Chicago penguins benefit from coronavirus pandemic


This 17 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Penguins wander empty Chicago aquarium during coronavirus closure

While most of the American public is asked to stay indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium took the opportunity to let some of its penguins explore the other side of their glass exhibit. A now-viral video shows the flightless birds wandering the aquarium, looking around at the fish and other fixtures of the space.

This video says about itself:

Without guests in the building, caretakers at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals, resulting in a field trip for some of the penguins there on Sunday (March 15 2020). While the aquarium is closed to the public due to coronavirus quarantine, animal care staff and veterinarians are onsite 24/7.

At least 83 people in the United States have died from the virus, as of Monday (March 16), according to Johns Hopkins University and public health agencies, with the hardest-hit state, Washington, accounting for the bulk of the fatalities, including six more announced on Monday.

United States prisoners made to work in Arctic cold


This 30 January 2019 CBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

Deadly polar vortex making everyday tasks unbearable

Cities across the Midwest are scrambling to protect people from the deadly polar vortex that’s blasting the region. At least six deaths across the U.S. are connected to the winter storm. Tens of millions of Americans are at risk. DeMarco Morgan reports.

A viral photo of inmates shoveling snow outside a Chicago jail sparked social media outrage this week as the city deals with record-breaking low temperatures that have already killed people.

MIDWEST BLASTED BY ARCTIC FREEZE A blast of Arctic air powered by the polar vortex brought dangerous temperatures to a wide swath of the United States, from the Dakotas through Maine. The Midwest was hit hardest, with temperatures plunging below zero [Fahrenheit]. By nightfall, the mercury was hovering at 0 in Chicago, 7 in Detroit and minus 21 in Minneapolis. [Reuters]

AT LEAST 8 DEAD IN EXTREME FREEZE A blast of polar air enveloped the Midwest Wednesday and headed for the East, debilitating cities with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation and killing at least eight people. Chicago dropped to a low of around minus 23 and similar conditions were recorded in Milwaukee. Minneapolis recorded minus 27, while Sioux Falls, South Dakota, saw minus 25. [AP]

A blast of historic cold temperatures hit the US Midwest, with record lows for both daily high and low temperatures expected Wednesday and Thursday across the region. Wind-chills in parts of northern Minnesota and North Dakota reached negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 51 Celsius) and even lower. The US Postal Service suspended mail deliveries in ten states Wednesday and Thursday out of concern for the safety of mail delivery personnel: here.

KENTUCKY GOVERNOR DISMISSES COLD Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin responded to the deadly weather in his state by denouncing closing public schools. “I mean, what happens to America?” he said. “We’re getting soft.” [HuffPost]