The Morning Dispatch: Birx Warns of ‘New Phase’ of COVID Transmission
Happy Monday! For transparency’s sake, an update on our GOP Senate tracker since we last emailed you Friday morning: As of Sunday night, 42 of 53 Republican senators have condemned or otherwise thrown cold water on President Trump’s floating of an election delay. We’ve refreshed our full list here.
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The United States confirmed 44,511 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 6.1 percent of the 725,902 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 392 deaths were attributed to the virus on Sunday (2,786 over the weekend), bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 154,841.
The Trump administration and House Democrats remain far apart on the next coronavirus relief package, despite talks between the two sides continuing over the weekend. Negotiators reportedly had positive discussions on Saturday, but White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows conceded they “still have a long ways to go.”
Tropical Storm Isaias—which may make landfall as a hurricane—is poised to hit the Atlantic coast this week, bringing storm surge flooding, heavy rain, and strong wind gusts from Florida all the way up to New England.