Capping off the Republican National Convention on Thursday evening, the President proclaimed his efforts to combat the virus were centered on “the science, the facts and the data,” yet he welcomed around 1,500 mostly maskless supporters to gather outside and sit shoulder to shoulder to watch his speech, many chanting, whistling and cheering. A senior White House official brushed off concerns about the lack of social distancing, telling CNN that “everybody is going to catch this thing eventually.”
She added that Trump was “fixated on the stock market” and “caved” to the Chinese government, slamming the President for his lack of action. “And here’s what you have to understand about the nature of a pandemic: It’s relentless. You can’t stop it with a tweet. You can’t create a distraction and hope it’ll go away. It doesn’t go away.”
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WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Americans and Brits least happy with their governments’ response, poll shows
In the United States, fewer than two in 10 people (18%) said the country is more united now. That’s a full 21 percentage points below the next lowest-ranking countries, Germany and France, where just under four in 10 (39%) respondents expressed that opinion. Denmark had the highest percentage saying their country was more united now, with more than seven in 10 (72%) giving that answer.
The pandemic has been brutal for refugees and migrants to Europe
But European responses have often been brutal and alleged “pushbacks” at borders in countries like Greece, an absence of sea rescues in the Mediterranean, and unhealthy quarantine arrangements have created huge challenges, all the more complicated by travel restrictions, and the closure of transport routes and processing centers.
Another week, another million Americans file for unemployment. And still no new stimulus.
Latin America’s cases top 7 million
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — who has been widely criticized for prioritizing the economy over public health — said the country’s public finances are “going to sink” should the government scheme providing emergency coronavirus stipends to the poor continue in its current form. “Some people criticize me … but Brazil is accumulating a (huge) debt,” he said. He added he had given the economy minister until Friday this week to come up with a new plan to provide the financial assistance.
ON OUR RADAR
- The 2020 Tour de France scheduled to begin Saturday looks in doubt as the region of Alpes-Maritimes, where the world-famous race begins, is put on alert for the coronavirus.
- A new study in the British Medical Journal finds that severe illness and death remain rare in children with Covid-19, but there are disparities between kids who may require critical care or suffer complications.
- French football star Paul Pogba has tested positive for Covid-19, his coach says, and will not take part in France’s next two Nations League games against Sweden and Croatia.
- The pandemic may have helped parts of the natural world recover, but for turtles, it’s complicated — some are now under even greater threat.
- Vaping companies are coming under fire for seizing on the pandemic to sell their products.
- The US Food and Drug Administration is warning about hand sanitizer packaged to look like food or drinks.
“We have to create moments in our lives where we can fall apart, and we have to create moments in our lives when we connect to other people around (us with) what we’re going through.”
“Let me reiterate this: if you have interacted with someone confirmed to have Covid-19, even if you’re not showing symptoms, you should get tested.” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent