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

House sending impeachment article to the Senate today; trial begins week of February 8
The House of Representatives today is scheduled to deliver to the Senate an article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump, formally launching trial proceedings.  The trial itself won’t begin until the week of February 8, a delay to which both sides agreed so they can prepare their legal arguments.  The House has already impeached Trump for “incitement of insurrection” against the United States government because of his alleged role in the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, which resulted in five deaths.  If Trump is convicted in the Senate – which will not happen without Republican support – they can also vote to disqualify him from ever again holding public office.  Trump is the only U.S. president to be impeached twice.

National Guard to remain in Washington through March
National Guard troops will remain in Washington, D.C. through at least the middle of March.  A National Guard Bureau official told ABC News in a statement that the current 7,000 troops who remained in D.C. after the inauguration will be reduced to 5,000.  “We are providing assistance such as security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support to state, district and federal agencies,” the statement says, in part.  “The current plan is through mid-March, but the National Guard will stay as long as needed at the request of supporting agencies.”  More than 25,000 National Guard troops were in Washington on Inauguration Day to guard against potential violence in the days following the January 6 Capitol insurrection.  There is concern Washington that the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, set for the week of February 8, could potentially incite more violence.

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: 99,268,840
Global deaths: 2,130,995.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 419,225.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 54,831,886

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 25,128,278 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 419,225.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 42,325.
U.S. total people tested: 291,979,837

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,187,232 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 3,168,528 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,250,421 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

US passes 25 million COVID-19 cases as world nears 100 million; US hospitalizations decrease
The United States has now surpassed 25 million COVID-19 cases.  Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows 25,128,278 reported cases as of Monday morning, with 130,485 new cases reported Sunday and 1,769 deaths.  The benchmark comes as the number of global COVID-19 cases approaches 100 million, with 99,268,840 reported as of Monday morning.

There is some good news.  ABC News analysis of trend data provided by the Covid Tracking Project finds that, although January is on track to become the worst month on record for both daily cases and reported deaths, the national seven-day average of daily cases continues to trend down, with COVID-19 hospitalizations also continuing to decline.  In the last two weeks, the number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 nationwide has dropped by 15%.

More than 21 million COVID-19 vaccines now administered in US
The U.S. has now met the initial Operation Warp Speed goal of vaccinating 20 million Americans against COVID-19 by the end of 2020.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the 20 million doses milestone was met Saturday, 23 days later than planned.  As of Monday, 21,848,655 doses had been administered out of 41,411,550 total doses distributed.  Of the total doses administered, 18,502,131 people have received one dose, with 3,216,836 receiving two.  The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, the only ones currently available in the U.S., require two doses administered 28 days and 21 days apart, respectively. 

Johnson & Johnson said last week it expects its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to be granted FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the next few weeks, which would result in additional available doses for national distribution.  Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that pharmaceutical company Merck has discontinued its COVID-19 vaccine development efforts in the wake of disappointing clinical results.

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