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COVID-19 Update: May 21, 2020: The Numbers Don't Lie

The number of coronavirus cases surpasses five million worldwide: tinyurl.com/ycrf92uy.

US unemployment claims during the pandemic reach 38.6 million: tinyurl.com/yabrxxa6.

If lockdown had happened one week earlier, 36,000 lives would have ben saved. If it had happened two weeks earlier, 83% of the 91,000-plus deaths in the US could have been prevented: tinyurl.com/yct2enfy.

April saw the biggest US serge in mortgage delinquencies ever: tinyurl.com/ycbn8qyf.

Meanwhile:

Congress works on retooling the Paycheck Protection Program to give small businesses more flexibility: tinyurl.com/y7nsftj7.

The CDC guidance for reopening churches has been delayed by the administration, for fear of angering religious voters: tinyurl.com/y9asektz.

Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of whites: tinyurl.com/yaxxdcef. In Ohio, Franklin County commissioners declare racism a health risk, given the outsized number of deaths in black community from COVID-19: tinyurl.com/yckxskxg.

Food for thought:

A practical suggestion for protecting the health of touring crew members post-pandemic: tinyurl.com/yd2z8bqz.

The New York Times finally comes to grip with damage done to the events industry: tinyurl.com/yd7ahz8n.

Around the country:

In Florida:

How the state government ignored warnings of a possible pandemic: tinyurl.com/yb4qpfwf.

Norwegian Cruise Lines postpones trips until August: tinyurl.com/ycnw23yn.

In New York:

The Caramoor Music Festival will hold live open-air performances starting in mid-July: tinyurl.com/ybwsdcma.

Around the world:

In the UK:

The remarkable Captain Tom Moore, who raised millions for the NHS, earns a knighthood: tinyurl.com/y9dlj3eh.

Mobilizing:

The Lightpower Collection redoubles its efforts to aid industry charities: tinyurl.com/yb9ca28c.

Scheduling:

Theatreworks in Hartford, Connecticut, tentatively schedules a season beginning in September: tinyurl.com/ya2n54g4.

Entertainment:

Carnegie Hall continues its new online series Live with Carnegie Hall today at 2:00pm EDT with an episode paying tribute to the late American cellist Lynn Harrell. Harrell's half-century career placed him in the highest echelon of performing artists and a roster of acclaimed cellists including Gautier Capuçon, Evelyn De Silva-Maisky, Amanda Forsyth, Zlatomir Fung, Alban Gerhardt, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Johannes Moser, Daniel Müller-Schott, Christian Poltéra, Jan Vogler, and Alisa Weilerstein come together to celebrate his life. The program will include performances of Klengel's Hymnus and the Preludio from Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras No. 1. Carnegie Hall thanks Jan Vogler for his help in producing this tribute. Go to tinyurl.com/y8kpgd68.

That's all for today. Stay safe.

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(21 May 2020)

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