Trump signs bill to ensure paid leave for many Americans as covid19 upends the labor market

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President Trump has signed into law a bill to ensure paid leave benefits to many Americans, part of a broader aid package to fight the effects of the pandemic. The legislation also promises free coronavirus testing to anyone who needs it, including the uninsured; increases health funding around the country; and supports nutrition programs such as the food stamp system.

A second member of Congress has tested positive for coronavirus. Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) both confirmed their test results on Wednesday.

McAdams said he developed “mild cold-like symptoms” after returning home from Washington on Saturday evening. He immediately went in isolation, where his symptoms — including a “fever, a dry cough and labored breathing” — got worse. A local testing clinic confirmed the symptoms were a result of covid-19. Diaz-Balart said he developed a fever and headache on Saturday and had self-quarantined at his Washington apartment. He was notified that his test was positive a short time ago, he said Wednesday.

The United States and Canada have agreed to close their 5,500-mile border to “all nonessential travel” as the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. The news comes as countries around the world adopt increasingly strict quarantine measures, major companies wind down production, and experts warn that life worldwide will be severely disrupted for many months.

Source : The Washington Post

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