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The Canadian government said Wednesday it will remove half its staff from its embassy in Cuba after another employee fell ill, bringing the total number of Canadian diplomats and their relatives affected by mysterious health symptoms since 2017 to 14.

The backdrop: In the past two years, 26 U.S. Embassy workers in Cuba have suffered dizziness, headaches and nausea associated with loud, painful sounds, prompting the State Department to cut the embassy staff by 60% in 2017. Doctors and researchers have been unable to identify the cause of the mysterious illnesses, and have pointed to sonic weapons, microwave attacks by Russia and even "mass hysteria" as possible explanations for the phenomenon.

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Coronavirus surge is sinking consumer confidence

Data: Hamilton Place Strategies, CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

The rise in coronavirus cases in certain parts of the U.S. is stunting confidence across the country, a crop of new reports show.

Driving the news: After stalling during the previous two-week period, overall economic sentiment declined for the first time in two months, according to the Economic Sentiment Index, a biweekly survey from data firm CivicScience and Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS).

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage."
  2. Health: Mask mandates help control the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations. Hospitals face a crush.
  3. Business: Coronavirus testing is a windfall. Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.

The GOP's monstrous math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.