We started the week with a little delay and a lot of coffee. Between so much food and hours of sleep replenished, the machine has been slow to turn on in the BELatina newsroom — just like Windows 95.
However, we can’t start the week without recapping everything that happened these past few days.
From the new Covid variant that has Europe in a panic to the sad death of Virgil Abloh, these are the stories you need to know this Monday.
Three new caravans of migrants are heading towards Mexico City
On Friday, three new caravans of migrants left Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas (southeast), intending to reach Mexico City to regulate their migratory situation.
Some 2,000 people are part of this seventh caravan, which has been divided into three groups. The first, made up of about 1,000 people, left on Thursday night, the second contingent, made up of about 600 people, left in the early hours of Friday morning, and the third group, of about 600 people, was also due to leave on Friday morning.
New Covid variant puts Europe on alert
South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.
It is unclear where the new variant emerged. Still, South African scientists alerted the World Health Organization in recent days. It has now been seen in travelers arriving in several countries, from Australia to Israel to the Netherlands.
On Friday, the WHO designated it as a “variant of concern,” calling it “omicron,” after a letter of the Greek alphabet.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government announced Friday that it would restrict travel from South Africa and seven other southern African nations to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that is spreading there.
Michigan could become the epicenter of Covid in the U.S.
Michigan now leads the country in new Covid cases and hospitalizations, accounting for about one in 10 new cases in the U.S., even though the state represents only 3% of the country’s population.
Cases across the U.S. have increased 18% in the last week, but the increase has been much more dramatic in some states. New cases are up 67% in Michigan, and new hospitalizations have been up 46% in the past two weeks.
Disney’s ‘Encanto’ led the Thanksgiving box office
Disney has reclaimed its rightful place at the top of the Thanksgiving box office. “Encanto,” the studio’s new animated musical fable, grossed $40.3 million at 3,980 North American theaters as of Wednesday, a robust figure at a time when family audiences have not been eager to return to theaters.
It has become a holiday tradition for Disney to release a family film around Turkey Day, and “Encanto,” a critically successful animated adventure, indicates that parents have been gaining confidence to take their young children back to the movies.
The fashion world mourns the death of designer Virgil Abloh
According to a post on his verified Instagram account, Virgil Abloh, the acclaimed menswear designer for Louis Vuitton and founder and CEO of Off-White, died Sunday of cancer. He was 41.
Virgil battled a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, for more than two years, the post said.
A father, DJ, and designer, Abloh made history as Louis Vuitton’s first black artistic director.
Karol G falls down the stairs during a concert in Miami but continues performing without missing a beat
Karol G fell down the stairs of the FTX Arena stage during her performance of “Ahora Me Llama.” After the fall, the Latin Grammy-winning singer remained on her hands and knees at the foot of the stairs for a few seconds before one of her backup dancers helped her to her feet and continued her performance.