The Evening: Million Cases, Jobs Vanishing, Mr. Ellis and More
April 2, 2020
1 Million Cases
The global number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus surpassed 50,000 and cases edged toward 1 million, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University, as the outbreak continued to hit the United States and Europe especially hard.
And, as the Washington Post reports , about 60 percent of fatalities reported worldwide have come from four European countries: Italy, Spain, France, and Britain.
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More than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week and in just two weeks, 10 million U.S. jobs have vanished, shaking the foundations of the global economy, as the NYT reports.
Brazil’s Back to Work
Ignoring the self-isolation steps advocated by his health minister, President Jair Bolsonaro recently waded into crowds at a gas station, bakery and supermarket, as supporters told him they want to keep working even as the new coronavirus spreads across Brazil with deadly consequences. In speeches and on the street, Bolsonaro is telling Brazilians that the risk from coronavirus is low and that the country should stay open for business, as the WSJ’s Luciana Magalhaes and Juan Forero report.
“We can really pursue—full speed ahead—the deployment of wind, solar, and batteries . . . The challenge we have over the next decade is that we also need to simultaneously be improving and expanding the set of firm, low-carbon technologies,” said Princeton University's Jesse Jenkins at a CSIS event on decarbonizing the electric power sector.
On the Horizon
In "Pandemic Pandemonium," the CSIS Scholl Chair predicts how Covid-19 will reshape international business and trade over the long term.
CSIS’s “On the Horizon” series offers insights into the more fundamental changes we might anticipate for our future social and economic world as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In That Number
1.2 million N95 masks were shipped via the New England Patriots plane from Shenzhen, China to Boston after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker struck a deal with a collection of Chinese manufacturers and asked the Kraft family, who owns the Patriots, for shipping assistance.
“The complainers should have been stocked up and ready long before this crisis hit."
— President Trump
In late February, Turkey announced it would no longer be stopping the movement of refugees seeking to journey onward to Europe. New satellite imagery shows the subsequent influx of migrants toward the Turkish-Greek border and how that movement has stopped in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images). Nurses in the Bronx call for N95 masks and other critical medical equipment to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.
“China, coronavirus and surveillance: the messy reality of personal data,” by the FT’s Yuan Yang, Nian Liu, Sue-Lin Wong, and Qianer Liu.
In December 2019, NATO leaders met in London to celebrate the 70th anniversary of NATO. CSIS’s Heather Conley, Rachel Ellehuus, Quentin Lopinot, and Iain King broke down the key issues at the meeting: emerging technologies, great power competition, as well as the challenges to the political cohesion of the alliance. This analysis comes as a useful reflection as NATO foreign minsters convened over videoconference today. Watch the full video here.
In the latest episode, Steve Morrison and I speak with Helen Branswell, a premier journalist and one of the world’s leading experts on dangerous infectious disease outbreaks, based for the past five years at STAT. The conversation focuses on how journalists makes sense of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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A lot of people are asking me today about Ellis Marsalis, who passed away yesterday in New Orleans at 85 due to complications from Covid-19. I didn’t know Mr. Marsalis personally but saw him perform countless times. We gave him an honorary degree from Tulane in 2007. He was a patron saint of the Crescent City who inspired so many musicians including The Meters. So let’s rock with an historic Jazz Fest set by the Meters for Mr. Ellis.