China’s fire becomes a key flashpoint in the 2020 race, with President Donald Trump and presumed Democratic candidate Joe Biden arguing over the country’s role in the spread of the virus. The battle could turn into a critical showdown in the November elections, writes Stephen Collinson.
Beijing has come under intense scrutiny and intense criticism for its management of the coronavirus, not just Washington. But the pandemic still offers an opportunity for China to consolidate its status of superpower and world leader – especially since Trump alienates certain allies with his “America First” approach, writes James Griffiths.
A frank critic of the Chinese government knows what it means to be socially isolated. Dissident artist Ai Weiwei, detained for three months by authorities in 2011, told CNN that the coronavirus had only strengthened “the police state” in China.
With the Wuhan epidemic now contained, David Culver returned to see how people are navigating a new normal, after nearly three months of confinement.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q: Am I doing video conferences?
A: Maybe you weren’t a fan of virtual meetings before working from home, or you had to do it for the first time. In either case, they can be awkward and often difficult, especially if you have an uneven Internet connection. While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to approach video calls, there is a certain label involved. Kathryn Vasel breaks it down here.
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WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Trump pushes complete immigration ban
Trump has announced a 60-day ban on immigrants seeking green cards to live permanently in America, but has moved away from plans to prevent workers from temporarily entering the country.
The announcement came as the Senate approved an approximately $ 480 billion relief program with funds for small businesses, hospitals and testing. The House is expected to vote on the package on Thursday.
Meanwhile, people were dying of a coronavirus in the United States earlier than was previously known. A death has now been confirmed in California in early February – more than three weeks before the first known death in Washington state.
Famine of “biblical proportions”
The developing world is facing “multiple famines of biblical proportions in a matter of months”, unless urgent action is taken, said the UN food aid agency. He warned that the pandemic would push an additional 130 million people to the brink of starvation, in addition to 135 million people who were already facing hunger crisis levels.
Home education widens the inequality gap
A whopping 90% of the world’s students are locked out. But it will hit poor children much harder than the rich. The inequality gap, present in education systems at best, is exacerbated by school closings around the world, experts say.
Bangladeshi garment workers threatened with ruin
When Fatema Akther arrived to work at the Alif Casual Wear garment factory in Dhaka in late March, she didn’t know it would be her last day. She is one of the millions of garment workers – mostly women – who are said to have been laid off or laid off in Bangladeshi factories as global demand for fast fashion dries up.
Second wave warning next winter
The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that another wave of coronavirus next winter may be “even more difficult” than the current epidemic as it will coincide with flu season.
ON OUR RADAR
- As concerns grow that Poland is using the pandemic to erode democracy, women are finding creative ways to protest on the streets and online.
- The closures have significantly reduced deadly air pollution around the world. They also discovered a reflection on the blue sky: it is possible to modify the activities of our society for the benefit of our environment.
- Spurred on by frenzied shows like “Tiger King” and “Love is Blind” – and the boredom of the billions stuck at home – Netflix added twice as many subscribers as expected in the first quarter.
- As anti-Asian discrimination linked to pandemic peaks, New York has trained a team of lawyers and law enforcement to respond to reported and unreported cases.
- Whether it’s offering tickets at the price of a vegetable or benefiting from discounts on multiple seats, Chinese airlines are putting in place a series of offers to attract travelers as the country’s holidays approach. .
Job. Kids. A global pandemic. It’s a lot to juggle, but these tips from time management experts can help.
- Make peace with the fact that you won’t be able to do as much as you did in the office. Next, start a list of the “must-haves” of the day and develop a game plan to face them.
- Multitasking strategically. You can’t think of two things at the same time, but you can listen to a conference call while the dishwasher is unloading, for example.
- Your mind works more efficiently when you group similar tasks. Block a moment when you knock them out at once.
- Take a break. The demands on your time have increased considerably, but there is still only 24 hours a day. Some things are not going to be done, and that’s fine.
“You have to prepare our children for what is going to happen. If we could go back in time, six months, wouldn’t we prepare our children for this confinement?” – Bill Weir, CNN climate correspondent
This year, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day comes amid a pandemic. CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Weir about the parallels between Covid-19 and climate change, and how Weir welcomed a new son into the world during such an uncertain time. Listen now