Pastor says he’s ready to go to jail to resist Covid-19 restrictions – KION546
By Dominic Rech, CNN
It could be February before all eligible Americans receive at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to CNN’s analysis of CDC data.
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New York City will require proof of vaccination to enter all restaurants, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “If you are not vaccinated, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in a lot of things,” he said. European countries have put in place similar measures and incentives to try to get people vaccinated. New York’s move comes as a wave of Covid-19 – fueled by the Delta variant and low vaccination rates – is pushing the United States back into the pandemic, with hospitalizations reaching winter levels. Cases of Covid-19 in children and adolescents jumped 84% in one week, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported. The Delta variant is also wreaking havoc in China and across Africa. China is grappling with its worst outbreak in months and introducing mass travel restrictions, while deaths in Africa have risen 80% in one month.
2. Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and created a “hostile” work environment for women, according to a report released by the state attorney general. Investigators said they found a “pattern” of Cuomo’s inappropriate behavior, which included both “unwanted” touching and comments of “a suggestive and sexual nature.” President Biden has said Cuomo should step down. State lawmakers on both sides have vehemently condemned Cuomo’s conduct, with the investigation prompting further calls for his impeachment. Cuomo denies the allegations and has shown no willingness to resign about them. “I want you to know directly from me that I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said. The role of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in his brother’s inner circle, which raises questions about journalistic ethics, is also detailed in the report.
The CDC has issued a new stop to some evictions, saying the eviction of people could harm public health and interfere with efforts to slow the pandemic. The new moratorium comes after Biden and his administration called on Congress to extend the previous one, sparking fury among members of his own party. The new ban applies to areas of the country where transmission of Covid-19 is high or substantial and will last until October 3. Even though this new moratorium is neither legal nor lasting, the overwhelming humanitarian and political pressure has left Biden with no choice but to take a chance on her, writes CNN’s Stephen Collinson. The expiration of the moratorium on original evictions has left millions of Americans struggling to pay their rent during the pandemic.
A car bomb exploded near the home of the acting Afghan Minister of Defense in Kabul yesterday. The explosion occurred near Bismillah Mohammadi’s residence, where four attackers were also killed by Afghan security, a defense ministry spokesperson said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier on Tuesday, an Afghan army commander urged residents of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, to leave their homes if the Taliban were active in their area. “We will not spare the Taliban alive at all costs,” he said. Concerns continue to grow over the civilian record of the militant group’s advance in some of the country’s largest cities. In recent days, the United States has stepped up airstrikes on Taliban positions in an attempt to stop the militant advances. A US defense official detailed a deteriorating situation, telling CNN: “Things are not going well.”
Hundreds of people protested today in India’s capital Delhi for the fourth day in a row as outrage continues to mount over the alleged rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl belonging to one of the castes most oppressed in India. Protesters marched with placards demanding accountability for the girl’s death. “We want justice,” they chanted, with signs reading, “Justice for the girl of India”. The girl’s parents also attended the protests. Her mother sobbed and screamed, sometimes calling her daughter to “come back”. Police are investigating the crime as an incident of caste violence and have arrested four men suspected of being involved in the girl’s death. Yesterday, some protesters burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anger grew over his silence on the issue and the government’s perceived failure to protect young girls.
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