2020 Week #08

This is your weekly news update for Feb 16-22, 2020.  There is 1 headline summary & 11 notable headlines covered this week.

Summary #1: Coronavirus Update
 
The Covid-19 infection rate has slowed, with only a 17% increase since last weekend.  Credit is mainly attributed to China placing more than half a billion people under partial or total lock down.  The virus has infected 66,400 people, with 98.5% of the affected being in China.  2,358 people have died, which is up 54% from last weekend, with all but 13 being in China.  The disease is now reported in 28 countries.  35 people in the US have contracted the virus with 18 of those having been evacuated from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship that was at port in Japan.    
 
The Diamond Princess now has over 600 confirmed cases.  All 3700 plus passengers were expected to have disembarked by last night.  346 of the 380 Americans that were evacuated, then quarantined have also emerged from quarantine.  Another cruise ship from Holland America, named the Westerdam, arrived in Cambodia on Thursday, 13 Feb.  Despite testing, some passengers were later found to be positive.  That was after the passengers disembarked and traveled to multiple subsequent destinations across 3 continents.  
 
Multiple business sectors are projecting multi-billion dollar loses due to the virus, to include Apple.
  • Interactive Graph from The New York Times 
  • NPR - Restrictions And Rewards: How China Is Locking Down Half A Billion Citizens. 
  • Reuters - Coronavirus cases climb to 621 on Japan cruise liner as some passengers leave.
  • The AP - Japan confirms 99 more cases of new virus on cruise ship.
  • Reuters - Additional 99 virus infections confirmed on cruise ship in Japan: reports.
  • NYT - Coronavirus Infection Found After Cruise Ship Passengers Disperse.
  • Reuters - U.S. flies 338 Americans home from cruise ship, including 14 with coronavirus.
  • NPR - Coronavirus Update: 346 Americans Emerge From Quarantine At California Military Bases.
  • WSJ - U.S. Travel Industry Set for Multibillion-Dollar Hit From Coronavirus.
  • NYT - Apple Signals Coronavirus’s Threat to Global Businesses. 
  • WSJ - Apple to Fall Short of Projected Revenue Due to Coronavirus. 
  • Reuters - Coronavirus fears, U.S. business data drag down Wall Street. 
 
Notable headlines of the week were:
  • From The AP (Article1, Article2, Article3), The New York Times, NPR, & Reuters (Article1, Article2) - Far-Right Extremist Goes on Shooting Rampage In Germany, Killing 10, Mostly Immigrants, After publishing Racist Manifesto.  
  • From The New York Times (Article 1, Article 2) - Two US Army Soldiers were killed in an insider attack by an Afghan Soldier as talks with the Taliban continue on. 
  • From Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times (Article1, Article2) - The FBI briefed democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, about a month ago that Russia is actively trying to aid his campaign.  Trump Dismisses Meddling as a Democratic ‘Hoax’ while Russia denies the claim.
  • From NPR, The AP, and The New York Times (Article1, Article2) - President Trump Ally, Roger Stone, was Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison for of lying to Congress, obstructing its investigation and witness tampering.  This is despite the public feuding between Trump and Attorney General Barr, as well as Trump declaring himself the chief law enforcement officer of the country.
  • From The New York Times, The AP, NPR, & Reuters - 1,100 Former DOJ Employees signed an open letter condemning the president and attorney general Barr, calling on Barr to resign after intervening in the Roger Stone Case.  Barr also considers quitting over Trump tweets.
  • From The Wall Street Journal (Article1, Article2) & The New York Times (Article1, Article2, Article3) - President Trump pardon’s 11 criminals that include Michael Milke, the junk bond king, and Rod Blagojevich, former Illinois governor.  
  • From Reuters and The New York Times - Julian Assange’s lawyer stated that Trump offered to pardon Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, if he denied that Russia helped leak the Democrats’ emails.  A claim that Trump denies.
  • From The Wall Street Journal and Reuters - Mississippi has worst flooding in 37 years with parts of its capital under water. 
  • From The Wall Street Journal, The AP, Reuters, NPR, & The New York Times - The Boy Scouts of America has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it urged victims to come forward.  The 110 year-old organization is facing over 300 lawsuits related to child sexual abuse.
  • From The New York Times - A scorecard depicting Airline Flight Delays Getting Worse in 2019.
  • And from The New York Times - Trump Targets New York Again, This Time Over Car Exports.  
 
This has been your weekly news update for February 16th to February 22nd 2020.  Links to all the sources for each news summary are in the show notes & at our website, https://www.wnu.news To ensure we can continue creating this podcast, please subscribe, share it with your friends, & review us on iTunes & Google.  Thank you for listening. 
 

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