Number of COVID-19 cases in US surpass China

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NATIONAL (NBC) — The Senate overwhelmingly passed a massive stimulus package late Wednesday night aimed at softening the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic for American workers and businesses. The bill includes billions of dollars in credit for struggling industries, a boost to unemployment insurance and direct cash payments to Americans.

The fate of the bill now rests with the House, which will not vote until Friday, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

The U.S. reached a grim milestone as the number of deaths linked to the coronavirus passed 1,000 in the country, according to a count of reports of cases and deaths by NBC News. Globally, the death toll topped 20,000, with nearly half a million reported cases.

Meanwhile, at the U.N., the Trump administration is pushing the Security Council to call attention to the Chinese origins of the coronavirus, four diplomats posted to the United Nations told NBC News, triggering a stalemate as the global body seeks to cobble together a response to the pandemic.

Data as of March 26, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Cases in California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska and Utah include individuals repatriated from Wuhan, China, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state officials and NBC News
Graphic: Jiachuan Wu, Joe Murphy & Nigel Chiwaya / NBC News

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