Joe Biden to hold first cabinet meeting as he pitches $2tn infrastructure plan – live

2.18pm BST

The fourth wave of coronavirus infections may have already arrived in the US, where case numbers are climbing in half of states.

Axios reports:

On average, roughly 63,000 Americans per day were diagnosed with coronavirus infections over the past week. That’s a 17% increase from the week before, and echoes the rising caseloads of the pandemic’s second wave last summer. …

Because so many seniors have been vaccinated — 73% have gotten at least one dose — this fourth wave is likely to be a lot less deadly than the previous ones.
Many states have also prioritized vaccinating people with underlying health conditions, which will also help constrain the increase in severe illness and death.

Related: ‘I’m scared’: top US official shares sense of ‘doom’ as Covid cases rise

2.07pm BST

The Guardian’s Kari Paul reports:

Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure bill will prioritize broadband expansion as a top goal, earmarking $100bn to bring affordable internet to “all Americans” by 2029.

Related: Biden plans to spend $100bn to bring affordable internet to all Americans

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