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Brazilian senator allegedly found with cash in his underwear during police raid

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Brazilian senator allegedly found with cash in his underwear during police raid

Senator Chico Rodrigues, who represents the state of Roraima in the Federal Senate, confirmed that the raid took place in his home in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima. He has denied any wrongdoing.

According to a Supreme Court order citing the police investigation, police video allegedly showed Rodrigues with about 15,000 reais (about $2,700) stuffed into his briefs during their search of his home. More money was found by authorities when the senator allegedly “put his hand inside his underwear and took other bundles of money totaling 17,900 reais” the order says, for a total cache worth more than $5,800.

The judge did not authorize the release of the videos.

The court order, issued on Thursday, suspends Rodrigues for 90 days to ensure compliance with the ongoing investigation.

CNN Brasil has reached out to Rodrigues’ office for comment.

However, in a statement to the press, Rodrigues suggested that the search was an attempt to tarnish his reputation. “I had my home invaded for just doing my job as a parliamentarian, bringing resources to fight Covid-19 for the state’s health department,” he wrote.

“I will prove that I don’t have and that I didn’t have anything to do with any wrongdoing,” he wrote.

Brazilian Supreme Federal Court Minister Luis Roberto Barroso wrote that the investigation was necessary to determine if Rodrigues was “using his parliamentary function to divert money destined to face the biggest pandemic of the last 100 years.”

According to the court order, “there are signs of the participation of the senator in criminal organization aimed at deviating values intended for the measures related to Covid-19 in the state of Roraima.” The Federal Police investigators also said that “the money found in the senator’s body during the raid has not had their lawful origin proven, being highly likely to result from the crime of embezzlement gains practiced due to overpriced contracts investigated.”

Senate leader Fernando Bezerra Coelho confirmed to CNN Brasil on Thursday that Rodrigues stepped down from his post as government deputy leader, saying Rodrigues wanted to concentrate on defending his reputation.
Bezerra then informed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of Rodrigues’ decision, and his withdrawal from the government leadership position was made official Thursday afternoon.

Federal legislators in Brazil are protected from criminal prosecution in most cases by parliamentary immunity.

The raid was part of a series carried out by police in their investigation into the possible misuse of public resources earmarked to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged Brazil. More than 152,000 people have died, and more than 5.1 million have been infected, making it the country with the third highest number of cases in the world.

Rodrigues had been selected as the government’s deputy leader by President Bolsonaro, who campaigned for office on an anti-corruption platform.

“I say to those who know me: stay calm. I trust in the justice and I will prove that I don’t have and that I didn’t have anything to do with any wrongdoing,” Rodrigues wrote in his statement.

Speaking to supporters outside of his official residence on Thursday, Bolsonaro pointed to the raid as proof of his anti-corruption crackdown, Reuters reported.



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Electric car maker Nio was in a slump in March. Its stock is up 1,000% since then

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China's Nio takes on Tesla


Just seven months ago, Shanghai-based electric vehicle maker Nio (NIO) was seen as a cautionary tale. Its stock had cratered to less than $3 a share in New York trading, investors were calling the company a flop that put them off other startups, and it was bleeding cash.

Since March, the stock has soared by more than 1,000% to $26.50. It gained more than 22% on Wednesday alone. And Wall Street analysts are again advising investors to buy into the company.

Analysts at Citi, who nearly doubled their target price for the stock on Wednesday to $33.20, said that new factors had emerged to support their belief in the automaker’s growth, including “a very strong order backlog” racked up during China’s Golden Week holiday, recent market share gains, and its efforts to cut battery costs.
Nio, which is backed by Chinese tech giants Tencent (TCEHY) and Baidu (BIDU), is often hyped as one of the fiercest homegrown competitors to Tesla (TSLA).
Before it had even sold a single car, Nio focused heavily on creating a brand, selling millions of dollars’ worth of Nio hats and other merchandise online. It went on to set up services such as battery-swapping, mobile power vans and “Nio Houses,” showrooms that aim to double as clubhouses with a library, open kitchen and workshops for kids.

An injection of 7 billion yuan ($1 billion) in April by state-backed investors in the Chinese city of Hefei, where Nio recently set up a new headquarters, was critical in restoring investor confidence, said Tu Le, founder of Beijing-based consulting firm Sino Auto Insights. An uptick in vehicle sales and upgrades to its technology, including a smarter autopilot feature, also helped put the company on a steadier footing, he added.

Le described the investment as a “bailout,” a characterization Nio disputes.

“[Hefei was] not going to let Nio fail,” he said. “[Now] they don’t have that pressure of, ‘Where’s my next paycheck coming from?'”

A NIO EP9 sports car on display during the China (Nanjing) International Auto Expo in July.
It’s not just Nio that’s on a tear. Investor appetite for the electric vehicle sector has soared in recent months, partly led by enthusiasm for Tesla (TSLA) and confidence in China’s recovery, Le noted.
Elon Musk’s automaker has made important inroads in China, starting production at its Shanghai Gigafactory in 2019 and beginning deliveries of its first locally made Model 3 cars to the public earlier this year.
“I feel that Tesla kind of lifted all boats,” Le said, pointing to the recent rally in shares of other Chinese carmakers, such as Xpeng Motors.

But he said Nio’s rally may have been overdone, as “there haven’t been that many wins to point to that level of valuation.” (Nio is now worth more than $36 billion.)

“Some of it is, there’s just not a lot of good news in other sectors, so a lot of money is coming into EVs,” Le added.



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These families cherished multi-generational living. But Covid-19 has wrecked it

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These families cherished multi-generational living. But Covid-19 has wrecked it


“You can pass it on before you’ve had any symptoms at all,” Matt Hancock cautioned, in an interview with the BBC.

This advice made sense for those with elderly relatives living in separate households — Covid-19 has killed a disproportionate number of those aged over 80 in England and Wales, according to the UK’s Office of National Statistics.

For all of these families, regardless of race, isolation is a luxury that is hard to come by.

Rabnawaz Akbar lives in Manchester, with his wife, his 85-year-old mother and three of his daughters — Salma, Asma and Farah — who are aged 30, 28 and 17 respectively. The local politician has two more adult children: a son living in London and another daughter in Newcastle.

Akbar told CNN that communities such as his own South Asian one often lived within multi-generational households for a range of reasons — including faith, culture and affordability.

“Certainly those from the Muslim faith and in South Asian [groups], there is this belief that you’ve got a duty to look after your older parents,” he said.

“Most of the taking care of older relatives is done by family — it’s beneficial to society but sadly during the Covid-19 crisis, that has become a negative,” because of how the virus spreads among people living in multi-generational households, he said.

Akbar said his own family has been forced to implement stringent routines to cope with the pandemic. His eldest daughter, Salma, is an optometrist.

“She sees patients all day long. She comes home and has to be careful around my mum,” Akbar said, explaining that Salma tries to minimize the risk of contamination by changing her clothes immediately on returning home.

“I do know people who have had to isolate — who have booked themselves into hotels,” he said, but that is difficult too, “because it’s so expensive to rent … I’ll be honest — it’s not been easy.”

The fear of transmitting the virus to their loved ones has driven some younger people to leave their family homes.

Afua Amoah Arko, a 25-year-old Black British doctor, temporarily moved out of her parents’ home in south London earlier this year to avoid the possibility she might bring the virus home.

“I stayed in a hotel for three months and an Airbnb for one month,” she told CNN, adding that while her employer covered her accommodation expenses, the cost of food, mostly takeaways, wasn’t subsidized.

Amoah Arko described her experience as “odd and isolating,” but said she is once again planning to leave the family home due to fears of a second wave of the coronavirus.

“Three of my friends who are also doctors were in a similar position and also had to stay in hotels during the height of the spring peak,” she said. “There were a few others … who decided to stay at home, but [tried] to distance … from their parents.”

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Saima Afzal, a 49-year-old British Asian woman living in Blackburn, said her son and granddaughter have lived away from the family home for three weeks because of concerns about her health.

Her son Aemon, 25, slept in leased office space in order to socially distance from his mother, who was shielding for medical reasons. Afzal said Aemon “was really terrified about bringing the virus back home … so he slept in his office for three weeks.”

Afzal said that even though she has other relatives who live nearby, she struggled with loneliness.

“Families are families, and if you take family away you will lose your mind — I know that from the three weeks I was on my own,” she said. “I had work, I was very busy and working and even with all that, I struggled.”

Afzal said that now her son has moved back in, she is partly responsible for the childcare of her 4-year-old granddaughter, Elia Rose.

Saima Afzal, right, said her son Aeman  and granddaughter Eila-Rose have lived away from the family home in Blackburn for three weeks because of concerns about her health.

“It works out, between the two of us we maintain the household income,” she said, adding that she also relied on the help of the wider family as she does not qualify for government support.

“I’m the eldest of 11 brothers and sisters and many still live locally,” she said. “So when [my siblings] realized I needed some financial help, the family really pulled together.”

Ethnic minorities in Britain have a higher coronavirus death rate than their White peers, according to the UK government. People of Bangladeshi ethnicity have around twice the risk of dying from the virus than their White British counterparts, while those of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Black Caribbean and other Black ethnicities have between a 10 and 50% higher risk of death.
In the latest sign of Covid-19-related racism, Muslims are being blamed for England's coronavirus outbreaks

A complex web of factors has been blamed for this disparity.

One is that BAME people are more likely to work in high-exposure frontline occupations, including healthcare, security, and public transport. High percentages of pre-existing health conditions in BAME communities are also a factor, as is the risk of transmission in multi-generational households.

According to the Runnymede Trust, a think tank which focuses on racial inequality, people of Bangladeshi heritage were most likely to live in households with more members.

UK government data shows that across every socioeconomic level in Britain, White British people live in less crowded homes than members of every other ethnic group, regardless of whether or not they own their own home.

In the past some politicians, including former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and former Liberal Democrat minister Simon Hughes, have praised multi-generational family structures. Both have suggested that the UK could learn from households where families care for their elderly.

The Akbar and the Afzal families both told CNN that notions of duty, supporting loved ones and a sense of pulling together in a crisis had been vital in helping them cope with the pandemic.

But amid fresh coronavirus restrictions and with a second wave of the pandemic now rolling across Europe, these living arrangements have led to fear within communities and prejudice outside them.

Fear and prejudice

Shabana Mahmood, an MP for Britain’s opposition Labour Party, represents a constituency in the city of Birmingham with a high number of multi-generational households.

She hopes the UK government will tailor more of its advice to such communities; she believes little was done at the start of the pandemic to advise people on how to isolate themselves within larger households.

“This is the situation for thousands of people in my own patch,” she told CNN. “There are large numbers of multi-generational households in my constituency that exist for primarily cultural but also economic reasons. How [government officials] assume people live their lives is very different from the reality.”

Mahmood said guidance at local levels had been much better than that offered by the national government. She said local authorities in Birmingham had provided public health advice translated into other languages, and that such targeted measures were helpful in communicating the best ways of fighting coronavirus.

CNN has contacted the UK government for comment on Mahmood’s remarks.

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Mahmood said she was concerned that negative cultural stereotypes had grown due to the pandemic. Anti-racism campaigners in the UK have warned that Muslim communities are being blamed for the spread of Covid-19.

“Part of the narrative is ‘Oh, they must not be compliant [with restrictions],'” Mahmood said. “It speaks to the fact that you can’t do right for doing wrong. Minority communities are held to a standard that others are not.

“When you get back to a house of eight, you [may] infect more people than if you go back to a house of two,” she said. “It’s not a story of lack of compliance, it’s just unlucky.”

For similar reasons, some equality campaigners say the structural issues affecting BAME communities are of greater importance than cultural norms.

“We want to focus on structural inequalities,” Halima Begum, director of the Runnymede Trust, told CNN. “Because even if you wanted to live in a multi-generational household, you’d expect there to be enough space for all of you — space enough in which you can distance. The lack of space means it’s overcrowded — so [the spread of the virus] comes down to a lack of hard cash.”

A recent Runnymede Trust report found that BAME people were more than twice as likely as White people to live in households of five or more.

“Larger household sizes were found to be more common among people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black African backgrounds,” the report noted.

“Nobody wants to be living in an overcrowded home,” Begum said. “But a lot of young ethnic minority people are working class. They end up living with their families until they are a lot older. Often they can only afford to move out when they’re married and have a dual income.”

People from ethnic minorities are up to 50% more likely to die from coronavirus than white people, UK report finds

Begum, like Mahmood, hopes that government solutions can help ease the burden on those in larger households.

“The government should establish a good test and trace program,” she said. “And [there should be a system where] if you can’t isolate properly in a multi-generational household, you can request government support.”

England does have a NHS Test and Trace system, designed to the curb the spread of the virus, but it has come under heavy criticism over delays and administrative issues.

Mahmood said many of her constituents had expressed concerns over housing issues during the pandemic.

“People are now hyper-aware of the risk that younger members of the family may bring the virus in,” she said. “But some people want the family structure around them. I’ve had conversations where people have said: ‘No, we’re not going to split our household apart because of the virus.'”

At the Akbars’ home, Salma spent some time isolating in the loft after having a cold.

“She didn’t come down from the loft until she knew it wasn’t coronavirus,” her father told CNN, explaining that the whole family was getting used to making adjustments because of Covid-19. “You can’t just walk into the house and chat to grandma.”

In Blackburn, Saima Afzal said being around her four-year-old granddaughter had kept her cheerful, even while coping with illness and the pandemic.

“We’re so, so careful,” she said. “I feel that I’m so lucky that I live in this household. Yes, there are risks, of course. But if I didn’t have my son and my family support network I don’t know what I’d have done.”



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China’s Qingdao Covid cluster traced back to two dock workers, officials say

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A man pauses as he places the casket of a relative into a van at a busy New York funeral home on May 9.

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Health-care workers wait for citizens to arrive at the Anna International Airport in Chennai, India, on May 9. People were arriving in Chennai from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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A man wearing a face mask cycles through Chinatown in Yokohama, Japan, on May 8. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan will extend its state of emergency until the end of May.

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American citizens who were stranded in Syria due to the pandemic arrive at the Lebanese border on their way to the Beirut airport, where they would be leaving for the United States.

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During a protest in Washington on May 7, members of National Nurses United stand among empty shoes that they say represent nurses who have died from Covid-19.

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A worker helps disinfect a subway train in New York on May 6. The subway syatem was shut down for a deep-cleaning.

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High school students study in a classroom in Wuhan, China, as they returned to school on May 6.

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A nursery is disinfected in Cannes, France, on May 6. Nurseries in France were to gradually reopen on May 11.

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Refrigerated trucks are seen at a morgue that opened in New York to assist overwhelmed funeral homes.

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Michigan state police prevent protesters from entering the chamber of the Michigan House of Representatives on April 30. The protesters were unhappy with the state’s stay-at-home order. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently extended the order through May 15, though restrictions were relaxed so some businesses could reopen.

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This aerial photo shows surfers accessing Sydney’s Tamarama Beach on April 29. Several Sydney beaches reopened for exercise only.

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A barber wears protective equipment as he cuts a customer’s hair in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 27.

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Health workers at a coronavirus testing center in New Delhi attend to a colleague who fainted due to exhaustion on April 27.

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Pitrik van der Lubbe waves from a boom lift to his 88-year-old father, Henk, at his father’s nursing home in Gouda, Netherlands, on April 24. Pitrik had not seen his father in more than four weeks.

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Protesters shout slogans against Lebanese Central Bank governor Riad Salamé as they block Hamra Street in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 23. Anti-government protesters have been demonstrating in Beirut as they continue to endure one of its worst-ever economic crises.

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A boy plays hopscotch at his home in A Coruna, Spain, on April 23.

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Omar Rodriguez organizes caskets at the Gerard Neufeld Funeral Home in New York on April 22. The funeral home in Queens has been overwhelmed by the pandemic.

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A dentist wears protective equipment while treating a patient in Den Bosch, Netherlands, on April 22.

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Biology teachers prepare to hold an exam at a secondary school in Berlin on April 22.

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A volunteer in Yangon, Myanmar, spreads calcium oxide on a road to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on April 22.

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Migrants wave from balconies at a hotel in Kranidi, Greece, on April 21. The shelter, which hosts 470 asylum seekers, was placed in isolation after a pregnant resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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A man disinfects a ceiling lamp at the Čobanija Mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on April 21.

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A nurse holds a newborn baby, wearing a face shield as a protective measure, at a maternity facility in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 21.

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Health workers at Madrid’s La Paz Hospital hold a minute of silence to remember Joaquin Diaz, the hospital’s chief of surgery who died because of the coronavirus.

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A woman applauds from the balcony of her Paris home to show support for health care workers on April 20.

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Mayor’s office workers wear protective suits as they conduct a census in a Bogota, Colombia, neighborhood on April 19. They were trying to find out how many families needed to be provided with food.

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A woman sticks her tongue out of a torn mask at a Reopen Maryland rally outside the State House in Annapolis, Maryland, on April 18. Residents in multiple states have been protesting stay-at-home orders.

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Newly married Tyler and Caryn Suiters embrace following their marriage ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, on April 18. The Rev. Andrew Merrow and his wife, Cameron, were the only other attendees at the ceremony, which was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

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Abed Khankan cuts a customer’s hair outdoors in Malmo, Sweden, on April 17.

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Two women walk to rent a small paddle boat by the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 17.

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Cars sit at a newly opened drive-in cinema in Dortmund, Germany, on April 17. It’s in front of a former blast furnace.

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Funeral workers in Manaus, Brazil, prepare the grave of a woman who is suspected to have died from the coronavirus.

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A member of the Don Bosco Foundation delivers food from the Fraternitas Project, which serves vulnerable families in Seville, Spain, on April 16.

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Police officers try on personal protective equipment in Amritsar, India, on April 16.

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Workers in Nairobi, Kenya, fumigate the streets and the stalls of the City Park Market on April 15.

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Novice Buddhist monks wear face shields at the Molilokayaram Educational Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 15.

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A woman sits on a bench at an empty metro station in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 15.

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Health workers in Barcelona, Spain, acknowledge people who were showing their support from their balconies and windows.

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Workers from the garment sector in Dhaka, Bangladesh, block a road during a protest demanding payment of unpaid wages.

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A woman meets with her son in a “Quarantainer,” a container devised to allow people to visit each other without risking the spread of coronavirus, at a care center in Utrecht, Netherlands, on April 14.

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Firefighters transfer a patient from an ambulance in Montpelier, France, on April 14.

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A cemetery worker pauses while digging graves at the San Vicente cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 14.

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Workers produce protective face masks at a new factory near Tehran, Iran, on April 14.

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Medical workers in Istanbul clap for 107-year-old Havahan Karadeniz as she is discharged from the hospital on April 13. She had just recovered from the coronavirus.

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A flower shop employee destroys unsold flowers in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 13.

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A police officer requests that people return to return to their homes during a gathering that marked the Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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A doctor in a protective chamber tests a patient for coronavirus at a walk-in kiosk in Chennai, India, on April 13.

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Musicians play their instruments for a retirement home in Karben, Germany, on April 13.

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A woman covers herself with plastic as heavy rain falls outside a New York hospital on April 13.

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People in Jerusalem attend the funeral of Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel’s former chief rabbi who died from coronavirus complications.

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In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to make Christ look like a doctor on April 12.

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A couple stands in a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China.

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Priest-in-charge Angie Smith uses her phone to broadcast an Easter service from a churchyard in Hartley Wintney, England, on April 12.

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Children wave to a person dressed as the Easter Bunny during a neighborhood parade in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on April 10.

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Health workers in Leganes, Spain, cry during a memorial for a co-worker who died because of the coronavirus.

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Volunteers spray disinfectant in a favela in Rio de Janeiro on April 10.

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A health care worker holds the hand of a coronavirus patient being moved at a hospital near Barcelona, Spain, on April 9.

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Service boats spray water in London to show support for health care workers on April 9.

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Employees of Hyundai Card, a credit card company, sit behind protective screens as they eat in an office cafeteria in Seoul, South Korea, on April 9.

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People wait in their cars for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution on April 9.

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A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on April 8.

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A cake shop employee in Athens, Greece, prepares chocolate Easter bunnies with face masks on April 8.

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Californians Sarah and Aaron Sanders, along with their children, use video conferencing to celebrate a Passover Seder with other family members on April 8.

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Cars in Wuhan line up to leave at a highway toll station.

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Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky places Passover Seder to-go packages into a car trunk in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on April 7.

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A man is sprayed with disinfectant prior to going to a market in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, April 6.

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Izzie, left, and Tippi wear ventilated dog masks in Philadelphia on April 6.

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Police detain a doctor in Quetta, Pakistan, who was among dozens of health care workers protesting a lack of personal protective equipment on April 6.

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A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on devotees during Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday, April 5.

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Paramilitary members unload provisions in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday, April 4. It was the first day of government food distribution for people affected by the nation’s lockdown.

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A police officer wearing a coronavirus-themed outfit walks in a market in Chennai, India, to raise awareness about social distancing.

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A woman in Moscow cooks while watching Russian President Vladimir Putin address the nation over the coronavirus pandemic.

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The hashtag “stayhome” is projected onto the Matterhorn mountain that straddles Switzerland and Italy on April 1. The mountain was illuminated by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter, who is transforming buildings, monuments and landscapes all over the world to raise awareness during the pandemic.

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Volunteers load food bags on a truck to deliver them to low-income families in Panama City, Panama, on April 1.

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Designer Friederike Jorzig adjusts a mannequin wearing a wedding dress and a face mask at her store in Berlin on March 31.

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People pray next to the grave of musician Robson de Souza Lopes after his burial in Manaus, Brazil, on March 31. According to authorities at the Amazonas Health Secretary, the 43-year-old died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

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Chris Lyndberg hands out a free lunch to a truck driver at a rest area along Interstate 10 in Sacaton, Arizona, on March 31. The Arizona Trucking Association was giving away 500 Dilly’s Deli lunches to show its appreciation for truck drivers who have been delivering medical supplies, food and other necessities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Farmers deliver vegetables to a customer in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, France, on March 29.

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People listen from their homes as priests conduct Sunday mass from a church roof in Rome on March 29.

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A worker fixes partitions at a quarantine center in Guwahati, India, on March 28.

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Devices used in diagnosing the coronavirus are inspected in Cheongju, South Korea, on March 27. The devices were being prepared for testing kits at the bio-diagnostic company SD Biosensor.

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A student does homework in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 27. Schools have been shut down across the world, and many children have been receiving their lessons online.

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A National Guard truck sprays disinfectant in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 27.

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Pope Francis prays in an empty St. Peter’s Square on March 27.

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Coffins carrying coronavirus victims are stored in a warehouse in Ponte San Pietro, Italy, on March 26. They would be transported to another area for cremation.

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Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard prepare to take part in disinfecting the city of Tehran on March 25.

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Lydia Hassebroek attends a ballet class from her home in New York on March 25.

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People visit the Beijing Zoo on March 25 after it reopened its outdoor exhibits to the public.

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A woman suspected of having coronavirus is helped from her home by emergency medical technicians Robert Sabia, left, and Mike Pareja, in Paterson, New Jersey, on March 24.

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People practice social distancing as they wait for takeout food at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 24.

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People arrive at the South Municipal Cemetery in Madrid to attend the burial of a man who died from the coronavirus.

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Passengers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on March 23.

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Giuseppe Corbari holds Sunday Mass in front of photographs sent in by his congregation members in Giussano, Italy, on March 22. Many religious services are being streamed online so that people can worship while still maintaining their distance from others.

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People clap from balconies to show their appreciation for health care workers in Mumbai, India.

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A woman attends a Sunday service at the Nairobi Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 22. The service was streamed live on the internet.

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A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria.

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A funeral service is held without family members in Bergamo, Italy, on March 21.

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A member of the Syrian Violet relief group disinfects tents at a camp for displaced people in Kafr Jalis, Syria, on March 21.

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A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York on March 20.

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Medical staff wearing protective suits ride down an escalator at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 18.

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A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher in Rome on March 17.

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A pedestrian walks a dog through a quiet street in New York on March 17.

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People gather to collect free face masks in New Delhi on March 17.

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Students at the Attarkiah Islamic School wear face masks during a ceremony in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on March 17.

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People wait outside a Woolworths store in Sunbury, Australia on March 17. Australian supermarket chains announced special shopping hours for the elderly and people with disabilities so that they can shop in less crowded aisles.

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A member of Spain’s Military Emergencies Unit carries out a general disinfection at the Malaga airport on March 16.

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Displaced families near Atme, Syria, attend a workshop aimed at spreading awareness about the coronavirus.

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A police officer checks the temperatures of bus passengers at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, on March 16.

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Flowers are stored prior to their destruction at a flower auction in Aalsmeer, Netherlands, on March 16. Lower demand due to the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the Dutch horticultural sector, forcing the destruction of products.

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Body temperatures are scanned as people enter the Buddhist temple Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13.

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Two nuns greet neighbors from their balcony in Turin, Italy, on Sunday, March 15.

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Passengers wait for their flights at Marrakesh Airport in Morocco on March 15.

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US Vice President Mike Pence takes a question during a White House briefing about the coronavirus on March 15.

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A Sea World employee sprays disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, March 14.

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A member of the White House physician’s office takes a media member’s temperature in the White House briefing room on March 14. It was ahead of a news conference with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

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Reporters in Arlington, Virginia, sit approximately 4 feet apart during a briefing by Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on March 13.

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People walk past a closed Broadway theater on March 13 after New York canceled all gatherings over 500 people.

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A Costco customer stands by two shopping carts in Richmond, California, on March 13.

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A teacher works in an empty classroom at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.

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A woman looks at an empty bread aisle in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 13.

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Employees of the Greek Parliament wear plastic gloves ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

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A motorcyclist drives through disinfectant sprayed in Jammu, India, on March 13.

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Workers prepare to construct an additional building on a hospital on the outskirts of Moscow.

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Paul Boyer, head equipment manager of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, wheels out equipment bags in Washington on March 12. The NHL is among the sports leagues that have suspended their seasons.

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Students leave Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington, on March 12. Beginning the following day, schools in the Snohomish school district planned to be closed through April 24.

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An Uber Eats delivery biker stands at a deserted Piazza di Spagna in Rome.

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Workers in protective suits disinfect Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace on March 11.

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A person wearing a face mask walks outside of a shopping mall in Beijing on March 11.

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Medical staff in Wuhan, China, celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital on March 9.

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Sumo wrestlers attend a tournament in Osaka, Japan, that was being held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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A couple rides a bicycle at a park in Seoul, South Korea, on March 7.

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A volunteer from Blue Sky Rescue uses fumigation equipment to disinfect a residential compound in Beijing on March 5.

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Municipal workers are seen at the Kaaba, inside Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Saudi Arabia emptied Islam’s holiest site for sterilization over coronavirus fears, an unprecedented move after the kingdom suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage.

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Passengers react as a worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the departure area of a railway station in Hefei, China, on March 4.

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Teachers at the Nagoya International School in Japan conduct an online class for students staying at home as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

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Soldiers spray disinfectant throughout a shopping street in Seoul.

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A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus in Dakar, Senegal, on March 4. It was after cases were confirmed in the country.

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People wear face masks in New York’s Times Square on March 3. New York reported its first case of coronavirus two days earlier.

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A security guard stands on the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo on March 3.

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Medical staff stand outside a hospital in Daegu, South Korea, on March 1.

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Health care workers transfer a patient at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, on March 1. The long-term care facility is linked to confirmed coronavirus cases.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a London laboratory of the Public Health England National Infection Service.

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Tomoyuki Sugano, a professional baseball player on the Yomiuri Giants, throws a pitch in an empty Tokyo Dome during a preseason game on February 29. Fans have been barred from preseason games to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Commuters wearing masks make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on February 28.

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Medical staff transport a coronavirus patient within the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 28.

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A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in China’s Sichuan province on February 26.

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A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty area in Beijing.

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A Catholic devotee wears a face mask as he is sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque, Philippines, on February 26.

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People disinfect Qom’s Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on February 25.

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A worker in Daegu stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on February 24.

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Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on February 23.

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A team of volunteers disinfects a pedestrian bridge in Bangkok, Thailand.

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A man rides his bike in Beijing on February 23.

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Hospital personnel in Codogno, Italy, carry new beds inside the hospital on February 21. The hospital is hosting some people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

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Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on February 20.

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A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 16.

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Authorities watch as the Westerdam cruise ship approaches a port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on February 13. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus on board, the Westerdam was refused port by four other Asian countries before being allowed to dock in Cambodia.

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A worker has his temperature checked on a shuttered commercial street in Beijing on February 12.

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Beds are made in the Wuhan Sports Center, which has been converted into a temporary hospital.

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A child rides a scooter past a police officer wearing protective gear outside the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11. More than 100 people evacuated the housing block after four residents in two different apartments tested positive for the coronavirus.

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A police officer, left, wears protective gear as he guards a cordon at the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has his temperature checked during an appearance in Beijing on February 10.

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People participating in a Lunar New Year Parade in New York City hold signs reading, “Wuhan stay strong!” on February 9.

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A worker wearing a protective suit uses a machine to disinfect a business establishment in Shanghai, China, on February 9.

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Workers in protective gear walk near the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama on February 7.

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A woman grieves while paying tribute to Li at Li’s hospital in Wuhan on February 7.

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The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship is seen docked at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, on February 7. Passengers were to be screened for coronavirus as a precaution, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN.

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A light installation is displayed by striking members of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance and other activists at the Hospital Authority building in Hong Kong on February 7.

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Passengers are seen on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Yokohama Port on February 7.

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Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on February 7.

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Workers check sterile medical gloves at a latex-product manufacturer in Nanjing, China, on February 6.

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A woman wears a protective mask as she shops in a Beijing market on February 6.

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This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan to handle coronavirus patients.

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A passenger shows a note from the World Dream cruise ship docked at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on February 5.

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A mask is seen on a statue in Beijing on February 5.

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A dog in Beijing wears a makeshift mask constructed from a paper cup.

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Striking hospital workers in Hong Kong demand the closure of the border with mainland China on February 4.

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The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4. It arrived a day earlier with passengers feeling ill.

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A medical worker wearing protective gear waits to take the temperature of people entering Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong on February 4.

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Medical workers in protective suits help transfer patients to a newly completed field hospital in Wuhan.

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People wearing protective overalls talk outside a Wuhan hotel housing people in isolation on February 3.

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A man stands in front of TV screens broadcasting a speech by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on February 3. Lam said the city would shut almost all border-control points to the mainland.

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A colleague sprays disinfectant on a doctor in Wuhan on February 3.

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Medical workers move a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward at the Second People’s Hospital in Fuyang, China, on February 1.

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Children wear plastic bottles as makeshift masks while waiting to check in to a flight at the Beijing Capital Airport on January 30.

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Passengers in Hong Kong wear protective masks as they wait to board a train at Lo Wu Station, near the mainland border, on January 30.

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A volunteer wearing protective clothing disinfects a street in Qingdao, China, on January 29.

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Nanning residents line up to buy face masks from a medical appliance store on January 29.

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Lyu Jun, left, a member of a medical team leaving for Wuhan, says goodbye to a loved one in Urumqi, China, on January 28.

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A charter flight from Wuhan arrives at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska, on January 28. The US government chartered the plane to bring home US citizens and diplomats from the American consulate in Wuhan.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask to inspect the National Medical Center in Seoul on January 28.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, attends a news conference in Hong Kong on January 28. Lam said China will stop individual travelers to Hong Kong while closing some border checkpoints and restricting flights and train services from the mainland.

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Workers at an airport in Novosibirsk, Russia, check the temperatures of passengers who arrived from Beijing on January 28.

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US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response.

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Two residents walk in an empty park in Wuhan on January 27. The city remained on lockdown for a fourth day.

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A person wears a protective mask, goggles and coat as he stands in a nearly empty street in Beijing on January 26.

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Medical staff members bring a patient to the Wuhan Red Cross hospital on January 25.

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People wear protective masks as they walk under Lunar New Year decorations in Beijing on January 25.

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Construction workers in Wuhan begin to work on a special hospital to deal with the outbreak on January 24.

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A couple kisses goodbye as they travel for the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing on January 24.

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Workers manufacture protective face masks at a factory in China’s Hubei Province on January 23.

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Shoppers wear masks in a Wuhan market on January 23.

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Passengers are checked by a thermography device at an airport in Osaka, Japan, on January 23.

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People wear masks while shopping for vegetables in Wuhan on January 23.

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A militia member checks the body temperature of a driver in Wuhan on January 23.

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Passengers wear masks as they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on January 23.

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A customer holds boxes of particulate respirators at a pharmacy in Hong Kong on January 23.

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Passengers wear masks at the high-speed train station in Hong Kong on January 23.

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A woman rides an electric bicycle in Wuhan on January 22.

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People in Guangzhou, China, wear protective masks on January 22.

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People go through a checkpoint in Guangzhou on January 22.

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Medical staff of Wuhan’s Union Hospital attend a gathering on January 22.

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Health officials hold a news conference in Beijing on January 22.



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COVID-19 cases climb in the US and Europe


A third COVID-19 spike in the United States continues to intensify, as several European countries take more steps to reverse steep case rises, some of which are at record levels.

In other developments, a large international group of scientists pushed back against calls for a herd immunity approach to managing the pandemic. The global total today reached 38,744,784 cases, and 1,094,979 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.

US rise prompts holiday gathering caution

Yesterday, the United States added 59,494 new cases and 985 deaths to its totals, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker. The trend shows the start of a third rise in infections, which is coming as the weather cools and more people are gathering indoors. In another key statistic, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to 898,000 last week, signaling a hiring slowdown as the economy struggles with the pandemic, the Associated Press reported.

Tony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and member of the White House coronavirus task force, in a CBS Evening News interview last night urged Americans to be cautious during the Thanksgiving holiday, especially with out-of-town visitors who could pose a risk to older relatives or those with underlying health conditions.

“Namely, you may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,” said Fauci, who is 79 and said his three children living in other states have decided not to come home for the holiday, due to concerns about putting him at risk.

The cautious recommendation for the holidays tracks with two new polls that indicate Americans are wary of traveling during the pandemic, USA Today reported. An AAA Travel survey found that 67% of respondents are uncertain about taking a vacation, and a Travelocity survey revealed that 57% wouldn’t travel this year for year-end holidays.

COVID-19 spread impacted the presidential campaign again today, with the Biden campaign announcing that vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris would not travel over the weekend after two people from the campaign tested positive—her communications director and a flight crew member, CNN reported.

Virus activity also continues to impact the sports world, with the University of Alabama announcing that football coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating at their homes.

On a positive note, Los Angeles officials are linking a dramatic decline in COVID-19 deaths and cases among blacks and Latinos over the past 2 months to aggressive workplace enforcement and opening tip lines to report violations, Kaiser Health News reported.

In other US developments:

  • Pfizer and BioNTech will enroll children as young as 12 in the phase 3 trial of its COVID-19 vaccine, which follows Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permission earlier this month to enroll younger participants, Reuters
  • Pandemic-related drops in mammograms and other screening tests are leading to missed and delayed cancer diagnoses, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of insurance claims and other metrics. It said delays in testing could limit treatment options and worsen illness outcomes.
  • White House economic advisers in private briefings gave some investors an early warning that the coronavirus would have a much bigger impact on the economy than the Trump administration was publicly acknowledging at the time, the New York Times

Europe’s cases soar to weekly pandemic high

Europe’s fall and winter surge continues to unfold, with exponential increases in daily cases and matching percentage increases in daily deaths, Hans Henri Kluge, MD, MPH, director of the World Health Organization (WHO) European regional office, said today at a briefing.

He added that the region just registered its highest weekly incidence since the start of the pandemic, adding about 700,000 cases.

The region isn’t in the same situation as it was in March, because deaths are five times fewer and hospitalization doubling time is still two to three times longer, Kluge said. Lower mortality could reflect higher testing rates among younger, healthier people, but he warned that the situation could worsen dramatically if the disease spreads back into older age-groups with more indoor multigenerational social gatherings.

Epidemiological models show that simple measures like greater use of masks and stricter social distancing measures could save up to 281,000 lives across the region by Feb 1. “These projections do nothing but confirm what we always said: the pandemic won’t reverse its course on its own, but we will,” Kluge said.

Many European countries have already taken steps to tighten their measures, he said, urging residents to accept and comply with them to avoid the need for much stricter ones. Kluge added that the word “lockdown” has taken on a new meaning, away from shutting down every part of society and more toward stepwise, targeted, time-limited measures. “Our message is that any nationwide tightening-up decision must consider both the direct risks and the collateral damage associated with the pandemic,” he said.

Meanwhile today, several European countries reported daily record-high case numbers. For example, the Czech Republic reported 9,544 cases, and pressure on hospitals has prompted health officials to forge working agreements with German hospitals, ask doctors to return from abroad, and make plans for field hospitals, Reuters reported. Other countries that reported record-high cases include Russia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Italy.

In the United Kingdom, government officials announced tighter measures for London that take effect at midnight tomorrow, Reuters reported. The alert level for the area has been raised from medium to high, and people can’t meet with other households indoors and they have been asked to limit travel.

In other global headlines:

  • India had about 67,000 cases, the world’s highest total for today, though the lowest for the country since August, Reuters Health officials fear another resurgence as India enters its holiday season.
  • China has tested nearly 10 million residents of Qingdao to stem a recent hospital cluster of 12 cases, and so far, no other illnesses have been detected, CNN

Scientists mobilize against herd immunity approach

An international group of scientists has written a response to a push for a “herd immunity” approach to managing the pandemic, which would involve letting the virus spread.

The WHO last week denounced the herd approach—a term used for vaccines—as “scientifically and ethically problematic,” because it could greatly boost deaths and expose more people to a virus that may have long-term health consequences. However, a document, known as the Great Barrington declaration, with a list of supporters of the approach was reportedly embraced by the White House.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has denounced the document, and pushback gained more steam today with the publication in The Lancet of the John Snow Memorandum, which includes scientific references and has now been signed by more than 2,000 scientists, researchers, and health professionals.



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The naturist couple that travels the world naked

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The naturist couple that travels the world naked


(CNN) — At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Nick and Lins De Corte were stuck in Mexico, unable to get flights back to Europe as borders closed and travel restrictions heightened.

“We were three months in, I would say, semi-lockdown,” recalls Nick. “But it wasn’t that bad,” says his partner Lins. “We had a nude beach.”

Thirty-something Belgian couple Nick and Lins are naturists. They travel the world unclothed wherever possible, documenting their adventures on their blog, Naked Wanderings, and a corresponding Instagram account.

They’ve scuba-dived sans-clothes off the island of Utila, in Honduras, drunk beers in the buff in Portugal and hiked nude through the Amazon rainforest.

After three months stuck in the stunning surrounds of Zipolite, Oaxaca, the couple made it back to Europe in July. Since then, they’ve been traveling around France — “because the options are so big in France, there are so many naturist places.”

The De Cortes are both from the city of Ghent in Belgium, where they met and got together about 12 years ago.

“Quite soon after, we discovered naturism, it was pretty much by coincidence,” says Nick.

The couple went to a spa center in Belgium, where nudity was compulsory.

“We went there, it was a great experience. We went there again and again, and after several times, we started exploring other options — with social nudity, with naturism — and that’s how we discovered naturist clubs, naturist campgrounds, activities, events, and just rolled more and more into naturism,” Nick tells CNN Travel.

A few years on, they started their blog. The aim, the couple says, was to debunk some of the myths surrounding naturism.

“There are two main preconceptions,” says Nick. “One is that it’s related to sex — lots of people don’t understand that people can be naked together without any sexual intention. That’s one big misconception. And the other one is that it’s for old people.”

Debunking the myths

Nick and Lins travel the world, visiting naturist resorts including DeAnza Springs, in California in the US, pictured.

Courtesy Naked Wanderings

The couple’s internet presence aimed both to showcase their fun adventures, and provide information on the naturist lifestyle, and nude-friendly resorts across the world.

Nick and Lins quickly became aware they’d pinpointed a gap in the market. Sure, there were plenty of travel Instagram influencers posing against backdrops of stunning scenery.

But all of them had their clothes on.

Lins says a highlight of their adventures so far was a stunning beach in Colombia, in Tayrona National Park.

“There is nothing there. There’s just the National Park and you can spend the night there,” says Lins. “You have to hike for a couple of hours to reach the beach. But once you’re there, it’s beautiful. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches that I’ve ever seen.”

Nick, meanwhile, spotlights the nude beaches of Portugal and all the options afforded by France’s activist naturist scene.

Making connections and meeting like-minded naturists from across the world is also important to the couple.

Travel blogging has become their full-time occupation, although there have been some difficulties along the way.

Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook have strict nudity rules, and Nick and Lins’ posts always skirt the boundaries of what’s allowed.

Clever cropping and artfully-placed objects usually allow them to get away with it, but their original Instagram account was shut down last year and they’ve since had to rebuild from scratch.

Nick and Lins' photos always skirt the boundaries of social media nudity rules. They took this photo at naturist campsite Terme d'Astor, France.

Nick and Lins’ photos always skirt the boundaries of social media nudity rules. They took this photo at naturist campsite Terme d’Astor, France.

Courtesy Naked Wanderings

Still, they say they never had any hesitations about sharing their lives online.

“In the beginning people asked us, ‘How are you ever going to find a job again? Your naked butt has been in the newspapers.’ But whatever, if somebody doesn’t want to give us a job just because of that, it’s probably not a company where we want to work,” says Nick.

Nick and Lins add that they’re currently working on founding a social media platform for naturists.

Naturism during the pandemic

The couple enjoy visiting naturist beaches, including this one at Bagheera in Corsica.

The couple enjoy visiting naturist beaches, including this one at Bagheera in Corsica.

Courtesy Naked Wanderings

Earlier in the pandemic, there were reports of a growing interest in naturism, as more people were confined to their homes, working and socializing virtually.

In June, British Naturism’s commercial manager Andrew Welch told CNN Travel there had been a rise in naturism over the course of the UK’s lockdown.

Meanwhile in France, Laurent Luft, president of the Association des Naturistes de Paris (ANP), the French capital’s naturist group that dates back to 1953, echoed this sentiment.

“People have been following our videos [and] sent emails saying, ‘You’ve inspired us to give it a go,'” he said.

“When you’re feeling confined and closed in and imprisoned, if at least you can take off your clothes that is some way to free yourself a little,” added Luft. “So, even in our tiny little Parisian apartments with no gardens and sometimes no balcony or anything, we still have that possibility.”

Camping at Domaine de la sablière in France.

Camping at Domaine de la sablière in France.

Courtesy Naked Wanderings

Nick and Lins say their travel blog has seen increased engagement during the lockdown, but they’re wary about putting this down to a growing interest.

“I would rather say it’s because people who are already naturists have much more time to connect,” says Nick.

The couple adds that the pandemic hasn’t been easy for the naturism community — a big part of the movement is being naked in a group, which has become trickier in the wake of the pandemic.

In their home country of Belgium, says Nick, the one designated nude beach closed, in order to give other beachgoers more space to social distance.

Lins took this photo paddle boarding at  Bagheera naturist resort in Corsica.

Lins took this photo paddle boarding at Bagheera naturist resort in Corsica.

Courtesy Naked Wanderings

And while spas and leisure centers have reopened, numbers are significantly reduced and pre-booking is key. It’s harder to be spontaneous now, says Nick and Lins, although they know this isn’t unique to the naturism community.

Once they’re able to safely travel again, next on their list are naturist-friendly spots in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The pair are also keen to check out a few new nudist resorts opening in Thailand.

While they enjoy sharing their adventures online to followers, they reiterate that they “don’t think that everybody should become a naturist.”

“It’s really a personal choice,” says Nick. “But it bothers us a little bit when people have such misconceptions about naturism, without even giving it a try. And that’s something we like to keep telling people: ‘Just try it.'”





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Analysis: What the reaction to China’s leader coughing during a speech says about East Asia right now

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Analysis: What the reaction to China's leader coughing during a speech says about East Asia right now

While any speculation about Xi’s health was, unsurprisingly, not evident on Chinese social media or in tightly controlled state publications, critics of Beijing quickly seized the opportunity.

In a story headlined “Xi Jinping coughs and coughs at Shenzhen event,” Apple Daily — a vehemently anti-Chinese Communist Party, pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong — reported that in the second-half of Xi’s 50-minute speech “he frequently paused to drink water and coughed repeatedly.”

“Whenever Xi stopped, the live feed from state broadcaster CCTV would turn the camera to guests sitting beyond the main table, but it could still capture the sounds of Xi’s coughing and drinking,” the newspaper said.

Epoch Times, a media outlet linked to the Falun Gong religious group, which has long been suppressed in China and is one of Beijing’s biggest critics overseas, took the speculation a step further, with a video titled “Xi Jinping in Shenzhen: is he infected?” Some Taiwanese outlets also noted the President’s “violent cough.”
There are, of course, plenty of reasons for Xi to cough that do not indicate illness: his throat may have been dry; he spoke for almost an hour, and China loves to over air-condition public buildings like the one he was speaking in. It’s also important to note that China has reported less than 100 coronavirus cases nationwide in the past week, making the chances of Xi being infected by the pandemic which has brought the world to a standstill exceptionally unlikely.

Prior to his Shenzhen trip, which is partly a victory lap to show how much China has recovered from the coronavirus, Xi had been largely walled off from any potential infection vectors, in stark contrast to other world leaders, several of whom have come down with the virus, such as United States President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Despite all that, seeing Xi cough — with even the suggestion that the leader of the world’s second-largest economy could, like the leaders of the first and sixth, be infected — did lead to some raised eyebrows Thursday.

Nor is Beijing likely to put anyone at ease. China closely guards information about top leaders like Xi, about whom certain biographical details are still somewhat sketchy. In the past, the President has twice disappeared from public view, leading to great speculation but no clarification from the Chinese authorities.

Xi is also not the first figure to cough without a mask and be greeted by abject horror in Asia at the moment. Face masks are nearly universal in most of East Asia — legally mandated in some areas — and anyone who has to clear their throat on public transport will quickly find their surroundings far more spacious than before.

More likely than not, Xi’s throat was just dry. Were he to have coughed in a speech last year, no one would have noticed.

But the coronavirus pandemic has shaped everything, including how we react to normal bodily functions.



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BTS made Bit Hit a huge success. They’re also why its IPO is so risky

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BTS made Bit Hit a huge success. They're also why its IPO is so risky


But Big Hit Entertainment’s extreme reliance on BTS could turn out to be just as much a liability as it is an asset.

The company raised nearly 963 billion won ($840 million) by selling shares in its initial public offering, making it South Korea’s largest IPO since July 2017, according to data compiled by Dealogic.

Early reception was very positive: Shares opened Thursday at 270,000 won ($236) each, well above the IPO price of 135,000 won ($118) each. They were last trading at 301,000 won ($263).

Before trading began, Big Hit was worth 4.8 trillion won ($4.1 billion), making it more valuable than the country’s three biggest listed record labels combined. And that’s almost entirely thanks to the meteoric rise of BTS. The group accounted for 97% of Big Hit’s sales last year.

While BTS has broken out in a way that no other South Korean act has before, there are some glaring risks.

Relying on the creative output of any celebrity talent comes with a range of potential problems, from scandal to unforeseen tragedy. But BTS has a unique complication that could threaten the business: South Korea mandates more than a year of military service, and the group’s members are fast approaching the deadline to enlist.

The group that fueled Big Hit’s rise

Before their rise, South Korea’s music industry was dominated by three music labels — JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment — that turned out K-pop’s biggest acts, including Girls’ Generation, SHINee, GOT7, Big Bang and PSY.

But BTS, an acronym for Beyond the Scene, was created by the much smaller Big Hit. The label was founded in 2005 by producer Bang Si-hyuk, also known as “Hitman” Bang.

In the seven years since their debut, BTS has broken records and become an unstoppable force in the industry. They’ve sold more physical albums in the United States this year than Harry Styles, Billie Eilish or Justin Bieber, and were the first group from South Korea to sell out US arenas and win a Billboard Music Award.
And their race to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts — they were the first all-South Korean act to do so — helped contribute an estimated 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion) to the South Korean economy by boosting tourism and increasing demand for South Korean products such as cosmetics and food, according to the Ministry of Culture and Korea Tourism Research Institute.

The group’s success has transformed Big Hit’s fortunes. Last year, Big Hit reported 587 billion won ($512 million) in sales — nearly double the previous year’s total.

But it also highlights the need for Big Hit to diversify.

“Ninety percent of Big Hit Entertainment’s revenue is from BTS, so the risk is there,” said Park Ju-gun, a business analyst from corporate analysis firm CEO Score. “But it has started to shift its revenue structure to a multifaceted portfolio.”

Over the past year or so, the company has acquired other music labels so it could bring more acts into the fold and debuted the boyband TXT, or Tomorrow X Together. Big Hit also launched a platform called Weverse where fans can see exclusive content and message their favorite artists — a service that sets the company apart from the other major labels, according to Ji In-hae, an analyst from Hanwha securities firm.

The changes haven’t been revolutionary. BTS still made up nearly 88% of sales through the first half of this year, according to the company’s IPO prospectus published in September. And there’s no guarantee that new groups will repeat the success of BTS.

“We don’t know if there will ever be another group that can achieve BTS’ level of popularity,” said Indiana University Bloomington professor and K-pop expert CedarBough Saeji.

Imminent military service and other risks

BTS, meanwhile, may soon face a massive disruption: compulsory military service.

In South Korea, almost all healthy men are required to register for the army and serve 18 months. People can delay their service for reasons including higher education or special training until they’re 28 years old.

BTS’ oldest member, Kim Seok-jin — also known as Jin — turns 28 in December, while rapper Suga whose real name is Min Yoon-gi, turns 28 in March.

Big Hit has acknowledged that military duty is a risk for investors. But the company also suggested that the band still has some time: Big Hit told CNN Business that Jin has enrolled in a graduate school program. That would allow him to delay his service until just before his 29th birthday in 2021, according to South Korean law.

Whether BTS and other pop groups should have to serve their entire term has become a topic of national debate. Unlike other artists, classical musicians and sports players, top K-pop stars can’t receive exemptions from full military service.

Why the past decade saw the rise and rise of East Asian pop culture

“The value of their contribution to Korea Wave and our country cannot be fathomed,” Noh Woong-rae, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party said at a National Assembly meeting earlier this month. “Now is the time we must discuss how these proud young men could better serve our nation.” The country’s parliament is considering a bill that would allow K-pop groups to delay military service for two years beyond the current deadline.

The rules as written, though, could disrupt the group for years.

That likely means more solo projects — though the group tends to do better as a unit.

BTS is incredibly prolific, releasing eight studio albums in seven years along with elaborate music videos, candid vlogs, behind-the-scenes videos, mini-series, solo projects, mix tapes and television appearances.

Korean K-pop fans are used to their idols disappearing for military service, but this will be uncharted territory for international fans who were introduced to the genre through BTS. Saeji, the Indiana University professor, said that could mean an “uncomfortable transition period,” although she was optimistic that fans would stay loyal to BTS through their absence.

Big Hit also noted the group’s reputation as a potential risk in its filing.

Other labels have struggled with scandal. Last year, YG Entertainment’s stock plunged after a member of one of its acts, Big Bang, was investigated for a range of allegations, including allegedly violating South Korea’s prostitution law. The member, Seungri, quit the industry and was indicted on prostitution and habitual gambling charges in January this year. Seungri claims he is innocent except for one violation of foreign currency trading law, according to his former lawyer Son Byoung-ho.

“There are things that can happen which can deeply damage a company, and we saw that with YG Entertainment,” said Saeji.

“No one should be investing in the creativity of artists and their connection with fans without understanding that there are things that can happen,” Saeji added. “This is not a get rich scheme.”

The members themselves also have an incentive to avoid doing anything to jeopardize the group. They each received shares of Big Hit in August that are now worth millions of dollars because of the IPO.

“The best way to preserve the stocks would be to keep working and stay as a seven-member group,” Saeji said.

What does the future hold?

Despite the risks, Big Hit has a lot of reason to be happy with its superstars.

Even though the coronavirus pandemic forced BTS to cancel a world tour this year, the group seems to have managed to become even more popular.

In June, the band live streamed a concert called Bang Bang Con which drew more than 750,000 fans from around the world. The event nabbed them a new Guinness World Record title for most viewers of a live streamed music concert.

“What they’re offering in terms of positivity has been so perfectly attuned to the moment that we’re living in,” Saeji said.

The continued popularity of BTS has salvaged Big Hit’s bottom line during the pandemic. Concert revenue plunged nearly 99% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same time a year ago. But album sales shot up 80%. Overall revenue fell just 8% compared to last year.

“If the company is highly valued now in the midst of a pandemic, it will be an opportunity to gain even more momentum next year post-pandemic,” said Park, the CEO Score analyst.

— Joh Yunji, Yoonjung Seo and Gawon Bae contributed reporting from Seoul.



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Ronaldo flies to Italy after positive coronavirus test

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Ronaldo flies to Italy after positive coronavirus test


Juventus confirmed on Wednesday that its star forward would be able to continue his isolation at home after his flight from Portugal was authorized by health authorities.

According to the head of Portugal’s General Health Directorate, Graça Freitas, such movement is permitted given Ronaldo, who has residency in Italy, organized and paid for his own private transport.

Ronaldo had to submit to an evaluation by health authorities before he left Portugal and sign a term of responsibility. He will be under observation and custody of Italian health officials upon his arrival in Turin.

“These are international procedures, they are quite well typified, the European Union member states are obligated to comply with them, and we comply with them for an anonymous citizen as for a known one,” Freitas told journalists at a daily briefing on the state of the pandemic in the country.

‘Well, without symptoms’

The 35-year-old Ronaldo played for Portugal against France in the Nations League on Sunday and against Spain in a friendly last week.

On Monday, he posted a photo to social media of him sharing a meal with his Portugal teammates.

Following his positive test, the Portuguese Football Federation said Ronaldo was “well, without symptoms, and in isolation.”

It also confirmed that every other player subsequently returned a negative test on Tuesday morning.

Ronaldo is now set to miss his country’s next Nations League fixture against Sweden on Wednesday, as well as Juventus’ upcoming matches which include a Serie A clash with Crotone and a Champions League group game against Dynamo Kyiv.

It comes as Juventus confirmed midfielder Weston McKennie tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, meaning the entire team is isolating until they are tested again.

The Portuguese Football Federation and Ronaldo’s representatives were not immediately available for CNN’s request for comment.



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