US Senate Approves Disaster Aid Bill as Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 1,000

New York National Guard members are supporting the multi-agency response to COVID-19 in the United States. Photo source: Sean Madden/Wikipedia Commons

The number of people with Covid-19 who have died in the US passed 1,000 late on Wednesday, as the Senate approved a huge $2 trillion disaster aid bill, which represents the largest economic stimulus in US history.

According to a running total from Johns Hopkins University, the most recent figures show that there have been 1,050 deaths in the US, with 69,171 total cases of the coronavirus.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday it is likely that half of America’s most populous city of more than eight million would catch the coronavirus by the time the pandemic ran its course.

By Wednesday morning, 199 New Yorkers had died from the disease and the number of confirmed cases had reached 17,856.

With revisions being made to the bill late into Wednesday, the Republican-majority Senate finally, and unanimously, approved it with a 96-0 vote.

The agreement reached by Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate includes tax rebates and loans, as well as money for hospitals and rescue packages. It also includes direct payments of $1,200 to most American adults and aid to help small businesses pay workers.

It now moves on to the House which is expected to vote on it on Friday.