The fatal stabbing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess is the fourth such attack in the UK since 2000.
All of the attacks took place at the lawmakers’ public meetings with constituents.
The victims include Amess, Labour MP Jo Cox, Labour MP Stephen Timms, and Liberal Democrat MP Nigel Jones.
A British member of Parliament, Sir David Amess, was stabbed to death on Friday as he met with constituents at a church in Essex – the fourth such attack in the country since 2000.
Amess’ death comes five years after the 2016 murder of Jo Cox. Cox, a 41-year-old member of the left-wing Labour Party, was arriving to meet with constituents when she was shot and stabbed to death by a far-right extremist.
In 2010, another Labour Party lawmaker, Stephen Timms, was stabbed during what’s known as a “constituency surgery” – a regular meeting where constituents can gather with their elected member of Parliament to discuss political issues. Timms’ attacker was a 21-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer who was later convicted of attempted murder.
Yet another attack occurred during a constituency surgery in 2000 with the Liberal Democrat MP Nigel Jones. The attacker had burst into Jones’ office with a sword, severely injuring Jones and killing his aide, Andy Pennington. The attacker was convicted of attempted murder in 2003.
In Britain, armed police officers provide security to lawmakers while they’re in Parliament, but not during constituency surgeries.
Amess, a 69-year-old member of Britain’s Conservative Party, appeared to be aware of the danger of attending public events. He wrote in his 2020 memoir that a fatal attack “could happen to any of us,” and that he had even previously been warned to be careful during meetings with constituents.
“We are advised to never see people alone, we must be extra careful when opening post and we must ensure that our offices are properly safe and secure,” he wrote.
Amess also lamented that such precautions could interfere with politicians’ practice of meeting directly with their constituents.
“These increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians,” he wrote.
In the wake of Amess’ death, Essex police arrested a 25-year-old man.
Babbitt was fatally shot on January 6 as she and other rioters attempted to enter the Capitol.
A DOJ investigation cleared the Capitol Police officer who killed Babbitt of any wrongdoing.
In a video, Trump called for a “fair and nonpartisan” investigation into Babbitt’s death.
Former President Donald Trump recorded a video where he wished deceased Capitol rioter Ashli Babbit happy birthday and called for the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into her death.
The video was reportedly played at the Texas Loves Ashli Babbitt rally on Sunday, which was held by family and supporters in Freeport, Texas, according to a broadcast from News2Share’s Ford Fischer, who confirmed to Insider that he attended and filmed the rally in person.
“Together, we grieve her terrible loss. There was no reason Ashli should’ve lost her life that day. We must all demand justice for Ashli and her family, so on this solemn occasion as we celebrate her life, we renew our call for a fair and nonpartisan investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt,” Trump said in the video.
The DOJ conducted an investigation into Babbitt’s death and concluded in April that the unnamed Capitol Police officer who fatally shot her acted in self-defense and defense of other officers and members of Congress.
Leilani Lutali was due for an organ transplant to treat her stage 5 kidney disease. But her hospital, UCHealth in Colorado, requires transplant patients to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Lutali refused the shot, the Associated Press reported, leaving her to search for a different hospital that might approve the surgery.
UCHealth is denying transplants to unvaccinated people “in almost all situations,” the health system told The Washington Post, since these individuals are more likely than vaccinated people to die of COVID-19.
Dan Weaver, a spokesperson for UCHealth, told The Post that the policy aligns with a common practice of prioritizing people who are more likely to survive a transplant, and less likely to require another one down the line. The Cleveland Clinic, one of the largest hospitals in the US, also requires transplant recipients to get a COVID-19 shot.
Lutali, who works as a tech recruiter, is Catholic, and said her decision not to get the vaccine was based on concerns about the connection between vaccines and aborted fetal cells, the AP reported. COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain any fetal tissue – rather, they’re developed using cells that descend from fetal tissue collected several decades ago.
Her wait could be long: More than 100,000 Americans are on a waitlist for an organ transplant, and deciding who to prioritize is complicated business. Patients must be deemed a good match for an organ based on their height, weight, blood type, and geographic location. Many transplant centers require patients to get other vaccines and abstain from drinking or smoking.
In transplant decisions, a key question: Who’s most likely to live?
Deciding who’s eligible for surgery based on vaccination status raises complicated ethical questions.
“Each individual [transplant] center is wrestling with what to do about COVID vaccination status,” Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University, told Insider.
“You try to maximize lives saved, years of life saved, and even, to some extent, quality of life saved with your scarce supply,” he added. “I don’t see why we wouldn’t be doing that with COVID and vaccination status.”
Healthcare systems across the US vie for organs from a national waitlist managed by the nonprofit United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS has guidelines for how to make the best use of a limited organ supply and prevent discrimination based on demographic factors like sex, religion, or financial status. But health systems can determine independently whether to add or remove someone from the waitlist.
“The general principle driving the list used to be, ‘Who’s sickest? Who’s going to die if they don’t get it?'” Caplan said. “That slowly has been shifting toward, ‘Who’s most likely to live, and how do we get the most benefit from the scarce supply?'”
There are a few reasons for that, he added: Organ transplants started to have a better success rate around the early 2000s, so transplant centers began to worry more about “wasting” organs on people who were likely to die anyway. Transplant centers are also evaluated based on their success rates, which can inform whether they remain eligible for organs from UNOS.
“That puts even more pressure to have organs that work for one year, two years, and five years,” Caplan said. “So they are in a way incentivized not to take higher-risk people – and that would include non-vaccinated people for both flu and COVID.”
Many medical experts agree that it’s important to consider a person’s vaccination status ahead of a transplant, along with other risk factors.
Transplant patients have a much higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than the average person, since their immune systems do a poorer job of vanquishing the virus. Studies have shown that kidney transplant recipients with COVID-19 have a mortality rate between 13% and 39%. (The COVID-19 mortality rate across the entire US is around 1.6%.)
There’s also a small risk that transplant patients will receive an organ from someone who’s had COVID-19, and could therefore inherit a previously undetected infection.
A bomb detonated at a crowded mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday.
Scores of Shiite Muslim worshippers were left dead or wounded, according to multiple reports.
The Islamic State’s Khorasan branch claimed responsibility, and the death toll isn’t confirmed yet.
A bomb detonated at a crowded mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday and left scores dead and wounded, according to multiplereports.
The blast targeted Shiite Muslim worshippers in the city of Kunduz, and the Islamic State’s Khorasan branch claimed responsibility, according to a tweet from CBS journalist Ahmad Mukhtar.
Afghanistan’s Islamic State faction, also known as ISIS-K, has a history of attacking members of the Shiite minority, the Associated Press reported.
The exact death toll was not immediately known. AP reported that at least 100 people were killed our wounded in the attack.
Sky News reported that at least 46 people were killed and over 140 were wounded, citing the state-run Bakhtar news agency.
“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shiite compatriots in the Khan Abad district of Bandar, the capital of Kunduz province, as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted.
Mujahid said an investigation was underway.
“I assure our Shiite brothers that the Taliban are prepared to ensure their safety,” Dost Mohammad Obaida, deputy police chief for Kunduz province, told the AP.
According to the AP, if confirmed, the death toll would be the highest since an August terrorist attack by the same Islamic State branch outside the Kabul airport killed 169 Afghans and 13 US service members.
This story is developing. Please check back for updates.
The daughter of an unvaccinated man who died of COVID-19 told CNN’s “New Day” on Monday she believes Fox News host Tucker Carlson and misinformation “played a role” in her father’s vaccine hesitancy.
Katie and Evan Lane spoke to “New Day” about their father, 45-year-old Patrick Lane, who recently died from the virus.
“He wasn’t by any means far-right. He was right in the middle, and he consumed media from both sides, and just some of the misinformation on one of those sides made him hesitant,” Katie Lane said. “He was going to wait for FDA approval, but by the time that Pfizer had been approved, it was already too late.”
Anchor John Berman later said Katie Lane had said “one media source in particular” impacted her father’s vaccine hesitancy, and asked her to clarify.
“He watched some Tucker Carlson videos on YouTube, and some of those videos involved some misinformation about vaccines, and I believe that that played a role,” she said.
Tucker Carlson is an opinion host whose program airs on the Fox News channel. The network also runs news programming about the coronavirus and the vaccines in addition to its opinion shows hosted by Carlson and other personalities.
Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
To find the most dangerous jobs in America, we identified the jobs from the Bureau’s list with the highest fatal injury rate. Each of these jobs has a fatal injury rate above the national average for all workers of 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.
Overall, the greatest number of fatal work injuries resulted from transportation incidents, with 2,122 cases in 2019. Falls, slips, and trips; violence or other injuries by persons or animals; and contact with objects and equipment were other leading causes of workplace deaths.
At least seven radio hosts and high-profile anti-mask and anti-vaccine advocates have died from COVID-19 in recent weeks.
The men are radio hosts Dick Farrel, Phil Valentine, Bob Enyart, and Marc Bernier, as well as former CIA officer Robert David Steele, anti-masker Caleb Wallace, and conservative leader Pressley Stutts.
Misinformation around the virus and vaccines remains widespread as cases continue to rise.
At least seven conservative radio hosts and high-profile anti-mask and anti-vaccine advocates have died from COVID-19 in recent weeks.
Before catching COVID-19, the men – radio hosts Bob Enyart, Dick Farrel, Phil Valentine, and Marc Bernier, as well as former CIA officer and conspiracy theorist Robert David Steele, anti-masker Caleb Wallace, and South Carolina GOP conservative leader Pressley Stutts – had shared conspiracy theories about vaccines, told supporters misinformation about the virus, and even held rallies in opposition to mask mandates.
It’s unclear exactly when Enyart tested positive for COVID-19, but his Facebook page said he was hospitalized with the virus on September 10.
The radio host from Colorado had vocally refused to get vaccinated and actively spread false claims about the COVID-19 virus, saying overcrowding in hospital ICUs was “imagined” and that the severity of the pandemic was “fake news,” according to The Daily Beast.
Amid COVID-19 shutdowns last year, he successfully sued the state of Colorado over its capacity limits and mask mandates in churches.
Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Enyart mocked AIDS victims and called for women who have had abortions to face the death penalty, according to The Guardian.
Florida radio host Dick Farrel had advocated against the COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook before his death.
Farrel Austin Levitt, known publicly as conservative talk show host Dick Farrel, died of “severe damage” caused by COVID-19 in early August, his fiancee and life partner Kittie Farley told the Washington Post. He was 65.
But his friends said he actually encouraged them to get vaccinated after he got sick.
“He is the reason I took the shot,” Amy Leigh Hair, Farrel’s close friend, told WPTV, an NBC News affiliate. “He texted me and told me to ‘Get it!’ He told me this virus is no joke and he said, ‘I wish I had gotten it!’ “
Radio host Phil Valentine changed his views on the COVID-19 vaccine before his death.
Valentine, who said his chances of dying from the virus were “way less than one percent” in December 2020, announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on July 11, and less than two weeks later, he became hospitalized with the virus.
His radio station, 99.7 WTN, announced his hospitalization.
“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘pro-vaccine,’ and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon,” the station said.
And after Valentine got sick, he changed his view on vaccines, his brother, Mark Valentine, told WBUR.
“Take politics out of it. It’s time for us to get together and fight this thing collectively,” he said. “Just put all the conspiracies and microchips and all that business aside and go get vaccinated and don’t put your family through what his wife and the rest of us are going through.”
Valentine, who was hospitalized with pneumonia caused by COVID-19, died a month after falling ill.
Marc Bernier, a radio host in Florida, said on air that he opposed vaccines before dying of COVID-19.
WNDB radio host Bernier had voiced anti-vaccine opinions on air before his death in late August.
“I’m not taking it,” he said when asked about the COVID-19 during a segment of his show in December 2020, according to USA Today. “Are you kidding me? Mr. Anti-Vax? Jeepers.”
Mel Stack, an attorney and friend of Bernier, told USA Today that Bernier’s anti-vaccine opinions weren’t politically based but instead based on how he believed other vaccines had impacted people close to him.
Former CIA officer Robert David Steele died from COVID-19 after spreading COVID-denial conspiracy theories.
“I will not take the vaccination, though I did test positive for whatever they’re calling ‘COVID’ today, but the bottom line is that my lungs are not functioning,” he wrote in a blog post on August 17.
Accompanying the blog post was a photo of Steele apparently hooked up to a ventilator.
“The good news is that I will survive with a few days off. I should be back up and at least functional soon,” he wrote.
Days later, he died from the virus.
Caleb Wallace, an anti-masker who previously protested against COVID-19 safety measures, died after spending a month in the hospital.
In 2020, Wallace helped organize rallies to protest against COVID-19 safety measures, including lockdowns and masks, which he called “COVID tyranny.”
His wife, Jessica Wallace, told the San Angelo Standard-Times that Wallace started showing symptoms in July and opted to treat himself with ivermectin – a horse de-wormer that CDC has warned should not be used to treat COVID-19 – as well as high doses of vitamin C, zinc, aspirin, and an inhaler before seeking professional medical care when his condition deteriorated.
He was taken to an intensive care unit at Shannon Medical Centre, where he spent weeks on a ventilator.
His wife said on a GoFundMe page that he died on August 28.
“He was an imperfect man but he loved his family and his little girls more than anything,” his wife wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Pressley Stutts, a South Carolina conservative group leader, died after making fun of masks.
Stutts, chair of the Greenville Tea Party, died from COVID-19 in August after making false statements about the virus and downplaying the importance of mask-wearing.
Among other comments, Stutts called face masks an “illusion” in a Facebook post, cheered on unvaccinated doctors and nurses, and even downplayed the virus while hospitalized with COVID in early August.
“COVID is nothing to fool with and in as much as possible, it is up to you to take the best precautions for you and your family to avoid getting it,” he said from an ICU bed.
Two weeks later, he changed his views and called the virus “hell on earth.”
“When you have to take every single ounce just to get your next breath, you know you are in the battle for your life!” he wrote in that Facebook post. “I IMPLORE YOU….PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD MOVES MIGHTILY IN MY BODY. ISOLATED. DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER I CAN ENDURE WITHOUT YOUR PRAYERS. SERIOUSLY!”
Figures from the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) released Monday found that 0.8% of deaths in fully-vaccinated people were linked to COVID-19 between January and July. These figures covered people who died 21 or more days after the second dose.
For comparison, roughly 37% of deaths in unvaccinated people “involved COVID-19” during the same time period, the data showed.
In total, 57,263 fully vaccinated people in England died at least 21 days after their second vaccine dose, and just 458 deaths “involved” COVID-19. Over the same period, there were 38,964 COVID-19-related deaths in unvaccinated people.
Professor Kevin McConway, professor of applied statistics at the Open University, said in a statement to the Science Media Center on Monday that the data showed vaccines were effective at preventing death from COVID-19, but that they weren’t “perfect.”
“Some people do still die of COVID-19 even though they are fully vaccinated,” he said. “No vaccine is 100% effective,” he said, adding that it was important to get both doses.
The ONS data came from census and family doctor health records, considered to be representative of 79% of people aged 10 or older living in England. It didn’t specifically look at variants.
McConway said the data was evidence that vaccinated people had less chance of dying from COVID-19 than unvaccinated people, but that it couldn’t be used to determine vaccine effectiveness. The population in the vaccinated and unvaccinated groups could differ in important ways – high-risk groups were prioritized for vaccines, for example, he said.
The US has so far recorded more than 637,500 deaths. Researchers said more than 738,700 deaths could be reported by December 1.
For the first time since March 2021, the US is reporting an average of over 1,000 COVID-19 deaths a day. Cases have also been rising across the country as the more transmissible Delta variant spreads.
Experts told the Associated Press the prediction can fluctuate based on how people behaving, with some saying it could be cut in half if people wear masks in public spaces.
“Behavior is really going to determine if, when, and how sustainably the current wave subsides,” Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium, told the AP. “We cannot stop Delta in its tracks, but we can change our behavior overnight.”
“We can save 50,000 lives simply by wearing masks. That’s how important behaviors are,” Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, involved in the making of the projections, told the AP.
Meyers said mask-wearing, social distancing, and getting vaccinated can cut down the death toll.
Zients said there was a 70% increase of people getting their first shot compared to mid-July, with an average of 450,000 getting their first vaccine dose.
“In the face of the Delta variant, more and more Americans are stepping up each day to get vaccinated,” Zients said.
Experts previously warned that allowing the virus – particularly the Delta variant – to surge could mean it could evolve into another variant that could evade current vaccines.
“These vaccines operate really well in protecting us from severe disease and death, but the big concern is that the next variant that might emerge – just a few mutations, potentially, away – could potentially evade our vaccines,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing last month.