A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the US economy – a fact that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin dismissed as “irrelevant” – given the country’s death toll 1,000 mark exceeds 80,000 diagnosed infections.
The U.S. is now reported to have the largest number of confirmed Covid 19 cases worldwide, which outshine China and Italy.
In the Senate, lawmakers unanimously voted for a $ 2.2 billion (£ 1.85 billion) bailout package to rescue those most affected by the global catastrophe.
Congress will vote on Friday where it is generally expected to be adopted and signed by the president.
In the White House, Donald Trump has released a controversial surveillance plan to help the US reopen its economy sooner rather than later.
This plan would classify counties as “high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk” – but the backlash for the plan emerged when the Trump administration was reminded that people in the United States outside a “high-risk area” could infect others.
The president continued to claim he wanted to “reopen” the country by Easter and told reporters Thursday at the White House meeting that it was “time” for the Americans to get back to work.
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