Highest ever cases of the U.K. variant coronavirus; Drop in the original variant strain: Key COVID-19 updates.

After signing an enormous coronavirus relief bill into law, President Joe Biden has observed the anniversary of the country’s shutdown over the pandemic Thursday night. He also encouraged the nation to work together as a team and “get vaccinated when it’s your turn.” Biden also acknowledged and expressed the grief and loss suffered by the whole country, which has faced the deaths of nearly 530,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic. 

As per a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Approx. 1 in 5 Americans or 19% mention they lost a relative or close friend to the coronavirus. The numbers were comparatively higher for Black, which was 30% and Hispanic 29%. This also came across another example of the pandemic’s uneven impact on minority groups.

“It all has exacted a terrible cost on so many of us,” Biden said. “For we are fundamentally a people who want to be together… but this virus has kept us apart.” Biden also pronounced that he is ordering all states, territories and communities to make all adults qualified to “get in line” for their vaccines by May 1. 

Other Updates

From April 1, domestic tourists to New York will not be mandated to quarantine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Thursday; nevertheless, the state still suggests it as “an added precaution.”

After a long time, The U.S. is once again recording less than one COVID-19 death per minute, as shared by a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. 

The European Medicines Agency has approved Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, providing the European Union’s 27 nations with a fourth licensed vaccine to fight the pandemic, along with offerings from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-Oxford.

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern proclaimed on Friday that Auckland’s city like the rest of the country will have no restrictions other than a continuing requirement to wear masks on public transport and planes.

Novavax company has confirmed that the vaccine is 96.4% effective against mild, moderate and severe disease triggered by the original COVID-19 strain in a United Kingdom trial.

There has been an increased growth of the U.K. variant of coronavirus cases in the U.S. On Thursday, the country reported the highest increase of 437 points of coronavirus variants since the earlier report just two days earlier. The variant cases are growing swiftly, even as common coronavirus infections have been dropping across most of the country.

South Dakota informed its first two cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first seen in the United Kingdom, which leaves Vermont as the only state that does not yet have a known variant.

The country now has 3,701 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, which is the most common in the country. With Florida having the maximum cases, i.e.690, the country’s number has doubled since February 24.