The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 23rd, 2020 day edition

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Washington (CNN) A confrontation between protesters and police in the park across the street from the White House on Monday evening led the US Secret Service to take the unusual step of ordering members of the White House press corps to immediately leave the grounds.

The square has been the site of largely peaceful protests that have been ongoing following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.

The Washington Post reported that US Park Police clashed with the protesters and used pepper spray as part of their attempts to push them back.

She did not provide additional details about the police response, and CNN has reached out to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Protesters also spray-painted "BHAZ" on the pillars of St. John's Episcopal Church, which sits across the street from Lafayette Square.

Several journalists, including two CNN employees, were told they had to leave the White House grounds immediately via the south side of the complex, which is not the normal entrance/exit for the press.

Typically in security situations at the White House, the press corps is locked down inside the complex. »

The faster a country required masks, the fewer coronavirus deaths it had: study

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The main one is that countries that quickly resorted to widespread mask-wearing had far lower death rates and shorter outbreaks, a new study argues.

The authors looked at coronavirus death rates in 198 countries, trying to see why some had painfully high death rates and others very low.

The countries that introduced masks from the very beginning of their outbreak have had hardly any deaths.”. »

Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming

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The surprise announcement means Mixer partners and streamers will be transitioned to Facebook Gaming starting today, and Microsoft will no longer operate Mixer as a service in a month’s time.

Microsoft has struggled to reach the scale needed for Mixer to compete with Twitch, YouTube, and even Facebook Gaming which has led to today’s decision.

Microsoft is partnering with Facebook to transition existing Mixer viewers and streamers over to Facebook Gaming in the coming weeks. »

Initial COVID-19 infection rate may be 80 times greater than originally reported

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Now, a new study from Penn State estimates that the number of early COVID-19 cases in the U.S. may have been more than 80 times greater and doubled nearly twice as fast as originally believed.

The researchers found that the excess ILI showed a nearly perfect correlation with the spread of COVID-19 around the country.

Said Silverman, “This suggests that ILI data is capturing COVID cases, and there appears to be a much greater undiagnosed population than originally thought.”. »