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

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced yesterday the deadly Ebola virus has spread to a new city, Butembo, a city with almost one million people that acts as a trading hub with Uganda and other countries.

Why it matters: In addition to treating patients, public health officials also have to manage fear and distrust in some communities. DRC's Ministry of Health said this particular case was caused by a man who had been in contact with an infected person in Beni but "had refused to cooperate with the health authorities and who had fled in Butembo after falling ill."

WHO's Peter Salama tweeted Wednesday "Good news is case detected quickly, response already in place & expanding. Bad new is increases risk of further spread, and having Ebola in an urban centre makes ending the outbreak much harder."

The context: This is not the first time the DRC's ministry has reported challenges with some communities. On Wednesday, the ministry partly blamed community resistance for the 70% concentration of confirmed cases in the Ndindi neighborhood of Beni, tweeting:

"Some families have long hidden the sick, refused to allow care providers to bring the sick Ebola Treatment Center (ETC), and refused to be vaccinated. Several violent incidents against medical personnel and care facilities were also reported."

Go deeper: Read the Huffington Post's No One Should Be Sleeping Well Tonight

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Senate Democrats reach deal on extending unemployment insurance

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Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating and halting other action for roughly nine hours, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

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Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.