Recovery efforts continue in Mexico City after viaduct collapse
At least 20 people were killed and about 70 others injured when a Mexico City metro viaduct collapsed, sending a subway car plunging towards a busy road on Monday evening, authorities said. The crash trapped cars under rubble and passengers in wagons suspended in the air, a video on social media and on Mexican television was shown. Dozens of rescuers continued to search the wreckage of the collapsed preformed concrete structure. “There are unfortunately children among the dead,” said Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, without specifying how many. The collapse occurred on Mexico City’s newest metro line, Line 12, whose construction has been marred by complaints and accusations of irregularities. The line had to be partially closed in 2013 so that the tracks could be repaired. Mexico City’s metro is one of the largest and busiest in the world, with at least four million people using it every day, reports The New York Times.
US to restrict travel to India after COVID-19 outbreak
Starting Tuesday, the Biden administration will restrict travel from the United States to India. The move follows a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week. “The policy will be implemented in light of the extraordinarily high number of COVID-19 cases and multiple variants circulating in India,” Psaki said in a statement. The restrictions apply to foreign nationals traveling from India to the United States, not United States citizens. Others exempted include lawful permanent residents of the United States and their families, foreign officials, and those traveling on humanitarian, public health, or national security reasons. India became the first in the world to report more than 400,000 cases daily, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States has started shipping valuable vaccine components, oxygen and masks to India, and other countries are also helping, but demand will always exceed supply.
Severe weather is expected to continue in the southeast
After severe weather conditions – including a tornado in the Atlanta area – hit the south on Monday, more storms are expected in the southeast on Tuesday. States most at risk include much of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, the Storm Prediction Center said. Storm risks on Tuesday will include hail, showers, tornadoes and straight-line wind gusts of up to 75 mph, according to AccuWeather. At least 37,000 people were without power Monday night in Texas, Georgia and Florida, according to poweroutage.us. A man was killed Monday in Douglasville, Georgia, when a fallen tree knocked down power lines on his vehicle. There have been reports of trees in the Atlanta area, firefighters said.
Florida Governor DeSantis Invalidates Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended local COVID-19 emergency orders on Monday and signed a proposal lawmakers previously approved that limits the government’s ability to impose mask and other requirements. social distancing measures used to fight the coronavirus. Tuesday will be the first full day the amended rules take effect. The measure, the Senate bill of 2006, also makes DeSantis’ executive order that bans “vaccine passports”, declaring that there is no need “to monitor people at this stage.” DeSantis’ executive order to remove local restrictions on viruses does not apply to masked warrants or social distancing policies issued by companies. Opponents have warned that the restrictions would lead to legal action, could have other unintended consequences, such as tourists avoiding the state due to health concerns. They also asked if the measure would provoke a challenge to the First Amendment.
Have a good Star Wars day! Treat Your Inner Skywalker
Tuesday is May 4, which means it’s time to celebrate the Jedi, Sith, Resistance, Skywalkers, and the rest of the Star Wars universe. Why on May 4th, you ask? Watch the date, a play on “May the Force be with you”. With the pandemic still restraining our collective style somewhat, now is the perfect time to binge on beloved movies and TV shows at home. This year fans will have a brand new story in the galaxy “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” in the form of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”. The Lucasfilm Animation spinoff series opens with a special 70-minute debut episode that releases May 4 on Disney +.