Damaged Hospitals in Haiti Struggle to Help Earthquake Survivors as Death Toll Tops 1,400

We get an update from Les Cayes, Haiti, not far from the epicenter of Saturday’s earthquake, as Tropical Storm Grace drenched parts of the country and the death toll has now climbed to more than 1,400, with nearly 7,000 suffering from injuries amid overwhelmed hospitals. The impact from the latest earthquake is “just as great” as the devastation from the 2010 earthquake, says Jacqueline Charles, Haiti and Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald. “Haitians are not sitting around and waiting for international aid. They’re not waiting for their national community to come and rescue them,” Charles says, noting the presence of many makeshift hospitals despite medical supply shortages.…

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England’s NHS waiting list tops 5 million for first time

The number of people in England waiting to start NHS hospital treatment has risen above five million for the first time, new figures show. Data from NHS England shows that 5.12 million people were on the waiting list at the end of April – the highest number since records began in August 2007. The figures, published on Thursday, also show that the number of people having waited more than a year to start hospital treatment stood at 385,490 in April. This is down from 436,127 in the previous month, but around 35 times the number waiting a year earlier, in April 2020, which was 11,042. Meanwhile, A&E attendances…

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As Death Toll Tops 410,000, Biden Pushes “Wartime Effort” to Fight COVID. But Could More Be Done?

On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden unveiled a 198-page national plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. death toll tops 410,000. He signed 10 executive orders to create a new national COVID-19 testing board, to help schools reopen, to mandate international travelers to quarantine upon arrival, and to require masks on many forms of interstate transportation. Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act to increase COVID-19 testing and the production of vaccine supplies, saying a wartime effort is needed to combat the virus. “It just feels like the federal government is back, the federal government is going to play a constructive and…

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Biden tops 270 electoral college votes to defeat Trump in US election

Joe Biden has topped the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory over Donald Trump in the US presidential race. The former vice-president was called as the winner of Pennsylvania on Saturday, meaning he has an insurmountable lead in the race for the White House. Winning the vote in Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona – three states that voted for Mr Trump in 2016 – opened up several pathways to the presidency for the Democratic candidate. It was victory in Pennsylvania, some four days after polls closed that saw him over the line. Mr Trump made a series of unsubstantiated allegations to claim he is being cheated out of…

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COVID U.S. Death Toll Tops 205,000 & 7M Infections as Trump Mocks Biden’s Mask, Attacks the ACA

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