The highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 is galloping across America and accounts for 83 percent of all sequenced cases in the United States, a senior federal health official said Tuesday.
“This is a dramatic increase, from 50% [in] the week of July 4, “said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a testimony to the Senate.
Walensky also said Covid casualties have increased by nearly 48% in the past week, reaching an average of 239 per day.
A cluster of Midwestern and Southern states emerged as the new hotspots for Covid-19. With less than half of the US population fully vaccinated, infection rates in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana is Mississippi they are among the highest – with vaccination rates among the lowest.
The national vaccination campaign has slowed significantly, with the United States administering 521,000 doses per day, an 85% decrease from the peak in April, when 3.38 million doses were put into the arms every day.
Emmanuel Macron one of the 14 world leaders identified in the Pegasus project data
French President Emmanuel Macron is one of more than a dozen world leaders whose cell phone numbers were found in a leaked customer database of NSO Group, the Israeli spyware company, may reveal the Guardian’s Pegasus project.
The data also lists the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, which includes diplomats, military leaders and senior politicians from 34 countries. The appearance of a number on the leaked list does not mean that it has been the subject of a successful attempt or attack, but the list is believed to be indicative of individuals considered persons of interest by NSO government clients.
Emmanuel Macron appears to have been selected as a person of interest from Morocco in 2019. An Elysée official said: “If this is proven, it is clearly very serious. All the light will be shed on these media revelations ”.
Cyril Ramaphosa appears to have been selected from Rwanda in 2019.
Saad Hariri, who stepped down as Lebanon’s prime minister last week, appears to have been selected by the UAE in 2018 and 2019.
NSO claimed that Macron was not a “target” of any of its customers, meaning the company denies that he was selected for surveillance using its spyware Pegasus. The company added that the fact that a number appeared on the list was in no way indicative that that number had been selected for surveillance via Pegasus. But the list is believed to be indicative of individuals identified as persons of interest by NSO’s government clients.
The chair of the Capitol attacks commission promises to investigate Trump
Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House’s new select committee to review the attack on the Capitol, says he will investigate Donald Trump as part of his inquiry into the events of January 6, a day he sees as the biggest test for United States since the beginning of the civil war. war, writes my colleague Hugo Lowell.
Thompson told the Guardian is ready to depose members of Congress and senior officials of the Trump administration who may have participated in the insurrection that left five dead and nearly 140 wounded. “Nothing is forbidden,” he said.
The investigation will focus on the facts and circumstances of the attack on the Capitol, and the first hearing scheduled for July 27 will see the participation of current and former United States Capitol Police and DC Metro Police officers.
In other news
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, clashed with Rand Paul, Republican Senator for Kentucky and longtime opponent of wearing the mask on Tuesday, with Fauci eventually telling Paul, “If anyone is lying here, Senator, that’s you.”
Siberia is affected by extraordinary and unprecedented forest fires, which have already burned 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) of land in northeastern Siberia and released suffocating smog in Russia’s Yakutia region, where officials have described this summer’s climate as the driest in the last 150 years.
Jeff Bezos’ 11-minute journey aboard a Blue Origin rocket to the edge of space on Tuesday sparked a debate as to why the New Shepard rocket has such a distinctive shape: a mushroom-like crew capsule that spreads out over a long shaft, with a rounded, bulbous top.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished one of the greatest NBA finals ever with 50 points and a Milwaukee championship waited 50 years to win again, with the Bucks beating the Phoenix Suns as 65,000 fans cheered them in the Deer District outside the stadium.
Statistic of the day: Eating processed meat increases your risk of heart disease by a fifth
Bacon is bad for us, it was discovered once again, as the largest research analysis on the impact of meat consumption on heart health concluded that consuming processed meat increases the risk of heart disease by a fifth. Consuming 50g of processed meat alone, including bacon, ham and sausages, increased the risk of heart disease by 18%, while no link was found between heart disease and the consumption of poultry, such as chicken and turkey. .
Don’t miss: renting clothes could be truly sustainable, fashion leaders insist
The fashion rental industry disputed the findings of a recent high-profile report that renting clothes is “less environmentally friendly than throwing it away,” due to the environmental impact of transport and dry cleaning. “We believe rental needs scrutiny to make it as ‘green’ as possible, but we’re concerned that encouraging people to throw out their clothes won’t help the industry, let alone the planet,” said a fashion leader sustainable.
Climate Check: why men cause more climate emissions than women
Men’s spending on goods causes 16% more global warming emissions than women, although both genders spend very similar amounts, according to a Swedish study. The biggest difference was men’s spending on gasoline and diesel for their cars, with researchers saying this emissions gap should be recognized in action to tackle the climate crisis.
Last thing: Prince Harry’s truth will shock Buckingham Palace
It won’t be the first royal memorial, but there is no doubt that the British royal establishment is clutching its pearls right now. Whatever Prince Harry’s book will bring to light, if Oprah’s interview with the Sussexes is anything to follow, Buckingham Palace will be shocked.
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