Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times

At least 90 people were killed by devastating storms in six states on Friday night, including at least 80 in Kentucky. The largest of the tornadoes, which left more than 220 miles of devastating destruction, will “ultimately be the longest tornado in US history,” said Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky. Follow the latest updates here.

Dozens of people went missing last night, and there was less hope of finding them alive as rescuers in the center of the country resumed their search efforts. The tornadoes ravaged parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, the National Weather Service said.

At least 300 National Guard members were “door-to-door, although many of those communities no longer have doors,” Beshear said. Instead, he added, they were looking for survivors by “going from rubble to rubble”. More than $ 2 million has been donated to help with recovery efforts, and the first grants will go towards funeral costs, he said.

Britain will speed up its coronavirus vaccine booster program to counter the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced last night. The government aims to offer booster shots to all eligible people – adults over 18 who have passed three months since their second injection – by January 1.

To meet the new target, the National Health Service will have to postpone some other medical procedures by the end of the year, Johnson said. The government plans to deploy 42 military planning units to help with the effort.

The first real-world vaccine resistance study against the Omicron variant, released by UK government scientists on Friday, indicated that the third doses of the vaccine offered considerable defense against Omicron, although there was a decline significant protection after just two doses.

Change of alert level: The government raised the Covid alert level from three to four – its second highest level – amid signs that Omicron was rapidly spreading across the country.

Political climate: The announcement comes ahead of a potentially perilous week in which Johnson faces a tough vote in Parliament on the Covid restrictions he announced last week, as well as an election in which the Conservative Party risks to lose a once safe seat.

Here are the latest updates, maps and information about Omicron.

In other developments:

  • Cyril Ramaphosa, the leader of South Africa, where cases continue to rise, has tested positive for the coronavirus with mild symptoms. He is fully vaccinated.

  • Many immunization programs in Africa are hampered by weak health care infrastructure.

The boat filled with migrants was crossing about half of the English Channel with its engine starting to fail, when Zana Hamawandani, one of the passengers, spotted two orange life jackets floating in rough seas. It was only when they approached that it was clear that the vests contained corpses. Soon more corpses began to appear.

“Our boat was surrounded by corpses,” said Karzan Mangury, another migrant on the boat. Mangury’s account, and those of others on the boat, are among the only witness descriptions of the last minutes of the disaster in which at least 27 people are believed to have died – the biggest loss of life in the canal since 2014 , when the recordings started. .

Their descriptions also tell a tale of hours of frantic and futile pleas for help to French and English authorities as the migrant boat sank. The British Coast Guard ultimately rescued those aboard the ailing vessel, and a French fishing boat recovered two survivors of the sunk boat.

Pass: Journalists at The Times first heard about Hamawandani from his family, who feared he was among the victims of the disaster. A locator app later reported that he and Mangury were at a migrant center in Crawley, a town in southern England.

The context: The disaster instilled a new sense of urgency in efforts by European countries to better control high-risk Channel crossings. Activists say the deaths highlight the failures of Britain’s partnership with France to save stranded migrants.

If you’ve watched “The Beatles: Get Back,” Peter Jackson’s documentary on making the album “Let It Be,” you’ll have noticed Yoko Ono sitting next to John Lennon doing mundane tasks like opening the door. mail.

“At first, I found Ono’s ubiquity in the documentary bizarre,” writes Amanda Hess of The Times. But as the streak played out, “I found myself in awe of her endurance, then mesmerized by the provocation of her existence, and finally dazzled by her.”

Some people see the documentary as proof that Ono wasn’t responsible for the band’s split in 1970, a rumor that Amanda writes has always been tainted with misogyny and racism.

“What is clear from the footage of these studio sessions? ” Liz Kocan writes to Decider, “Yoko, despite her constant presence, hasn’t tried to do anything about him and at no time pull John away from the group.”

But Ono was careful not to be the wife of a typical artist, writes Amanda. Or, as Ono herself said of women in rock in a 1997 interview: “My first impression was that they were all wives, sort of sitting in the next room while the guys were talking. I was afraid to be something like that.

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