USAID requests that the U.N. remove abortion from its coronavirus response plan.Newsweek
The United States has blown past another tragic landmark in the fight against coronavirus, surpassing 100,000 deaths nationwide. The devastating figure, reported by Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, is much higher than any other country in the world.nydailynews.com
After six weeks of negotiating, the UN Security Council was close to agreeing on a resolution for a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. Seems fair, right? Let's agree to stop killing each other for a while, so we can focus on the virus that's killing us instead? China proposed that the text explicitly mention a commitment by member nations to support the efforts of the World Health Organization — who Donald Trump has blamed (without evidence) for withholding information on the...Boing Boing
State leaders implemented sweeping measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many are now deciding when and how to lift various restrictions.NPR.org
From Jason Davies, this is a US map where the state borders have been redrawn so that all points closest to a state capital than to any other form a state a la Voronoi diagrams. See also Voronoi maps of world airports and world capitals. It’s interesting that many of the states’ new shapes are similar to their current ones, suggesting that the placement of the capitals relative to borders was somewhat naturally Voronoi-esque, like how people naturally space themselves in elevators or parks. ...kottke.org
Thanks to Trump, we have no coherent national plan to survive the pandemic.Washington Post
Nearly all 50 U.S. states have begun to allow some businesses to reopen and residents to move more freely, but only 14 states have met the federal government's guidelines for lifting measures aimed at fighting the pandemic, according to a Reuters analysis.U.S.