Updated: February 25, 2021
The coronavirus death toll in the United States has skyrocketed above 1000 as the number of infections neared 70,000.
As of Thursday morning, 1,046 had died from coronavirus in the United States, with 280 of them in New York City alone, 100 in Washington state and 44 in New Jersey, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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Health experts are warning that hospitals may soon be overwhelmed in New York City and elsewhere.
Right Now: Cases seem to be accelerating in Louisiana and health experts are warning that ending social or physical distancing as President Trump had suggested to prioritize the economy may be counter productive and lead to an escalation of new infections.
What the government doing?
The United States Senate late on Wednesday passed a massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package to revive an economy virtually slaughtered by coronavirus and send checks or direct deposits to millions of workers forced to stay home.
For more than a week now, businesses are shut, planes are grounded, the economy is on a break as workers are encouraged, advised or mandated to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the potentially deadly respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The 880-page legislation passed minutes before midnight on Wednesday, the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history, received 96 votes for and none against. The United States Senate has 100 senators but several of them were unable to make it to the Senate floor as they remained in self isolation following exposure to coronavirus.
The historic bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for a debate and is expected to pass there as well. It aims at bringing relief to individuals, small businesses and large corporations decimated by the economic impacts of the coronavirus.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. released senators from Washington D.C. until April 20 and promised to recall them if needed.
Who will receive the money?
“The package would provide one-time direct payments to Americans of $1,200 per adult making up to $75,000 a year, and $2,400 to a married couple making up to $150,000, with $500 payments per child. After a $75,000 threshold for individuals, the benefit would be reduced by $5 for each $100 the taxpayer makes, per Page 145 of the bill. A similar $150,000 threshold applies to couples, and a $112,500 threshold for heads of households,” Fox News explained.