Morning Briefing Jan. 7, 2021: World reacts to shocking insurrection at US Capitol, Trump now says ‘there will be an orderly transition’, lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.(AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Trump says ‘there will be an orderly transition’

President Donald Trump now says there “will be an orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress concluded the electoral vote count certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and after a day of violence when his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.


Michigan lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office

The chaos at the Capitol in Washington has forced political leaders to more closely scrutinize President Trump and the role his rhetoric has played in Wednesday’s violent riots -- and if he is fit to remain in office, even if his term expires in just 13 days.

The American votes that declare Joe Biden as the nation’s next president have been certified at local, state and national levels. Members of Congress were meeting on Jan. 6 to count and approve those certifications, the final step in affirming Biden’s title as President-elect.

Learn more: What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work?

Related: Michigan Capitol Building reopens after threat


World reaction to the storming of the US Capitol

There is immense reaction from around the world to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump:

“A fundamental rule of democracy is that, after elections, there are winners and losers. Both have to play their role with decency and responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner. ... President Trump regrettably has not conceded his defeat since November, and didn’t yesterday either, and of course that has prepared the atmosphere in which such events, such violent events, are possible.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“What is happening is wrong. Democracy — the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully — should never be undone by a mob.” — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Read more here.


New, mutated variant of COVID-19 ‘very likely already here’ in Michigan

The top health official in Michigan said a new, mutated variant of COVID-19 that might be easier to spread is “very likely” already in the state.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, spoke about the new variant of COVID-19 during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Wednesday (Jan. 6) briefing.

“We also know that we are seeing a new variant of the virus here in the United States, one that may be easier to spread than the current variant that we’ve been seeing,” Khaldun said.

Read further: 6 takeaways from Gov. Whitmer’s COVID briefing


Coronavirus in Michigan 🦠

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 508,736 as of Wednesday, including 12,918 deaths, state officials report.

Wednesday’s update includes 4,326 new cases and 51 additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state reported a total of 504,410 cases and 12,867 deaths.

New COVID-19 cases are slowing but deaths remain high in Michigan. Testing has slowed during the holiday, with more than 35,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, with the positive rate increasing to about 9% over the last week. Hospitalizations have slowly decreased but remain relatively high, including in critical care and ventilator use.

Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,942 on Wednesday, slightly higher than the week before. The 7-day death average was 80. The state’s fatality rate is 2.5%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 133,300 on Wednesday. More than 363,000 have recovered in Michigan.

Here’s a look at more of the data:


Weather forecast: Searching for some rays

Metro Detroit weather forecast Jan. 7, 2021 -- morning update
Metro Detroit weather forecast Jan. 7, 2021 -- morning update

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