15 things to know today about coronavirus

Welcome to The Hill's daily roundup of coronavirus news. 

There are more than 7,700 cases of coronavirus in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University, and at least 118 deaths.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE today invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the administration the authority to ramp up domestic manufacturing of personal protective equipment and other items needed to fight the coronavirus. In Congress, the Senate passed the House's amended coronavirus aid package, but GOP senators are already racing to craft the next stimulus package with $1 trillion.


Here's what you need to know today:


From the White House and Capitol Hill: 


From the health agencies: 

  • Eighty percent of deaths associated with the coronavirus in the United States were in adults aged 65 and older, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jessie Hellmann has the rest of the story here.
  • On the flip side, the same data shows younger people are getting sick at the same rate as those who are older. While younger people are much more likely to survive, they’re still at risk for medical problems. Reid Wilson has more on that here.  


From the states: 

  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a proclamation Wednesday that would allow local elections to be postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read more from Tal Axelrod here
  • Alabama is postponing its GOP Senate runoff scheduled for later this month to July 14 amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Read the story from Tal and Reid here
  • The Trump administration has agreed to dispatch a U.S. Navy hospital ship to New York Harbor amid the coronavirus outbreak, multiple officials said Wednesday. Rebecca Kheel has the latest here


From overseas: 

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said that the coronavirus posed the greatest threat to the nation since the end of World War II in a video statement Wednesday. Read more from Zack Budryk
  • Italy's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak saw its biggest increase overnight Tuesday, with health officials reporting a whopping 475 deaths in 24 hours. John Bowden has the story here