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Herd Immunity, Hong Kong, Twitter: Your Friday Briefing

2020-05-29 04:01:19

The coronavirus pandemic’s pace is quickening worldwide, with nearly 700,000 new known infections reported in the last week, many in Latin America and the Gulf States.

New cases are decreasing in France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom after outbreaks that left them with a total of more than 126,000 deaths. In England, groups of up to six people — up from two currently — will be able to meet outside starting on Monday, provided they stay more than six feet apart.

“We don’t have a good way to safely build it up, to be honest, not in the short term,” a Harvard epidemiologist said.

Final rules to be hashed out in the coming weeks will help determine the fate of a city that has been a link between China and the West for decades. Early signals from the Chinese authorities point to a crackdown once the law takes effect, which is expected by September.

The order seeks to strip liability protection in certain cases for companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook, making it easier for people to sue them over their content.

Like most Europeans, our reporter Patrick Kingsley was used to traveling freely across borders in the European Union. But as he crossed the Czech-German border recently, police officers stopped his car and searched it and his suitcase.

What we’re reading: The Poem-a-Day series. “Amid the noise and clatter of the news, it’s nice to pause and sit quietly with a poem,” Gina Lamb, a Special Sections editor, tells us.

Sometimes, other reporters tried to push me out of postgame scrums, but I learned to fight my way to the front so I could be seen and heard. Age is just a number. If you’re hired to do a job, do it.

My best stories came from observing my surroundings. At the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Mo., I noticed that male gymnasts carried honey around with them. I started asking around and soon discovered they did that to improve their grip.

I spent hours watching sidearm and submarine pitchers perfect their craft at a training camp in Durham, N.C. I even got to throw a bullpen session. Back in New York, as I worked on edits for the article, I got into a lively debate about arm angles and technique with my colleagues. Soon, we were standing in the middle of the newsroom demonstrating how we would each approach the pitch.


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