Coronavirus Outbreak: The White House Passes Relief Package To Assist The Affected
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Coronavirus Outbreak: The White House Passes Relief Package To Assist The Affected

The relief package includes two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave for Americans who work for businesses with less than 500 employees or the government and are infected by the virus, quarantined or have a sick family member among others

The White House has passed a sweeping relief package following the rampant spread of coronavirus in 49 states in the United States of America. In an attempt to help people affected by the outbreak of the infection that has put the world on standstill, the new-fangled package includes two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave for Americans who work for businesses with less than 500 employees or the government and are infected by the virus, quarantined, have a sick family member or have impacted by school closures. It also includes unemployment benefits.

The relief package will also comprise free virus testing for those who lack insurance and additional food aid and federal funds for Medicaid. The deal was made following a series of talks between Ms Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, as financial markets swung wildly amid uncertainty about the spiraling crisis. It must still be approved by the Senate, which is expected to take up the measure when it returns next week.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States have climbed to more than 2,100, even with sparse testing, and the death toll has risen to at least 48. West Virginia was the only state yet to report a known case of the virus by Friday evening. The United States is facing the prospect that those numbers could soar, as they did in China, Italy, South Korea and other countries. President Donald Trump is mobilizing resources across the Federal Government to speed testing and make it easily accessible for more Americans. He wants to ensure that those who need a test can get a test safely, quickly, and conveniently. Trump’s administration is working with the private sector to open up drive-through testing collection sites in critical areas impacted by the coronavirus. It has also approached Google to develop a website Americans can go to determine whether a test is needed and, if so, facilitate testing at a nearby location.

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By Manaal Khurram
Manaal Khurram is a Karachi-based writer who loves all things food and fashion, and is a Shah Rukh Khan fangirl!

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