Breaking the Bubble

Sarah Haber, News Editor

Domestic

U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Oct. 6 after being discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center. Trump announced on Oct. 2 that he tested positive for COVID-19, along with several other White House staff members. Once arriving back at the White House, he tweeted a video urging people to “not let [COVID-19] dominate you.”

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been released on a $1 million bond after being charged with the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin has been in a correctional facility since his arrest on May 31, where he was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Chauvin faces 12 or more years in prison if he is found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder.

 

International

Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for engineering the CRISPR tool that can be used to edit the DNA of plants and animals. This invention and discovery could eventually lead to curing inherited diseases. In over 119 years, this award is only the fourth time in history where a scientific Nobel Prize has been awarded to a team that is exclusively women.

On Oct. 7, the Italian government imposed a mask mandate as the number of cases within the country has risen over the past couple of weeks. The government announced that there would be fines of up to 1,000 euros for those who do not wear their mask outdoors or indoors. Although the infection rates in Italy are significantly lower than other countries in Europe, the government wants to ensure that cases do not spiral out of control, as they did when Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by COVID-19.

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