Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Guess what It's Friday on Fridays are awesome. Welcome to CNN. 10. My name is Coral Jesus. After a tumultuous day at the U. S capital on Wednesday, lawmakers continued the process of counting the Electoral College votes from the November 3rd presidential election. My God bless all who serve here and those who protect this place and may God bless the United States of America. Let's get back to work. In the early hours of Thursday morning, after defeating some Republicans objections to vote counts in two states, lawmakers finalized the election victory of Joe Biden. Current vice president Mike Pence declared that the president elect received 306 electoral votes, while President Donald Trump received 232. Biden's inauguration is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th, in accordance with the 20th amendment of the US Constitution. Following Wednesday's protests and a riot at the US Capitol building, which was linked to four deaths, the president elect said that through war and strife, America has endured much and that the nation would endure and prevail again. And President Trump said that though he totally disagrees with the outcome of the election, there would be an orderly transition to the Biden administration on January 20th. As we mentioned yesterday, President elect Biden says his first priority will be to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There've been some new strains of the virus that have cropped up worldwide, and researchers don't know if the newly approved emergency vaccines will be effective against them. But scientists have identified MAWR Existing drugs that could help co vid 19 patients is they continue investigating the best ways to fight the disease. World leaders were trying to figure out the best way to prevent its spread. I'm Sam Abdel Aziz in London. The UK has recorded its deadliest day since April. On Wednesday, more than 1000 people were reported killed due to coronavirus. By many measures, this current outbreak is worse than the one during the spring, and what's more difficult is the authorities have essentially used up. All the tools in the toolbox were already under nationwide locked down here in England already under the toughest rules and restrictions. Essentially, the government's plan now is to vaccinate their way out of this crisis, a serious ramping up of the inoculation program. But it'll be tough weeks ahead. I'm Melissa Bell in PARIS The European Medicines Agency has approved for use in the EU's 27 member states the Madonna coronavirus vaccine. This comes as several countries have seen fears over the size of their stock levels on the pace of their roll out programs. On Wednesday, the German health minister urged patients, saying that the vaccine was a scarce commodity. The commission has confirmed that it will acquire 160 million doses of the Madonna vaccine, which it will add to the 300 million doses of the fighter vaccine already being delivered across the EU. I'm Sam Kiley in Jerusalem, where Israel is going to impose a national lock down to try to combat the co vid 19 virus starting at midnight tonight. Thursday night. Going into Friday, all social gatherings will be banned, people will be confined to their homes. Schools will be closed on all non essential businesses. Also shut down I'm Selena weighing in Tokyo Japan's prime minister has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and the surrounding areas as co vid cases continue to break new records every day. But this isn't a hard lock down. Japan's government has no legal means to enforce cope in 19 restrictions. This move simply urges residents to stay at home and for bars and restaurants to close by. 8 p.m. Up until late December, Japan's government had actually been encouraging people to go out and spend through this domestic travel campaign. Health experts say that this move is now too little, too late, Ken Second trivia. In terms of latitude, which of these cities is located? The farthest north. Pyongyang, North Korea. Shanghai, China, Tokyo, Japan or Charlotte, North Carolina. The North Korean capital of Pyongyang is located at 39 degrees north, the northernmost latitude on this list. All right, mhm, a sort of homecoming, at least a virtual one is our next topic. It's been more than 70 years since fighting began in the Korean War. When it started, thousands of families fled to the south, and many of them became separated in the chaotic flood of refugees. Some found out later that their loved ones were trapped in the north. And the strict control of its Communist government, which doesn't allow North Koreans to travel freely, has largely kept separated families from reuniting with the ebb and flow of North Korean south Korean relations. Over the years, a tiny fraction of these families have been able to temporarily reunite. But most of those who are still alive in South Korea don't ever expect to meet their loved ones in the north or travel back to their childhood homes. But a new virtual reality program is offering some of them a chance to take a step back to their past. Hugh Enemies Heyday was the 19 sixties loved by elderly South Koreans. Her emotional signature song about separated families highlights her own heartache. CIVILIANS Millions of people were tort from loved ones by the Korean War. Fleeing to the south. We're stuck in the north when the peninsula was split decades later, the chance of elderly families seeing one another again, our rapidly shrinking. You and me, her parents and five of her seven siblings walked south for two months to escape the fighting Railway tracks are you treated him? I know we got to get the new ground. You do the chicken. You then work Second passage. You and me paid a broker to track down her younger sister in North Korea, who was just six when humid left on organized a reunion in China more than 20 years ago, the only contact with lost family and her native country. Until now. Virtual reality company tacked on working with the South Korean government, is determined she will at least see her hometown again. You got three pregnancy, a three month project to show you meet her old school, her old home. I was very worried also because what if this thing that I made doesn't resemble her memories? The moment of truth. You and me walks towards her childhood home for the first time in decades. She reaches out to touch her past. She knows she will never see again. Yeah, but, Mom, but you got to a searching Well, yeah, that's happening. Care Thats Project is intended to promote peace with North Korea. South Korea's Unification Ministry is hoping they could do this firm or separated families next year with fading memories. This would be a chance for many to see their home one last time. Paula Hancocks, CNN Seoul. It's not every day that the block you used to get up on a horse is actually an ancient marble slab dating back to the second century, a D No. One knows how a Roman relic found its way to a garden in southern England. The archaeologists say wealthy British travelers did bring artifacts like this home in the 17 and 18 hundreds. The woman who used it as a horse mounting block for the last 10 years had no idea was historic. An auction house estimates that the relic could fetch as much as $20,000. And that's not Horsefeathers horse Withers or us just horsing around. Now some might hear that price and say, Hey, but when a block hits the block after Roman across Europe, treasure hunters are sure to saddle up and plunk down some serious denarius. And that's an artifact. Jack West ST Mary High School gets today's shoutout. Want to say hello to our viewers watching in Baldwin, Louisiana. We hope all of you have a wonderful weekend ahead, and we'll look forward to seeing you Monday. I'm coral issues for CNN.