11 things to know today about coronavirus

11 things to know today about coronavirus
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Welcome to The Hill's daily roundup of coronavirus news.

There are more than 41,000 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. with over 570 deaths.

At the White House, President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE seems to be growing restless with the severe restrictions put in place by health officials, and may be leaning towards easing some of the recommendations in order to help the economy. 

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On Capitol Hill, the Senate's massive economic stimulus bill is stalled, after Democrats blocked the legislation from proceeding for the second time in two days. Democrats argue the legislation doesn't do enough to help out individuals and families, and is full of unrelated conservative items, like the extension of an abstinence education program. 

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response MORE (D-Calif.) is moving forward with her own version that she has said is much more family-focused. She said lawmakers would return to the Capitol to vote on it, unless the Senate reaches an agreement her caucus can support.

Here's what you need to know today... 


From the states:

  • Virginia is closing dine-in restaurants and extending the closure of schools through the end of the academic year, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced. Read more here
  • Wisconsin and Michigan are among a range of states with new orders encouraging people to stay home. Read more here
  • Five students from the University of Tampa have tested positive for coronavirus after a spring break trip. Brooke Seipel has more
  • Rhode Island became the latest state to move its presidential primary. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said the date was moved from April 28 to June 2 on the advice of the board of elections. Julia Manchester has the story  

 

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From overseas:

  • Some slightly better news from Italy, at the center of the outbreak. The number of new coronavirus cases dropped for the second day in a row, though it is still high, at 4,789 new cases on Monday, down from 5,560 on Sunday. More from Justine Coleman here.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel was negative for coronavirus in an initial test. She had started quarantining after her doctor tested positive. More from Zack Budryk here

 

#WipesClogPipes

  • Americans have been stocking up on paper towels, toilet paper and disinfectant wipes. But apparently, in these trying times, many people have ... forgotten(?) that wipes won't break down in toilets. City officials across the country are urging people not to flush their wipes, highlighting the damage it can cause. Hence the hashtag: #WipesClogPipes