Coronavirus US live: California governor says 1m people filed for unemployment in state

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8.50pm GMT

Mario Koran reports on California’s coronavirus response:

“A herculean effort is underway and is taking real shape,” said California governor Gavin Newsom at an afternoon press conference. That includes getting extra funds for unemployed workers, securing shelter for the unhoused, and improvements to testing.

8.43pm GMT

The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino with more on Republican concerns over the economic stimulus package:

NEW regarding the unemployment issue w/ the bill.

A Senate Dem. aide involved tells me that the reason the bill did not pay “100%” of income is b/c Treasury/the admin. said that was technically going to be impossible for states to administer.

B/c each has diff formula/system.

Unless Republican Senators drop their objections to the coronavirus legislation, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund.

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Source: theguardian