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The Week Magazine June 5, 2020

The Week makes sense of the news by curating the best of the U.S. and international media into a succinct, lively digest.

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English
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The Week Publications, Inc.
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Weekly
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3 min.
editor’s letter

The truth is, we don’t know much. Human beings hate uncertainty but cannot escape it, particularly now that our species has become host to a virus that’s never before infected human beings. With 100,000 dead and 1.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S., nobody knows if the reopenings now underway will trigger serious spikes in hospitalizations and deaths, or just scattered hot spots that can be tamped down. Nobody knows if summer heat and humidity will significantly slow the virus’ spread. Nobody knows if there will be a major second wave this fall that doubles or triples the death toll. Nobody knows if or when a vaccine will be developed. We don’t know if schools will reopen in the fall, or if parents will feel safe sending their children. We…

5 min.
u.s. coronavirus deaths hit 100,000

What happened America’s pandemic death toll climbed past 100,000 this week, as states continued lifting restrictions amid concerns that an accelerated return to public life may launch a new wave of coronavirus infections. The grim milestone came as Memorial Day weekend ushered in the most unusual summer season in memory, with concerts and baseball games canceled, summer camps shuttered, and even simple pleasures like a trip to an ice cream stand complicated by fears of contagion and conflicts over masks and distancing. The nation’s overall infection numbers have slowed, with steep drops in deaths and hospitalizations in hard-hit New York and New Jersey, as well as Illinois and Michigan, following weeks of strict stay-at-home orders. But confirmed cases were trending upward in 20 states, with hot spots in Alabama, Missouri, and…

3 min.
china moves to quash hong kong’s freedoms

What happened China dealt a crushing blow to Hong Kong’s 23-year status as a self-governing territory this week, announcing new national security laws that ban “secessionist or subversive activity” and allow China’s secret police to seize anyone in the city who speaks out against the government. Drafted without input from Hong Kong’s elected legislature, the laws threaten to end the “one country, two systems” policy that has let the city of 7.4 million operate independently of Beijing, with its own courts, laws, and police, since the British ceded it in 1997. Under that agreement, China guaranteed Hong Kong’s constitution, known as the Basic Law, until 2047, but Beijing now says the new laws are necessary to safeguard national security. Protesters took to Hong Kong’s streets in a resurgence of the pro-democracy…

2 min.
it wasn’t all bad

Chelsea Phaire has been mighty busy in lockdown. With the help of her parents, the 10-year-old runs Chelsea’s Charity, which sends art kits to kids in homeless shelters and foster-care facilities across the country. And over the past three months, the fifth-grader from Danbury, Conn., has assembled and shipped more than 1,500 packages containing markers, crayons, coloring books, and gel pens. Chelsea hopes her kits will give other children something creative and fun to do when they’re feeling down. “Whether I’m happy or sad,” she says, “art is always there for me.” A Belgian man found himself with three enormous, feathered quarantine companions after a Eurasian eagle owl nested outside his third-floor apartment window. Jos Baart thought he heard pigeons in his planter, but when he went to investigate, he found…

3 min.
churches: should they be allowed to reopen?

“It’s about time,” said John Davidson in TheFederalist.com. This week, as stores and other businesses began to reopen across the nation, groups of religious leaders filed lawsuits for the right to do the same, with churches filled to a third of capacity and following social-distancing guidelines. Some are holding services in defiance of Democratic governors who are still showing a “dangerous ignorance, or perhaps indifference, about the place of religious freedom and freedom of conscience in our constitutional system.” In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz tipped “his liberal hand” by keeping churches closed even as shopping malls, bars, and hair salons reopened, said The Wall Street Journal in an editorial, until public pressure forced him to retreat. But the governors of California, Michigan, and Illinois are sticking to their unconstitutional guns,…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Revelations, after Will Carroll, drummer for thrash-metal band Death Angel, survived Covid-19 and reported that he visited hell while in a 12-day medically induced coma. “I don’t think Satan’s quite as cool as I used to,” Carroll said. Conformity, after Elon Musk and Grimes bowed to California’s prohibition on using numbers in names, changing the name of their newborn son from X Æ A-12 to X Æ A-Xii. “Roman numerals,” shrugged Grimes on Twitter. “Looks better tbh (to be honest).” Concertgoers, who may soon be able to enjoy live music again—in the high-tech confines of an antiviral protective suit called the Micrashell. Its L.A.-based designers say the “fun to wear” Micrashell has an onboard air-filtration system, as well as lights, speakers, and snap-on canisters for vaping and drinking. Bad week for: Hyperbole,…