The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that the country has more than 2,500 cases of coronavirus variants that can spread more easily and dodge some treatments and immunities. More than 100 new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first seen in the United Kingdom were reported just since Sunday, bringing the nation’s total to 2,506. Illinois reported 27 new cases to reach 69; Maryland reported 21 more to reach 89; and Georgia reported 18 more to reach 137. South Carolina reported a significant increase in its tally of the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa, reporting another nine cases to reach 30. Georgia reported its first case, while Maryland and Virginia also reported one new case each. The country now has 65 known cases. The United States has 11 known cases of the P.1 variant first seen in Brazil. The country now has 2,581 known variant cases, up from 546 cases a month earlier. Florida, with about 1 of every 15 Americans, has about 1 in 4 cases of the country’s B.1.1.7 cases and half of of the country’s P.1 cases. Michigan now ranks No. 2 for variant cases, though most are tied to a prison outbreak.►The federal government has crossed the 100 million mark vaccine doses distributed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.►The variant of coronavirus first identified in Brazil has emerged in Oregon, the first known case on the West Coast, medical authorities said Tuesday. There have been 10 other cases of the P.1 variant reported in the United States, with five in Florida, two in Minnesota and one each in Oklahoma, Alaska and Maryland, the CDC says.►A new report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year. Researchers found that about 400 of those attacks were related to COVID-19. USA TODAY is tracking COVID-19 news. Keep refreshing this page for the latest updates. Want more? Sign up for our Coronavirus Watch newsletter for updates to your inbox and join our Facebook group. The Senate could debate President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package as soon as Wednesday, and Democrats are hoping for a Senate vote Friday. That would allow the House a few days to approve any changes ahead of Biden’s signature later in the month. The Biden administration likely will need all 50 Democratic senators to pass the legislation. Some moderate Democrats led by West Virginia’s Joe Manchin want to lower the threshold for the $1,400 checks, calling for helping “the people that need help the most.”The measure would also provide hundreds of billions of dollars for schools and colleges, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, mass transit systems, renters and small businesses. Child care, tax breaks for families with children and assistance for states to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income residents also would get funding.
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