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The Philly Four: New COVID variant not "of concern" according to scientists

Sam Britt
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Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.

Scientists say new variant is nothing to worry about

  • A new COVID-19 variant, BA.2, is currently spreading rapidly in Denmark and the UK, but scientists do not believe it is a "variant of concern," meaning that there is currently no evidence that it will worsen COVID-19 transmission, illness severity, or efficacy of vaccines. The variant has been detected in multiple US states.

DA Krasner waiting for a better settlement from opioid companies

  • Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is waiting for a better settlement offer from the opioid companies responsible for the current epidemic. The previous settlement in 2018 provided Philadelphia with $5 million to $8 million per year for 18 years. Krasner said that the money is too little and the payments are too low for a city that is still suffering from the opioid crisis, which claimed 639 lives in just the first six months of 2021.

Ukrainians organize march as tensions with Russia heighten

  • The Ukrainian League of Philadelphia is organizing a "Philadelphia Stands with Ukraine" march on Sunday in response to Russia's aggressive military maneuvers on the country's border. The march is set to begin at 2 p.m. at the Art Museum and end at the Love Park. Those wishing to attend and show their support are asked to observed COVID protocols and bring posters and flags.

Flyers Yandle breaks NHL consecutive games played streak

  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle broke the NHL's consecutive game played streak on Tuesday night to become the league's new iron man. Yandle played in his 965th consecutive regular-season game to surpass the record set by Montreal Canadien Doug Jarvis. Yandle, somewhat miraculously, has avoided his streak ending the past two seasons due to COVID while the rest of the league suffered multiple outbreaks.

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