March 25 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Ivana Kottasová and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:34 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020
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12:36 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

There are now over 60,000 coronavirus cases in the US

From CNN's Amanda Watts

There are at least 60,050 cases of novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems.

At least 807 people have died.

The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases.

12:31 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Eight-month-old baby among new coronavirus cases in Uganda

From CNN's Samsom Ntale

An eight-month-old baby is among five new cases of Covid-19 Uganda reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 14 people that have tested positive in the country.

Uganda's Director General of Health Service Dr. Henry Mwebesa in a televised address said among the five new cases are two Chinese nationals who fled an institutional quarantine with four others.

They were found hiding in the West Nile region bordering eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, and will be later charged to court. authorities said.

The other confirmed cases include an eight-month-old whose father had traveled to Kenya the previous week as well as a 63-year-old who arrived in Uganda from Germany.

Another case had no travel history abroad but trades at the border with South Sudan, Mwebesa said.

Uganda has taken stringent steps to try to halt the spread of the virus in the country.

They were one of the first African countries to impose travel restrictions on its citizens and others traveling from 16 countries it said had a high number of cases of coronavirus, including the US and UK.

12:30 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

US Senate leader says they will "pass this historic relief package today"

From CNN's Clare Foran, Ted Barrett and Kristin Wilson

Senate TV
Senate TV

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor about next steps now that a stimulus deal has been reached.

“The Senate is going to stand together, act together and pass this historic relief package today," he said.

An exact time for the vote has not yet been scheduled and McConnell did not announce a time from the floor.

“Today the Senate will act to help the people of this country weather this storm,” he said “When our nation comes through this and takes flight again on the other side, it will be because American heroes won this fight. All the Senate can do is to give them the resources to do it and that’s exactly what we’re going to do today.”

After McConnell left the floor, CNN asked him when he will file the bill and when the Senate will vote on it. 

“We’ll be passing it some time today. We’ll let you know when," McConnell responded. 

12:29 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

North Carolina reports first deaths from coronavirus

From CNN's Devon Sayers

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services is reporting two deaths related to coronavirus, according to a statement from Gov. Roy Cooper's Office. 

The patients include a Cabarrus County resident in their 70s who had several underlying medical conditions. The patient died on March 24, the statement said.

A Virginia resident in their 60s, who was traveling through North Carolina, also died from Covid-19 complications, according to the statement.   

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones," the statement said.

12:22 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Spain buys $467 million in medical supplies from China

From CNN's Mia Alberti in Lisbon and Ingrid Formanek and Al Goodman in Madrid

Spain has bought $467 million worth of medical supplies from China, the Spanish health minister said on Wednesday. 

Health Minister Salvador Illa said Spain's President "talked over the phone with China's President a few days ago, and since then the whole government has been working together to sign this contract and make this buy."

The equipment includes 550 million masks, 5.5 million "quick tests," 950 ventilators and 11 million gloves. The supplies should cover the medical needs in Spain for about four to eight weeks, Illa said. 

The minister also announced two companies in Spain are already producing medical equipment as well.  

In response to the rise in deaths, which have surpassed China's numbers, Illa said: "We said this week would be tough, the numbers are tough. It is likely that the number of deaths will increase for a few more days until we reach the peak". 

Spain now has at least 3,434 deaths from coronavirus, but authorities say the number of hospitalized patients is "stabilizing."

Fernando Simón, chief of the Center for Emergencies, explained in Wednesday's news conference that the rate of infection is slowing down, "which means we are not far from the national peak."

"Regarding the increase in new cases, if we are not at the peak already, we are very close," he said.

 

12:18 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Senate likely to adjourn until at least April 20 after today’s vote

From CNN's Manu Raju

US senators will likely get out of town quickly after today’s vote on the stimulus package.

The Senate is likely to adjourn until at least April 20 after the vote, according to Sen. John Barrasso, a member of GOP leadership, and other senators.

What this means: They are adding next week as a recess in addition to the two-week recess already on the books.

It remains unclear if the recess will be extended.

12:20 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Airlines and airports will be receiving what they requested in stimulus package

From CNN's Greg Wallace

David McNew/Getty Images/FILE
David McNew/Getty Images/FILE

Airlines and airports are set to receive the financial support they requested in the aid package drafted by lawmakers and the administration, according to a CNN review of the document.  

The package includes $32 billion in grants for wages and benefits to aviation employees. The administration must pay its first installment to employers within 10 days of the bill becoming law. The assistance includes $25 billion for passenger airlines, $4 billion for cargo airlines, and $3 billion for industry contractors, such as those who handle catering, baggage, ticketing, and aircraft cleaning. 

The bill also provides $25 billion for passenger airlines and $4 billion for cargo airlines in the form of loans or loan guarantees. 

In exchange for the assistance, companies that receive the assistance are barred from making furloughs, pay cuts, or stock buybacks, and from issuing dividends to investors, through September. It also institutes limits on executive compensation.  

Airlines may also be required to operate routes they would otherwise like to cancel because of low ridership or profitability. Under the bill, the Transportation Department can require air carriers continue service on routes, particularly for the “needs of small and remote communities and the need to maintain well-functioning health care and pharmaceutical supply chains, including for medical devices and supplies.”  

It would also provide a tax holiday, allowing airlines to keep more of the ticket price customers pay.  

Cash-strapped airports could also receive government assistance of up to $10 billion, including at least $100 million for general aviation airports, which serve smaller planes rather than scheduled airline service.  

The bill requires a report to Congress on some of the payments by November. 

12:04 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York governor says ventilators are the "single greatest challenge"

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated that the state needs 30,000 ventilators for coronavirus patients.

He said that the state has 4,000 ventilators in the existing hospital system and the federal government has sent 4,000. The state has purchased 7,000 others and is “still shopping," he added.

“Our single greatest challenge are the ventilators," Cuomo said.

12:01 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

New York governor says Senate stimulus bill would be "terrible" for the state

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Senate's $2 trillion stimulus bill would be "terrible for state of New York."

He said that based on the way the bill is written New York's government would only get $3.8 billion. He added that "sounds like a lot of money" — but it's not considering he estimates the state is looking at a revenue shortfall of $9 to 15 billion and response has already cost New York $1 billion.

Cuomo added that in the Senate bill, New York City gets $1.3 billion, which he called a "drop in the bucket."

He continued by saying that he has spoken to New York's House delegation. "I said to them, 'this doesn't do it,'" adding, "We need the House to make adjustments."

"I'm telling you these numbers don't work," he said.