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Sen. Lamar Alexander will self-quarantine “out of an abundance of caution” after one of his staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The Tennessee Republican will chair a Senate health committee hearing Tuesday by video, a spokesman said Sunday. Alexander tested negative Thursday and does not have symptoms, his chief of staff said in a statement.
All four top health officials scheduled as witnesses plan to make remote appearances as well after potential virus exposure in the White House. Several members of the White House’s coronavirus task force are taking precautions as a widening circle of exposure underscores the difficulty of keeping the country’s top leaders and their staff members safe.
Here are some significant developments:
- White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that Americans face an economy that will worsen in the coming months, with predictions that the unemployment rate will jump to 20 percent from the 14.7 percent reported Thursday.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Britain on Sunday that the lockdown in the country will mostly continue through May. He also introduced a new government slogan that led to some head-scratching and was widely panned on social media.
- Washington residents who complained about businesses violating coronavirus restrictions have faced harassment and threats of violence.
- Republicans are increasingly nervous about losing the Senate this fall amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
- Even a partial reopening of the country could pose life-threatening risks to 1 in 3 Americans, said the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
- The coronavirus has altered almost every hard-hit country in deep and lasting ways. But the changes are particularly perilous in Italy.