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U.S. marks 700,000 lives lost from COVID-19

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Church bells rang 700 times to represent the lives taken by the virus

The U.S. has reached a milestone, tallying 700,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Washington National Cathedral bells rang 700 times on Tuesday to commemorate the lives lost, a number greater than the population of Boston.

The last 100,000 deaths comes in the last three and a half months, after the U.S. population has been largely vaccinated, with vaccines available to any American over the age of 12.

70 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated despite vaccines being available to all for the past six months.

U.S. President Joe Biden says Americans must not become “numb to the sorrow”.

“On this day, and every day, we remember all those we have lost to this pandemic and we pray for their loved ones left behind who are missing a piece of their soul,” he says.

President Biden emphasises the importance of getting vaccinated saying it has helped to reduce the severity of the virus.

“Hundreds of thousands of families have been spared the unbearable loss that too many Americans have already endured during this pandemic.”

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at John Hopkins school of Public Health Dr David Dowdy says 70 per cent of those 100,000 deaths were in unvaccinated people.

“If we had been more effective in our vaccination, then I think it’s fair to say, we could have prevented 90 percent of those deaths,” Dr Dowdy says.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attractive interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s coast

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Sixteen people have been evacuated as fire rages onboard the Zim Kingston container ship off the coast of Canada

The vessel was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire on Saturday, and has since been expelling toxic gas which officials say is not a risk to people on land.

The coast guard reported the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals located in two of the ten containers that caught fire.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire.

“Currently there is no safety risk to people on shore, however the situation will continue to be monitored,” it said.

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Will the future of travel ever be the same?

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As countries across the world begin to reopen their international borders, there are many questions that surround what the future of travel will look like post-COVID

COVID-19 took its toll on every sector around the world, but one that has been greatly hit has been the travel industry.

As nations across the world shut their borders, and airlines grounded their fleet, the multi-million dollar industry suddenly ground to a halt.

Fast forward to now, and there is finally some light at the end of the runway – with planes restarting their engines as destinations like Fiji, Bali, Thailand, the U.K. and United States open up.

But how will travel look going forward? It’s certainly going to be different, with many countries now requiring vaccination as a requirement of entry, while rapid-PCR testing will also be of common sight.

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