Trump signs $2 trillion bill to blunt virus fallout

Agencies are rushing to implement the law, which authorizes the Internal Revenue Service to send $1,200 payments to millions of Americans and creates programs to disburse close to $1 trillion in business loans and guarantees.

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Police officers try to disperse hundreds of migrants fleeing Delhi on foot after India announced a lockdown. (Niha Masih/The Post)

In India, the world’s biggest lockdown has forced migrants to walk hundreds of miles home

India has begun a 21-day lockdown in a bid to stop the coronavirus from spreading out of control. For migrant workers, the measures are a double blow. The economic shock has vaporized their incomes while the transport restrictions eliminated their normal ways home.

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