Afternoon News Update, 2/8/21
By Zachary Masters
On campus, two sophomore Appalachian State students have recently released an app that aims to give students and residents access to affordable rides. The Appalachian reports the “Beep App” was developed by Co-founders Ian Murphy and Banks Nussman. While being inspired by the popular Facebook group, the two intend to improve and eventually replace the Facebook page by implementing Safety features, a rating system, easier user navigation and providing avenues for direct payment for the driver and rider.
In local news, the number of North Carolinian residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 has surpassed 796,000 with 9,983 having died since March, as reported by the Raleigh News and Observer. As of Friday, the percentage of reported positive results for Covid-19 tests was around 7.4%. Health officials state that this number should be around 5% or lower to see the virus’s spread slow.
Nationally, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Biden stated in an CBS News interview that the U.S. will not be willing to lift sanctions on Iran unless they cease any further enrichment of Uranium. Previously, the Biden administration had made statements that unless Iran comes back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord that aimed to limit Iran’s ability to manufacture military grade nuclear weapons, economic sanctions would remain in place.