16 things to know for today about coronavirus

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

America has hit 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with almost 1,500 deaths.

The House passed, and President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE signed, the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus legislation, the largest emergency spending bill in U.S. history.


Trump also invoked the Defense Production Act for the first time, to make General Motors manufacture respirators. But we don't actually know how many respirators the administration needs, or how many they want from GM. 

Meanwhile, more states are enacting quarantines or outright travel bans, and the coronavirus is inexorably making its way through Congress.  


Here's what you need to know today:   



In the states: 



  • Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus surged to more than 9,000 Friday as the country reported another 919 fatalities in one day. More from Tal here.
  • Trump spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced earlier today that he had tested positive. Brett has the story here.
  • Public health officials are warning that a massive ramp-up in the number of tests for the coronavirus, coupled with disruptions to the global supply chain, are creating new shortages of some of the chemicals needed to process those tests. Reid Wilson explains it here.


One Interesting Thing:

  • While the U.S. government has struggled to deal with the impact of the coronavirus, and panicked Americans inundated grocery stores leading to shortages, here is a really cool story about how a regional grocery chain in Texas called HEB was prepared, running simulations and using its experience with natural disasters to get ahead of the pandemic.