March 24, 2020 / John Bacon, USA TODAY
In Congress, leaders on both sides of the aisle said a stimulus deal was near.
The U.S. death toll reached 600 hours after growing by more than 100 in a 24-hour period. As of Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. had more than 49,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, trailing only Italy and China. New York state, now testing more than 16,000 people daily, has more than half the U.S. cases.
Experts say confirmed cases reflect how much testing is done, and as the U.S. gets more tests, more confirmed cases are expected.
Across the world, more than 18,000 people have been killed by the virus and more than 400,000 infections have been confirmed, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.