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Belarus Protests, Migrants, U.K. Coronavirus: Your Monday Briefing

2020-09-14 05:05:50

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Good morning.

We’re covering the fifth Sunday of protests in Belarus, the surge in coronavirus cases in Britain and the lives of Kamala Harris’s immigrant parents.

Infections in Britain have reached levels not seen since May, with 3,330 new infections reported, in the third consecutive day of new case counts surpassing 3,000.

In attempt to curtail the virus’s spread, the British government has capped the number of people who can meet in a group at six, as of Monday. On Friday, the British police imposed a fine of 10,000 pounds (about $12,800) on a university student who had hosted a party with more than 50 guests at his off-campus housing.

The country continues to experience problems with its testing and contact tracing systems. Though the government says it has processed about 200,000 coronavirus tests each day in the past week, people throughout England have reported that they cannot obtain tests in their local areas or have been asked to travel hundreds of miles to be tested. A spokeswoman from the Department of Health acknowledged in a statement that there was significant demand for tests.

Britain’s laboratories are so overstretched that there is a backlog of 185,000 swabs, according to a report in The Sunday Times. The country is consequently sending swabs to laboratories in Europe to be processed.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other coronavirus developments:

Cook: This shrimp scampi calls for a handful of small tomatoes, along with plenty of garlic and butter, for a bright, full-flavored meal.

Watch: These anime series depict athletes’ powers just beyond the realm of possibility.

Do: Get some advice on what to wear and how to build your wardrobe from Tan France of “Queer Eye.”

Even stuck at home, there’s plenty to read, cook, watch and do. Our At Home collection is full of fun ideas.

Noor Brara, a writer, was raised between New York and New Delhi. She is a “third-culture kid,” a term coined for expatriate children who spend formative years overseas, relocating frequently in a world of hybrid cultures. She wrote about her experiences and about an upcoming HBO series about TCKs, as they are known. Here’s an excerpt from her article in our Style Magazine.

If asked, any third-culture kid will tell you that shape-shifting — rousing one of the many selves stacked within you to best suit the place you’re in — becomes a necessary survival skill, a sort of feigned fitting in that allows you to relate something of yourself to nearly everyone you meet.

As someone raised between New York and the diplobrat bubble of an international school in New Delhi, where friends would come and go every few years, I became adept at calibrating myself to find the points of connection between us, able to relate equally to someone from South Korea, Iceland, Japan, Italy or Jamaica, in many cases more so than to other Indian Americans whose lives, at least on paper, read closer to my own.

While all of this contributed, certainly, to feeling perennially adrift (according to multiple studies by the American sociologist Ruth Useem and others, much as they may try, adult TCKs never wholly repatriate culturally), it blotted the sensation of feeling like we’d “grown up at an angle to everywhere and everyone,” as the writer Pico Iyer — of Indian parentage, raised between England and California, who now lives between California and Japan — told me during a recent conversation.

“Growing up with three cultures around or inside me, I felt that I could define myself by my passions, not my passport,” he said. “In some ways, I would never be Indian or English or Californian, and that was quite freeing, though people may always define me by my skin color or accent. But also, because I didn’t have that external way of defining myself, I had to be really rigorous and directed in grounding myself internally, through my values and loyalties and to the people I hold closest to me.”

Thanks for starting the week with me. See you next time.

— Natasha

Thank you
To Melissa Clark for the recipe, and to Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at
[email protected].

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