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May 23 2020 - 01:27 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 5/23/20

Good afternoon, I hope you are having a terrific Memorial Day weekend! Here are a handful of today’s headlines for our Daily News blog, courtesy of Newseum:

The Boston Globe, Published in Boston, MA

Doubts Raised on Mass. Plan for Testing

Governor Charlie Baker has unveiled his plan to increase coronavirus testing fivefold by December. The plan is arguably one of the most ambitious proposed by any state governor. But some epidemiologists worry that even this will not be enough to make a difference: “‘It’s like a dog chasing its tail,’ said Dr. Michael Mina, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. ‘You’re constantly behind.’”

The Wall Street Journal, Published in New York, NY

Argentina Defaults On Its Sovereign Debt

Argentina has once again defaulted on its foreign liabilities, its third default since the beginning of the new millenium. The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated already existing concerns that Argentina would be forced to default and some experts believe that the pandemic will bring about a record number of sovereign debt defaults throughout the globe.

The Guardian, Published in London, UK

Police Spoke to Cummings About Lockdown Breach

The Guardian reports that Johnson advisor Dominic Cummings spoke with police about breaching quarantine rules after he left London to visit his parents in Durham. He did this despite showing symptoms of Covid-19.

San Francisco Chronicle, Published in San Francisco, CA

Primed to Get Out, but No Place to Go

Holiday travelling in California this Memorial Day weekend is expected to hit a record low due to the global pandemic. The state is currently in the early stages of reopening.

The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Unveils Roadmap for Restarting City

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced her plans to reopen the city and restart the Tokyo economy. “This is the final stretch,” she said. “We need to proceed cautiously, but each day the city meets these criteria is another step toward reclaiming the lives we had before.” The plan involves incrementally rolling back social distancing measures and reopening businesses.


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