The Morning Dispatch: China Looms Large for Election 2020

Happy Monday. Let’s get right to it.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Sunday night, there are now 759,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 3.4 percent increase from yesterday) and 40,679 deaths (a 4.6 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.4 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 3,865,864 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 19.6 percent have come back positive. There are 115,792 Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 complications (a 1.5 percent increase from yesterday), while 70,927 have recovered from the virus (a 6.7 percent increase from yesterday).

  • Sixteen people are dead after a man impersonating a police officer went on a shooting spree across the small town of Portapique, Nova Scotia, Saturday night. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Canada’s history. 

  • Congress and the White House are close to striking a deal to replenish a depleted fund of forgivable loans available to small businesses during the coronavirus crisis, which ran out last Thursday. 

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