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Data: Ministry of Health DRC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Thursday said the number of people confirmed or suspected of having Ebola has now become the second highest number of cases, reaching 426 as of Nov. 28.

The latest: Containment efforts are further hampered by a spike in cases of malaria, which can demonstrate similar symptoms to Ebola in its early stages, according to the World Health Organization. "The #Ebola outbreak in #DRC is now second largest historically. A sad toll, with too many families losing loved ones," tweeted WHO's Peter Salama.

DRC's Ministry of Health adds that they continue on-the-ground community work to remove distrust and follow the "contacts" of infected people.

"The heart of the new response strategy is community-based surveillance. That means we work with the community to send us alerts about any person who is sick or died in the community. In addition, community health workers continue their outreach work by going door-to-door and helping with contact tracing. And the surveillance teams visit all the health centers of the city every day to examine new patients and transfer them to the transit center if they show Ebola symptoms."
— Jessica Ilunga, spokesperson of the DRC Ministry of Health, tells Axios

Another issue has been that of youth gangs who've been sometimes violent to health care workers and who occasionally steal dead bodies, which remain infectious, to return to families. To combat that, the Ministry says they've started trying to recruit and train them to help their efforts to get people to get come forward with symptoms and get vaccinated and to promote safe burial practices.

Meanwhile, the clinical trial to test the experimental Ebola treatments has begun, WHO confirmed.

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Inflation threatens Latinos' buying power

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Data: Hispanic Index of Consumer Sentiment; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Latinos in the U.S. are less optimistic about the economy than they were a year ago as inflation threatens to cut into their buying power.

Why it matters: Latinos have been economic growth drivers for the past decade, opening new businesses at faster rates than other groups and increasing their homeownership rates. The group's overall output would make them the seventh-largest GDP in the world if they were a country.

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First look: Frontline Dems seek cover with bipartisan police bill

Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Moderate Frontline Democrats facing tough reelection fights are teaming up with House Republicans on a bill that would effectively help fund the police, according to a copy of the bill text obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: One of Republicans' core and most effective campaign attacks to date is their messaging around progressive rhetoric to "defund the police." Moderate Democrats have long tried to dodge that narrative, acknowledging its political peril despite their support for broader police reform.

Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The U.S. Omicron wave may be peaking, but now COVID deaths are climbing as cases continue to soar in most of the country.

The big picture: Omicron's stranglehold in the U.S. started about a month ago. Its death toll — while almost certain to be smaller than previous waves of the pandemic — is only now starting to take hold, and deaths will likely continue to rise for several weeks.