On January 6, when the U.S. Congress confirmed the election results, a large number of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, causing chaos on the scene. Several U.S. politicians including Vice President Pence described this as a “dark day.”
According to the “Capitol Hill” report late on the 6th, the riot that shocked the world has caused 4 deaths and a total of 52 protesters were arrested by the police. The Washington, DC government announced that to avoid similar riots on the day of Biden’s inauguration on the 20th of this month, the city’s public emergency will be extended to January 21.
The Washington DC Police Chief Robert Contee announced the news at a press conference that night. Kandy said that of the four dead, one woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol, while the other three were injured near the Capitol and died of serious injuries after receiving first aid.
The identity of the woman who was shot dead has been confirmed by US media. She was a U.S. Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt and a Trump supporter. Washington police said that Babbitt was shot by a police officer while trying to break into a room in the House of Representatives. The bullet may have hit her neck or chest, causing her death.
Contee did not disclose the details of the other three dead. CNN said that earlier in the day, several protesters fell from the scaffolding outside the Capitol. The wounded were taken to the hospital by the Washington Fire and Emergency Medical Department. Some of them suffered cardiac arrest and several fractures. City officials did not say whether the three dead were related to the wounded.
He also announced that as of 9:30 that night, Washington police had arrested 52 protesters, of which 26 were arrested inside the Capitol. Contee said 47 of the protesters arrested were involved in illegal invasion or violated the curfew, four held pistols without a license and one held a prohibited weapon.
Before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives returned to the Capitol, the city government and the police conducted a comprehensive inspection of the building. The police found two home-made bombs near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. In addition, the police also found hidden guns and Molotov cocktails in a car outside the Capitol.
Contee said that the riot caused at least 14 American police officers to be injured and at least two were taken to the hospital. One of the policemen was seriously injured because of being “drawn into the crowd and besieged.”
“USA Today” also mentioned that the FBI has now intervened in the investigation and has begun to collect clues from the American public about persons suspected of participating in violent activities.
Washington, DC, has imposed a curfew at 6 o’clock that night, and the police stated that anyone who violates the curfew will be arrested. Mayor and Democrat Muriel Bowser also issued a public emergency statement, allowing Washington, DC to allocate more resources to quell the unrest.
Bowser said at the press conference that she expects the protesters will also launch a protest on the day Biden takes office on the 20th. To ensure the safety of the inauguration, the public emergency in Washington, DC will be extended to January 21, the day after Biden officially took office as president. Fox News pointed out that this means that Bowser has the right to announce a curfew at any time during this period.
The current situation in the US Congress and surrounding areas has been brought under control. The U.S. Capitol Police stated that all security threats in the Capitol Building have been eliminated, and the Capitol Police will continue to maintain vigilance.
Germany starts ordering 2022 vaccines, local leaders suggest approval of Chinese vaccines
German Health Minister Jens Spahn revealed on Saturday (30th) that the country has now begun to order the 2022 vaccine, because the spread of the variant new coronavirus may require an increase in the dose in the future.
According to Reuters news on the 31st, Spann said in a video conference for medical staff on the 30th that Germany is currently ordering 2022 vaccines, and at least some of them must be obtained first because no one knows whether there is a need to increase the number of vaccine injections in the future, or In order to maintain immunity to the new coronavirus, vaccines must be purchased in advance as a preventive measure. Spann said that 2.3 million people out of the 83 million German population have received the first dose of vaccine, but because vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Modena, and other vaccine manufacturers suddenly announced reductions in production, European governments faced a shortage of vaccines. Both are quite a headache. The German government has set up a new vaccination task force, and it is also expected to convene federal and local government representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and EU representatives for a vaccine meeting on the 1st.
Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, stalled during the second blockade in November. Many Germans envied the faster vaccination rates in Britain, Israel, and other countries. The German federal government has continuously received criticisms of too slow vaccination progress. German media described the government vaccine program as a “scandal.” Public opinion surveys show that people’s satisfaction with the government’s epidemic prevention has dropped to 49%, the lowest point since the epidemic.
Before the meeting of the new vaccination working group, some powerful regional leaders in Germany also expressed dissatisfaction with the federal epidemic prevention and control measures. The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, put forward a new proposal that requires the federal state to allow the state to have more say in the supply of vaccines to the groups most in need. Soder said, “We need an emergency vaccine economy system, and the country must formulate clear rules,” he called on the authorities to consider approving Chinese and Russian vaccines for use in other European countries.
According to reports, as of the 30th, Germany had 13,321 new cases and 794 deaths in a single day, with a total of more than 2.21 million confirmed cases and 56,000 deaths. Although the number of cases per 100,000 people has dropped by 3 in the past 7 days to 91 cases. The government stated that the number must be less than 50 cases to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. In addition, the German Ministry of the Interior said that due to the growing domestic concerns about the mutant virus, it is currently preparing to impose restrictions on the entry of passengers from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
The U.S. and Russia reach an agreement on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
On January 26, US President Biden had a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin for the first time after taking office. The Russian Kremlin stated that the two sides agreed to extend the arms control agreement “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and the US White House also said that the two sides will work on extending the treaty.
Russian Satellite News Agency quoted the Kremlin News Service on the 26th as saying that Putin and Biden reached an agreement on extending the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” during a telephone conversation. The source said: “In the near future, both parties will complete all necessary procedures to ensure that this important international mechanism for mutual restriction of nuclear weapons continues to take effect.”
Reuters reported on the 26th that the White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s statement. However, the White House issued a statement saying that the leaders of the United States and Russia agreed to let their working groups urgently start work on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The United States and Russia signed the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. After the US-Russia “China-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” expired in 2019, the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” became the only arms control treaty between the two countries. The treaty will expire on February 5, 2021, but the validity of the treaty can be negotiated between the two countries It will be extended at most 5 years later. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the treaty for one year but ultimately failed to finalize the details.
U.S. COVID-19 patient dies hours after vaccination
A person infected with the new coronavirus in California, USA, died a few hours after being vaccinated with the new coronavirus on the 21st. The cause of death has not been identified, and it is not clear whether the deceased was vaccinated with Modena or Pfizer.
According to Fox News, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in California announced on Saturday (23rd) that a resident who tested positive for the new coronavirus in December 2020 will be vaccinated on January 21, 2021. Received the vaccine, but died a few hours later.
The sheriff’s office said that at present, many local, state, and federal agencies are actively investigating the case. It is too early to talk about the cause of death, and the results of the investigation are still pending.
According to the report, it is still unclear whether the vaccine for the deceased was Moderna or Pfizer.
According to previous reports, a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 22nd showed that as of January 10, a total of 4,041,396 people in the United States had received the first dose of the covid vaccine developed by Modena in the United States, and a total of 1,266 cases of adverse effects were reported Reaction events (adverse reaction rate is about 0.03%), including 10 allergic reactions. Previously, the center reported that as of December 23, 2020, a total of 1,893,360 people in the United States had received the first dose of Pfizer’s covid vaccine, and a total of 4,393 adverse events were reported, including 21 allergic reactions.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past month, an average of 423 people died of new coronavirus every day in California. The state has currently recorded 36,362 deaths.