The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday July 7)

July 7, 2020

Here are today’s biggest headlines.

When the President’s own medical advisers refuse to correct his misleading claim, the coronavirus trust gap grows

On Saturday night, President Donald Trump made the dangerously inaccurate claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.” On Sunday morning, one of his top health experts failed to correct the assertion, a stunning breakdown of the government’s core duty to keep Americans safe and protect the public health.

Nick Cordero, Broadway actor, dies at 41 after battle with Covid-19

Nick Cordero, a Broadway actor who had admirers across the world rallying for his recovery, has died after a battle with Covid-19, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots.

As Florida sets records for Covid-19 cases, health authorities often fail to do contact tracing

Despite claims that Florida traces every case of Covid-19, a CNN investigation found that health authorities in Florida, now the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for the virus, often fail to do contact tracing, long considered a key tool in containing an outbreak.

US-China tensions heat up in South China Sea

For the first time in six years, two US Navy aircraft carriers are in the South China Sea, the latest show of military might from Washington as it pushes back against China’s sweeping claim to much of the contested region.

The bubonic plague is back again in China’s Inner Mongolia

Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused the Black Death pandemic, was reported Sunday.

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies of Covid-19, family says

A man seen in a famous photo of New Yorkers fleeing the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center’s south tower has died due to Covid-19, his family told CNN.

Kanye West says he’s running for president. But he hasn’t actually taken any steps

Kanye West said on Saturday that he is running for president in the 2020 US election, an apparent challenge to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump.

‘Crystal clear’ that drunk people can’t socially distance — UK police officer

Drunk people can’t properly socially distance, a UK police officer warned after finishing a late shift Saturday — the first day that London (CNN) – pubs reopened in England after the coronavirus shutdown.

China is storing an epic amount of oil at sea. Here’s why

China bought so much foreign oil at dirt-cheap prices this spring that a massive traffic jam of tankers has formed at sea waiting to offload crude.

Tesla stock topped $1,200. Here’s how it could hit $2,000

Tesla’s stock soared 26% during the holiday-shortened week, topping $1,000, $1,100 and $1,200 in the process. Tesla is now worth more than most blue chip firms in the S&P 500.

Coronavirus: India becomes third-highest country for virus cases – BBC News

The UK government’s £1.57bn support package for the arts sector has been warmly welcomed by many arts leaders, some of whom said they thought it to be at the upper end of what had been hoped for. But, as always, the devil will be in the detail.

What Donald Trump gets wrong about Somalia

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe considers how Somalia has become caught up in the US election campaign. President Donald Trump is making Somali-American congresswoman Ilhan Omar one of the bogeywomen of his campaign for re-election to the White House in November – and by proxy her country of birth Somalia.

Louvre reopens in Paris for first time since March

The Louvre museum has reopened in Paris after its closure nearly four months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. Masks are compulsory, a one-way system is in place and numbers of visitors will be controlled. There will also be a spaced queue to view Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting.

India passes Russia as Covid cases continue to rise

India has recorded more than 24,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Russia. The country now has the third-largest number of confirmed cases in the world, 6,97,413. There have been 19,693 deaths.

The best films of 2020 so far

BBC Culture’s film critics Nicholas Barber and Caryn James pick 10 of this year’s highlights, including Da 5 Bloods, The Hunt and a blood-soaked Brazilian homage to Westerns. Da 5 Bloods Spike Lee’s latest is a passionate, kinetic, thoroughly involving epic, combining intense drama with flashes of wit.

The 15 absolute best original series on Netflix

2020 has been a particularly long “year,” but our streaming subscriptions flourish more than ever. It’s entirely likely that you or someone you know has recently uttered the phrase “I’ve watched everything in my queue,” or “I’ve seen everything on Netflix.” No, sweetie, you haven’t.

Tesla launches ‘S3XY’ short shorts, breaks its website

Elon Musk wasn’t kidding about launching Tesla shorts. Over the weekend, the Tesla CEO announced the new product on Twitter: Tesla short shorts with “S3XY” emblazoned on the back. They’ve proven so popular that the website went down at one point (as of publication time, it’s working again).

The best apps of 2020 (so far)

Without apps, an iPhone is an expensive paperweight. Luckily for iOS and Android users, there have been a lot of great new apps released in 2020. And while our day-to-day routines have been radically altered by the global pandemic, apps are still integral to our lives.

Kanye West claims he’s running for president and Elon Musk is playing along

Kanye West has announced he’s running for president. As if this Fourth of July wasn’t already cursed enough. As scattered fireworks celebrations were beginning across crowdless cities on the East Coast Saturday night, Kanye West, the controversial rapper and fashion mogul, decided to log on to Twitter and let the world know that he would be running for president of the United States in 2020.

Apple surveys customers on old chargers amid rumors iPhone 12 won’t include one

Is Apple really going to stop including the power adapter in-box for your brand new iPhone? These surveys may be hinting that, at the very least, the company is strongly considering it. Two people have recently posted screenshots on Twitter of an Apple survey they received after purchasing a new iPhone.

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