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Trump: Virus worse before better

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (Shutterstock).

President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that more bad news on the coronavirus pandemic was coming, according to the Associated Press.

“It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better,” said the President from the White House. He also encouraged Americans to wear face coverings as a way of battling the COVID-19 infections.

“Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact,” he said. “I’m getting used to the mask.”  He earlier said that wearing the mask was “an act of patriotism.”

However, he also held out the promise that vaccines were on the way, and that “they’re coming a lot sooner than anybody thought possible.”

Tuesday was the sixth straight day with 60,000 new COVID-19 cases, reported United Press International. According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 3,897,465 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, and 141,972 deaths.

Joe Biden proposes huge caregiver plan

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Tuesday proposed a $775 billion program to boost care for children and the elderly.

According to the Associated Press, the proposal would include increasing tax credits for low-income families and provide more support for veterans and seniors as well as funding preschool for all 3- and 4-year-old children.

“Families are squeezed emotionally and financially,” he said. “They need help, but too often they can’t afford it.” He also called for raising the wages of caregivers, who are “too often underpaid, unseen and undervalued,” reported the New York Times.

Also in the news: Could there be more stimulus money on the way?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he would support another round of direct payments to citizens under another stimulus program. • The House of Representatives on Tuesday included in its annual defense authorization bill a requirement that Confederate names be removed from U.S. military bases. • China is threatening “consequences” for Great Britain after it suspended its extradition treaty with the Beijing government. • A total of 95 National Football League players have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the NFL Players’ Association. • A married couple in St. Louis who displayed guns during a racial protest have been charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon. Mark and Patricia McCloskey and their supporters say they were lawfully defending their home. • The Edmonton Eskimos, a member of the Canadian Football League, will be dropping the “Eskimos” from its name. Until a new one, is selected, the squad will be referred to as The Edmonton Football Team, according to Reuters.

 

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