Here is the short cut to the full COVID report for Wednesday.

COVID is winning the battle against us. 48 states reported “new cases” data on Tuesday and 28 of them were in the red zone, so it’s COVID 28, America 20.

The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID is up 45% in just one week.

Here is Wednesday’s red zone chart:

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In international news, Cuba reported the world’s worst per capita outbreak for the seventh consecutive day.

Great Britain, Cross-Country Mountain Biking

I just found out: the team is called “Great Britain” rather than “The United Kingdom” because

(1) The people of Northern Ireland are free to represent either Team GB or Ireland. According to The Belfast Telegraph, 23 of the 31 athletes from Northern Ireland compete for team Ireland. I guess the high sheriffs of British sport thought calling the team The Disunited Kingdom might send the wrong message. Plus DK is already taken (by Denmark).

(2) People from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man compete for team GB, but those areas are not legally part of the UK.