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

President Trump’s last full day in office is today; more pardons expected
Today is President Trump’s last full day in office ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.  Trump was neither seen nor heard from Monday, although outgoing first lady Melania Trump tweeted a nearly seven-minute long farewell video Monday afternoon, looking back on her time in the White House and calling serving as first lady “the greatest honor of my life.”  President Trump is expected Tuesday to issue another round of pardons, perhaps around 100.  Sources tell ABC News he is unlikely to issue pre-emptive pardons to his children and other close associates, despite weeks of internal battles among White House aides. The sources also said they don’t expect Trump to issue a pardon for himself, as has been speculated.

President Trump has already declared he will not attend Biden’s swearing in Wednesday, although Vice President Mike Pence has said he will.  Meanwhile, sources confirm to ABC that President-elect Biden has invited bipartisan congressional leadership to attend church with him Wednesday morning ahead of his inauguration.  Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly accepted the invitation, with incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expected to attend as well.

Unprecedented security ahead of Inauguration Day
With fewer than 24 hours remaining before Inauguration Day, Washington, D.C. is seeing unprecedented security ahead of the event, measures that are being echoed in state capitals around the nation.  At last word, there are 21,500 National Guardsman in the nation’s capital from all 50 states and three territories, with an additional 3,500 expected to be in place by tomorrow in what the Guard has dubbed Operation Capital Response.  Each guardsman has been vetted by the FBI as they search for any potential insider threats, according to a defense official.  Physical security measures include closed roads, vehicle and security checkpoints, concrete barricades, and a Capitol building surrounded by seven-foot fences topped with razor wire.

In a statement Tuesday morning, acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen declared, in part: “The Department of Justice is committed, together with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, to ensuring a safe and peaceful Inauguration — one that reflects our Nation’s enduring highest values.  As I have repeatedly said over the last two weeks, the Justice Department will have no tolerance for anyone who attempts to mar the day with violence or other criminal conduct.  Anyone who does that will be caught, and they will be prosecuted.”

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: 95,653,304
Global deaths: 2,043,271.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 399,003.
Number of countries/regions: at least 191
Total patients recovered globally: 52,772,150

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 24,079,204 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 399,003.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 41,173.
U.S. total people tested: 281,142,160

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,019,758 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 2,992,238 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,138,190 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

US will top 400,000 COVID-19 deaths today; nation tops 24 million cases
The United States today will acknowledge yet another grim pandemic milestone when it surpasses 400,000 deaths from COVID-19.  Johns Hopkins University as of Tuesday morning reports 399,003 virus fatalities, with the Covid Tracking Project reporting a seven-day fatality average of 3,259 deaths per day.  California, which continues to report more COVID-19 cases than any other state, on Tuesday crossed the three million cases threshold, reporting 3,019,758 confirmed infections. 

Meanwhile, the worldwide vaccination effort continues, with some 40 million doses administered to date.  The U.S. leads the world in vaccinations, with 12 million doses, followed by 10 million in China and four million in the U.K.   Countries that have administered the most COVID-19 immunizations per capita are Israel, Bahrain and the UAE. 

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that although nearly nine in ten Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t under control in the U.S., only 63% say they will definitely or probably get the vaccine. That’s lower than the 71% who, answering a similar question last May, said they would get vaccinated. Opinions about the pandemic are deeply partisan, with roughly 70% of Democrats and 55% of independents say the virus is not at all under control, versus just 28% of Republicans.

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