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UK records zero daily COVID-19 deaths for first time in nearly 2 years

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The UK hit a bittersweet milestone with zero daily COVID deaths for the first time since March last year.

The latest figures also reported another 3000 new cases. It comes amid concern over a recent small rise in cases linked to the variant first identified in India.

Public Health England says the death figure is “encouraging”, but echoes the health secretary’s call for people to get a vaccine due to rising cases.

UK leads the way with COVID vaccinations

Some experts have linked the UK’s successful vaccination roll-out to the zero-day milestone. Israel, another country leading the world’s vaccination efforts, also recently hit their zero-day milestone.

Eric Topol from Scripps Research Translational Institute said it’s “likely not a coincidence that the 2 countries leading the world in vaccination have both achieved zero death days now.”

Other countries fall behind on vaccination

BBC head of statistics Robert Cuffe noted the deaths reflected case numbers roughly a month ago, the daily count wasn’t a perfect picture and that some people who died over Monday public holiday could be reported on Wednesday.

“In fact, according to the UK’s current definition, deaths within four weeks of a positive test, there was a day with no reportable deaths last summer – on 30 July,” he wrote.

“But the government did announce some deaths on that day as they were using a different definition at the time.”The pandemic is far from over, but this is a unique day in its history to date.”

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Time is running out for Biden’s death penalty abolition

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President Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure as his administration grapples with the challenge of fulfilling a key 2020 campaign promise – the abolition of the federal death penalty.

The issue has gained renewed attention as the Department of Justice reviews its policies on capital punishment.

Despite initial steps like imposing a moratorium on federal executions, the President’s commitment to a complete abolition faces hurdles in Congress and legal complexities.

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What can be learned from the AT&T outage?

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The outage lasted for several hours and impacted thousands of customers across the United States.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were looking into an AT&T outage that lasted for several hours and impacted thousands of customers across the United States.

AT&T said the hour-long outage to its U.S. cellphone network appeared to be the result of a technical error, not a malicious attack and that the Federal Communications Commission was in touch with the company.

Hugh Odom a former AT&T Attorney and the Founder and President of Vertical Consultants joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #telecommunications #cellphone #AT&T #AT&Toutage

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Extremism top concern for U.S. voters ahead of election

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Worries over political extremism and threats to democracy have surged to the forefront as the primary concern for U.S. voters, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown in the upcoming November election.

The three-day Reuters Ipsos poll, which concluded on Sunday, found that 21% of respondents identified “political extremism or threats to democracy” as the nation’s most pressing issue, narrowly edging out concerns about the economy and immigration.

President Joe Biden appears to hold a slight advantage over his predecessor, Donald Trump, in addressing this issue, with 34% of respondents believing Biden has a better approach compared to 31% for Trump.

The findings underscore the deeply polarized political landscape in America, with Democrats prioritizing extremism as the top issue, while Republicans overwhelmingly focus on immigration.

Independent voters

The poll also highlights the pivotal role of independent voters, with nearly a third citing extremism as their primary concern, followed closely by immigration and the economy.

This suggests that the handling of extremism could significantly influence voter behavior in the upcoming election.

The rise of extremism as a top concern comes amid ongoing political turmoil, with Trump continuing to challenge the legitimacy of U.S. institutions and perpetuate false claims of election fraud.

His rhetoric has not only fueled division but also incited violence, as seen in the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

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