As COVID-19 cases spike in U.S., Senate votes against rescue package
Updated: 2020-03-23 13:12:58 KST
The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has surpassed 33-thousand and the death toll is over 400.
In efforts to combat the pandemic, the government has introduced a nearly two trillion-U.S.-dollar rescue package to help its economy.
But the Senate voted against advancing the rescue package on Sunday with Democrats saying that the bill is mostly focused on helping corporations and does little to help workers and healthcare providers.
The talks continue on Capitol Hill with negotiators struggling behind the scenes to strike a deal.
During a news conference on Sunday evening, President Trump said this bill will help their economy.
"We're working urgently with Congress on legislation to support the millions of workers, small businesses and industries who've been hit hard by the virus through no fault of their own. Our goal is to get relief to Americans as quickly as possible so that families can get by and small businesses can keep workers on the payroll."
Trump added that he was approving requests from New York, California and Washington to declare a state of major disaster in those three states.
That would mean the National Guard would be deployed to those states, the hardest hit by the virus, to assist with sanitizing public spaces and delivering food to quarantined residents.
Trump added that he had also ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supply federal medical stations with more sickbeds to New York, California, and Washington.
As of Sunday, nearly one in three Americans are under orders to stay home to slow the spread COVID-19.
Ohio, Louisiana and Delaware are the latest states to order their residents to stay home.
Beaches in Florida are shutdown as well as hotels and accommodation in the Florida Keys at least for the next two weeks.
The order came after crowds, mostly college students on spring break or younger people, were seen visiting the area.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.