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Man arrested on accusation he set pregnant woman on fire at a Murray hotel

A man who allegedly set the mother of his child on fire outside of a Murray hotel room has been arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of murder.

Police had been looking for Andrew Todd Curtis since Thursday morning, when they were called to Studio 6, at 975 E. 6600 South, on a report that someone had been set on fire.

The 34-year-old woman was badly burned but conscious when officers arrived, and as medics treated her she told police Curtis had thrown a liquid on her and said, “You’re going to burn, b—-,” according to a probable cause statement.

A witness at the hotel told police, according to the statement, that Curtis threw a cup of clear liquid at the woman, spit on her and then lit an object on fire and used it to set the woman aflame.

The woman was taken to a burn unit at a local hospital, and police said “it is unknown whether she will survive the injuries.” The woman was pregnant with Curtis’s child.

Officers found Curtis, who’d left the hotel and changed clothes, later that morning and took him into custody for questioning. They also got a warrant to search Curtis’s bag and found clothing saturated in some kind of accelerant, according to the probable cause statement.

Curtis was released from prison in April after serving time for a 2011 homicide by assault conviction.

The probable cause statement mentions probation and parole agents had tried to separate the victim and Curtis multiple times, “knowing he was a danger to the victim.”

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Singapore and Hong Kong agree to set up a travel bubble, and other news from around the world.

Officials in Singapore and Hong Kong said Thursday that they had reached a preliminary agreement to establish a travel bubble between the two Asian financial centers, allowing travelers of all kinds to bypass quarantine.

Under the agreement, travelers must test negative for the virus and fly only on designated flights. Officials did not say when the bubble, which was first reported by The South China Morning Post, would begin.

Travelers from Singapore would be the first allowed to enter Hong Kong since the semiautonomous Chinese territory barred all nonresidents in March; residents returning to Hong Kong are required to quarantine for 14 days. Singapore currently requires travelers from Hong Kong to quarantine for seven days after arrival.

“Both our cities have low incidence of Covid-19 cases and have put in place robust mechanisms to manage and control Covid-19,” Singapore’s travel minister, Ong Ye Kung, said in a statement.

Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, called the agreement “a milestone in our efforts to resume normalcy while fighting against the long-drawn battle of Covid-19.”

Singapore and Hong Kong have both been reporting daily new cases in the single or double digits since late August.

Efforts to establish reciprocal travel bubbles in Asia and other parts of the world have been halting as case numbers fluctuate and new outbreaks emerge. Starting Friday, Australia will waive quarantine requirements for travelers from New Zealand, which recently stamped out the virus for a second time, though New Zealand will still require quarantine for travelers arriving from Australia.

Singapore has also lifted restrictions on general visitors from Brunei, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia except for the state of Victoria, the center of the outbreak there. But all four of those countries are still closed to almost all foreigners, and in the case of Brunei and Australia residents must apply for permission to leave the country as well.

In other global developments:

  • The European Parliament announced on Thursday that it would cancel a meeting scheduled to be held next week in Strasbourg, in northern France, as the outbreak widens. The meeting would have been its first in-person session in Strasbourg since the start of the pandemic. Belgium, where most parliamentary staff and members are based, is also seeing a sharp rise in cases.

  • Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, went into quarantine for a second time in two weeks after being exposed to the virus. She tweeted on Thursday that she had tested negative, but a member of her office had tested positive. She wrote that she was leaving a European Council meeting in Brussels that was being held with strict social-distancing measures.

  • Portugal announced new virus restrictions on Thursday, including a five-person limit on public gatherings, after a rise in new cases. In Spain, which is seeing an even sharper increase, the city of Salamanca, famous for its 12th-century university, became the latest area to be cut off from the rest of the country, under new

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London Facing Tougher Curbs; Curfew Set for Paris: Virus Update

The virus’s comeback in the U.S. has reached the vast majority of the country, with trends worsening in 46 states and the nation’s capital. India reported fewer than 70,000 cases for the fourth straight day, though daily infections are still higher than in the U.S.

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Floridians Fared Worst in Study of Pandemic Unemployment Relief (6:01 a.m. NY)

Laid-off workers in Florida were less likely to receive timely unemployment benefits when businesses closed at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic than those in other U.S. states, according to a newly published nationwide study.

Researchers surveyed 2,500 laid-off service industry workers in April and May and found that only a quarter of them had received unemployment benefits during the survey period, including those who had been laid off for two months or longer, according to the report released Wednesday by the Harvard Kennedy School and University of California at San Francisco.

Austria Urges Provinces to Tighten Virus Curbs (5:23 p.m. HK)

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged the country’s provinces to tighten regional measures as new infections hit another record on Thursday.

“Make no mistake: The situation is serious. The coming weeks will decide whether we can slow down and contain the spread of the virus, or if the corona pandemic will inflict even bigger damage to the health system, jobs and companies,” Kurz said in a statement.

Austria reported a record 1,552 new infections on Thursday, bringing the 7-day incidence to 92 per 100,000 people. Capital Vienna, Tyrol and Salzburg all have an incidence of above 100.

EU Health Chief Airs ‘Great Concern’ (5:15 p.m. HK)

European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides stepped up warnings about the spread of the coronavirus in the 27-nation bloc.

“It is with great concern that I am witnessing the increasingly rapid rise of infection rates all across the EU,” Kyriakides said in a statement on Thursday in Brussels. “Time is running out — everyone’s first priority should be to do what it takes to avoid the devastating consequences of generalized lockdowns.”

London Households Will Be Banned from Mixing (4:59 p.m. HK)

Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors from this weekend as tighter coronavirus restrictions are imposed in an attempt to curb a rise in cases in the capital.

The change in the rules was briefed to London members of Parliament on Thursday morning and will formally be announced in the House of Commons by Health Secretary Matt Hancock later Thursday, according to two people familiar

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Hong Kong and Singapore to set up a ‘travel bubble’ as Covid cases fall

(CNN) — Hong Kong and Singapore plan to open an “air travel bubble” that allows residents to travel between the two Asian hubs without requiring quarantine or restrictive control measures, authorities announced on Thursday.
Open travel in both the Chinese city and the Southeast Asian country has been suspended for months. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, both governments shut borders and denied entry to most non-residents and short-term visitors. In Hong Kong, returning residents are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine and wear an electronic bracelet to track their location.

But both cities have managed to get their Covid outbreaks under control, and reported low numbers of local infections in the past few months — which is why they agreed in principle to the travel bubble plan during discussions on Wednesday, according to the statement.

“This is a milestone in our efforts to resume normalcy while fighting against the long-drawn battle of Covid-19,” said Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, in the statement.

Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Transport, called it a “significant” move forward.

“It is a safe, careful but significant step forward to revive air travel, and provide a model for future collaboration with other parts of the world,” he added.

There isn’t yet a launch date for the travel bubble, but details will be fleshed out in the coming weeks, they said.

Under the travel bubble plan, travelers are required to have tested negative for Covid-19 using a “mutually recognized” test.

There are no restrictions on travel purpose — visitors can come and go for business, pleasure, study or otherwise. They will fly on designated flights that only serve travel-bubble passengers.

Critically, travelers will not be subject to any quarantine or stay-home notice requirements, or a controlled itinerary.

However, this all depends on the Covid-19 situation, the statement added — if the virus numbers shift in either location, the plan could change with it by increasing or decreasing the number of flights, or even suspending the program.

Containing local outbreaks

The travel bubble and the low Covid-19 cases reflect a remarkable turnaround in both places.

Hong Kong experienced a third wave earlier this summer, with daily new cases leaping from the single digits up to a peak of 149 in July. Restrictions, which had been slowly easing swiftly came back, with public gatherings capped at two people and a brief total suspension of all dine-in services.

The restrictions drew public criticism at times — construction workers and daily laborers, for instance, were photographed crouching by the sidewalk or near public bathrooms with takeout boxes.

But the restrictions also appear to have worked: Hong Kong’s new case count had dropped back to about a dozen a day by August, and even reached zero on some days.

Earlier this spring, Singapore struggled to contain soaring infection numbers, with daily cases surpassing 1,000 a day by April. The vast majority of cases occurred in crowded dormitories for migrant workers, many from South and Southeast Asian

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A Pandemic Isn’t Stopping New York City’s Vacation Set

Over the weekend, Donald Trump suggested that the tristate area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut could be placed under quarantine before taking a milder route and asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue an advisory for the area to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks. For New York City’s wealthy part-time residents with the means to flee, that could leave a question open: Even if the federal government hasn’t formally imposed an unenforceable travel ban that prevents you from leaving the city, should you?

To read the comments on a Saturday Instagram post from influencer Naomi Davis, the wisdom of the crowd is a resounding no. Davis, who posts under the nickname Taza, said she, her husband, and their five kids had packed up their RV on Friday to head west, writing, “Hopefully a little change of apartment scenery will be just what we need.”

“I’m so scared that this decision will influence your followers to do the same,” one commenter wrote.

The impulse to broadcast one’s distance from the fray has crossed multiple strata of the moneyed, from those rich enough to leave their family-sized city homes behind to those who can wait out the pandemic in ocean isolation. While one enduring image of the pandemic will be the health care workers doing their best with a dangerous shortage of supplies, another may be David Geffen recording his contentment aboard his yacht on Saturday. “Sunset last night,” he wrote on Instagram. “Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.” (Maybe the tides are changing ever so slightly: Geffen went private after the inevitable blowback, and he now appears to have deactivated or deleted his account.)

By this stage of the pandemic, it’s a familiar discussion. Reports have surfaced from the Catskills, Hamptons, and Nantucket about the brewing backlash to the New York vacation set departing the American crisis’s epicenter. Meanwhile, back at home, a surreal scene continues to unfold as tents are built in Central Park to house COVID-19 patients. And as the New York Post reported over the weekend, two of Mount Sinai Hospital’s top executives, Kenneth Davis and Arthur Klein, are managing the health care network from Florida vacation homes. “As a front line healthcare worker who has rearranged my family for their safety,” the doctor Dara Kass tweeted on Sunday morning, “I think @MountSinaiNYC should have to answer why their leadership has retreated to #Miami rather than stand in solidarity with their employees in #NYC during #COVID19.” (Davis, who told the Post that he had been in Florida “before this started,” said his doctor told him not to return to New York because of his age.)

If New York City serves as a preview of what could happen across the country as the virus spreads, it might be in this regard too. On Friday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced that all cars with New York plates would be stopped on their

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As Jobless Claims Set Record, Senate Takes Long Vacation

Spring breakers.
Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Last week, roughly 3 million Americans lost their jobs. Until today, the all-time record for weekly unemployment claims in the U.S. had been 700,000. Now it is 3.3 million (in seasonally adjusted terms). That record is likely to last exactly seven days, as economists widely believe that more Americans were laid off this week than last.

Meanwhile, confirmed coronavirus deaths in the U.S. just crossed 1,000. In some cities, hospitals are already running out of beds for the severely ill and morgue space for each day’s dead. Some have taken to storing the deceased in refrigerated trucks. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are still growing exponentially, while much of the country is failing to observe the CDC’s recommendations for containing the virus’s spread. If current trends continue, the United States may soon be the epicenter of both a global pandemic and economic depression.

And the Senate has decided that now would be a good time to take a monthlong vacation.

On Wednesday night, the upper chamber passed a $2 trillion economic rescue package (weeks after one became urgently needed). To keep America’s drowning small-business sector afloat, the law tasks the Small Business Administration with distributing $367 billion in subsidized loans in a manner that ensures all eligible enterprises will remain solvent — a task that the SBA is ill-equipped to execute and which is quite likely impossible regardless. To keep ordinary Americans fed and housed while the economy is in hibernation, the Senate did pass a robust expansion of unemployment insurance. But unemployment benefits aren’t going to do much for workers who were between jobs or recent college graduates trying to break into the labor market in historically adverse conditions. And all the Senate did for those Americans was approve a single $1,200 check — that won’t arrive in their bank accounts for weeks if not months. The legislation provided states with some federal aid, but not nearly enough to prevent state governments from being forced to actively deepen the recession by laying off public workers and paring back spending. Beyond these substantive shortcomings, the nearly 900-page legislation was subject to frantic last-minute revisions, making it all but certain that the bill will require technical corrections.

And the Senate has decided that now would be a good time to adjourn until April 20.

The (disproportionately elderly) legislative body’s desire to isolate themselves in their homes is understandable — especially when one considers that some in their ranks subscribe to a conception of individual liberty so sociopathic, they feel entitled to swim in public pools while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. But teleconferencing exists. The least these people could have done was formally approve remote voting before skipping town.

All this said, the Senate did manage to ensure that one struggling American constituency will receive the benefit of uninterrupted aid and real-time policy adjustments. Before heading home, the upper chamber empowered the Federal Reserve to make roughly $4 trillion worth of subsidized loans to

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