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The Daily Brief: US Hits Record of 1.5 Million Covid Cases in One Day

The United States faces a surge of covid cases and hospitalizations largely due to omicron, a variant US health administrators are claiming most people will get

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  • The United States has seen a  33% increase of Covid hospitalizations in the last week, with a world record of 1.5 million cases in one day. 
  • Center of Disease Control (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky warned of a surge in the upcoming days directed mainly by the omicron Strain. 
  • The rapid spread of the virus and its contagious nature will “ultimately find just about everybody,” according to Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci.
  • “Those who have been vaccinated … and boosted would get exposed. Some, maybe a lot of them, will get infected but will very likely…do reasonably well in the sense of not having hospitalization and death,” he stated, while those unvaccinated will “get the brunt of the severe aspect of this”.
  • Food and Drug Administrator head Janet Woodstock shared the same sentiments, stating “most people are going to get Covid,” and that the US should focus on keeping hospitals functional and making sure “other essential services are not disrupted while this happens”.
  • Despite the Omicron virus showing less significant effects then other strains, Walensky stated of ongoing “staffing challenges” due to labor shortages and infected health care workers.
  • Along with the short staff, the influx of patients being admitted has limited hospital space throughout the country. 
  • The U.S. has also seen shortages in masks and take home tests, with hour-long lines seen outside of on-site testing zones. 
  • The surge has affected other fields as well, including airline crew member infections which forced thousands of flight cancellations during the winter holidays.

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Judge Declares Sexual Assault Lawsuit to Continue In Case of Prince Andrew

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  • New York Judge Lewis Kaplan has declared the lawsuit against Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre, who states he sexually assulted her in 2001, will not be dismissed. 
  • “Ms. Giuffre’s complaint is neither ‘unintelligible’ neither ‘vague’ nor ‘ambiguous,'” he stated in a 46-page report. “It alleges discrete incidents of sexual abuse in particular circumstances at three identifiable locations. It identifies to whom it attributes that sexual abuse.” 
  • The prince denies abusing Giuffre on the three locations belonging to Jeffery Epistein and pushed dismissing the lawsuit. Buckingham Palace has refused to speak on the legal matter. 
  • He is set to face a civil sex assult case in the United States later this year.

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Energy Monitor Head Blames Russia for furthering Europe Gas Crisis

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  • On Wednesday, the head of the International Energy Agency blamed Russia for worsening the natural gas crisis in Europe, saying that low storage levels and high prices mostly stem from state-owned Gazprom’s behavior.
  • Russian President Putin denies these claims, stating Gazprom met its obligations under long term contracts and instead blames high spot gas prices on Europe’s decision on moving towards more volatile short-term prices.
  • According to the Energy Monitor Fatih Birol, Russia’s Gazprom was responsible for the low storage levels, the company accounting for half the deficit of stored gas, while owning only 10% of Europe’s storage capacity.

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Rising Death Toll after Cliff Falls Onto Boaters in Brazil

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  • Death tolls rise following the falling of cliff rocks onto boaters in a Brazilian lake, with 10 confirmed dead.
  • Furans Lake is a popular tourist destination in Brazil, created in 1958 for the installation of a hydroelectric plant.
  • Boaters we’re seen trying to flee as a large part of the cliff came crashing down, engulfing them in a wave of debris. 
  • Investigators are still looking into the cause, speculating the fallen cliff rocks were due to heavy rainfall.

Israel claims it took down Iranian Spy Ring

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  • Israel said it had broken down an Iranian spy ring that targeted women, alleged to be led by a Jewish Iranian intelligence officer.
  • The spy ring was alleged to have been asking Israeli women to photograph sensitive sites, gather information, and, in 2 cases, encourage their sons to join Israeli military intelligence.
  • Iran is viewed by Israel as its greatest threat, as the two countries have been staging shadow wars for years.

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China’s Lunar Lander the First to Find Moon Water

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  • In a historic first, China’s Chang’e 5 lunar lander detected water on the moon at its landing site, being the first to do so in real time.
  • The instrument attached to the lunar lander detects water by determining spectral reflectance measurements of soil and rock. 
  • China has also launched several successful missions recently, including Chang’e 4 which completed 1,000 days on the far side of the moon. The country has plans for Chang’e 6 to collect moon samples from the far side of the moon in 2024.

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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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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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