Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, March 7: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, March 7: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

The U.S. Senate has passed a $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package that provides stimulus checks of up to $ 1,400 for people with incomes of $ 75,000 or less, $ 350 billion – $ 130 billion for cities and states and $ 130 billion for schools. The package also provides for additional unemployment benefits of $ 300 per week through September.

Elsewhere in the world, Swedish police dispersed hundreds of people who had gathered in central Stockholm to protest the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Swedish government.

We update this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Seattle area, the US and the world. Click here to see the past few days’ live updates and all of our coronavirus coverage, and here to see how we are following the daily spread in Washington and the world.

From voting to virus, the misinformation campaign targets Latinos

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tom Perez was a guest on a Spanish-language talk radio show in Las Vegas last year when a caller made unsubstantiated complaints about both parties and asked Latino listeners not to vote at all.

Perez, then leader of the Democratic Party, recognized many of the allegations as discussion points for #WalkAway, a group promoted by a Conservative activist, Brandon Straka, who was later arrested for participating in the deadly January 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol has been.

In the run-up to the November election, that call was part of a broader, largely undiscovered movement to lower voter turnout and spread disinformation among Latinos about Democrat Joe Biden, advertised on social media and often fueled by automated accounts.

The effort showed how social media and other technologies can be used to spread misinformation so quickly that those who try to stop it cannot keep up.

More recently, it has turned into efforts to undermine vaccination efforts against the coronavirus. Read the whole story here.

-The Associated Press

8:27 a.m.

Mass testing and wearing masks are helping Detroit slow the pace of the virus

DETROIT (AP) – It was March 11th last year when Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that the St. Patrick’s Day parade had been canceled because of a virus that had sickened tens of thousands around the world, Michigan had achieved.

“All of these people stood shoulder to shoulder for hours, it was a recipe for spreading the problem,” Duggan told reporters at the time. He said it was “a matter of days” before a city dweller was infected.

He was right. COVID-19 hit Detroit hard. But quick action by city guides at the start of the pandemic may have slowed the virus’ rampant progression among Detroit’s largely black population.

According to the city’s health department, Detroit recorded 431 confirmed COVID cases on March 30, 2020 and another 387 two days later. There were 49 confirmed deaths on April 1, another 51 on April 9, and 52 on April 16.

“We know Detroit was one of the first in the nation to be affected by COVID,” said Renuka Tipirneni, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan. “People live in overcrowded apartments and need public transport to be able to work in important professions.”

Read the whole story here.

-The Associated Press

8:00 am

Workers worry about safety and stress as states simplify mask rules

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) – Leo Carney fears crowds and maskless diners could put workers at the Biloxi, Mississippi seafood restaurant, where he runs the kitchen, at risk. Maribel Cornejo, who makes $ 9.85 an hour as a McDonald’s cook in Houston, can’t afford to get sick.

As more jurisdictions join Texas, Mississippi, and other states to lift mask mandates and relax restrictions on businesses, changes that might help the economy – but also fear them – are relieving many key workers – including bartenders, restaurant workers, and retail workers could make them less safe amid a pandemic health experts warn is far from over.

Many business owners on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were glad that Governor Tate Reeves had decided to remove mask requirements, restaurant seating restrictions, and most other mandatory restrictions. “But the workers themselves … especially those who have pre-existing conditions are afraid right now,” Carney said.

Read the whole story here.

-The Associated Press

7:45 o clock

$ 1.9T COVID bill highlights just before the final go-through

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Saturday approved a major pandemic relief package against the Republican opposition that will bring President Joe Biden closer to a political milestone that will see schools, states and local governments check out $ 1,400 for most US and direct billions Brings in US dollars. and companies.

The bill was approved by a 50-49 party line vote following an overnight marathon vote and is now returning for final approval, which could come early next week.

Democrats said their “American bailout” plan would help the country beat the virus and restore the economy to health. Republicans criticized the $ 1.9 trillion package as more expensive than necessary. The move follows five previous virus bills totaling roughly $ 4 trillion that Congress enacted since last spring.

Read some of the legislative highlights here.

-The Associated Press

7:42 a.m.

Who is actually going back to school? Many families of color, children with health problems, do not feel safe

The polarizing debate about how and when schools should reopen has centered on the argument that children – especially color students – learn better when they study in school buildings. But some families are pushing back against this idea, finding that their children are just as well, and sometimes better, when they learn from the safety of their own four walls. Not because online learning was great, but because in-person school was terrible.

White families are significantly over-represented among returnees in cities across the country that have resumed face-to-face learning. This divide is another example of how the pandemic is developing in dramatically different ways for different groups.

“No one knows the needs of color families better than color families,” said Maki Park, whose child attends Dearborn Park International School in Seattle.

Read the whole story here.

– Hannah Furfaro and Joy Resmovits