US Senate To Pass $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

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US Senate To Pass $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

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  • Spain overtakes China in coronavirus deaths with nearly 4,000 fatalities.
  • U.S. Senate reaches an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus package.
  • Study finds injury to the heat a common condition among people hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
  • Steven Dick, Deputy Head of Mission for the British embassy in Budapest, died at age 37 after contracting coronavirus.

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Globally, more than 21,000 people have died from coronavirus and there are nearly half a million confirmed cases.

Spain Overtakes China In Coronavirus Deaths

Spain is now the latest country to overtake China in coronavirus deaths, becoming the world’s second hardest-hit country with a total of 3,445 deaths and more than 400 new deaths on a daily basis.

The country is currently on a nationwide lockdown as top health official Fernando Simon predicts the nation is yet to reach the peak of its outbreak as the number of cases will continue to rise in the coming days. Health Minister Salvador Illa said the government has agreed to buy €432 million euros’ worth of masks, tests, gloves, and respirators from China, which will start arriving in weekly shipments from the end of this week. 

Spain first went into lockdown on March 13th. The period was initially expected to last 15 days, but Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says the state of emergency could be extended for an additional 14 days. Earlier this week, officials resorted to turning a Madrid ice rink into a morgue as its deaths piled up. The country’s emergency military unit has been called in to transport bodies and troops have disinfected about 500 of the nation’s senior care homes. 

Hospitalization Linked To Heart Injury

According to a new study, injury to the heart may be a common condition among people hospitalized with Covid-19. It’s also linked to a greater risk of death for those patients.

The study found that among a group of 416 adult COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Wuhan, 19.7% of patients had a cardiac injury. 51.2% of the patients with a cardiac injury died as opposed to just 4.5% of those without cardiac injury. Cardiac injury occurs when there is damage to heart muscle, which can occur when blood flow is low, causing a heart attack.

The study did not indicate whether COVID-19 directly causes cardiac injury, however, a Professor of Public Health at Syracuse University in New York, says many patients who pull through may still have cardiac injury and associated long-term cardiovascular issues as a consequence of COVID-19 infection.

Jordan Eases Complete Lockdown

Jordan has eased one of the world’s strictest lockdowns over the coronavirus after it prompted chaotic scenes in the country. Just days after a complete curfew went into effect, people protested to receive bread distributions from government trucks, the emergency hotline went offline, and some reported they had nothing at home to eat.

The government has since loosened restrictions on movement, allowing people to leave their homes on foot for essential trips, such as purchasing food and obtaining medicine. A curfew is still in place in the country from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.

U.S. Senate To Pass $2tn Stimulus Package

The U.S. Senate has reached an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus package, the largest in American history, including $500 billion for distressed companies, $350 billion for small business loans, and $250 billion in direct payments to individuals and families.

Individuals that earn up to $75,000 will receive a one-time payment of $1,200. Married couples earning up to $150,000 will receive a one-time payment of $2,400 plus $500 per child.

The Tax Policy Center estimates that about 90% of Americans would be eligible to receive full or partial payments. Qualifying income levels will be based on 2019 federal tax returns. However, for those who have not yet filed as the tax filing deadline has been delayed until July 15the – last year’s returns would be used.

37yo British Diplomat Dies From Coronavirus

A senior British diplomat stationed in Hungary has died at the age of 37 after contracting coronavirus. Steven Dick, was the Deputy Head of Mission for the British embassy in Budapest. He passed away on Tuesday after contracting Covid-19. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “I am desperately saddened by the news of Steven’s death and my heart goes out to his parents.” The UK has recorded nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases and 465 deaths, while Hungary has 226 cases and 10 fatalities.

1 Million File For Unemployment In California

Over the last two weeks, more than one million people have filed for unemployment in California amid the coronavirus outbreak. Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the senate relief bill will help the state offer $150 more per person a week for unemployment insurance, raising the amount to $600. Many businesses have shut down in the state as Californians have been under mandatory stay at home order since March 20th. The state has 64 deaths and more than 3,000 confirmed cases. 

France Becomes 5th Hardest-Hit Nation

France is now the 5th hardest-hit nation in terms of coronavirus deaths as the country recorded 231 deaths in a day bringing its total to 1,331. Health agency director Jerome Salomon says that 2,827 people are in serious condition, needing life support. The country is currently in its second week of a nationwide lockdown.