Despite optimistic talk, negotiators on Capitol Hill have so far failed to reached a deal in a last ditch push to pass a fifth relief package, as Federal Reserve officials warn the economy needs more fiscal stimulus to recover from the pandemic. If a new deal isn’t struck in short order, the nation’s major airlines will start laying off tens of thousands of employees, demonstrating that the U.S. economic recovery remains fragile.
Here are some of the biggest developments Wednesday:
The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
- Global cases: More than 33.7 million
- Global deaths: At least 1 million
- U.S. cases: More than 7.19 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 206,036