April 21, 2021

US sets records for Covid deaths and hospitalizations as it nears 14m cases – live updates

More than 3,000 deaths recorded on Wednesday, data shows Fauci suggests UK has not scrutinized...

8.04pm GMT

A Justice Department lawsuit alleges the Facebook, the world’s largest social-media platform, illegally reserved high-paying jobs for immigrant workers it was sponsoring for permanent residence, failing to sufficiently search for US applicants and potential hires.

From Reuters:

The suit said Facebook didn’t advertise the reserved positions on its website and required candidates to mail in their applications rather than accepting them online.

Companies sponsoring workers for employment-based green cards are required to show as part of the federal application process that they couldn’t find any qualified American workers to fill the job.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a grim forecast of an estimated 9,500 to 19,500 deaths the week of Christmas alone, contributing to a projection of tens of thousands of new Covid-19 deaths over the next four weeks.

The CDC’s National Ensemble Forecast, which aggregates models from 37 different groups, projects that by the end of December, the overall US death toll from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could reach 303,000 on the low end and 329,000 on the high end.

Washington Post

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