Here is today’s headline news from around the world for February 4th, 2021. Over 4,000 variants of coronavirus identified around the world. Us house strips Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee chairs. New roller coaster to be world’s longest, tallest, fastest. The world’s biggest telescope will span two countries, 131,072 antennas and 197 dishes. Donald Trump quits screen actors guild amid disciplinary action.
The global coronavirus death toll continues to rise with 2,300,186 dead and more than 105,628,926 confirmed cases around the world.
As COVID testing declines, the U.S. continues to lead the world with more than 467,552 deaths and 27,284,471 confirmed cases.
Over 4,000 Variants of Coronavirus Identified Around the World
London, UK – The world faces around 4,000 variants of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, prompting a race to improve vaccines, Britain said on Thursday, as researchers began to explore mixing doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots.
Thousands of variants have been documented as the virus mutates, including the so-called British, South African and Brazilian variants which appear to spread more swiftly than others. British Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was very unlikely that the current vaccines would not work against the new coronavirus variants.
Us House Votes to Strip Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene From Her Committee Chairs
Washington DC – Before the vote, she said she regretted her views, which included claims that school shootings and 9/11 were staged. Eleven Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the motion by 230-199.
It means the representative – who was elected in November, representing a district in the southern state of Georgia – cannot take up her place on the education and budget committees.
This would limit her ability to shape policy as most legislation goes through a committee before reaching the House floor. Committee positions can determine the influence of individual lawmakers in their party.
New Roller Coaster to Be World’s Longest, Tallest, Fastest
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Six Flags Qiddiya is developing what it says will be the world’s longest, fastest and tallest roller coaster, saying “it won’t be for the fainthearted.”
According to Qiddiya Investment Company, “Falcon’s Flight” will travel across approximately 2.5 miles of track at unprecedented speeds of about 155 mph.
The coaster will take riders over a vertical cliff and then dive into a 160-meter-deep valley using magnetic motor acceleration.
The World’s Biggest Telescope Will Span Two Countries, 131,072 Antennas and 197 Dishes
Cheshire UK – Construction of the largest and most complex radio telescope network in the world officially began in what is being described as a “historic moment for radio astronomy.”
Designed to help astronomers answer some of astronomy’s most fundamental questions, the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) was today given the go-ahead at its first council meeting at its headquarters.
Donald Trump Quits Screen Actors Guild Amid Disciplinary Action
Hollywood CA – The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) said its disciplinary committee would meet to decide what action should be taken regarding Mr. Trump’s role in the Capitol riot in Washington DC on 6 January.
Donald Trump has appeared in a number of films, including Home Alone 2 and Zoolander. He also hosted the US version of The Apprentice TV show.
Donald Trump has quit America’s Screen Actors Guild after it launched a disciplinary hearing into him, citing the US Capitol attack. “Who cares!” the former US president wrote in a letter, adding that the union had “done nothing for me”.