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Data: Centers for Disease Control; Chart: Axios Visuals

The latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the U.S. flu season remains "elevated" and deaths continue to rise. There were 84 flu-related pediatric deaths recorded between Oct. 1 and Feb. 10 — up from 63 announced the prior week.

Reminder: On Thursday, federal health officials urged people to get a flu shot, which is estimated to be 36% effective overall and 59% effective for children younger than 9. They say roughly three-fourths of children who died did not receive a vaccination.

The numbers, for the week ending Feb. 10, released today:

  • Influenza Type A remains dominant although the infection rate appears to be dropping from the prior week. Of Type A, the more deadly H3N2 strain was 78% and H1N1 was 18%.
  • Influenza Type B appears to be infecting more people (36% of all infections) during the most recent week.
  • The geographic spread of influenza in Puerto Rico and 48 states was reported as widespread; Oregon reported regional activity; the District of Columbia, Guam and Hawaii reported local activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported no activity.

Go deeper: Why this flu season is particularly bad.

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Dave Lawler, author of World
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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.