USA News Live Updates: CDC chief says US Covid cases likely have not yet peaked – Times of India

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The Omicron-driven surge in US Covid-19 cases has likely not topped out yet, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday as schools, hospitals and businesses struggle with rising caseloads. Stay here for news updates from across the US that you can’t miss:Read Less
The U.S. Defense Department said on Friday it has awarded a $51.6 million contract to Goldbelt Security LLC to purchase COVID-19 antigen over-the-counter test kits, part of President Joe Biden’s pledge to make available 500 million test kits.

Wisconsin lawmakers push for higher bail after parade deaths

Texas ban on most abortions returns to court as law remains
Texas abortions clinics returned to court Friday, weakened in their efforts to stop the nation’s most restrictive abortion law after the U.S. Supreme Court last month allowed the state’s near-total ban on the procedure to stay in place.
Ohio abortion providers again sued Friday to block a state law requiring that fetal remains from surgical abortions be cremated or buried.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Joe Biden to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress on March 1, several weeks later than the speech usually occurs

American Airlines said Friday that more than 96% of its employees have submitted proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a request for an accommodation from the requirements

A judge on Friday dismissed the only criminal charge filed against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in connection with the sexual harassment allegations that drove him from office

Winter storm in eastern US shuts schools, cancels flights
A winter storm dumped more than a half a foot of snow in parts of the eastern United States on Friday, forcing schools and federal government offices to close and snarling air traffic two days after a blizzard shut down a major highway in Virginia.
Blinken says NATO prepared to respond forcefully to Russian aggression

Biden to deliver first State of the Union address on March 1
President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on March 1, the White House confirmed Friday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the president a formal invitation to speak to Congress and the American public one year into his term. It will mark the latest any president has delivered a State of the Union address. The speech is normally timed for January, and occasionally for February. The delay is driven in part by a busy legislative calendar, a winter spike in Covid-19 cases from the more transmissible omicron variant and the upcoming Winter Olympics, which ties up broadcast network time.
Blinken says US won’t be ‘diverted’ by Russian demands on NATO

The new year has disrupted the jetset lifestyle of rich New Yorkers, who are holed up in second houses in Florida or the Hamptons, and have canceled parties

Blinken reaffirms US support in call with Ukrainian foreign minister: State Department
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Friday, reaffirmed Washington’s “unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity,” the State Department said. Blinken and Kuleba discussed potential US and allied responses to Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s borders, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
No conversations about Ukraine without Ukraine: Antony Blinken

Governors across the US took sweeping action during earlier surges of the Covid-19 pandemic, but are taking a different path during the record caseloads caused by omicron. Governors are displaying little appetite for public orders or shutdowns

US labor market near maximum employment despite December payrolls miss
US employment rose far less than expected in December amid worker shortages, and job gains could remain moderate in the near term as spiraling Covid-19 cases disrupt economic activity.
‘Historic day for our economic recovery’ after US unemployment drops: Biden

CDC doesn’t yet see signal Omicron variant more severe in young kids

Oscar winner and groundbreaking star Sidney Poitier dies
Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94.
‘Bomb cyclone’ blankets northeast US in snow


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