Latest Coronavirus News of April 6, 2020: Live Updates

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John Krasinski, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the original cast of “Hamilton” surprises a 9 year old child with a Zoom interpretation of “Alexander Hamilton”

In its second episode, “Some Good News with John Krasinski” continued to sow joy in these difficult times by realizing the dream of a 9-year-old girl.

Aubrey, a Florida music theater enthusiast, had tickets to see “Hamilton” in Jacksonville, but the show was canceled due to a coronavirus. Her mother tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda, the brain and star behind the Broadway smash, and told him that instead of watching the show, they were watching “Mary Poppins Returns” – which stars Miranda and Emily Blunt , Krasinski’s wife – instead.

Talking to Aubrey about Zoom, Krasinski and Blunt, who joined him, not only promised to take him to New York to see “Hamilton” after the pandemic ended, but they also got another surprise.

Miranda himself joined the video call from Krasinski, with the original cast of the series, for a reminder of “Alexander Hamilton”, the opening number for the series.

Watch the full video for more good news, watch Robert De Niro give the weather report (yeah, it happens too) and sing and take pictures with Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton”.

Alison Martin


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1:23 pm The Sun-Times children’s art competition aims to light up the future with prizes!

These are obviously difficult times we are going through, but we believe in them: better days are coming, hopefully sooner rather than later.

It is also a particularly complicated and worrisome time for children, many of whom are now facing not only the uncertainty of the coronavirus, but also the inability to go to school or even leave home.

With that in mind, we are launching an art competition for children in the Chicago area called “The Imagination Project” – with children from elementary school through the last year of high school invited to submit digital images of up to of five computer-assisted paintings, drawings or graphic creations at our press organization.

The window to enter is open for three weeks, and there are prizes! For more information, visit suntimes.com/imagination.

Sun-Times staff

12:58 p.m. Wisconsin Governor Orders Postponement of Election from Tuesday to June

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released an executive order Monday to delay the state’s presidential primary by two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will almost certainly result in legal challenges and further uncertainty in pursuit of the elections.

Evers, a Democrat, previously opposed the postponement of Tuesday’s elections. But he pushes to postpone it until June 9 as criticisms are made of how voting in person can take place safely at a time when public health officials discourage groups of people from coming together to avoid spreading the virus. Some polling stations have already closed because nervous volunteers do not want to recruit them.

Evers was unable to reach an agreement with the Republicans to postpone the election. His order comes after the GOP-controlled legislature denied his request to cancel the face-to-face vote on Tuesday.

The Wisconsin election is seen as a national test case in a broader struggle over voter access to the coronavirus era, with major implications for the upcoming presidential elections – and, possibly, November general elections.

Read more here.

12:45 p.m. Lightfoot declares “red public health alert” about racial disparity in deaths from COVID-19

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Monday that it was “devastating” and a “red public health alarm” that 70 percent of the 86 Chicagoans who died from the coronavirus are African Americans, and she promised a “plan very robust and immediate suit ”to face the disparity.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic ended everyday life in Chicago, Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said her main goal was to close the nine-year gap in life expectancy between the black and white Chicagoans.

Even more astonishing is the so-called “death gap” between people who live downtown compared to parts of the West Side: 16 years old.

In this context, Lightfoot was asked to respond to the fact that 61 of the 86 coronavirus deaths recorded on Saturday were African-Americans, although blacks make up only 29% of the city’s population.

“It is devastating to see these numbers and to know that they are not just numbers. These are lives. There are families and communities that have been shattered. This is why we will announce a very solid and immediate comprehensive plan to address it, “said the mayor.

Fran Spielman has the whole story.

12:04 pm New York City Councilor said city parks may soon become “temporary” burial grounds as the city is overwhelmed by viruses.

The chairman of the New York City Council health committee on Monday warned New York residents to prepare for “temporary” burials in city parks.

In a Twitter thread, Mark D. Levine suggested that the city’s public parks may soon become temporary burials as the mortuaries fill up beyond their capacity.

“Soon we will start” temporary burial “. This will likely be done using a New York park for burials (yes, you read that right). Trenches will be dug for 10 online coffins, ”Levine wrote on Twitter.

Levine’s tweets have shown how overwhelmed the city’s mortuaries and funeral homes are as the coronavirus pandemic kills nearly 600 people a day in New York.

“A typical hospital morgue can hold 15 bodies. These are now all completed. OCME therefore sent 80 refrigerated trailers to hospitals in the city. Each trailer can hold 100 bodies. These are now almost as full. Some hospitals have had to add a 2nd or even a 3rd trailer, ”Levine wrote on Twitter.



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