National COVID-19 death toll surpasses 400,000 in 2021

Antonia Gutierrez

As of Jan. 21, the national death toll has reached over 406,000. Worldwide, it has passed two million, and in Idaho, it has passed over 1,000.

According to the Idaho Statesmen, the number of cases has actually dropped similar to the level of October’s cases of 2020, but 21 more deaths have happened.

Although 2020 is over, there has been a steady increase in cases since
the beginning of the year. In other words, this is not over.

According to CNN, US President Joe Biden has signed many executive orders that would allow him to fight the virus on his day in office. Some of his plans include having more vaccinations available, administrated, and expanding testing.

LC State also increased their testing by requiring all students living on campus to be tested before the semester started. Out of the nearly 400 FDA tests administered, only two came back positive.

Looking onto the brighter side, Japan’s Prime Minister has said that he is planning to continue forward with The Tokyo Olympics games.

He is working alongside the IOC and the CDC to plan a safe and secure environment for the athletes and possibly for spectators.