5 things to know for April 7: Coronavirus, elections, health, terrorism, Pell case

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered a suspension of Ohio state's primary election just one day before it was scheduled to take place.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 6:50 AM
Updated: Apr 7, 2020 6:50 AM

In case there wasn't enough to deal with in the world right now, radiation levels near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site have spiked as wildfires rage in the region. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

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1. Coronavirus 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care after being admitted to the hospital with worsening coronavirus symptoms. The 55-year-old PM has deputized Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to fill in for leadership duties when necessary. Across the world, most of Japan has entered a state of emergency today, which will last for a month. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has advised people stay home and practice social distancing. However, Abe is also facing criticism for not activating such measures earlier, as the full global weight of the crisis became clear. Even the tiny South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is not immune to social complications from coronavirus. The country was just hit by a tropical cyclone, one of the strongest ever on record to reach the island, which has forced the government to lift social distancing measures for those affected.

 2. Election 2020 

Today's Wisconsin primary will go on after a game of tug-o-war between the state's Gov. Tony Evers, Republican leaders and the state Supreme Court. Evers issued an 11th-hour executive order to delay the election until June, but the state Supreme Court blocked it. The US Supreme Court then reversed a lower court ruling brought into question by Republican leaders that had given voters six more days to turn in their absentee ballots. So, in short, Wisconsin voters without absentee ballots have to go to the polls today, regardless of social distancing orders. Voters with absentee ballots need to send them out today, or their votes won't count. The Supreme Court's decision draws a controversial line in the sand when it comes to other voting disputes, and may make it harder for other states and other elections to give voters options as the pandemic rages on.

3. Health

President Trump has announced a deal with 3M that will see the company produce 166.5 million masks -- nearly all N95s -- to distribute to healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Administration officials said Trump's employment of the Defense Production Act helped smooth the deal. However, there's still a dire need for more personal protective equipment (PPE) on the front lines of the crisis. A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to take "aggressive federal action" in addressing the shortage of respirators, gloves, gowns, and eye protection that have left medical professionals across the country begging for more support. States desperate for medical supplies like ventilators have even turned to each other for support, with states less hard-hit by the virus lending critical equipment to those more in need.

4. White supremacy

For the first time in history, the US State Department has named a white supremacist organization as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The group in question is the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), which the department describes as "a terrorist group that provides paramilitary-style training to neo-Nazis and white supremacists." The State Department doesn't have the authority to apply such a designation to groups with strong US ties, but said the decision was made to help prevent the group from spreading its ideology and tactics in the country. Officials have warned that the threat of white supremacist terror is on the rise at home and abroad, with several violent incidents making headlines across the world in recent years.

5. The Vatican

Cardinal George Pell has been freed from prison after Australia's High Court unanimously overturned his conviction on five counts of historical child sex abuse. The decision ends a five-year battle that began when an adult man told police Pell had abused him when he was a child in the 1990s. At the time, Pell was Vatican Treasurer and the highest ranking Catholic official to ever be publicly accused of child sex offenses. Advocates say the decision will be a blow to survivors whose faith in the legal system's response to abuse was bolstered by the verdict. The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge also acknowledged that the ruling could be devastating for some.

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Two pandas who hadn't mated for ten years finally did it when their zoo shut down 

All they wanted as a little privacy and now they're national news.

"The Fastest Shedder" is a reality show fighting obesity in Nigeria 

And it sounds so much cooler than "The Biggest Loser."

A UK and Irish delivery service is offering "Seder to Go" kits for Passover 

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Don't worry, you can't get coronavirus from tigers (or any other cat), experts say. 

Just think, two months ago that sentence would have made ZERO sense.

At 90, she said her final goodbyes preparing to die from Covid-19. Then, she lived. 

What do we say to coronavirus? Not today.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$800 million

That's how much two auto insurers -- Allstate and American Family Insurance -- said they were giving back to their customers because people are driving far less during the coronavirus crisis.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"You'll be pleased to know that we consider both the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers. But as you can imagine, at this time, of course, they're going to be potentially quite busy at home with their family as well and their own bunnies."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, reassuring children that two of their favorite characters could still possibly make their seasonal rounds.

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Always meet your heroes

Let's indulge in a classic today. A guy dressed up as this dog's favorite Gumby toy and, well, you've never seen happiness like this. (Click here to view.)

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Confirmed Cases: 48201

Reported Deaths: 2693
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Wayne1386
Orange13623
Steuben1292
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Confirmed Cases: 57150

Reported Deaths: 2911
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Cuyahoga7724373
Hamilton5924197
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Montgomery198126
Mahoning1825232
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Darke24825
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Sandusky13414
Washington13220
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Ross1243
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Morrow1161
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Monroe8917
Jefferson872
Union851
Muskingum831
Hancock781
Hocking788
Preble731
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Lawrence700
Williams702
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Logan621
Fulton610
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Carroll593
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