Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, June 18: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

Though Washington’s COVID-19 vaccination numbers are rising, Gov. Jay Inslee continues to push remaining residents to get their shots with incentives. On Thursday, Inslee announced that the state’s military members and veterans are getting a vaccine lottery of their own.

Meanwhile, other parts of the world are being hit hard by the spread of the more contagious delta variant. In the U.K., new confirmed cases rose above 10,000 for the first time in nearly four months.

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Millions fear eviction as US housing crisis worsens

More than 4 million people say they fear being evicted or foreclosed upon in the coming months, just as two studies released Wednesday found that the nation’s housing availability and affordability crisis is expected to worsen significantly following the pandemic.

The studies come as a federal eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month. The moratorium has kept many tenants owing back rent housed. Making matters worse, the tens of billions of dollars in federal emergency rental assistance that was supposed to solve the problem has not reached most tenants.

The housing crisis, the studies found, risks widening the gap between Black, Latino and white households, as well as putting homeownership out of the reach of lower-income Americans.

The reports were released on the same day as Census Bureau’s biweekly Household Pulse Survey came out. It showed that nearly 4.2 million people nationwide report that it is likely or somewhat likely that they will be evicted or foreclosed upon in the next two months.

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—Ken Sweet and Michael Casey, The Associated Press

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