5 things to know for April 29: Coronavirus, health, economy, election, Brazil

Vice President Pence, who leads the White House's coronavirus task force, did not wear a mask while touring the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota despite being informed that wearing a mask is part of the clinic's policy.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 9:30 AM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 9:30 AM

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1. Coronavirus 

Covid-19 has now infected more than 3 million people worldwide and at least 1 million in the United States, and top disease experts say a second wave is all but inevitable. Dr. Anthony Fauci says the US "could be in for a bad fall and a bad winter" if countermeasures like testing and social distancing aren't implemented in time. If a second wave coincides with flu season, well, it could be even worse. Around the world, some countries mark optimistic new milestones, while others are struggling. China announced it will hold its annual parliamentary meeting in May after a two-month delay, a sure sign the country's confident in its coronavirus recovery. But Britain's Office of National Statistics revealed the death toll in England and Wales was up to 54% higher through mid-April than previously reported. Canada, meanwhile, is seeing deaths spike even though the disease has spread slowly in the country. In Lebanon, violent protests are breaking out due to increased hunger and poverty in the wake of the pandemic. Follow here for the latest. 

2. Health

Doctors have noticed an unusual complication in some children with Covid-19: a rare inflammatory condition called Kawasaki disease. The disease causes inflammation in the arteries and can limit blood flow in the heart. It is usually treatable and most children recover without serious problems, but it can be deadly. Cases of the disease related to coronavirus have been observed in the US, UK, Spain and Italy. Meanwhile, a method of coronavirus protection is gaining steam. "Contact tracing" involves tracking down anyone who might have been infected by a person who was recently diagnosed, so those contacts can quarantine themselves and prevent further spread. Tech companies and health care networks are experimenting with more ways to implement the method. In Australia, more than 2 million people have downloaded a coronavirus contact tracing app.

3. Economy

The US will get its first quarter economic report card today, and the numbers are expected to be grim. The country is facing its first economic downturn since 2014 because of coronavirus shutdowns. If the numbers are worse than predicted, it could be the worst quarterly performance since the fourth quarter of 2008, during the Great Recession. Automakers have had an especially difficult time because of plant closures and reduced demand. Ford says it's lost $2 billion because of the crisis, and Tesla, which was banking on a banner year, will probably post a narrow loss. If automakers have it bad, the airline industry has it worse: Southwest posted its first operating loss in 11 years. Meanwhile, a White House economist predicted jobless rates in the US could hit a crippling, historic high of 20% this summer. That would be the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.

4. Election 2020

More than half of Americans now support conducting all US elections by mail, according to a new Pew poll. That's an important majority to consider as the country hurtles toward the November presidential election with no guarantee the pandemic will be cleared up by then. By comparison, in fall 2018, only 32% of Americans supported such a measure. Yesterday's Ohio Democratic primary, which was delayed and then switched to a mail-in-only contest, was taken by presumptive nominee Joe Biden. Biden also got an all-important endorsement from Hillary Clinton. However, the candidate is also facing increased calls to respond to sexual assault allegations leveled by one-time Senate staffer Tara Reade. Reade claims Biden sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s when she was an aide in his Senate office.

5. Brazil

Brazil's Supreme Court has allowed an investigation into embattled President Jair Bolsonaro. The leader is accused of trying to interfere with police investigations by selecting a new police chief over whom he could wield political influence. The allegations were made by Sergio Moro, a popular anti-corruption crusader, when he announced he was stepping down as justice minister last week as a result of the controversy. Bolsonaro has denied any wrongdoing and called Moro a "liar." Bolsonaro is also under fire over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and Brazilians have protested his rule as an economic crisis looms over the country.

THIS JUST IN ...

UK PM and his partner welcome a baby boy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds have welcomed a baby boy. He was born at a London hospital this morning, and a spokesperson said mother and baby are doing very well.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

One of India's most beloved actors has died

Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, known for his roles in "Life Of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire," was 53.

New Zealanders crammed KFC and McDonald's drive-thrus after lockdown orders were lifted

And not a single shred of judgment was passed.

A reporter conducted an interview in a suit jacket but didn't realize everyone could tell he wasn't wearing pants

Mortifying as it may be, this is a peak work-from-home achievement.

'Jeopardy!' contestant confuses Chaka Khan with Shaka Zulu but still makes history 

Nerves are a heck of a thing.

A giant asteroid will fly by and be visible by telescope tonight, but experts say it won't hit us 

....................how comforting.

FOR YOUR SNACK BREAK

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TODAY'S NUMBER

100,000

That's how many businesses got loans on the first day of the second round of payouts from the US government's Paycheck Protection Program. However, some business owners who have been waiting weeks for a loan may still be in the queue after some small lenders failed to get even a few dozen applications uploaded.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Since I don't have the coronavirus, I thought it'd be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel, and look them in the eye and say thank you."

Vice President Mike Pence, explaining why he didn't wear a face mask yesterday while touring the Mayo Clinic, which has a policy that requires "all patients and visitors to wear a face covering or mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19"

TODAY'S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

The skill behind a designer dress

These gowns are gorgeous, but the craftsmanship and attention to detail is the true sight to behold. (Click here to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 660071

Reported Deaths: 12531
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Lake48298874
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Hamilton31970396
St. Joseph29796510
Elkhart25331412
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Tippecanoe19927199
Johnson16312356
Porter15917269
Hendricks15785300
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Madison11717315
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Monroe10300159
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LaPorte9739196
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Hancock7399130
Warrick7399150
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Wayne6622191
Grant6413157
Boone606888
Morgan6066124
Dubois5890111
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Cass542899
Marshall5414104
Henry541392
Noble508476
Jackson464165
Shelby459890
Lawrence4174111
Gibson400981
Harrison397863
Clinton394453
Montgomery385083
DeKalb384378
Knox356285
Miami356163
Whitley348435
Huntington341876
Steuben337455
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Putnam328259
Ripley326461
Adams322149
Jasper314843
White297152
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Cases: 964380

Reported Deaths: 17183
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Cuyahoga950781723
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Stark29218837
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Trumbull14239460
Greene13520212
Medina13290219
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Wood11460193
Portage10928155
Allen10742233
Richland10226205
Miami9984187
Muskingum8125129
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Pickaway800199
Marion7963137
Wayne7837218
Erie6826184
Ross6104136
Geauga6030129
Hancock5965112
Ashtabula5917144
Scioto5906104
Lawrence521874
Union508852
Darke5021123
Belmont488388
Huron4761117
Jefferson4756107
Sandusky474494
Seneca4640103
Athens460931
Washington458787
Mercer4577101
Auglaize454698
Shelby440368
Knox400486
Putnam3976101
Madison390947
Fulton377364
Ashland377195
Defiance3699102
Brown368342
Crawford356096
Logan352459
Preble351771
Clinton338564
Highland326255
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Williams301077
Jackson288556
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Fayette267644
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Morrow258624
Henry244865
Hardin243256
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Gallia220746
Adams215132
Pike213627
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