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(CNN)He did it. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson rocketed to outer space, becoming the first person to ride into space on a rocket he helped fund.

Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusThe US averaged about 19,455 coronavirus cases over the last seven days, a 47% increase over the previous week. According to a CNN medical analyst, a third of those are coming from five hot spots: Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Nevada. In these states, ICUs are packed and ventilators are sometimes hard to come by — a chilling echo of the darkest pandemic months. Experts say vaccine hesitancy is one reason for these regional spikes. Pfizer will virtually brief US government officials today about the potential need for booster shots of its Covid-19 vaccine, but Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans don’t need to worry about an additional dose just yet. Disturbing video shows ER overwhelmed by 'onslaught of patients' Disturbing video shows ER overwhelmed by 'onslaught of patients' Disturbing video shows ER overwhelmed by 'onslaught of patients' JUST WATCHEDDisturbing video shows ER overwhelmed by ‘onslaught of patients’ ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Disturbing video shows ER overwhelmed by ‘onslaught of patients’ 03:23Read More 2. Extreme heatLots of high temperature records were broken in the western US this weekend, and triple-digit temperatures continue to threaten the region. In California’s Death Valley, the temperature hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit. But high temperatures aren’t the only problem in extremely hot areas like this — it’s also the lows people have to watch. The forecasted low in Death Valley this morning is 103, which is more than 10 degrees above average. High low temperatures don’t allow the body to cool down after a day of taxing heat. In British Columbia, the heat wave is being blamed for a massive die-off of mussels, clams and other marine animals along beaches in Western Canada. As if heat weren’t enough, on the opposite coast, slow-moving weekend thunderstorms triggered flash flooding in New York and New Jersey. Record-breaking extreme heat continues to bake the Southwest on SundayRecord-breaking extreme heat continues to bake the Southwest on SundayRecord-breaking extreme heat continues to bake the Southwest on SundayJUST WATCHEDRecord-breaking extreme heat continues to bake the Southwest on SundayReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Record-breaking extreme heat continues to bake the Southwest on Sunday 01:473. HaitiHaitian authorities have arrested a man they say helped orchestrate last week’s assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Police did not say what the 63-year-old’s motives may have been but said he arrived in the country in June with “political intentions” and was in touch with a Florida-based Venezuelan security firm to recruit 26 Colombian mercenaries and two Haitian-Americans. Police previously said a group of at least 28 people are suspected in the killing. At least 20 of those suspects have been detained, including two Americans. Agents from the US and other nations have joined the criminal inquiry into Moise’s death. With some Haitians and local politicians not ready to trust the government’s version of Wednesday’s events, international cooperation in the investigation could boost public confidence.CNN in Haiti as manhunt continues for killersCNN in Haiti as manhunt continues for killersCNN in Haiti as manhunt continues for killersJUST WATCHEDCNN in Haiti as manhunt continues for killersReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

CNN in Haiti as manhunt continues for killers 03:374. EthiopiaEthiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ruling Prosperity Party won the country’s general elections in a landslide, ensuring another term for the controversial leader. Ahmed received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, but his administration has drawn criticism during the past year for delaying elections twice and taking military action in the Tigray region, where thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed. Opposition movements say the process, which marked Ethiopia’s first multiparty elections in 16 years, was fraudulent. Beforehand, both the US and the European Union expressed concern about the conditions under which the elections were held. UN report: 350K facing starvation in conflict-hit EthiopiaUN report: 350K facing starvation in conflict-hit Ethiopiaethiopia famine thousands facing starvation busari lklv nr intl vpx_00000025JUST WATCHEDUN report: 350K facing starvation in conflict-hit EthiopiaReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

UN report: 350K facing starvation in conflict-hit Ethiopia 01:365. CubaThousands of Cubans gathered to protest a lack of food amid a grave economic crisis aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic and US sanctions. Such demonstrations are rare in Cuba, but a steep drop in tourism and imports, a lack of Covid-19 protections and a recent run of long power outages have weighed heavily on the public. Some protesters called for President Miguel Díaz-Canel to step down and demanded access to Covid-19 vaccines. (Cuban health officials yesterday reported a record single-day increase for new coronavirus cases and deaths.) The White House and some US officials have expressed support for protesting Cubans, saying they have the right to demonstrate.BREAKFAST BROWSEItaly won the Euro 2020 final over England on penalty kicksAs if a whole game and two extra-time periods weren’t anxiety-inducing enough, it had to come down to the last round of shots. Watch fans go crazy in Rome after Italy wins Euro 2020Watch fans go crazy in Rome after Italy wins Euro 2020Watch fans go crazy in Rome after Italy wins Euro 2020JUST WATCHEDWatch fans go crazy in Rome after Italy wins Euro 2020ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Watch fans go crazy in Rome after Italy wins Euro 2020 02:14 Novak Djokovic wins record-equaling 20th Grand Slam after winning Wimbledon All in all, a very exciting sports weekend. 7-Eleven Day is canceled again. But you can still get a free SlurpeeIt wouldn’t be summer without some frosty, mouth-numbing — and most importantly, FREE — Slurpee sips. Engagement ring sales soar as Americans recover from the pandemicWell, if you make it through the pandemic together, you can probably make it through anything. Rare purple-pink diamond breaks auction recordRare purple-pink diamond breaks auction recordRare purple-pink diamond breaks auction recordJUST WATCHEDRare purple-pink diamond breaks auction recordReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Rare purple-pink diamond breaks auction record 01:18 Mystery buyer spends $12.3 million on a 101-carat diamond — and pays in cryptocurrencyWell, if we’re talking engagement rings …TODAY’S NUMBER59.2%That’s the proportion of Americans who say they’re thriving, according to a new Gallup poll. That marks a more than 10-year high for American optimism.Poll: Americans feel 'dramatic optimism' about pandemic (March)Poll: Americans feel 'dramatic optimism' about pandemic (March)Poll: Americans feel 'dramatic optimism' about pandemic (March)JUST WATCHEDPoll: Americans feel ‘dramatic optimism’ about pandemic (March)ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Poll: Americans feel ‘dramatic optimism’ about pandemic (March) 01:39TODAY’S QUOTE”I bring back into mind the families and friends that want some closure and are just desperately waiting for any information. And that gives me the strength and motivation to keep digging.”Chief Nichole Notte of Florida Task Force 2, describing the emotional and physical toll of rescue efforts at the Surfside condo collapse and how she and others on the scene find the will to keep diggingRescue worker opens up about searching for survivorsRescue worker opens up about searching for survivorsRescue worker opens up about searching for survivorsJUST WATCHEDRescue worker opens up about searching for survivorsReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Rescue worker opens up about searching for survivors 05:34TODAY’S WEATHERNew York braces for a fllash flood threat as the Western heat easesNew York braces for a fllash flood threat as the Western heat easesNew York braces for a fllash flood threat as the Western heat easesJUST WATCHEDNew York braces for a fllash flood threat as the Western heat easesReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

New York braces for a fllash flood threat as the Western heat eases 02:35Check your local forecast here>>>AND FINALLYDefying gravityIt’s called a gymwheel, and my mind can barely comprehend how gymnasts make using one look so easy and beautiful. (Click here to view.)

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