It's Theme Park Food and Drink Week in Woodland, and downtown restaurants are teaming up to serve up some favorites to get customers to support them during the pandemic.
- The Telegraph
India is witnessing a spike in Covid infections, the most sustained surge in cases since the pandemic peaked in September last year. India has recorded 13,742 new cases and 104 fresh deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday. In the past week, the number of cases has risen by an average of 1,800 a day. India had been witnessing a decrease in cases earlier this year with some predicting an end to the pandemic and pointing to megacities such as Delhi reaching herd immunity. However, in recent days those predictions have looked premature. The states of Maharashtra in the west, whose capital is Mumbai, and Kerala in the south are now the epicentres of the pandemic, accounting for 75 per cent of active cases. The government has warned 10 states, where there has been a rise in daily cases alongside a drop in Covid-19 testing, that slacking off on restrictions and surveillance measures will escalate the crisis. In Mumbai and the state of Maharashtra all religious, social and political gatherings have been banned. The reasons behind the surge are still unclear and experts have been dispatched to investigate. Health officials in the worst-hit states have also been asked to speed up vaccination campaigns, increase PCR testing and carry out contact-tracing of all positive cases. “Over the past few days, a rising trend of Covid-19 cases and positivity has been observed…Hence it is advised to expedite the vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers to confer immunity in the shortest possible time-frame,” the health ministry said in a letter to the state of Madhya Pradesh. Health officials said there was no evidence to suggest that the current surge is being driven by new variants of the virus that have been identified in recent weeks. Sujeet Kumar Singh, director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), told the Telegraph more than 6,000 variants of the virus have been recorded in India. “It needs a scientifically planned study to conclude how much can be attributed to the new mutants for the fresh rise in the cases. We are conducting the genomic analysis of the samples from all the districts where rise has been reported,” Dr Singh said. “There is still a huge susceptible population and whenever they get exposed to the coronavirus they will get Covid," he added. The rise in cases comes amid concerns that India is falling behind on its target to vaccinate 300 million people by July. While the country has administered 12 million doses so far it has a huge population to cover. Figures reveal that India is seeing a steep fall in vaccinations at the weekend due to the closure of most public facilities. On Saturday February 14 and 21 - both Sundays - India only administered 21,437 and 31,681 doses respectively, while during the weekdays the numbers have been hitting around 400,000. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security
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Shares of the pizza chain slid 7% in premarket trading as sales at its U.S. stores open for more than a year rose 11.2%, but missed analysts' estimates of 12.48%. Easing coronavirus restrictions in the United States have led to a rebound in business for dine-in restaurants, which have also doubled down on their digital operations and inflicted more pressure on sales at pizza chains. Fast-food giants have also been incurring high costs to sanitize their stores regularly, while investing more in digital business to keep up with the surge in online orders during the pandemic.
- The Daily Beast
Some on-screen love interest age gaps are surprising, and other times, actors are almost the same age as their on-screen children.
There's something for any mood you're in right now from comedies ("Easy A") and gangster movies ("Goodfellas") to documentaries ("LA 92").
- Associated Press
A New York prosecutor has obtained copies of Donald Trump’s tax records after the Supreme Court this week rejected the former president’s last-ditch effort to prevent them from being handed over. The Manhattan district attorney’s office enforced a subpoena on Trump’s accounting firm within hours of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday and now has the documents in hand, a spokesperson for the office, Danny Frost, said Thursday. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. had been fighting for a year and a half for access to Trump’s tax records for a criminal grand jury investigation into his business dealings.
- USA TODAY Opinion
I was assaulted by a Proud Boys supporter in a foreshadowing of the hate to come. I saw that same look on the faces of those who ravaged the Capitol.
- The Independent
Declassified summary likely to conclude Mohammed bin Salman approved murder of columnist
AstraZeneca will deliver 180 million COVID-19 vaccines to Europe in the second quarter, including 20 million to Italy, the head of its Italian unit was quoted as saying on Thursday, but EU officials remained wary about supply. Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing an EU official directly involved in talks with the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker, that AstraZeneca expected to deliver less than half the COVID-19 vaccines it was contracted to supply the European Union in the second quarter. Lorenzo Wittum, CEO and chairman of AstraZeneca in Italy, told daily Il Corriere della Sera that Italy would receive more than 5 million shots by the end of March, fewer than the 8 million previously agreed, leading to a total of 25 million doses by June.
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The lawmaker who's chair of a hearing on the Jan. 6 riot says the U.S. Capitol Police’s acting chief failed to understand the threat facing lawmakers that day. Pittman was serving then as assistant chief of protective and intelligence operations. Pittman has acknowledged that an FBI warning of violence sent the day before the riot was received by the Capitol Police but was never forwarded to her.
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An ex-girlfriend tipped off the FBI about an alleged US Capitol rioter after he called her a 'moron'
Australia on Thursday continued its downward trend of COVID-19 cases, stoking hopes of a faster return to normal, while Qantas Airways pushed back international travel plans by four months as it waits on the country finishing its vaccination drive. Victoria, the country's second-most populous state, recorded no cases for nearly a week, suggesting the most recent outbreak in Melbourne has been contained, prompting authorities to flag easing of more restrictions soon. "With six days of zero cases, with the number of active cases falling each day... we can be quite positive about making some announcements tomorrow," state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters when asked about lifting of curbs on gatherings.
- WCVB - Boston
There is promising new data today on Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine. If approved, it would add a third option to the vaccine rollout in the United States.
- The Independent
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