U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations rise to 71,458 among Omicron surge – UPI.com

On Satuday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service reported 71,458 were hospitalized with COVID-19, which represents 9.57% of the 755,948 available beds at 5,984 hospitals. The total in-patient beds in use: 74.41%.

During the peak from the Delta strain during the number, more than 100,000 were hospitalized with the disease. Some regions in the United States had no beds available.

One week ago, 69,174 were hospitalized. And on Dec. 1 it was 57,876.

Source: U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations rise to 71,458 among Omicron surge – UPI.com

Nguyễn Thái Bình | AUTISTIC (7)

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By Nguyễn Thái Bình, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

AUTISTIC

.

the morning

locked inside a dark cloud

the raindrops

the metal bars

.

I’m downtrodden

fertilizing the trees with my sadness

.

the desolation shoved into

a single day

while outside

the low pressure brewed a storm

.

as you point your finger at my face

say

you autistic idiot

made me realise 

for how long have I been 

fearful of human interactions

I’m talking to the trees

the grass the bees

.

I’m some deadbeat maybe

a mistake, born in the middle of a city

finding myself yearning for elsewhere

each time the flowers 

in my garden

bloom.

 

_____

 

TỰ KỶ

.

buổi sáng

bị nhốt trong những đám mây mù

những hạt mưa

song sắt

.

tôi cúi gầm mặt

bón những nỗi buồn vào cây

.

sự cô đơn dường như dồn hết…

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QUICK! Hide the truth!

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A Black principal near Dallas has already been forced to resign in the anti-CRT panic, for writing a public letter after George Floyd’s death that declared, “Education is the key to stomping out ignorance, hate, and systemic racism.”

In another part of the state, a district-level executive director of curriculum has recommended teaching “other perspectives” on the Holocaust to meet the bill’s mandates. Teachers and administrators are not the only ones targeted by the bill and its supporters. “One minute they’re talking critical race theory,” says middle school librarian Carrie Damon. “Suddenly I’m hearing librarians are indoctrinating students. One library in Llano County, about 80 miles northwest of Austin, shut down for three days for a “thorough review” of every children’s book. At the statewide level, Texas Republican State Representative Matt Krause launched an anti-CRT witch-hunt, in advance of a run for State Attorney General, by emailing a list…

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Nguyễn Thái Bình | Coffee (6)

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By Nguyễn Thái Bình, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Coffee

.

Coffee coffee

Drops and droplets

The bitter darkness of this life

An insatiable fragrant

.

Coffee coffee

the sole person at the one cafe

listening to the birds 

listening to their loneliness

.

Morning coffees

The April rain

The thousand teardrops

Into my cup falling.

.

.

Saigon cafe

.

Saigon in the new year in the old cafe

The heart in waiting, in youthful earnest for an old friend

Through the nonsensical chatter their query

How far is it to the old district?

.

The cost of living a long long list

Time and again never getting easier

Two hundred kilometres is long or short

To see if the heart is thus youthful or not.

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Cà Phê

.

Cà phê cà phê

Giọt rơi giọt rơi

Đen đời đắng chát

Hương thơm đê mê

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Nguyễn Thái Bình | YOU WON’T BE HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR (5) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Nguyễn Thái Bình, a Vietnamese poet from Phan Thiet, Vietnam. — Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

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Florida breaks another record for COVID-19 cases | TheHill

The state reported 31,758 cases to the Centers for Disease Control database on Thursday. The previous high was 27,669 in August when the delta variant swept the state.

The statewide positivity rate rose to 13.8 percent for the week, up from 5.3 percent the week prior.

Florida had its largest single-day spike in cases earlier this week, another illustration of how the new variant has hit the United States hard.

Source: Florida breaks another record for COVID-19 cases | TheHill