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

Security increases prior to Wednesday inauguration events as Capitol attack investigation continues
In the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, police and National Guard troops are on patrol there, ready for possible demonstrations ahead of Wednesday’s Inauguration.  Some 25,000 National Guard troops are in Washington, D.C., where a large security perimeter, or Green Zone, has been set up to protect the Capitol.  Already, some security checkpoint arrests have been made.  Additionally, at least ten states are so far known to have called up the National Guard to help protect statehouses. 

As the investigation into the Capitol attack continues, the FBI’s New York office issued a situational information report to law enforcement partners, saying that some insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol established communication mechanisms in advance with the apparent goal of enabling them to carry out the assault without detection.  Meanwhile, law enforcement nationwide continues to locate and arrest individuals who took part in the Capitol building breach.  Authorities are using social media images, video and other online posts from and about the attack to identify suspects, assisted by tips provided by other individuals.

Kamala Harris resigns her Senate seat
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris resigned her Senate seat Monday morning, ahead of her inauguration as vice president on Wednesday.  Harris announced her resignation in an essay published in the San Francisco Chronicle, titled “Serving as California’s senator has been an honor. But this is not a goodbye.”  Harris’ resignation clears the way for California Governor Gavin Newsom to appoint fellow Democrat Alex Padilla, now California’s secretary of state, to serve the final two years of Harris’ term, also making Padilla the first Latino senator from California, the population of which is roughly 40% Hispanic.  Harris is also expected to deliver her formal resignation today to Congress but won’t make a speech on the Senate floor, since the body isn’t in session and is not scheduled to return until Tuesday. 

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

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 95,121,791
Global deaths: 2,032,516.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 397,600.
Number of countries/regions: at least 191
Total patients recovered globally: 52,417,501

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 23,937,846 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 397,600.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 40,435.
U.S. total people tested: 279,088,049

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 2,991,731 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks first in the world.  England is second in the world, with 2,958,104 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,127,625 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Global COVID-19 deaths top two million; U.S. approaching 400,000 fatalities
The number of people who have died worldwide of COVID-19 is now more than two million.  Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows that as of Monday morning, a reported 2,032,516 people had died of the virus.  In the U.S., that number is now 397,600, with the Covid Tracking Project reporting a seven-day average of 3,307 fatalities.  At this rate, the U.S. will likely surpass 400,000 reported deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently forecasting a total of 440,000 to 477,000 reported COVID-19 deaths by the week ending February 6.

The U.S. continues to lead the globe in total COVID-19 infections and deaths, with 25.1% and 19.5%, respectively, of global totals.  California, which continues to report the most coronavirus cases than any other state — 2,991,731 as of Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University — is poised to surpass three million cases within two days, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.  The state currently accounts for 12.4% of the COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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