Meanwhile, former president Barack Obama spoke at two virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday and said the nation’s leaders bungled their handling of the pandemic, accusing them of not “even pretending” to be in charge. In both addresses — one aimed at historically black colleges and universities and the other at high school graduates — Obama said the current economic and health crises had revealed much about the country.
Here are some significant developments:
- Italy, under intense economic pressure to reopen its doors, moved to significantly unwind coronavirus-related movement restrictions.
- Colorado health officials revised the way they count deaths from the coronavirus to include only patients whose death certificates list the cause as covid-19.
- House Democrats on Friday passed a $3 trillion relief bill that would send huge sums of money to state, local and tribal governments, and provide individuals with another round of direct payments. The White House threatened to veto the legislation, and Republicans in the Senate have balked at approving another large spending bill.
- Clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of hydroxychloroquine is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients.
- For some, the stakes are higher than the fate of family businesses and already-threatened Chinatowns. They’re about what kind of country the United States wants to be.
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