• Thomas Parker

Coronavirus continues to spread as Trump promises relief

In the United States, states have confirmed 761 cases of the coronavirus. So far, 27 Americans have died from the virus, including 23 in Washington state, 2 in California, and now 2 in Florida. The virus exists in a majority of U.S. states.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 78 state and local public health labs in 50 states and the District of Columbia have successfully verified and are currently using COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

The CDC has recommended that Americans over 60 should stockpile supplies and avoid crowds. The virus is more dangerous to people over the age of 60.

President Trump is expected to propose measures intended to provide an economic stimulus in response to the turbulent market and fears from the coronavirus. The measures may include a payroll tax cut and federally subsidized sick leave.

The president said that he would meet with the Senate on Tuesday afternoon to discuss these measures with another press conference to follow.

"We're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help, so that they can be in a position where they won't have to miss a paycheck," President Trump said at a press briefing on Monday.

More than 116,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed globally as of Tuesday, and the death toll has eclipsed 4,000. More than 64,000 of the total cases have already recovered, a majority of the confirmed cases to date. Reported deaths in Italy spiked as the government prohibited travel and public gatherings for the entire nation of over 60 million people.

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