6 january stimulus check updates: latest news and breaking events

$2000 & $600 second stimulus check updates: IRS, payment tracker, who gets it...

US coronavirus & stimulus check news: live updates

Headlines

- Hopes for $2,000 stimulus checks have brightened as the Democrats on verge of taking both seats in the Senate run-off election in Georgia, which would give the party control of the Senate. 

- Second round of stimulus check payments began in late December 

- US coronavirus cases surpass 21m, as deaths exceed 357,000

- Survey reveals Americans are split on who to blame for the failure to pass the bill on $2k stimulus checks 

- Trump to sue over leaked call (full story)

- Trump pressures Sec of State for Georgia: "All I want to do is this, I just want to find 11,780 votes" (full story)

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Rapheal Warnock's victory speech

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UC San Diego offers students COVID test kits by vending machine

The University of California's San Diego campus has launched the winter academic term with a unique twist to its coronavirus safety regimen: newly installed vending machines stocked with do-it-yourself COVID-19 tests for students.

The 11 dispensers at UC San Diego since Jan. 2 - with nine more to be added over the next week or two - are the first of their kind to be introduced on a college or university campus in the United States, according to school officials. Adapted from conventional vending machines, the systems aim to make it easier and less costly to regularly screen the school's student body.

All 10,000 students living on campus, accounting for about a quarter of the school's total enrollment, are required to be tested at least once a week, up from once every two weeks last quarter, university officials said.

Coronavirus cases in US surpass 21m

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States has now surpassed 21 million, as the death toll stands at more than 357,000.

Track your payment with the IRS

If you still haven't recieved your stimulus check, you can track the payment using the IRS Get My Payment tool.

McConnell to blame?

With the Republicans on the verge of losing both seats in the Senate election run-off in Georgia, and in turn, losing control of the Upper House, many will be looking to blame Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, who blocked a vote on the $2k stimulus checks. 

Millions of stimulus checks sent to wrong accounts

FOX 35 Orlando reporting that millions of stimulus checks have been deposited into the wrong accounts...

Ossoff joins Biden in promising $2000 stimulus

On Senate runoff election day in Georgia, Democrat Jon Ossoff told reporters that he, fellow Democratic senate candidate Raphael Warnock and a Democratic-majority Senate with the Joe Biden administration would immediately pass $2,000 stimulus checks and pass legislation for free covid-19 testing and vaccines and improve vaccine distribution.

Give money to the people who will spend it 

Kevin O’Leary, an investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and chairman of O’Shares ETFs, tells CNBC Make It that the stimulus moneys would have been better spent on giving it to they people who are in dire straits.  He said “If you became unemployed after March and are still unemployed, you get $2,000 per month for the next 12 months or until you find work.”

Good morning

Good morning and welcome as we begin our live blog this Wednesday 7 January. Hopes for $2,000 stimulus checks have brightened as the Democrats look likely to take both seats in the Senate run-off election in Georgia, which would give the party control of the Upper House. The Dems have promised that the bill for $2k stimulus checks, known as the CASH Act, will be passed by Congress should they take control of the Senate.

Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock has been proclaimed the winner of one of the Georgia Senate seats, while his party mate Jon Ossoff has a slight lead over David Perdue with 98% of the vote counted.

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