The Morning Dispatch: Paycheck Protection, Part II

Happy Wednesday. Although we haven’t quite added 15.8 million subscribers this quarter like Netflix has, we continue to be amazed by the incredible response from our readers. Maybe if we film a documentary about Jonah learning to rear wild animals …

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, there are now 824,889 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 4.8 percent increase from yesterday) and 45,042 deaths (a 6.4 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.5 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower but it’s hard to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 4,155,178 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 19.9 percent have come back positive. There are 120,268 Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 complications (a 2.5 percent increase from yesterday), and 75,538 have recovered from the virus (a 3.8 percent increase from yesterday).

  • The Senate approved another $484 billion in spending to address the growing economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $300 billion of that money will go toward replenishing the funding of the now-depleted Paycheck Protection Program; $75 billion is designated for hospitals and $25 billion for coronavirus testing.

  • The German city of Munich canceled this year’s Oktoberfest festival—scheduled to begin September 19—due to coronavirus concerns.

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