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1. Republicans renominated President Trump on the first day of their convention.
Mr. Trump, making his case for re-election as the Republican National Convention kicked off in Charlotte, N.C., continued to attack mail-in voting and leveled unfounded accusations of misconduct against Democrats.
“They’re using Covid to steal the election,” he said in an inflammatory speech after his nomination as the party’s presidential candidate in the November election. Above, Mr. Trump speaking to delegates in Charlotte earlier today. Vice President Mike Pence told delegates “the economy is on the ballot.” We have live updates here.
Despite rising coronavirus rates, job losses and vanishing savings, Mr. Trump’s approval ratings on the economy remain durable. Our reporter looked at the factors raising the president’s standing on the economy.
The convention’s program is heavy on all things Trump, with an appearance by the president every night in prime time, and a lineup featuring Melania Trump and all of the president’s adult children. Tonight, the speakers include Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jr. Here’s what to watch for.
The Times will stream the convention every evening, Monday through Thursday. Join our political reporters for live analysis starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
2. Another U.S. city is reeling after the police shooting of a Black man.
Jacob Blake, 29, was in stable condition in a hospital on Monday, a day after he was shot in the back as he tried to get into his car in Kenosha, Wis., a city on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Protests erupted on Sunday after the shooting and the authorities ordered a curfew. Demonstrations also broke out in other cities, including Portland, Ore.; Madison, Wis.; and Chicago. Above, garbage trucks were set ablaze on Sunday in Kenosha.
Mr. Blake was “shot in the back multiple times,” according to Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating. The officers involved were placed on administrative leave.
3. German doctors treating the Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny said he was poisoned.
Mr. Navalny remained in a medically induced coma in stable condition, but his life was not in danger, according to doctors at the hospital in Berlin where he has undergone tests. The specific toxin has not been identified, but more analysis is underway, they said. Above, the police outside the hospital in Berlin.
Mr. Navalny, the most vocal critic of President Vladimir V. Putin, was flown to Berlin on Saturday, more than 48 hours after he fell ill. Russian doctors who treated Mr. Navalny had denied finding any evidence of toxins in his system.
4. The first confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection was reported in Hong Kong.
A 33-year-old man was infected a second time with the coronavirus four and a half months after his first bout, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said. The new infection was discovered when he returned from a trip to Spain. The finding suggests that immunity to the virus may last only a few months in some people.
In other developments:
European governments have extended billions of euros to businesses to keep people employed during the pandemic. But layoffs are coming anyway.
5. TikTok sued the U.S. government.
The video app, owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance, accused the Trump administration of depriving it of due process when the president issued an executive order that will block the app from performing transactions in the U.S.
The suit represents TikTok’s most direct challenge to the White House and comes amid souring relations between the U.S. and China.
7. More than a million acres have burned in California.
Clusters of wildfires continued to rage in Northern California on Monday, though there was some relief for firefighters: A turn in the weather did not deliver a feared barrage of new lightning strikes, like those that have sparked many of the hundreds of fires burning across the state.
Firefighters have been scrambling to protect communities from two dozen major blazes, which have left at least seven people dead and dozens injured. More than 100,000 people have been driven from their homes. We have live updates here.
The Coronavirus Outbreak ›
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated August 24, 2020
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
- In the beginning, the coronavirus seemed like it was primarily a respiratory illness — many patients had fever and chills, were weak and tired, and coughed a lot. Those who seemed sickest had pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome — which caused their blood oxygen levels to plummet — and received supplemental oxygen. In severe cases, they were placed on ventilators to help them breathe. By now, doctors have identified many more symptoms and syndromes. (And some people don’t show many symptoms at all.) In April, the C.D.C. added to the list of early signs sore throat, fever, chills and muscle aches. Gastrointestinal upset, such as diarrhea and nausea, has also been observed. Another telltale sign of infection may be a sudden, profound diminution of one’s sense of smell and taste. Teenagers and young adults in some cases have developed painful red and purple lesions on their fingers and toes — nicknamed “Covid toe” — but few other serious symptoms. More serious cases can lead to inflammation and organ damage, even without difficulty breathing. There have been cases of dangerous blood clots, strokes and brain impairments.
Why does standing six feet away from others help?
- The coronavirus spreads primarily through droplets from your mouth and nose, especially when you cough or sneeze. The C.D.C., one of the organizations using that measure, bases its recommendation of six feet on the idea that most large droplets that people expel when they cough or sneeze will fall to the ground within six feet. But six feet has never been a magic number that guarantees complete protection. Sneezes, for instance, can launch droplets a lot farther than six feet, according to a recent study. It’s a rule of thumb: You should be safest standing six feet apart outside, especially when it’s windy. But keep a mask on at all times, even when you think you’re far enough apart.
I have antibodies. Am I now immune?
- As of right now, that seems likely, for at least several months. There have been frightening accounts of people suffering what seems to be a second bout of Covid-19. But experts say these patients may have a drawn-out course of infection, with the virus taking a slow toll weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus typically produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to an infection. These antibodies may last in the body only two to three months, which may seem worrisome, but that’s perfectly normal after an acute infection subsides, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It may be possible to get the coronavirus again, but it’s highly unlikely that it would be possible in a short window of time from initial infection or make people sicker the second time.
I’m a small-business owner. Can I get relief?
- The stimulus bills enacted in March offer help for the millions of American small businesses. Those eligible for aid are businesses and nonprofit organizations with fewer than 500 workers, including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and freelancers. Some larger companies in some industries are also eligible. The help being offered, which is being managed by the Small Business Administration, includes the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. But lots of folks have not yet seen payouts. Even those who have received help are confused: The rules are draconian, and some are stuck sitting on money they don’t know how to use. Many small-business owners are getting less than they expected or not hearing anything at all.
What are my rights if I am worried about going back to work?
Also, Louisiana is bracing for two major storms less than 48 hours apart. Tropical Storm Marco will make landfall later Monday, followed by Laura on Wednesday. Follow the latest here.
8. Life online is a boon for the disabled.
While many people have reported that remote work has improved their quality of life, they also say virtual socializing has been draining and disappointing. But for some of the 61 million Americans with disabilities, the ability to work, learn and socialize from home has unexpectedly expanded horizons.
In April, Maria Sotnikova, above, attended her first Seder: a virtual dinner held over the videoconferencing app Webex. “I felt like I was getting to see something I should have been invited to all along, but wasn’t, because so few people’s homes are wheelchair accessible,” she said.
Disabled people and advocates say they hope the inclusion will continue after things return to normal. The window is still open to make accessibility permanent, ideally under the guidance of people with disabilities.
9. Reimagining America’s monuments.
Our T Magazine asked five artists to create monuments for America today, to envision memorials that embody this moment of reckoning with racism and social justice.
The works or concepts they created range from the explicit — such as Ibrahim Mahama’s statue of Kwame Nkrumah, above, the first president of Ghana, on the campus of Nkrumah’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania — to the more theoretical, like Tourmaline’s plans to turn the Rikers Island penitentiary complex into a pleasure garden.
Collectively, they are an argument for rethinking the very idea of a monument itself: something that, instead of celebrating history, grapples with it — and then suggests a way to look forward, into a more just future.
10. And finally, so you think New York is dead? Think again.
It’s not, writes Jerry Seinfeld. In an Opinion piece, he pushes back against “some putz on LinkedIn” who argued that the city would never bounce back from the pandemic.
“He says he knows people who have left New York for Maine, Vermont, Tennessee, Indiana,” the comedian writes. “I have been to all of these places many, many, many times over many decades. And with all due respect and affection, Are .. You .. Kidding .. Me?!”
“This stupid virus will give up eventually. The same way you have. We’re going to keep going with New York City if that’s all right with you. And it will sure as hell be back.”
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