Near the end of another day packed with dreary developments amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump insisted Monday that the U.S. would soon be "open for business.''That proclamation, which Trump repeated several times during a media briefing by his coronavirus task force, came at the midpoint of the 15-day period the president had outlined when announcing guidelines for combating the virus March 16.As one member of the International Olympic Committee said the Olympics will be postponed, Britain went on lockdown, the number of Americans facing quarantines or other tight restrictions surpassed 100 million, and the global figure reached 1.5 billion."The pandemic is accelerating," the World Health Organization warned.In addition, congressional negotiations on an economic stimulus package stalled for a second day in light of Democrats' opposition to the Senate plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell angrily said a vote on the measure could be delayed until the end of the week. Critics said the plan was too generous to big corporations and too stingy for working families.
The U.S. reported more than 46,000 confirmed cases, trailing only Italy and China. Confirmed cases are a function of how much testing is done, experts say. The national death toll reached 586. Globally, more than 16,500 people have died of the virus and more than 381,000 people have been confirmed to have it, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.One week ago, the U.S. death toll rose to 85, and there were more than 4,600 confirmed cases. Global deaths stood at 7,100.
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