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In the U.S., there are at least 65,201 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., and at least 928 have died from the virus, according to CNN.The number of coronavirus deaths has topped 21,000 globally, CNN reports. White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2 trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus outbreak.U.S. orders 60-day freeze on overseas troop movements.Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is in isolation.Officials in at least 20 states are ordering residents to stay at home. Marine who works inside Pentagon tests positiveThe Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that a Marine who works inside the building has tested positive for COVID-19. A defense official said the last time the Marine, an officer, was in the Pentagon was March 13. He began self-isolation on March 15. He works in the plans, policy and operations office of Marine Corps headquarters. This is the first time a member of the military based at the Pentagon has tested positive.“A marine stationed at the Pentagon tested positive for Covid-19 on March 24. Per U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the Marine is in isolation at his home and will undergo further assessment by health professionals,” the Marines said in a statement. “The Marine followed official guidance by isolating himself when his spouse began to show symptoms. Once he became ill, he contacted his assigned medical facility. His workspace has been cleaned by a Pentagon response team and a thorough contact investigation is underway to mitigate risk and preserve the health of our Marines, civilians, and families.”New York’s social distancing paying offWith more than 30,000 positive tests and 285 deaths, New York has become the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the United States. Social distancing efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state are showing signs of working, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.Estimates from Sunday showed coronavirus hospitalizations were doubling every 2 days, he said. But Monday’s estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 3.4 days, and Tuesday’s estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 4.7 days.”That is almost too good to be true. But the theory is given the density that we’re dealing with, it spreads very quickly, but if you reduce the density you can reduce the spread very quickly,” he said.Dr. Deborah Birx, who is part of the White House’s coronavirus response effort, said Wednesday that although reports of hospitalizations are rising, that’s a reflection of the previous one or two weeks — before more restraints were put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus.Birx stressed that every American’s role is important and to not let up for an instant to help prevent others from getting the virus.But in recent days, the numbers in Louisiana, New Jersey and several other states also have been skyrocketing.Louisiana, which reported no cases until mid-March, topped the 1,000 mark and the state has seen more than 500 new cases reported since the weekend, with 1,795 cases and 65 deaths by Wednesday afternoon.Gov. John Bel Edwards requested a federal major disaster declaration.In his request to President Donald Trump, Edwards said Louisiana has more cases per capita than any state, except for New York and Washington.”We have overwhelmed our stocks of key resources needed for our hospitals, first responders and emergency managers,” he wrote. PGlmcmFtZSBpZD0iaHR2LWNvdmlkLW1hcCIgc3JjPSJodHRwczovL2NvdmlkLTE5LWFzc2V0cy5odHZ0b29scy51cy9pbmRleC5odG1sIiBzY3JvbGw9Im5vIiBzdHlsZT0iYm9yZGVyOm5vbmU7Ij48L2lmcmFtZT4=W2lmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZDJjbXZicTdzeHgzM2ouY2xvdWRmcm9udC5uZXQvZW1haWwvcHJvZF9jb3JvbmF2aXJ1c19pZnJhbWVfYXJ0aWNsZS5odG1sIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjQxNCIgc3R5bGU9IndpZHRoOjEwMCU7Ym9yZGVyOm5vbmU7b3ZlcmZsb3c6aGlkZGVuIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dUcmFuc3BhcmVuY3k9InRydWUiXVsvaWZyYW1lXQ==US orders 60-day freeze on overseas troop movementsDefense Secretary Mark Esper has signed an order freezing the movements of all U.S. troops overseas for 60 days due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to three defense officials.It means all U.S. service members overseas or currently scheduled to deploy from the U.S. will stay in their current locations for the next 60 days.The freeze-in-place order will affect 90,000 expected scheduled deployments, including both troops scheduled to return home and troops scheduled to deploy overseas. There will be several exceptions including for naval vessels scheduled to return to the U.S.The decision means troops serving in places like Iraq or Afghanistan could find themselves having their deployments extended by two months.California has high numbers of patients under 50 Of the more than 2,000 cases reported in the Golden State, many of them are occurring in people under the age of 50.Numbers released by the California Department of Public Health show that nearly 1,000 cases in that state have been found in people between the ages of 18-49.Health officials maintain that coronavirus-related deaths in children under 18 remain relatively rare.”In the mortality data that has been provided to us, there has been no child under 15 that has succumbed to the virus in Europe,” Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, said during a briefing Monday. “There was the one 14-year-old in China. So we still see that there is less severity in children, and so that should be reassuring to the moms and dads out there.”According to studies, two children, a 10-month-old infant and a 14-year-old boy, died in China after being infected with the novel coronavirus.The 10-month-old who died had a preexisting condition. The child experienced multi-organ failure and died four weeks after being admitted to a hospital in Wuhan, according to research published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.The 14-year-old boy from Hubei province died Feb. 7. No further details were available on his death, which was reported in a study published last week in Pediatrics that looked at 2,143 children with confirmed or suspected coronavirus.Senate, White House reach bipartisan deal on relief packageWhite House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2 trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, capping days of marathon negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress.”Ladies and gentlemen, we are done,” White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland said right before 1 a.m. after leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office following negotiations that have gone around the clock since last Friday. “We have a deal.”McConnell formally announced the agreement on the Senate floor, saying, “At last, we have a deal. After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic.”The majority leader described it as “a war-time level of investment for our nation,” and said the Senate would move to pass it later in the day on Wednesday. The Senate will re-convene at noon. An exact time has not yet been set for the vote.McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hoped passage of the legislation in the Republican-led Senate would come by the end of the day. Senate passage would leave final congressional approval up to the Democratic-controlled House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bipartisan agreement “takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people” but she stopped short of fully endorsing it.“House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action,” she said.House members are scattered around the country and the timetable for votes in that chamber is unclear. New York governor demands ventilatorsCuomo demanded the federal government take dramatic action to send thousands of stockpiled ventilators immediately to his state first, saying the Empire State’s immense coronavirus caseload threatened catastrophe in days without it.He said New York needs 30,000 more ventilators on top of the 7,000 it has.Cuomo wants all of what he called a current federal stockpile of 20,000 ventilators to brace for the coming “apex” in cases, which he says will arrive in as soon as 14 days.”We need the federal help, and we need the federal help now,” Cuomo said. “New York is the canary in the coal mine. New York is going first — we have the highest and fastest rate of infection.””(After) we get over that curve … I’ll send ventilators, I’ll send health care workers … around the country.”The governor said his state was trying to address two other needs: more hospital beds and more medical staff.He said the state needed 140,000 hospital beds for an anticipated patient apex in as soon as two weeks, yet the state now has only 53,000 beds. Cuomo said he was speaking to hotel owners “about taking over their hotels” to place some patients.”I will turn this state upside down to get the number of beds that we need,” he said.About 1,000 beds are being set up in Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center. Those beds generally will be for noncritical overflow patients, freeing up intensive care units in hospitals, Cuomo said.More than 50% of US live in states with stay-at-home orders While Trump has expressed a desire to soon transition away from social distancing to help the economy, public health experts and physicians are generally urging they stay in place longer, as cases are nearly overwhelming health care systems in New York City and other areas. White House aides are scrambling to find a compromise option. Discussions include a phased system in which younger people — potentially under 40, according to one option — return to the workplace or business first, followed gradually by people slightly older until most of the country is back to normal, officials say.Last week, the White House released guidelines urging Americans to avoid eating at bars or restaurants and skip out on gatherings with more than 10 people for the rest of March.Health officials have said a lack of firm federal direction and residents ignoring social distancing guidelines could result in more sharp increases of cases and hospitalizations that will overwhelm the country’s health system. CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • In the U.S., there are at least 65,201 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., and at least 928 have died from the virus, according to CNN.
  • The number of coronavirus deaths has topped 21,000 globally, CNN reports.
  • White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2 trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • U.S. orders 60-day freeze on overseas troop movements.
  • Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is in isolation.
  • Officials in at least 20 states are ordering residents to stay at home.

Marine who works inside Pentagon tests positive

The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that a Marine who works inside the building has tested positive for COVID-19.

A defense official said the last time the Marine, an officer, was in the Pentagon was March 13. He began self-isolation on March 15. He works in the plans, policy and operations office of Marine Corps headquarters.

This is the first time a member of the military based at the Pentagon has tested positive.

“A marine stationed at the Pentagon tested positive for Covid-19 on March 24. Per U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the Marine is in isolation at his home and will undergo further assessment by health professionals,” the Marines said in a statement. “The Marine followed official guidance by isolating himself when his spouse began to show symptoms. Once he became ill, he contacted his assigned medical facility. His workspace has been cleaned by a Pentagon response team and a thorough contact investigation is underway to mitigate risk and preserve the health of our Marines, civilians, and families.”

New York’s social distancing paying off

With more than 30,000 positive tests and 285 deaths, New York has become the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the United States.

Social distancing efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state are showing signs of working, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.

Estimates from Sunday showed coronavirus hospitalizations were doubling every 2 days, he said. But Monday’s estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 3.4 days, and Tuesday’s estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 4.7 days.

“That is almost too good to be true. But the theory is given the density that we’re dealing with, it spreads very quickly, but if you reduce the density you can reduce the spread very quickly,” he said.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who is part of the White House’s coronavirus response effort, said Wednesday that although reports of hospitalizations are rising, that’s a reflection of the previous one or two weeks — before more restraints were put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Birx stressed that every American’s role is important and to not let up for an instant to help prevent others from getting the virus.

But in recent days, the numbers in Louisiana, New Jersey and several other states also have been skyrocketing.

Louisiana, which reported no cases until mid-March, topped the 1,000 mark and the state has seen more than 500 new cases reported since the weekend, with 1,795 cases and 65 deaths by Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. John Bel Edwards requested a federal major disaster declaration.

In his request to President Donald Trump, Edwards said Louisiana has more cases per capita than any state, except for New York and Washington.

“We have overwhelmed our stocks of key resources needed for our hospitals, first responders and emergency managers,” he wrote.

US orders 60-day freeze on overseas troop movements

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has signed an order freezing the movements of all U.S. troops overseas for 60 days due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to three defense officials.

It means all U.S. service members overseas or currently scheduled to deploy from the U.S. will stay in their current locations for the next 60 days.

The freeze-in-place order will affect 90,000 expected scheduled deployments, including both troops scheduled to return home and troops scheduled to deploy overseas. There will be several exceptions including for naval vessels scheduled to return to the U.S.

The decision means troops serving in places like Iraq or Afghanistan could find themselves having their deployments extended by two months.

California has high numbers of patients under 50

Of the more than 2,000 cases reported in the Golden State, many of them are occurring in people under the age of 50.

Numbers released by the California Department of Public Health show that nearly 1,000 cases in that state have been found in people between the ages of 18-49.

California coronavirus numbers 

Health officials maintain that coronavirus-related deaths in children under 18 remain relatively rare.

“In the mortality data that has been provided to us, there has been no child under 15 that has succumbed to the virus in Europe,” Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, said during a briefing Monday. “There was the one 14-year-old in China. So we still see that there is less severity in children, and so that should be reassuring to the moms and dads out there.”

According to studies, two children, a 10-month-old infant and a 14-year-old boy, died in China after being infected with the novel coronavirus.

The 10-month-old who died had a preexisting condition. The child experienced multi-organ failure and died four weeks after being admitted to a hospital in Wuhan, according to research published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The 14-year-old boy from Hubei province died Feb. 7. No further details were available on his death, which was reported in a study published last week in Pediatrics that looked at 2,143 children with confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

Senate, White House reach bipartisan deal on relief package

White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2 trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, capping days of marathon negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are done,” White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland said right before 1 a.m. after leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office following negotiations that have gone around the clock since last Friday. “We have a deal.”

McConnell formally announced the agreement on the Senate floor, saying, “At last, we have a deal. After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic.”

The majority leader described it as “a war-time level of investment for our nation,” and said the Senate would move to pass it later in the day on Wednesday. The Senate will re-convene at noon. An exact time has not yet been set for the vote.

McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hoped passage of the legislation in the Republican-led Senate would come by the end of the day.

Senate passage would leave final congressional approval up to the Democratic-controlled House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bipartisan agreement “takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people” but she stopped short of fully endorsing it.

“House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action,” she said.

House members are scattered around the country and the timetable for votes in that chamber is unclear.

New York governor demands ventilators

Cuomo demanded the federal government take dramatic action to send thousands of stockpiled ventilators immediately to his state first, saying the Empire State’s immense coronavirus caseload threatened catastrophe in days without it.

He said New York needs 30,000 more ventilators on top of the 7,000 it has.

Cuomo wants all of what he called a current federal stockpile of 20,000 ventilators to brace for the coming “apex” in cases, which he says will arrive in as soon as 14 days.

“We need the federal help, and we need the federal help now,” Cuomo said. “New York is the canary in the coal mine. New York is going first — we have the highest and fastest rate of infection.”

“(After) we get over that curve … I’ll send ventilators, I’ll send health care workers … around the country.”

The governor said his state was trying to address two other needs: more hospital beds and more medical staff.

He said the state needed 140,000 hospital beds for an anticipated patient apex in as soon as two weeks, yet the state now has only 53,000 beds. Cuomo said he was speaking to hotel owners “about taking over their hotels” to place some patients.

“I will turn this state upside down to get the number of beds that we need,” he said.

About 1,000 beds are being set up in Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center. Those beds generally will be for noncritical overflow patients, freeing up intensive care units in hospitals, Cuomo said.

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