Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 30 – Trump Blames China for Virus, Biden Blames Trump

By Anna Breuer on 30 September 2020
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In the first U.S. presidential debate, President Donald Trump blamed China for the coronavirus and its impact on the country, while former Vice President Joseph Biden blamed Trump.

In Washington, D.C. negotiations continue between Congress and the Trump administration in an effort to end an impasse on a broad coronavirus relief package.  The House of Representatives is expected to approve an update $2.2 trillion relief bill on Wednesday thanks to Democratic support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin are expected to meet again by phone Wednesday as well to discuss the measure before the House.

Meanwhile, in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the rate of positive tests for the coronavirus in the state had climbed above the 3% range for the first time in months and that the largest increases were in nine areas in New York City.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would fine those who refer to wear a facemask in public. Police and other officials would first offer free masks to anyone found without one and would only fine that individual only if he to put it on.

Facing a rise in coronavirus cases, the province of Quebec became the first in Canada to reintroduce stringent shutdown measures, with its premier, François Legault, saying “the situation has become critical.” These include the closure of restaurants, bars, cinemas, and theaters, and restricting visits to the homes of family and friends.  Schools will remain open.

Walt Disney announced it would lay off 28,000 cast members in its Parks, Experiences and Products group.  The company blamed the reduced capacity allowed in its parks due to social-distancing requirements as well as California’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.

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