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COVID-19, the highly infectious viral disease that has been spreading across the globe, has taken more than 100,000 American lives. Also, the rift between the U.S. and China is growing as the U.S. State Department says they no longer consider Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule. And, violent protests broke out in Minneapolis and other parts of Minnesota overnight in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.
Protests erupted and now four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody. Also, Twitter adding fact-check warnings to two tweets by President Trump in which he claimed without evidence that mail-in voting was fraudulent. And, an NPR investigation found that some communities of color in Texas don't have as much access to coronavirus testing as white communities.
The unemployment benefit meant to keep many afloat during the pandemic is set to expire at the end of July and lawmakers need to decide what to do next. Also, the pandemic poses challenges to voting in the upcoming presidential election. And, many public schools are facing financial meltdown due to state budget cuts caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The U.S. has banned travel from Brazil after a surge in coronavirus cases there. Also, protests sparked on Sunday in response to China's plans to tighten its control over Hong Kong through security legislation. And, a federal judge has ruled that a Florida state law that would have required felons to pay any outstanding court fees and fines before they can register to vote is unconstitutional.
The N95 respirator has become one of the most coveted items in the world, especially by medical professionals. But how did this seemingly simple mask become the lifesaving tool it is today? In this bonus episode of NPR's history podcast, Throughline, we follow the curious history of one of the most important defenses in our fight against COVID-19.
Alabama is reopening despite a shortage of intensive care beds in Montgomery. A surge in demand for antibody tests runs the risk of giving people and employers a false sense of security. As Beijing tightens its grip, Hong Kong reacts.