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We’re masking the most recent from Washington, a brand new examine of in-flight coronavirus transmission and our Journey Desk’s 52 locations to like (since who is aware of once we’ll go wherever).


The rioters: The mob included notorious white nationalists, conspiracy theorists, a newly elected West Virginia lawmaker — and a variety of extra nameless individuals who had traveled from different states to heed Mr. Trump’s name to assist his efforts to overturn the election. Here’s how they breached the Capitol.

Race and policing: That the overwhelmingly white intruders so easily overran the police and suffered no mass arrests drew criticism, particularly from those that recalled harsher remedy at racial justice marches. “You could be arrested for strolling whereas Black, however you could be white and riot and mainly get away with it,” said Attica Scott, a Kentucky state consultant who was arrested in Louisville final summer time.

Most analysis into potential coronavirus transmission on airplanes has centered on flights that occurred final spring, when the worth of preventive measures was not broadly understood. A brand new report particulars what can occur even when airways and passengers are conscious and extra cautious concerning the dangers.

The flight: An 18-hour journey from Dubai to New Zealand in September on a Boeing 777-300ER that was three-quarters empty. On arrival in Auckland, the 86 passengers quarantined for 2 weeks, as required.

The findings: Seven passengers, all of whom had been seated inside the similar 4 rows and two of whom had not worn masks, examined optimistic in the course of the quarantine. The variations of the virus they carried have been nearly similar genetically. Analysis led by New Zealand’s Ministry of Well being decided that one passenger — who had examined destructive 4 or 5 days earlier than boarding — had initiated a chain of infection that spread to at least four others.

Listed here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

  • Officers in France, the place about 45,000 individuals have been vaccinated, vowed on Thursday to speed up the campaign. “2021 would be the 12 months of hope,” Prime Minister Jean Castex stated, however he added that infections and hospitalizations remained too excessive to loosen restrictions, finish curfews or enable bars and eating places to reopen on Jan. 20, as deliberate.


Italy, together with Romania and Poland, sends essentially the most European staff overseas. And the proportion of Italians residing overseas who’ve a college diploma is increased than that of Italy’s basic inhabitants.

However previously 12 months, the number of Italians aged 18 to 34 returning home elevated 20 p.c over the earlier 12 months, in line with the overseas ministry.

Italy has been celebrating. “The counter-exodus of the mind drain,” declared Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper in September. “Now younger individuals need to come again to Italy,” proclaimed Il Giornale di Sicilia.

Caveats: Lots of these returning are nonetheless working for overseas companies. They usually might not keep. Brunello Rosa, an economist in London who’s a member of the diaspora, stated that they “create worth overseas and revenue overseas” — and that simply spending their wage in Italy doesn’t have a big affect on the nation.

Varun Suchday, of Bhuj, India, is at all times looking out for roads that don’t exist on maps, speaking to locals to get their instructions. When the pandemic hit, he heard of particular rock formations in Kaliya Dhrow, India. He rode a motorbike for hours and ultimately occurred upon “this marvelous, countless panorama of pink: streaks of crimson, saffron — orange.”

He’s one of many readers who’ve shared tales about a few of their favourite spots throughout a darkish 12 months. Here is our list of 52 beloved places, which this 12 months replaces our Travel desk’s usual “52 Places to Go.”

Joe Biden: Along with his victory acknowledged by Congress and his social gathering set to manage each the Home and Senate, the president-elect moved on Thursday to fill out his cabinet, whereas his aides and allies drafted plans for an formidable legislative agenda.

Boeing settlement: The U.S. aviation big agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve a felony cost centered on two staff who withheld info from U.S. regulators about software program adjustments made to the 737 Max. The adjustments have been implicated in two deadly crashes and brought on the aircraft to be grounded worldwide in 2019.

Snapshot: Above, the actor Gabriel Byrne close to his dwelling in Maine lately. He informed our reporter about how he by accident deleted the practically ultimate model of his forthcoming memoir, “Strolling With Ghosts,” and how he feels about his native Ireland. “I’ve at all times missed the nation, the individuals, the panorama, the humor, the shared references, the truth that you don’t have to elucidate your self,” he stated.

World’s new richest man: A rally in Tesla inventory pushed the net worth of the company’s founder, Elon Musk, to $188.5 billion at 10:15 a.m. in New York on Thursday, $1.5 billion greater than that of Jeff Bezos.

In memoriam: Neil Sheehan, 84, who lined the Vietnam Battle exhaustively for The Occasions and who obtained the Pentagon Papers, the key authorities historical past of the conflict. And Narinder S. Kapany, 94, generally known as the “father of fiber optics.”

What we’re studying: This essay in The Paris Review. It’s all concerning the notion of time.

Cook dinner: This pan pizza encompasses a crisp backside crust, a barely candy sauce and an infinite quantity of cheese.

Hear: The flute is an instrument primarily based on essentially the most basic signal of life: breath. Hear to the best music ever written for it.

Do: Wish to exercise more this year? Then undertake exercise targets which might be difficult however not too difficult, robust however doable. Or possibly simply plan to stroll at the very least an additional 500 steps most days.

We may help you tackle a brand new mission. At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to learn, cook dinner, watch, and do whereas staying secure at dwelling.

From our Opinion part, specialists shared their ideas on the right way to enhance vaccine distribution within the U.S. Listed here are some excerpts.

Make it a lottery. Which professions must be deemed frontline? If mass transit staff depend, what about taxi drivers? Then there’s the sensible query of how a pharmacy will decide whether or not somebody really is a preschool trainer or a grocery retailer clerk. We must always deal with individuals over 55, and for the remaining, a lottery. It might be equitable and apolitical.

Goal scorching spots. Issues get extra sophisticated within the second section of vaccination. We may shortly and simply choose the communities with essentially the most new coronavirus instances per capita over the earlier two weeks. We must also deal with locations with a minimal absolute variety of newly contaminated individuals, to realize essential mass and keep away from having the scarce vaccines dispersed throughout small populations.

Write higher algorithms. Everybody utilizing algorithms for vaccine distribution ought to comply with key rules, together with: ensuring the algorithm’s end result is what we really care about, taking the time to do a dry run, constructing public belief, and monitoring and updating your algorithm even after vaccine deployment.


That’s it for this briefing. Have an incredible weekend. Natasha will probably be again on Monday.

— Andrea


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To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the information. You possibly can attain the group at briefing@nytimes.com.

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