Coronavirus live updates: Rand Paul tests positive, Trump activates National Guard in California, New York and Washington state

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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. 

President Donald Trump on Sunday announced he is deploying the National Guard to California, New York and Washington state – the current epicenters of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Trump’s announcement comes after state governors say their demands for more masks and other medical equipment are not being met, forcing them to compete with each other for critical supplies as the coronavirus pandemic escalates in the United States.

The state governors will retain command of the National Guard, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] will cover all costs of the missions to respond to the outbreak, the president said during a press briefing. –Emma Newburger, Riya Bhattacharjee

Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd said on Monday it expected to make a “material reduction” in its domestic capacity after the Australian government advised against non-essential domestic travel and some states tightened travel restrictions.

Australia’s No. 2 airline said more information would be provided in the coming days.

Virgin last week had said it would ground all international flights and cut its domestic capacity in half as travel demand plunges due to the coronavirus outbreak. –Reuters

The office of Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Ut., said Sunday that Romney will not vote on the Senate floor and will immediately self-quarantine since the senator has been in contact with Paul in recent days. Romney has no symptoms but will be tested for the virus, his office said. –Emma Newburger

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

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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