The total number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the US surpassed 500,000 yesterday. The symbolic milestone comes just over a year since Patricia Dowd, a 57-year-old Bay Area woman, became the country's first known victim, succumbing to the disease Feb. 6, 2020. Flags will be at half-staff this week in recognition of the deceased.
The news comes as new cases continue their downward trend, with the average case rate falling below 70,000 per day (see data). The number of new cases reported each day is on par with the peak of the virus' second wave, seen in July. However, the test positivity rate—the share of tests returned positive—has fallen below 5%, compared to more than 7.5% in July.
The US is averaging roughly 1,850 new COVID-19 deaths per day, down more than 40% over the past six weeks. Based on available data, those aged 65 and older account for 80% of reported deaths, despite accounting for just 14% of cases.
More than 44 million people have received at least one vaccination dose, with the country averaging almost 1.5 million doses administered per day. See how your state is doing here.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Myanmar (Burma) yesterday, while millions of others participated in a general workers' strike. The largest sign of opposition against a Feb. 1 military coup to date, protester turnout swelled despite an increasingly heavy-handed response from police. Some observers suggested weekend violence—when police reportedly fired on crowds, killing two and injuring at least 20— acted to galvanize protesters.
former civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has not been seen in person since being ousted and detained. The lone exception (see our previous write-up) was a televised appearance in which she was read charges during the beginning of a military-adjudicated trial.
Pro-democracy protesters have adopted a three-finger salute made popular by the "Hunger Games" novel and film series as a sign of
... and in Spain
At least 130 people have been arrested and more than 100 injured as protests across Spain over the imprisonment of popular rapper Pablo Hasél entered their seventh night. While last night's march ended peacefully, previous demonstrations have turned violent in many cities, with primarily youth-led crowds clashing with police and vandalizing property.
Known for infusing his music with activist politics, Hasél was given a suspended
sentence in 2018 for tweets and lyrics in which prosecutors say he glorified terrorism and political violence while insulting Spain's former king, Juan Carlos I. The case has become a flashpoint for a debate over free speech in the country, with more than 200 prominent Spanish writers and artists signing a petition defending Hasél.
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Historybook: Gutenberg Bible is published (1455); RIP President John Quincy Adams (1848); Sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois born (1868); Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima photo taken (1945); HBD actress Emily Blunt (1983).
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."
- W.E.B. Du Bois
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