Happy Thursday! In the words of Sen. Marco Rubio, “Everyone should just wear a damn mask.”
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
As of Wednesday night, 2,380,490 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 33,553 from yesterday) and 121,969 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 745 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.1 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower, between 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 28,567,355 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (502,290 conducted since yesterday), 8.3 percent have come back positive.
A federal appeals court panel ordered a dismissal of the case against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser. The president told reporters that news of the dismissal made him “very happy,” adding: “He’s been exonerated. I want to congratulate him.”
The three men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery were officially indicted on nine counts, including felony murder, by a Georgia grand jury. “This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud,” the local District Attorney said in a statement.