Covid-19 Updates for March 10

Covid-19 Updates for March 10

Gracie McHenry, Writer

On Tuesday March 9, 2021 Alaska became the first state to allow almost everyone to get the covid vaccine. There are still some requirements, you have to be at least the age of 16, currently employed or lives in the state. 16.4% of Alaska’s population has been fully vaccinated, and 23.6% of Alaska’s has gotten at least one shot.

The house passed an additional 1.9 trillion relief package. It’s now going to the White House for Joe Biden to sign.

 A member of the W.H.O. has released information that in a few years they will be able to find out the original source of the Coronavirus. Knowing already that the first known outbreak was in a Chinese market. Citi-group is starting a new at-home Covid test. In order to prevent the quick spread of Covid in their offices. The test is a nasal swab that takes around 20 minutes to process and is 94% accurate. The test has already been useful in identifying asymptomatic people that otherwise would have gone to work.

Brazil is raging with new cases as an average of 1,000 cases are reported every 20 minutes. More than 70,000 a day. The new surge of cases has something to do with the P.1 strain from the Amazonian city, Manaus. This new strain has been proven to be more contagious, and better able to reinfect people than previous strains.

95.7 million doses have been administered and 127.9 million have been distributed. Joe Biden has set a goal of administering 100 million doses of the vaccine by April 29, 2021 the 100th day of his presidency. He also hopes to have an average of distributing 1.5 million doses per day. 18.8% of the population has received at least one dose. In Illinois 76% of doses distributed have been administered.