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Reinfections More Likely With New Coronavirus Variants, Evidence Suggests

Back in April, COVID-19 hit the city of Manaus, Brazil, extremely hard. In fact, the outbreak there was arguably the worst in the world. One study, published in the journal Science, estimated that so many people were infected that the city could have reached herd immunity — that the outbreak there slowed down because up to 76% of the population had protection against the virus.


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Coronavirus Is Surging: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak?

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More than 24 million people in the U.S. have had confirmed coronavirus infections and more than 400,000 have died of COVID-19. Tens of thousands of new cases are reported daily nationwide. In the graphics below, explore the trends in your state.


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Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

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Explore the chart below to find a country-by-country breakdown of new and total cases since January.

In late spring and early summer, new COVID-19 cases were largely driven by cases in the Americas. While the U.S. has consistently had the most new daily cases of coronavirus in the region, Brazil's new daily cases increased rapidly between May and August.


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6 Takeaways From President Biden's Inauguration

President Biden.

That's going to take some getting used to after these past four years.

The new president was sworn in Wednesday and made an inaugural address aimed at unity. Biden didn't sugarcoat, however, the hurdles to bringing Americans together, and he leaned into the challenges the U.S. faces, as he sees it.

Here are six takeaways from Biden's inauguration:

1. A starkly different tone was set.


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Twin Suicide Bombings In Baghdad Market Kill At Least 32, Wound Over 100

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A twin suicide bombing at a Baghdad market killed at least 32 people and injured 110 others on Thursday, according to Iraq's health ministry. Of the injured, 36 are being treated in hospitals.


Trader Joe's, Dollar General And Others Are Paying Workers To Get Vaccines

A growing number of grocers are adopting a novel approach in the race to get their workers vaccinated against COVID-19: providing pay incentives.

Aldi this week became the latest grocery chain to offer employees compensation for getting vaccinated, saying it would provide workers with two hours of pay for each of the two vaccine doses.

The grocer also promised workers receiving vaccines that they would not lose pay for missed hours from work and that it would help pay for the shots.


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Current, Deadly U.S. Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, Researchers Say

The devastating fall and winter wave of coronavirus infections that is causing so much misery across the U.S. appears to have finally peaked, according to several researchers who are closely tracking the virus.

While another surge remains possible, especially with new, more infectious variants on the horizon, the number of new daily infections in the current wave appears to have hit a high in the past week or two and has been steadily declining in most states since, the researchers say.


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On Day 2, Biden To Focus On COVID-19 Strategy With 10 Executive Actions

President Biden plans to sign a series of orders and directives on his second day in office to take charge of stopping the spread of the coronavirus, steps that his advisers say will start to boost testing, vaccinations, supplies and treatments.


Portland Police Charge 8 After Demonstrators Vandalize Democratic Party Offices

More than 100 anti-fascist demonstrators in Portland attacked police and vandalized the city's Democratic Party of Oregon building Wednesday afternoon, breaking several windows in the process, according to police.

Before descending on the offices of the Democratic Party of Oregon, the crowd scuffled with police on bikes, who were monitoring the area where the group had told supporters to meet.


Biden Suspends Deportations, Stops 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

The newly inaugurated Biden administration wasted no time in taking two major steps to dismantle much criticized Trump-era immigration policies in their first day in office.

The Department of Homeland Security announced that starting Thursday, it would pause deportations for certain non-citizens in the U.S. for 100 days and would stop new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, also known as the "remain in Mexico" program.


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