Up First briefing: Florida evacuations; summer COVID wave; how to beat jet lag

Florida is preparing for Category 1 hurricane Idalia, the U.S. is seeing a summer wave of COVID cases, and a man in Uganda faces charges under the country’s anti-LGBTQ+ law.

Hurricane Evacuation: Florida is preparing for Hurricane Idalia which is predicted to intensify before hitting land.
* While the hurricane’s path is tracking north of Tampa, there is concern about storm surge due to the area’s vulnerability to flooding.
* President Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis have spoken and the White House has approved the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration.

Coronavirus Update: The U.S. is experiencing a summer wave of new COVID-19 cases, with raising hospitalizations and new variants detected.
* Most of the hospitalizations are among older people, and schools are taking measures including encouraging mask use.
* Concerns are raised over a new variant detected in the U.S and a handful of other countries.

Legal Developments: A 20-year-old man in Uganda is the first person to be charged with “aggravated homosexuality”, an offense under the country’s anti-LGBTQ+ law.
* A conviction could test the country’s precedent of refraining from executing individuals for decades.
* In response to the country’s anti-LGBTQ+ law, the World Bank has withheld new loans and some Ugandan officials face U.S. travel restrictions.

Jet Lag Advice: NPR offers advice for preventing jet lag in anticipation of end-of-summer travel.
* Suggestions include starting to adjust to the new time zone before traveling, sleeping on the plane without prescription sedatives, and coupling daylight exposure with melatonin tablets once reaching the destination.

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