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January 2021 Current Events: US News

Updated January 4, 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 world news events you need to know so far for January 2021:

  1. Coronavirus Updates
  2. Election Battle Continues
  3. Coronavirus Updates (2)
  4. Georgia Race, Storming the Capitol, and Twitter Bans

Coronavirus Updates

US Coronavirus

On January 1, as the world rang in a new year, the US officially surpassed 20 million COVID cases. More than 125,000 US residents were in the hospital due to the virus, the fourth consecutive day of setting a record high. On January 1, a Wisconsin pharmacist was arrested on suspicion of tampering with 500 doses of the new coronavirus vaccine. The man is accused of taking the doses out of the refrigerator, spoiling them. No motive has been released. (CNN)

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Election Battle Continues

Georgia Vote

On January 4, Georgia election officials shot down allegations from President Trump regarding voter fraud. In audio reported by The Washington Post, President Trump can be heard pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger to “find the votes.” Officials continue to say the claims are false as Trump held a speech in Georgia that night. (CNN)

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Coronavirus Updates (2)

US Coronavirus

On January 5, the CDC reported that over 1,000 people died from Covid in just one week in Los Angeles County. Calfironia continues to face an onslaught of cases. On January 6, California faced another setback as a freezer containing 800 doses of the coronavirus vaccine in a California hospital broke, giving the staff just two hours to administer all the doses. The hospital was able to administer all 830 vaccines under the two hour mark, saving any from being wasted. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

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Georgia Race, Storming the Capitol, and Twitter Bans

Capitol Breach

On January 6, CNN projected Raphael Warnock, a democrat, to become the first black senator in Georgia, as well as the first Democratic senator to be elected to Georgia in 20 years. Warnock won against Kelly Loeffler, a Republican who has been outspoken about her support for President Trump and belief that the election was rigged. The race continues as votes for Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff continues. Currently, Perdue trails behind Ossoff, which would give Democrats control of the Senate once again.In DC that same day, Congress met to certify president-elect Joe Biden’s victory as Trump supporters protested outside. What began as a peaceful protest quickly turned as protestors stormed the capitol. Congress was evacuated, but various protesters tore apart rooms in the building, including the office of Nancy Pelosi. The FBI is currently scouring images and making arrests based on the event, and has already made 82 arrests. The mob left five people dead, one of whom was an officer securing the building. Three pipe bombs were also placed throughout the city, which are still being investigated. As the riot in DC was occurring, many Trump supporters also protested at state capitols across the nation. On January 7, President Trump officially announced his concession as talks of impeaching him to prevent a 2024 run continued. On January 8, Twitter permanently banned President Trump’s account, citing his tweets as promoting violence. On January 9, Democrats announced that articles of impeachment will be revealed on Monday. (CNN)

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