Recession over for wealthy Americans, Duterte won’t take Russian vaccine & other Covid news

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New Delhi: The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world — the latest count is over 2.08 crore cases and more than 7.47 lakh deaths.

US President Donald Trump has said that he is opposed to increasing funding for an agency that manages mail-in votes, raising doubts over the November election. Canadians are opposing the presence of Americans in their country. Singapore and Japan are likely to reopen business travel by September. Meanwhile, infections rise in Europe is leading to another wave of travel restrictions.

ThePrint brings you the most important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic and why they matter. 

Trump to oppose funding of mail services, could jeopardise Nov poll

The plan to conduct the US presidential elections in November during the pandemic was largely banking on the country’s vast mail-in voting system managed by the US Postal Service (USPS). But President Donald Trump Thursday said that he is opposed to increasing funding for the USPS — essentially raising questions over the feasibility of the November election, reports ABC News.

This extra funding is necessary for USPS to be able to handle the millions of extra mail-in voting, which is likely to happen later this year. But his comments are in line with his previously held views — the president has vigorously opposed mail-in voting and has peddled conspiracy theories regarding it.

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In US, recession is over for rich, working classes still struggling

Economic data and other trends from the US suggest that the recession is largely over for the wealthy, but not quite for everybody else, reports Washington Post.

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