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    Reports: Justice Department ramps up George Floyd investigation into former officer Derek Chauvin Daniel Prude: protesters decry New York jurys failure to indict officers in death © Noam Galai/Getty Images People wear protective face masks while shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket on September 19, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images Daily US coronavirus cases have fallen roughly 74%, on average, in the last six weeks. Experts are hopeful that the US outbreak has turned a corner. Economist Ian Shepherdson predicted the "effective end of the US COVID crisis" before May. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As coronavirus vaccinations ramped up in the US at the start of this year, the hopeful progress was overshadowed by fears of variants. Scientists worried that B.1.1.7, the more contagious variant discovered in the UK, would keep coronavirus cases high through the winter even as...
    February 15, 2021 8:34 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The United States (USA) detected 84,000 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, while in the last week it registered the lowest incidence rate since last October. However, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that “we must not lower our guard.” The country, which continues to be the nation in the world hardest hit by the pandemic and accumulates 27,638,751 infections, reported in the last day of about 84,000 new cases. This is a reduction with respect to the average of more than 97,000 infections a day that was registered in the previous 7 days. Also, in the last week – until Friday – the incidence rate in the US fell from more than 13% at the beginning of this year to less than 6%. This is indicated by the data...
    The United States detected some 84,000 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, while in the last week it has registered the lowest incidence figure since last October, despite which the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Rochelle Walensky warned that “We must not lower our guard”. The country, which continues to be the nation in the world hardest hit by the pandemic and accumulates 27,638,751 infections, reported in the last day of some 84,000 new cases, a decrease compared to the average of more than 97,000 daily infections that have been recorded in the previous seven days. Likewise, in the last week – until Friday – incidence fell from more than 13% at the beginning of this year to less than 6%, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, in addition to registering the lowest infection rate since October 2020. However, the...
    After four years of Trump’s presidency, Betsy Smith has no trouble naming many of her faults. “He’s not very eloquent, he has a bombastic personality, he uses the wrong words, he makes people mad,” recited Smith, who worked for 29 years as a suburban Chicago police officer before moving to Tucson and launching a police business. police training. But despite the many scandals, racist invectives, lies and violence that left Trump with the lowest approval ratings, fewer allies than ever in Congress and a process in the Senate for the only president to be politically prosecuted. twice, Smith does not regret voting for him. “Trump did a lot for this country and for my family,” said Smith, 61. “I mean, this is the first time in a long time that we have a president who supports the police so openly. For us, that is huge. And that’s just a question...
    New York City has the second lowest COVID test positivity rate of anywhere in New York state and Manhattan has the lowest rate among the five boroughs but restaurants remain closed and Cuomo is warning of a total shutdown in January which would cripple even more businesses.  The statewide COVID test positivity rate is 5.1 percent but it varies enormously from 8.1 percent in the Finger Lakes to 4 percent in NYC.  Manhattan's rate is 2.77 percent but Staten Island's is 5.1 percent and the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens are all in between.  Despite the huge variants, indoor dining in NYC was banned on Monday. A huge snow storm on Wednesday has also put an end to outdoor dining. Restaurant owners say it is the final nail in the coffin for the city. Indoor dining was banned from March 16 until September 30 - a total of 28 weeks.  Outdoor dining was allowed...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar said this week during a town hall event that the Supreme Court holds the lowest approval rating of the three branches of government, prompting many on Twitter to point out polls showing Congress with the lowest approval rate. "Of our three branches, the judiciary or the Supreme Court has one of the lowest approval ratings,” Omar said during a discussion with Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono in an immigration town hall event via video conference. “I think it’s, like, a 10% approval rating,” Omar added. Rep. Ilhan Omar: "Of our three branches, the Judiciary or the Supreme Court has one of the lowest approval ratings." pic.twitter.com/1G3Hm16lKr— The Hill (@thehill) October 31, 2020 Gallup polling from this summer showed Congress with an 18% approval rating, compared to a 41% approval rating for President Trump and as high as 58% for the Supreme Court. “I realize Ilhan...
    Masks work. But thanks to Donald Trump politicizing them, many people reject masks and boost the spread of the coronavirus around the United States. We’re in a third surge that is about to swamp the previous two, disastrous ones, and many of the people in affected areas are not willing to change their behavior for their own safety or for public safety. For instance, “North Dakota has the highest covid death rate per capita in the world right now,” the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s Christopher Murray told The Washington Post, yet data suggests that less than 50% of people there wear masks. When Dr. Deborah Birx was in the state on Monday, she told reporters, “Over the last 24 hours, as we were here and we were in your grocery stores and in your restaurants and frankly, even in your hotels, this is the least...
    India saw its lowest daily death toll from Covid-19 for three months today as a committee of scientists said the disease would 'run its course' by February.  Health officials announced 579 new deaths on Monday, the fewest since July 19, taking the total in the country to 114,610.  The number of new cases, at 55,722, was also the lowest for two months as India continues to see a slowdown in infections after weeks of record-breaking spikes.  The government-appointed panel of scientists said on Sunday that the epidemic may have peaked and was likely to 'run its course' by February 2021 if people wear masks and follow social distancing rules.  India's infection count, which fell to 55,722 today, have come down sharply from the world-record high of 97,894 on September 17  India's death toll fell to its lowest for three months today as 579 more fatalities were added to...
    NEW DELHI — India has reported 579 fatalities from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest increase in three months, driving its death toll to 114,610. The Health Ministry on Monday also reported 55,722 new cases of coronavirus infection, raising India’s total to more than 7.5 million, second in the world behind the U.S. A government-appointed committee of scientists said Sunday the epidemic may have peaked in India and the disease was likely to “run its course” by February 2021 if people used masks and adhered to physical distancing measures. The number of new infections confirmed each day has declined for a month. The committee said even if active cases increased during the upcoming festive season and cold weather, they were unlikely to surpass India's record daily high of 97,894 cases. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Congress is past the point it...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has reported 579 fatalities from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest increase in three months, driving its death toll to 114,610. The Health Ministry on Monday also reported 55,722 new cases of coronavirus infection, raising India’s total to more than 7.5 million, second in the world behind the U.S. A government-appointed committee of scientists said Sunday the epidemic may have peaked in India and the disease was likely to “run its course” by February 2021 if people used masks and adhered to physical distancing measures. The number of new infections confirmed each day has declined for a month. The committee said even if active cases increased during the upcoming festive season and cold weather, they were unlikely to surpass India's record daily high of 97,894 cases. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Congress is...
    (CNN)Scientists believe the Arctic sea ice, or the floating ice cover of the Arctic Ocean, has reached its minimum extent for the year, shrinking to the second lowest extent since record-keeping began in 1978.The Arctic sea ice cover shrank to 1.44 million square miles (3.74 million square kilometers) by September 15, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder announced Monday. This is only 135,000 square miles (350,000 square kilometers) higher than the lowest extent reached in 2012."This is telling us that the Arctic Ocean is on a trajectory to have a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean, and this year is another nail in the coffin," NSIDC director Mark Serreze told CNN. "The 14 lowest sea ice extents have occurred in the past 14 years. It never got any better, and there is no indication of recovery. We are in a new Arctic, something we...
    (CNN)For months, India has been struggling to control the coronavirus pandemic with limited success.The country of 1.3 billion people has the second-highest number of cases globally (more than 4.4 million), and the third highest number of deaths (over 75,000), according to Johns Hopkins University -- and the outbreak shows no sign of abating.But India's reported mortality rate -- calculated by the number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases -- is surprisingly low compared to other countries with high infection rates. India's Covid-19 mortality rate stands at 1.7%. For context, the same rate is about 3% in the US, 11.7% in the UK, and 12.6% in Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University.The Indian government claims India's lower death rate is a sign of its success in handling the crisis, and has used the figure to support its decision to lift some coronavirus restrictions.Read More"The average fatality rate in the country...
    Among Pennsylvania residents, active military personnel make up 20 out of every 100,000 people – the sixth lowest share among the 50 states, according to a new analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St. Pennsylvania contains 33 military bases, with per-capita defense spending in the state estimated at $943. 24/7 Wall St.’s analysis is based on March 31 numbers compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Although tens of thousands of service personnel serve in overseas bases, nearly nine in 10 of the active-duty personnel are based in the United States, the study found. Those states with high concentrations of military personnel have levels of defense spending that reach thousands of dollars per resident, according to 24/7 Wall St. In total, 1.4 million Americans serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, the study said. An additional 804,000 people serve in the National...
    London (CNN)During a meandering and occasionally hostile interview with Fox News on Sunday, President Donald Trump made a very bold claim: that the United States has the lowest mortality rate from Covid-19 anywhere in the world."I heard we have one of the lowest, maybe the lowest, mortality rate anywhere in the world," Trump told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "Do you have the numbers please? I heard we had the best mortality rate," he added to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was off-camera.When McEnany returned with a piece of paper, Trump turned on Wallace. "Number one low mortality rate," he said, attacking Wallace for reporting "fake news" in the process. "You said we had the worst mortality rate in the world, and we have the best."But the President's claim is not true. And it's not even close.The US in fact has one of the highest death rates...
    (Bloomberg) – The value of mergers and acquisitions fell 50% in the first half compared to the previous year to the lowest level since the worst of the eurozone debt crisis as the coronavirus pandemic abruptly slowed activity of transactions. All regions suffered an economic impact from covid-19, which devastated markets in March and led countries to introduce isolation measures. This situation has made face-to-face meetings, a vital factor in mergers and acquisitions, almost impossible. So far this year, deals have been announced for just over $ 1 trillion, making it the slowest first half since 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The steepest decline has been in the Americas, where the value of transactions has decreased by 69% in the first half. While all major industries have had an impact, the financial sector fared better than most. It received a boost from insurance broker Aon Plc’s offer of...
    Italy recorded on Tuesday 122 new contaminations with the new coronavirus, the lowest figure since the start of the epidemic at the end of February. The first officially recorded coronavirus case in Italy was reported on February 20. This figure rose to 76 on February 26, and reached 252 new infections the following day. From the end of March, the number of daily contaminations increased dramatically. The total number of infections stood at 238,833 on Tuesday, while 18 new deaths were reported, the lowest number since March 2, reaching 34,675. Italy has been particularly affected by the pandemic and imposed strict containment from the beginning of March before starting to relax its measures in early May.
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s currency has dropped to its lowest value ever at 190,000 rial for each dollar amid severe U.S. sanctions against the country. The Iranian currency has tumbled from a rate of 32,000 rials to $1 at the time of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The rial unexpectedly rallied after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the nuclear deal and reimpose crippling trade sanctions over two years ago. U.S. sanctions have caused Iran’s oil exports, the country’s main source of income, to fall sharply. Last week, Senior Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said that Iran’s oil revenues have plummeted to $8 billion from $100 billion in 2011. Iran recently sent five tankers with at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products to Venezuela. It was a way to bring money into its cash-starved Iran and put its own pressure on the...
    (CNN)Everywhere Donald Trump looks right now, he sees political fires that threaten to engulf his presidency.The Supreme Court, with two hand-picked Trump approved justices, has handed the President two stunning rebukes in the last week -- one on gay, lesbian and transgender rights in the workplace and the other, on Thursday morning, blocking the President from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for children brought to America illegally.In Congress, Senate Republicans have shown increasing willingness to buck Trump. On Wednesday alone, every GOP senator wore a mask at a press conference announcing a package of police reforms. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander insisted that there will be a second surge of the coronavirus and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley announced he would block future legislation until the White House explains its recent spate of firings of inspectors general.Trump's repeated attempts to suggest that the United States has effectively beaten the...
    The number of people experiencing homelessness in the D.C. area is the lowest since the region started keeping track in 2001. The 2020 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of Homeless Persons report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments includes data collected in January from nine area jurisdictions. The count of 9,763 does not reflect a big change over the past year, though. The 31-person decline comparing 2019 to 2020 is so little that it is noted in the report as a change of zero percent, but the Council of Government’s Homeless Services Committee Co-Chair, Kim Ball, said it reflects a positive trend. “We’re on the right track,” said Ball, who is the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Homeless Services Administrator. Over the past five years, the overall count of people experiencing homelessness is down by 20%. Other breakdowns of the 2016-2020 data: 13% fewer chronically homeless 14% fewer...
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