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About 30 US states are seeing a decrease in new cases of Covid-19, but Dr Anthony Fauci warns things are likely to get worse this fall and winter, and Americans should be prepared to “step back”. It may mean eating less at restaurants: A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely to have reported eating at a restaurant in the days preceding the illness. The CDC has also updated its statistics on the estimated death rate. Overall, the death rate from Covid-19 is less than 1% for everyone except people over 70. But these proportions increase dramatically if people are hospitalized. The CDC also calculates that 40% of Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic, but remember these people can still pass the virus on to others.
2. Election 2020
Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers all attempted to compromise the people and organizations involved in the 2020 US presidential election. This alarming news was announced by Microsoft, and senior US cybersecurity officials were quick to come. to confirm that no electoral system had in fact been thwarted. Microsoft claims that the same Russian entities partially responsible for the 2016 attacks on the Democratic presidential campaign were also implicated in the recent attempts. Meanwhile, President Trump’s campaign still tries to downplay the security of mail-in voting by questioning local election officials in swing states about everything from the counting of votes to storing ballots to checking volunteers. .
3. Police violence
Major decisions in three major incidents of police violence could be made soon. In Louisville, Kentucky, a grand jury was assembled this week to investigate the March police shooting of Breonna Taylor. The state attorney general said an impeachment decision is expected to come soon. The New York attorney general will soon form a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude while in custody in Rochester. Prude died in March and the release of the police camera video last week led to the suspension of seven police officers and allegations of cover-up. Finally, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Jacob Blake shooting is under investigation by state and federal authorities. A report from the state’s Justice Department expected on September 22 will determine whether charges are appropriate.
4. Forest fires
Massive wildfires in the western United States have killed at least 15 people and enveloped the region in choking haze. Several new fires have broken out in California, fueled by high winds. In Oregon, the small towns of Phoenix and Talent, which are home to about 11,000 residents combined, have largely been reduced to ashes. Overall, more than 100 fires are still active and over 4 million acres of land have been burned down. A continent further away, forest fires are still ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Last month, 29,307 fires were recorded in the region and scientists fear the rainforest is approaching the point of no return.
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France and Germany have joined forces to help migrants on the Greek island of Lesvos after Europe’s largest refugee camp burned down this week. Moria camp housed around 13,000 people, about six times its maximum capacity of 2,200 people. More than 400 camp residents were unaccompanied children. Now that these people have been displaced again, French President Emmanuel Macron has said he and the German government are trying to involve as many European countries as possible in their resettlement. The fire was reportedly started by people upset by recent coronavirus precautions adopted at the camp.
BROWSE THE BREAKFAST
The NFL is back. Here’s what happened during the national anthems
Are you ready for some FOOTBALL (and national conversations about patriotism, social justice, and their place in one of America’s most beloved sports) ?!
Here are some of the most outrageous things the world’s super-rich have asked for on vacation
Forget the $ 300,000 dinners, imagine being rich and powerful enough to summon a penguin.
13 coffins believed to have mummies discovered after 2,500 years in Egyptian well
Oh no no no. We are in 2020 and we no longer trust anything. Leave these things ALONE.
Starbucks is completely switching from straws to long-awaited syrup cup lids
These are “strawless lids,” if you want it to sound more grown-up.
The robots will not take away our jobs. They will make work safer and more efficient
Looks like something a robot would say …
THIS JUST IN …
Britain concludes trade deal with Japan
The newly signed free trade agreement is the UK’s first with a major economy since leaving the European Union earlier this year. The UK is rushing to finalize dozens of trade deals with countries before its transitional deal with the EU expires at the end of the year.
Pay homage to a legend of the stage and the screen
Diana Rigg, the British actress whose career spanned several decades in the 1960s spy series “The Avengers”, classic theater and “Game of Thrones”, has died at the age of 82.
That’s the number of apartments that went vacant last month in Manhattan, a new record as people continue to leave the city due to the coronavirus. As a perspective, this represents about 5% of all apartments in the region, and the vacancy rate is typically between 1.5% and 2.5%.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Stony the road we have traveled,
Bitter the staff of retribution,
Felt in a time when the unborn hope was dead;
Yet with a steady rhythm,
Don’t have our tired feet
Come to the place our fathers longed for? ”
The first lines of the second verse of ” Lift up every voice and sing, “Also known as the Black National Anthem. It’s played before the opening games of the NFL season, and the lyrics are rich in meaning. Here is a powerful song history and analysis.
May you approach the weekend with the same vigor and enthusiasm as these dolphins. (Click here to view.)