Leafing through the New York Times of 07/07/2020
The queues for the coronavirus test are very long and sometimes the material ends before the last "customers", evidence that the country is still struggling to create an efficient testing system after months of contagion. New Orleans: the queue forms at dawn but at 8 the material is finished; Phoenix: 8 hours of waiting at a temperature of over 40 degrees; San Antonio and other large cities: the test is only allowed to those who already have clear symptoms of the infection. After the first times of disarray, the country has equipped itself much better, carrying out over 15 million tests in June. But in recent weeks, as cases have increased in many states, the demand for tests has grown beyond the capacity of the structures involved, creating a new crisis.
- A calamity looms over New York City due to the loss of jobs. Worst crisis since 1970. Acceleration of economic concerns as leave on leave becomes permanent. The city is struggling to reopen by hiring workers and yesterday began a new phase by reopening various types of services, but the level of unemployment continues to be around 20%, a number not seen since the Great Depression.
- De Blasio plans a limited return to school. Making a balance between safety and the need for education. But students will almost certainly not return to school 5 days a week, and will likely have staggered schedules to respect the rules of social distance.
- The virus "marries" with home parties in Florida. Its dissemination overcomes efforts to track participants' contacts. Parties in high-end homes, with tens or hundreds of guests without masks, which local health officials say have been and are a major contributor to the spread of the virus.
- Trump plays with an old script as he stirs resentment. He put up an explicit defense of the Confederate flag (that of the southerners / slavers in the civil war) claiming that NASCAR (car races) had made a mistake in removing it from the races. Nothing new: almost every day Trump tries to stoke the fears of whites by proposing himself as protector of an old order that most of America believes to be racist and wants to overcome it.
- An evolution of tests. New technologies will allow much faster, simpler and less painful tests. But it will take some time before they arrive on the market.
- Good kind of waves. New Yorkers returned to the water this weekend when the city reopened the beaches.
- Cause for a fresco in Kentuky. A graduate of the local university turned to the court to save a fresco depicting slaves.
- Where did federal aid go. The government released data on who received federal loans for the coronavirus. Among others, lawyers and lobbyists.
LOOKING AT ITALY
As I have said on other occasions, it is very rare that the New York Times talks about Italy except for phenomena of mafia, corruption, political disorder and the like. Instead today we have two articles, far from negative.
- A beautiful, almost an entire page long, Morricone's obituary, entitled: Ennio Morricone, prolific composer and virtuoso of film soundtracks, dies at 91 years of age. Bringing melodrama and sonic oddities to spaghetti westerns. He cites many of his over 500 films, including: "La cage aux folles" "Cinema paradiso" "The hateful eight" by Tarantino. He also mentions the many awards received, including the Lifetime Achievement Oscar.
- The virus raises an ancient safety net: pawn shops. With front page photography and caption: The shadow safety net in Italy: pawn shops, an economic column in times hard for centuries, flourish again in the epidemic. After a scrupulous description of the Italian situation and the consequent fears of the many without wages, he says: “But the managers of the desks do not complain. The activity increased up to 30% immediately after the closings "allowing Italians to pay interest on subsidies received and to take out new loans.