Coronavirus is infecting, killing black Americans at a higher rate; Trump removes federal stimulus watchdog
By Siobhán O’Grady,
The United States on Tuesday reported more than 1,800 coronavirus-related fatalities, a new one-day high.
Covid-19 appears to be infecting and killing black Americans at a disproportionately high rate, according to a Washington Post analysis of early data from jurisdictions across the country. The emerging disparity led the surgeon general Tuesday to acknowledge in personal terms the increased risk for African Americans amid growing demands that public-health officials release more data on the race of those who are sick, hospitalized and dying.
Here are some other significant developments:
President Trump removed the chairman of the federal panel that Congress created to oversee his administration’s management of the $2 trillion stimulus package.
Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly resigned one day after he prompted a firestorm by traveling to the USS Theodore Roosevelt and assailing the character of the ship’s former captain.
In the absence of a national testing plan, several states are developing their own systems. States with more money and robust medical sectors have devised comprehensive plans, while others lag far behind.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in his second night of intensive care, battling a coronavirus infection and “receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance,” according to his official spokesman.
Treasury is preparing to ask Congress to swiftly commit an additional $200 billion for a small-business relief program that is overwhelmed by demand.
Trump is threatening to withhold funds from the World Health Organization.
Hundreds of voters stood in lines that stretched for blocks in several Wisconsin cities Tuesday to cast ballots amid fears of the coronavirus.