Coronavirus Update: U.S. Deaths Surpass 200,000

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According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 31.3 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 966,000 deaths.

The U.S. has surpassed 6.8 million cases with over 200,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 39,472 new cases reported Sunday, which is higher than the 36,295 cases reported the day earlier. Over 725,000 new tests were reported. And 287 deaths were reported yesterday, which is lower than the 327 deaths reported the day prior.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee that a U.S. recovery from the coronavirus pandemic "continues to be highly uncertain."

Powell said, “The path forward will depend on keeping the virus under control, and on policy actions taken at all levels of government,” and he added: “both employment and overall economic activity ... remain well below their pre-pandemic levels, and the path ahead continues to be highly uncertain.”

Powell was joined by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who told the congressional panel the White House has continued to work with Democrats on further U.S. stimulus.

Mnuchin said, “The president and I remain committed to providing support for American workers and businesses...I believe a targeted package is still needed, and the administration is ready to reach a bipartisan agreement.”

Powell said the U.S. economy "will recover fully from this difficult period" but more fiscal stimulus will be needed to prevent long-term damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

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