Virus briefing: U.S. deaths top 1,000 while aid plan advances. Here are this morning's updates.

Virus briefing: U.S. deaths top 1,000 while aid plan advances. Here are this morning's updates.

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American deaths from the coronavirus pandemic topped 1,000 while the U.S. Senate passed a massive economic aid plan that buoyed Wall Street.

Among the developments overnight and this morning:

  • Stocks open broadly higher on Wall Street after the Senate approved a $2.2 trillion bill to provide economic relief for the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The relief package includes direct payments to Americans, an expansion of unemployment insurance and aid to large and small businesses.
  • US unemployment claims soared to 3.3 million -- quadrupling record from 1982 -- as layoffs from coronavirus engulf the economy. The U.S. economy grew at 2.1% rate the fourth quarter of last year but economists forecast a sharp drop ahead.
  • With capacity stretched thin, U.S. hospitals are rushing to find beds for a coming flood of patients, opening older closed hospitals, turning single rooms into doubles and re-purposing other medical buildings.
  • Leaders of the world's most powerful economies will convene virtually to try and coordinate a response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has shuttered businesses and forced well over 1.5 billion people into home isolation.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for helpful tips, a guide to coping, maps tracking virus spread, and live updates from verified social media accounts.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.


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