Coronavirus updates: Stimulus checks on the way; US death toll tops 22K
It’s been one month since President Donald Trump declared coronavirus as a national emergency.
Much has changed since March 13, when there were fewer than 2,000 confirmed cases.
The U.S. numbers have since exploded, with more than 22,000 deaths — more than any other country — and 550,000 confirmed cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Every major professional sports league in the country has suspended operations.
Forty-two states have issued stay-at-home orders.
Many national and state parks have closed.
The airline industry has crumbled. Tourism has been crippled.
What hasn’t changed, however, is Trump’s determination to “reopen” the U.S. for business as soon as possible. He plans to announce a new task force Tuesday that will focus on plans to either extend social distancing guidelines or reopen the nation. That won’t be an easy decision, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“You want to make sure you don’t do something prematurely and precipitously, but at the same time you pay attention to the need to try to get back to normal,” Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Meanwhile, Americans will start to receive their stimulus checks this week. The IRS began depositing money into taxpayers’ bank accounts Saturday and will prioritize the first waves of payments for low-income Americans and Social Security beneficiaries, according to Lisa Greene-Lewis, a certified public accountant at TurboTax.
Worldwide, there are more than 110,000 deaths and 1.85 million coronavirus cases early Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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