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5 things you need to know this morning: April 7, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Brazil records over 4,000 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours

Things keep getting worse for Brazil as its battle with COVID-19 rages on. Health officials there have recorded more than 4,000 deaths connected to the disease over a 24-hour period for the first time. Many patients are dying as they wait for care because hospitals are overwhelmed, the officials have said.

2. Doormen fired after apparently standing by as woman was beaten

Two doormen have been fired after security footage appeared to show them standing by as a 65-year-old woman was viciously attacked in New York City. The woman had to go to hospital after the beating. Brandon Elliot was afterwards charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime and one count of attempted assault as a hate crime. The woman is of Asian origin, while Elliot is black.

3. Meditating Buddhist monk rescued after heavy rains flood cave

A Buddhist monk has been rescued from a flooded cave he entered to meditate. The monk, who was on a pilgrimage, had settled down in the isolated spot on Saturday. But unusually heavy rains flooded the cave, prompting a rescue team of 17 divers to save the holy man on Wednesday.

4. People diagnosed with COVID-19 likelier to develop dementia, depression and psychosis: Study

A new study has found that people with COVID-19 are more likely to develop depression, dementia, stroke and psychosis six months after they are diagnosed. The authors of the study – who emphasized that their research has found no direct link between the disease and the neurological problems – said a possible cause is stress, as well as the virus directly affecting the brain.

5. Group involved in nude photoshoot in Dubai to be deported

About a dozen Ukrainian women and one Russian man will be deported after being arrested in connection with a nude photoshoot in Dubai. The group has been accused of public debauchery and could face six months in prison.

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