Cramm for 1/3/22

It's 2022, which means Cramm This Book is coming this FebruaryCramm This Book is a dive into the history that’s shaped the world as it is today, looking at the isms and phobias, the wars, the movements, the disasters, and more. Pre-order your copy today!


Everyone is talking about Omicron. 



Back in November, a new variant of COVID-19 called Omicron was discovered in Botswana and South Africa. While there’s a lot we still don’t know about Omicron, we do know that it’s made up of a distinctive combination of more than 50 mutations. We know it’s two to three times as likely to spread as the Delta variant. And we know a full vaccination plus a booster shot provides strong protection against Omicron. 



Coronavirus cases just keep rising. The world is now recording an average of nearly 1.5 million new infections each day. In the US alone, more than 300,000 cases are being reported per day for the first time in the pandemic. Countries all over the world are repeatedly shattering daily case records. But there’s a bright spot: hospitalizations and deaths, while still high, haven’t risen at the same pace. 



All eyes are on testing and vaccines. England is requiring high school students to get tested before returning to classes. Los Angeles County wants students who had close contact with an infected person to be tested before heading back to campus. Israel is offering a 4th coronavirus shot to people over the age of 60. And France is adding the US to its “red list” - meaning unvaxxed US visitors will need to quarantine.



Once again, the pandemic is shifting. TBD on just how much. 


LEADERS: Back in October, Sudan’s military seized power in a coup and arrested multiple gov ministers and officials, including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Not long after, the military shook on a deal with civilian leadership and reinstated Hamdok as prime minister. Scratch that, because he just resigned. This comes amid anti-coup protests that have left dozens of people dead. Meanwhile, Brazilian Prez Jair Bolsonaro has been hospitalized. He’s being treated for a possible stomach obstruction after facing discomfort while on vacation. In other news, Prez Biden and Ukrainian Prez Volodymyr Zelensky just chatted about Russia. The biggest takeaway? The US would “respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.” 


WORLD: ICYMI, in 2019, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong to protest for more democracy from China. In response, China basically said ‘hahah no’...and intro’d a new security law that took even more control from the city. Since then, several independent news outlets have closed due to things like police raids and arrests. Now, it looks like the Citizen News - the largest remaining independent news outlet in Hong Kong - has joined them. The news outlet says the decision was meant to protect the safety of everyone involved. Meanwhile, Turkey’s annual inflation rate just hit 36 percent. Aka a 19-year high. Very very bad, because this underlines just how bad Turkey’s financial situation is getting. 


USA: Washington, DC was just hit with its first big snowfall of the season. Federal gov offices and schools were forced to shut down, while hundreds of thousands of people were left without power across the Southeast. New Jersey’s governor declared a state of emergency for five counties and warned residents to stay off roads. On top of all that, experts say that “thundersnow” - when thunder and lightning occur during a snowstorm - is likely. In other news, the Federal Aviation Admin isn’t too happy with AT&T and Verizon (as in the telecommunications bizes). See: the bizes have refused to delay the planned rollout of new 5G wireless services, despite the FAA’s concerns about potential interference with sensitive aircraft electronics. Stay tuned.


Steph Curry:” who just made a three-pointer for the 158th consecutive game, breaking his own record. 


“Kane Tanaka, the world's oldest person, celebrates 119th birthday” - an actual headline. Happy birthday.

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