Your Friday Briefing


Officers within the Indonesian capital will reimpose a partial shutdown on Monday as hospitals close to capability. The measures embody a work-from-home requirement, a ban on massive gatherings and restrictions on homes of worship.

“We are going to pull the emergency brake, which suggests we’re pressured to re-implement large-scale social restrictions like within the early days of the pandemic,” Jakarta’s governor, Anies Baswedan, stated on Wednesday.

Restrictions imposed early on within the pandemic had been relaxed to restart the financial system. However in current weeks, the variety of coronavirus instances has surged past 200,000, and specialists say the whole is almost certainly many instances increased. Since Sunday, Jakarta has been reporting greater than 1,000 new instances a day — about one-third of the nationwide each day complete.

The governor predicted that every one hospital beds can be taken by early October and that intensive care models can be full by Sept. 25 if the town didn’t take motion to gradual the unfold of the virus.

Context: Indonesia’s well being care system is notoriously understaffed and underfunded. Greater than 185 docs, dentists and nurses have died from Covid-19, skilled associations say.

Listed here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

  • The Japanese Sumo Affiliation stated 19 wrestlers had examined optimistic for the virus, simply days earlier than the subsequent main event was scheduled to start out.

  • Wuhan, China, will resume worldwide flights this month. Carriers are making use of for permission to restart direct flights to cities together with Bangkok; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Hanoi, Vietnam; Singapore; and Tokyo, in line with state media.

  • A U.S. stimulus package worth hundreds of billions of dollars did not win assist within the Senate, dimming possibilities that Congress will enact one other financial restoration measure to handle the toll.

Russian intelligence has been hacking U.S. marketing campaign officers working for the Republicans and the Democrats, whereas China has centered on penetrating the marketing campaign of Joe Biden, the presidential challenger, in line with an evaluation by Microsoft.

The new hacks are more stealthy and aggressive than 4 years in the past and are aimed toward marketing campaign workers, consultants and suppose tanks related to the 2 events — at the least 200 organizations.

A U.S. evaluation final month stated China was supporting Mr. Biden within the race, however Microsoft discovered that Chinese language hackers have been attacking the personal e mail accounts of Mr. Biden’s marketing campaign workers members.

Context: The evaluation is way extra detailed than any but made public by American intelligence companies, and comes a day after a authorities whistle-blower claimed that administration officers suppressed intelligence regarding Russian interference.

On Saturday, negotiating groups from the Afghan authorities and the Taliban will meet in Doha, Qatar, to open negotiations about energy sharing after years of warfare.

The discharge of 5,000 Taliban prisoners held by the federal government opened the best way for the breakthrough, after months of delay and recrimination. Our correspondent Mujib Mashal outlined what to know about the talks.

What to look at: The variations on main points are huge. Energy sharing would require a tough compromise between two clashing visions of presidency: an Islamic theocracy and a democratic republic. The Taliban have ramped up their assaults on authorities forces.

A brand new technology of activists has led a cost towards Christophe Girard, a former deputy mayor of Paris who has been accused of sexual abuse and criticized for his assist of the pedophile author Gabriel Matzneff. In a rustic the place the #MeToo motion was gradual to take off, the case has change into emblematic of a divide between older, establishment feminists and their younger, more radical sisters. Above, a protest at Paris metropolis corridor.

One critic stated youthful feminists had been too fast to confront highly effective males. Youthful feminists say specializing in violence towards ladies is central. “We’re at all times requested to reaffirm that we’re not offended,” stated Alice Coffin, a metropolis councilor and activist within the latest wave of feminism. “However, me, I’m very offended.”

Beirut port hearth: A big hearth erupted within the port on Thursday, terrifying residents still recovering from the horrific explosion that devastated whole neighborhoods final month. The fireplace appeared to have began in a warehouse owned by an organization that imported cooking oil.

Charlie Hebdo trial: Witnesses and survivors of the January 2015 massacre on the newspaper’s workplace took heart stage at a courthouse in Paris this week, days into the trial that’s anticipated to final till November. A upkeep employee recalled how his palms had been coated with a lot blood that he couldn’t unlock his cellphone to name for assist.

Wall Avenue: Citigroup, the third-largest financial institution within the U.S., introduced that Jane Fraser will change into its chief govt in February. She can be the first woman to lead a major financial institution in the U.S.

Snapshot: Above, Berry Creek, Calif., on Wednesday after a wildfire. The wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington have killed seven individuals, and there are growing fears that others have died in cities destroyed all through the West.

What we’re watching: This TikTok video of a giant tortoise dwelling in Los Angeles. “I envy the lifetime of Tiptoe, the 175-pound tortoise, whose huge outing was this stroll throughout the road — motivated by his ‘strolling snackies,’” writes Shira Ovide, the creator of the On Tech e-newsletter.

Cook dinner: A vegetarian spin on kofta curry, a saucy dish of gently spiced meatballs. It’s based mostly on a recipe from the meals author Tejal Rao’s grandfather, although her take swaps out the meat for mashed black beans sure with bread crumbs and seasoned with ginger and herbs.

Learn: “The Discomfort of Evening,” winner of this yr’s Worldwide Booker Prize and written by the Dutch novelist Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, is about dairy farmers who’re members of a strict Protestant sect and are mourning a son’s demise.

Deal: Exercising just isn’t solely good in your physique — it also helps build resilience when life hands you disruptions.

There are a lot of extra concepts on what to learn, prepare dinner, watch and do whereas staying at dwelling in our At Home section.

Our survey of 1,500 U.S. faculties has revealed at the least 51,000 coronavirus instances and 60 deaths for the reason that pandemic started. Natasha Singer, our reporter protecting well being and training applied sciences, wrote about a breakdown in college quarantines of students who’ve the coronavirus. She spoke to our On Tech newsletter about how college students used social media to show their college’s poor dealing with of the disaster.

Inform me your tales of how college students utilizing social media to disgrace their faculties.

Natasha: Many individuals have seen the web movies of scholars caught in quarantine or isolation documenting crummy or nonexistent university-provided meals.

However what I discovered went deeper: Sick college students are making movies about how they felt universities deserted them as soon as they examined optimistic and moved into particular Covid dorms.

And there are a bunch of scholars who shared on-line their shock that virus-infected college students or individuals who had been ready for exams had been assigned to share a room, lavatory or dorm — circumstances that they nervous may foster infections. In some instances, their faculties then improved providers for quarantined college students.

Faculty college students are additionally being shamed on social media for his or her habits.

Sure, some youngsters are partying or going to bars in massive numbers with out masks. However epidemiologists stated some faculties additionally made the dangers worse by failing to make systematic adjustments to assist curtail the virus. Some faculties lowered capability in dorms, and that helps.

Sending contaminated college students house is harmful as a result of it dangers spreading the coronavirus to their households and communities. What ought to faculties do?

The most effective observe can be caring for the psychological well being and bodily security of scholars who’re quarantined, and never leaving them to fend for themselves. Colleges need to plan prematurely for what ought to occur in isolation dorms, and what it’s going to be like for an 18 yr previous who will get sick and feels lower off.

That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Melina

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