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Five stories you need to know for April 20, 2021

Reuters, 20 Apr 2021
Five stories to know for April 20: Jury begins deliberations and judge blasts Maxine Waters for comments on Chauvin trial, Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick’s death, COVID-19 in India and the U.S.’ travel guidelines.

1. Jurors are due to begin a second day of deliberations in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter after kneeling on the neck of a dying George Floyd during an arrest last May.

2. The judge overseeing the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin harshly criticized Representative Maxine Waters' remarks on the case, saying she might have given the defense grounds for appeal in the event of a conviction.

3. The District of Columbia’s chief medical examiner has ruled that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick had two strokes and died of natural causes, after he tussled with a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Washington Post reported.

4. Diagnostics firms testing for coronavirus are nearing breaking point in cities like New Delhi and Mumbai as India battles its biggest surge in COVID-19.

5. The U.S. State Department said it will boost its ‘Do Not Travel’ guidance to about 80% of countries worldwide.



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