Deal struck on $2tn US coronavirus stimulus package

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Deal struck on $2tn US coronavirus stimulus package

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The White House and Senate leaders of both parties have struck an agreement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to aid workers, businesses and a healthcare system strained by the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

The agreement on Wednesday came after days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure and still needs to be finalised in detailed legislative language.

Meanwhile, India's 1.3 billion people have joined the global lockdown triggered by the outbreak as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern at the acceleration of the pandemic in the United States, and Italy recorded another large increase in deaths from COVID-19.

Nearly 108,000 of the 418,000 people diagnosed with the disease have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. More than 18,600 people have died from COVID-19 since it first emerged in China late last year.

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