House passes $2 trillion stimulus bill as U.S. tops number of COVID-19 cases in the world

The U.S. is now #1, but in the worst way possible.

The 3rd most populated country in the world now has the most number of COVID-19 positive cases — surpassing Italy and China with almost 95,000 confirmed cases and nearly 1,500 dead as of Friday afternoon.

The state of New York, considered the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., has 45,000 cases and 365 deaths.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the worst is yet to come.

“So we’re seeing a significant increase in deaths because the length of time people are on the ventilator is increasing and the more it increases, the higher the level of deaths will increase. And again, we expect that to continue to increase. It’s bad news.

Cuomo said with the worsening situation, schools would likely have to remain closed.

“I have to reassess because April 1 is just in a couple of days and I believe the schools should remain closed. I don’t do this joyfully, but I think when you look at where we are and you look at the number of cases still increasing, it only makes sense to keep the schools closed. They have to continue the programs they are doing. They have to continue the childcare, continue the meals, continue the distance learning programs. I’ll continue the waiver on what’s called a 180-day mandate that they have to be in operation.”

All over the world, there are now over 570,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases – with more than 26,000 deaths.

But there’s some good news.

The World Health Organization shared that a new drug trial is set to begin in Spain and Norway.

“In Norway and Spain, the first patients will shortly be enrolled in the solidarity trial, which will compare the safety and effectiveness of four different drugs or drug combinations against covid-19.”

On Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the stimulus bill to pump in more than $2 trillion dollars into the economy — helping to save businesses and sending cash aid directly to people’s homes.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law immediately.

For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the American people deserve a government-wide, visionary, evidence-based response to address the threats to their lives and their livelihood. And they need it now.

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