Hard Numbers: Trump's aid to Greenland, jobless claims, Africa's COVID cases, US views of China sour

43: After the World Health Organization warned that as many as 3.3 million people across Africa could die from COVID-19 without stricter containment measures, the continent recorded a 43 percent increase in confirmed cases in the past week alone.


4.4: Around 4.4 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims over the last week, bringing the total number of people who have done so over the past month to 26 million. Economists warn that the national unemployment rate could soon exceed 20 percent. At the height of the Great Recession in 2009, unemployment peaked around 10 percent.

67: As the coronavirus crisis further sours relations between Washington and Beijing, a Pew poll finds 66 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of China. That's a 6 point increase since last year, and a 19 point jump since 2018.

12.1: The US announced a $12.1 million aid package to the semi-autonomous Danish territory of Greenland, which has become the site of a new US-China-Russia scramble for Arctic influence. The Danish government reacted coolly to the cash, expressing concerns about any possible strings that the Trump administration might attach. Last summer Trump said he wanted to "buy" Greenland.

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