15 things to know for today about coronavirus

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

Cases in the U.S. surpassed 50,000 today, and the rate of infection in New York is doubling every three days. Deaths across the country are just under 700.

Congress and the White House seem to be on the verge of reaching a deal on a multitrillion-dollar stimulus package to try to blunt the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, with a vote expected on Wednesday. 

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It will be big, and it won't be the last. House Democratic leaders today said they expect at least two more stimulus measures in the weeks and months ahead.

But 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 seems intent on having the country "opened up" by Easter, which is less than three weeks away, and a far shorter timeline than the one given by public health experts.

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

 

From the White House

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In the Senate

 

In the House

  • Trump's push to relax social distancing restrictions and reopen businesses by Easter has ignited a fierce debate on Capitol Hill — and among Americans around the country. The fight is mostly playing out along party lines, with pro-business Republicans desperate for American life to get back to normal. Read Scott Wong for more details.
  • Even as lawmakers in both chambers are racing this week to enact a massive coronavirus relief package — the third in as many weeks — House Democratic leaders are telling members to expect at least two more stimulus measures in the weeks and months ahead. Mike Lillis and Scott have the rest of the story.

 

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In the states 

 

From around the world 

  • Reid Wilson examines the situation in Italy, where the tsunami of coronavirus victims overwhelming health systems offers a frightening preview of what could lie ahead for the United States. Public health officials in the United States and around the world are now warning that what has happened in Italy is just a preview of what may happen here, as the number of cases in America balloon out of control.
  • The Olympics have been postponed. Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach agreed on Tuesday to postpone this summer's Olympics by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Edward Moreno has more.

 

On the lighter (non-coronavirus) side...

Because we all need a break, here's a story about a runaway cow.