Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill as U.S. coronavirus case count tops 100,000
President Trump signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday, as infections in the U.S. topped 100,000 and more cities experience spikes of the novel coronavirus.
The big picture: The U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.
- Yes, but: The U.S. has far fewer deaths than China and other struggling European countries. Italy has reported more deaths than any other country.
By the numbers: Nearly 200 cities reported a desperate need for face masks, ventilators and other medical equipment, according to a survey released Friday from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
- New York has become the epicenter in the U.S., and has now reported more than 44,000 infections with hospitalizations, increasing by more than 1,000 per day. About half of the deaths in the U.S. have been in New York.
- America needs to build and assemble medical equipment in the next few weeks to ward off some of the worst-case scenarios.
What's happening: President Trump on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act to require GM to build ventilators and appointed White House trade adviser Peter Navarro to enforce the deal.
- The USNS Mercy hospital ship landed in the Port of Los Angeles on Friday and is "potentially taking patients as early as tomorrow," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
- In Louisiana, 441 additional COVID-19 cases were reported over 24 hours, and 97 people who tested positive for the virus were hospitalized.
- Trump advisers are struggling to steer him away from Easter as an arbitrary deadline for much of the nation to reopen.
- Parks and outdoor spaces are getting overcrowded, despite states' advice for people to stay home.
- Catholic bishops around the U.S. are telling worshipers it's alright to eat meat on Fridays during Lent as the virus has forced Americans to give up so much already.
State government responses: Multiple states have ordered people to stay at home, and most of those are states with Democratic governors.
What to watch: Americans will get one-time direct deposits from the $2.2 trillion stimulus package of up to $1,200, and married couples will receive $2,400, plus an additional $500 per child.
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he believes the stimulus checks and incentives for employers will reverse the record filings for unemployment insurance last week.
- The USNS Comfort hospital ship is expected deploy to New York City on Saturday, President Trump said on Thursday.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest.