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New York City's once-bustling Times Square. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

The novel coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the lives of people around the world.

The big picture: The first known case outside China was in Thailand on Jan. 13. Since then, governments around the world have responded to surging case numbers with a range of measures designed to curb the spread of the virus. There were more than 723,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections by early Monday, per Johns Hopkins data.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a news briefing with a limited number of journalists allowed placed at a distance to each other, Berlin, Germany. Photo: Markus Schreiber/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
A priest holds Sunday mass as he looks toward photographs sent in by his parishioners, Giussano, Italy. Photo: Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images
A woman receives a rose delivered to her via a drone in Lebanon's coastal city of Jounieh. Photo: Joseph EidAFP via Getty Images
A train marked with red crosses to ensure physical distancing, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Abdul Qodir/AFP via Getty Images
Customers maintain physical distancing as they wait to enter a mall, Ahmedabad, India. Photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP via Getty Images
Two women observe social distancing measures as they speak to each other from adjacent park benches, York, England. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
Pakistan's capital Karachi has designated areas marked on the ground to maintain physical distancing. Photo: Asif Hassan/AFP via Getty Images
An official takes people's temperatures in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, where COVID-19 was discovered and where restrictions have eased after a drop in case numbers. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images
Nuns sing in a church, Barcelona. Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP via Getty Images
A South African Police Service member makes shoppers hold their hands out in front of them to ensure social distancing outside a supermarket, Yeoville, Johannesburg. Photo: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images
The Paddison family updates their roadside isolation countdown sign in Auckland, New Zealand. The country is in the midst of a four-week lockdown, which requires people to stay at home but permits them to exercise outdoors in their neighborhood if they keep 6.5 feet from people who are not members of their household.

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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