Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion aid package - the largest in history - to help cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the intensifying coronavirus pandemic, and President Donald Trump quickly signed it into law.

“This will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation’s families, workers and businesses,” Trump said. “I really think in a fairly short period of time ... we’ll be stronger than ever.”

In an statement about signing the bill, Trump rejected aspects of a provision in the law setting up an inspector general to audit some loans and investments.

The US now has 104,000 cases of the virus, the most in the world. With nearly 1,700 fatalities, America's Covid-19 death toll still lags far behind Italy and China.

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