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Coronavirus updates: Biden says total deaths will soon top 500,000, after U.S. sets another daily record

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The U.S. reported 4,440 covid-related deaths on Wednesday.
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Amazon presses for in-person voting for unionization election in the midst of a pandemic

The e-commerce giant appealed a decision to hold mail-in balloting, arguing in part that the National Labor Relations Board pandemic election guidance never defined what an "outbreak" actually is.

FEMA would operate up to 100 federally run mass vaccination sites under Biden plan

A draft FEMA document envisions four different models for sites, with the largest capable of handling 6,000 doses a day.

Denmark is sequencing all coronavirus samples and has an alarming view of the U.K. variant

Cases are exploding exponentially and lockdowns may not be enough.

Miami Heat to use coronavirus-sniffing dogs to allow some fans back into arena

The team reportedly plans to let 1,500 fans attend games starting later this month, and all guests and employees will need to be screened by the dogs.

George Floyd languished inside a Texas prison. Communities and companies saw it as ‘economic development.’

Bartlett State Jail contributed to a third of the city's budget. But inside, prisoners like Floyd got little training or education that would help them reintegrate into society.
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Virus surge puts ‘real pressure’ on Japan to cancel Olympics, Australia leader says

Japan and the IOC insist the Games are going ahead, but some members of the ruling coalition are reported to have developed cold feet.

Israel recommends coronavirus vaccine for pregnant women, marking a shift as some countries reassess risk

On Tuesday, Israel’s Health Ministry and council for gynecological health updated its guidance to recommend the coronavirus vaccine for pregnant women, especially those with preexisting health issues or who work in close contact with the public.

Does the public rally behind leaders who get covid-19?

We analyzed public opinion ratings for Macron, Trump and others who got sick.
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A year after Wuhan coronavirus lockdown, trauma runs deep in China’s ‘Hero City’

Relatives who lost loved ones early in the pandemic say they cannot move on without answers from authorities who failed to warn the public in a timely way.

The final U.S. county to get the coronavirus? A remote Hawaiian outpost and former leper colony

Until recently, Kalawao County, Hawaii, which has fewer than 100 residents, was the only county in the country that hadn’t reported a single coronavirus case.

Read Biden’s executive order on safely reopening schools

Plus the president's full plan to attack the pandemic and what it says about schools.

D.C. will resume indoor dining Friday as coronavirus cases hover at elevated levels

The mayor also announced a new schedule for opening up vaccine appointments.

Biden says death toll from pandemic likely will top 500,000 next month, says it will take months ‘for us to turn things around’

President Biden, who laid out his plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, offered a sober assessment about the crisis.

‘Pixie dust’: Why some vaccine sits on shelves while shortages intensify nationwide

Confusion over nursing home set-asides, uncertainty about the status of second doses and reluctance to order vaccine that might go unused mean some doses remain in warehouses.

Partly hidden by isolation, many of the nation’s schoolchildren struggle with mental health

The pandemic makes it harder for students and counselors to address mental health problems.

E.U. leaders consider travel bans, faster vaccine rollout to contain coronavirus variants

European leaders fear the U.K. variant and others could overwhelm their medical systems.

Maryland officials call for schools to reopen no later than March 1

The toll of remote learning falls hardest on the most vulnerable students, state officials say.
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A day in a hospital as it receives its first coronavirus vaccines
Dec. 16 was a day of relief at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Health-care workers lined up and some even teared up when they received a vaccine.
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