The Evening: Senate Snag, Slowing the Spread, Born on a Bayou and More
March 25, 2020
Swift Senate action on a mammoth $2 trillion rescue package hit a speed bump Wednesday amid opposition from a small group of GOP lawmakers, throwing up a last-minute hurdle as congressional leaders rush to finalize the bipartisan deal, as Politico reports.
Slowing the Spread
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York continued to grow — reaching more than 30,000 — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday that there were early signs that the state’s stringent restrictions on social gatherings could be slowing the virus’s spread, as the NYT reports.
Meanwhile, the national death toll in Spain surpassed 3,400, making it the world’s hardest-hit country after Italy. And, as the Washington Post reports, more than 435,000 people around the world have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. But it is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the pathogen’s genetic code. That relative stability is encouraging news for researchers hoping to create a long-lasting vaccine.
Pressure on Saudi Arabia
The U.S. has raised the pressure on Saudi Arabia to change course in its oil price war with Russia, calling on the kingdom to “rise to the occasion” and start working to stabilize global energy markets, as the FT reports.
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In That Number
There are fewer than 200,000 ventilators in United States, but nearly a million could be needed over the course of the pandemic.
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