The gist: Last week, Congress hurried through an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus to prop up the U.S. economy, unlocking billions in cash to patch the nation’s businesses and workers through weeks more of the social distancing guidelines freezing commerce. Everyone expected dollars would start flowing at the stroke of a pen, but the size and scope of the bill means there’s more to iron out, even as the federal government works to turn on the taps this week.
Data suggests that coronavirus cases are slowing, but a trend isn’t well established yet. Researchers are reluctant to say the worst is behind New Orleans. During the breakout in Wuhan, a five-day dip in new cases preceded a massive spike.