This is your June 1, 2020, Daily Update. Follow the daily updates here.
A massive global pandemic continues to spread today. The death count has surpassed 300,000. The total infected is now more than 6 million. But that is not the lead story for you June 1, 2020, Daily Update.
Sunday night marked the sixth night of massive protests across the country. The protests show little sign of diminishing and have spread to other parts of the world.
Police arrested more than 4,100 American protesters over the weekend. There were also multiple reports of deaths in the areas where the protests have become most violent. In Washington DC on Friday evening, tensions escalated to the extent that the Secret Service briefly took President Trump to an underground bunker. Protesters lit fires outside the White House on Sunday night.
Widespread looting and vandalism accompanied the protests. Many activists report right-wing organizations have embedded themselves among the protesters to carry out such acts. President Trump announced on Sunday his intent to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. In Minneapolis, the origin of the protests following the death of George Floyd, the city was described by the Washington Post as “a war zone.”
Cities across the country that only a week earlier were in a pandemic lockdown are now in a lockdown of another sort as businesses burn.
There were exceptions to the widespread riots and growing violence. In several cities, police departments kneeled, and some even joined the protesters.
Pandemic – June 1, 2020, Daily Update
Experts warn it is highly likely that the virus is spreading among the protests, and the US will see a much stronger second wave of the pandemic than initially estimated.
The Group of Seven (G7) Summit is delayed until September. President Trump originally planned to hold the meetings despite coronavirus concerns, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined her invitation. Armenia’s President and his entire family tested positive for the virus.
Latin American nations continue to surge with new coronavirus cases. Brazil leads the way with a death count that now surpasses the total coronavirus deaths in France. The US leads the world with the most newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours (20,350). Brazil is second in the world at 16,409.