Ardern said that New Zealand’s electoral commission had assured her that a safe and accessible election would be possible on the new date.
More than 7,000 miles away, questions are growing about the integrity of America’s own election on November 3.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q: Why can’t some people accept Covid-19’s realities?
A: With so much information available about the severity of the coronavirus and the need to follow guidelines, some people still refuse to accept reality.
“When they’re in periods where there’s a lot of anxiety and it’s perceived as a threat, then people develop strategies to protect themselves, their sense of security and safety. And one of these is simply to deny whatever the threatening source is exists. In this case, you would simply say, “Well the epidemic is a hoax. It doesn’t really exist,” said Mark Whitmore, an associate professor in the College of Business.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Covid-19 vaccine trials have been slow to recruit Black and Latino people
Of the 350,000 people who’ve registered online for a coronavirus clinical trial, 10% are Black or Latino, according to Dr. Jim Kublin, executive director of operations for the Covid-19 Prevention Network.
That’s not nearly enough, as study subjects in trials are supposed to reflect the population that’s affected. Research shows that more than half of US coronavirus cases have been among Black and Latino people.
New saliva-based Covid-19 test could be a ‘game changer’
Unlike some other tests that require specialized supplies, the SalivaDirect test doesn’t require a specific swab or collection device. It can also be used with reagents from multiple vendors, CNN’s Holly Yan and Christina Maxouris writes.
Japan reports its worst GDP on record
Japan just reported its worst GDP on record as the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak dented consumption.
But Japan performed better than other major economies in the April-June period, when the United States and Germany both recorded 10% falls over the previous quarter and British output crashed 20.4%.
South Korea warns of another outbreak tied to a religious group
A criminal complaint filed against the church’s leader, Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, accuses him of holding gatherings in violation of the city’s infectious disease prevention law. The church’s legal team denied the allegations on Monday, claiming that they had fully cooperated with the authorities and threatening to sue the government for defamation.
Deadliest day for Australian state at center of outbreak
ON OUR RADAR
- Keep schools open or pubs? That’s the choice some believe UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face when English students return to their classrooms next month.
- Some Londoners are foregoing the city and moving to the countryside due to the pandemic, which has turned one of the world’s liveliest meccas into a ghost town.
- China is playing a major role in Latin American and Caribbean countries since the pandemic first arrived there in late March, donating tens of thousands of masks and medical equipment to the region.
- The pandemic is accelerating a mental health crisis among Canada’s young indigenous teenagers, who already have a depression and suicide rate more than three times the average for non-indigenous people according to government statistics.
- A new and triumphant Beijing art show, celebrating the “great spirit of the Chinese people” in fighting Covid-19, only serves to mirror the official stance around China’s management of Covid-19.
- Videos posted on social media show a large gathering near one Georgia college with partiers crowded together and not appearing to wear masks.
- Read it carefully. “It should be in the kind of lay language you understand.”
- Inspect the business, see if they’re enforcing public health guidelines, and don’t sign if they’re not.
- “If they’re not meeting the new normal you have to say to yourself, ‘Am I really comfortable with this? If you’re not … walk out and go somewhere else.”
“At the time we were thinking about putting kids back in school, there are more than five million infections and more than 160,000 people have died.” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta