In a Wednesday update from President Donald Trump’s White House coronavirus task force, Trump commended New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to combat the coronavirus as the virus takes the biggest toll on the Empire State.
“I’m doing everything possible to help the city [New York City] to pull through,” Trump said.
Over 30,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in New York state, with 192 deaths reported in New York City. Trump noted that four hospitals and four medical centers are being built in New York.
As of 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, 62,873 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., per Johns Hopkins University. Wednesday saw the U.S.’s deadliest day to date with at least 185 new deaths reported.
460,250 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed globally, and 20,857deaths have been attributed to the disease, per Johns Hopkins. 113,691 cases have resulted in a recovery.
On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 495 points, or 2.39%, to 21,200 and the S&P 500 climbed 1.15%. The Nasdaq slipped 0.45%. The move higher was driven by hopes for government stimulus, though gains were muted by late day criticism from presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Though Wall Street still waits for the deal to be sealed, Trump commended Congress’s efforts to pass a $2.2 trillion government stimulus package. “A lot of this money goes to jobs, jobs, jobs and families, families,” Trump said.
“As we fight to protect American lives, we’re also fighting for American livelihoods,” Trump said.
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