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President Trump signs $2T Economy Stimulus Bill amidst growing Corona Virus cases

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On Friday, March 27th, President Trump signed into law a whooping $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bipartisan bill into law. This bill is expected to deliver various amounts of cash to individuals, businesses, hospitals, medical facilities and big corporations. According to President Trump during the signing ceremony, “This will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation’s families, workers and businesses. And that’s what this is all about,” 

The House had earlier passed this bill with a voice vote barely 48 hours from when it was received from the Senate. According to this bill, each joint filing by an American household could receive up to $3,400 cash ($1,200 for each parent and $500 per child up to 2 children). The law authorizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to send checks to American individuals and families with various amounts dependent on the household income.

On when the payments will be made to Americans, the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: “I’ve committed that the IRS will get these direct deposits [out] in three weeks. Again, American workers can’t wait.”.

With confirmed Corona Virus cases now over 100,000 it is expected that the stimulus packages will help relief the hardships caused by social distancy, massive loss of jobs, loss of revenue and general disruption.

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Infant dies of Coronavirus in Illinois

“We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

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Gov. J. B. Pritzker

An infant has died of the deadly Coronavirus in illinois.

Gov. J. B. Pritzker of Illinois confirmed on Saturday morning that an infant in his state has died from the fast spreading Corona Virus. This is a first known reported case of an infant death from the virus in the United States.

“I know how difficult this news can be, especially about this very young child. Upon hearing it, I admit, I was immediately shaken, and it’s appropriate for any of us to grieve today, it’s especially sorrowful for the family of this very small child for the years stolen from this infant. We should grieve. We should grieve with our family of state employees. With the many people who we’ve already lost to this virus, young and old. We should grieve for the loss of a sense of normalcy that we left behind just a few weeks ago. It’s okay, today, to grieve” Pritzker told reporters on Saturday.

Gov. Pritzker also announced that a state employee was among the recent deaths from the virus. In a release published on Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website, the Director of IDPH Dr. Ngozi Ezike said “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

Older adults are at higher risk of severe illness, and more than 85% of deaths in Illinois are among individuals 60 years of age and older.  However, people of all ages are suffering severe illness.

Today, IDPH reported 465 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 13 new deaths. In total, the State now has 3,491 cases, including 47 deaths, in 43 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. 

The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the United States is now over 100,000 with about 1,195 deaths. Earlier today, the US Navy hospital ship headed to New York with over 1,200 crew members to help the State in efforts to battle Corona Virus cases.

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USNavy hospital ship #USNSComfort has embarked for New York City

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The crew of the USNavy hospital ship #USNSComfort has embarked for New York City. This is part of effort to support the rising level of Corona Virus cases in New York City and its environs. The ship is expected to help to decongest New York’s hospitals with patients that are not positive for Corona Virus. The ship will only be used to treat patients that are not infected with #CoronaVirus

According to President Trump during a send forth ceremony at the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the #USNSComfort is fully loaded with 12 operating rooms, 1,000 hospital beds, a medical lab, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, digital radiology, a CAT scan, 2 oxygen-producing plants, and more.

The crew of the #USNSComfort consists of over 1,200 USNavy service Doctors, Nurses, Technicians etc.



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