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    We are covering the coming American milestone of 500,000 deaths From COVID-19, The Worst day of violence in Myanmar Since the coup and New role for women In Bollywood films.


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    More Americans have died COVID-19 than the First World War, World War II and the Vietnam War combined war. No other country has counted so many deaths in the epidemic.

    As of this writing, the US toll stood at 498,033, nearly a fifth of the known global toll, about a year after the country’s first confirmed COVID-19 death. Coronovirus has reached every corner of America, destroyed dense cities and rural counties alike, and killed one in 670 people in the country. Virus variants are a growing threat and grief is widespread.

    “When I walk in, it’s an unrealistic moment and there’s always hope,” said Ignacio Silverio, who lost his sister to COVID, the owner of a restaurant. “You know, maybe it’s all a dream and she congratulates me and we sit together and drink coffee.”

    The drastic milestone nevertheless comes at an expected moment. New virus cases are rapidly decreasing, deaths are slowing, and vaccination is taking place after a week in which most parts of the country were shaken by a winter storm. President Biden said the US could return to normalcy by the end of the year, although the country’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that wearing masks may be necessary in 2022.

    Here are the latest updates and maps of the epidemic.

    In other events:

    • Australia on Sunday began vaccinating its population against coronoviruses, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and 19 others receiving their shots. The first to be vaccinated was an 84-year-old woman who lives in a nursing home.

    • People in Canada are calling not only politicians and doctors, but also their own relatives and neighbors, to break the rules of coronovirus. The so-called needle lines are filled with tips.

    • As new forms of coronavirus spread rapidly, countries in Europe are rising to re-enact border controls, a practice that was the world’s largest area of ​​free movement at the time.


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    Witnesses said two people were killed and dozens were injured when security forces opened fire on protesters in Mandalay town on Saturday. It was the bloodiest day ever against the coup.

    The firing occurred when officials were trying to send workers back to their jobs at the local shipyard. a Stop work there According to Radio Free Asia, Myanmar’s civilian leader, Drs. River transport was paralyzed on the country’s most important commercial waterway, the Irrawaddy, in protest against the removal of Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Description: Authorities used water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas, slingshot and eventually ammunition to break up the crowd. According to Medic, at least 40 people were injured.


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    Over the years, the Russian government has been making inroads into the freedom to speak online. Many predicted that Russia was leading to Internet censorship similar to China’s great firewall.

    But when President Vladimir Putin faced major opposition last month, his government still appeared reluctant – and to some extent, unable – to block websites or limit the spread of digital dissent.

    Putin’s dilemma: He One can continue to try to manage public discontent by retaining some portions of an open society, or he can take state repression to new heights, eliminating public repression.

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    Bollywood’s onscreen mothers have long been portrayed as passive housewives who succumb to patriarchal pressures. But this is changing with films such as “Tribhanga” above, covering topics such as single motherhood, sexual abuse and open relationships.

    In fact, many new productions portray mothers and women as complete and complex human beings – not melodramatic side characters, but vocal, independent leads who are in charge of their own fate.

    Israel Election: The election next month has the potential to give real strength to the country’s Arab voters. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now strictly welcoming the Arab Israeli electoral college, and some Arab politicians are ready to work with him.

    Alexey Navalny: A Russian court has cleared the way for the possible transfer of an opposition leader into a penal colony, the latest move by authorities to silence President Vladimir Putin’s country’s most vocal critic.

    Libyan Weapons: According to UN investigators, Eric Prince violated UN weapons on Libya, sending arms to a militia commander trying to overthrow the government in Tripoli. . . He Any wrongdoing is denied.

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    Snapshot: Above, Novak Djokovic won his third straight Australian Open title. His win over fourth-placed Daniel Medvedev gave him his 18th career Grand Slam title. Naomi Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady on Saturday for her fourth Grand Slam title.

    What we are reading: Summary of last episode of BBC series “Trump Take on the World, In which we learn that the former US president, after his summit in Hanoi, offered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, an air force ride home. The bromance was genuine, at least from Mr. Trump’s point of view.

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    Credit …Con Paul’s for the New York Times. Food Stylist: Jerry-Joy Redman-Lloyd.

    the Cook: this Shredded shrimp Both Cajun and Creole cuisine draws inspiration from it.

    listen: Radio drama, especially from its golden era in the 1930s through the ’50s, is freely available to the Internet. Six shows can be enjoyed here.

    do: Thinking of buying an electric car? They are available in many sizes, shapes and prices. Here is a roundup.

    Get something that makes you laugh. Thoughts on home What to read, cook, watch and do while remaining safe at home.

    A graphic on Sunday’s front page of The New York Times depicts the totality of COVID’s devastation in the United States. Remotely, a Graphic Resembles gray spots, but from above it appears much darker: close to 500,000 individual dots, each representing a single life lost to coronovirus.

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    This is not the first time the designers of the Times have used the front page to represent the scale of the epidemic toll. When the COVID-19 deaths in the United States reached 100,000 last May, the page was filled with the names of those lost people – about a thousand of them, then just 1 percent of the country’s toll.

    And as the number approached close to 200,000, the major photo on the page showed an artist’s yard in Texas that filled his lawn with a small flag for every life caused by the virus in his state.

    But this is the first time the front page has portrayed all American fatal incidents. “I think part of this technique, which is good, is that it dominates you – because it should,” said Lazaro Gamio, a graphics editor at the Times.


    It is for this briefing. see you next time.

    – carol


    Thank you
    Theodore Kim and Jahan Singh for a break from the news. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

    PS
    • We are listening to “The Daily”. Our latest episode is on children and COVID.
    • Here is our mini crossword, and a clue: Cold War Superpower (four letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
    • Claire Cain Miller, a reporter who has worked on our series Working Mothers, “The Primal Scream”. Talked to NPR Regarding the epidemic toll on women.

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