Tens of millions of unemployed Americans are losing an advantage that has helped them stay afloat.
A $ 600 weekly federal government unemployment benefit that has become a lifeline for tens of millions of unemployed Americans, while helping to support the coronavirus-ravaged economy, expired at midnight when Washington officials failed have managed to agree on a new bill.
Unemployment remains at record levels, with around 30 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits. Last week, over 1.4 million were just submitted for the state’s unemployment benefit ̵
Nearly 11 percent of Americans said they live in families where there is not enough to eat, according to a recent Census Bureau survey, and over a quarter have lost a rent or mortgage.
The expiration of the benefit will force Louise Francis, who worked as a banquet cook at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans for nearly two decades before she was fired last spring, to obtain state unemployment benefits, which for her come to $ 247 a week. .
“With $ 600, you could see your way a little,” said Ms. Francis, 59. “You might feel a little more comfortable. You could pay three or four bills and not feel so far behind.”
Aid expired as Republicans and Democrats in Washington he remained very distinct about what the next virus relief round should be.
Democrats wanted to extend weekly payments from $ 600 until the end of the year, as part of a large $ 3 trillion aid package that would also help state and local governments. Republicans, concerned that the $ 600 benefit left some people with more money than when they worked, tried to scale it down to $ 200 a week as part of a $ 1 trillion proposal.
During a White House press conference, President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows accused Democrats of playing “politics as usual”. On the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, president of the lower house, said that administration officials “do not understand the gravity of the situation”.
Both said they planned to continue discussions, possibly until the weekend.
As the deadline approaches, Republicans have proposed continuing the $ 600 benefit for a week as talks continue. Democrats rejected the short-term extension.
“When you have an extension of six days and a week on a provision, it is usually – it has always been – to accept a legislative argument if you are about to have an agreement,” said Pelosi. “Why don’t we just do the job? Why don’t we just do the job?”
The leader of a secret religious sect in South Korea was arrested last Saturday on charges of misappropriating church money and conspiracy to prevent efforts to combat coronavirus.
The rapid spread of the virus this winter among followers of the Shincheonji of Jesus church in Daegu, a city in the southeast, briefly made South Korea home to the world’s largest coronavirus outbreak outside China. As of Friday, over a third of the government’s 14,300 coronavirus cases were members of Shincheonji or their contacts.
Lee, 88, was also charged with embezzlement of 5.6 billion won, or $ 4.7 million, from church funds to build a luxurious “peace palace” north of Seoul. The church has widely denied any allegations against him. He will face years in prison if convicted.
Intense criticism from the South Korean public forced Mr. Lee to apologize in March.
In a statement on Saturday, the church said that Mr. Lee had never intended to hinder efforts to control the epidemic and that he had only expressed concern about the extent of government requests for faithful data.
“He stressed the importance of disease control and urged church members to collaborate with the authorities,” said the church. “We will do our best to make the truth known through the process.”
But parents who accused the church of attracting and brainwashing their children with his unorthodox teachings welcomed his arrest on Saturday, calling Lee “a religious swindler.”
Here are some other developments from around the world:
Starting on Saturday morning, MexicoThe death toll confirmed of 46,688 it was the third highest in the world behind the United States and Brazil. Britain ranked fourth, with 569 fewer deaths. The number of new infections reported in Mexico has been increasing since May and exceeded 8,000 on Friday, bringing the country’s workload to nearly 425,000.
A coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam A third victim reported on Saturday, a 68-year-old in the central city of Danang who also had advanced leukemia. The country, which reported its first virus death on Friday, passed more than three months without a local broadcast case before the new outbreak spread from Danang in late July. It now has 558 cases, although many are repatriated to quarantine.
On Saturday, Japan announced 1,579 new cases, breaking a record set the day before. The country now has more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths, reporting 1,011 on Saturday.
The main organization of doctors in the Philippines, the College of Physicians, appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday to block the Manila metropolitan area for two weeks. The appeal was launched shortly after the temporary closure of two Manila hospitals, because so many staff members had been infected. On Friday, the country reported 4,063 new cases, its highest daily total so far.
An open school in Indiana. He had to quarantine people within hours.
One of the first school districts in the United States to reopen failed to even make it one day before it faced the problem of everyone trying to bring students back to the classroom: what happens when someone comes to school infected with the coronavirus?
Hours after class on Thursday, a phone call from the county health department informed Greenfield Central Junior High School in Indiana that a student had tested positive.
The administrators started an emergency protocol, isolating the student and ordering all those who had come into close contact with the person, including other students, to quarantine for 14 days. It is unclear whether anyone else has been infected.
“We knew it was a when, not if,” said Harold E. Olin, superintendent of the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation, but was “very shocked that it was the first day.”
Hundreds of school districts across the country have reversed course on reopening plans in recent weeks in response to rising infections. Of the 25 largest school districts in the nation, all but six have announced that they will start remotely. Despite strong objections from the teachers’ unions, some in places like Florida and Texas hope to open classrooms after a few weeks if the infection rates drop.
Florida’s Atlantic coast prepared for hurricane Isaias this weekend after the storm devastated the Bahamas, parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Friday.
Preparations for the storm were complicated by the state’s battle with the coronavirus, which could make evacuating homes and entering community shelters particularly risky. Friday was the third consecutive day that Florida set the record for most deaths recorded in a single day, according to a New York Times database.
Governor Ron DeSantis said in a press conference Friday that the emergency management division has worked on its most active level since March, “allowing them to actively plan the hurricane season even as they respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Early in the pandemic, the governor said the division created a reserve of protective equipment for the hurricane season, including 20 million masks, 22 million gloves and 1.6 million visors.
The Serum Institute, which started years ago as a horse farm and is controlled exclusively by a small and fabulously wealthy Indian family, is doing what few other companies in the race for a vaccine are doing: mass-producing hundreds of millions of doses of a vaccine candidate who it may not even work.
But if he does, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum and only son of the company’s founder, will become one of the most pulled men in the world. It will have what everyone wants, possibly in larger quantities before anyone else.
Mr. Poonawalla’s vaccine assembly lines are being prepared to feed 500 doses per minute and his phone rings indefinitely.
National health ministers, prime ministers and other heads of state (he wouldn’t say by whom) and friends who haven’t heard from him in years, he said, asking for the first batches.
“I had to explain to them that,” Look, I can’t give it to you this way, “he said.
The Serum Institute is in the midst of an extremely competitive and obscure effort. To get the vaccine out as soon as possible, the vaccine developers say they need Serum’s gigantic assembly lines: every year it produces 1.5 billion doses of other vaccines, especially for poor countries, more than any other company.
Half of the world’s children have been vaccinated with Serum products. Stair is his specialty. Just the other day, Mr. Poonawalla received a shipment of 600 million glass vials.
But at this time it is not entirely clear how much of the coronavirus vaccine that the Serum will mass-produce will be kept by India or who will finance its production.
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Europe has a bad reputation with investors. For years, wealth managers and banking strategists have characterized the region for its anemic growth rate and shaky political union.
Now a crisis has turned into an unlikely investment opportunity as the region appears to have managed the pandemic better than some other parts of the world. In recent months, European operations have staged a return.
The euro rose to its highest level in more than two years against the US dollar this week and the region’s benchmark index, the Stoxx 600, is set for a second consecutive month of earnings higher than the S&P 500. , in dollar terms, according to FactSet data.
The most important reason for this recovery, analysts say, is that Europe is registering far fewer new coronavirus cases. There are still occasional peaks in Europe and there are some early signs that the infection rate is starting to stabilize in the United States. But there are around 65,000 new cases every day in the United States, compared to less than 10,000 across the Atlantic.
Another significant reason for the increase is politics. When European leaders reached a deal on a € 750 billion, or $ 888 billion, recovery fund last week, it wasn’t the size of the deal that affected investors, but the fact that it happened after four long nights of negotiations.
The decision to collect funds collectively and award grants to the countries most affected by the pandemic indicated that a political will remained to promote the project that created the euro two decades ago, despite Britain’s exit from the European Union, budget struggles with Italy and concerns over the dismantling of democracy in Hungary.
The report was provided by Choe Sang-Hun, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Johnny Diaz, Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Gutierrez, Shawn Hubler, Mike Ives, Liliana Michelena, Eshe Nelson, Matt Phillips, Kai Schultz and Eliza Shapiro.