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The Daily Brief: Covid-19 Pummels Into 2022 with Numbers Reaching a Million Cases a Day

The Covid-19 daily case count reaches one million in the U.S. pushing many to get the booster vaccine for fear of getting infected.

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  • Countries across the world including but not limited to the UK and US face record high numbers of Covid cases.
  • China has now put another city into complete lockdown following three asymptotic cases found in Yuzhou.
  • While the strict lockdown has lowered and limited the transmission of Covid-19 it has also raised issues of food shortage resulting in a bartering system being developed to survive.
  • Studies in the U.S. have found that infection is still likely even if a patient is vaccinated; however if an additional booster is administered individuals have significantly increased protection.
  • The UK faces severe short staffing in hospitals where they also see the highest daily total since the pandemic began.
  • Tourist areas especially in Cancun, Tulum and other spots along the Mayan Riviera, and Baja California Sur have seen some of the highest infection rates as people continue to travel and vacation amidst a pandemic.
  • Overall 300 million people have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic with more than five million deaths.
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Winter Storms Overtake US Highway Leaving Hundreds Stranded

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  • Winter storms on the United States’ eastern side have led to Washington closing for the day and highways being blocked.
  • The I-95 in Virginia was blocked after six tractor-trailers crashed leaving hundreds of vehicles snowed in.
  • The crash did not result in any major injuries, however, the incident left traffic at a standstill.
  • Cars were trapped overnight as social media was lit up by messages of food, fuel, and water shortage.
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Rare Protests in Kazakhstan Continue For The Third Day

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  • Thousands continued to protest for the third day straight across Kazakhstan in opposition to the government’s decision to lift price caps for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) causing fuel prices to soar in the country. 
  • Protests, which are considered illegal in Kazakhstan without prior permission, started over the weekend when the government announced that the low price of LPG was no longer sustainable for the country and removed the previous price caps on January 1st. 
  • In response to the protests, the Kazakh government announced late on Tuesday that they have restored at least one of the price caps putting LPG at the price cap of 50 teng (.11 cent per litre) or less than half the market price of LPG. 
  • LPG, which is made up of a majority of propane with some butane mixed in, has long been considered inexpensive in Kazakhstan with the price caps in place. 
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At Least 8 Dead In Flash Floods in Southern Iran

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  • 8 have died and 2 are still missing after heavy rains triggered flash flooding in the southern regions of Iran. 
  • Officials state that heavy rains, which are expected to continue until at least Friday, have damaged homes, agriculture, roadways, and communication systems throughout the country.
  • Humanitarian group, Iran Red Crescent, has provided emergency accommodations to at least 30,000 people and over 20,000 people have received some sort of flood relief from the organization. 
  • In recent years, flash flooding has been a regular occurrence in Iran as scientists believe climate change has played a significant role in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. 
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Sudanese Security Forces And Protestors Continue To Clash

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  • Sudanese Security Forces continued to fire tear gas at thousands of protestors who oppose the military-run Sudanese government on Tuesday. 
  • While reports differ, some state Tuesday’s protest was calm with protestors marching and chanting through the streets while others state in some cities, that protestors burnt tires and created rock barricades, telling military personnel to return to their barracks. 
  • Protestors, who believe that the military has created a dictatorship in Sudan since they successfully initiated a coup on the Sudanese government in October and placed then, civilian Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest.
  • Hamdok was released from house arrest and was placed back into power in November but stepped down earlier this week as protestors no longer support Hamdok and are waiting for military head, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to resign or for the country’s democratic government elections in July 2023. 
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Brazilian President Still In Hospital But Will Not Require Surgery

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  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (66) will not need surgery but will remain in the hospital after being rushed there earlier this week for a partially blocked intestine. 
  • Officials from the Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil stated that they were able to fix Bolsonaro’s intestinal issues with no surgery which is welcoming news as Bolsonaro is expected to face re-election this October. 
  • Bolsonaro has continued to experience health complications and has had at least 4 surgeries since being stabbed during a campaign event in September 2018. 
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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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