Day: March 24, 2020
President Donald Trump said Monday he was delaying the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for Americans to get a Real ID to travel, as part of an effort to limit people’s exposure to the coronavirus.
Late last week, as Hong Kong reported a spike of new coronavirus cases, Sean Brown was alarmed to see a group of foreign families board a local bus without wearing the surgical masks worn by nearly everyone else in the city.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Monday that he is basing his decisions for coronavirus policy on information from “healthcare professionals like Dr. Fauci and others, not political punditry.” Why it matters: In an apparent public rebuke, Graham added a link to a Washington Post article about the Trump administration’s signals that it might move to loosen restrictions on businesses at the end of the White House’s 15-day social distancing period as an economic salve, as reported by Axios’ Jonathan Swan .
A procedural vote on Senate Republicans’ $1.8 trillion Phase 3 stimulus package failed on Monday for the second time in less than 24 hours. The big picture: Patience is wearing thin on Capitol Hill as talks over providing desperately needed aid to Americans and businesses continue to stall.
Just a week after getting everyone on board with a coronavirus lockdown, President Trump is already teasing its end. Between the lines: It’s hard not to sympathize with folks who are asked to shoulder an unfair share of the burden when they aren’t the ones calling the shots.
President Trump said Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has “really stepped up,” offering rare praise during a press conference on Monday. Why it matters : It mark a big shift in Trump’s tone on Powell — who he’s bashed for months — after a series of measures announced by the Fed in recent days to ease the economic fallout from the coronavirus .
Traces of the novel coronavirus were found in the cabins on the Diamond Princess cruise ship up to 17 days after passengers left, a study published by the CDC Monday found. Why it matters: Axios health care editor Sam Baker notes: “The virus lives a long time on hard surfaces, and that’s another reason to be wary about quickly reopening businesses like bars, restaurants and gyms while the virus is still spreading quickly.” Per the CDC, “Although these data cannot be used to determine whether transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces, further study of fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 aboard cruise ships is warranted.” COVID-19 on cruise ships poses a risk for rapid spread of disease, causing outbreaks in a vulnerable population, and aggressive efforts are required to contain spread.” CDC statement in study How it works: The study examined coronavirus outbreaks aboard the Carnival-owned cruise ships the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined off Yokohama , Japan, last month, and the Grand Princess, which was stranded off the San Francisco coast for several days.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled on Monday a sweeping counterproposal to Senate Republicans’ $1.8 trillion coronavirus stimulus package . Why it matters: House Democrats’ legislation — which comes with a $2.5 trillion price tag — comes after negotiations between Capitol Hill leaders and the White House broke down over the weekend, culminating in two failed procedural votes that have left the Senate Republicans’ bill in limbo.