CORONAVIRUS: Covid hospitalizations in the US have hit a new high. More than 145,000 people are in hospitals with coronavirus as of today - surpassing the previous peak from January 2021. Meanwhile, United Airlines says that 3,000 workers are infected with coronavirus. This comes after thousands of flights were canceled due to coronavirus outbreaks. Also making headlines in the US: up to 8 home covid tests per month will be covered by health insurers starting this weekend. In other news, the World Health Organization says that over half of Europe could be infected with covid in the next two months. And last but not least, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing backlash over reports that more than 100 of his staff were invited to a garden party at his official residence at the height of the 2020 lockdown.
WORLD: The World Bank has some not-so-great news. The organization’s prez is warning that the economy faces a “grim outlook” as the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt, especially in low-income countries. Global economic growth is predicted to slow to 4.1 percent, down from 5.5 percent in 2021. In other news, last year saw the hottest ocean temps in recorded history - the 6th consecutive year that this record has been broken. Not a typo. Experts say the human-caused climate crisis is behind the rise in temps. Meanwhile, North Korea just launched its 2nd ballistic missile in a single week. The launch appears to show the country’s progress in developing a hypersonic missile.
PEOPLE: ICYMI, since the 2020 US presidential election, many states have intro’d dozens of new voting laws that will make it harder for Americans to vote. So today, Prez Biden and Vice Prez Kamala Harris are heading to Georgia to give a major speech on voting rights. Only a slight problem…some voting rights advocates are skipping the speech, saying, “We don’t need even more photo ops. We need action.” Stay tuned. Meanwhile, David Sassoli has passed away at the age of 65. Sassoli was a well-known journalist in Italy before going into politics, eventually becoming the prez of the European Parliament. His cause of death is still unknown, but he had been in poor health for months.