The IRS has finally delivered about $31 billion worth of COVID stimulus checks to federal benefit recipients who waited weeks for the money.
Variants of the coronavirus are increasingly defining the next phase of the pandemic in the United States, taking hold in ever-greater numbers and eliciting pleas for a change in strategy against the outbreak, according to government officials and experts tracking developments.
New Covid-19 cases have spiked in the US in the last several days, the latest data showed Tuesday — and White House and health officials are pleading with the country to take more precautions until more people can be vaccinated.
The U.S. coronavirus death toll could have stayed under 300,000 if by last May the nation had adopted firm mask, social distancing, and testing protocols while waiting for vaccines to vanquish the crisis, a University of California, Los Angeles economics professor estimates.
Nearly 30 million retired, disabled and other vulnerable Americans may still face a 10-day wait for COVID-19 stimulus checks after the Internal Revenue Service receives necessary electronic files from the Social Security Administration.