Gun-toting protesters against Michigan’s coronavirus lockdown have rallied in the state capitol building. Hundreds of demonstrators, a few of them armed, gathered in Lansing and many did not wear masks or socially distance. Police checked their temperatures before some were allowed into the capitol, where lawmakers were debating. Michigan has been hard hit by the coronavirus, with 3,788 deaths.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was confident the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese virology lab, but declined to describe the evidence, ratcheting up tensions with Beijing over the origins of the deadly outbreak. The Chinese state-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology has dismissed the allegations, and other U.S. officials have downplayed their likelihood.
No child is known to have passed COVID-19 on to an adult, a review of evidence from around the world has found. The review into pediatric coronavirus studies found it is likely children “do not play a significant role” in transmitting the coronavirus and are significantly less likely to become infected than adults. It also found there has not been a single case of a child under 10 transmitting COVID-19.
Nasa has selected three private space companies to lead the development of lunar landers for its forthcoming moon landings. The three companies are Blue Origin, owned by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos; Elon Musk’s SpaceX; and Dynetics, based in Huntsville, Alabama, Nasa announced on Thursday. Blue Origin’s contract is worth $579m, SpaceX’s $135m and Dynetics will receive $253m.
Drummer Tony Allen has died at age 79. He is widely hailed as one of the founders of Afrobeat alongside his longtime musical partner Fela Kuti, with whom he played for 15 years. Allen was born Tony Oladipo Allen in Lagos, Nigeria in 1940. “Without Tony Allen,” Kuti famously remarked, “there would be no Afrobeat.” Allen died Wednesday evening in Paris of a heart attack.