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Sure, a startup that lets consumers shop for insurance right from their smartphones, is quietly catching the eye of investors and insurance carriers. Less than a month after announcing a partnership with Nationwide, the New York-based company has raised $6.3 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.

Sure's pitch: Founded in 2014, the startup touts itself as a modern way for consumers to find, purchase, and manage their insurance policies. Currently it offers coverage for travelers, smartphones, and home renters, plus life and accident insurance. It currently is partnered with Chubb, Nationwide, Marsh, and Guy Carpenter.

Bigger picture: Insurance is one of the fintech sectors being upended by smartphones, and new companies are devising new business models that better fit consumer behaviors. In 2016, there were 173 investments in insurance startups, according to CB Insights, although total dollars invested fell 37% to $1.69 billion.

Deal details: According to the filing, Sure is aiming to raise up to $8 million. IA Capital Group likely led this round as principal Alex Maffeo is newly listed as a director. Sure previously raised $2.6 million from ff Venture Capital, Fosun Kinzon Capital, and Montage Ventures. Axios has contacted both Maffeo and Sure CEO Wayne Slavin but has not heard back.

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New coronavirus cases fall by 20%

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections continued their sharp decline over the past week, and are now back down to pre-Thanksgiving levels.

The big picture: Given the U.S.’ experience over the past year, it can be hard to trust anything that looks like good news, without fearing that another shoe is about to drop. But the U.S. really is doing something right lately. Cases are way down, vaccinations are way up, and that’s going to save a lot of lives.

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California's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: It's the first state to record more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

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Facebook bans Myanmar military

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Facebook said on Wednesday it would ban the rest of the Myanmar military from its platform.

The big picture: It comes some three weeks after the military overthrew the civilian government in a coup and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, causing massive protests to erupt throughout the country. Military leaders have been using internet blackouts to try to maintain power in light of the coup.