Spain declares a state of emergency
Spain was the first Western European country to exceed a million coronavirus cases this week, followed shortly after by France. According to a Times database, 34,752 people had died in Spain on Sunday morning.
The country declared a state of emergency and ordered a nationwide curfew on Sunday after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned the country was in an increasingly dire situation. The curfew will limit movement from 11pm to 6am, except in the Canary Islands where there are fewer new cases.
The new emergency powers will last 15 days but could be extended until May. They allow regional officials to restrict movement between areas and limit gatherings to six people.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
Italy tightened restrictions, ordering early closings of bars and restaurants and the complete closure of gyms, swimming pools, theaters, cinemas and concert halls.
At least three of Vice President Mike Pence’s top advisors have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days, raising new questions about security protocols at the White House and Mr Pence’s decision to stay on the campaign.
Six American states reported their highest infection rate ever on Saturday, when the US announced more than 78,000 new cases nationwide, a day after the country broke its daily record of more than 85,000 new cases.
In Ukraine, where postal voting is not allowed, election officials, some in biohazard suits, went door-to-door to collect ballots from people who were self-isolating or sick at home.
A campaign spurt as the US election approaches
With just over a week to go until the U.S. election and just a day after the nation hit a new high for coronavirus cases, President Trump returned to the campaign for a series of rallies, trying again to tackle the growing pandemic minimize and ridicule his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, for following socially distant recommendations from public health officials.
In the campaign’s final sprint, Mr Trump holds up to three rallies a day to try to keep his base energized, polls show he is lagging behind Mr Biden.
Despite economic hardship and a public health crisis, voters are still finding ways to cast their votes. In many states, this has meant waiting in long lines, navigating confusing electoral infrastructure, and trying to overcome voter intimidation. Early face-to-face voting began over the weekend in Florida, New York, Wisconsin, and other states.
Trump card: “That’s all I hear about now. That’s all I hear, turn on the TV, “Trump said at a campaign rally in Lumberton, NC.” Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid. “
Biden: “I wish I could go car to car and meet you all,” said Mr. Biden at a drive-through rally near Philadelphia. “I don’t like the idea of all that distance, but it’s necessary. I appreciate that you are safe. What we don’t want is to become a super spreader. “
Catching up: Here is our recap of this week’s 2020 race.
The fight to reclaim Airbnb offers
Long before the coronavirus spread across Europe this spring, many cities had complained that short-term rental apartments for tourists were driving up housing costs and destroying the character of historic neighborhoods.
However, stopping international travel has meant that many European cities have seized the opportunity to bring short-term rents back into the long-term housing market. In Lisbon, the city government becomes the landlord by renting empty apartments and sublet them as subsidized apartments. And in Barcelona, housing authorities are threatening to take vacant lots and do the same.
“We cannot tolerate accommodation that could be rented out to Parisians now being rented out to tourists all year round,” said the Deputy Mayor of Paris. The number of days per year that a Paris property can be rented through platforms such as Airbnb is limited to 120. However, violations are not uncommon.
Official answer: Given the legislature’s allegations of violating local laws, Airbnb denied any wrongdoing. “If there is a heated discussion about the right regulations, we are part of that conversation,” said a company spokesman. “Ultimately, the local politicians have to decide.”
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A Russian local election runs off the script
Elections in Russia can be a cynical affair, with incumbents often running against nameless candidates to create the illusion of democracy. When the mayor of the tiny village of Povalikhino, about 300 miles east of Moscow, asked the woman cleaning City Hall to run, he thought his second term was all but assured. It was not.
Our reporter watches the new mayor Marina Udgodskaya above and an episode of a failed election.
The following also happens
First African American Cardinal: Pope Francis on Sunday raised Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, as the Pope continues to redirect the Church to greater acceptance of the marginalized. Here’s what you need to know.
Hong Kong activists: Hong Kong has long been a haven for people fleeing war, hunger and political oppression in mainland China. But China’s tough new security law passed this summer has led Hong Kong activists to seek refuge elsewhere. They have been granted asylum in the US, Canada and Germany, which further worsens relations between China and the West.
Nuclear weapons ban: A treaty to destroy all nuclear weapons and to ban their use has been ratified by a 50th country and comes into force in January. The US and the eight other nuclear armed countries in the world boycotted the negotiations that formed the basis of the treaty and showed no inclination to accept it.
Snapshot: On Sunday, a little over a year after large demonstrations against inequality swept across the nation, Chileans voted on whether to delete their dictatorship constitution and write a new one above.
Lived life: Tom Maschler, the dazzling British publisher who promoted the literary careers of more than a dozen Nobel Prize winners and conceived the coveted Booker Prize, died this month at the age of 87.
What we read: This ringer article about a man’s search for a new Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut at Dunkin ‘Donuts. “Does it taste good? Unclear. But it’s definitely an experience,” says Claire Moses of The Morning Newsletter.
Now a break from the news
Cook: Fried fish with sweet paprika and a garlicky parsley dressing comes together quickly for a healthy weekday dinner.
Read: If you’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel, here’s a guide to these convenience books as described by our reviewer. She writes: “There is something reassuring about the well-known formula. They know there will be at least one murder and possibly more. “
To do: Curious about hydroponics? Here’s how you can harvest a ton of produce without getting your hands dirty.
Explore more projects to read, cook, watch, and act while staying safe at home in our At Home collection.
And now for the background story about …
The Effects of Unemployment in America
22 million jobs in the US were lost in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s as many as the total loss in the Great Depression and the Great Recession combined.
Our special series “Out of Work in America” tells the stories of unemployed Americans in their own words. The Times National Desk worked with 11 local news organizations in the United States on this project. Here’s what Jia Lynn Yang, assistant editor at the National Desk, and Clinton Cargill, assistant editor, said about these reports from a dozen people.
The National Desk has more than 40 reporters across the country, but over the past year Marc Lacey, the National Editor, has made partnerships with local news organizations a priority, as on this project.
Clinton: Local news organizations have special authority in the communities they cover. They know the big employers, the community groups, the state and local policies that make all the difference for people seeking unemployment. We thought they could bring something of this depth to the individual scale.
Why did local reporters with more than 12 million unemployed people at different stages – often over a few months – return at different stages to the same dozen?
Jia Lynn: The idea was not to just take a snapshot, but to work more sustainably to track a person’s ups and downs. For anyone who has ever lost a job, it can be such a stressful emotional experience, with very bad days followed by a day when it all shows up for you. We wanted to show that bigger arc and maybe stick with some long enough for them to actually find a job.
What do you hope readers will benefit from this project?
Jia Lynn: At a time when we are so separated, I hope readers will feel a sense of empathy and connectedness. For those who have been blessed enough to keep their jobs, I hope they get a better sense of how it feels for those who are less well. For those who have lost jobs, you are hardly alone.
That’s it for this briefing. I wish you an easy start to the week.
Thank you very much
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
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