Coronavirus News Update – March 15: In U.S., 100 Million Shots and 100 Million Economic Stimulus Payments

More EU Countries Put AstraZeneca Jab on Hold

By Anna Breuer on 15 March 2021
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The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center

In a brief White House address, President Joseph Biden heralded the fact that his administration reached two key goals in under 60 days from the start of his administration, namely having distributed 100 million coronavirus inoculations and 100 million economic stimulus payments.  “Shots in arms and money in pockets. That’s important,” the Biden said.

Meanwhile, there are over 120.6 million people with coronavirus worldwide as of Monday, and the death toll from the virus is over than 2.67 million, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such data.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 359.4 million doses, the equivalent of 4.7 doses for every 100 people.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that approximately 71 million people in the United States, or roughly 27.7% of the population over the age of 18, have received at least one dose, including 38.3 million people, or 14.8% of the same population, who have received both doses.

The number of people traveling is going up.  The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that it that over 1 million people had traversed the nation’s airport security checkpoints over the past nine days.  On Friday, the agency screened 1.35 million. That figure was 1.34 million on Sunday, 1.28 million on Thursday, and 1.22 million on Saturday. Over one million people were screened each day for the past nine days.

Over 40% of the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra have moved out of the New York City area since the start of the pandemic and over 10% have retired.  The Metropolitan Opera has been dark for over a year and its musicians have gone without salary for almost as long.

The guest at the Disney Contemporary Resort who spat on a security guard after he was asked to adhere to the resort’s face mask-wearing policy was arrested, the Orlando Sentinel reported. At the time fo the incident, Kelly McKin, a 51-year-old Palm Beach resident, reportedly said to the employee, “I’m a guest” as he walked away.  McKin now faces felony battery charges.

Meanwhile, the woman who was caught on video coughing on her Uber driver in San Francisco and pulling off his mask has turned herself into police. Arna Kimaia, 24, faces up to 20 years in prison for charges that include battery of a transit employee, first-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit a crime, in addition to breaking local Covid-19 mandates.

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