President Trump has signed a second, mammoth financial relief package to help Americans weather the coronavirus crisis, as new data on the pandemic brings warnings for younger generations that, while their parents are still most at risk, they’re not “invincible.”
The phase-2 relief package approved Wednesday night will provide free testing to build a clearer picture of how much COVID-19 there really is in the U.S. It will also expand funding for food security programs and for paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer.
Lawmakers and the White House are working on a phase-3 package that could see $1 trillion more spent in an unprecedented effort to save the American economy as it’s battered by closures and mounting orders at the state and local level for people to stay home.
The grim economic outlook aside, evidence continues to mount that drastic control measures can rein in the killer virus. China’s Hubei province, where the coronavirus emerged late last year, has claimed its first day without a single new domestic infection.