Government Considering Economic Shutdown If Covid-19 Cases Don’t Improve By February 4th

Yahoo News Malaysia

In a letter issued by the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Eurocham Malaysia) to its members, an economic shutdown is set to be announced by the government if the nation’s COVID-19 cases fail to reduce by the end of MCO 2.0 on February 4th.

Authenticated by a source linked to the organization and Malay Mail, the letter describes a meeting by Eurocham Malaysia chief executive, Sven Schneider, with the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI). It states that the Ministry of Health (MoH) “ has made a clear stand on the matter of a complete shutdown of the economy”.

“Should the infection rate not decrease, the Malaysian government will announce a shutdown/strict lockdown immediately after February 4, 2021. This is the current situation we are facing and Miti is appealing to all companies, foreign and local, to join the effort of reducing infections, breaking the chain, to keep the economy open for business,” it mentioned further.

Schneider was to attend a the “very important and urgent meeting” at MITI on January 22nd that was chaired by the ministry’s secretary-general! Lokman Hakim Ali.

The letter also mentioned of the MOH’s belief of the manufacturing sector being the main source of infection.

“Since in particular, dormitories and related activities (transportation, social activities) were identified as problems, while manufacturing sites itself usually demonstrate sufficient compliance, Miti brainstormed together with the present chambers of commerce a few potential measures.

“While we are awaiting more information from the Ministry and since time is of the essence, we share the preliminary outcomes here with you,” the letter said.

It also urged companies to assign basic measures to curb the rise in cases, especially in the dormitories.

“Companies are requested to establish basic quarantine spaces at their dormitories to ensure that suspected cases, close contacts and confirmed Covid-19 cases can be isolated/quarantined immediately and reduce risk of further spread. Any immediate and short-term measures are welcomed to reduce infections,” the organisation said.

The dreaded daily cases record was again broken yesterday, this time with the number going up as high as 4,275 in a single day. Daily recoveries on the other hand have also reached a new high, with a reported 4,131.

Selangor and Sabah continue to top the nation’s cases while total number of active cases stands at 42,769 and confirmed cases at 180,455.

Trump’s Last Day as President of the United States

Wall Street Journal

Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing in ceremony to the White House hot seat later today, Donald Trump is packed and getting ready to head out as he wouldn’t be present at the succeeding president’s inauguration ceremony.

What is his final hours of the presidency, it’s not what one would associate with a president as apart from inciting a mob and being in denial of an election result, Trump is also facing an impeachment trial for the second time in just two years,

Here’s how Trump is scheduled to do on his last day as President.

Trump’s final presidential schedule

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 “The President and The First Lady will depart the White House at 8:00AM for Palm Beach, Florida.”, it says. 

That’s it, there’s even no mention of a send-off ceremony scheduled at Joint Base Andrews that is expected shortly after Melania Trump leaves the White House.

White House officials not up for a departure ceremony

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A number of former administration officials were invited to Trump’s departure ceremony, but many are passing on the invitation due to recent happenings which had fueled their disgust with Trump.

According to CNN, one former senior White House official said, “Is there a disappointment factor, yes!”.

“Sending the mob was a red line,” a senior White House adviser said.

Another former senior White House official noted that invitees can bring five guests, describing that as “a sign of desperation”.

Even the president’s right hand man, Vice President Mike Pence, won’t be attending Trump’s departure ceremony tomorrow, according to his public schedule.

Sources have blamed the logistical challenge of having Pence at both the departure ceremony and at Biden’s inauguration, but those close to the vice president have also made their frustration with Trump clear ever since the riots happened.

Trump to start new political party?

Washington Post

After being denied a second presidential term, Trump has raised the idea of starting a new political party, a senior Trump advisor confirmed but has dismissed it as not serious.

Another White House adviser has called the idea “lame” and another noted that Trump is “disgusted” with Senate Republicans who will soon decide whether the president will be convicted in his impeachment trial.

It remains unclear to how Trump will plant the seed to his on political party. In his farewell message video, he has vowed that his movement will carry on although latest polls show that Trump has the lowest approval ratings of his presidency.

Leaving as a figure that has made the news for all the wrong reasons, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump may call his new party the “patriot party”.

Apple’s New AirPods Max Headphones Costs More Than An iPad

Announced in the most 2020 way possible with a simple news release, Apple did in fact had one more thing in store for users right before the year ends.

Other than the fancy colors which are space grey, silver, pink, green and sky blue, their pro-level candidate for the over-ear headphones market – AirPods Max is priced at RM2,399, the very amount that you could get for the 64GB, WiFi version of the new iPad Air 4.

Oh and did we mention you could get an 8th generation iPad for much less?

The headband is stainless steel covered in a white rubbery mesh material with a “breathable mesh knit canopy” that sits on the top of your head, which Apple says that distributes the weight much more evenly.

The headband then connects to the larger than usual puffy earcups with adjustable stainless steel extensions, giving it that premium touch.

At first glance, it might not remind you of every other headphone in the markets out there as the metal on the earcups differ it from the plastic we see on others. You wouldn’t be able to tell of the steel material until you’ve actually felt the cold metal in a air-conditioned room.

The magnetically-attached earcups of course aren’t as smooth as the exterior as there are 10 slots for different earcup shells: 7 for microphones, six for noise cancellation, two microphones and another for voice calls. All these aren’t symmetrical either as the left earcup has an extra long slot, short one and three more on the bottom with a long plastic antenna line.

The right ear cup has two slots on the top, three on the bottom, a small status LED light and lightning port for charging (yes, it still uses lightning)

This is also where things can get interesting as Apple “stole” the side button and crown design for the Apple Watch and simply pasted in on the AirPods Max. The much bigger digital crown controls the volume and activates Siri, very much like the one on the Apple Watch.

You can’t however plug it in when you’re on an airplane as it doesn’t come with an analog audio output, so if you do in fact get one, it’s just another step into the wireless ecosystem.

It doesn’t come with a power button as well, which is unsurprisingly “Apple”, they simple go to sleep if it doesn’t detect your head for a while and wakes back up when it detects you putting them on.

The case, somewhat considered uneasy on the eyes is a tricky one. Very much like a purse, it’s a piece of material that’s folded and magnetically attaches over itself to form a case. Whether to carry it like a purse or to chuck it in your backpack as a whole, it’s unclear how one would carry it around; plus it doesn’t seem to be solid enough for a case and could’ve done more to offer protection?

Apple claims Atmos surround sound support and on top of all those said above, the AirPods Max is already in the race for the best headphone that is offered in the market. Of course, competing headphones are cheaper, much cheaper, such as the Sony WH-1000XM4s that are regularly on sale for RM1,128, sound very good, and have a 10-hour-longer battery life. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are RM1,736.

Will the Airpods Max be a hit like the AirPods? The competition leaves everything out in the open and we should be hear from reviewers out there anytime now, because for obvious reasons, admin doesn’t have the funds to be reviewing the AirPods Max.

We’ve Had Five Different MCOs So Far, Here’s All of Them Explained

Goh Mooi Lim passing a pack of biscuit to his friend after authorities locked down the area to spread of the Copvid-19 at Selayang baru, AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star (31/3/2020)

Commonly referred to as a Movement Control Order (MCO) or Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) in Malay, the order has been implemented since March 18th 2020 and has seen different variations ever since.

In a bid to contain the pandemic, we’ve been living in restrictions ever since and numbers haven’t particularly stayed low too. With pretty much the whole country except for three states under some form of MCO, it feels like it has become a part of daily life as well and we too have no idea when we will see the end of it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the terms MCO, CMCO, EMCO, SEMCO and of course RMCO, you’re not alone as we’ve grown way past a single MCO. Unnecessary to say the least, here’s what each of them mean.

1) Movement Control Order (MCO)

What one would consider the “O.G.”, MCO was the very first version of all these lockdowns and was announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in March this year. This was due to end on April 14th but was then extended until the April 28th and then later May 12th.

All operations except for essential services had to be closed down at this time; interstate travel was not allowed unless if given a written police permit as an exception and only the head of families or one person from each family was allowed to leave home and buy essential or medical items. It also saw the introduction of the RM1000 fine for those who violated guidelines. 

Ops COVID-19 was also brought into palace, the first of many road block operations placed throughout the country at key travel points to monitor any travelers that would be violating the interstate travel guidelines. 

2) Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO)

It’s already in the name, with it being an enhanced or stricter version of the MCO. It was usually subjected to location for 14 days if a large cluster was detected and used to stop the virus from spreading out of those areas. 

The stricter lockdown forbids anyone from exiting their homes, forbids anyone entering from outside the area, shuts down all businesses and blocks all roads leading into the area. Food supplies will be given by authorities throughout the 14 days to residents and a medical base will be established within the area.

The EMCO was first implemented at two areas in Simpang Renggam in Johor on March 27th. It was later applied to other areas in Sungai Lui, Hulu Langat District, Selangor, Selayang and also Kuala Lumpur. It was then put in place and then extended until November 9th over several areas Sabah, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in response to the spike post-Sabah elections.

3) Semi-Enhanced Movement Control Order (SEMCO)

A rather lighter version of EMCO, it was for small areas that had a cluster such as the Pudu area in Kuala Lumpur back in May 14th. Barbed wires were put up at Jalan Pudu, Jalan Kancil, Jalan Pasar, Jalan Landak, Lorong Brunei 2 and Lorong Brunei 3; several other small areas around Klang Valley has since been under EMCO and SEMCO.

4) Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)

Announced on Labor Day, CMCO is a relaxation of regulations regarding MCO. The main goal was to reopen the national economy, because the fact is that no country could survive that survive an indefinite lockdown.

During this order, most economic sectors were allowed to operate while overserving business standard operating procedures such as social distancing and the use of the MySejahtera application. Sports was still largely prohibited along with any small group activity that involved more than 10 people. Interstate travel was still frowned upon and not allowed unless for work or returning after being stranded elsewhere before this.

CMCO had mixed reactions from state governments and had received backlash by politicians health experts and the general public over concerns of a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia due to the seemingly reckless and unnecessary relaxation of the MCO.

Controversial calls such as the three person in vehicle rule and extension of it until December 31st in certain states has also all but assured the public’s confidence in the movement.

5) Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO)

ALOR GAJAH, 8 Jun — Perjalanan rentas negeri akan dibenarkan mulai Rabu ini kecuali di kawasan yang diisytiharkan sebagai Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan (PKPD). Ia merupakan antara beberapa kelonggaran yang dibenarkan ketika negara berada dalam fasa pemulihan COVID-19. Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat (PKPB) yang akan berakhir esok akan diganti dengan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan (PKPP). Kelihatan kenderaan yang melalui sempadan Tampin-Pulau Sebang ketika tinjauan fotoBernama hari ini. — fotoBERNAMA (2020) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

Perhaps the most ideal of movement control orders would be the one to signify that things were starting to get better, RMCO was announced on June 10th and was supposed to last until August 31st but was later extended until 31stDecember. 

If implemented in an area, certain religious activities would be allowed again with some restrictions along with meetings, conventions and exhibitions allowed to carry on again. Schools, kindergartens and tuition centres would also be allowed to open; cinemas, seminars, hotels and pools among many other things would also be allowed.

This Is How Much Money Mariah Carey Makes Every Christmas

A day after Halloween on December 1st may be a normal day for most people around the world, but for falsetto-singing Mariah Carey, it means much more as it signifies the start of one thing – Christmas.

In a holiday-themed video, the fanbase proclaimed “Queen of Christmas” announced that it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year again with two simple words – It’s time. Apart from all the other Christmas songs that are played throughout the month, her iconic “All I Want For Christmas” returns to the charts as well.

In conjunction with the start of December and with the reoccurrence of this frenzy every December, one couldn’t help but wonder, how much does Mariah Carey earn from her one-of-a-kind Christmas tune?

The answer in short is, a lot.

“All I Want For Christmas” is the best-selling Christmas single of all time in the U.S. since 2003, with up to 3,200,000 digital downloads. Pretty impressive when you think of the songs it beat to the position such as “Last Christmas” by Wham!, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee and second place contender “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from Frozen.

According to the New York Post, the song made her a total of US$60 million in royalties from 1994 to 2017, an annual basis of US$2 million per year at the least.

It doesn’t end there though as we have streaming services to take into account as well. The YouTube video for “All I Want For Christmas” roughly generates 0.025 cents per view on its Vevo account which tallies up to US$16,407,876.38 from its 656,315,055 views as of the 30th of November 2020.

Numerous reports claim that Spotify pays out 0.00397 cents per play for a song; “All I Want For Christmas” currently has 741,465,574 plays, which accumulates to US$2,943,618,33. On December 24th last year, the song garnered 10 million streams in one day on Spotify, that figure would mean that Mariah Carey made a total of US$42,951.46 in a single day from the song.

Moving on, licensing is when the song appears in a movie or T.V. show and IMDb shows that the song has been used a total of 60 times. To play the song in the background or on a jukebox would cost around US$2000 a play for five years while for cinema use, it can cost US$10,000 to be there permanently. A commercial could also collect in up to US$500,000 per year.

So how much has she made for “All I Want for Christmas”, a lot.

Malaysia’s Tallest Building Delayed For More Than Six Months, To Be Ready in 2022

The towering Merdeka 118 has stood unfinished for more than a year now as KL-ites still drive-by each time in awe of it even though almost half of it is still very much visible concrete.

So, that brings us the question to many who pass by that have pondered on – when will it be finished? Unfortunately, the tower that is formerly known as KL118, will be delayed for more than six months, according to Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) president and group chief executive, Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn

Zulqarnain told Bernama that Phase 1 and 2 of the Merdeka 118 precinct are expected to be ready by the second quarter (Q2) of 2022 instead of the end of 2021 as it initially targeted. He also cited that the cause of the delays were none other than the Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been set in place following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Adhering to the requirements of the MCO, he said that the Merdeka 118 construction site was shut down during the first three phases and gradually reopened from May 13, 2020, onwards.

Upon completion, Merdeka 118 will be Malaysia’s tallest building at a height of 656 metres, taller than the 452 metre Petronas Twin Towers.

PNB and its subsidiaries will reportedly take up 42 floors while 14 floors are for amenities. Four other floors will be used as observation decks and 41 floors for office rental.

The upper 17 floors will be home to Park Hyatt Hotel Kuala Lumpur operated by Hyatt Hotels Corps.

The five star hotel will have 232 guest rooms, 28 suites and 30 serviced apartments as well.

In the meantime, phase 3 of the development consisting of three residential towers is due to be completed in 2024/2025, the launch for those residential towers were also rescheduled to 2021 from the supposing the end of this year.

Malaysian Group on a Mission to Teach Refugee Women to Read and Write

(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Seated on the floor in the room are a few students, notably women, who are reciting the alphabet; but these aren’t ordinary students, they are refugee women in Malaysia and they are learning to read and write in both Malay and English for the first time.

Conducted weekly at a rather gloomy room outside Kuala Lumpur, classes are led by the Women for Refugees group. The group was formed in September by two law students who wanted to empower them to be more than the portrayable wife by helping with their literacy and also with their integration into the local community.

“I don’t know even know my ABCs, but now I am learning,” Zaleha Abdul, 54, a Muslim Rohingya refugee, said in an interview with the Associated Press, as she struggled to remember the alphabet during a class last month. She said she wants to be more independent when going shopping or anywhere else.

Many refugee women, Zaleha among them, have picked up the local language but are still only confined to surroundings that they are familiar with as they don’t know how to read or write.

Arissa Jemaima Ikram Ismail, was a volunteer with a relief agency at first in Selayang and aimed to help to uplift women in this community. 

She and fellow law student Davina Devarajaan then met with the women who to their surprise, wanted to learn English and Malay. Arissa also said that education if often viewed as a low priority for refugee women.

Women for Refugees was then formed and they proceeded to recruit teachers via Instagram. Having about 20 volunteers now, the group is offering two-hour literacy classes in both English and Malay in a two-story block that has up to 50 families.

“It was very essential for us to not pitch the refugee women as a charity, where they are constantly requiring external aid,” Arissa said. “We want to equip them with the necessary skills so that they can sustain themselves … and contribute back to the community.”

Although open to all migrant women, majority of the students are from Myanmar and Indonesia. Davina hopes to expand to other neighbourhoods in the future and also to include technical skills that could lead to more opportunities for an income.

She also added that teaching still goes on with pre-recorded lessons due to the country’s coronavirus crisis; they were being viewed on three shared laptops while live classes were still being conducted once a week for older migrant children.

As the pandemic subsides, she would also “love to integrate more volunteers … to actually come and teach them and have this very community-based integration between” the women and the locals, whom many view migrants as a burden on the country’s resources and healthcare system.

Arisssa’s group may not be the first that is offering literacy course, but it is the only few that does this while focusing on women. Almost 178,000 refugees and asylum seekers are registered with the United Nations High Commission of Refugees, and many of them are left out educationally.

Shahidah Salamatulah, 38, was among three women at that time learning how to communicate in English when needing to seek treatment at a medical clinic. 

Shahidah, a Muslim from Myanmar and a mother of two, was preparing for a new life abroad. She was called for interviews three times last year by the UNHCR on possible resettlements, but the coronavirus pandemic has put all that to an unscheduled and timely halt.

“English is important for us … when we go overseas we will need English,” she told the Associated Press.

KL’s Future, The City’s Upcoming Skyscrapers and Developments

Kuala Lumpur, an iconic and an ever growing city in Southeast Asia; although the size, it’s not even among the top 10 biggest cities in the world, but it surely tops the list for most buildings over 100 meters.

Out of the five buildings over 400 meters in the region, Kuala Lumpur is home to at least four of them. All these only adds to the extravagant skyline that attracts not only locals to visit it often but also photographers near and far to capture that perfect portrait of the city.

Safe to say, development for the city is in no way halted as many projects are either in the talks or is going on underway to make it that much more vibrant and livelier, here are a few of them.

1) Merdeka 118

Built to resemble the iconic Tunku Abdul Rahman when he lifted his right hand up to declare Malaysia’s independence in 1957, the rumored to be named Merdeka 118 stands at 118 stories and 644 meters. The project is located at Jalan Hang Jebat, next to the historical Merdeka Stadium, Stadium Negara, and the Merdeka MRT station on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line opened in 2017. A drive-by the site today would also allow you see glance at what could possibly be after it’s done.

2) Tradewinds Square

Announced in 2011, the project is located on the site of the former Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel and Kompleks Antarabangsa near the Raja Chulan monorail station. It will be 775 meters tall with 150 floors, towering that of the nearby Petronas Twin Towers. Demolitions of old buildings have gone ahead but the site remains much empty as of today and it is possible that the final version being not as high.

3) 8 Conlay

The ongoing development features 3 towers on a retail center just under its floors. The 68 story tower will be home to Kempsinky Hotel and Hotel Residences while the two residential towers will be YOO8 serviced by Kempsinki. When it finishes, the project will have the world’s tallest spiraled twin residential towers, similar to a larger version of Dancing House in Prague.

4) Plaza Rakyat

Considered as a sleeping project, much of its work began in the 90s and remains stalled ever since the 1997 Asian financial crisis hit. It remains today as a blighted abandoned site while there have been regular echoes and announcements of an impending revival.

5) Bandar Malaysia

A transit-oriented development at the former Sungai Besi Airport, the site of it will be a terminal for the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur high-speed railway developed by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). As we know the mayhem 1MDB is facing, the project is rightfully being delayed as investigations go on and on.

6) M101 Skywheel

Part of the Kampong Bharu City Centre Complex, ths 317 metre high building is topped with an observation wheel between two smaller towers. It will include residential apartments, a hotel, retail, and of course that observation wheel; definitely not a design you expect to see up in the skies.

7) IBN Bukit Bintang

At 325 metres, this 68 storey tower will include serviced apartments and a 5-star hotel. Upon completion, it will also be among the five tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur and be located at the site of the former Hotel Fortuna.

8) KL Metropolis

A city within a city, this commerce, living and transport hub will be over 75.5 acres and be one the region’s largest expo and convention centres that includes residences, hotels, shops and offices.

Working from Home is Hurting Our Backs, Here’s How You Can Prevent Them

*Safe to say, admin has definitely switched his sitting position after writing this article and is amazed*

Who would’ve guessed it that we’ll be working from home for the rest of 2020; or to be exact, working form our bed, sofa and kitchen table for the rest of god knows how many more months.

Our work from home setups differ wildly among individuals, but most of us complaint about the same thing – sore and stiff backs that comes from the long hours spent on in front of the computer. After months of this situation, it is safe to say that some of us already miss our office and couldn’t wait until this mayhem is all over.

Although, there are adjustments we can make to our daily work setting to make working from home that much bearable.

1) Working from your bed

Experts frown upon working on your laptop from your bed as it gives zero support and has no neutral position to work from. 

If you really want to make it work, rest your laptop on a pillow to bring it to a more manageable level so that you don’t have to lean down to it. Support your lower back by placing a rolled-up towel underneath and bend your knees and hips at a 90-degree angle. Place your laptop on your thighs at a comfortable screen-angle.

2) Working at a dining table

Woman Working From Home Using Laptop On Dining Table

This option would likely be for people who don’t have a work desk at home, it does miss some vital elements though as a desk. There’s no really lumbar support and may be too high to work from.

Make sure to have your feet on the ground to create a stable base for your ever-important spine, put a cushion or box on the ground if your feet can’t reach it. Sit on a couple of cushions until your shoulders feel relaxed and put a rolled-up tower behind your back to prevent slouching. You can even consider an external keyboard and put your laptop on a few books.

3) Working on the sofa

With many of us working in the living room, a sofa seems like the most comfortable option as the squishy exterior along with puffy pillows make all so luscious. However, sofas generally don’t allow you to sit with your knees bent and your legs on the ground, so most of us would find ourselves literally tucked in by it.

Sit on the edge so that your feet are on the floor and use pillows as support for your back; place a couple of cushions on your knees to raise your back for support. However, you can also sit on the floor against your sofa as well!

4) Working at the coffee table

The key is to find a position that best replicates the ideal positon: Knees, hips and elbows bent at 90-degrees with the back in a neutral position and our shoulders away from the ears. 

5) Working on the floor

Mid adult woman sitting on floor, leaning on sofa, talking on, using laptop, side view

Yes, it’s considered an option and some of us like the freedom we get from working on the floor as well. 

To do so, use a small table as a makeshift desk and sit on a cushion or yoga bolster. Vary your sitting position every now and then from crossing yourlegs to sitting in a squat or on a cushion; this would ensure that your pelvis, hip and spine would be more free and mobile.

6) Using a kitchen top etc as a standing desk

You might not think of this, but expert to suggest it brings a whole new perspective to working from home.

Find a high surface such as a kitchen worktop that is high enough to be at elbow height; just simply stand while working on your laptop placed on the surface. Make sure that you’re typing at elbow height and that your shoulders feel relaxed. You might also consider putting something soft like a rug under your feet to stand on.

Don’t stick with just one of these positions, mix and match instead to make working from home that less back-aching, literally.

Joe Biden Has Won the 2020 U.S. Elections, Here’s How He Did It

After a long run of campaigning, arguments and the occasional spat at one another, the U.S. elections has reached a long-awaited end where Joe Biden has come out victorious over Donald Trump to be the 46th U.S. president.

Undeniably one of the most out of the ordinary elections in the nation’s history, the upset saw the former vice-president beating the 45th president of the United States, winning by 284 electoral votes to Trump’s 214 votes.

After the news broke out to the public the soon-to-be president had this to say on his Twitter account.

So how did Biden win the presidency? Simple, they just kept on counting; which was controversially something that Trump supporters had mixed feelings about.

The key battles:

Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin

As widely democratic states stood out to be Biden’s strongholds, this election proved to be a surprise in a few notable states that brought the fight right down to the wire.

Even though leads were decreased substantially as the night went on, Biden eventually walked it out in Arizona where his lead was cut from the 1 million votes to 100,000 votes and also while protests went on outside the building where votes were counted.

Trump had sued in an attempt to stop the counting of votes in several states and threatened to fight the outcome of it, but Biden stayed on course with notable wins also in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada

The holy trinity, these notable flips at battleground states proved to be vital as it was crucial to bring Biden’s electoral votes up to 284, passing the magic number of 270.

Georgia who was relying largely on the votes coming out of Fulton and DeKalb County proved to be worthy as it was the tricky majority that brought the state of Georgia to Biden.

Biden also saw through his lead in Georgia and Nevada with Pennsylvania too who has the 20 electoral votes eventually going to Biden as well late into the race and bringing it to 2 electoral votes for Biden.

Social media frenzies

During the counting of votes, Biden tweeted “After a long night of counting, it’s clear that we’re winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes need to win the presidency,” Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware. “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won but I am here to report that, when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”

As Trump spent most of his time firing up supporters for a dreaded legal battle against multiple states, Biden called for both sides “to unite, to heal, to come together as a nation”.

Trump, on the other hand, had his own misconceptions and out of the ordinary claims to blame as he declared victory way too early into the counting of votes, which sparked wide criticism from news agencies across the U.S.

Late on Wednesday there were signs of desperation as the president felt his grip on the White House slipping away. 

He tweeted a thread stating that he was establishing a “claim” on Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, all of which remained too close to call at that time. 

That isn’t how an election works, as Twitter immediately flagged those posts with a warning that “official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted”.

Inauguration and beyond

Nonetheless, the outcome of this election proved to be a turning point for the U.S. as a change in leadership is now happening; however, it may prove to be tricky as the first thing on Biden’s mind right now would be containing the pandemic, something which Trump had downplayed frequently during his time in office.

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. president will take place on January 21st next year at Washington D.C.