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Britain locks down; Olympics off; stimulus stalls

The Olympics were postponed Monday, Britain went on lockdown and the number of Americans facing quarantines or other tight restrictions surpassed 100 million – even as President Donald Trump appeared to distance himself from social distancing.

“The pandemic is accelerating,” the World Health Organization warned.

Congressional negotiations on an economic stimulus package stalled for the second day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell angrily dismissed the Democratic opposition as “procedural obstruction” that could delay a vote on the measure until the end of the week. Critics said the plan was too generous to big corporations and too stingy for working families. 

The U.S. reported more than 41,000 confirmed cases, trailing only Italy and China. Confirmed cases are a function of how much testing is done, experts say. The national death toll surpassed 570. Globally, more than 16,000 people have died of the virus and 370,000 people have been confirmed to have it, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

One week ago the U.S. death toll rose to 85, and there were more than 4,600 confirmed cases. Global deaths surged past 7,100.

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