The Daily Populous

Monday August 2nd, 2021 evening edition

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In his eight-month battle with COVID-19, he developed pneumonia, jaundice, and liver failure.

He said he hoped that sharing his near-death experience would help people take the virus seriously.

Tennessee state GOP Rep. David Byrd is urging people to take COVID-19 seriously and get vaccinated after his eight-month struggle with the coronavirus, in which he was hospitalized and put on a ventilator for 55 days.

In a statement on Friday, he said he was diagnosed with COVID-19 the day before Thanksgiving and admitted to the hospital on December 5.

He had voted for a resolution in June 2020 that accused the media of sensationalizing the COVID-19 pandemic.

But after having COVID-19, Byrd said he wanted people to take the virus seriously, saying it's real and dangerous.

Byrd did not directly deny the accusations but said he was unable to recall the incidents the women described. »

US vaccination rate hits the highest pace in weeks

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday that 816,203 additional doses were administered, the fifth straight day the agency recorded more than 700,000 shots in arms.

That brings the total number of doses administered to 346,456,669, according to the CDC numbers released Sunday.

The seven-day average of administered doses is now 662,529 per day, the highest average since July 7. »

Canada shocks U.S. in semis, will play for Olympic gold in women's soccer

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WATCH | Jessie Fleming scores on penalty kick to lift Canada: Jessie Fleming's penalty lifts Canada over U.S. in women's soccer semifinal Sports 1:28 Midfielder Jessie Fleming scores on a penalty in the seventy-fifth minute as Canada defeats U.S. 1-0 and advances to the women's soccer gold medal match.

Canada now moves on to play in the Olympic gold-medal match for the first time in the country's history.

Fleming celebrates after converting the penalty kick that sends Canada to the women's soccer finals in Tokyo. »

Los Angeles air traffic control warns ‘jetpack guy is back’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI is investigating what one commercial airline pilot said might have been an airborne person with a jetpack, high in the busy skies near Los Angeles International Airport.

“Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the vicinity.”.

“Use caution, the jetpack guy is back,” said one air traffic alert. »

Abbott Recommits To Making Sure Vaccines And Masks Aren't Mandated In Texas

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Gov. Greg Abbott is doubling down on his push to ensure COVID-19 vaccines and mask-wearing remain optional in Texas.

The main takeaway: The state and local governments can’t require masks or vaccines.

“Today’s executive order will provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State’s continued fight against COVID-19,” Abbott said in a press release. »