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Tuesday - 05/05/20
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. Here's what's blinging today... 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Trump administration predicts daily coronavirus death toll will almost double over the next month

  • An internal document from the Trump administration has predicted that the daily coronavirus deaths will double over the next month
  • As per the document, daily deaths are expected to rise to approximately 3000 per day from the approx. 1750 current toll
  • The White House has rejected these projections and put out a statement claiming that “this data is not reflective of any of the modeling done” by the coronavirus taskforce nor is it “data that the task force has analyzed”
Context: Trump administration projection and a public model both predict deaths rising as states reopen

WORLD 🌎

China rejects US claims that coronavirus originated from Wuhan lab

  • China has rejected claims made by the Trump administration that the coronavirus originated from a Wuhan laboratory
  • On Sunday, in an interview with ABC, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that there was “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan
  • Scientists have rebuked conspiracy theories that suggest that the coronavirus was man-made, citing studies that indicate it originated from wildlife

BUSINESS 💰

US Treasury to borrow $3 trillion this quarter

  • The Treasury Department has announced that it will be borrowing a record $3 trillion this quarter
  • The money will be used to subsidize economic rescue efforts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
  • The total US government debt is currently close to $25 trillion and the current fiscal year’s deficit sits at $744 billion

TECH 📱

NYT defeats Ajit Pai as judge orders FCC to provide net neutrality records

  • The NYT has won a lawsuit against the FCC, as a federal judge ruled that the FCC must hand over net neutrality comment records that it earlier refused to share
  • Leading up to the 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules by the FCC, there were more 22 million comments made using stolen identities during the public comment process
  • The NYT filed a FOIA request for server logs related to the public comments, but were rejected by the FCC
  • The request approved by the judge will provide timestamps, originating IP addresses, and user-agent headers

US 🦅

Gov. Newsom says some businesses will reopen Friday, with conditions

  • CA Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that some of the state’s retail businesses could reopen with conditions if certain criteria are met
  • Newsom said the state will provide further guidance later this week, which will include specific guidelines for low-risk businesses that must be met in order to reopen
  • According to the announcement, clothing, book, music, toy, and sporting goods stores will be allowed to offer curbside pickup if they follow the issued guidelines

HEALTH 💉

Noninvasive coronavirus sensor that can track symptoms

  • A device developed by Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab can track early signs of coronavirus infection and progression
  • The device is a noninvasive flexible wireless sensor that looks like a Band-Aid and sits where the throat and chest meet
  • The device that can also detect heart rate and temperature and is meant to be peeled off once a day and placed on a wireless charger, which initiates the patch to sync its data with an iPad

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