What we’re reading: coronavirus death tolls continue to rise, “Parasite” makes history at The Oscars

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Coronavirus death tolls continue to rise in China

China reported an increase in new virus cases Monday, suggesting that isolating major cities and implementing other disease control measures are not working, according to AP News.

The mainland death toll rose to 908, and 3,062 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, according to Chinese government authorities.

The death toll has now passed the 774 who died from the 2002-03 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

The Lunar New Year in China was also extended to discourage travel and reduce the spread of the virus.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, centre, wearing a protective face mask waves as he inspects the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work at neighbourhoods in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. China reported a rise in new virus cases on Monday, possibly denting optimism that its disease control measures like isolating major cities might be working, while Japan reported dozens of new cases aboard a quarantined cruise ship. (Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via AP)

Best Picture winner makes history at the Oscars

“Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars Sunday night, according to NBC News.

In addition to the academy’s top prize, “Parasite” won three other awards: Best International Feature, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.

This victory symbolized the “increasingly multinational voting body’s taste for international films and dynamism of South Korean cinema” and showed that Hollywood is receptive to nontraditional projects.

Bong Joon-Ho, the director of “Parasite”, after winning Best Picture.
(The Academy, Twitter)

Facebook settles for $550 million in Illinois lawsuit

Facebook agreed to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of millions of Illinois residents who claimed that the site violated their biometric privacy rights, according to Fox News.

The suit was one of more than 400 filed against technology companies in the past five years.

Illinois has a biometric privacy law that allows people to sue if companies did not get consent before receiving the consumer data.

The case was brought to courtrooms in Illinois and California for about five years before the announcement of the $550 million settlement, which came days after the U.S. Supreme Court denied to hear arguments for the case.

FILE- This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among the billions of Facebook users who use the site to keep up with friends. And like millions of others, the three men shared their own photographs and were “tagged” in other snapshots posted by friends, sometimes at the urging of the site’s suggested tag feature. But their Illinois addresses put the trio’s names atop a lawsuit against Facebook and led to a landmark $550 million settlement last month. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Sanders, Buttigieg clash in New Hampshire

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg are looking to narrow the Democratic field to two candidates after they both finished strong in the Iowa caucuses, according to the New York Times.

The candidates’ decision to treat the upcoming New Hampshire primary was evident over the weekend.

Sanders called out Buttigieg for depending on campaign contributions from the wealthy, while Buttigieg does not think voters know the true cost of Sanders’ policy ambitions.

The New Hampshire primary is set for this Tuesday.

Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., shake hands on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)