Happy Tuesday! Scientists in South Africa said yesterday that they’ve identified yet another coronavirus variant—C.1.2.—that is “associated with increased transmissibility,” and we really didn’t need that energy to start the week.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, announced Monday afternoon that the U.S. military had completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan and ended its mission to evacuate American citizens and vulnerable Afghans.
Hurricane Ida weakened to a tropical depression on Monday as it traveled north and east through Louisiana and into Mississippi. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said yesterday that none of the state’s levee systems failed, but that the storm’s damage is still “catastrophic” and he expects the death toll to rise “considerably.” More than 1 million customers remained without power in Louisiana as of Monday night, and an Entergy Corp. executive said yesterday that more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines are out of service.