Confirmed coronavirus cases surged past 300,000 globally over the weekend, with infections in the United States climbing to more than 25,000 before the end of the day Saturday, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University and The Washington Post.
Health officials in hard-hit parts of the country are rationing medical equipment and limiting tests to health care workers and severely ill patients as the federal government seeks to expand the production of crucial supplies. Millions of people in states from coast to coast remain ineffective lockdown as officials restrict travel and urge aggressive social distancing.
Italy is eclipsing China as the global coronavirus hot zone, reporting more than 4,800 deaths, the most of any country.
Here are some significant developments:
- Congressional leaders from both parties will meet Sunday morning in McConnell’s office to discuss a massive coronavirus economic rescue plan.
- Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen, tested negative for the coronavirus, his spokeswoman announced Saturday night. During Saturday afternoon’s White House briefing, Pence said the pair would be tested after a member of his staff had tested positive.
- An inmate at a Brooklyn jail tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the federal prison system.
- U.S. textile companies, including Hanesbrands, Fruit of the Loom and American Giant, will start mass-producing protective masks for medical workers Monday under contract with the federal government.
- Major flight restrictions were imposed at key airports along the East Coast, including in Washington, after an air traffic controller trainee tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday.
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