5 things to know for October 30: Covid-19, elections, protests, France, Senegal


The United States has just posted a record GDP growth rate, but we are still not back to our pre-pandemic numbers. The rest of the recovery, experts warn, could be slow.

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1. Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases in the United States hit a daily record yesterday, with 88,521 new diagnoses and 971 deaths. With the way things are going, the Institute for Health Measurement and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine says the daily death rate could triple by January. If states don’t respond with more security measures and people don’t follow them, the IHME says more than 500,000 Americans could die from the virus by that time. Other countries like Germany and Russia are also experiencing record numbers of cases, and Europe has once again become the “epicenter” of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. Worldwide, coronavirus cases have just passed 45 million.

2. Election 2020

President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden cross paths in the closing days of the presidential election. They both campaigned in Florida yesterday, with Biden hosting a drive-in event in the trusted Democratic enclave of Broward County, and Trump hosting a rally in Tampa. Their paths will overlap again today as they both campaign in Wisconsin and Minnesota. These are important states Biden needs to cover, as Hillary Clinton has come under fire for neglecting blue-collar workers in the same region in the final days of her 2016 campaign. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court has ruled that Ballots mailed in Minnesota were due to be received by election officials by election day at the latest and suggested voters consider other options for voting if they think it is too late.

3. Demonstrations against police violence

The Philadelphia City Council has passed a bill prohibiting the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray by police at demonstrations or other activities protected by the First Amendment. While the legislation was a response to the protests the summer following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, it comes as new protests unfold in the city after police shot and killed the family of Walter Wallace Jr. Wallace believes the city failed them, a family lawyer said, but they are not calling for the police who shot him to be charged with murder because they believe the police were not properly trained and equipped for their work. In response to the ongoing protests in Philadelphia, Walmart announced that it was removing guns and ammunition from certain sales floors as a precaution.

4. France

France is reeling from a second brutal knife attack as it battles what President Emmanuel Macron has called “Islamist and terrorist madness”. Three people were stabbed to death in a church in the French city of Nice yesterday, and authorities say it was the work of an Islamist terrorist. The suspect, a Tunisian national, was shot dead at the scene but survived and was taken into custody. The attack follows the macabre murder of a French history professor on October 16. The murder of Samuel Paty, who was teaching a lesson using cartoons published in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting the Prophet Muhammad, has sparked a nationwide controversy over free speech. , religious freedom and Islamic extremism.

5. Shipwreck of Senegal

At least 140 migrants have drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck recorded this year. The ship was carrying around 200 people en route between the Senegalese town of Mbour and the Canary Islands in Spain. It is a common route for migrant travel. In fact, there have been around 11,000 departures of West African migrant boats to the Canary Islands this year alone, a fourfold increase in recent years, according to estimates by the United Nations International. for migration. IOM estimates that 14 boats carrying 663 migrants attempted the trip in September alone, and more than a quarter of them were wrecked or had an incident.


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