14 things to know today about coronavirus

14 things to know today about coronavirus
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Welcome to The Hill’s daily roundup of COVID-19 news. The U.S. is reporting more than 1.5 million cases, including 91,570 deaths.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE headed to Capitol Hill to meet with GOP senators and defended his use of hydroxychloroquine, while lawmakers also sparred with Trump administration officials over economic measures.

Here are 14 things to know today.



From the White House and Trump administration


In Congress

  • GOP senators were not tested for coronavirus before having lunch with Trump on Tuesday, amid questions about the president’s risk of infection. Jordain Carney reports.
  • The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security told lawmakers that he would open a requested investigation into coronavirus cases at Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. Marty Johnson reports.
  • Lawmakers are pushing for changes to a key program that provides aid to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Talks range from tweaks to an overhaul of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Jordain reports.
  • Still, one Republican senator expressed doubts Tuesday that Congress will be able to pass another COVID relief package, putting the odds at “less than 50 percent.”

In the states

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) fired back at President Trump after the president referred to Northam as “crazy” and an opponent of Second Amendment rights. “As the only medical doctor among our nation's governors, I suggest you stop taking hydroxychloroquine,” he tweeted. Zack Budryk reports.
  • Thirty-eight percent of people who attended events at an Arkansas church over a six-day period in March contracted COVID-19, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jessie Hellmann reports.


Other news

  • A new study projects U.S. coronavirus deaths are expected to more than triple by the end of the year, and found that 1.3 percent of those who show symptoms of COVID-19 die, an infection fatality rate that is 13 times higher than a bad influenza season. Reid Wilson reports.
  • Sweden had the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the last seven days out of every European country. It had a rate of 6.25 deaths per million people, ahead of the UK at 5.75. Rebecca Klar reports.
  • The Lancet medical journal knocked President Trump for a “factually incorrect” statement in his letter warning of World Health Organization (WHO) funding cuts, saying the journal had not warned of an outbreak in China in December as Trump had said. Justine Coleman reports.
  • Researchers in Korea found evidence that patients who test positive for COVID-19 a second time aren't capable of infecting others, a reassuring finding for reopening the economy. Nathaniel Weixel reports.