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Senate passes $484 billion coronavirus aid package; Chloroquine linked to higher death rate, study says

Estefania Castaneda, an EMT in North Bergen, N.J., described the worry and weariness she feels after weeks of coronavirus calls. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Bryan Anselm/The Washington Post)

Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug Trump has touted as a “game changer" in treating covid-19, had no benefit and was linked to higher rates of death for Veterans Affairs patients, according to a study.

The U.S. surpassed 800,000 confirmed cases, with more than 44,000 reported deaths. Globally, countries have reported 2.5 million infections and more than 175,000 covid-19 deaths.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Senate passed a $484 billion bill to replenish a small-business loan program and boost spending for hospitals and coronavirus testing. The House plans to vote on the measure Thursday.
  • President Trump said he will sign an executive order to suspend immigration to the U.S. for 60 days, a ban that would be unprecedented in the country’s history.
  • A second wave of the novel coronavirus will be far more dire, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday, as a few governors begin scaling back restrictions and restarting their economies.
  • Cratering oil prices drove the Dow down more than 600 points, a sign that oil markets and the global economy may not stabilize for months.
  • The Food and Drug Administration approved the first coronavirus test that allows patients to collect nasal samples at home to mail in for testing.
  • Munich’s Oktoberfest event and Pamplona’s annual running of the bulls were canceled. The Scripps National Spelling Bee outside Washington will not be held for the first time since 1945.

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