Early Bird: Changes in the protective measures. Bitcoin on top. Dolly Parton and the coronavirus vaccine
What do country star Dolly Parton and the new Covid-19 vaccine have in common? Or the former US President Barack Obama and rapper Eminem? Find out in today's Early Bird!
To the store only in limited numbers
Today brings changes in the restrictions against the Covid-19 infection! As of today, the new rules apply, for example, to the operation of shops - each customer must have an area of 15 square meters for themselves when shopping. Retailers have to manage the queues and monitor spacings, but the opening hours are extended to 9:00 pm (previously 8:00 pm).
Starting from today, the dispensing windows can be open two hours longer, from 5:00 to 21:00. 15 people are now allowed to attend weddings, funerals and religious services (previously it was ten). From today, it's also possible to play sports in outdoor areas, and salons for dogs and cats can also be reopened. In addition, first grade, second grade and pupils from special schools are returning to classrooms today.
Trump throwing tantrums
US President Donald Trump has fired the head of the government's Cyber Security Agency (CISA), Chris Krebs, who denied his allegations of fraud. On his Twitter, Trump directly linked the "termination" to Krebs's claim that: "There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."
"The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud."
His tweet also contained other conspiracy theories and was flagged as "disputable" by Twitter.
Bitcoin on top
Bitcoin peaked since January 2018: after attacking the $15,000 level during the US presidential election, it has now climbed even higher and exceeded the $17,900 rate. The market capitalization is currently at $315 trillion, just under $335 trillion in 2018.
At the beginning of 2020, the cryptocurrency was at around $4,000. Experts estimate that Bitcoin is on its way to breaking its record of almost three years ago, which was $20,000.
A playlist by Barack Obama
Have you ever imagined the former US President Obama sitting in the Oval Office humming Eminem? Maybe you should have, because that's probably what had happened.
The former president of the USA put up his playlist on Spotify and you can find there 20 hits from across various genres and eras, from the aforementioned Eminem and B.B. King to Beyoncé, Beatles and Bob Dylan or Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra and U2.
"While going through my notes before a debate, I was listening to Jay-Z's 'My 1st Song' or Frank Sinatra's 'Luck Be a Lady',"
Dolly Parton is helping
Already in April, less than a month after the announcement of the pandemic, the icon of country music Dolly Parton donated approximately 20 million CZK to coronavirus research at the American Vanderbilt University.
More than seven months later, it was exactly this contribution that helped fund the Covid-19 vaccine from the American biotech company Moderna, which became the second most high-efficiency coronavirus vaccine (94.5%) this week. The name Parton thus appeared among the sponsors in the preliminary report.
And that's all from us for today! Enjoy your Tuesday and try to make it more pleasant with a song, maybe one from Obama's playlist. As the French writer Romain Rolland said: