Today’s In Crisis headlines


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

Trump impeachment trial to begin Tuesday; poll finds majority of Americans favor conviction
The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins Tuesday.  Crucial to the case of House impeachment managers will be showing the former president incited his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6.  An ABC News investigation has found at least a dozen capitol rioters who’ve been charged in that attack have said they thought they were carrying out Trump’s orders when they did so.  The former president’s lawyers will argue that he was exercising his First Amendment rights and did not incite the riot. Most Republicans in the Senate have already signaled they will vote to acquit.

Meanwhile, a majority of respondents in a new ABC News/Ipsos poll favor the Senate convicting Trump.  Fifty-six percent say Senate should convict Trump and bar him from ever again holding federal office, while 43% don’t support conviction, a 12 percentage point difference.  However, the partisan gap is far wider, with 92% of Democrats supporting conviction, compared to only 15% of Republicans.  Respondents also say there are more radical extremists within the Republican Party than the Democratic Party, 42% to 25%.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 106,228,180
Global deaths: 2,318,700.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 463,482.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 59,250,298

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 27,008,560 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 463,482.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 44,839.
U.S. total people tested: 320,378,941

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,417,982 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,456,961 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,495,251 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 59,307,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 41,210,937 doses have been administered, with 31,579,100 people receiving one or more doses, and 9,147,185 people receiving two doses. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which are the two most prevalent in the U.S., each require two doses to be effective.

New COVID-19 cases below 100K for first time in two months; vaccines exceed new global cases
There are some long-awaited glimmers of hope in the global fight to control the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Covid Tracking Project reported Sunday that for the first time since November 2, the U.S. reported fewer than 100,000 new coronavirus cases, with 96,003.  Daily new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all trending downward, though the Project notes they’re missing current data from some states.  Hospitalizations in particular are at their lowest number since November 19, but still significantly higher than the previous peak numbers in the spring and summer.

More good news: The World Health Organization on Friday declared that the number of reported COVID-19 vaccinations worldwide has exceeded the number of reported infections.  However, more than 75% of those vaccinations are in just ten countries that are among the world’s wealthiest.  “Almost 130 countries with 2.5 billion people are yet to administer a single dose,” said WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom. 

However, COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. remains a grim statistic, where the number of reported virus fatalities as of Monday morning stands at 463,482, according to Johns Hopkins University.  That represents enough people to fill Raymond James Stadium, host of Sunday’s Super Bowl, more than seven times over.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently estimating between a total of 496,000 to 534,000 reported COVID-19 fatalities by the week ending February 27.

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