Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) —  Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

House passes COVID-19 relief bill

The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday, 219-212, that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses.

Republicans are overwhelmingly against the bill, concerned that the spending is vastly more than necessary and designed to advance policy priorities that go beyond helping Americans get through the pandemic. Democrats and President Joe Biden counter that a robust aid package is necessary to prevent a long and painful recovery from the pandemic. Democrats’ goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March.

The legislation will now head to the Senate.

Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 114,223,289
Global deaths: 2,533,129.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 513,092.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 64,487,937

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 28,606,340 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 513,092.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 52,158.
U.S. total people tested: 350,678,484

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,566,914 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,658,352 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,635,232 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 96,402,490 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 75,236,003 doses have been administered, with 49,772,180 people receiving one or more doses, and 24,779,920 people receiving two doses. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which are the two most prevalent in the U.S., each require two doses to be effective.

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