The epidemic of coronavirus infection claimed the lives of more than 200 Americans, every fifth resident of the USA lives in quarantine conditions, business asks for help from the state.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of Friday, March 20, in the USA, 15,291 people were infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, 201 people died.
Governors of the states of New York and Illinois urged residents not to leave their homes to stop the spread of coronavirus. The first such state was California. Thus, about 70 million people live in quarantine – about a fifth of the US population. New Jersey is expected to take a similar step in the near future.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Labor have said U.S. SMEs can receive soft loans as part of an emergency economic assistance package previously approved by Congress and approved by President Trump.
Organizations representing the interests of the largest US automakers (in particular, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation and the Association of Motor and Equipment Manufacturers) called on the US Congress to provide additional tax incentives, soft loans and pause the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (USMCA), which should enter into force on July 1.
Several US energy companies are planning massive reductions. World oil prices are now at their lowest level in 18 years. On Friday, the price of US oil futures fell below $ 23 per barrel.
The U.S. Census Bureau said the 2020 national census will be extended for two weeks, from July 31 to August 14. Today, most Americans fill out an online census form. However, the Bureau traditionally sends its employees to households that have not responded to letters urging them to fill out a questionnaire. Much depends on the census results: on the number of lawmakers representing the state in the House of Representatives of the US Congress to the amount of federal assistance that states, counties, and municipalities can apply for.
The US Olympic swimming team called for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics for a year. The International Olympic Committee previously stated that the Summer Olympics will be held as planned from July 24 to August 9.