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We’re not out of the woods yet. Although daily new cases of Covid-19 in the US have declined since January, the number of cases over the past week still averaged more than 50,000 per day. That puts the nation in a vulnerable position to experience another surge, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, which is precisely what is happening in Europe. The good news is that people in the US are getting vaccinated relatively quickly. The bad news is that highly contagious variants remain a threat. Until then, the United States should not ease restrictions before the number of Covid-19 cases falls to at least below 10,000 a day, Fauci said.
3. 2020 elections
Authorities found a December recording of then-President Trump’s phone call to a Georgia investigator in a trash folder on his device. In the call, Trump encouraged the investigator to search to uncover “dishonesty” in the signatures of absentee voters in the state’s most populous county. The audio offers yet another example of Trump’s efforts to push false claims of widespread voter fraud and influence Georgia election officials when they certified the results. Meanwhile, Republicans in several swing states are touting false claims of fraud to promote measures that would make it harder to vote. Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams called a similar effort in her state “a Jim Crow reduction in a suit and tie.”
Myanmar security forces killed dozens of protesters yesterday. It was one of the deadliest days since the military seized power in a coup, raising the death toll after the coup to at least 126 people. The military junta also imposed martial law in six areas after several factories financed by China were burned down during the protests. It is unclear who is behind the fires. Anti-coup protesters have become suspicious of China, with demonstrations targeting the Chinese embassy in Myanmar’s largest city and protesters accusing Beijing of supporting the coup and the junta. China has not openly condemned the military takeover, but backed a UN Security Council statement condemning violence against peaceful protesters.
5. Sarah Everard
Women’s rights activists in the UK are outraged by how the London Metropolitan Police broke a peaceful vigil on Saturday for Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman who was killed while walking home in the city this month. That the man accused of murdering her is a serving member of that same police force only added fuel to the fire. The randomness of Everard’s disappearance has sparked a nationwide settling of scores on women’s rights in the UK. Thousands of women have shared their own experiences of being bullied or harassed while walking alone at night.
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Drew Brees retires after 20 years in the NFL
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SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket for the ninth time
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A guitar from a famous Elvis Presley performance is up for auction
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That’s roughly how many acres have been burned by a wildfire that swept through a New Jersey town yesterday.
“I think the investigation is ongoing and we should see what it brings us.”
President Biden on whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign. Cuomo faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, and most of the New York Congressional delegation has asked him to resign.
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