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Donald Trump presses for $1 trillion stimulus as US coronavirus deaths cross 100

With cases of the respiratory illness reported in all 50 states and the total number of known U.S. infections surging past 6,400, millions of Americans hunkered down at home instead of commuting to work or going to school.

March 18, 2020 / 10:36 PM IST

The Trump administration pressed on Tuesday for enactment of a $1 trillion stimulus package, possibly with $1,000 direct payments to individual Americans, to blunt the economic pain from a coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 100 people in the country.

With cases of the respiratory illness reported in all 50 states and the total number of known U.S. infections surging past 6,400, millions of Americans hunkered down at home instead of commuting to work or going to school.

New York City said it might order its 8.5 million residents to "shelter in place" at home, as cities escalated "social distancing" policies by closing schools, restaurants and theaters to curb the spread of the virus.

"It's a very, very difficult decision," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "We've never been here before." The state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, told CNN he did not think it would work.