The Morning Dispatch: COVID Origins Revisited
Happy Tuesday! Thanks to everyone who reached out yesterday to share your thoughts on our COVID-19 data, and whether we should keep the charts in the newsletter as the case numbers continue to decline.
It’s a simple process for us at this point, and since so many of you have made it a part of your morning routine, we’ll keep it up for a while yet. As one of you wrote: “Let’s watch victory over this damn thing happen day-by-day.”
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
European Union leaders sanctioned Belarus on Monday, banning the country’s airlines from using EU airspace and airports and encouraging EU-based airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace. The move came a day after the Belarusian government—led by President Alexander Lukashenko—forced a Ryanair plane carrying 26-year-old opposition journalist Roman Protasevich to land in Minsk so authorities could arrest him. President Joe Biden added yesterday he “welcomes” the EU’s actions, and has “asked [his] team to develop appropriate options to hold accountable those responsible.”
The White House announced Monday it is doubling the amount of federal government spending directed toward nationwide preparations for hurricanes and extreme weather events from $500 million to $1 billion. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said earlier this month there is a 60 percent chance this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be “above normal,” with 13 to 20 named storms expected.