The Past 24 Hours or So – Coronavirus, Protests/Social Justice, and Trump Administration Updates

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

  • The U.S. recorded 61,173 new cases and 558 new deaths. 
  • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the federal government will extend a moratorium on evictions as part of the next round of coronavirus relief, which will also include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks.
  • White House negotiators want to scale back the next coronavirus relief legislation.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows both mentioned the possibility of moving forward on a less ambitious proposal.

  • White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reiterated that the Trump administration and Senate Republicans won’t extend a $600 boost in unemployment benefits in a forthcoming coronavirus relief package.

Meadows argued the original unemployment insurance measure, which has begun expiring, shouldn’t be extended because it “paid people to stay home” and disincentivized unemployed people from finding work.

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had a stark prediction for the vote on any new coronavirus stimulus bill. “Half the Republicans are going to vote no to any phase 4 package, that’s just a fact,” Graham said.
  • CDC director Robert Redfield said that he would “absolutely” send his grandchildren back to school in the fall despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, with the exception of one grandchild who has a medical condition.
  • President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, has tested positive for coronavirus. 
  • Google will extend its work-from-home policy until at least July 2021.
  • The Miami Marlins, who had four players test positive during their opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies, had an additional eight players and two coaches test positive on Monday. The team has cancelled its home opener versus the Baltimore Orioles.
  • New York reported 536 new cases. 
  • Pennsylvania reported 800 new cases and four new deaths.
  • South Carolina reported 1,170 new coronavirus cases and 25 new deaths. The state is now at a 15.6% test positivity rate, over triple the desired rate.
  • After setting a record for Covid-19 cases reported in a single day on Friday, Georgia reported 2,765 new cases, 1,022 fewer than Saturday. Three new deaths were, down from 53 on Saturday.
  • Florida reported 9,259 new cases and 77 deaths.
  • At least 46 Florida hospitals have reached ICU capacity and show zero ICU beds available. 
  • Miami Dade County reported a daily coronavirus positivity rate today of 18%. 5% is the desired maximum. 
  • Thus far, the Florida Department of Health has not seen any Covid-19 outbreaks associated with the reopening of theme parks in the area. 
  • The Lauderhill (FL) Police Department in Florida tweeted Sunday: “It is with a heavy heart that the Lauderhill Police Department announce the passing of our Brother, Officer Corey Pendergrass, who died this morning of complications related to Covid-19. Corey has honorably served with us since 1997. We will miss you tremendously.”
  • Louisiana recorded 3,840 new coronavirus cases, 94% are tied to community spread, and 48 new deaths. 

Protests/Racial and Social Justice 

  • A group of about 30 protesters gathered outside the Virginia home of acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to voice their opposition to the tactics federal authorities are using in Portland, OR. 
  • Oakland, CA police declared a Saturday protest an unlawful assembly after “agitators” set fire to a courthouse and vandalized a police station.
  • Philadelphia area NAACP Chairman Rodney Muhammad’s posting of an anti-Semitic meme to his Facebook page on Saturday was met boisterous opposition.
  • After calling slavery a “necessary evil” as part of the country’s founding, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) faced criticism. Cotton was discussing his bill that would reduce federal funding for any school that includes The New York Times’s 1619 Project in its curriculum.

In an interview, the senator accused the 1619 Project, a series of pieces by writers for the Times that examines the history of slavery in the U.S. and its role in the country’s founding, of being “left-wing propaganda.”

  • Police have detained a suspect after a man was shot and killed during a protest in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night.
  • Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka criticized athletes who protest police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. 

“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country.” Ditka continued, “You don’t protest against the flag, and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”

Trump Administration

  • In a racially charged Tweet, the president said scheduling conflicts will prevent him from throwing out the first pitch at a NY Yankees’ game in August.

“Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the @Yankees on August 15th. We will make it later in the season!”

  • Germany has rejected a proposal by. President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the G7. 

Sources:  ABC News, Associated Press, The Atlantic, Axios, Bloomberg, CBS News, CNN, Financial Times, Fox News,The Hill, Independent, NBC News, NJ.com, NPR, NY Times, Politico, Reuters, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

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