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A Sri Lankan woman reacts as she receives a jab at a vaccination center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo: Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Sri Lanka on Sunday banned all public gatherings and advised people to avoid public spaces amid a worsening COVID-19 situation, AP reports.

Why it matters: The country is struggling to contain a rapid surge of cases as daily infections continue to rise, according to Reuters' tracker.

  • Wedding receptions will be banned starting Tuesday, while restaurants can only operate at 50% capacity.

State of play: Hospitals and morgues are being overrun because of the surging case and death numbers, per AP.

  • The country has held mass cremations to try to deal with the backlog of corpses.
  • This month, the Sri Lankan Medical Association wrote a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressing "grave concern" about the rapid spread of the virus and the lack of medical facilities for COVID-19 patients.

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Nov 22, 2021 - World

Kenya imposes widespread COVID restrictions on the unvaccinated

Staff members unload China-donated COVID-19 vaccines at an airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Li Yan/Xinhua via Getty Images

Unvaccinated people in Kenya will be denied access to many businesses, restaurants and government offices starting next month, the country's Health Ministry announced Monday.

The big picture: Less than 5% of Kenya's population is fully vaccinated, and the new measures are meant to address a slowdown in vaccinations in certain regions of the country, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe wrote.

Updated Nov 21, 2021 - Health

America's Thanksgiving gamble

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

Coronavirus cases are rising, nationally and in most states — an ominous trend heading into the week of Thanksgiving.

The big picture: Two-thirds of Americans plan to have Thanksgiving gatherings that resemble their pre-pandemic festivities, according to recent Monmouth University polling. But as cases rise, travel and indoor celebrations will put the millions of unvaccinated Americans at risk.

Pelosi announces bid for re-election ahead of 2022 midterms

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her bid for re-election Tuesday, amid a deluge of other safe-seat Democrats announcing their retirements.

Why it matters: Pelosi’s announcement follows months of speculation — despite her denials — that she was preparing to leave Congress.