by Ayumi Davis / News Editor
Coronavirus cases rise as it spreads across the globe
The coronavirus seems to be getting worse as time goes on, with Korea now having the most cases outside of China. As of Feb. 27, the number of cases in Korea has reached 1,595 according to CNBC. In addition, with the return of the cruise ship passengers in Japan, worries are mounting about the increased spread of coronavirus there. Kyodo News states that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked schools to close from Monday, Mar. 2 through early April as a precaution.
Cases in Europe are arising as well, with BBC reporting that there are 400 cases in Italy alone. Other countries on the continent confirmed cases after people returned from trips to Italy, such as Austria, Croatia, Norway, Georgia, Switzerland, North Macedonia and Greece. A Latin American who had also recently traveled to Italy is now Latin America’s first confirmed case of coronavirus in Brazil according to NBC News. With cases mounting across the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the U.S. should prepare for a spread of the virus.This comes shortly before a confirmed coronavirus case in California with no known origin was reported.
Harvey Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison
On Monday, Feb. 24, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of third-degree rape and criminal sex act, as reported by Fox Business. He was charged on two of the five counts against him, having been acquitted of predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape, which could have put him in prison for life. Vanity Fair stated he could face up to a total of 29 years in prison, 25 years for criminal sex act and four years for third-degree rape. The sentencing will not occur until March. While Weinstein was only convicted for two crimes, about 100 women have accused him of numerous sexual misconducts. He is set to be in Riker’s prison until the sentencing, but is currently in the hospital as of Feb. 27 due to heart palpitations and high blood pressure.
NASA genius Katherine Johnson dies at 101
Katherine Johnson, an accomplished NASA mathematician, died at the age of 101 on Monday, Feb. 24. She was one of the main ladies showcased in the movie “Hidden Figures” for helping John Glenn, a U.S. astronaut, into orbit around Earth in 1962 with her math skills. BBC stated that Johnson calculated trajectories for rockets and Earth orbits, and calculated the trajectory of the first man in space, Alan Shephard, as well as many other accomplishments. NASA has described her as an “American hero” with others across the world following suit.