Saturday, August 1, 2020
Our. Negotiations continue but lawmakers have left. DC. For the weekend meaning, there will certainly be a break in the aid. So many people are relying on during a crisis that's only getting worse. I'm Lulu Garcia Navarro, and I'm Leyla followed and this is up I from NPR news. Bickering. We're having major policy disagreements. About how we meet the needs of the American people we have the latest sticking points and Hurricane Sis is heading towards Florida. The most important thing people can do right now, just remain vigilant and pay close attention to local warnings and local news, and we'll go abroad to see how places like Brazil and India are handling the man deming. So stay with us we've got the news you need to start your weekend. support for this NPR podcast and the following message come from better help online counseling by licensed professional counselors specializing in issues including depression stress and anxiety visit better help dot com slash up burst to learn more and get ten percent off your first month. It's been a tumultuous end to a wild week. President trump is threatening to ban Tiktok the Chinese owned video sharing APP citing national security concerns. Last night, the White House released financial disclosure forms showing he and his family making lots of money during their public service. Trump says he made at least four, hundred and forty, six, million dollars all that. He said, he wanted to postpone November's elections that sparked outrage has a surgeon was quickly dismissed and he ended up walking back. But what Americans are facing this weekend hasn't changed a killer virus that's not under control and economy in tatters, and now no more aid as negotiations stretch past the end of the most recent corona virus relief package, trump's chief of staff. Mark Meadows. Says it's not their fault. What we're seeing is politics as usual from. Democrats up on. Capitol Hill. Talks are supposed to continue today here with more is NPR White House correspondent Oregon, yes. Good Morning. Good morning though. It is astonishing to that Americans are facing this cliff. At this moment negotiators are supposed to be back at the table this weekend even though they've left. Capitol Hill what are the proposals what looks possible. Well a lot is you know on the tables you note I mean the key sticking point is that extra six, hundred dollar weekly unemployment benefits that expired yesterday as you guys noted, Democrats have made clear they really want to extend the six hundred dollars benefit through January but Republicans they want the bonus reduced and they argue. It's a disincentive to work which Democrats saying they disagree the President though he said, he wants to extend it somehow but the details really aren't clear and it's also unclear how far he's willing to go. So I guess the devil is in the details. Is that why we're? Here. Well, I? mean. There's so many different players. You've got three different players here and they don't have the best working relationship already mark. WHO's no stranger to challenging negotiations on the hill is a former congressman is using Democrats as you know of rejecting a series of offers from the White House and there are other. Involved Democrats see this as their best opportunity to keep the larger contribution and while they know there is a lot of pressure on the president to help out. Of. Work. Americans. This comes as the US economy suffered its worst period ever in the second quarter The president has not spoken much about that but we are going to because the numbers are terrible beyond terrible. They're very bad. It's not good news for the country and it's not good news for president trump, which is probably why he's not highlighting I mean. Before the pandemic, the president had largely staked his reelection campaign on the booming economy he would brag about things like stock market games. So this news of a thirty, two point, nine percent drop in the GDP is not something that's GonNa, help them as campaign season kicks into high gear. So he's talking about other things including some of the controversial tweets questioning the timing of the election that he made right after the economic news came out. That's NPR White House correspondent Franco donors thank you very much. Thank you and for all the latest political news from Capitol Hill or the campaign trail download the NPR politics podcast. We're seeing some of the largest outbreaks of the corona virus outside the US in what are called middle income countries. These are countries that recently have lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty Brazil India. South Africa and Mexico substantial market economies and reasonable political powers. NPR Global Health correspondent Jason Bowen has been looking at how they're handling this crisis and he joins us now good morning. Hey, good morning. So what is it? That's making the corona virus outbreaks. So large in these middle income countries. So these countries really are squeezed in the middle. They've got a lot of the exposure to the global economy that made rich nations like places in Europe and the US have large outbreaks. Initially, you know they had those global networks of plane travel of shipping travel of. Coming in and out. So the the seeding of the virus into these places was very substantial and yet at the same time, they don't have the resources of these much wealthier countries actually respond. So they end up being right the top when you look at the countries with the most cases, but they're very different types of countries. So what are they having common? Well, the thing about it when you look at this list, is that in the so-called Global South prior to this pandemic, these were the countries that sort of looked like sending regional powers in the twenty first century. Again us is at the top of the list, but then after that, it's Brazil with two point six, million cases than India. was one point six, million Russia with just over eight, hundred thousand. And if you look at these governments, these are all they have right wing authoritarian anti science leanings, and that's really complicated things for those countries. But in this group, you've hard hit countries. You've also got Mexico South Africa Indonesia Pakistan, and the longer this pandemic drags out the more of a setback. It's GonNa be for these countries. Some countries initially hit hard by the virus have been able to get their cove numbers down to near zero though can we assume that their economies can now recover? Well Somebody Lincoln countries like Vietnam Thailand they have kept their numbers incredibly low and they may be able to open up to international business travelers faster or bring back visitors from Europe and Australia and even China. To to their tourist hotels. But the overall cost to these countries is going to be huge and they don't have the financial reserves of say the United, states or European nations These are places that over the last couple of decades put incredible effort into lifting people out of poverty in experts warn that this pandemic could really hit these countries hard and push much of their population back into poverty the impact on the sort of the lower rungs of the emerging global middle class. They're saying that it's going to be in these countries that we're going to see the most impact. Even looking at this, is there one country that's most concerning? Have to be most concerned about Brazil the. Continues to rage there on Thursday Brazil reported seventy thousand new cases the the president continues to tout this discredited anti malarial drug hydroxy chloroquine. Even after he himself got infected, it is spread from Rio de Janeiro all the way deep into the Amazon under control and really shows few signs of getting it under control anytime soon. That's NPR global health correspondent, Jason Booby, and thank you so much. You're welcome. Okay. States of emergency in Florida, North Carolina, and counting as hurricane. Cy makes its way to the east coast. The storm is bringing wind rain and storm surge as it moves past the Bahamas and towards Florida today and Greg Allen joins us now from Miami. Hey. Greg. Hill so whereas you say is headed today. Well, you know it's a category one hurricane. It's kind of ragged not very well defined right now it's been battering the Bahamas with high winds rain and storm surge. That's Mary last year that saw this terrible devastation from Hurricane Dorian category five hurricane that just a wreck couple islands in the northern Bahamas. But now we're seeing from. Said slowed down a bit and it is expected to stay off be near the Florida coast letter today through Monday. It's going to travel up the coast very close to shore. It's could touch land. At some point we'll have to see what happens here but winds extend some thirty five miles per hour hurricane force winds from the center. So we're going to get those high winds as it goes up the coast storm surge couple inches of rain communities from Boca, Raton in Palm Beach County all the way up to Daytona beach. In Palm Beach County got officials are opening shelters there. But like all communities in Florida you know they're dealing with two emergencies, the hurricane and also covid nineteen. Here's palm. Beach County Emergency Manager Bill Johnson he says shelters should only be used as a last resort because of Kofi did we field you are safer at home and therefore hurricane is as we encourage you to stay in your home. You know for people who live in mobile homes or in areas that are likely to flood officials said, they should get out but consider staying with friends or family or even thinking about getting a hotel room. So have officials ordered evacuations or are they just waiting to see where the hurricanes going? Well, right now we've seen evacuations ordered just for limited areas in Palm Beach County mostly mobile homes emerged managers say Florida's building codes are are adequate to ensure the buildings can withstand category one wins like we're expected to see here in is es evacuations ordered mostly to avoid flooding. That's why evacuations typically we've got to four foot storm surge. And heavy rains. So some flooding will be expected I think, and you mentioned the concern also about the corona virus shelters normally really crowded places what our emergency workers doing to mitigate the spread of the virus. Right there's a there's been a lot of discussion about this as we've led into hurricane season famous worked with emergency managers to develop guidelines for shelters, they'll be putting fewer people in shelters have spacing between them. So family groups will stay together, but they'll be plenty of space between groups face coverings, of course, will be required inside. When you arrive at a shelter, they'll take your temperature check symptoms anyone who have the virus will be. By putting them into classrooms. Most of these shelters are in schools here in Florida and so abusing individual classrooms to kind of put some populations, they're also females allowing counties, put some people in hotels and be reimbursed for that. So that's another thing they're looking at. But right now we're seeing Linda use shelter so far unlimited evacuations officials are worried that the hurricane could spread the virus though especially people stay at home with have these big groups of people, friends and family to get together. Here's Palm Beach County Administrator for Denia Baker I know we've been cooped up now we've got a storm and some of US normally have hurricane parts. This is not the time. Contact Tracing here in Florida shows that the number one way cove nineteen has been spreading in some counties is among family members, people at home these extended families, NPR's Greg Allen in Miami. Greg. Thanks you're welcome. 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