5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Miami becomes 'epicenter of the pandemic' with 2,090 new cases

  • ICE rescinds international student visa ban

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized with possible infection

  • Biden unveils $2 trillion climate plan

  • Epstein associate Maxwell pleads not guilty, is denied bail

Florida reported 9,194 new coronavirus cases in the past day on Tuesday afternoon, bring its total case count to 291,629. A total of 132 new deaths were reported, bring that count to 4,409. Miami-Dade County led the new case count at 2,090, leading one infectious disease expert to deem Miami the new "epicenter of the pandemic." "What we were seeing in Wuhan six months ago, five months ago — now we are there," said Lilian Abbo, of the Jackson Health System, during a Monday news conference held by the Miami-Dade County mayor. The county has seen coronavirus hospitalizations grow by 68 percent and and the number of ICU beds used go up by 69 percent in the past two weeks, while the use of ventilators has more than doubled.

Source: CNN, Miami Herald

The Trump administration has rescinded the Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule change that would've barred international students from getting visas if their schools held completely online classes in the fall, a federal judge in Boston announced Tuesday. Following Harvard University and other schools' decisions to go fully remote to stem COVID-19 spread, ICE announced foreign students could not access essential F and M visas they'd need to study in the U.S. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued ICE, saying it "would bar hundreds of thousands of international students at American universities from the United States." Dozens of universities joined the suit. The case went to court Tuesday, where the judge announced ICE would "return to the status quo."

Source: The Associated Press

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized early Tuesday, after experiencing fever and chills, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. Ginsburg, 87, was evaluated at a hospital in Washington, D.C., on Monday night, before being admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said Ginsburg "underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August. The justice is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment." In May, Ginsburg received treatment at Johns Hopkins for a gallbladder condition. She has battled cancer four times, and last August, underwent radiation for a tumor on her pancreas.

Source: CNN

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a climate plan that includes eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035, a push that is far more aggressive than Biden's previous climate positions. The plan also outlines $2 trillion in spending over the next four years intended to simultaneously address the coronavirus economic crisis and transition the country to renewable energy, according to the Biden campaign. The policies closely reflect the recommendations last week from task forces created by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former primary-season rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as part of an effort to win over voters from the party's progressive wing.

Source: Axios, Bloomberg

Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges and was been denied bail in a Tuesday hearing. Maxwell was arrested earlier this month on charges of conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors, and has since been held in a New York jail. Her lawyers requested she be allowed to await trial outside of jail, saying COVID-19 restrictions would "impair" her ability to "prepare her defense." Prosecutors contended Maxwell posed an "extreme" flight risk. Judge Alison Nathan sided with prosecutors, ordering Maxwell to be jailed until her trial, which is now set to begin in July 2021.

Source: Axios, CNBC
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