Covid-19 has now killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu pandemic — more than 675,000.
The American population a century ago was only a third of what it is today, meaning the flu cut a much larger and more deadly shard through the country. But the Covid-19 crisis is at least a colossal tragedy in itself, especially given the incredible advances in scientific knowledge since then and the lack of use of the available vaccines to the maximum.
Like the 1918-19 flu, coronavirus may never completely disappear from our midst. Instead, researchers hope it will be a mild seasonal mistake, as human immunity is strengthened through vaccination and repeated infection. It may take time.
“We hope it will be like catching a cold, but there is no guarantee,” said Rustom Antia, a biologist at Emory University, who suggests an optimistic scenario where this could happen in a few years.
How many people die from Covid-19 a day? Although the increase in Delta variant infections may have peaked, US deaths average more than 1,900 a day.
Will winter bring a new rise? Yes, the University of Washington’s influential model predicts that about 100,000 Americans will die of Covid-19 by January 1st.
How many people have been vaccinated? Nearly 64% of the US population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The White House criticizes border agents who gathered migrants on horseback
The White House on Monday reacted critically to widely shared images of U.S. border patrols in Texas rounding up Haitian migrants on horseback.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the use of horses and possibly whips, strong images in a country based on slavery, represents an “appropriate tactic”.
She said: “I have seen some of the footage. I do not have the full context. I can not imagine what context would make it appropriate. I do not think anyone watching those footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate. ”
More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from the camp near the border town of Del Rio in Texas, other U.S. officials said Monday as they defended their strong response.
What does the home security secretary have, Alejandro Mayorkas said? He called it a “challenging and heartbreaking situation” and issued a stern warning: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned.”
What about border control agents? Mayorca and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they would investigate the agents’ actions, but both officials said they apparently did not see anything wrong based on the photos and video.
Election result in Canada: Trudeau wins third term after early voting
Justin Trudeau has won a third term as Canada’s prime minister, with his Liberal party ready to capture the most votes in the snap election, a result he called a “clear mandate” to get the country through the pandemic.
As the results still trickled down late Monday night, Trudeau was on his way to another minority government, meaning he will again have to work with other parties to pass legislation.
Election Canada, which oversees the poll, had previously warned that some results would take days to be finalized when mail-in ballots are counted.
“You have given this government and this Parliament a clear direction,” Trudeau said early Tuesday morning from Montreal, while acknowledging the decision to hold an early election was deeply unpopular.
Preliminary results showed that his Liberals had won or led in 156 seats maps of the 170 required for a parliamentary majority.
Erin O’Toole’s opposition Conservatives had 121. The result largely reflected the result of the 2019 election.
The Prime Minister played by calling for an election in August in the hope that the government’s pandemic response may increase his party’s power in parliament.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Mississippi case that threaten Roe v Wade
The U.S. Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments in a Mississippi case that could overturn Roe v Wade, the nearly 50-year sentence that guarantees a woman’s right to abortion.
Oral arguments in Dobbs against the Jackson Women’s Health Organization will be heard on December 1st. The case concerns a law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a direct challenge for Roe v Wade.
News of the trial date came amid controversy over a Texas law known as SB8, which effectively bans abortion after six weeks and allows citizens to sue providers and anyone who helps a woman access their services.
A San Antonio doctor who said he had had an abortion in violation of Texas’ new law has been sued and put a potential test of the legality of the extreme, almost total ban on the procedure.
What a law Mississippi does case concern? The law, known as the Gestational Age Act, allows abortion after 15 weeks in cases involving “medical emergencies or for serious birth defects.” Like Texas law, it provides no exception for rape or incest.
Who is suing the doctor in Texas? It’s Dr. Alan Braid, who became the first abortion provider in Texas to publicly reveal that he violated the law when he wrote a statement in the Washington Post over the weekend.
In other news …
Phil Valentine, a prominent Tennessee radio host who spoke on the right, died of Covid-19 after mocking the vaccine. Meanwhile, the watchdogs of the media suggest that a basic responsibility of the public should be required in order to retain a broadcasting license.
At least 10 women and girls are murdered every day in Mexico, according to a Amnesty International report. The violent investigation documents the extent of the violence and the disturbing lack of interest from Mexican authorities to prevent or solve the killings.
Nearly three tons of heroin with a street value of $ 2.7 billion from Afghanistan has been seized from a West Indian port, officials said. Two Indians were arrested with the heroin, which was stored in two containers marked as talc.
America’s restaurant industry is largely open to business again, but is still struggling with labor shortages. Workers have attributed this to poor pay and working conditions and disrespect from customers – and demand better treatment from employers.
Today’s statistics: The Biden administration is trying to raise the US refugee ceiling to 125,000 from 1 October
The Biden administration wants to double the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, in line with a campaign promise, according to the State Department. The State Department will consult with the Department of Homeland Security and Congress to raise the ceiling, which was set at 62,500 for the fiscal year 2020, which ends this month. Biden, a Democrat who took office in January, vowed to turn the tables after his predecessor, Republican President Donald Trump, reduced the refugee cap to just 15,000, the lowest level in the history of the modern refugee program.
Do not miss this: mountain goat kills attacking grizzly bear with ‘dagger-like’ horns
With their long, sharp claws and frightening speed, few predators in Canada’s wild hinterland attack as mercilessly as a hungry grizzly bear. But in a rare incident, park officials say a mountain goat not only defended itself from becoming a meal, but was able to kill the attacking bear with its “dagger-like” horns. The remains of the bear, which weighed only 70 kg (154 lb), were discovered on September 4 by a wanderer near Field, British Columbia. Parks Canada said the recent forensic autopsy of a female grizzly bear suggested that a goat’s horn pierce the bear’s armpits and neck.
Climate check: The water of a black city is more poisoned than Flint. In a white town nearby, it’s clean
Tap water samples tested in 2018 revealed lead levels of 22 parts per Billion – well above the federal lead action level of 15 parts per billion. Billion and higher even than the 20 parts per. city a national symbol of environmental injustice. But in the last three years, neither the city of Benton Harbor, the county, nor the state have taken sufficient steps. The health risks to the residents of this mostly black, poverty-stricken city — which also happens to be the company’s headquarters in Whirlpool — are extraordinary. Despite this, as one resident said, “It’s like they don’t care.”
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