Today’s In Crisis headlines

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(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Impeachment trial testimony resumes today; Jan. 6 security cam video shown Wednesday
House impeachment managers took the floor Wednesday in day two of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, showing what they declared was previously unseen security footage from inside the Capitol during the January 6 attack.  House Delegate Stacey Plaskett said rioters at one point were “within 100 feet” from Vice President Mike Pence.  The footage also showed Officer Eugene Goodman directing Republican Sen. Mitt Romney in a corridor to turn around in order to avoid encountering a mob of rioters heading in their direction.  Another video showed terrified House members as they hear a gunshot outside the chamber, then tell each other to remove their congressional ID pins so the mob can’t identify them.  

Rep. David Cicilline argued that during the protests, then-President Trump did nothing to quell the violence or prevent his supporters from rioting, despite requests from members of his administration and Congressional leaders.  Rep. Joaquin Castro took that one step further, saying that the mob was emboldened by Trump’s tweets.  “When President Trump had the opportunity to confront them as a leader of us all as the commander-in-chief, what did he tell them?  We love you.  You are very special,” Castro said.  “This was a message of consolation, of support, of praise.  Not condemnation.”

Arguments are set to resume at noon today.  The trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for a second time, on January 13, on a single article of “incitement of insurrection” pertaining to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters on January 6, which resulted in the deaths of five people, including an officer of the Capitol Police.  The attack occurred the same day Congress was formally certifying President Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, an election that Trump, his supporters and many congressional Republicans continue to declare was fraudulent, despite a lack of evidence and over 60 failed court challenges.

Unemployment claims slightly lower than last week, with 793,000 filed

Some 793,000 applications for unemployment were filed in the week ending February 6, according to figures released Thursday morning by the U.S. Labor Department.  That’s lower than last week’s number, which was revised up from 779,000 to 812,000 for the week ending January 30, and lower still than the revised number of 914,000 for the week ending January 23.  Even so, the weekly unemployment claims continue to represent highs not seen before the pandemic.  According to today’s latest numbers, a total of 20,435,018 people are claiming unemployment benefits through all government programs.  Some 49,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in January, making the unemployment rate 6.3%, according to numbers released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 107,444,504
Global deaths: 2,357,270.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 471,764.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 60,122,787

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 27,193,850 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 471,764.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 45,496.
U.S. total people tested: 324,710,596

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,451,176 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,491,698 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,531,060 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 65,972,575 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 44,769,970 doses have been administered, with 33,783,384 people receiving one or more doses, and 10,469,514 people receiving two doses. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which are the two most prevalent in the U.S., each require two doses to be effective.

California surpasses New York as state with the most COVID-19 deaths
California has just surpassed New York as the state with the most COVID-19 deaths.  According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, California has now reported 45,496 coronavirus fatalities, compared to New York’s 45,312.  New York State led the nation in COVID-19 fatalities since the pandemic began but early mitigation measures slowed the number of new cases and deaths, while California’s numbers continued to climb.  As of Thursday, it reports 3,451,176 total COVID-19 cases – more than any other state and second only to England as the region with the most reported cases in the world. 

The United States continues to lead the world in total reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, with 25.3% and 20% of global totals, respectively.  Even so, the Covid Tracking Project reports new cases and deaths overall continue to trend downward.  Hospitalizations also continue to decline, with the Project reporting that for the first time since October 22, no states are reporting more than 400 COVID-19 hospitalizations per one million residents.  As of Wednesday, there were 76,979 people in the U.S. hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to the Project.

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