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Wall Street Journal (July 2)

2020/ 07/ 03 by jd in Global News

“China’s decision to impose its national-security law on Hong Kong is a seismic event that goes well beyond the sad fate of its 7.5 million people. The illegal takeover shows that Beijing’s Communist rulers are willing to violate their international commitments with impunity as they spread their authoritarian model.”

 

The Plain Dealer (July 1)

2020/ 07/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Ohio experienced a decrease in the mortality rate for the coronavirus over the past three months” as more new infections are attributed to young people. That’s not the only reason, however, as the mortality rate for those over 60 has dropped from 23% in April to 7.4% in June. Factors likely include “earlier testing for the virus and steroid treatments that have helped hospitalized patients.”

 

USA Today (June 30)

2020/ 07/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Like it or not, remote instruction and virtual learning are likely to continue for millions of children this fall. That’s because most districts can’t observe physical distancing with all students attending class together in-person.” Some districts will utilize “hybrid learning schedules in which students attend school on alternating days or weeks and learn from home on the other days, on a computer when feasible.”

 

South China Morning Post (June 30)

2020/ 06/ 30 by jd in Global News

“How Hong Kong should cope with the national security law: keep calm and carry on…. It would be best for Hongkongers not to panic, but get on with their lives instead.”

 

Washington Post (June 29)

2020/ 06/ 29 by jd in Global News

“The road to a successful reopening of the U.S. economy is strewn with hopeful intentions — and formidable obstacles. The biggest and most important obstacle is a surge in new coronavirus cases, which presumably will lead to more hospitalizations and more deaths as well as more firms shutting down.”

 

LA Times (June 26)

2020/ 06/ 28 by jd in Global News

“For the generation of Americans not yet old enough to drive, the demographic future has arrived. For the first time, nonwhite and Hispanic people were a majority of people under age 16 in 2019, an expected demographic shift that will grow over the coming decades, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.”

 

Reuters (June 26)

2020/ 06/ 27 by jd in Global News

“World stocks have been on a rollercoaster ride in the first half of 2020. Having slumped 35% from Feb. 20 to March 23, they are now within 10% of February’s record highs thanks to lashings of fiscal stimulus, interest rates slashed to 0% or below in most major economies, and massive amounts of QE. Borrowing costs for high-grade U.S. companies have in fact fallen below January levels.” The rest of the year could bring more roller coaster. “Much depends on whether another coronavirus wave comes crashing down,”

 

New York Times (June 25)

2020/ 06/ 26 by jd in Global News

“On Wednesday it was as if the country had found itself back in March — at the start of the pandemic, in the early days of the lockdown, when masks were in short supply and when the death toll was skyrocketing.” The U.S. “reached another grim milestone on Wednesday as it reported 36,880 new cases,” breaking the previous high set on April 24. Instead of containment, new cases “have roared back in recent weeks.”

 

Hindustan Times (June 23)

2020/ 06/ 25 by jd in Global News

“India is a case in point because it imposed the earliest and strictest lockdown.” Unfortunately, the nation “eased restrictions before cases peaked.”

 

LA Times (June 23)

2020/ 06/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Los Angeles County health officials reported 2,571 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the third day in the last week that the county has reported more than 2,000 infections.” Authorities suspect a link to mass protests. In addition, the county’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 3,137. By comparison, the combined total for all 47of Japan’s prefectures is less than 1,000, and Tokyo prefecture, with a population roughly 4 million greater than LA county, has logged 321 deaths.

 

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