5 things to know for July 31: Coronavirus, election 2020, economy, stimulus, hong kong

President Donald Trump explicitly floated delaying November's presidential election, lending voice to persistent concerns that he would seek to circumvent voting in a contest where he currently trails his opponent by double digits. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 6:21 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 6:21 AM

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1. Coronavirus

Some people who have never had the coronavirus may still have some immunity to it, which could reduce the severity of an infection. How? A new study found individuals who showed some immunity had T cells that were reactive, possibly from exposure to other strains of coronavirus. (Remember, the current strain is just one of many.) Now, scientists want to know more about the role these T cells play in fighting the disease. Another study about the presence of genetic material from the virus in children has raised questions about whether young kids are more likely to transmit it. That's not exactly encouraging news, with many children in the US headed back to school soon. Of the 15 biggest school districts in the country, 10 will begin the school year with online learning only.

2. Election 2020

President Trump floated the idea of postponing the November presidential election, prompting swift and unequivocal pushback from both sides of the aisle. Trump criticized mail-in voting in a tweet and said, "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" The bottom line is, he doesn't have the authority to do that. Congress sets the election date. And GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made it clear the election has never been delayed and never should be delayed. Many critics see the suggestion, even if it doesn't amount to anything, as a clear threat to the American democratic process. Meanwhile, Trump's campaign canceled a series of ad buys over the next few days to review messaging.

3. Economy

America's big economic comeback is sputtering as coronavirus cases pick back up. The US economy contracted at a 32.9% annual rate from April through June, its worst drop on record, and unemployment claims rose for the second week in a row. The grim economic data caused stocks to sink as newfound uncertainty about the predicted economic rebound grows. Not everyone is feeling the pain, though. Amazon and Apple both posted gains this quarter, and Facebook's stock has risen as socially distanced users flock to the platform. Pandemic-era home cooking regimens have boosted Kraft Heinz's bottom line, too.

4. Stimulus

Three key relief programs have either lapsed or are about to expire as Congress continues to debate the next round of coronavirus aid. The $600 unemployment enhancement ends today. A federal moratorium on evictions ended last Friday, leaving more than 12 million renters at risk for homelessness. And the Paycheck Protection Program, which still has $130 billion intended to help small businesses, is set to expire August 8. It doesn't help that, after several days of negotiations following the Republican Senate stimulus proposal, GOP and Democratic leaders are reportedly no closer to an agreement on what to do next.

5. Hong Kong

Hong Kong's government has barred a dozen candidates from the city's legislative elections in September and says more disqualifications may be coming. The decision has raised even more questions about the integrity of the contest and the democratic freedoms of Hong Kong citizens. The city continues to feel the effects of the new national security law imposed by China at the beginning of the month. Behavior like advocating for Hong Kong independence or self-determination is grounds for election disqualification. Human rights groups and international alliances criticized Hong Kong's candidate crackdown and said it was another example of ongoing political restriction.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

The NBA season is back on

And teams that played last night sent a strong message: Black Lives Matter.

Here are your 2020 MTV VMA nominations

It's a good day to be a Lady Gaga or Ariana Grande fan.

Garth Brooks explains why he removed himself from the CMA Entertainer of the Year category

In short, let someone else have a chance!

Dunkin' is closing 800 locations

Things aren't so sweet for the morning commute staple.

Sales of Dawn and Bounty paper towels are soaring

We are all trapped in an endless daily cycle of cooking from home, cleaning up our cooking from home, and then cooking from home again.

TODAY'S NUMBER

14.2 trillion

That's how much coastal flooding from sea level rise will cost our planet by the year 2100 if nothing is done to stop it, says a new study. That amounts to about 20% of global gross domestic product.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war."

The late Rep. John Lewis, in an essay published by The New York Times on the day of his funeral. Lewis, inspired by the waves of social justice reform and activism sweeping the country, intended the essay to be published after his death.

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AND FINALLY

How special effects masks are made

These are definitely NOT the kind of face masks you wear to the grocery store. (Although they certainly do encourage social distancing!) (Click here to view)

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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 578946

Reported Deaths: 10523
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2108744999
Riverside41983820
Orange40527724
San Bernardino36072546
San Diego32975594
Kern24995183
Fresno17846171
San Joaquin13870235
Alameda13631205
Santa Clara12962207
Sacramento12274179
Tulare11549198
Stanislaus10264169
Imperial9867244
Contra Costa9787146
Ventura874093
San Francisco769267
Santa Barbara699672
San Mateo6431122
Merced573670
Monterey549437
Marin540481
Kings445356
Solano427441
Sonoma375350
Madera246339
Placer237724
San Luis Obispo227817
Yolo183444
Santa Cruz12876
Butte12388
Napa112911
Sutter9967
San Benito7654
El Dorado7552
Lassen6830
Yuba6664
Mendocino47210
Shasta46910
Glenn4363
Colusa3965
Nevada3571
Tehama3031
Humboldt2864
Lake2402
Amador1853
Mono1581
Tuolumne1552
Calaveras1471
Inyo1063
Siskiyou1020
Del Norte1000
Mariposa622
Plumas360
Modoc50
Trinity50
Sierra40
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
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