A third Democratic U.S. lawmaker says he has tested positive for COVID-19 days after being locked down for hours with other colleagues, including Republicans who did not wear face masks, to avoid the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol. This report produced by Emma Jehle.
Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad on January 17 informed about the current situation of the state. He said that as many as 404 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the state in past 24 hours. Whereas, 666 people have been discharged in the same duration. Active cases in the state are 8881 in which 3210 people are in home isolation.
Delhi Police informed that they are trying to reduce gathering to 25,000 as compared to 1.5 lakh earlier on Republic Day keeping in mind the spread of COVID. "In the view of COVID19, we are trying to reduce the gathering to 25,000 as compared to 1.5 lakh people earlier. People must follow COVID guidelines. We have restricted children below 15 years and adults above 65 years to the program," said Siddharth Jain, ACP Connaught Place.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas plans to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. This comes after weeks of elevating misinformation about the election results. Cruz has faced immense backlash and increasing pressure to resign following his objection. Biden has even criticized the Texas senator and said he should be defeated in 2024. Since November, Cruz has sown doubts into the electoral process, says Business Insider.
While detailing his plan to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said it was "shocking" to see some Republican members of Congress not wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus and told them it was "time to grow up."
President-elect Joe Biden has picked former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison to head the Democratic National Committee, Biden's office said in a statement on Thursday. Gloria Tso has more.