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Trump’s incoming chief of staff among 5 congressmen in self-quarantine amid potential  COVID-19 exposure

  • Five republican lawmakers who shook President Trump’s hand have announced they will be self-quarantining amid fears of coming into contact with an individual at the CPAC conference who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
  • The five lawmakers are:
    • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
    • Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
    • Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
    • Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) - incoming White House Chief of Staff
  • VP Mike Pence has stated that he has not been tested for the virus
More Context: White House says Trump has not been tested for coronavirus


Italy implements nationwide quarantine

  • Italy has implemented a nationwide quarantine, which includes travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings
  • The country has become the worst-hit nation after Chine with the death toll jumping from 366 to 463
  • The number of confirmed infections has increased by 24% with confirmed cases being present in all 20 Italian regions
  • Schools and universities have been closed until April 3rd and all sporting events have been suspended
More Context: South Korea has 'passed the peak' of the coronavirus outbreak, health minister hopes


Oil prices jump 4% following largest one-day drop since 1991

  • Oil prices increased by more than $1 on Tuesday after a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia triggered the largest drop in prices since the 1991 Gulf War
  • Benchmark prices dropped to their lowest since Feb. 2016, constituting the largest one-day percentage decline since Jan. 17, 1991
  • Analysts do no expect oil prices to fully recover from the approximated 25% drop, as the coronavirus outbreak has cut demand


Facebook refuses to ban manipulated Biden video

  • On Monday, Facebook labeled a video shared by Trump as “partly false information” after being called out by Joe Biden’s campaign
  • The video, which was posted by White House social media director Dan Scavino was edited to depict Biden endorsing Trump for reelection
  • Twitter initially labeled the video as misleading over the weekend in accordance with its deepfake guidelines

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Largest county in Georgia closes all schools following coronavirus outbreak

  • Fulton County, the largest county in Georgia, has ordered all schools and school offices to close on Tuesday after an employee was confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus
  • More than 1 million people reside in the county with approximately 94000 children attending more than 100 schools
  • The closures follow the state’s confirmation of 11 Covid-19 cases statewide


Great Barrier Reef to face the 'most extensive' and devastating coral bleaching

  • The Great Barrier Reef is experiencing the ‘most extensive’ and potentially devastating coral bleaching event in history after abnormally warm ocean temperatures
  • Reef temperatures are around 0.9–2.7°F (0.5–1.5°C) greater than the usual average, reaching up to 5.4°F (3°C) above the average in certain areas
  • The extent of the damage will remain unknown for now as it depends on the ocean temperatures for the next month
  • When ocean temperatures are too high, corals release symbiotic algae, providing them with food and unfortunately turning the organisms a bleached white color
  • If the water cools rapidly, the algae can return and continue nourishing as usual, but if the temperatures remain high for too long, the coral will starve


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