July 22, 2020 News Summary
COVID-19 // Economy:
Over 1000 people infected with COVID-19 have died yesterday, and a third of businesses in New York City will never be able to reopen, as debates over the next stimulus check rages. Many hotspots areas are short of hospital beds in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), and California is now the state with the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases with more than 400,000 infected citizens.
President Trump (recently) gave a speech where he stated that the virus “will unfortunately get worse before it gets better” and that citizens should wear a mask when they cannot socially distance. He also tweeted, ”We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”
The Department of Justice have charged two alleged Chinese hackers, whose targets included US research on COVID-19, activists in US, Hong Kong, and China, US military technology, etc. CNN writes, “Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the accusation was like a ‘thief accusing others to be the thief,’ in a press briefing on Wednesday, and charged that the US ‘has been engaging in the largest cyberattacks activities in the world.’”
The US has asked China to "cease all operations and events" in the Consulate General in Houston, Texas within 72 hours. The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that the order is a “political provocation unilaterally launched by the US side, which seriously violates international law, basic norms governing international relations and the bilateral consular agreement between China and the US."
Two months after the death of George Floyd, people are continuing to protest, leading to threats from President Trump to deploy federal law enforcement agents. Protests in Portland, Oregon have been put down by federal forces, who utilize tear gas and take citizens off the streets by force.
Surging Violence Rates:
In many major cities, violence rates are approaching record levels. In June, murder cases have gone up by 86% in Atlanta City, Georgia, and this year is about to be the deadliest for Kansas City, Missouri, where, this week, a woman was shot and killed while pushing a baby on a stroller. Federal agents have been sent to Chicago in hopes to fight the crimes. 14 people were shot at a funeral by people who are (suspected to participate in gang-related activity). However, the mayors of these cities along with many others have sent a letter to the Trump Administration, condemning the use of federal forces and “terror tactics”.
Weather (Southeast US):
Meteorologists are watching a tropical threat in the Gulf of Mexico area, which has a 40% chance of forming into something that will likely affect areas from Houston to Galveston to the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Scattered thunderstorms and heavy rains are expected to continue throughout this following week.