The Trump administration pressed Tuesday for a $ 1 trillion stimulus package, possibly with $ 1,000 in direct payments, to individual Americans to alleviate the economic pain of a coronavirus outbreak that affects over 100 people in the country were killed.
With respiratory illnesses reported in all 50 states and the total number of known US infections that have surpassed 6,400, millions of Americans crouched at home instead of commuting or going to school.
New York City said it could command its 8.5 million residents to "seek shelter" at home as cities escalated "social detachment" policies by closing schools, restaurants, and theaters to curb the spread of the virus .
"It's a very, very difficult decision," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We have never been here before." The governor of the state, Andrew Cuomo, told CNN he didn't think it would work.
Approximately 6.7 million people in San Francisco Bay have already been instructed to stay home until April 7 for all but the main excursions. The restaurants have been closed except for orders and supplies, and bars have been closed, but marijuana pharmacies are allowed to remain open as the drug has been classified as "essential medicine" by health authorities.
"It's like living in a" Twilight Zone "," said Rowan Oake, 36, while jogging through Presidio Park in San Francisco. "You can feel fear in the air."
Kentucky and Illinois recorded their first coronavirus deaths and increased the nationwide toll to at least 108.
Authorities said 22 people were infected in a nursing home in a Chicago suburb.
In Washington State, where 52 people have died, many of them in a long-term care facility in a Seattle suburb, Governor Jay Inslee signed a law that approved $ 200 million for homelessness and other anti-virus measures. The California governor approved $ 1 billion and the Georgia governor approved $ 100 million.
In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy closed shopping malls while a record number of jobless claims brought state computer systems crash. The country's largest indoor mall, Minnesota's Mall of America, said it would close.
Kansas has closed schools until the end of the school year.
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The sheriff's MPs in Los Angeles County were instructed to write more quotes and less arrests to minimize the jostling in prison. Ohio governor Mike DeWine ordered the postponement of election operations to preserve the hospital's place.
Less than a week after the NBA suspended its season, star player Kevin Durant tested positive for the virus, the Athletic reported.
Vice President Mike Pence said the White House could instruct the U.S. military to set up field hospitals in viral zones at the request of the governors or instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to increase the capacity of existing hospitals.
New York, Washington State, and California accounted for the majority of confirmed cases of highly contagious respiratory disease.
About half of all Americans want the US government to act more aggressively to slow down the transmission of the corona virus, such as banning large public gatherings and stopping all overseas flights, a Reuters / Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
President Donald Trump said progress was being made against the rapidly spreading pathogen and predicted that the US economy would "roar back" if it slowed.
"It will be popping," said Trump, who is aiming for re-election on November 3.
The tone of the Republican president regarding the pandemic has changed a lot in the past few days. After downplaying the threat and concentrating on the stock market, his government pushed for urgent action to curb the economic and human toll of the disease. The White House urged Americans on Tuesday to avoid groups larger than 10.
His government sought more than $ 1 trillion for an economic stimulus package, including $ 50 billion for badly hit airlines facing bankruptcy.
"We're growing up," Trump said.
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The Trump administration is also considering a plan to send US $ 1,000 checks to individual Americans to help them deal with the crisis, although details of the proposal remain unclear.
High earners could not qualify for payments that could be sent within the next two weeks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Republican Senate chairman Mitch McConnell said his chamber would adopt a multi-billion dollar emergency spending bill approved by the House of Representatives on Saturday, despite concerns from some Republicans, this week.
He said he told them to "choke and vote anyway".
Mnuchin privately warned Republican senators that US unemployment could reach 20% if Congress didn't take action.
McConnell said the Senate would not leave the city until it approved a subsequent package.
The house bill would provide free coronavirus testing, set paid sick leave for most workers, and expand unemployment benefits.
US stocks rose Tuesday, one day after their sharpest decline since the 1987 crash when the Federal Reserve took further steps to increase liquidity. The S&P 500 benchmark closed 6%. Mnuchin said the government could shorten trading hours if necessary.
Trump said travel restrictions within the United States remained on the table.
"You can do a national ban. Hopefully we don't need that," Trump said. "It is a very big step."
He urged Americans to avoid traveling and urged them to "buy less" when they go to shops after nationwide reports of anxious shoppers clearing grocery shelves.
"We ask our older generation to stay in their homes … We ask the younger generation not to go out anymore," said Dr. Deborah Birx, Trump Corona Virus Consultant.
It was St. Patrick's Day, but the mood was sober after parades and parties celebrating the Irish heritage of many Americans were canceled and bars closed across the country. Florida's governor said bars and nightclubs in his state would close for 30 days.
Florida, Illinois, and Arizona primary elections were hit by gloved campaigners and hand sanitizers when they voted on Tuesday in the election of a democratic challenger for Trump in the November election.
Ohio officials have postponed this country's primaries hours before the poll due to coronavirus fears.
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