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COVID-19 Update, July 22, 2020: Getting Worse Before Getting Better

As several unwanted milestones are reached, the president offers a nod to reality. The next stimulus is bill is bogged down because Republicans can't agree on what to ask for. And everybody pins their hopes on a fast and effective vaccine.

The latest:

As 1,000 people die in one day in the US, the country reaches four million cases: cnn.it/2WIMIMo. Meanwhile, the global caseload reaches 15 million: reut.rs/3eOwKGL.

The president, resuming daily briefings, warns that the pandemic will get worse before it improves: cnb.cx/3eNXJlT. The president revives the briefings without the benefit of professional scientific assistance: bit.ly/2ZUPfFD.

The CDC reports that most states fail to report key data for controlling the pandemic: wapo.st/32KD5kc.

The US agrees to pay Pfizer and BioNTech $2 billion for 100 million doses of the vaccine: cnb.cx/3fSb5Pw.

"It's acting like Europe." The Northeast stands out, compared to the rest of the country, in virus control: nyti.ms/2OLxBgZ.

The EU adopts a massive plan of coronavirus relief: nyti.ms/3jtfBpK.

Is there a connection between the severity of infections and blood types? bit.ly/2ZQbwUP.

Two theatres plan to reopen, one with Actors Equity approval and one without: tinyurl.com/yxkwlxng.

Around the country:

In Florida:

The state adds 9,785 cases and 139 deaths: bit.ly/3jwinKQ.

In Idaho:

The state sees a surge in infections: yhoo.it/2WNV2uB.

In Illinois:

In Chicago, 4,440 businesses have been shuttered by the coronavirus: 2,400 say they won't reopen: bit.ly/2ZUPfFD.

United Airlines loses $1.6 billion in the second quarter: cnb.cx/30z80NK.

In New York:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visits PRG to check out its new temperature-scanning gear: bit.ly/2WMByX3.

Off Broadway's Playroom Theatre closes for good: bit.ly/2OP4E3E.

The governor expands the quarantine to 31 states: dailym.ai/30CGwXx.

The Movement Theatre Company unveils its second round of digital commissions to help designer waylaid by the epidemic: bit.ly/3fTHPaZ.

In North Carolina:

Lowe's hardware store won't make its staffers enforce customers wearing masks: bit.ly/2WMvuOq.

In Oklahoma:

Hundreds camp out in unemployment lines: wapo.st/30CJpHR.

In Texas:

Dallas County reports 734 daily cases, a heartening drop: bit.ly/2OOFJgB.

Around the world:

In Brazil:

The president tests positive for COVID-19 a second time: bit.ly/2Bkyb24.

In Germany:

In what is either an intriguing experiment or a public health disaster, scientists are hosting a concert for 4,000 audience members to see how the coronavirus spreads and how to combat it: bit.ly/39lIVtv.

In the UK:

PLASA warns that the events supply chain is "on the brink of collapse:" bit.ly/2ONwM7i.

A Granada TV report about the state of the industry: bit.ly/3jtbdHp.


Check out PLASA's new state-of-the-industry video: bit.ly/2WMFJCd.


A production of Aeschylus' The Persians will stream, for free, from the ancient theatre at Epidaurus, Greece, July 25. The stream starts at 1:00pm ET with the performance commencing at 2:00pm: tinyurl.com/yygtxcou.

For your pleasure:

Katie Finneran performs "Not Getting Married Today," from Company: bit.ly/3jtdjqL.

That's all for today. Stay safe. -- DB

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(22 July 2020)

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