CORONAVIRUS: India just recorded its highest number of single-day coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The rest of the world is dealing with a big rise in cases, too. See: it looks like Europe has missed its chance to stop its third wave of the pandemic, South Korea’s health minister is warning about a fourth wave, and Iran just entered its fourth wave. Over in the US, health officials are increasingly worried about a potential surge in cases. In some good news: Florida and Michigan are opening up vaccine eligibility to allllll adults today. And nationwide, the US vaccinated a total of 4 million people in one day - a new record.
VOTING RIGHTS: A lot is going on in Georgia. Quick refresher: the law requires an ID for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot boxes, lets state election boards take over county election boards, and criminalizes offering food or water to voters waiting in line. Cue serious backlash, including from Coca-Cola and Delta, which have their headquarters in Atlanta, and Major League Baseball, which decided to move its All-Star Game from Georgia. That last part is an especially big deal, since it means Georgia will lose out on an estimated $100 million in state revenue. You read that right. Now, it looks like Georgia Republicans are planning to retaliate. Hint: the state’s House Republicans just voted to revoke Delta’s tax breaks. Stay tuned.
USA: ICYMI, the other day, an attacker rammed a car into a checkpoint near the US Capitol. The attacker then left the car and lunged at Capitol Police officers with a knife. One officer was killed and another was injured, with the suspect himself getting fatally shot. Not yet clear what the motive is, but the attack is prompting the Capitol Police union to plead for more security. Meanwhile, a reservoir in Manatee County, Florida (not far from Tampa) is apparently on the verge of collapse. The reservoir holds 300 million gallons of water contaminated with the byproduct of phosphate mining. If it does collapse, a “20-foot wall of water” could come crashing down on the surrounding neighborhood. Enter: a state of emergency declaration - not to mention hundreds of evacuations.