The Sunrise Report: Coronavirus surges as Christmas nears

Good morning! Today is known as the “safe harbor” day for electoral votes to be certified by the states. States must certify their votes — and their electors — today to ensure Congress counts them. Also today, the United Kingdom has started vaccinating citizens against the coronavirus.

Headlines you may have missed:

  • Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly in Georgia. It is estimated that 1 in 20 Georgians have now had coronavirus.
  • The Secretary of State’s office continues to debunk unsupported claims of voter fraud. The latest concerns voting machines in Ware County. If you’re interested in verifiable facts, you ought to read this article.
  • A 15-year-old has been charged in the slaying of a 22-year-old Decatur man.
  • A Georgia judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the Trump team to try to overturn the election. The lawsuit asked the judge to dismiss the election results and simply declare Trump the winner in Georgia. The judge called it “perhaps the most extraordinary relief ever sought in any federal court in connection with an election.”

Coronavirus Update:

See that yellow line that’s going up faster than a rocket to the moon? That’s the number of new cases in Georgia per day. It’s why you should wear a mask.

In case you’re actually the type of person interested in numbers, that line tells us that more than 3,800 Georgians are being infected with the virus each day.

Want to see another yellow line that’s going up? Here’s the number of deaths per day in the Peach State. You’ll notice it is heading up, too and as a reminder to those who haven’t been paying attention, deaths usually lag behind infections, so that line will go up higher int he next two weeks.

The yellow line tells us that about 34 Georgians are losing their lives to this virus every day. 31 people died yesterday from COVID-19 and 231 were hospitalized.

Weather:

In addition to a mask, wear a jacket. It’s 36 degrees this morning, it’s only going up to about 45 degrees and it’s going to be freezing during the overnight hours again.

Quote of the day:

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  -John Adams

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