Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgAfter a public records request, student journalists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, exposed internal faculty dissent over reopening plans and advance warning from epidemiologists long before school closed for in-person learning early in the semester. “You could see a direct line from the decisions they made in May,” said Elizabeth Moore, 20, a senior editor at The Daily Tar Heel, the student paper. “That ended up causing some harm. A lot of people got sick, and people got displaced from dorms.” A surge in daily infections is forcing a reckoning in the Netherlands, which has long prided itself on efficient government — some say to the point of smugness. And, as local journalists, they’re also telling the story of their community as people try to adjust to life during the virus. “You’re not parachuting in,” Oyin Adedoyin, 21, the editor in chief of The Spokesman, the student newspaper at Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest historically Black university. She partnered with the Poynter Institute to report on health disparities in Baltimore’s Black community. “You literally live it.” Resurgences When the election is decided: If Mr. Trump prevails, Americans can expect him to double down on prioritizing the economy over public health, demanding that schools reopen, and dismissing mask wearing and restrictions on large gatherings in favor of promises of therapeutics and vaccines.If Joe Biden is elected, he would prepare to put his plan in place for ramping up testing, ensuring a steady supply of protective equipment, distributing a vaccine when available, securing money from Congress for schools and hospitals, and possibly putting in place a national mask mandate.Student journalists find Covid scoopsAs local news hollows out, college journalists are sometimes the only reporters left in town. Now, as American colleges have become a major source of coronavirus outbreaks, with at least 214,000 cases linked to campuses, they are on the front lines of a vital national story. – Advertisement – Often, they have to report on their own campus communities, breaking news about poorly organized administrative responses and irresponsible revelers. “It’s up to us to report on it,” said Eli Hoff, 19, the managing editor of The Maneater, a student newspaper at the University of Missouri. Before the semester even started, Hoff and his colleagues broke news about outbreaks in fraternities, which drew prank calls and harassment by Greek members.“It’s weird being a student reporting on other students,” he said. “Not only am I a student reporting on them, but their actions have such a personal impact on me.” The coming months look grim Votes are still being counted in the presidential race, but no matter who wins, President Trump will lead the country’s response to the virus during the next few months — which look likely to be the bleakest and potentially deadliest period of the pandemic.Infections are escalating toward a record-breaking 100,000 cases a day, hospitals are strained and deaths are rising. At least 22 states have added more cases over the last week than in any other weeklong stretch of the pandemic, and the country recorded 1,130 deaths on Tuesday, one of the highest daily totals since the surge this summer ended.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img One person Mr. Trump does listen to is Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist who now serves as his coronavirus adviser. Dr. Atlas has questioned the effectiveness of mask wearing and has suggested that the government should let the pandemic run its course — a position that has been adopted by some Republican governors — and one that health experts and epidemiologists say would lead to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.- Advertisement – France, facing a backlash from small businesses closed during a second national lockdown, has ordered big retailers to stop selling books, clothes, toys, flowers and other nonessential items. The order set off chaos and confusion. El Paso counted 3,100 cases, a record high, and its hospitals are reaching a breaking point, the El Paso Times reports. Kenya, where cases are rising, extended a curfew and banned political gatherings. Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re followingWhat you’re doingThis pandemic has made it close to impossible to communicate with our 93-year-old deaf and blind aunt, who is in a nursing home. We used to hug and touch her to get her attention but now that is not an option. So we use her favorite foods and treats to make her aware that we still love her and care enough to visit. The staff passes her blueberries, milk chocolate, potato chips, and cold water from home in a special container she is used to. Then she knows we are somewhere near by. Sometimes her sock-covered toes stick out under the Plexiglas shield so we can tickle her and get her laughing! It is so good to see her smile and chuckle.— Patricia Alt, Madison Township, Pa.Let us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to briefing@nytimes.com. Did a friend forward you the briefing? Sign up here. In Europe, which is being hit by a similarly ferocious fall wave, many countries have announced fresh restrictions in the last several days to slow the spread of the virus. But there is deep skepticism that the American president will follow suit in the coming weeks.Even if Mr. Trump is not re-elected, he will keep his job until Jan. 20 and he has been sticking to his message that the country is “rounding the corner” on the virus. He has largely shut down the White House Coronavirus Task Force and has stopped listening to his health officials. last_img read more

Ryan misses out at the last

first_imgIreland’s Caroline Ryan was denied a medal in the women’s scratch race on day three of the Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk after being overtaken by the chasing pack in the final half-lap. Press Association Ryan was floundering as the line approached and she was overtaken by the pack as Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta claimed bronze. The Irishwoman finished seventh, one place behind Great Britain’s Dani King. In the women’s sprint, Becky James advanced to the semi-finals with apparent ease, winning her best-of-three quarter-final with Australia’s Kaarle McCulloch 2-0. The 21-year-old from Abergavenny is in the form of her life and won team sprint and 500m time-trial bronze medals on the opening two days of competition. She accelerated by McCulloch in the first bout to win comfortably and in the second held off the Australian to claim a 2-0 win. The last-four of the sprint takes place tomorrow, with James drawn against China’s Guo Shuang in the best-of-three semi-final. center_img Ryan was seeking to claim her second World Championships medal – after points race bronze in 2012 – in the 40-lap (10-kilometre) event and follow Martyn Irvine’s successes on day two, her team-mate who won men’s scratch gold and individual pursuit silver. She initiated the break 12 laps out and had two accomplices, but defending champion Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland overtook her and claimed the victory, with Mexico’s Sofia Arreola Navarro second. last_img read more

Džumhur Just a Step from the TOP 100, Brkić Improves his Rating

first_imgAt the new ATP list, the Bosnian tennis players improved their positions while there were no significant changes at the top.By placing himself in the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger in Morocco, Damir Džumhur advanced seven positions and is currently the 106th player of the world which is slightly lower than his best rating of the carrier.During the quarter-finals of the Italian Challenger, Tomislav Brkić improved his placing and is currently the 215th at the ATP list of the best. Brkić will participate in the qualifications for th first Grand Slam of the Australian Open season.Other Bosnian players did not make significant changes in their rating so Aldin Šetkić is 249th, Mirza Bašić 292nd and Nerman Fatić 818th at the moment.At the top, among the best, there were also no bigger surprises. Novak Đoković is 1st, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer a step behind him while Miloš Raonić dropped from 6th to 8th place.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more