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President Donald Trump signed the $2 trillion stimulus package Friday after the House of Representative gave final congressional approval as the number of cases of coronavirus in the United States topped 101,000. The legislation will deliver checks to individuals, expand unemployment benefits and provide money for states and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Meanwhile, the United States has the dubious distinction as the world leader in the number of known confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. The tally among the 50 states reached another grim milestone Friday, with more than 101,00 people having contracted the virus; more than 1,600 have died from it, and more than 860 have recovered.
In a change of tone and substance, Trump apparently gave up on voluntary support to alleviate the need for additional ventilators. Trump issued an order Friday that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defense Production Act.
His action came less than a day after he claimed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others were exaggerating the need for the machines, needed by some victims of the virus to breathe.
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The worst isn’t close to over, and the coming week could be rough for some hot spots around the country, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warned Friday.
“We also see hot spots like Detroit, like Chicago, like New Orleans that will have a worse week next week than they had this week,” Adams said in an interview with CBS.
Worldwide, 586,140 people had gotten sick and 26,865 had died from the new coronavirus as Friday afternoon. Among those sick is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Downing Street said Friday the prime minister is experiencing mild symptoms and is self-isolating but is “continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus.”
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Trump Signs 2.2T Stimulus After Swift Congressional Action
President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.
Trump: Feds Developing Virus Risk Guidelines
President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
Record 3.3.M Americans File Jobless Claims
Last week saw the biggest jump in new jobless claims in history, surpassing the record of 695,000 set in 1982. Many economists say this is the beginning of a massive spike in unemployment that could result in over 40 million Americans losing their jobs by April.
Coronavirus Stimulus Package: 5 Things
After days of tumultuous negotiating, the U.S. Senate passed the largest relief legislation in the nation’s history, a $2 trillion package to help American workers and businesses affected by the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic.
Blind Faith Meets Secular Coronavirus Science
Some pastors are defying stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines and other measures to slow the spread of the virus. These pastors say their crowded worship services are protected by the Constitution and are an essential service to the people. Many other religious leaders say worship needn’t take place in a physical place and have moved services online. RELATED: Pastor Who Questioned Coronavirus Dies From It
NYC Coronavirus Deaths Outpace Nations Across The Globe
The COVID-19 death count in New York City is almost double that of several nations, and Gov. Cuomo says it will only continue to rise.
Subway Pole Licker Uses Fake Tongue For Coronavirus Challenge
The guy who started an uproar by licking a subway pole as the new coronavirus spread across New York City was using a fake tongue.
CT Coronavirus: Changes For Gun, Grocery, Retail Stores
Gov. Ned Lamont announced new restrictions for gun stores, social gatherings and more amid the Connecticut coronavirus pandemic.
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