4.6.2020

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Need to Know
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A Critical Week
The number of coronavirus cases in hot spots like New York, Detroit, New Orleans, and elsewhere is likely to peak within a week, federal health officials projected over the weekend. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams compared forecasts for the next week to Pearl Harbor, while Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House top adviser on the outbreak, said the rate of new cases will signal whether the US is approaching a turning point in the pandemic. The warnings came as the US passed 335,000 total cases with more than 9,600 deaths. 

More than one-third of the cases, and half of the deaths, are in New York, where officials received more than 1,100 ventilators from Oregon and China. Alabama and Mississippi announced shelter-in-place orders, marking over 40 states with some levels of restrictions. Meanwhile, the CDC recommended Americans wear facemasks when in public, even if not showing symptoms (and provided a do-it-yourself video). 

Overseas, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 symptoms. Johnson announced he had tested positive over a week ago and had been working from home; officials said the move was precautionary. Spain, one of Europe's epicenters, extended a national emergency order through April 26 but, in positive news, reported a slowdown in the number of new cases. At the Vatican, Pope Francis held Palm Sunday mass in an empty St. Peter's Basilica (see photos).

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a former doctor, will return to practice during the crisis. You can see inspiring photos of other volunteers lending helping hands here

You can find a real-time map, the number of cases over time (by country), and state-by-state projections at our coronavirus resource page. You can also see a detailed visualization of cellphone data that shows the impact of social distancing on Americans' movements and a breakdown of how different coronavirus tests work. 
Tragedy Strikes Kennedy Family
Officials said a search for Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and her 8-year-old son Gideon had turned into a recovery mission, with the pair presumed dead after going missing while canoeing in the Chesapeake Bay late last week. The search began Thursday after witnesses called in a canoe overtaken by strong winds; a Facebook post from McKean's husband indicated the two were attempting to recover a lost ball and were swept from a protected cove into the bay. McKean was the granddaughter of former US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, grandniece of President John F. Kennedy, and the daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The deaths are the latest in a string of untimely tragedies (see list, $$, WashPo) that have struck the larger Kennedy family, a list which most recently includes the 2019 death of another Robert Kennedy granddaughter, 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill.  
Kobe Headlines Hall of Fame Class
Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame over the weekend, leading one of the best classes in the sport's history. The announcement comes two months after Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a tragic helicopter crash ($$, LAT) north of Los Angeles. The 18-time All-Star will be joined in the Aug. 29 ceremony by San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan and Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett. Combined, the trio accounted for 10 of the 12 NBA championships between 1999-2010, with Garnett winning in 2008 after joining the Boston Celtics - beating Bryant's LA Lakers. Many rank the group as the second-best Hall of Fame class ever, behind Michael Jordan's 2009 class (see top five). The WNBA's Tamika Catchings, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, was also inducted, along with five others. 
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In the Know
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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture
> President Trump speaks with commissioners of major American sports leagues, tells them he hopes to have fans back in arenas by September (More) | Ex-NFL Pro Bowl kicker Tom Dempsey dies from coronavirus complications at 73  (More)
> Quibi, mobile-only streaming service of short-form videos, launches today; former eBay and HP CEO Meg Whitman is heading up the app that has raised $1.75B funding at launch (More)
> Bill Withers, singer-songwriter known for "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" dies at 81 (More) | "The Flash" actor Logan Williams dies unexpectedly at age 16 (More)
Science & Technology
> Research groups detect the coronavirus in city wastewaters, offering a potential way to measure the scale of the outbreak at the community level without individual testing (More)
> Controversial mathematical proof of one of number theory's biggest open problems to be published after eight-year struggle; known as the abc conjecture, the problem links the addition and multiplication of integers (More)
> AI decodes various facial expressions of mice, providing researchers a route to measure emotional intensity based on images or videos (More)
Business & Markets
> US stock markets down Friday (S&P 500 -1.5%, Dow -1.7%, Nasdaq -1.5%) as the March unemployment rate jumps to 4.4% from 3.5% (More)
> Oil prices fall again as OPEC meeting previously scheduled for today is delayed (More)
> The $350B small-business loan program funding through recent stimulus package off to rocky start, as banks rush to deliver loans to struggling businesses (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> Supreme Court postpones the remainder of court cases scheduled for current term; unclear whether cases will be heard using unconventional methods like videoconference or pushed to next term (More)
> President Trump to remove Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson from post within 30 days, citing lost confidence; A Trump appointee, Atkinson originally signed off on the whistleblower report that sparked the impeachment process (More)
> Secretary of Defense Mark Esper defends firing of Navy captain who violated protocol with letter to command pleading for help with mounting COVID-19 cases; the unclassified document was leaked to press within a day (More) | USS Theodore Roosevelt crew sends Capt. Brett Crozier off with cheers (More)
Etcetera
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The coronavirus has forced a German village to abandon a centuries-old pledge to God. ($$, NYT)
Thanks, Twitter: People are setting telephone poles on fire over a bizarre wireless coronavirus conspiracy.
... and a solid debunking of said conspiracy theory.
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An intimate photo essay of daily life in the Ozarks.
Why you should stop trying to be productive. ($$, NYT)
Ten tips on cutting your own hair under quarantine.
Clickbait: Even a Bronx zoo tiger has tested positive
Historybook: Renaissance artist Raphael born and dies (1483, 1520); first modern Olympics opens in Athens (1896); US declares war on Germany in World War I (1917); RIP prolific science fiction author Isaac Asimov (1992); RIP country singer Tammy Wynette (1998).
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