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U.S. Cases Slow as Deaths Pass 1,000 for Fifth Day: Virus Update

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The U.S. added 47,813 virus cases, a 0.9% rise that compares with a 1% increase over the previous week. Nationwide deaths exceeded 1,000 for the fifth consecutive day. A measure of intensive-care hospitalizations in California rose to the highest in seven weeks.

Italy told nightclubs to close, matching a similar directive by Spain on Friday. France’s public health agency warned that all of the country’s Covid-19 indicators are trending upward.

Russia agreed in principle with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to conduct clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine, the head of its sovereign wealth fund said. China and Russia may also work together on a vaccine, a Chinese virus expert said.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Global cases top 21.5 million; deaths pass 772,000How $50,000-a-year private schools plan for Covid: NYC ReopensFirst into the virus slump, China is proving the fastest outRussia’s new Sputnik launch raises risks

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  • August 16, 2020
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on “Face the Nation”

The following is a transcript of an interview with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that aired Sunday, August 16, 2020, on “Face the Nation.”

MARGARET BRENNAN: We go now to Chicago, where protests turned violent late yesterday. At least 17 officers were injured and 24 people were arrested. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is there. Mayor, thank you for joining us this morning. Can you address for us why this happened? I know you had messaged ahead of it that you had hoped protests would remain peaceful and that you wouldn’t see a repeat of what happened last Sunday.You called that- last Sunday, a planned attack. Is that what happened this time?

CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT: No, look, unfortunately, what we’ve seen in cities all across the country, not just Chicago, is a continuing wave of protests. The vast majority of these have been peaceful. But what we’ve also seen is people who

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  • August 16, 2020
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Group of musicians avoid quarantine by 10 minutes by hiring fishing boat to travel from France to UK

The Scotland-based Dunedin Consort were staying in Lessay Abbey in Normandy, performing their first concert since lockdown, when the 14 day quarantine was announced.
The Scotland-based Dunedin Consort were staying in Lessay Abbey in Normandy, performing their first concert since lockdown, when the 14 day quarantine was announced.

A group of musicians managed to avoid the French quarantine rules with 10 minutes to spare after chartering a fishing boat to get them back to the UK.

The Scotland-based Dunedin Consort were staying in Lessay Abbey in Normandy, performing their first concert since lockdown, when the 14 day quarantine was announced.

The group were able to secure a boat at the last minute and eventually arrived at Hayling Island in Hampshire at 03:50am on Saturday August 15 – a mere ten minutes before the new rules came into effect.

In an interview with BBC Five Live, the Consort’s Chief Executive, Jo Buckley said: “We sat up for a good few hours on Thursday night after the announcement and we tried to Eurostar, the ferry, we

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  • August 16, 2020
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5 lasting changes from the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has completely changed life, and while many hope those changes are temporary, the pandemic has unearthed weaknesses in the status quo. After every major crisis, humanity is forced to identify those weaknesses and evolve accordingly. The 2020 pandemic, in its aftermath, is set to change life for a very long time. Here are five fundamental ways.

1. Employment: More automation

The pandemic has helped identify work roles that can be downsized or replaced with technology as a technique to mitigate infection risk while retaining productivity.

“Online [ordering] has become the lifeline both for consumers looking for products [and] also for retailers looking for cash,” says Marc-André Kamel, who leads Bain’s Global Retail practice. A survey by McKinsey & Company showed that more Americans expect to make their purchases online post-COVID-19 compared to pre-pandemic, with 30-49% of people expecting to increase their online grocery shopping. Naturally, this will result in

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  • August 16, 2020
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Mykonos rejects fresh lockdown as Greece sees cases rise

A pilgrim crawls from the port to the Holy Church of Panagia of Tinos, on the Aegean island of Tinos, Greece - AP
A pilgrim crawls from the port to the Holy Church of Panagia of Tinos, on the Aegean island of Tinos, Greece – AP

The popular Greek island of Mykonos is pushing back against new lockdown restrictions that see bars and restaurants forced to close at midnight.

“Everyone has come [to Mykonos] to eat their food, to entertain themselves, swim in the sea. At this moment, we are fooling them,” bar owner Stavros Grimplas told the Associated Press. “We told them ‘come to Greece’ and Greece has shut down.”

The new measures to stem a rising number of coronavirus cases on the islands and across the country come as Greece is rumoured to be next to be added to the UK’s quarantine list. 

But businesses on Mykonos say the rules should not target legitimate business but illegal parties instead. Owners have signed an angry letter accusing the government of wanting “to

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  • August 16, 2020
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Voters can add fresh new voices to the Florida House. Here are the Herald’s choices| Editorial

From North Miami to Kendall to Key Biscayne and down the Florida Keys, Miami-Dade and Monroe county residents on Tuesday will select their voices in Tallahassee by voting for representative in the Florida House. Some races will be decided on Tuesday; others in November.

Here are our recommendations for the Aug. 18 primary:

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Voters in this North Miami-Dade District, which spills into Broward — have three abundantly qualified and accomplished candidates from which to choose. (A meeting time could not be scheduled A fourth candidate, Dennis Hinds, did not respond to the Editorial Board’s invitation for an interview.)

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Felicia Robinson is a former two-term Miami Gardens City Council member, elected in 2010. During her tenure, she made government more accessible to her constituents, creating several health-education programs and another worthwhile community conversation called “Meet Me Monday.” “I would bring in different people from the community and from

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  • August 16, 2020
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Brexit talks, data and COVID developments

Markets will be watching for any movement on coronavirus travel quarantine changes. Photo: Getty
Markets will be watching for any movement on coronavirus travel quarantine changes. Photo: Getty

This week could prove a landmark week for data, with key releases coming out of the UK, Europe and the US as well as a continuation of Brexit talks.

Alongside these, updates on local lockdowns and international airbridges are due for England, while in the States, eyes will be on minutes from the Federal Reserve policy meeting and movement in Congress on another coronavirus aid bill. Key minutes are also due from Europe’s central bank.

Here are stories to watch for developments on:

UK: Inflation data, Brexit talks and travel news

The airline industry is back in the spotlight. Photo: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
The airline industry is back in the spotlight. Photo: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wednesday will be a busy day for data, with the UK’s July inflation rate, alongside month-on-month and year-on-year readings of retail price index data. PPI readings are also on the

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  • August 16, 2020
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What to Know About the USPS’s Financial Problems and How to Help

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The United States Postal Service has been in financial trouble for some time now, reporting $8.8 billion in losses in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only added to its woes. In the first quarter of 2020, the USPS reported even higher losses at $4.5 billion and warned that their earnings would continue to fall for at least 18 more months. Unfortunately, it wasn’t wrong in its assumption. As the pandemic worsens, mail usage is slowing down – particularly businesses have cut back on sending advertisements and bulk mail – and the USPS is quickly running out of money to supports its operations.

In April, the agency asked Congress for a relief fund of $89 billion, but President Trump prevented the relief bill from passing. A month later, one of his donors, Louis DeJoy, was named Postmaster General. Since then, overtime has been cut for postal service workers; a

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  • August 16, 2020
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A rising basketball prodigy, a pandemic, a fatal shooting. The Semaj Miller story

Taloma Miller looks through a stack of photos of her late son Semaj and lingers on a school portrait of him when he was much younger. Semaj Miller, a 14-year-old basketball player with NBA potential according to some, was shot and killed in Compton on July 29. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Taloma Miller looks through a stack of photos of her late son Semaj and lingers on a school portrait of him when he was much younger. Semaj Miller, a 14-year-old basketball player with NBA potential according to some, was shot and killed in Compton on July 29. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

The two coaches sat in chairs behind the basket along the wall of the brick-lined gym at Lueders Park in Compton and pondered the what-ifs.

Months earlier, before the novel coronavirus outbreak halted his youth basketball season, 14-year-old Semaj Miller perfected his dribbling and made shot after shot on that court.

Miller already stood 6 feet 6. Derrick Cooper and Tony Thomas predicted future stardom. They know NBA talent when they see it.

Cooper mentored James Harden, the 2018 NBA most valuable player with the Houston Rockets, in youth basketball. Thomas coached San Antonio Spurs star DeMar

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  • August 16, 2020