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Three-quarters of all voters, including 60% of Republicans, support Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan: poll
  • New polling shows widespread support for Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.
  • A Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 76% of all voters and 60% of Republicans support the bill.
  • The stimulus package is expected to get its first vote in the House on February 26.
Unsurprisingly, support for the bill was highest among Democrats, with nearly 90% saying they somewhat or strongly support the package.
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Lockdown has made London a boomtown for rats
Pest controllers say that, as many restaurants and office buildings in London's bustling city center remain empty, rats are forced to migrate to more residential areas in search of food.

Families spending more time at home -- and eating all their meals there -- have led to an increase in refuse and that is luring rats into suburban dwellings. Meanwhile, bird feeders -- kept replenished through the winter -- are encouraging rodents to burrow in backyards.
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Pentagon chief urges service members to get vaccinated after it was revealed one-third are opting out
"If you believe, as I did, that (being vaccinated is) the right thing for you ... I hope that you'll consider accepting it when it's offered to you," Austin said.

In the statement, Austin encouraged anyone who worries about the safety of the vaccine to visit the CDC and Defense Department websites for more information.

"You'll see that they are safe and they are effective. And you'll see that millions of your fellow citizens have already taken them with little to no side effects," Austin said.

The military cannot require troops to get the Covid-19 vaccine because it only has an emergency use authorization from the FDA at this point. Approximately one-third of service members eligible to receive the vaccine have opted not to do so.
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The Florida official who set up a vaccine site for affluent ZIP codes and created a VIP list is under investigation, sheriff's office says
A Florida sheriff's office is investigating whether a Manatee County official broke the law when she organized a Covid-19 vaccine drive limited to two of the county's most affluent ZIP codes.
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Nation’s most populous county mandates extra $5 in pandemic ‘hero pay’ for some grocery workers
About 2,000 grocery-store workers in Los Angeles County will get an extra $5-an-hour in “hero pay” — the latest of several proposals to compensate staff for the risks they're undertaking.
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Teen carjackings increase with coronavirus restrictions, police say
Carjacking is on the rise in several major cities as bored teenagers (and plenty of adults) face shuttered youth programs, job scarcity and the quick release of juveniles from detention facilities during the pandemic.
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, but often include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. Symptoms begin one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Most people (81%) develop mild to moderate symptoms (up to mild pneumonia), while 14% develop severe symptoms (dyspnea, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging) and 5% of patients suffer critical symptoms (respiratory failure, shock, or multiorgan dysfunction). At least a third of the people who are infected with the virus remain asymptomatic and do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time, but can spread the disease. Some patients continue to experience a range of effects—known as long COVID—for months after recovery and damage to organs has been observed. Multi-year studies are underway to further investigate the long term effects of the disease.

Source: Coronavirus disease 2019 - Wikipedia