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April 2021 Current Events: US News

Updated April 3, 2021 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the US news events you need to know so far for April 2021:

  1. Coronavirus Updates
  2. Capitol Attack
  3. Controversial Voter Law
  4. Coronavirus Updates (2)
  5. Multiple Shootings Over One Week

Coronavirus Updates

Covid Passport

On April 3, a new record was set as 4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were given across the country. Dr. Fauci reported that if the vaccinations continue, as well as masks and social distancing efforts, life will go back to normal in the near future. On April 3, New York?s Saint James Theatre became the first Broadway theatre to open its doors since the pandemic began a year ago. On April 3, Florida Governor DeSantis signed an executive order banning the use of ?Covid passports? in government facilities and businesses. Many states are discussing the use of ?Covid passports? as proof that people got the vaccine. DeSantis claimed such a rule is an invasion of privacy and infringes on personal freedoms. (CNN)

Photo Source: NY Governor's Press Office via AP, File

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Capitol Attack

Capitol Attack

On April 2, a male suspect rammed his car into the northern barrier of Capitol Hill. He struck two police officers with his car and ran at others with a knife, but was shot by officers before he could attack any more. One office died from his injuries. There is still little known about the suspect?s motivation for the attack. It is believed that he was mentally ill and a victim of paranoia and delusions. (CNN)

Photo Source: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 4/2/21

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Controversial Voter Law

MLB Georgia

On April 3, the MLB announced that it will pull the All-Star Game from Georgia after the state passed a controversial voter law. The law, which prohibits given food and water to people waiting, restricts absentee ballots, and shortens periods of run-off elections, is said to be restrictive and biased. In a statement, the MLB said it supports voting rights for all and therefore will move the All-Star Game to a different state. Later that week, MLB announced that the game would be held at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson

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Coronavirus Updates (2)

US Covid

On April 5, it was reported that Michigan is facing another round of Covid, yet this time patients are younger and healthier. As more people get vaccinated, some are still testing positive but with minor symptoms. Experts say the new variant is much easier to catch and may have more severe symptoms. On April 7, the CDC announced that the UK variant is now the dominant strain of Covid in the United States. Early studies have shown that this variant is more contagious, more severe, and more deadly. Currently, there are 16,275 cases of the UK variant confirmed in the US. On April 10, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court blocked another state Covid-19 restriction, stating it infringed on religious rights. The ruling will lift some restrictions that were previously placed on Bible study groups. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

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Multiple Shootings Over One Week

Multiple Shootings

On April 6, a shooting in Frederick, Maryland left two sailors injured. The shooting occurred just outside of a military installment. The suspect is a Navy hospital corpsman who was shot dead by police at the scene. Authorities are still investigating the incident and a possible motive. On April 9, former NFL player Phillip Adams allegedly killed five people and then himself outside Rock Hill. The victims included the prominent Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, and his two grandchildren, as well as an air-conditioning technician who was outside the home. Officials believe the cause of this shooting rampage may be CTE as a result of multiple head traumas. Researchers at Boston University will be studying CTE more in depth as a result. On April 9, President Biden held a press conference announcing possible executive orders involving gun control. The new actions will expand background checks, regulate stabilizing braces for pistols, new intervention programs for violence-prone communities, and ?red flag? legislation. On April 10, at least one person died and another five were injured after a highway shooting in Texas. The shooting occurred between two vehicles who were headed the same direction, but police do not yet have a motive. On April 10, a shooting outside a Utah prison left two deputies injured and the suspect dead. Very few details have been released. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sean Rayford

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