Coronavirus live updates: Merkel in quarantine, Rand Paul tests positive

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  • Global cases: More than 311,000
  • Global deaths: At least 13,407
  • U.S. cases: At least 26,747
  • U.S. deaths: At least 340

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

Senate leaders have delayed the procedural vote on the coronavirus economic stimulus package from 3:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

When asked about delaying the vote, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the talks are continuing.
Democrats have argued that the GOP’s legislation doesn’t include some of their key demands.

The relief package includes providing a cash payment to American families and loans to small businesses, among other things. The legislation could  total over $2 trillion. – Emma Newburger

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled that she’s not on board with the Senate stimulus plan in negotiations to combat economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

“From my standpoint, we’re apart,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol when asked if she expects there to be a deal today.

Pelosi said there’s no bipartisan deal at this point, but that Democratic congressional leaders will be prepping their own legislation. “It’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote,” she said, “but we’ll be introducing our own bill and hopefully it’ll be compatible with what they discussed on the Senate.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that “we need a bill that puts workers first, not corporations.” He declined to say if he supports the bill.

The stimulus package under negotiation will likely total more than $2 trillion, according to estimates from White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow. The Senate has been under pressure to finish a plan with the House and administration as quickly as possible.

Lawmakers this weekend are pushing to meet the Trump administration’s deadline for finishing the deal by Monday. There will be a 3 p.m. ET procedural vote on the Phase III bill later in the day. —Emma Newburger

President Donald Trump declared that a major disaster exists in Washington state, according to a statement from the White House.

He ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the coronavirus.

Local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations can receive federal funding for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance. There is also federal funding for affected individuals to receive crisis counseling in Washington state. —Hannah Miller

Ohio and Louisiana became the latest states to announce broad lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus with nearly one in three Americans under orders to stay at home.

The two states join New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey, home to 100 million Americans combined, as cases nationwide top 33,000 with at least 390 dead, according to a Reuters tally.

“Every piece of evidence that I can lay my hands on indicates that we’re at an absolutely crucial time in this war and what we do now will make all the difference in the world,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “What we do now will slow this invader. It will slow this invader so our health care system … will have time to treat casualties.”

Ohio has 351 cases and three deaths while Louisiana has 837 cases and 20 deaths, several in a senior care facility. —Reuters

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/22/coronavirus-live-updates-feds-bullard-calls-shutdown-massive-investment-in-public-health.html

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