Good afternoon. Here’s today’s briefing for April 14, 2020.
- In the world of stocks, there were steady gains across the board while Tesla and Shopify gained 9% and 10%, respectively.
- US President Donald Trump has suspended funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, “the world faces the worst recession since the Great Depression”.
- Former US President Barack Obama has endorsed Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden, a day after contender Bernie Sanders finally exits the race (Sanders also endorsed Biden for president).
- Apple and Google have started tracking changes in the spread of the coronavirus, using data like searches and health apps.
- Measles has resurged as the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented parents from vaccinating their children.
- The Cannes film festival has been postponed indefinitely as France extends its lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.
- A wanted Brazilian fugitive known as ‘Fuminho‘ was arrested in Mozambique after more than two decades on the run. He formed part of one of Brazil’s largest drug cartels.
- Austria and Italy have eased the lockdown for some businesses, signalling a gradual return to normalcy.
- Democrat Jill Karofsky won in a surprising judicial election against Daniel Kelly, a Republican supported by President Trump, which has led many people to doubt Trump’s chances of winning Wisconsin in the general election, set for November 2020.
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