By Dominic Rech, CNN
It could be February before all eligible Americans get at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to CNN 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 announced. “If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” he said. Countries in Europe have rolled out similar measures and incentives to try to get people vaccinated. New York’s move comes as a surge of Covid-19 — fueled by the Delta variant and low vaccination rates — is sending the US backward in the pandemic, with hospitalizations reaching wintertime levels. Covid-19 cases in children and teens just jumped 84% in a 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 surged by 80% in a month.
2. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and created a “hostile” work environment for women, a report released by the state attorney general said. Investigators said they found a “pattern” of inappropriate behavior by Cuomo, which included both “unwanted” touching and comments of a “suggestive and sexual nature.” President Biden said Cuomo should resign. State legislators in both parties vehemently condemned Cuomo’s conduct, with the investigation prompting renewed calls for his impeachment. Cuomo denies the allegations and has shown no willingness to resign over them. “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s role in his brother’s inner circle, which raises questions about journalistic ethics, is also detailed in the report.
The CDC has issued a fresh stop to certain evictions, saying that evicting people could be detrimental to 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 prior one, setting off fury among members of his own party. The new ban applies to parts of the country with high or substantial transmission of Covid-19 and will last until October 3. Even if this new moratorium isn’t legal or sustainable, crushing humanitarian and political pressure left Biden no choice but to take a chance on it, CNN’s Stephen Collinson writes. The expiration of the original eviction moratorium left millions of Americans struggling to pay rent in the pandemic in the lurch.
A car bomb exploded yesterday near the home of Afghanistan’s acting defense minister in Kabul. The blast went off close to Bismillah Mohammadi’s residence, where four assailants were also killed by Afghan security, a defense ministry spokesman said. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier Tuesday, an Afghan army commander had urged people in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, to leave their homes if the Taliban was active in their area. “We won’t spare the Taliban alive at any cost,” he said. Concerns keep mounting over the civilian toll of the militant group’s advance on some of the country’s biggest cities. In recent days, the US has ramped up airstrikes on Taliban positions to try to halt militants’ advances. A US defense official detailed a deteriorating situation, telling CNN: “It’s not going well.”
Hundreds protested today in the Indian capital Delhi for the fourth day straight as outrage continues to build over the alleged rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl from one of India’s most oppressed castes. Protesters marched holding signs demanding accountability for the girl’s death. “We want justice,” they chanted, with placards that read: “Justice for India’s daughter.” The parents of the girl attended the protests as well. Her mother sobbed and screamed, at times calling out for her daughter to “come back.” Police are investigating the crime as an incident of caste violence and have arrested four men alleged to be involved in the girl’s death. Some protesters yesterday burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anger grew over his silence on the issue and the perceived failure of the government to protect young girls.
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