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U.S. Protests, Coronavirus, SpaceX: Your Monday Briefing

2020-06-01 05:10:18

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Good morning.

We’re covering twin crises in the U.S. of the pandemic and police violence, the world reaching six million coronavirus cases and SpaceX’s (so far) successful mission.

Cities across the U.S. smoldered on Sunday after a largely peaceful day of protests on Saturday turned into a night of chaos and violence.

The biggest sports leagues are planning to resume play, including the N.B.A. in July and top-tier soccer leagues in England, Italy and Spain in June.

A continent reopens: Our international correspondent Patrick Kingsley and the photojournalist Laetitia Vancon are driving 3,700 miles to capture Europe’s reopening. In their latest dispatch from Prague, drive-in theaters are keeping entertainment alive and spectators socially distant.

In other news:

  • The United States has delivered two million doses of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to Brazil for use in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, despite a lack of scientific evidence on its effectiveness.

  • In Nicaragua, one of the last places resisting strict lockdown measures, there are signs the virus is raging out of control, with families suffering the consequences.

  • The ties between Britain’s oldest magazine, The Spectator, and the governing elite have thrust it in the center of an uproar over a British aide’s trip during lockdown.

  • As President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings dip, his main opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, has seen his YouTube audience triple during the coronavirus crisis. Whether he can leverage that support is unclear.

  • With high-end restaurants in Spain closed, the price of usually expensive prawns has tumbled, allowing a much broader clientele to enjoy the shellfish.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the outbreak.

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But the truth, of course, is that everything is changing, and change is quickly catching up to TV. The absence of live sports has been the most obvious effect of the pandemic, but the near-total shutdown of production on most non-news programming is already rejiggering schedules and playing havoc with the fall season (if that designation even means anything now).

Creators are just beginning to explore new and safe methods of making shows. (A leading-edge example, the dramatic anthology “Isolation Stories,” made it on the air this month in Britain and comes to BritBox in America in June.) The next time we do a TV preview, it will probably look a lot different.

And while TV critics have had it easier than just about anyone during this troubling and sometimes terrifying period, we haven’t been untouched. No matter how well-practiced you are at sitting on a couch and staring at a screen, you’re not doing it with the same level of comfort that you had before.

The urge to check the news is stronger. Any susceptibility you might have to feelings of general uselessness is doubled. Worst of all, everyone else in your building is now home during the day too, and instead of watching TV, they’re doing dance aerobics or practicing the cello.

That’s it for this briefing. Take care of yourselves. See you next time.

— Isabella

Thank you
To Melissa Clark for the recipe, and to Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at
[email protected].

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