to ban the favored video-sharing app due to nationwide safety considerations. The President’s declare sent users into a frenzy, and a few tech consultants fear that banning the app would only make other tech giants, like Facebook, extra highly effective. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Trump will take action on TikTok in the coming days. If he needs to ban it, he may attempt to do it by emergency financial powers or an government order, though it isn’t clear what authorized challenges that might face.


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For the primary time, an NHL participant knelt for the nationwide anthem

It could also be a bizarre time for sports activities, pandemic-wise, but it’s as socially active as ever.

Trader Joe’s has determined its product names aren’t racist 

The firm says names like Trader Giotto’s, Trader José’s and Trader Ming’s are “fun and show appreciation for other cultures.” 

Astronomers captured an image of a ‘house butterfly’ nebula

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Former President Ronald Reagan designated the rose as the national flower of the United States in 1986. The iconic White House Rose Garden is dwelling to a number of political-themed varietals of the flower, together with the “White House Rose,” the “JFK Rose”  and the “Peace Rose.”


“Following an incident over a year ago with a previous video of Speaker Pelosi, we took a number of key steps, making it very clear to people on Facebook when a third-party fact-checker determines content to be false and updating our policy to make explicit the kind of manipulated media we will remove.”

A Facebook spokesperson, responding to a recent viral video on its platform that options footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, digitally manipulated to make her appear drunk or drugged. Facebook has labeled the video “partly false” due to its enhancing, however has not eliminated it. 



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