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When will you get your stimulus payment, and how? Plus more virus updates today
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When will you get your stimulus payment, and how? Plus more virus updates today

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A second round of stimulus payments are on the way and many eligible families are expected to receive the money this month.

The first payments started going out on Dec. 29 and will continue to be sent through Jan. 15. But anyone eligible who isn't automatically sent the money by then will have to claim it on their 2020 tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Here's how to find out when you'll receive your payment:

In other virus news:

  • The campaign to vanquish the coronavirus is picking up speed. Britain has begun dispensing the second vaccine in its arsenal. And India, the world’s second-most populous country, has authorized its first shots. In the U.S., meanwhile, government officials say that the pace of vaccinations has accelerated markedly after a disappointingly slow start.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new version of the coronavirus.
  • As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection.
  • A prosecutor says a Wisconsin pharmacist told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he felt the shots weren’t safe.
  • Republican Rep. Kay Granger of Texas tested positive for the coronavirus upon returning to Washington for the new Congress and is quarantining, aides said Monday. Granger received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in December. People are expected to get some level of protection within a couple of weeks after the first shot, but full protection may not happen until a couple weeks after the second shot.
  • New York has found its first known case of a new variant of COVID-19 in upstate New York. The 60-year-old man who hasn't traveled outside the state likely contracted it through community spread.
  • Scientists in South Africa are urgently testing to see if the vaccines for COVID-19 will be effective against the country’s variant virus.
  • Greece's powerful Orthodox Church is rebelling against a government order to briefly close places of worship under a weeklong drive to tighten virus restrictions before the planned reopening of schools.

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