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As of Wednesday night, there have now been 1,390,406 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (an increase of 21,020/1.5 percent from yesterday) and 84,119 deaths attributed to the virus (an increase of 1,763/2.1 percent from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 6.1 percent (the true mortality rate is likely lower, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 9,974,831 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (336,901 conducted since yesterday), 13.9 percent have come back positive.
The Dow Jones slumped 500 points Wednesday after remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggesting that protecting the economy from long-term damage due to the coronavirus pandemic would likely require a further infusion of stimulus from Congress.
Federal law enforcement agents seized a cellphone belonging to Sen. Richard Burr Wednesday night as part of their effort to examine whether he improperly used insider knowledge to dump stocks in advance of the crash brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.