Your Monday Briefing – The New York Instances
One million new coronavirus cases in three days
More than a million new cases have been reported worldwide in the past three days as France, Russia, Nepal and several American states set records for the highest daily number of new infections. India has exceeded seven million cases in total.
According to a Times database, the number of new cases is growing faster than ever.
The US leads the world with the highest number of infections since late May. But India is well on the way to overtaking the US. India reported 74,383 new infections on Sunday, a total of more than seven million. The US has more than 7.7 million cases.
Here are our latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other virus developments:
Cases in Nepal are increasing rapidly and overwhelming hospitals. Frontline doctors have also been infected, raising fears that health facility staff will be undermined.
South Korea said on Sunday that it is relaxing social distancing restrictions and lifting a ban on gathering more than 50 people indoors and more than 100 people outdoors.
The Israeli military began treating patients with civilian coronavirus for the first time on Sunday. It was moved to an overburdened hospital in the port city of Haifa and opened two Covid-19 stations in an underground campus.
The display was most likely an attempt to show that the country was making advances in military technology, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether the new missiles were real missiles or models.
Analysis: According to analysts, Kim Jong-un, the leader of the north, wanted to avoid provoking President Trump ahead of the November 3rd elections by demonstrating but not launching a new ICBM that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the US.
Scene: The parade, held at night unlike previous celebrations, was intended to raise morale after a difficult year of devastating floods. Held on the 75th anniversary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, it included fireworks, military planes firing torches in the night sky, and goose-step soldiers vowing to “defend Kim Jong-un with our lives.” The highlight was the selection of artillery pieces, tanks, missiles and missiles.
Pakistan bans TikTok
Government critics say Pakistan’s decision to ban the Chinese social media app was due to both politics and content concerns.
The ban was announced on Friday by the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority, which had received complaints about “immoral / indecent” content.
Many analysts and journalists say the ban served a dual purpose: to reassure conservatives and to contain criticism of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dealings with the economy and tough stance on political rivals.
Example: A TikTok video that was widely distributed a few months ago showed two users making fun of Mr. Khan for telling Pakistanis not to panic at the troubles caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A hit: TikTok has approximately 20 million active monthly users in Pakistan. The head of a digital marketing agency said the number of users doubled during the country’s lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.
If you have 6 minutes, it’s worth it
Think locally, not globally
Helena Norberg-Hodge has criticized the global trading system for decades. More than ever, it has become a guiding star for people around the world who want a shift towards what they call localism.
In this profile, our office manager in Sydney writes about the activist and scientist’s newfound relevance during the pandemic to her ideas for promoting environmental health and the happiness of mankind. “Awareness has changed so much,” she said recently during a visit to a farmers market near the New South Wales coast.
The following also happens
Trump features: The Times’ recent investigation into President Trump’s tax returns found that more than 200 companies, interest groups and foreign governments patronized Mr. Trump’s properties, pouring in millions of dollars while benefiting from him and his administration.
QAnon in Germany: The US conspiracy theory has found fertile soil on the far right of Germany. The country has the largest non-English speaking QAnon following with an estimated 200,000 people, who have quickly built audiences on YouTube, Facebook, and the Telegram Messenger app.
Kyrgyzstan: The legislature in the Central Asian country elected Sadyr Japarov, a convicted kidnapper who was released from prison by demonstrators a few days ago, as the new Prime Minister. The arrangement may help calm the violence on the street, but it has also sounded the alarm that criminal elements were prevailing.
French Open: Rafael Nadal prevailed against Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open to win his 20th Grand Slam individual title and tie Roger Federer’s record for men.
Snapshot: Speaking to hundreds of supporters from a balcony, President Trump said at an event held at the White House on Saturday that he felt “great”. Mr Trump said in an interview on Sunday that he was now “completely free from the spread” of the coronavirus as he prepared to continue campaigning for the November 3rd election.
What we read: That article in The Washingon Post that Stacy Cowley, a business reporter, referred to as “a heartbreaking story of how a coronavirus denier became a believer”.
Now a break from the news
Cook: According to our food writer Melissa Clark, fried cauliflower with pancetta, olives and crispy parmesan is not a side dish, but a dinner.
See: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “wife of a spy” discusses the tests carried out by the Imperial Army on biological and chemical weapons on people in Manchuria before and during World War II. The film earned Mr. Kurosawa the award for best director at the Venice Film Festival.
To do: Stretching and meditative exercise such as bedtime yoga can improve the quality of your sleep. Here is a short and calming routine of 11 stretches and exercises.
Looking for a new project? At Home offers a comprehensive collection of ideas on what to read, cook, see, and do while staying safe at home.
And now for the background story about …
An American in Paris
Elaine Sciolino, a writer and former Paris office manager of The Times, has lived in Paris since 1978. She wrote about her long and complicated relationship with France and the tariff segregation for Americans that the new Netflix series “Emily in Paris” includes. Here is an excerpt.
French rules governing interpersonal behavior are a complex maze.
To be too “familiar” is to invite contempt. To laugh too loudly is to beg contempt; Spending seconds on the cheese course puts future invitations at risk. Then of course there is the historical fear of the stranger that penetrates deep into the French soul. In my local café, after months of haughty silence, I was finally greeted with a “Bonjour” and a smile by the waiter, who barely tolerated my presence. The secret? A French friend by my side. I needed a local who fit in with it.
And that brings me to “Emily in Paris”. There were grains of truth in the clichés. Some of them:
The smile: “Stop smiling”, orders Emily’s boss Sylvie. “People will think you’re stupid.” Americans smile at strangers; Parisians don’t, which explains why some Americans find Parisians rude.
The voice: “Why are you screaming?” A French colleague of Emily’s asks when she will give her first presentation. Yes, Americans speak much louder than the French.
Job: “Are you crazy,” says Sylvie Emily when she talks about business at an evening reception. We’re at a “soiree,” not a “conference call,” she adds. In Washington, where I was once the Times’s chief diplomatic correspondent, cocktail parties and dinners were barely disguised excuses for getting buttonhole springs and shovels. In Paris, the evenings are used for relaxation and social discourse. Work, if at all, must creep in and barely noticeable.
Navigating Paris as an American means being forced to slow down and embrace the process, ideally with a sense of humor. A playful mind (in French if possible) can neutralize a brusque reaction, involve the other party in a dialogue, and create a pleasant “split” – a sharing.
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