Washington DC: Amid Coronavirus outbreak, US House of Representatives on Saturday passed a relief package for Americans hit by the COVID-19. The Bill would provide free coronavirus testing and two weeks of paid sick and family leave for those affected by the virus. Notably, the death toll from the Coronavirus pandemic in the US has risen to 50. Also Read - Government Takes U-turn on Ex-gratia to Coronavirus Victims' Families
Speaking on it, President Donald Trump said that, “The Bill provides for free coronavirus testing for all Americans who should be tested. It Is a pretty complex test and it costs money and it Is being provided free. So people don’t have to worry about that.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Newborn in UK Becomes Youngest COVID-19 Patient, Says Report
“The package provides paid sick and family medical leave for those who need it, including for those who have the virus, for caregivers and those looking after children affected by school closure,” Trump asserted. Also Read - Coronavirus Impact in India: List of Things That Got Dearer, Cheaper
The Bill, which was passed in a 363-40 vote, will move to the Republican-dominated Senate for a vote, Xinhua reported.
“The bipartisan #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act, which we vote on tonight, is focused on delivering support to families across America as we confront this public health crisis,” Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted.
Meanwhile, the White House will check temperature of all those in close contact with US President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, AFP news agency reported.