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We’re overlaying the newest from Washington, a brand new research of in-flight coronavirus transmission and our Journey Desk’s 52 locations to like (since who is aware of once we’ll go anyplace).

The rioters: The mob included notorious white nationalists, conspiracy theorists, a newly elected West Virginia lawmaker — and a variety of extra nameless individuals who had traveled from different states to heed Mr. Trump’s name to help his efforts to overturn the election. Here’s how they breached the Capitol.

Race and policing: That the overwhelmingly white intruders so easily overran the police and suffered no mass arrests drew criticism, particularly from those that recalled harsher therapy at racial justice marches. “You could be arrested for strolling whereas Black, however you could be white and riot and principally get away with it,” said Attica Scott, a Kentucky state consultant who was arrested in Louisville final summer time.

Most analysis into doable coronavirus transmission on airplanes has centered on flights that occurred final spring, when the worth of preventive measures was not broadly understood. A brand new report particulars what can occur even when airways and passengers are conscious and extra cautious concerning the dangers.

The flight: An 18-hour journey from Dubai to New Zealand in September on a Boeing 777-300ER that was three-quarters empty. On arrival in Auckland, the 86 passengers quarantined for 2 weeks, as required.

The findings: Seven passengers, all of whom had been seated throughout the identical 4 rows and two of whom had not worn masks, examined constructive throughout the quarantine. The variations of the virus they carried have been just about an identical genetically. Analysis led by New Zealand’s Ministry of Well being decided that one passenger — who had examined adverse 4 or 5 days earlier than boarding — had initiated a chain of infection that spread to at least four others.

Listed below are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

  • Officers in France, the place about 45,000 folks have been vaccinated, vowed on Thursday to speed up the campaign. “2021 would be the 12 months of hope,” Prime Minister Jean Castex stated, however he added that infections and hospitalizations remained too excessive to loosen restrictions, finish curfews or permit bars and eating places to reopen on Jan. 20, as deliberate.

Italy, together with Romania and Poland, sends probably the most European employees overseas. And the proportion of Italians residing overseas who’ve a college diploma is increased than that of Italy’s common inhabitants.

However prior to now 12 months, the number of Italians aged 18 to 34 returning home elevated 20 p.c over the earlier 12 months, based on the international ministry.

Italy has been celebrating. “The counter-exodus of the mind drain,” declared Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper in September. “Now younger folks wish to come again to Italy,” proclaimed Il Giornale di Sicilia.

Caveats: Lots of these returning are nonetheless working for international companies. And so they might not keep. Brunello Rosa, an economist in London who’s a member of the diaspora, stated that they “create worth overseas and earnings overseas” — and that simply spending their wage in Italy doesn’t have a major impression on the nation.

Varun Suchday, of Bhuj, India, is all the time looking out for roads that don’t exist on maps, speaking to locals to get their instructions. When the pandemic hit, he heard of particular rock formations in Kaliya Dhrow, India. He rode a motorbike for hours and finally occurred upon “this marvelous, infinite panorama of crimson: streaks of crimson, saffron — orange.”

He’s one of many readers who’ve shared tales about a few of their favourite spots throughout a darkish 12 months. Here is our list of 52 beloved places, which this 12 months replaces our Travel desk’s usual “52 Places to Go.”

Joe Biden: Along with his victory acknowledged by Congress and his celebration set to manage each the Home and Senate, the president-elect moved on Thursday to fill out his cabinet, whereas his aides and allies drafted plans for an bold legislative agenda.

Boeing settlement: The U.S. aviation large agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve a legal cost centered on two staff who withheld data from U.S. regulators about software program modifications made to the 737 Max. The modifications have been implicated in two deadly crashes and brought on the aircraft to be grounded worldwide in 2019.

Snapshot: Above, the actor Gabriel Byrne close to his residence in Maine just lately. He advised our reporter about how he unintentionally deleted the almost last model of his forthcoming memoir, “Strolling With Ghosts,” and how he feels about his native Ireland. “I’ve all the time missed the nation, the folks, the panorama, the humor, the shared references, the truth that you don’t have to elucidate your self,” he stated.

World’s new richest man: A rally in Tesla inventory pushed the net worth of the company’s founder, Elon Musk, to $188.5 billion at 10:15 a.m. in New York on Thursday, $1.5 billion greater than that of Jeff Bezos.

In memoriam: Neil Sheehan, 84, who lined the Vietnam Struggle exhaustively for The Occasions and who obtained the Pentagon Papers, the key authorities historical past of the battle. And Narinder S. Kapany, 94, often known as the “father of fiber optics.”

What we’re studying: This essay in The Paris Review. It’s all concerning the notion of time.

Prepare dinner: This pan pizza includes a crisp backside crust, a barely candy sauce and an infinite quantity of cheese.

Pay attention: The flute is an instrument based mostly on probably the most elementary signal of life: breath. Pay attention to the best music ever written for it.

Do: Wish to exercise more this year? Then undertake exercise objectives which can be difficult however not too difficult, robust however doable. Or perhaps simply plan to stroll no less than an additional 500 steps most days.

We will help you tackle a brand new mission. At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to learn, prepare dinner, watch, and do whereas staying secure at residence.

From our Opinion part, specialists shared their ideas on the way to enhance vaccine distribution within the U.S. Listed below are some excerpts.

Make it a lottery. Which professions ought to be deemed frontline? If mass transit employees rely, what about taxi drivers? Then there’s the sensible query of how a pharmacy will decide whether or not somebody really is a preschool trainer or a grocery retailer clerk. We should always give attention to folks over 55, and for the remaining, a lottery. It could be equitable and apolitical.

Goal sizzling spots. Issues get extra difficult within the second part of vaccination. We may shortly and simply choose the communities with probably the most new coronavirus instances per capita over the earlier two weeks. We must also give attention to locations with a minimal absolute variety of newly contaminated folks, to realize crucial mass and keep away from having the scarce vaccines dispersed throughout small populations.

Write higher algorithms. Everybody utilizing algorithms for vaccine distribution ought to comply with key rules, together with: ensuring the algorithm’s consequence is what we truly care about, taking the time to do a dry run, constructing public belief, and monitoring and updating your algorithm even after vaccine deployment.

That’s it for this briefing. Have a terrific weekend. Natasha can be again on Monday.

— Andrea

To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the information. You may attain the crew at briefing@nytimes.com.

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