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CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Feb 21):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 11,17,07,442; Total Deaths: 24,73,463 Recovered: 8,68,78,799 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 7,52,379; Total Deaths: 21,887 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 1,01,39,148; Total deaths: 2,46,006 CANADA:- Total Cases: 8,43,301; Total Deaths: 21,630 CHINA:- Total Cases: 89,831 ; Total Deaths: 4,636 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 35,83,135; Total Deaths: 84,147 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 23,88,417 Total Deaths: 68,343 INDIA:- Total Cases: 1,09,91,651; Total Deaths: 1,56,339 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 12,78,653; Total Deaths: 34,489 IRAN:- Total Cases: 15,66,081; Total Deaths: 59,409 ITALY:- Total Cases: 27,95,796; Total Deaths: 95,486 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 4,23,311; Total Deaths: 7,333 MEXICO:-Total Cases: 20,38,276; Total Deaths: 1,79,797 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 10,51,965; Total Deaths: 15,200 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 5,61,169; Total Deaths: 12,088 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 41,64,726; Total Deaths: 83,293 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 86,992; Total Deaths: 1,557 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 31,33,122; Total Deaths: 67,101 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 6,31,166 Total Deaths: 12,649 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 5,47,775; Total Deaths: 9,886 UAE:- Total Cases: 3,68,175; Total Deaths: 1,108 UK:- Total Cases: 41,05,675; Total Deaths: 1,20,365; US:- Total Cases: 2,87,06,473; Total Deaths: 5,09,875 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
Pelosi re-elected as US House Speaker with narrow margin
Pelosi was narrowly re-elected on Sunday as the Speaker for the fourth non-consecutive term with 216 to Republican Kevin McCarthy's (California) 209 votes. This is the smallest margin in two decades.

WASHINGTON, Jan 3: The Democrats with fewer seats in the new House of Representatives managed to get Nancy Pelosi re-elected on Sunday as the Speaker for the fourth non-consecutive term with 216 to Republican Kevin McCarthy's (California) 209 votes, the smallest majority in two decades.

There were some absences and two vacancies in the 435-member House. Pelosi had five defections. Last time she won by 220-192 over McCarthy, who will continue as the minority leader. Nancy Pelosi represents California.

Sunday was the swearing-in day for the 117th Congress. There were special arrangements for voting in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Pelosi administered the oath of office to members in groups unlike en masse in normal times.

Senators elected in November (two-third) were also sworn in. Republican David Perdue's seat was vacant as his term ended and the election for the seat from Georgia has moved into a runoff stage. He is challenged by Democratic Jon Ossoff in the runoff on Tuesday. Senator Kelly Loeffler also faces the runoff but she holds the seat as the term continues. She faces Raphael Warnock in the runoff.

These two seats are going to decide the Senate majority and thereby the fate of Biden's agenda for the new presidential term.

At the time of swearing-in on Sunday, the Republican Senators were 51 and Democrats 48. If the Democrats win the Georgia runoffs (Kelly Loeffler losing), the strength will be 50-50. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris can give the tiebreaking vote, giving the Democrats the majority needed to go ahead with their agenda.

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