October 2, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
Per BBC, American Pres. Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19 after the President traveled throughout the week with his senior aide, Hope Hicks, who tested positive earlier this week. Trump, who will quarantine in the White House, is forced to temporarily withdraw from his campaign, but, according to White House staff, will still carry out his duties without much hindrance. Trump revealed his infection in a tweet at around midnight today: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump's physician, Dr. Sean Conley, stated that the president and the first lady were "both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” Joe Biden, who Trump has consistently mocked for wearing a mask, tweeted that he and his wife, Jill, “...will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.
Chron reports on how multiple Texan politicians have reacted to President Trump and Melania Trump’s positive COVID-19 test. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, for instance, declared that Trump is his "president" and "friend." Others sent prayers and wished the couple a quick recovery.
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of Sep 25, 2020, 12:16 PM (CDT), there are over 7.26 million cases and 207k deaths nationwide. California leads with the most infections at 813.6k, and Texas follows with a total of 752.5k cases.
(CNN) Trump, reportedly experienced fatigue and a fever this morning, was tested positive for the virus. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day.” Trump has also used a dose of REGN-COV2 Antibody Cocktail.
World Politics and Economics
Concerning the rainforests of Brazil, which “are being torn down,” Democratic candidate Joe Biden declared during the first Presidential Debate, “I would be...making sure...countries of the world coming up with 20 billion dollars. And say, ‘Here's $20 billion. Stop, stop, tearing down the forest. And if you don't, then you're going to have significant economic consequences.’”
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, according to the Associated Press (AP) News, retorts on Twitter, “The greed that some countries have over the Amazon is a reality. But the confirmation by someone who is fighting for the command of his country clearly signals that he wants to give up a cordial and profitable coexistence.” Bolsonaro further defends, “[Brazil’s] president, unlike left-wing presidents of the past, does not accept bribes, criminal land demarcations or coward threats toward our territorial and economic integrity. Our sovereignty is non-negotiable.” Bolsonaro, an advocate for the economic development of the rainforests, believes Biden’s comments are “regrettable,” as well as “disastrous and gratuitous.”
Per BBC, England is presently banning “single-use plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton balls.” Although it was intended to be put into effect in April, it has become illegal for people to sell or supply these items. Reportedly, people in England use vast amounts of plastic, and an estimated amount of “4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds each year.” Environmental campaigners welcome this ban.
Southeast US Weather
(Atlantic) Tropical Depression 25 has formed and is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm. The other disturbance has a moderate chance of forming and may or may not move into the Gulf.
(Pacific) Tropical storm Marie is almost at its peak at over 74 mph winds, moving westward. Another disturbance is expected to form tomorrow with a low of 20% cyclone formation. There are two different types of formations: cyclone and disturbance.
(Local) The high today is at 59 degrees Fahrenheit and 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and chances of rain grow higher as next weekend closes in.
US Politics and Economics: Dylan, Miranda, and Caleb
Texas Politics: Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan
Health: Matthew and David
World Politics and Economics: Joseph Z., Vicki, Amelia, and Alexander
Southeast US Weather: Jade, Aiden, and Simon
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