CORONAVIRUS: The US is averaging more than 100,000 new infections a day for the first time in two months. The surge is mostly attributed to Thanksgiving gatherings and the delta variant, which still makes up 99.9 percent of all cases. In other news, more and more countries have reported their first cases of the Omicron variant. Cue new restrictions. See: the UK added more countries to its red list, which mandates that all travelers arriving from those countries will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Nigeria, which just got put on the list, called it “travel apartheid.” Italy tightened restrictions for unvaxxed people and intro’d a “Super Green Pass.” And New York City announced a vaccine mandate for private employers.
WORLD: Everyone is talking about the killing of Priyantha Diyawadanage, a Sri Lankan factory worker in Pakistan. After rumors spread that Diyawadanage allegedly committed a blasphemous act, a mob of hundreds of people dragged him from his workplace and beat him to death. More than 100 people have been arrested, with the brutal killing sparking massive protests in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, a court in Myanmar just sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 years in prison on charges of inciting public unrest and breaching covid protocols. It’s the first of many expected sentences for the former civilian leader, who was arrested during the military coup earlier this year. And in other news, the US estimates that Russian troop levels on the Ukraine border could reach 175,000. Tensions, high.
BIZ: You know Chris Cuomo as a popular CNN anchor whose brother is Andrew Cuomo (as in the former governor of New York). You also know him as the guy who apparently tried to help his brother defend against multiple accusations of sexual harassment - leading to lots and lots of backlash and calls for CNN to fire him. Well, it looks like CNN listened to those calls, because Cuomo is officially out of a job. This also comes just days after a former colleague accused Chris Cuomo himself of sexual assault. Meanwhile, the largest oil and gas bizes (Shell, Chevron, Exxon...to name a few) made a combined $174 billion in profit in the first nine months of 2021. You read that right. ICYMI, these bizes largely refused to ramp up production amid soaring prices. These price hikes reportedly harm low-income people.