Happy Monday. Another unconventional newsletter today after an unconventional weekend.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
As of Sunday night, 1,790,172 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 19,788 from yesterday) and 104,381 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 605 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.8 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower, between 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 16,936,891 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (441,448 conducted since yesterday), 10.6 percent have come back positive.
Cobbling together “security footage, emergency services recording and cellphone video,” a team of investigative journalists at the Washington Post has assembled a video timeline of the minutes leading up to George Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, the officer pictured kneeling on George Floyd’s neck in the video that sparked protests across the country, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder.
President Trump officially announced America’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization on Friday, saying that “China has complete control over” the international institution.