A concert for 5,000 people was held at a Barcelona arena on Saturday, one of several planned in Europe to test how crowds can gather safely during the pandemic. Attendees were screened for the coronavirus before the show.
On Thursday, the Olympic torch relay began in Fukushima, Japan, without the usual fanfare accustomed with the Games. Instead, there was a socially distanced ceremony with a procession through the street.
Senate Democrats took their first steps on Wednesday on a sweeping federal elections bill. The For the People Act would expand voting rights and blunt a wave Republican efforts to restrict voter access in states.
Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, and Janet L. Yellen, the Treasury secretary, gave virtual testimony on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act before the Senate Banking Committee.
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